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Fatboy Slim: Better Living Through Chemistry

Track List

>Song for Lindy
>Santa Cruz
>Going Out of My Head
>Weekend Starts Here, The
>Everybody Needs a 303
>Give the Po' Man a Break
>10th & Crenshaw
>First Down
>Punk to Funk
>Sound of Milwaukee, The
>Michael Jackson
>Next to Nothing
>Everybody Loves a Carnival
>Es Paradis
>First Down the Disco - (previously unreleased)
>Sunset 303 - (previously unreleased)
>Neal Cassady Starts Here
>It's a Dream - (previously unreleased)
>Knuf of Knup
>Big Beat Soufflé
>Everybody Loves a Filter
>Weekend Bonus Beats
>Crenshaw Siren Beats

Album Reviews:

Rolling Stone (9/18/97, p.102) - 3 Stars (out of 5) - "...one of the most fun, shamelessly genre-hopping dance albums of the year....a populist, highly danceablemix of '80s hip-hop, house and techno..."

Magnet (11-12/97, p.66) - "...Splicing a vivid cartoon world of squiggly beats and dubby electronics with a virtual truckload of extra-vintage samples, Cook takes the DJ to some fairly extreme locales..."

Album Notes

Fatboy Slim (Norman Cook) was the bassist for the Housemartins.

Norman Cook (aka Fatboy Slim) knows a little something about rocking house parties with a variety of textures. As drummer for the very Smiths-like Housemartins and later as producer/mastermind of the club-oriented Beats International crew, he has supplied the soundtrack to lager-swilling soirees of two polar subcultures. BETTER LIVING THROUGH CHEMISTRY is a smooth attempt to attract them both to the same shindig.

Throughout BETTER LIVING, techno and hip-hop beats and a variety of jazz/funk samples are married to a post-modern "rock" feel, utilizing mucho distortion, lots of analog squeals and coming up with a damn warm mix for an "electronic" album. Thus, there are numerous moods to be had throughout--from the reflective ambiance of "Santa Cruz," to the mid-tempo blues/trip-hop stomp of "The Weekend Starts Here," to the out-n-out rockers such as "Going Out of My Head" and "First Down." This rock-minded variety and his ability to turn tracks into distinct songs (quite an accomplishment for a '97 electronic record) make Fatboy seem like a funkier, distant Chemical cousin.


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