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You've Come a Long Way Baby

Fatboy Slim

1998

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You've Come a Long Way Baby

Rating

3.36

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3573

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Sounded like sitting through an hour long Toyota Aygo advert.

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Sounds like a GTA radio station if they couldn’t get the rights to anything good. Favorite track: “Gangster Trippin”

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This man is pretty fuckin' creative! I don't usually go in for electronic music, but the blend of real instruments and truly interesting sound effects and beats is pretty fun to hear. Incredible bangers on this album.

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Oh man I forgot how much I loved The Rockafeller Skank when it came out. Really feelin it still. OH SHIT I never heard that last 2 minutes, that wasn't on the radio! I am remembering that my mom did not let me get this cd because of the parental advisory, which I understand now after hearing "In Heaven." Some of these songs are kind of stupid, but they are all fun. I really liked "Praise You" back in the day as well.

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5

(I listened to the original album, not the anniversary edition). Good start, Right Here Right Now is a ridiculous classic. 5 star track. Same goes for the 2nd track, Rockerfeller Skank. Ridiculous. 😂. Gangster Tripping a classic too. And Praise You is such a classic. Absolutely frothing 😂 there doesn't seem any way that you wouldn't give this album 5 stars.

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4

Surprised by how good this was outside of the couple I already knew!

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4

Great for progressive load trainer rides.

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4

I remember when this came out it was like a new drug had been introduced. People reacted differently to it of course, but many, myself included, found it very addictive. Such a punchy, high-contrast sound. Expert layering/structuring of samples that keeps the fun and excitement up throughout.

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4

This album felt like a natural evolution of Homework by Daft Punk. It was still repetitive, catchy electronica but kept it fresher than Homework, in my opinion. Overall, sounded good the whole way though while still having quite a few standouts, with acid 8000 sounding like a Daft Punk song. Also the original album cover is way cooler than the American version. Fav songs: The Rockafeller Skank, Soul Surfing, Love Island

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Who'd have thought we all be sat here in 2022 listening to Fatboy Slim and actually enjoying it? We have come a long way, but also we've barely moved at all, baby. I did enjoy him at Glastonbury 2019 too, but there may have been other reasons for that. Get me to Ayia Napa.

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What a fat fuck that kid on the cover is. Grotesque, obese, ugly motherfucker. Can you imagine giving birth to such a beast? His mother must feel physically and mentally ill.

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Apparently, John Terry was one of the co-writers on Rockafeller Skank. I plan on doing no further research to disabuse myself of the idea that this means the former Chelsea F.C. captain. While he had his ups and downs off the pitch, his career on it was first rate and remarkably consistent. Unlike this.

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Couldn't bear to finish it. Had mild hope for You're Note From Brighton because the name is silly, but no. I imagine overdosing on a stimulant is a lot like listening to this album

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5

And on the day that daft punk breaks up

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5

This was rad to play tetris to.

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5

Even when I was a touch zoned put, I was still bobbing my head along. This is a great album.

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5

So much love for this record. Just awesome.

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5

Drags a little bit but its a stone cold classic.

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4.5* way better than i expected and really got me moving

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5

Ai että, tätä levyä on tullut fiilisteltyä aikoinaan ja paljon. Kotona ei näkynyt aikanaan MTV, mutta eräällä kaverilla kyllä ja muistaakseni myös jollain etelänmatkalla hotellihuoneen telkkarissa pyörivät Rockafeller Skankin ja Beastie Boysin Intergalacticin musavideot solkenaan. Muutamaa vuotta myöhemmin tämä lätty oli minulla kopsattuna MiniDiscille ja kovassa kuuntelussa. Ainakin parin kuuntelukerran perusteella lätty on kestänyt hyvin aikaa ja tykkäsin edelleen. Ei kai tälle voi vitosta pienempää arvosanaa antaa?

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5

Banger, front to back.

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5

Senior year. Loving EDM before I knew what EDM really was...

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5

I dont know why but I liked almost every second of it.

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Ace! Made me want to jump up and dance.

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5

Near perfect, sound of my yoof

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5

Great album with lots of bangers on it. Front to back very cohesive record!

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5

Bangerz!! Only really knew the hits, but man are they absolute choons. Enjoyed the rest of the album too. Makes me really miss festivals and gigs!

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5

A balmy foist of fun and unexpected beats was unleashed to the world in 1998. A beauty

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5

Breakbeat sampling is what I love about the late 90s.

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5

Right Here Right Now

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5

Música electrónica (big beat). Me ha gustado.

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5

Bangers all throughout. Gets you hyped wherever you are

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5

The undisputed Big Beat king and the epitome of bedroom production. Impossible to not dance to it. Too many classics to name.

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5

I know it shouldn't have 5 stars but when I enjoyed it that much what exactly are 5 stars for?

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5

What a nice baby

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5

10/10, great feel-good vibes also super impressive for 1990

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5

Iconic album!

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5

Literally impossible for me to be objective about this one, due to my fatboy slim tattoo and all. I haven't listened to this album in a hot minute though. I know it's very loopy and very repetitive. It's still a JAM. Love Island + Acid 8000 is one hell of a finale.

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5

Absolute banger. A classic electro lofi triptastic dance monster.

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5

I've just loved fatbot slim for so long. I used to get pumped on the bus to speech and debate tournaments on songs from this very album. so. uh. let's fucking go.

