Monday, February 23, 2009

810. Fatboy Slim - Better Living Through Chemistry (1996)

Track Listing

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 And Crenshaw
8. First Down
9. Punk To Funk
10. Sound Of Milwaukee
11. Crenshaw Siren Beats


We've had the Chemical Brothers not that long ago here, and now we get the other great name in big beat electronic music. The kind of electronic music that is tailor made to fill up stadiums, beaches, arenas, festivals whatever place you can stick many people in.

Part of its charm is precisely this attempt to appeal to a large crowd, a much bigger one than the rave-going, pill-popping crowd. This does make the music slightly more middle of the road, but when it is well done this does not need to be a negative point.

This is a good big beat album, not the best Fatboy Slim one, which is still to come, but it works perfectly in what it sets out to do. In this sense it is a success, but frankly I am not sure how many times I will actually want to listen to it again. But hey, it's good background music. Oh, and I am a bit more stationary now in my new house, so hopefully we can make this blog slightly more regular again.

Track Highlights

1. Going Out of My Head
2. Everybody Needs a 303
3. Song for Lindy
4. Santa Cruz

Final Grade



The album cover features the image of a 3.5-inch floppy disk, paying homage to "Blue Monday" by New Order (which featured a 5.25-inch disk).

Going Out Of My Head:


Rod McBan said...

Is it a nice house?

Francisco Silva said...

It's a very very very fine house!

There's some photos of it and the view on my wife's flickr: