Better Living Through Chemistry (album)

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Better Living Through Chemistry
Studio album by Fatboy Slim
Released 23 September 1996
Genre Big beat, breakbeat
Length 57:47 (UK)
70:52 (USA)
Label Skint
Producer Fatboy Slim
Fatboy Slim chronology
Better Living Through Chemistry
(1996)
You've Come a Long Way, Baby
(1998)
Singles from Better Living Through Chemistry
  1. "Everybody Needs a 303"
    Released: March 1996
  2. "Punk to Funk"
    Released: August 1996
  3. "Going out of My Head"
    Released: 21 April 1997
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau (2-star Honorable Mention)[2]
Pitchfork Media (6.8/10)[3]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[4]

Better Living Through Chemistry is the debut studio album by English big beat musician Fatboy Slim, released on 23 September 1996. Its name is a variation of a DuPont advertising slogan.

The founder of Skint Records, Damian Harris, has described the album as having been "more of a compilation than an album", as some of the tracks had been recorded some time previous to its release, due to Norman Cook's other musical projects. Three of the songs from the album were previously released in Skint's first volume of their compilation album series Brassic Beats. This same Brassic Beats album is advertised in the album's booklet.

The album cover features the image of a 3.5-inch floppy disk, paying homage to the cover of New Order's "Blue Monday" single, which featured a 5.25-inch disk.

The song "Give the Po' Man a Break" is featured in the 2000 film Traffic.

The song "The Weekend Starts Here" is featured in the first episode of the British sitcom, Spaced.

The piano sample in "Song for Lindy" is from the song "Better Days" by Jimi Polo (1989) which was also sampled by Congress in their track "40 Miles" (1991).

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Song for Lindy"   Norman Cook 4:50
2. "Santa Cruz"   Cook 7:30
3. "Going Out of My Head"   Cook, Pete Townshend 5:14
4. "The Weekend Starts Here"   Cook, Idris Muhammad 6:41
5. "Everybody Needs a 303"   Cook, Edwin Starr 5:49
6. "Give the Po' Man a Break"   Cook 5:50
7. "10th & Crenshaw"   Cook 4:20
8. "First Down"   Cook 6:18
9. "Punk to Funk"   Cook, Keith Mansfield 4:57
10. "The Sound of Milwaukee"   Cook 6:18

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