Fatboy Slim

Better Living Through Chemistry

Double LP

Double LP reissue of the first release from Norman Cook as Fatboy Slim!

His debut, Better Living Through Chemistry, is more of a compilation than a proper album per se. Much of it had already been released, either as singles or via Skint's Brassic Beats series. The blueprint was already there: the beats were big, the house was mostly acid; the funkier end of crate-dug breaks prevailed, and there were cheeky lifts and samples ahoy. Santa Cruz borrows Lulu's tremendous Love Loves to Love Love, Going Out of My Head batters I Can't Explain, and Punk to Funk masterfully deploys Keith Mansfield's Young Scene. The key track, however, was Everybody Needs a 303: a champion acid monster of a tune, it encapsulates the Fatboy ethos in just under six minutes. Sixteen years on, Better Living Through Chemistry stands tall as the sound of abandon and messiness, a joyous soundtrack to an era of caning it and the third (or fourth... or fifth?) Summer of Love.

Everybody Needs a 303

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Fatboy Slim Better Living Through Chemistry
  • 1.Song for Lindy
  • 2.Santa Cruz
  • 3.Going Out of My Head
  • 4.Weekend Starts Here
  • 5.Everybody Needs a 303
  • 6.Give the Po' Man a Break
  • 7.10th & Crenshaw
  • 8.First Down
  • 9.Punk to Funk
  • 10.Sound of Milwaukee
  • 11.Michael Jackson
  • 12.Next to Nothing

Cat no: BRASSIC002LP
Label: Skint
Info correct on: 17/3/2016