You've Come a Long Way, Baby

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You've Come a Long Way, Baby
YouveComeALongWayBaby2.jpg
Studio album by Fatboy Slim
Released 19 October 1998
Studio The House of Love
(Brighton, England)
Genre Big beat
Length 61:59
Label
Producer Norman Cook
Fatboy Slim chronology
Better Living Through Chemistry
(1996)Better Living Through Chemistry1996
You've Come a Long Way, Baby
(1998)
Halfway Between the Gutter and the Stars
(2000)Halfway Between the Gutter and the Stars2000
Alternate cover
North American version
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
Alternate cover
Tenth anniversary edition
Tenth anniversary edition

You've Come a Long Way, Baby is the second studio album by English electronic music producer Fatboy Slim. It was released on 19 October 1998 in the United Kingdom by Skint Records[1] and in the United States by Astralwerks. The album was recorded and produced at Cook's home studio called "The House of Love" in Brighton, England.[2][3]

The album was a critical and commercial success, containing four top ten singles. The album peaked at number one on the UK albums chart, number one in New Zealand, number two in Australia,[4] and number thirty-four on the US Billboard 200[5]. 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.[6] "Build It Up – Tear It Down" was also released as a promo, but not as a commercial single.[clarification needed] The four singles from the album brought Fatboy Slim an international profile and You've Come a Long Way, Baby was described as his 'global break-through album'.[2] Its success earned him a Brit Award in 1999.[7]

Editing[edit]

You've Come a Long Way, Baby was recorded entirely using an Atari ST computer, Creator software and floppy disks.[8] The album faced issues regarding the use of profanity, most notably on the track "Fucking in Heaven" (renamed "In Heaven" in North America, and "Illin in Heaven" on the censored version), where the word 'fucking' is spoken 108 times by 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.

Title and artwork[edit]

The title You've Come a Long Way, Baby was derived from a marketing slogan for Virginia Slims cigarettes.[9] 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 #1 so why try harder".[10][11] The original photograph was taken at the 1983 Fat People's Festival in Danville, Virginia and provided by the Rex Features photo library.[12] Despite a series of enquiries, the man has not been identified.[13] Additional photography for the You've Come a Long Way, Baby liner notes was provided by Simon Thornton.[10] The cover image was changed in North America to an image of shelves stacked with records.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic5/5 stars[14]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music4/5 stars[15]
Entertainment WeeklyB+[16]
Muzik4/5 stars[17]
NME8/10[18]
Pitchfork8.2/10[19]
Q4/5 stars[20]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[21]
Select5/5[22]
Spin8/10[23]

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), 3×Platinum by the Australian Record Industry Association[4] 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".[24] The album was also included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.[25]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Right Here, Right Now"Norman Cook, Dale Peters, Joe Walsh6:27
2."The Rockafeller Skank"Cook, John Barry, Winifred Terry6:53
3."Fucking in Heaven"Cook3:54
4."Gangster Tripping"Cook, Josh Davis, Sam Brox, Ganiyu Pierre Gasper, Stephen Jones, Nicholas Lockett, Myke Wilson5:20
5."Build It Up - Tear It Down"Cook, Patricia Miller5:05
6."Kalifornia"Cook, Mr. Natural5:53
7."Soul Surfing"Cook, Earl Nelson, Fred Smith4:56
8."You're Not from Brighton"Cook5:20
9."Praise You"Cook, Camille Yarbrough5:23
10."Love Island"Cook5:18
11."Acid 8000"Cook7:28
Total length:1:01:59
Sample credits[10]
  • "Right Here, Right Now" contains samples of "Ashes, the Rain, and I", written by Dale Peters and Joe Walsh, and performed by the James Gang.
  • "The Rockafeller Skank" contains samples of "Sliced Tomatoes", written by Winifred Terry and performed by the Just Brothers, 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", written by Patricia Miller and performed by The Purple Fox.
  • "Soul Surfing" contains samples of "I'll Do a Little Bit More", written by Earl Nelson and Fred Smith, and performed by The Olympics.
  • "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.[10]

  • Norman Cook – performer, production
  • Red Design – photography
  • Simon Thornton – engineering, mixing, photography
  • Eve – provides the vocals for the song "Cowboy".
  • Freddy Fresh – provides the vocal sample for the song "Fucking in Heaven".
  • Myriam Tisler – provides the vocals for the song "Radioactivity".

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[44] 3× Platinum 210,000^
Canada (Music Canada)[45] Platinum 100,000^
France (SNEP)[46] Platinum 397,100 [47]*
Japan (RIAJ)[48] Gold 100,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[49] Gold 25,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[50] 4× Platinum 1,200,000^
United States (RIAA)[51] Platinum 1,000,000^
Worldwide (IFPI) N/A 3,000,000[52]

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

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format Catalog no.
United Kingdom 19 October 1998 Skint Records CD[53] BRASSIC 11CD
LP[54][55] BRASSIC 11LP
United States 20 October 1998 Astralwerks ASW 66247-1
Cassette[56] ASW 66247
CD[57] ASW 66247-2
United Kingdom 4 December 1998 Skint Records MiniDisc[58] BRASSIC 11MD
Japan 6 April 1999 CD[59] SKI 491973
13 July 1999 Sony Music Entertainment CD (limited edition)[60] ESCA 491973
United Kingdom 22 September 2009 Skint Records CD (deluxe edition)[61] BRASSIC 56CD

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