Better Living Through Chemistry (album)

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Better Living Through Chemistry
Better Living Through Chemistry album cover.jpeg
Studio album by Fatboy Slim
Released 23 September 1996
Genre Big beat, breakbeat
Length 57:47 (UK version)
70:52 (US version)
Producer Fatboy Slim
Fatboy Slim chronology
Better Living Through Chemistry
You've Come a Long Way, Baby
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]
Christgau's Consumer Guide (2-star Honorable Mention)[2]
Muzik 4/5[3]
Pitchfork Media 6.8/10[4]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[5]

Better Living Through Chemistry is the debut studio album by the English big beat producer Fatboy Slim, released on 23 September 1996 by Skint Records internationally and by Astralwerks in the United States and Canada. 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 before its release, due to Norman Cook's other musical projects. Three songs from the album were previously released in Skint's first volume of their Brassic Beats compilation album series, which is advertised in the album's booklet. The album cover features an 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 album's title is a variation of a DuPont advertising slogan.

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 album was included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.[6]

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


Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1996) Peak
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[7] 50
UK Albums (OCC)[8] 69


  1. ^ Prato, Greg. "Better Living Through Chemistry – Fatboy Slim". AllMusic. Retrieved 15 September 2011. 
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (2000). "Fatboy Slim: Better Living Through Chemistry". Christgau's Consumer Guide: Albums of the '90s. St. Martin's Press. ISBN 0-312-24560-2. Retrieved 15 September 2011. 
  3. ^ Newsome, Rachel (October 1996). "Fatboy Slim: Better Living Through Chemistry". Muzik (17): 128. 
  4. ^ Wisdom, James P. "Fatboy Slim: Better Living Through Chemistry". Pitchfork Media. Archived from the original on 9 October 2004. Retrieved 15 September 2011. 
  5. ^ Brackett, Nathan (7 October 1997). "Better Living Through Chemistry". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 15 September 2011. 
  6. ^ Robert Dimery; Michael Lydon (23 March 2010). 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die: Revised and Updated Edition. Universe. ISBN 978-0-7893-2074-2. 
  7. ^ " – Fatboy Slim – Better Living Through Chemistry". Hung Medien. Retrieved 09 Oktober 1996.
  8. ^ "Fatboy Slim | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart Retrieved 28 Oktober 1996.