Beats International

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Beats International
Beats International.jpg
Beats International, 1990. From L to R: Lester Noel, Norman Cook, Lindy Layton, Andy Boucher
Background information
Origin Brighton, England, UK
Genres Electronica
Years active 1989–1992
Labels Elektra Records
Telstar Records
Go! Beat
Members Norman Cook
Lindy Layton
Lester Noel
David John-Baptiste
MC Wildski
Andy Boucher

Beats International were a British electronic music band, formed in the late 1980s by Norman Cook (later in his career known as Fatboy Slim) based in Brighton, East Sussex, England, after his departure from The Housemartins.

A loose confederation of musicians, the line-up also included vocalist Lindy Layton, former North of Cornwallis vocalist Lester Noel, rappers DJ Baptiste (The Crazy MC), MC Wildski and keyboardist Andy Boucher. Unusually, the band's live line-up also incorporated a graffiti artist, REQ, who would paint designs on a backdrop while the musicians played.

Their debut studio album, Let Them Eat Bingo, spawned the UK number-one single "Dub Be Good to Me", a re-working of The SOS Band's chart-topper "Just Be Good to Me", based on a sample of the bassline from The Clash's "Guns of Brixton" and featuring Layton on vocals.

The second Beats International album was 1991's Excursion on the Version, which featured a greater use of dub and reggae sounds, but failed to repeat the success of its predecessor. This was the final Beats International recording, with Cook next going on to form Freak Power.



Year Album UK[1][2] AUS[3]
1990 Let Them Eat Bingo
1991 Excursion on the Version


Year Single Peak positions Album
US Dance
1990 "Dub Be Good to Me" 1 4 2 5 19 4 2 6 10 10 12 6 76 1 Let Them Eat Bingo
"Won't Talk About It" 9 12 28 26 27 24 70 20 76 4
"Burundi Blues" 51 70
"For Spacious Lies" (France only)
1991 "Echo Chamber" 60 49 Excursion on the Version
"The Sun Doesn't Shine" 66 87
"In the Ghetto" 44 89 142 7
1992 "Change Your Mind" (US only) 28
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released.

Samples list[edit]

Let Them Eat Bingo
"Excursion on the Version"

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Official Charts > Beats International". The Official UK Charts Company. Retrieved 2017-04-28. 
  2. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 50. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  3. ^ a b Australian (ARIA Chart) peaks:
  4. ^ "Beats International – German Chart". Retrieved 2014-04-03. 
  5. ^ Beats International chart history