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)
Label
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. "Santa Cruz"
    Released: 1995
  2. "Everybody Needs a 303"
    Released: March 1996
  3. "Punk to Funk"
    Released: August 1996
  4. "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 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.

Legacy[edit]

The album was included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.[5]

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

Samples Credits

1: Song for Lindy

 I'm A Man, performed by Chicago
 Higher Ground, performed by Ellen McIlwaine 
 Better Days, performed by Jimi Polo 
 Sunshine, performed by Paolo Ferrara 

2: Santa Cruz

 Love Loves To Love Love, performed by Lulu

3: Going Out Of My Head

 I Can't Explain, performed by Yvonne Elliman 
 The Crunge, performed by Led Zeppelin

4: The Weekend Starts Here

 Loran's Dance, performed by Idris Muhammad  
 The Wizard, performed by Black Sabbath 
 Letters From The Front, performed by Emerson, Lake & Palmer 
 The Decoys Of Ming The Merciless, performed by Jackson Beck 
 Stage Banter/Technical Difficulties, performed by Grateful Dead

5: Everybody Needs A 303

 Everybody Needs Love, performed by Edwin Starr 
 The Fuz and The Boog, performed by Fuzzy Haskins 
 Love Rears Its Ugly Head, performed by Living Color
 Roadhouse Blues, performed by The Doors

6: Give The Po' Man a Break

 Hunk O' Funk, performed by Jack McDuff 
 The Robots, performed by Kraftwerk 
 Give The Poor Man a Break, performed by Ray Charles 

7: 10th and Crenshaw

 Night In Tunisia, performed by Urszula Dudziak 

8: First Down

 Roforofo Fight, performed by Fela Kuti 
 Se a Cabo, performed by James Last

Charts[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1996) Peak
position
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[6] 50
UK Albums (OCC)[7] 69

References[edit]

  1. ^ Greg Prato. "Better Living Through Chemistry - Fatboy Slim". Allmusic. Retrieved 15 September 2011. 
  2. ^ Robert Christgau. "Fatboy Slim". robertchristgau.com. Retrieved 15 September 2011. 
  3. ^ http://web.archive.org/web/20041009225547/http://www.pitchforkmedia.com/record-reviews/f/fatboy-slim/better-living-through-chem.shtml
  4. ^ http://www.rollingstone.com/music/albumreviews/better-living-through-chemistry-19971007
  5. ^ 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. 
  6. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Fatboy Slim – Better Living Through Chemistry". Hung Medien. Retrieved 09 Oktober 1996.
  7. ^ "Fatboy Slim | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart Retrieved 28 Oktober 1996.