Star 69 (Fatboy Slim song)

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"Star 69"
Star 69 Weapon of Choice Fatboy Slim.jpg
Single by Fatboy Slim
from the album Halfway Between the Gutter and the Stars
A-side"Weapon of Choice"
Released23 April 2001 (2001-04-23)
GenreAcid techno[1]
Length5:55
Label
Songwriter(s)Norman Cook
Producer(s)Norman Cook
Fatboy Slim singles chronology
"Demons"
(2001)
"Star 69" / "Weapon of Choice"
(2001)
"Song for Shelter" / "Ya Mama"
(2001)
Music video
"Star 69" from YouTube

"Star 69" (also known as "Star 69 (What the F**k)") is a song by English electronic music producer Fatboy Slim, released on 23 April 2001 as the second single from his third studio album Halfway Between the Gutter and the Stars (2000). It was released as a double A-side single with "Weapon of Choice", as well as its own standalone release.

The song peaked at number 10 on the UK Singles Chart.[2] It was later sampled by Katy Perry and Nicki Minaj on their 2017 collaboration "Swish Swish".

Background[edit]

The vocals on the song consist almost entirely of the repeating verse, "They know what is what, but they don't know what is what, they just strut. What the fuck?", sampled from "I Get Deep" by Roland Clark, which was also used on Fatboy Slim's song "Song for Shelter".

A radio edit of the track exists with the word "fuck" taken out. "Star 69" is popular with DJs and has often been remixed and used in mashups due to the vocal hook.

The song is included in the compilation CD Soundtrack 1: The Definitive Xbox Compilation.[3]

Track listing[edit]

CD
CD1: "Star 69" / "Weapon of Choice"
No.TitleLength
1."Star 69" (full version)5:57
2."Star 69" (radio edit)3:35
3."Weapon of Choice"5:38
4."Weapon of Choice" (video)3:31
CD2: remixes
No.TitleLength
1."Star 69 (Timo Maas remix)"7:10
2."Star 69 (X-Press 2 Wine 'Em, Dine 'Em, 69 'Em Mix)"8:20
3."Star 69 (DJ Godfather Detroit Getto-Tek Mix 1)"4:03
12" vinyl
No.TitleLength
1."Star 69" 
2."Star 69 (Timo Maas remix)" 
3."Star 69 (DJ Delite)" 

Charts[edit]

"Star 69" / "Weapon of Choice"

Chart (2001) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[4] 23
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[5] 14
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)[6] 18
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[7] 20
Germany (Official German Charts)[8] 81
Ireland (IRMA)[9] 21
Ireland Dance (IRMA)[10] 1
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[11] 85
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[12] 6
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[13] 10
UK Dance (Official Charts Company)[14] 2
UK Indie (Official Charts Company)[15] 1

"Star 69"

Chart (2001) Peak
position
US Modern Rock Tracks (Billboard) 33
US Hot Dance Club Play (Billboard) 3, 101
  • 1 – censored version

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.allmusic.com/album/halfway-between-the-gutter-and-the-stars-mw0000620216
  2. ^ "FATBOY SLIM - Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 26 January 2018.
  3. ^ "Various Artists, Crystal Method, Public Enemy, Godsmack, Snoop Dogg, Rob Zombie, Wu-Tang Clan, Underworld, Chemical Brothers, Placebo - Soundtrack 1 The Definitive Xbox Compilation - Amazon.com Music". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2016-06-21.
  4. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Fatboy Slim – Star 69". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved 16 July 2016.
  5. ^ "Ultratop.be – Fatboy Slim – Star 69" (in Dutch). Ultratip. Retrieved 16 July 2016.
  6. ^ "Ultratop.be – Fatboy Slim – Star 69" (in French). Ultratip. Retrieved 16 July 2016.
  7. ^ "Fatboy Slim: Star 69" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland. Retrieved 16 July 2016.
  8. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Fatboy Slim – Star 69". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 16 July 2016.
  9. ^ "Chart Track: Week 18, 2001". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved 1 June 2019.
  10. ^ "Top 10 Dance Singles, Week Ending 3 May 2001". GfK Chart-Track. Retrieved 1 June 2019.
  11. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Fatboy Slim – Star 69" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 16 July 2016.
  12. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 19 November 2018.
  13. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 19 November 2018.
  14. ^ "Official Dance Singles Chart Top 40". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 19 November 2018.
  15. ^ "Official Independent Singles Chart Top 50". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 19 November 2018.

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