Halfway Between the Gutter and the Stars

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Halfway Between the Gutter and the Stars
Fatboy Slim - Halfway Between the Gutter and the Stars.jpg
Studio album by Fatboy Slim
Released 6 November 2000
Genre
Length 68:14
Label
Producer Fatboy Slim
Fatboy Slim chronology
You've Come a Long Way, Baby
(1998)You've Come a Long Way, Baby1998
Halfway Between the Gutter and the Stars
(2000)
Palookaville
(2004)Palookaville2004
Singles from Halfway Between the Gutter and the Stars
  1. "Sunset (Bird of Prey)"
    Released: 16 October 2000
  2. "Demons"
    Released: 8 January 2001
  3. "Star 69" / "Weapon of Choice"
    Released: 23 April 2001
  4. "Song for Shelter" / "Ya Mama"
    Released: 3 September 2001

Halfway Between the Gutter and the Stars is the third studio album by English electronic music producer Fatboy Slim. It was released on 6 November 2000 in the United Kingdom by Skint Records and in the United States by Astralwerks. The album features contributions from Macy Gray, Ashley Slater, Bootsy Collins, Roland Clark, and Roger Sanchez, and its title, referenced in the song "Weapon of Choice", is an allusion to an Oscar Wilde quote.

The album was re-released for its fifteenth anniversary on 1 June 2015, including remastered and bonus tracks.[1]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic64/100[2]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[3]
Entertainment WeeklyB−[4]
Los Angeles Times3/4 stars[5]
Melody Maker4/5 stars[6]
NME9/10[7]
Pitchfork4.2/10[8]
Q4/5 stars[9]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[10]
Spin6/10[11]
The Village VoiceA−[12]

Halfway Between the Gutter and the Stars received generally positive reviews from critics.[2] Robert Christgau of The Village Voice wrote "this is where Norman Cook achieves the nonstop stupidity breakbeats alone could never bring him", calling it "All shallow, all pure as a result—pure escape, pure delight, and, as the cavalcade of gospel postures at the end makes clear, pure spiritual yearning. Transcendence, we all want it."[12] The A.V. Club called it "a big load of disposable fun and funk that's fluffier than cotton candy and just as weighty."[13]

On the other hand, Pitchfork wrote, "After enjoying a few years of relative popularity, it seems big-beat's appeal and relevance are waning. [...] After listening to Slim's latest, Halfway Between the Gutter and the Stars, it seems we've reached come-down time. And surprise! It's no fun at all", though "the problem lies more with the everchanging landscape of electronic music and the dying big-beat genre than it does with his technical skill."[8] Entertainment Weekly called it "Melodically repetitive, the songs only intermittently approach the energizing highs of earlier Fatboy cuts."[4] Spin called it a "post-masterpiece puzzler where the kicks just keep getting harder to find, spread-eagle between pop limitations and artistic aspirations."[11]

Tim O'Neil of PopMatters later said the album was "extremely underrated."[14]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Talking Bout My Baby"Fatboy Slim, Jack Hall, Jimmy Hall, John Anthony, Richard Hirsch, Lewis Ross, Leslie Bricusse3:43
2."Star 69"Fatboy Slim, Roland Clark5:43
3."Sunset (Bird of Prey)"Fatboy Slim, Jim Morrison6:49
4."Love Life" (featuring Macy Gray)Fatboy Slim, Macy Gray, Ashley Slater6:58
5."Ya Mama"Fatboy Slim, Jon Hiseman, Dick Heckstall-Smith, Frankie Cutlass, Doug Finley5:38
6."Mad Flava"Fatboy Slim4:33
7."Retox" (featuring Ashley Slater)Fatboy Slim5:17
8."Weapon of Choice" (featuring Bootsy Collins)Fatboy Slim, Bootsy Collins, Slater5:45
9."Drop the Hate"Fatboy Slim5:30
10."Demons" (featuring Macy Gray)Fatboy Slim, Macy Gray, Bill Withers, Ray Jackson6:52
11."Song for Shelter" (featuring Roland Clark and Roger Sanchez; includes the hidden track "Talking 'bout My Baby (Reprise)")Fatboy Slim, Clark11:26

Note On the iTunes release, "Talking 'bout My Baby (Reprise)" is separated from "Song for Shelter", making the track times 9:00 and 2:26 respectively.

Sample credits[15]

  • "Talking Bout My Baby" contains samples of "Macon Hambone Blues", written by Jack Hall, Jimmy Hall, John Anthony, Richard Hirsch, Lewis Ross, and Leslie Bricusse, and performed by Wet Willie.
  • "Star 69" and "Song for Shelter" contain samples of "I Get Deep", written and performed by Roland Clark.
  • "Sunset (Bird of Prey)" contains samples of "Bird of Prey", written and performed by Jim Morrison.
  • "Ya Mama" contains samples of "The Kettle", written by Jon Hiseman and Dick Heckstall-Smith, and performed by Colosseum, "Shake Whatcha Mama Gave Ya", written by Frankie Cutlass and performed by Stik-E and the Hoods, and "Let the Rhythm Pump", written and performed by Doug Lazy.
  • "Drop the Hate" contains samples of "Answer to Watergate", performed by the Reverend W. Leo Daniels.
  • "Demons" contains samples of "I Can't Write Left Handed", written by Bill Withers and Ray Jackson, and performed by Bill Withers.

Edited version[edit]

An edited version also exists, which removes "Star 69" (due to the song's recurring use of the word "fuck", which is the sole reason for obtaining a Parental Advisory label), and removes the song's reprise used in "Song for Shelter".[citation needed]. The artwork is also cropped to cut off right before the leg gap, (presumably for the subject likely being nude) and has a mark saying "Kiddies' Clean Version", similar in design to the Parental Advisory label on normal copies.[16]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2000-2001) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[17] 6
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[18] 22
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[19] 30
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[20] 64
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[21] 39
French Albums (SNEP)[22] 21
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[23] 23
Italian Albums (FIMI)[24] 30
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[25] 10
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[26] 23
Scottish Albums (OCC)[27] 11
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[28] 49
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[29] 35
UK Albums (OCC)[30] 8
UK Independent Albums (OCC)[31] 1
US Billboard 200[32] 51
US Top Dance/Electronic Albums (Billboard)[33] 11

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[34] Gold 35,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[35] Platinum 300,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

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  3. ^ Bush, John. "Halfway Between the Gutter and the Stars – Fatboy Slim". AllMusic. Retrieved 14 February 2012. 
  4. ^ a b Browne, David (6 November 2000). "Halfway Between the Gutter and the Stars". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 14 February 2012. 
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  7. ^ "Fatboy Slim: Halfway Between the Gutter and the Stars". NME: 45. 4 November 2000. 
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  9. ^ "Fatboy Slim: Halfway Between the Gutter and the Stars". Q (171): 122. December 2000. 
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  12. ^ a b Christgau, Robert (5 December 2000). "Consumer Guide: Getting Bizzy". The Village Voice. Retrieved 14 February 2012. 
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  14. ^ Tim O'Neil (19 June 2006). "Fatboy Slim: The Greatest Hits: Why Try Harder". PopMatters. Retrieved 27 May 2017. 
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