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5

Definitely makes me want to boogie! Good in small doses, can be a bit on the noise side for my taste

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5

I find EDM repetitive and boring. NOT THIS! Just when it's in danger of becoming boring, he wanders off into something knew. It's a lot of fun, some of those odd, mangled vocals remind me of naughty boys playing with words and fart sounds. It's when he segues into those big beats that he shows his mastery. This is so far above anything in this genre, except maybe Daft Punk.

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5

GASA! Le prime due sono due bombe. L'ascolto in metropolitana è consigliato. Love island non la conoscevo ed è un altro capolavoro oltre 'Praise You'

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4

Good tunes.

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Check it out now, the funk soul brotha.

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4

Recognized a lot of these songs. Would listen again

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4

Big beats and big boys. Liked more than I thought I would

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4

Could use a party right about now...

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4

Very nostalgic album for me. Good to listen to in full. I may come back to it at some point.

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"The Rockafeller Skank" and "Praise You" were the two songs I knew. I heard "Praise You" recently on the radio and didn't know it was FBS and thought it was a new artist, so I think a lot of this has aged well. I especially like the stutter-vocals on Praise You that keeps going for a long time, a technique I am surprised to not hear more often in music honestly. There is a playfulness in the tracks that I really appreciate, it's just fun music but also the breakbeats and DJ-style mixing adds a depth to it. There are some somewhat cheesy 90s sounding acid-techno style squelching synths that feel a bit dated, but this was the 90s. The deluxe edition is a bit too long though, I'd cut it down in half personally. But, that original length album exists, so that's the one I'd listen to as a first time listener. Still really hard for me to rate. It's a 3.5 in terms of enjoyment, but I will round up to 4.

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Fatboy slim is so fun. RHRN, Rockafeller Skank, Gangster Tripin, Praise You, etc.

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Just really good electro-dancepop that is chock full of earworms and bangers. If I would consider the transcendent music videos, if give it another star.

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Spent a lot of time with this one many years ago. Love the energy

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Bon album techno j’aivraiment aime hehe 4.25*

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4

Real dancey upbeat bops, while the middle blends together a bit the high points outweigh the lows

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Always liked this album, but the Chemical Brother's Dig Your Own Hole is probably my fave big beat album from the late 90's.

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4

Nice!

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4

Funky music, meh lyrics. Ultra Funky and Ultra meh.

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4

Very good, great flow. Songs were a bit long, but all bangers. Obvi faves were the hits, but You're not from Brighton was a happy surprise :)

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4

A classic. I love The Rockafeller Skank, Gangster Trippin, and Soul Surfing. I wouldn't just listen to the album probably, but it's great party music.

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Classic Norman

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Een 4, maar met de kanttekening dat er ook wat mindere goden op deze plaat staan. Maar over all is dit natuurlijk fijn.

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Ik werd hier wel weer vrolijk van, om deze weer eens helemaal gedraaid te hebben. Erg aanstekelijk en catchy nummers.

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Voor het eerst eens helemaal en op koptelefoon geluisterd. Wat een geweldenaar! Nothing but hits en supercatchy.

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Jaaa, coole plaat!

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Pelkästään Right Here Right Now'sta ja Rockafeller Skankin nostamista fiiliksistä voisi Pläskipoika Hoikkikselle antaa vitosen. Rockafeller Skank on syöpynyt jonnekin syvälle, koska se oli pleikkarilla FIFA99:n introssa... Right about now, the funk soul brother, check it out now, .... Loppulevyä en Praise You biisiä lukuunottamatta ollut kuullut, eikä levyn muut biisit nyt mitään erityisen sykähdyttäviä olleet. Tai sitten en vaan päässyt yli tymäkän alun nostamasta fiiliksestä. Kuitenkin pelkästään juuri tästä levyn aloituksen ansiosta hyvällä omalla tunnolla perusvahva nelonen (5,8%).

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Unreal

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Big beats are the best beats. Get high all the time. Best Tracks: Right Here Right Now, Rockafeller Skank, Praise You

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4

Super fun stuff. Could have been a 5, but a little bit of bloat just holds it back.

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4

Massive break beats, very accessible electronic music fused with soul and funk, mostly. Great running soundtracks.

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Great album. Still makes your feet wanna move. One star off for 'Fucking In Heaven'. That one is annoying.

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Qué disco más guapo de electrónica. Praise You me la pongo en bucle, pero además tiene las icónicas Right Here Right Now y Rockafeller Skank. Un gustazo.

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Ground-smashing.

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"Right Here, Right Now" is good, I like the violins they incorporated. Hey I know "The Rockafeller Skank" "In Heaven" has a good beat, but not in love with the lyrics. "Ganster Trippin" has a good beat. Not much to the lyrics. I'm finding the album has good beats but no substance to the lyrics. "Build It Up, Tear It Down" is good to work to. "Kalifornia" is a bop. "Soul Surfing" hey, some lyrics! Sort of. "You're Not From Brighton" I was bopping but didn't listen cuz work. "Praise You" hey I know this one too! "Love Island" is the only one that doesn't really seem to fit with the rest. "Acid 8000" ok this one doesn't fit quite with the rest either but I like the techno. Overall I like the album. It doesn't have much in the way of lyrics but it's easy to work to.

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4

A really good album some great songs on the album contains songs that I would listen to again and again 4/5

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wow

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Pretty good, I did enjoy it a lot but to me in some ways it hadn't aged well. Still a few bangers though.

