The Rockafeller Skank

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"The Rockafeller Skank"
Single by Fatboy Slim
from the album You've Come a Long Way, Baby
B-side "Always Read the Label", "Tweakers Delight"
Released 8 June 1998 (1998-06-08) (UK)
22 September 1998 (1998-09-22) (US)
Format CD, 12"
Genre Big beat, plunderphonics
Length 3:27 (radio edit)
6:53 (album version)
3:59 (short version)
Label Skint
Producer(s) Fatboy Slim
Fatboy Slim singles chronology
"Everybody Needs a 303 (Remix — Everybody Loves a Carnival)"
(1997)
"The Rockafeller Skank"
(1998)
"Gangster Trippin"
(1998)

"The Rockafeller Skank" is a song by English big beat musician and DJ Fatboy Slim. It was a hit single released from the 1998 album You've Come a Long Way, Baby.

The single peaked at number six in the UK Singles Chart in June 1998.[1] The song was the second Fatboy Slim single (after "Praise You") to chart on the US Billboard Hot 100, peaking at number 76.

Samples[edit]

The song features the repeated line "Right about now, the funk soul brother / Check it out now, the funk soul brother", which is a remixed vocal sample of rapper Lord Finesse on the track "Vinyl Dog Vibe" by Vinyl Dogs, the original line being "Check it out right about now, it's no other than the funk soul brother, the Lord Finesse".[2]

The song also features four other samples, including a sample of the song "Sliced Tomatoes" by the band Just Brothers (a popular Northern Soul track), Bobby Fuller's "I Fought the Law (and the Law Won)", and a sample of "Beat Girl" by John Barry and his Orchestra. A guitar line from the song "Peter Gunn" by Art of Noise featuring Duane Eddy is also sampled.[3]

Fatboy Slim has stated that to clear the samples and release the song he had to release 100% of the track's royalties, 25% to each artist, meaning he receives no royalties himself.[4]

Track listing[edit]

CD
  1. "The Rockafeller Skank" (short edit)
  2. "The Rockafeller Skank"
  3. "Always Read the Label"
  4. "Tweakers Delight"

Note: Some mainland European editions omit the album version (track 2)

The edited version is notable at the beginning, as there is a scat effect on the first word of the song. This is removed on the edit featured on the 2006 compilation The Greatest Hits – Why Try Harder.

12"
  1. "The Rockafeller Skank"
  2. "Always Read the Label"
  3. "Tweakers Delight"

Charts[edit]

Chart (1998) Peak
Position
Australia (ARIA)[5] 32
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[6] 23
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[7] 5
Canada Top Singles (RPM) 49
France (SNEP)[8] 69
Germany (Media Control AG)[9] 28
Ireland (IRMA)[10] 15
Italy (FIMI)[11] 20
Netherlands (Mega Single Top 100)[12] 45
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[13] 17
Norway (VG-lista)[14] 20
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[15] 16
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[16] 24
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[17] 6
US Billboard Hot 100 76
US Billboard Modern Rock Tracks 39
US Billboard Mainstream Top 40 21
US Billboard Top 40 Tracks 33
US Billboard Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales 2

Uses[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Fatboy Slim - The Rockafeller Skank". Chart Stats. Archived from the original on 2012-03-31. Retrieved 2012-03-31. "First appeared in chart (at position): 20/06/1998 (6) ... Highest position in chart: 6" 
  2. ^ "Fatboy Slim's The Rockafeller Skank sample of Vinyl Dogs feat. Lord Finesse's Vinyl Dogs Vibe". WhoSampled. Retrieved 2012-03-23. 
  3. ^ "Fatboy Slim's The Rockafeller Skank sample of Art of Noise feat. Duane Eddy's Peter Gunn". WhoSampled. Retrieved 2012-03-23. 
  4. ^ Nick Lawrence (2007-05-07). "Fatboy Slim Interview (May 2006) « HigherFrequency". Higherfrequency.wordpress.com. Retrieved 2012-03-23. 
  5. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Fatboy Slim – The Rockafeller Skank". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  6. ^ "Fatboy Slim – The Rockafeller Skank – Austriancharts.at" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  7. ^ "Ultratop.be – Fatboy Slim – The Rockafeller Skank" (in Dutch). Ultratip.
  8. ^ "Lescharts.com – Fatboy Slim – The Rockafeller Skank" (in French). Les classement single.
  9. ^ "Die ganze Musik im Internet: Charts, News, Neuerscheinungen, Tickets, Genres, Genresuche, Genrelexikon, Künstler-Suche, Musik-Suche, Track-Suche, Ticket-Suche – musicline.de" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  10. ^ "Irish Singles Chart – Search for song". Irish Recorded Music Association. Retrieved July 6, 2011. 
  11. ^ "Hit Parade Italia - Indice per Interprete: F". Hit Parade Italia. Retrieved July 6, 2012. 
  12. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Fatboy Slim – The Rockafeller Skank" (in Dutch). Mega Single Top 100.
  13. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Fatboy Slim – The Rockafeller Skank". Top 40 Singles.
  14. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Fatboy Slim – The Rockafeller Skank". VG-lista.
  15. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Fatboy Slim – The Rockafeller Skank". Singles Top 60.
  16. ^ "Fatboy Slim – The Rockafeller Skank – swisscharts.com". Swiss Singles Chart.
  17. ^ "Archive Chart" UK Singles Chart.
  18. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0163651/soundtrack

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