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You’ve Come A Long Way, Baby - National Album Day 2023 Edition

    You've Come a Long Way, Baby is the second album by Fatboy Slim. It was first released on 19 October 1998 in the United Kingdom on Skint Record and a day later in the United States by Astralwerks.

    You've Come a Long Way, Baby proved to be Cook's global breakthrough album, peaking at number one on the UK Albums Chart and number 34 on the US Billboard 200. Praised by critics for its sound and style, the album brought international attention to Cook, earning him a Brit Award in 1999, and was later certified four times platinum by the BPI and platinum by the RIAA. Four singles were released from the album: "The Rockafeller Skank", "Gangster Trippin", "Praise You", and "Right Here Right Now", all of which peaked within the top ten on the UK Singles Chart. "Build It Up – Tear It Down" was also released as a promotional single.

    The album has now been remastered at half speed into the best available audio quality possible. 


    TRACK LISTING

    SIDE A
    1. Right Here Right Now
    2. Rockafeller Skank
    3. Fucking In Heaven
    SIDE B
    1. Gangster Trippin
    2. Build It Up Tear It Down
    3. Kalifornia
    SIDE C
    1. Soul Surfing
    2. You’re Not From Brighton
    3. Praise You
    SIDE D
    1. Love Island
    2. Acid 8000

    David Byrne & Fatboy Slim

    Here Lies Love - 2023 Reissue

      David Byrne & Fatboy Slim’s acclaimed 2010 album Here Lies Love receives its first-ever vinyl release to coincide with a new production opening on Broadway this summer. Here Lies Love is a double-disc song cycle – improbably poignant, decidedly surreal, surprisingly thought provoking – about the rise and fall of the Philippines' notorious Imelda Marcos. It was conceived by David Byrne; composed by Byrne and DJ/recording artist Fatboy Slim, AKA Norman Cook; and performed by a dream cast drawn from the worlds of indie rock, alt country, R&B and pop. Byrne's taste in collaborators is as imaginative as it is impeccable, including Cyndi Lauper (who recounts, to lighthearted disco beats, Imelda's courtship with Ferdinand Marcos), Steve Earle (as the power-hungry Ferdinand), Dap-Kings vocalist Sharon Jones (recalling Imelda's introduction into New York society) and Natalie Merchant (as spurned Imelda confidante Estrella, anticipating the onset of martial law). Along with vocals turns from such stars as Tori Amos and the B-52's Kate Pierson, Byrne works with rising indie rockers St. Vincent and My Brightest Diamond; New York chanteuses Nellie McKay and Martha Wainwright; and dance-music divas Róisín Murphy and Santigold. Byrne himself appears as the voice of imperialistic America on ‘American Troglodyte’, a send-up that wouldn't have seemed out of places in Talking Heads' True Stories.

      Byrne originally envisioned this as a musical theatre piece, to be mounted in disco and nightclub settings, reflecting the globe-trotting Marcos' taste for such velvet-roped spots as Studio 54 and Regine's. In 2006, he performed work-in-progress versions to enthusiastic audiences at New York City's Carnegie Hall and the Adelaide Festival in Australia. While plans for a US theatrical production continued to evolve, he delivered this unique recording. The award-winning theatrical production eventually premiered at The Public Theater in New York in 2013, travelled to London’s National Theater for a sold-out run (2014–15), and was remounted at the Seattle Repertory Theater (2017).

      Here Lies Love has an effervescent disco feel, redolent of Fatboy Slim's own dance-floor anthems, with warm undercurrents of the Latin rhythms that have percolated through Byrne's recent solo work. The sunny arrangements act in counterpoint to the reality of the Marcos' increasingly repressive regime, reflecting the imagined inner life of the glamour-obsessed Imelda. Explains Byrne, "For me, the darker side of the excesses are, for the most part, a matter of record. A lot of the audience is going to come with that knowledge already. What's more of a challenge is to get inside the head of the person who was behind all of that, and understand what made them tick." Byrne offers no judgment and avoids the obvious – there is no mention of Imelda's infamous shoe collection.

      Many of Byrne's lyrics are, astonishingly enough, constructed from actual Imelda quotes, including the project's title, the words that Imelda, now returned to the Philippines from US-assisted exile in Hawaii, would like to have inscribed on her gravestone. In addition to his new liner note, Byrne illustrates the story with archival photos. In a detailed preface, he reveals what drew him to this subject and the bumpy route he took to launch the project and, ultimately, record this album. The booklet is indeed a page-turner, just as Here Lies Love is a wonderfully old-school album that rewards start-to-finish listening. Once again, Byrne – beloved as musician, thinker and bicyclist-about-town – reveals the breadth and singularity of his vision.