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4

Never listened to an electronic album before, so I was skeptical but became pleasantly surprised. Each song is long, and you'd think it would be repetitive, but there's enough variation to keep you interested. The best example is The Rockafeller Skank which is just a single line repeated over 7 minutes, but Fatboy Slim's experimental movements are almost classical. With the exception of "Praise You", I did feel the second side was weaker in the first, but you can tell Fatboy Slim is having fun.

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I know what Fatboy Slim is!

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kind of cool to listen to it with headphones. I feel like it changes the experience to a more active one.

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Was one of my favourite albums growing up, and whilst it has lost some of its edge for me, and I can see maybe some flaws that I didn't when younger, I still think it has great energy and gets me wanting to dance and have fun.

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That cover photo is taken from Fat Peoples Festival, in Danville 1983, and the guy is still not identified. But was there ever a festival like that? Rabbit hole warning! https://www.reddit.com/r/nonmurdermysteries/comments/lw1wlj/the_identity_of_the_man_on_fatboy_slims_album/ And the the songs are great too! Best: Rockafeller Skank, Gangster Trippin, Praise You.

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Took me back….

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When FBS spun the first 2 tracks of this LP at the Olympic Games closing ceremony in London, I got a better idea of how popular and influential he was/is. His ability to construct catchy, surfy tracks using obscure samples is amazing. He still enjoys assaulting your ears a little too much with noise and repetition for my liking, otherwise it would be a 5 for me – that and the fact that the original of Praise You is superior to his bland remix. My CD had the record library cover but I love this original (UK) album cover from the fat people’s festival – the cigarette is a nice touch!

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This is better than the last FBS album. The question is whether it's enough to get it a higher rating. I think it is and I also like the cover. 

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Super fun!

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4

All bangers

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4

Dope beatz

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4

Good stuff. My only criticism is that the tracks are each just a little too long, but that's pretty minor and probably just a side effect of the genre

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4

Honestly, this album was more consistently good than I thought it was going to be. It's got a distinctive style, but manages to pack a lot of different moods into the album 4/5

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90's Big Beat what's not to like about this Album, the mixture of humour and serious point making continues to make this relevant 23 years later. But the reality is you can't separate the music from the videos really. "Rockafella Skank" and "Praise You" are stand outs for me. Just love his inventiveness and his cheeky British lad like humour. "Right Here, Right Now" rightfully a classic in it's own right. Good Stuff all round.

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Bijzonder rap genre. goed gedaan en ik kan het waarderen maar niet zoveel als eerst.

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4

Difficult to rate as I loved this album when it came out, listening to it now it's everything I hate about mainstream dance, but it does have some genuinely great hooks in there. could give it any score based on how I feel that day. 4 seems generous but fair

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4

Not my normal music but pleasantly surprised.

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shockingly good the middle gets slow but there are a lot of bangers to go around 4.5

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4/5

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4

Good memories

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4

Such a throwback!

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4.5

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4

Here we go. This is a formative album for me. It's of the few albums that managed to cut across the divide at school between all the dullard "real music" britpop bores, and the super cool kids like me listening to electronic music. It drips with pop appeal but manages to keep a pretty cool edge. Album opener Right Here Right Now, sampling the wonderful Angela Bassett from the film Strange Days is an absolute powerhouse of a tune. Big lush and emotive. I remember being blown away hearing this on a mixtape for the first time. It doesn't quite tingle the spine as much today but it's a fine track. Rockafella Skank is amazing, it epitomises the bright and breezy pop appeal of the album. In a sea of po faced indy wankers it's not hard to see why tracks like this stood out. Fucking In Heaven at first glance feels like a bit of filler but I ended up loving the funky breaks thing going on here. It stands up better than some of the more overt big beat tracks like Build it Up Tear It Down. Big beat was a light that burned so very bright but for a very short period of time, so sounds very much of they're time. Gangster Tripping sandwiched between those two is another that was hammered on the radio. This really is a rare album for me. One that I both hold in fond regard personally and one where many of the singles were widely popular. You'd hear this wafting out of car windows, playing in shops or whatever. Kinda makes me wish I enjoyed more popular music. Or at least that the music I like was more popular. Anyway, as we get into the second half of the album there's still plenty to enjoy. Kalifornia is another nice breakbeat number, bringing in daftpunkesque vocoder type voice. I don't remember the breaks tracks being as strong as this. Soul Surfing was always a favourite, he used to chop this into his DJ sets, possibly works better as a DJ tool than an album track, but meh, it's still fun. But the time we get to You're Not From Brighton though it's feeling like it needs a bit of a change up. Which happily is delivered with the album's most successful single, the (amongst others) Camille Yarbrough sampling Praise You. Fatboy Slim always seems to work best when things seem at their most simple. Catchy vocal sample, breakbeat, bang. He's got a tremendous ear for it, as seen with his ace renegade master. Love Island brings a bit of of an urgency, with some driving beats as we get to the end of the album. This is more club gear really but it still fits pretty nicely here. Acid 8000 brings things to a bit bombastic squelchy end. These are not the cross over tracks, but they show off Cook's club chops. He could still get the cooler dancefloors jamming .I saw him play Back2Basics a few years after this and it was absolutely mega. He probably gets a bit of stick for being the first pop crossover DJ, but he's done it better than most.

