Palookaville (album)

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Studio album by Fatboy Slim
Released 4 October 2004 (UK)
5 October 2004 (US)
Genre Big beat
Length 53:27
Label Skint (UK)
Astralwerks (US) ASW 64748
Producer Fatboy Slim, Simon Thornton
Fatboy Slim chronology
Halfway Between the Gutter and the Stars
Here Lies Love
Singles from Palookaville
  1. "Slash Dot Dash"
    Released: 20 September 2004
  2. "Wonderful Night"
    Released: 29 November 2004
  3. "The Joker"
    Released: 28 February 2005
  4. "Don't Let the Man Get You Down"
    Released: 4 July 2005
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic (53/100)[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[2]
Entertainment Weekly (C+)[3]
Stylus Magazine (D−)[4]
Robert Christgau (choice cut)[5]
Pitchfork Media (4.6/10)[6]
Rolling Stone 2/5 stars[7]
The Guardian 3/5 stars[8]

Palookaville is the fourth studio album by English big beat musician Fatboy Slim, released on 4 October 2004. Football club Brighton and Hove Albion F.C. temporarily named their Withdean Stadium after the name of that album following their sponsorship deal with Skint Records.[9]


The album, being the first Fatboy Slim album released in four years, represented a significant shift in style for Cook, with a reduction in the traditional Fatboy Slim reliance on vocal loops, and the introduction of real instruments (Cook himself returns to his Housemartins roots by contributing live bass on some tracks, with engineer/mixer/executive producer Simon Thornton also adding guitar) and more conventional song structures. More "traditional" Fatboy Slim tracks such as "Jin Go Lo Ba" co-exist with full-length vocal tracks such as a rendition of the Steve Miller Band's "The Joker" performed by Bootsy Collins. There are also many more vocal collaborations, including two with the rapper Lateef ("Wonderful Night" and "The Journey") and Brighton-based band Jonny Quality ("Long Way from Home").

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Don't Let the Man Get You Down"   Norman Cook, Les Emmerson 4:01
2. "Slash Dot Dash"   Cook 2:53
3. "Wonderful Night" (featuring Lateef) Cook, Deaumont 4:46
4. "Long Way from Home" (featuring Jonny Quality) Cook, Sean Moody 4:44
5. "Put It Back Together" (featuring Damon Albarn) Cook, Damon Albarn 4:36
6. "Mi Bebé Masoquista"   Cook, Shel Silverstein, Michael Settle 4:26
7. "Push & Shove" (featuring Justin Robertson and Sharon Woolf) Cook, Justin Robertson 4:27
8. "North West Three"   Cook, Beverley Martyn 4:30
9. "The Journey" (featuring Lateef) Cook, Deaumont 4:36
10. "Jin Go Lo Ba"   Babatunde Olatunji 4:40
11. "Song for Chesh"   Cook 4:19
12. "The Joker" (featuring Bootsy Collins) Steve Miller, Ahmet Ertegün, Eddie Curtis 5:21


  1. ^ Palookaville by Fatboy Slim review by Metacritic
  2. ^ David Jeffries. "Palookaville – Fatboy Slim". Allmusic. Retrieved 15 September 2011. 
  3. ^ Palookaville review by Entertainment Weekly, 8 Oct 2004: "His party jams ... feel half-cocked, like Cook can't quite commit to the moment."
  4. ^ Palookaville review by Stylus Magazine, 2004
  5. ^ Robert Christgau. "Fatboy Slim". Retrieved 15 September 2011. 
  6. ^ Johnny Loftus (5 October 2004). "Fatboy Slim: Palookaville". Pitchfork. Retrieved 15 September 2011. 
  7. ^ Palookaville review by Laura Sinagra, Rolling Stone, 22 September 2004
  8. ^ Caroline Sullivan (1 October 2004). "Fatboy Slim, Palookaville". The Guardian. Retrieved 15 September 2011. 
  9. ^ "Fatboy calls the tune", The Argus, 4 October 2004