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)
Format
Genre
Length
  • 3:27 (radio edit)
  • 6:53 (album version)
  • 4:03 (short and video version)
LabelSkint
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Fatboy Slim
Fatboy Slim singles chronology
"Going Out of My Head"
(1997)
"The Rockafeller Skank"
(1998)
"Gangster Tripping"
(1998)
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.

Samples[edit]

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]

The song has been featured in the media on numerous occasions:

Track listing[edit]

CD
  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.

12"
  1. "The Rockafeller Skank"
  2. "Always Read the Label"
  3. "Tweakers Delight"

Charts[edit]

Chart (1998–2000) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[27] 32
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[28] 23
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[29] 5
Brazil (ABPD)[30] 38
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[31] 49
Canada Dance/Urban (RPM)[32] 4
France (SNEP)[33] 69
Germany (Official German Charts)[34] 28
Ireland (IRMA)[35] 15
Italy (Hit Parade Italia)[36] 20
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[37] 45
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[38] 17
Norway (VG-lista)[39] 20
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[40] 6
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[41] 16
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[42] 24
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[43] 6
UK Dance (Official Charts Company)[44] 2
UK Indie (Official Charts Company)[45] 1
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

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[46] Gold 400,000double-dagger

double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

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  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.
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  46. ^ "British single certifications – Fatboy Slim – The Rockafeller Skank". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 9 November 2018. Select singles in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Type The Rockafeller Skank in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.

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