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4

No one has made better electronic music that it's actually listenable and enjoyable, not only at rave parties so much as anywhere else, than Fatboy Slim. And this album alone, it's just a pure gem in the uplifting 90's music.

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4

Really cool!

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4

I love this album. Still so cool!

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4

Pretty damn good even outside of the classics.

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4

A solid album although starting to sound a little bit dated.

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4

Fun

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4.5

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Liked it!

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4

why try harder?

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4

Classic, great rhythms and beats. I think this album contains 3 of my favorite songs.

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4

Great album that highlights the rising digital creative scene.

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4

I didn’t really care for this type of music as a teen when it released but upon release as an adult, I really enjoyed a number of tracks.

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4

Maximum 90s

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4

Iconic! Remember dancing around to this back in the day. Saw him live at Latitude a few years agonand he was smokin’ hot! Love it!

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4

the nostalgia is strong with this one

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4

Very cool. I liked his work before but had never heard a full album.

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4

I knew going into this record that I would enjoy it, but a closer listen didn't disappoint. It depends on looped samples to a fault, but the seams, especially those in the vocal lines, end up as tasty imperfections. The sides are reasonably distinct: A has the hits and the self-reference, B a couple deeper cuts and a melodic surprise at the end, C brings the drums over melody as such, and D takes a beautiful left turn. One has to be prepared for repetition in form, but it rides on strength of execution.

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4

Fun album.

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4

nostalgiaaaaaa

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4

More guitars than I'd have assumed. Fun album, especially the last track.

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4

great tunes. takes me back

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4

Probably really a 3* album (although there are a handful of great tracks, to be fair) but I listened to this so much as a kid that the nostalgia trip it provided boosted the overall listening experience.

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4

The production was great on this, the drums, the timing. I like how he changes tempo so suddenly and it still works, goes half time, double time. The craziest part about this album was that it felt like it could've just been released, it must have been way ahead of its time. I hear this album's influence in a lot of EDM artists (Skrillex, Don Diablo, Griz, Bassnectar). Favorite songs - Rockefeller Skank, Gangster Trippin, Build it up Tear it Down, You're Not From Brighton

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i like the idea of this album

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4

Lots of bops and different-ish vibes from the songs.

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4

fy vad bra och fortfarande fräscht 20 år senare

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4

Bangers

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4

Well, this is something of a classic - there are some brilliant singles on here and of course, an all time favourite album track, Love Island. There's not really a lot to say about this, except it was great when everybody started getting into Fatboy because I'd been a big beat enthusiast since I bought a weird grey covered Skint record with a name I could barely read and thought it just said FATBOD SLIM... you have indeed, come a long way baby.

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4

They had such a distinct sound. It's really surprising that they caught on, but they were smart enough to know it would. Their samples are iconic, and most importantly, they know what they are and offer no pretense. HIp-Hop can be heavily hyperbolized and degrading, but they are able to be mostly real, innovative, and take aim on interesting subjects...like Bill Laimbeer. I think Sabotage is the perfect example of what they are. It's a great track, produced perfectly and timeless. This album is way better than I expected it to be.

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4

LE-GEN-DA-RY! You may not know who they are, but you definitely heard the songs

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4

Strong enough to really compete in a Eurovision semi final. Probably.

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Surprised by how many songs I knew, seems to have been everywhere even more than I noticed at the time. Gangster Trippin is still my favourite, but the album as a whole is so good, and so consistent, that it works best as a piece.

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4

This was a fun album. I had heard several songs from the record, but didn't realize they were Fatboy Slim. I'm down for it!

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4

A stone-cold classic in its way, not all to my liking, but there are some truly seminal musical moments on this album.

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3

90’er dance, bangers, rytmisk, humoristisk

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3

Some amazing tracks

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I'm uncertain if after listening more i get bored of it or on the contrary will like it more

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3

Fine

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3

It was fun. I have heard his newer versions of many of these songs. Nice to catch the “originals”

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3

Classic dance music.

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Levotonta menoa. Parit hittibiisit ovat jonkinlaisia moderneja klassikoita, mutta muuten en saa oikein kiinni tästä.

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3

This was a decent album. I'm not so into break beats as I was in the late 90's. But this still had some nostalgic hits ("Rockefeller skank" and "praise you") which made it a nice trip down memory lane.

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3

Best of it’s kind. I hate repetition.

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Fun record, nostalgic.

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3

finally a new one! I am slightly familiar with his few radio/MTV hits, but this was not what I was looking for when it came out so I ignored him. The first track is already a jam. OK, I know Rockafeller Skank. I always assumed this was called "funk soul brother".

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lo moderno se convierte en contemporánea y luego en clásico.

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"The Rockafeller Skank" Released: 8 June 1998 "Gangster Tripping" Released: 5 October 1998 "Praise You" Released: 4 January 1999 "Right Here, Right Now" Released: 19 April 1999 "Build It Up – Tear It Down" Released: 15 September 1999

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3

Founding sounds from Fatboy Slim. Skank brings this to a firm 3.

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3

3.0 - Solid album of breakbeats. Enjoyable enough as high energy background music. Overall, it sounds frozen in 90s UK.

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3

little repetitious, but lots of funky tunes!

