The Rockafeller Skank

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"The Rockafeller Skank"
Fatboy Slim - The Rockafeller Skank single cover.png
Single by Fatboy Slim
from the album You've Come a Long Way, Baby
Released 8 June 1998 (1998-06-08) (UK)
22 September 1998 (1998-09-22) (US)
Length 3:27 (radio edit)
6:53 (album version)
4:03 (short/video version)
Label Skint
Songwriter(s) Cook, John Barry, Winifred Terry
Producer(s) Fatboy Slim
Fatboy Slim singles chronology
"Going Out of My Head"
"The Rockafeller Skank"
"Gangster Tripping"

"Going Out of My Head"
"The Rockafeller Skank"
"Gangster Tripping"
Music video
"The Rockafeller Skank" on YouTube

"The Rockafeller Skank" (also known as "Funk Soul Brother") is a song by English big beat musician and DJ Fatboy Slim. It was a single released from the 1998 album You've Come a Long Way, Baby.

The single peaked at number six in the UK Singles Chart in June 1998.[1] The song was the second Fatboy Slim single (after "Praise You") to chart on the US Billboard Hot 100, peaking at number 76.


The song features the repeated line "Right about now, the funk soul brother / Check it out now, the funk soul brother", which is a truncated vocal sample of rapper Lord Finesse on the track "Vinyl Dog Vibe" by Vinyl Dogs, the original line being "Check it out right about now, it's no other than the funk soul brother, the Lord Finesse".[2]

The song also features four other samples, including a sample of the song "Sliced Tomatoes" by the band Just Brothers (a popular Northern Soul track), The Bobby Fuller Four's "I Fought the Law" (featuring DeWayne Quirico's drum intro), and a sample of "Beat Girl" by John Barry and his Orchestra. A guitar line from the song "Peter Gunn" by Art of Noise featuring Duane Eddy is also sampled.[3]

Fatboy Slim has stated that to clear the samples and release the song he had to release 100% of the track's royalties, 25% to each artist, meaning he receives no royalties himself.[4]

Usage in media[edit]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "The Rockafeller Skank" (short edit)
  2. "The Rockafeller Skank"
  3. "Always Read the Label"
  4. "Tweakers Delight"

Note: Some mainland European editions omit the album version (track 2)

The edited version is notable at the beginning, as there is a scat effect on the first word of the song. This is removed on the edit featured on the 2006 compilation The Greatest Hits – Why Try Harder.

  1. "The Rockafeller Skank"
  2. "Always Read the Label"
  3. "Tweakers Delight"


Chart (1998-2000) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[8] 32
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[9] 23
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[10] 5
Brazilian Singles Chart (ABPD)[11] 38
Canada Top Singles (RPM) 49
France (SNEP)[12] 69
Germany (Official German Charts)[13] 28
Ireland (IRMA)[14] 15
Italy (FIMI)[15] 20
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[16] 45
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[17] 17
Norway (VG-lista)[18] 20
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[19] 16
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[20] 24
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[21] 6
US Billboard Hot 100 76
US Billboard Modern Rock Tracks 39
US Billboard Mainstream Top 40 21
US Billboard Top 40 Tracks 33
US Billboard Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales 2


  1. ^ "Fatboy Slim - The Rockafeller Skank". Chart Stats. Archived from the original on 2012-03-31. Retrieved 2012-03-31. First appeared in chart (at position): 20/06/1998 (6) ... Highest position in chart: 6 
  2. ^ "Fatboy Slim's The Rockafeller Skank sample of Vinyl Dogs feat. Lord Finesse's Vinyl Dogs Vibe". WhoSampled. Retrieved 2012-03-23. 
  3. ^ "Fatboy Slim's The Rockafeller Skank sample of Art of Noise feat. Duane Eddy's Peter Gunn". WhoSampled. Retrieved 2012-03-23. 
  4. ^ Nick Lawrence (2007-05-07). "Fatboy Slim Interview (May 2006) « HigherFrequency". Retrieved 2012-03-23. 
  5. ^ "Digimon [Warner Bros.] - Original Soundtrack | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 2017-03-04. as well as a surprisingly hip mix of modern rock songs, including the Mighty Mighty Bosstones' "The Impression That I Get," Fatboy Slim's ever-present "The Rockafeller Skank," and Smashmouth's equally ubiquitous "Allstar." 
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  7. ^ Just Dance 2 Song List- IGN
  8. ^ " – Fatboy Slim – The Rockafeller Skank". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  9. ^ " – Fatboy Slim – The Rockafeller Skank" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  10. ^ " – Fatboy Slim – The Rockafeller Skank" (in Dutch). Ultratip.
  11. ^ "Brazil" (PDF). ABPD. October 6, 2001. Retrieved April 1, 2014. 
  12. ^ " – Fatboy Slim – The Rockafeller Skank" (in French). Les classement single.
  13. ^ " – Fatboy Slim Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  14. ^ "Irish Singles Chart – Search for song". Irish Recorded Music Association. Retrieved July 6, 2011. 
  15. ^ "Hit Parade Italia - Indice per Interprete: F". Hit Parade Italia. Retrieved July 6, 2012. 
  16. ^ " – Fatboy Slim – The Rockafeller Skank" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  17. ^ " – Fatboy Slim – The Rockafeller Skank". Top 40 Singles.
  18. ^ " – Fatboy Slim – The Rockafeller Skank". VG-lista.
  19. ^ " – Fatboy Slim – The Rockafeller Skank". Singles Top 100.
  20. ^ " – Fatboy Slim – The Rockafeller Skank". Swiss Singles Chart.
  21. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.

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