Fit but You Know It

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"Fit But You Know It"
Fit But You Know It.jpg
Single by The Streets
from the album A Grand Don't Come for Free
B-side"Soaked By The Ale"
Released26 April 2004 (2004-04-26)
FormatCD single
12"
Recorded2003
GenreRap rock, indie rock
Length4:14
Songwriter(s)Mike Skinner
Producer(s)Mike Skinner
The Streets singles chronology
"It's Too Late/Weak Become Heroes"
(2002)
"Fit But You Know It"
(2004)
"Dry Your Eyes"
(2004)

"Fit But You Know It" is a song by English alternative hip hop group The Streets and written/produced by Mike Skinner. It was released in April 2004 as the lead single of The Streets second album A Grand Don't Come for Free. The song reached number four in the UK Single Charts.

Background[edit]

Skinner told the Daily Star that the lyrics refer to former S Club 7 member Rachel Stevens who was embarking on a solo career at the time the song was recorded. He later denied the song was about Stevens and said that he threw her name out as a red herring to escape the nosey reporter's questions.[1]

Critical reception[edit]

Leonie Cooper of NME called the "chugging beat" and "the extreme rowdiness of it all" the best parts of the song.[2] James Snodgrass of NME called it, "a great first single, it takes a guitar chug and a boozy rant and combines them to joyous effect."[3] Decca Aitkenhead of The Guardian said that the song "managed to capture the comically crude but complex sexual politics of a busy late-night chip shop on a lads' holiday".[4]

Music video[edit]

The music video for the single has a cameo of the cast of The Football Factory which includes Danny Dyer and Frank Harper. In the video, Mike Skinner plays the part of a man picking up his holiday photos from the developers. As the song is playing, he looks through the photos which show scenes from his holiday. The video was released on two separate formats- a DVD single (which also included the video for The Irony of it All and a bonus DVD which came with some copies of parent album A Grand Don't Come For Free.

Track listing[edit]

UK Single CD1[edit]

No.TitleLength
1."Fit But You Know It" (Radio Edit)3:08
2."Soaked By The Ale"3:33
Total length:06:41

UK Single CD2[edit]

No.TitleLength
1."Fit But You Know It"4:11
2."Fit But You Know It" (featuring The Futureheads)3:55
3."Fit But You Know It" (featuring Kano, Donae'o, Lady Sovereign and Tinchy Stryder)3:47
4."Fit But You Know It" (Donae'o Remix)2:46
5."Fit But You Know It" (Video)3:34
Total length:18:13

Chart performance[edit]

The single reached number four on the UK singles chart, spending fifteen weeks inside the top 75. In Australia, the song was ranked number 18 on Triple J's Hottest 100 of 2004.

Charts[edit]

Chart
(2004)
Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[5] 37
Germany (Official German Charts)[6] 85
Ireland (IRMA)[7] 11
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[8] 6
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[9] 42
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[10] 4
UK R&B (Official Charts Company)[11] 1

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Skinner denies ode to Stevens". irishexaminer.com. Irish Examiner. June 10, 2006. Retrieved January 24, 2019.
  2. ^ Cooper, Leonie (October 13, 2017). "The Streets' 10 best songs". nme.com. NME. Retrieved January 24, 2019.
  3. ^ Snodgrass, James (September 12, 2005). "The Streets: A Grand Don't Come For Free". nme.com. NME. Retrieved January 24, 2019.
  4. ^ Aitkenhead, Decca (March 18, 2012). "Mike Skinner: 'I get withdrawal symptoms if I've not created something for a few days'". theguardian.com. The Guardian. Retrieved January 24, 2019.
  5. ^ "Australian-charts.com – The Streets – Fit but you Know It". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  6. ^ "Musicline.de – The Streets Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  7. ^ "Chart Track: Week 24, 2004". Irish Singles Chart.
  8. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  9. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – The Streets – Fit but you Know It". Singles Top 100.
  10. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  11. ^ "Official R&B Singles Chart Top 40". Official Charts Company.