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3

coo

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My only prior knowledge to Fatboy Slim was Rockafeller Stank and Weapon of Choice, so when I put on the album and found it wasn't nearly as good as the singles, I was disappointed. Although I'm not familiar with Big Beat or Breakbeat, I feel that there are far better sample-based albums that elevate the samples beyond just selected beats and single lines ("Fatboy Slim is fucking in heaven" is particularly uninspired). A mere two years after this album's release would be The Avalanches' "Since I Left You", a masterclass in plunderphonics; The Funk Sould Brother should take notes. Otherwise this is a perfectly fine album. Pretty good beats but overall not blowing me away or anything.

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This is pretty fun, but hard to take seriously because I've heard some of the songs so many times in movies and commercials and stuff. It's like a happier version of The Prodigy and The Chemical Brothers.

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Not good for studying, but I would still say its good music

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me: is Fatboy Slim fucking in heaven? Song:

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3

It was ok, nothing I could listen to every day

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Good music, not entirely into electronic.

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I'm giving this a solid 6/10 because while its not really my kinda music, i can appreciate it for what it was at the time it was released. This album had 4 singles in the top 10 around this time while music sampling was starting to get pretty popular. It caught more traction in the UK since thats where Fatboy Slim was based but "Rockefellar Skank" and "Praise you" were both pretty popular singles in the US. When I was in dance class, one of our routines was to the rockefellar skank and that was in like 2003 so it was still pretty popular around then too.

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A good if not a touch too long big beat acid/techno album. You can hear a lot of the influence big bet music had on the stuff to come (looking at you dubstep, what you really thought you invented drops in electronic music?). Unfortunately a very good album gets a bit sunk by too much bloat in the middle. Trim off 15 minutes and this is an absolute banger of an album but alas it falls more in the 'hits are great, the rest is a mixed bag' territory.

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Great hits and bangers individually but listening to a whole album is hard for me. I love the songs tho, I would realistically give this a 3.5 but on this scale it will have to be a 3

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6/5/2021 - Started the 1001 Albums challenge with this one. And what a way to start. The entire point of the challenge is to discover new music and put myself out of my listening comfort zone. Never been the biggest fan of techno(?!) but Rockafeller Skank at the beginning of the album definitely put a nostalgic spin on things. Other favourites from the album - Soul Surfing and Praise You.

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Reminds me of all the sports video games I played as a kid.

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Little disappointed after the listen, still pretty good

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strong start but becomes samey after a while. The hits are outstanding but the album doesn't feel like it's more than the sum of its parts. Would be a 2, but the hits are great great great.

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Not as good as I remembered.

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The extended funkadelic attention spans of the 90s, pure warehouse vibes

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Not my brand of electronic music, but I’m sure it was huge back in 1998 club scenes. It was cool hearing where the Rockefeller skank beat came from.

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Some great singles, but doesn't half get repetitive after a while: 2 bar vocal loop, breakbeat, and repeat

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This is more fun and interesting than the other electronic albums on this list so far, but I still can really only care so much

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Audible para ser hip hop

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Interesting, nice change of pace

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Some really great stuff if you’re in the mood

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Big beat, indeed. Fun album, I'm imagining how much it would have killed to hear some of these songs in a club. The hits are obviously the star tracks on the album (""Praise You," "Rockafeller Skank," "Right Here, Right Now"). But I must say I really enjoyed the whole back half of this album, from "Kalifornia" to the end. Fave songs: Praise You; The Rockafeller Skank; Acid 8000; You're Not From Brighton

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I typically hate this kind of music. This however, is probably, the best in it's class, and I have to admit it sometimes bangs!

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det är för långt när det bara är instrumentalt. men visst, några riktigt goa låtar va.

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I’d like to praise this, but I’m not sure I sh-sh-sh-sh-shouuuuuuluuuuuldddddd. It’s fine. Beats and samples. I can’t dance.

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The singles from this album are pretty iconic and seared into our collective sub-conscious. I’m not a huge fan of Big Beats but I prefer this to its peers such as Chemical Bros or The Prodigy. I got bored with a few of the other tracks because they were so repetitive but this music was made to be danced to at a rave and not while having your morning coffee. Props for being so influential 20 yrs ago though

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дисторшн звук, биг бит, прикольный вокал, всё летает и гремит

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Ironically, I spent some time on the weekend listening to some modern dj mashups (thanks to my brother in law) and they were just awful. So I appreciate Fatboy Slim and what he does even more (and it's definitely more than mashups). Rockafeller Skank and Praise You were always well-orchestrated and catchy tunes but it's his lesser knowns (Gangster Trippin, Kalifornia, Soul Surfing, Love Island) where I find myself tapping along to the beat and nodding with respect. I'm still not going to play this album on repeat (partly because the looping he likes to do can get excessive and annoying), but it's solid.

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Halfway between the gutter and the stars. A mixed bag.

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Solid enjoyable dance music

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Norman is still a twat

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Liked this far more than I thought I would

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Still dubious about remix as an art form, however much this calls me out as Old Man Grumpus. This is mostly pretty easy to listen to but aside for other artists' work I think it's pretty sterile. All the heart and soul in it derives from the songs it lifts content from.

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Not my style

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6/10

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A few classics. Liked Love Island a lot. Very 90s.

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bump bump in the lab catchy beats

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This was the first album I received on this list where I had not heard the entire album but had heard specific tracks in the past (Right Here, Right Now; Rockafeller Skank). I can see why this album is on this list as I am guessing it was a pioneer for the techno/club music genre (especially since there were songs I already knew). It is difficult for me to judge since it is not the type of music I ever listen to or since it is not meant to be heard on earbuds/at work, but it seems rather innovative and possibly influential to future artists (though I do know Daft Punk's first album came out before this). Praise You was the track that stood out to me the most outside of the two songs listed above; however, I probably wouldn't listen to this song or the album again (though I understand the appeal). 2.5/5.

