Fatboy SlimBetter Living Through Chemistry

Label:Skint – BRASSIC 2CD
CD, Album
Country:UK & Europe
Style:Big Beat


1Song For Lindy4:49
2Santa Cruz7:29
3Going Out Of My Head5:14
4The Weekend Starts Here6:40
5Everybody Needs A 3035:48
6Give The Po' Man A Break5:52
710th And Crenshaw4:19
8First Down6:17
9Punk To Funk
Written-By ['Young Scene' Sample]K.Mansfield*
10The Sound Of Milwaukee6:16

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Track 4 includes uncredited keyboard riff sample from "Loran's Dance" by Idris Muhammad and harmonica sample from "The Wizard" by Black Sabbath.

℗ & © 1996 Skint Records.
Distributed by 3MV/Vital & EFA for G.A.S. Territory

Durations do not appear on this release.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 5 025425 505225 >
  • Barcode (Scanned): 5025425505225
  • Matrix / Runout (Mirrored, Variant 1-9): DISCTRONICS S BRASSIC 2 CD 01
  • Mastering SID Code (Mirrored, Variant 1-9): IFPI L502
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 1): IFPI 8724
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 2): IFPI 8702
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 3): IFPI 8717
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 4): none
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 4, mould inner ring): 12
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 5): IFPI 8716
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 6): IFPI 8729
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 7): IFPI 8711
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 8): IFPI 8728
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 9): IFPI 8714

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Better Living Through Chemistry (2×12", Album)SkintBRASSIC 2LPUK & Europe1996
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Better Living Through Chemistry (CD, Album)Trema International, Skint710739France1996
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Better Living Through Chemistry (2×LP, Album)SkintSKI 491490 1Europe1996
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  • DJMRST's avatar
    Need to say that Idris Muhammad's "Loran's Dance" was (first?) used earlier by the Beastie Boys for "To All The Girls" on the "Paul's Boutique" album. That was in 1989, 6 years before Jestofunk. Best regards DJMRST
    • Jooles's avatar
      Edited 14 years ago
      A trainspotter-correction is required to my previous comment about the origins of the main sample used for Track 4 "The Weekend Starts Here". Our friends at have come up with the original source, which dates way back to 1974 and Idris Muhammad's "Loran's Dance". I guess Jestofunk's "Fluid" can take some credit for using the sample first.
      Oh, and the harmonica loop is taken from Black Sabbath's "The Wizard"...
      • Jooles's avatar
        On track 4, <i>The Weekend Starts Here</i>, Mr Cook cheekily fails to give any credit whatsoever in the sleeve notes to the very heavily sampling of <a href="">Jestofunk's "Fluid" (track 3 on <i>Love In A Black Dimension</i></a>.

        In fact, having done a bit of searching on the web, it seems that very few people are even aware of this sample.

        I'd say <i>The Weekend...</i> sounds almost the same as <i>Fluid</i>. (As if Jestofunk asked Fatboy to remix it for them, and he came up with <i>The Weekend...</i> The deep synth melody is blatantly stolen, and I'm really surprised this doesn't seem to be more common knowledge...
        • Vezatron
          This album helped set my sights on the deeper and more sophisticated world of electronic music. Until this time I was still listening to many various things, FSOL, Chemical Brothers, Atari Teenage Riot, etc. This album taught me a thing or two about well crafted deep techno (big beat). It is Cook's best album, and had a "real" sound to it, as opposed to today's dance floor friendly yucky stuff.
          • TheDude's avatar
            Edited 22 years ago
            This is what got me started all those years ago in the world of electronica. At the time Daft Punk was too underground for me and Prodigy was too mainstream. I found this CD to be the first to make me want to dance. Santa Cruz and The Weekend Starts Here are two of the best road trip songs. Produced before the Big Beat sound was exploited, this is the true sound of Big Beat. Norman Cook took what Filla Brazillia was doing on there upbeat albums and added some serious funk. If you like the newer Fatboy sound, but want something a little more funk and soul to it it's worth your while to check this out!


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