You've Come a Long Way, Baby

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You've Come a Long Way, Baby
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Studio album by Fatboy Slim
Released 19 October 1998
Studio The House of Love
(Brighton, England)
Genre Big beat
Length 61:59
Label Skint, Astralwerks, Sony
Producer Norman Cook
Fatboy Slim chronology
On the Floor at the Boutique
(1998)
You've Come a Long Way, Baby
(1998)
Signature Series Volume 1
(2000)
Alternate cover
North American cover
Singles from You've Come a Long Way, Baby
  1. "The Rockafeller Skank"
    Released: 8 June 1998
  2. "Gangster Tripping"
    Released: 5 October 1998
  3. "Praise You"
    Released: 4 January 1999
  4. "Right Here, Right Now"
    Released: 19 April 1999
  5. "Build It Up – Tear It Down"
    Released: 15 September 1999

You've Come a Long Way, Baby is the second studio album by English big beat musician Fatboy Slim, released on 19 October 1998 by Skint Records. It was both a critical and commercial success, containing four top ten singles. The album liner notes state that the album was made at The House of Love.

Release[edit]

The album peaked at number one on the UK albums chart, number one in New Zealand, number two in Australia,[1] and number thirty-four on the US Billboard 200.[citation needed] Four singles were released from the album: "The Rockafeller Skank", "Gangster Tripping", "Praise You", and "Right Here, Right Now", each of which reached the top 10 in the UK Singles Chart.[2] "Build It Up – Tear It Down" was also released as a promo, but not as a commercial single.

You've Come a Long Way, Baby faced issues regarding the use of profanity, most notably on the track "Fucking in Heaven" where the word 'fucking' is spoken 108 times by DJ Freddy Fresh. The word "shit" is used in "Gangster Tripping" 57 times, which makes a total of 165 profanities. Because of this, the album was given a Parental Advisory sticker. It is possible that the repeated use of "druggy" in "Kalifornia" also required the sticker, which is not limited to simply profanity but also to drug references. "Fucking in Heaven" is renamed "In Heaven" on the North American release of You've Come a Long Way, Baby. It is also listed as "Illing in Heaven" on a certain promo release.

Title and artwork[edit]

The title You've Come a Long Way, Baby was derived from a marketing slogan for Virginia Slims cigarettes.[3] Conceived by Red Design, the album's primary cover art features an obese young man dressed in a T-shirt bearing the words "I'm No. 1 so why try harder".[4][5] The original photograph was taken at the 1983 Fat People's Festival in Danville, Virginia and provided by the Rex Features photo library.[6] Despite a series of enquiries, the man has not been identified.[7] Additional photography for the You've Come a Long Way, Baby liner notes was provided by Simon Thornton.[4]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 5/5 stars[8]
Robert Christgau (3-star Honorable Mention)[9]
Entertainment Weekly B+[10]
NME 8/10[11]
Pitchfork Media 8.2/10[12]
Q 4/5 stars[13]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[14]
Spin 8/10[15]
Sunday Mirror 8/10[16]

The album received critical acclaim, particularly for its beats and hooks, and is considered a benchmark album in big beat music. In 1999, it was certified 3× platinum by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI), 3xPlatinum by the Australian Record Industry Association[1] and platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). In 2000, the album was ranked number 81 in Q magazine's readers' poll of the "100 Greatest British Albums Ever".[17]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Right Here, Right Now"   Norman Cook, Dale Peters, Joe Walsh 6:27
2. "The Rockafeller Skank"   Cook, John Barry, Winifred Terry 6:53
3. "Fucking in Heaven"   Cook 3:54
4. "Gangster Tripping"   Cook, Josh Davis, Sam Brox, Ganiyu Pierre Gasper, Stephen Jones, Nicholas Lockett, Myke Wilson 5:20
5. "Build It Up – Tear It Down"   Cook, Patricia Miller 5:05
6. "Kalifornia"   Cook, Mr. Natural 5:53
7. "Soul Surfing"   Cook, Earl Nelson, Fred Smith 4:56
8. "You're Not from Brighton"   Cook 5:20
9. "Praise You"   Cook, Camille Yarbrough 5:23
10. "Love Island"   Cook 5:18
11. "Acid 8000"   Cook 7:28
Total length:
1:01:59
Sample credits[4]
  • "Right Here, Right Now" contains samples of "Ashes, the Rain, and I" as performed by the James Gang, written by Dale Peters and Joe Walsh.
  • "The Rockafeller Skank" contains samples of "Sliced Tomatoes" as performed by the Just Brothers, written by Winifred Terry, and "Beat Girl", written and performed by John Barry.
  • "Gangster Trippin" contains samples of "Entropy", written and performed by DJ Shadow (Josh Davis), and "Beatbox Wash", written and performed by the Dust Junkys (Sam Brox, Ganiyu Pierre Gasper, Stephen Jones, Nicholas Lockett and Myke Wilson).
  • "Build It Up – Tear It Down" contains samples of "The Acid Test" as performed by The Purple Fox, written by Patricia Miller.
  • "Soul Surfing" contains samples of "I'll Do a Little Bit More" as performed by The Olympics, written by Earl Nelson and Fred Smith.
  • "Praise You" contains samples of "Take Yo Praise", written and performed by Camille Yarbrough.

Personnel[edit]

Credits for You've Come a Long Way, Baby adapted from liner notes.[4]

Charts[edit]

Chart (1998–99) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[18] 2
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[19] 13
Belgium (Ultratop Flanders)[20] 27
Belgium (Ultratop Wallonia)[21] 35
Canada (RPM)[22] 16
Finland (The Official Finnish Charts)[23] 29
France (SNEP)[24] 10
Germany (Media Control)[25] 15
Ireland (IRMA)[26] 19
Netherlands (MegaCharts)[27] 27
Norway (VG-lista)[28] 20
New Zealand (RIANZ)[29] 1
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[28] 24
Switzerland (Swiss Hitparade)[30] 23
UK Albums Chart (OCC)[31] 1
US Billboard 200[32] 34

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format Catalog no.
United Kingdom 19 October 1998 Skint Records CD[33] BRASSIC 11CD
LP[34][35] BRASSIC 11LP
United States 20 October 1998 Astralwerks ASW 66247-1
Cassette[36] ASW 66247
CD[37] ASW 66247-2
United Kingdom 4 December 1998 Skint Records MiniDisc[38] BRASSIC 11MD
Japan 6 April 1999 CD[39] SKI 491973
13 July 1999 Sony Music Entertainment CD (limited edition)[40] ESCA 491973
United Kingdom 22 September 2009 Skint Records CD (deluxe edition)[41] BRASSIC 56CD

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