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I liked a lot of it - some of it was pretty repetitive though (but ig thats the point)

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iconic 90s hypnotic sampled beats. fatiguing to listen to a whole album of this energy, but it certainly deserves to be on this list.

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Skemmtileg plata, nokkrir bangerar

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Meh

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"Right Here, Right Now", and "Praise You" I actually really liked. The rest would be great in a club, but not really anywhere else.

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some of it was good

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"Right Here, Right Now", "The Rockafeller Skank", "Praise You", are quite popular obviously and very late 90s sound. Almost sounds experimental electronica. 6/10.

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This is a perfect example of a mixed bag. At least half of these are bangers that make you want to dance like no one's watching. Right Here Right Now and Praise You are fantastic songs in their own right either. The other half of the batch is too repetitive for its own good and gets pretty annoying (You're Not From Brighton and Soul Surfing are such examples). Must say though for working out to at the gym our outside sports, its fantastic.

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Ikke helt min type musikk, men de første to sangene på albumet var artige. Albumet bar preg av å være DJ-laget. 90-talls DJ-musikk

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3/5 there were some known songs here, the rest of them were not good though.

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6/10 some bops that really caught my attention, but at times the looping vocals were annoying and I think it’s quite dated

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Seems like the profanity was used just for profanity's sake, rather than to progress the music. Not totally enamored, but it's OK to listen to occasionally.

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Genre: Big Beat 3/5 While the album itself doesn’t meet the mark on every track, they’re all sandwiched between two of techno’s biggest hits ever, The Rockafeller Skank and Praise You. Two absolute titans of the genre, two genuinely great singles, and two songs that will exist in the milieu for quite some time. There a few hidden gems here, but Fatboy Slim can’t hide from the obvious influence of his predecessors. Prodigy, Thomas Bangalter, and plenty of house legends played a big role in the creation of this album. It’s big beat, it’s energetic, and it’s not too bad, overall.

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Repetitive in the most part

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Recognisable and enjoyable for the most part.3*

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Some fun dance/house on this one, normally I’d be annoyed by the length and repetition but the beats are great and there’s enough tongue-in-cheek lyricism to make things work

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Some fun beats and this album holds so much nostalgia for me- takes me back to roller rinks and 90s teen dramas during sleepovers. But to listen to the album in full is…. A lot.

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I always love Rockafeller Skank and Praise You. I don't think I've heard any of the other songs but I enjoyed the entire album.

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This is not a genre of music I care to listen to outside of a good old fashioned dance party, so the fact that I enjoyed listening to this album is a testament to Fatboy Slim. It has a wonderful vibe of fun throughout the album

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pretty good

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Remember when this came out, listening in my mates bedroom. We would have been 10, his Dad was into his dance music. Still sounds class today.

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A bottomless bog of big beat bangin bops, brilliant

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Rockafeller sank es un temazo El resto me ralla No es de mi gusto

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When this came out I had it on regular play in the car. It was new. fresh and innovative, and Fat Boy Slim was at the forefront of big beat music. I thought, then, that this would be a satisfying wallow in nostalgia but it turned out to be underwhelming. Parise You aside, it hasn't stood the test of time. Essential to have heard? Yes. Essential listening? No.

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few great songs, rest pretty mediocre

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Absolutely loved this album when it came out, but surprised now but how little it holds up. The songs were way too long in general...didn't need 6 mins per. Gangster Trippin top song. 3.5/5

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It was fine but quickly you realise he uses the same damn trick a lot so that takes a lot away.

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Notes done

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Was great in its day. 3/5

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First two tracks and Soul Surfing are pretty good, the rest is kind of underwhelming. The vocal samples can get annoying at times.

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A very funny album. I thought that The Rockefeller Skank would be the funniest track on the album but then it’s immediately one upped by Fatboy Slim is Fucking In Heaven. Humor aside, it’s a good party album. I feel like the whole thing suffers from being a bit too long. I don’t know if the remedy is to cut the amount of tracks down or to just trim down each songs length. Either way I feel once you get past the quirkiness, some of the songs can overstay their welcome.

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Yoooo

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Holy shit, I haven't listened to this in like twenty years. This album, more than The Prodigy, more than Basement Jaxx, more than Chemical Brothers or Crystal Method or anything else really made big beat blow up as a popular genre of music, and along with the popularity of trip-hop, Moby, and Aphex Twin made people realize electronic music was more than just cheesy techno. But... is it good? There are songs on here that still get radio airplay, which is kind of mindblowing considering none of its contemporaries do. Maybe The Prodigy? I've personally gone back to The Prodigy a bit more, including in the last year. I feel like they might have aged a little worse in places, some of their samples being more dated and cheesy, with their image being more self-serious and edgy. That being said, there is a lot more depth to what they were doing. Music For the Jilted Generation was a reaction to British rave laws and had a real dark, sinewy sound compared to the overly bright memelord energy of Fatboy Slim and You've Come a Long Way Baby. Expanding my focus, I have to compare this to other albums I listened to at the same time in my life that appear on the list and how they've held up. I guess this is comparable to Green Day's Dookie - inconsequential, irreverent, but ultimately harmless.

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Incredibly repetitive. Incredibly repetitive. Incredibly repetitive. Incredibly rep rep repetitive. Incredibly repetitive. Incredibly rep repetitive.

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solid music of the genre, but a genre I only want to listen to 1-2 songs from.

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Really like the song “Praise You”, but the rest is pretty meh.

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It was driving me nuts yet I couldn't turn it off

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Definitely starting to show its age, and the singles really stand out, but still great.

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Este es un disco de fiestas, verano, asados multitudinarios, tres cosas que yo ya ni conozco. Al rato aburre un poco, pero hay dos pedazos de canciones aquí que ya son clásicos de la electrónica de fines de los 90.

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So. Repetitive. But some of these tracks are so foundational to the 90s electronics scene I can’t help but give three stars. I listened this and a whole bunch of other albums in the second half of the nineties… is there a German word for unwilling nostalgia?

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I really didn't like this - even the 'hits' felt dated.

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Un excellent album de grosse bedaine beat, j'ai notamment adoré les pistes "Maxi Best-Of" et "Coca-Cola"

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Ce gros lourdaud nous offre un album très réussi d'Obèse Beat.

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Varmaankin ensimmäisiä modernin konemusan artisteja joita tuli itsekin aikoinaan kuunneltua? Ihan jeppis vaikkakin aika pitkä levy nykyiselle suoratoistopalvelukuuntelijalle.

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Great at the time, but I'm less interested in it now. Still worth having in any decent record collection though.

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just was not feeling this today. its good but a full album was a bit much.

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i got an IUD and then made ravioli by hand and listened to this album. three stars

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P R A I S E, natural mayonnaise. This one has some classics.

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Two Fatboy Slim albums in one week...oof. Couldn’t finish either.

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RIGHT ABOUT NOW. Continuing the trend of learning where random one/two hit wonders are. Overall music loops>vocal loops

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not for me

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Feels like this used to be good and hasn't aged well.

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Artists like this need to shorten their songs. This was almost 2 hours and 19 songs. Each song was the same refrain repeated over and over again. I mean musically it's good, but so goddamn repetitive. Cut 'em in half or write some fucking lyrics, for God's sake!

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Cheesy.

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Definitely not my thing

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Not a personal favourite. Some good songs but also some very irritating ones.

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Some songs are good

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Listened to this quite a lot back in the day, but it really hasn't aged well. Sounds like someone made it on a PlayStation. Just a bit silly really

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the singles take me straight back to the 90s but that's probably where they belong. As an album listen its grating.

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Het weekend leek al een paar dagen eerder begonnen maar na de hitjes was het voor mij wel klaar.

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it was really weird, some of the songs were really competitive and just not good, others were just boring. but some songs were nice 👍

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More laid back lyrics/beat Don’t really like it 2/5 Songs from the album get repetitive fast

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I'd heard The Rockafeller Skank before (Funk Soul Brother) but didn't know who sang it. I see how it's iconic of a time/era, but I didn't care for it. Essentially zero chance I'd listen again.

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Only ever felt the commercially released tracks is what makes the album. Even a listen through now still not feeling the rest.

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This earns 2 stars solely for "Praise You" because "The Rockafeller Skank" was a fun flashback for only about 60 seconds, and I don't ever need to hear anything else from this album.

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Meh

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Wish there were more lyrics

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2.5

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OMG I can’t believe this was 100% my favourite music and a top-5 artist. The reason I was a DJ. I can make the argument that his earlier stuff was better (and sure, Everybody Loves a 303 was head and shoulders better than this), but wow. It’s amazing how much your taste can change over 20 years. And yeah, this album fucking sucks. Wow. I can’t believe how bad. But the two popular tracks are what they are, and they’re not bad after all is said and done. So two stars.

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Not even a heart dose of nostalgia can help this one from running out of puff too early and out staying its welcome. I don't think many albums are so rooted in their particular era as this, but now I wonder what we were all thinking? Norman Cook has a coffee takeout place down by the lagoon in Hove, and he personally served me at the kiosk a few months back. I didn't recognise him.

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Again - every song starts out interesting and then runs itself into the ground. I'm not into it.

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Hepsini dinlemedim ama 2lik bu album

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hiphop 👎

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I generally liked the grooves/samples, but he has a tendency to throw in annoying sounds (like repeating the same sound rapidly over and over forever) or using really annoying effects (like in Kalifornia and Soul Surfing). I'll call it a 2 because I didn't mind hearing it and generally liked the grooves, but I don't have much of an urge to hear it again. But, not gonna lie, in Acid 8000 "If this don't make your booty move your booty must be dead" made me laugh and I was definitely bopping to that song. I'll leave it a mystery whether my booty moved.

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The songs felt very… formulaic. Introduce a theme, beat it to near death. And just when you think it was over… they’ll beat it some more. A lot of the songs were definitely at least a minute or 90 seconds too long. I knew the two big songs from it, and Kalifornia was good, too. But man, use the edit button, there, FS.

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ugh I knew this album would be in here somewhere. Been dreading it for months. It's basically an hour of ps1 advertising jingles. Bog UK techno. Sounded like 1 or 2 beats dragged out for an hour. ugh. 2/5.

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Old boy writes a pile of great hooks but hasn't a clue how to expand or develop them making the stand alone listening experience really boring and hugely repetitive. Lazy.

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This is fairground music. You listen to it on the dodgems or you listen to it at the ice rink. And its fine and it has its place but fundamentally, Norman has a wicked record collection and he knows which ones to sample - but since the originals give you the same vibes, oftentimes, as these remakes and you start to wonder - why don’t I just listen to the original songs instead and enjoy some real skill and artistry?

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It’s an ok album. Mostly an alt electronic album that starts with a couple hits that are solid. After that it becomes a dj style chanting album. In heaven is a pretty bad song. Overall the album is middling only due to the two good songs. 4.6/10

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Another electronic album... the famous songs are worth it, but it is so much longer than it should be.

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I remember when this album came out in the 90's and there was literally no escape from the catchy singles "Rockafeller Skank" and "Praise You". The other tracks are fine but I found a lot of it to be repetitive - most of the songs literally repeat the same phrase over and over. I need more drugs to enjoy this.

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Didn't make it through. Timing wasn't great.

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In which an Atari ST soundtracks adverts.

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One or two tracks that I've become ingrained to but otherwise not my thing particularly.

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Have to admit to being somewhat disappointed on listening to this for the first time in many years. I now find it quite dated and repetitive. Maybe a result of overplaying over the years. In contrast, DJ Shadow's Endtroducing ... (an album of similar style and vintage) still sounds fresh and interesting.

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Only for the nostalgia. I was there in Brighton when this all kicked off. It was fun. Big fun. But it’s not a record that holds it’s quality. Disposable.

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I'm confused. Is he fat or slim?

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Meh.

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You know, without having Christopher Walken to watch dance around and distract from this repetitive nonsense, it's just not worth it. 2 minutes of the same 10 seconds looping followed by a new 2 minute 10 second loop...repeat. I can't even figure out when a person would listen to this? Rave? Tripping? Homework? Work? Fishing? Camping? Warming up for a basketball game? Nah, it doesn't fit anywhere because it's just annoying repetition. As is this review. Purposefully repetitive.

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The singles are fun but dated. As a whole this album is pretty much unlistenable though. It makes the Avalanches sound complex and meaningful. In Heaven? Smh. It's a shame because some of his sample choices are fantastic but there's a lot of filler. In a Spotify world, I wonder whether this album would ever happen.

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This album was more sound effects than music and some of it had a good beat. The vocals kept me from rating it higher.

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Another album of the 90s big-beat period but somewhat more infantile and self-indulgent than Chemical Brothers or Prodigy. Additionally struck me as more repetitive than the other artists and so the album just leaves me thinking that I could here something similar but better if I put on either Chemical Brothers or something crazier but similar (and therefore more interesting) if I put on Prodigy.

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Some blasts from the past that get you dancing for about 10 seconds, until the repetition kicks in. Overall, self obsession overtook any good tunes.

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Mostly gross

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eh

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Repetitivo demais...

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It was really claustrophobic

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techno is not my thing

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The album feels like an inside joke. Maybe other listeners are in on it, maybe only the artist is in on it. I don't know, but I do know that I most certainly am not in on it. There are parts that I like, but there is no song that I like all the way through. "Rockafeller Skank" is probably my favorite track on the album, but it is almost three minutes too long for my taste. I probably won't listen to any of it again. 2/10.

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jesus this is annoying. sorry :D - i've heard tons of snippets of some of these songs for years, and as it turns out that's as much as i can take. Most of these "songs" start out fine for 10-20 seconds and stay the same throughout, only adding more horribly unimaginative editing or absolutely terrible vocal loops/drones throughout. I do like electronic music but not annoying/repetitive noise that reminds me of old records that were skipping. In my insistence of listening to the entirety of every one of these 1001 albums I kept it on but it was borderline torture. hard hard pass.

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Maybe, if you give me some ecstasy and get me on a dance floor with a bunch of beautiful scantily clad ladies I'd really enjoy the hell out of this. More likely though, I would just throw up on them and it's more likely to be the music than the drugs. As a disclaimer I do like some DJ music (and am really looking forward to DJ Shadow if he's on this list)

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Je suis vraiment pas fan...

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Repetitive garbage.

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Not my style

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Basically unlistenable after 3 songs

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Garbage

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2/10. Felt so long because very song was so damn repetitive.

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I was going to give it 2 stars and then Acid 8000 came on. It’s a painful reminder that this album is chock full or idiotic repeating phrases with little else other than throbbing beats that may be danceable but not enjoyable. Intolerable.

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Eh boy. Je peux comprendre que cet album soit dans la liste à cause de Rockafeller Skank. À sa sortie c’était un nouveau son, une nouvelle façon de faire. Mais tout un album, c’est redondant et vite ennuyant.

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Ish, vraiment pas mon genre. Praise You est pas pire, mais that's it pour moi.

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You’ve Come a Long Way, Baby by Fatboy Slim (1998) This Britpop one-man-band production of repeating electronic music is just too damn repetitive to be taken seriously. He just finds a mildly appealing groove and repeats it to death on his Atari ST computer. The repetitive words don’t qualify as ‘lyrics’—they merely repeat mostly sampled phrases. That leaves us with the too-repetitive ‘music’, which is mostly eight-measure repetitions of cute bits. And of course, the samples, which are duly repeated ad nauseum. If you’ve got one hour and two minutes to listen to one minute and two seconds worth of music, then this album is for you. But if you listen to it, and repeat it even once, I want some of what you’re smoking. Have I mentioned that it’s repetitive? 1/5

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I don't like this music, it's not for me. Sorry.

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