      The new production of Here Lies Love will premiere at the Broadway Theatre in New York City. Performances begin June 17, ahead of an official opening night on July 20. Tony Award winner Alex Timbers (direction) and Olivier Award nominee Annie-B Parson (choreography) reunite with Byrne (concept, music, and lyrics) and Fatboy Slim (music) to bring Here Lies Love to Broadway, continuing a ten-plus year collaboration on the project. Tom Gandey and J Pardo contribute additional music. Here Lies Love is produced on Broadway by Hal Luftig, Patrick Catullo, Diana DiMenna for Plate Spinner Productions, Clint Ramos, and Jose Antonio Vargas. The staging at the Broadway Theatre will transform the venue’s traditional proscenium floor space into a dance club environment, where audiences will stand and move with the actors. A wide variety of standing and seating options will be available throughout the theatre’s reconstructed space. The producers of Here Lies Love said, “As a team of binational American producers – Filipinos among us – we are thrilled to bring Here Lies Love to Broadway! We welcome everyone to experience this singularly exuberant piece of theatre. The history of the Philippines is inseparable from the history of the United States, and as both evolve, we cannot think of a more appropriate time to stage this show. See you on the dance floor!”


      TRACK LISTING

      Disc 1: Side A
      1. Here Lies Love – David Byrne & Fatboy Slim Feat. Florence Welch (Florence & The Machine)
      2. Every Drop Of Rain – David Byrne & Fatboy Slim Feat. Candie Payne & St. Vincent
      3. You'll Be Taken Care Of – David Byrne & Fatboy Slim Feat. Tori Amos
      4. The Rose Of Tacloban – David Byrne & Fatboy Slim Feat. Martha Wainwright
      5. A Perfect Hand – David Byrne & Fatboy Slim Feat. Steve Earle
      Disc 1: Side B
      1. Eleven Days – David Byrne & Fatboy Slim Feat. Cyndi Lauper
      2. When She Passed By – David Byrne & Fatboy Slim Feat. Allison Moorer
      3. Walk Like A Woman – David Byrne & Fatboy Slim Feat. Charmaine Clamor
      4. Don't You Agree? – David Byrne & Fatboy Slim Feat. Róisín Murphy
      5. Pretty Face – David Byrne & Fatboy Slim Feat. Camille
      6. Ladies In Blue – David Byrne & Fatboy Slim Feat. Theresa Andersson
      Disc 2: Side A
      1. Dancing Together – David Byrne & Fatboy Slim Feat. Sharon Jones
      2. How Are You? – David Byrne & Fatboy Slim Feat. Nellie McKay
      3. Men Will Do Anything – David Byrne & Fatboy Slim Feat. Alice Russell
      4. The Whole Man – David Byrne & Fatboy Slim Feat. Kate Pierson
      5. Never So Big – David Byrne & Fatboy Slim Feat. Sia
      6. Please Don't – David Byrne & Fatboy Slim Feat. Santi White [Santigold]
      Disc 2: Side B
      1. American Troglodyte – David Byrne & Fatboy Slim
      2. Solano Avenue – David Byrne & Fatboy Slim Feat. Nicole Atkins
      3. Order 1081 – David Byrne & Fatboy Slim Feat. Natalie Merchant
      4. Seven Years – David Byrne & Fatboy Slim Feat. Shara Worden (My Brightest Diamond)
      5. Why Don't You Love Me? – David Byrne & Fatboy Slim Feat. Tori Amos & Cyndi Lauper

      Next in the compiler hotseat for seminal mix series ‘Back to Mine’ is the legendary DJ and producer Fatboy Slim. Having sold over 10 million records and embarked on a number of sold out arena tours, the esteemed record collector and all round great selector delves deep into his weighty collection at his home to create a heady journey of funk and soul. The collection opens with Dave Barker & Ansell Collins ‘Monkey Spanner’ – a reggae single released in 1971 from the Kingston based duo working for the infamous producer Lee “Scratch” Perry.

      There are a few rare finds, Donal Leace ‘Today Won’t Come Again’, Wind ‘Grooving With Mr Bloe’ and George Rene ‘Smokey Joe’s La La’. And the most recognisable for many no doubt is Betty Chung’s 1968 classic ‘Bang Bang’ thanks to the vocals of the Nancy Sinatra cover being sampled in the Audio Bullys rework in 2005.

      The 1975 classic ‘Take Yo Praise’ from Camille Yarborough which Fatboy Slim used to sample the iconic ‘Praise You’ in 1998 is found in the first half of the mix, and not forgetting his group Beats International, which Norman sampled lyrics from the featured track ‘Jam Hot’ by Johnny Dynell for ‘Dub Be Good To Me’. A track that became the best-selling single in the UK in 1990.

      And last but not least, two new and exclusive tracks ‘Fatboy Slim & Roland Clark ‘Sunset 303’ (If You Believe) and ‘The Voice Of Experience’ under his Yum Yum Head Food alias, known for producing his more ambient tunes including ‘Bird Of Prey’.

      Fatboy Slim delivers an amazing selection of tracks which give us all a little sneak peek into the vibes generated from years of meaningful memories for this ‘Back To Mine’ series. From his house to yours, listening pleasure is guaranteed.

      “Over the years there has been so much action back at mine, so many friends, lovers and lunatics who would congregate after the clubs had closed to laugh, share and swap ideas and tunes and generally put the world to rights… this is a collection from the soundtrack of those sessions” - Fatboy Slim


      STAFF COMMENTS

      Matt says: Unstoppable since their return in 2019, Back To Mine’s hot streak continues with this amazing contribution from one of my personal heroes. As you’d expect from Mr Cook, the tracklist is all over the shop, uncovering rare reggae, soul, punk funk and disco, a few cuts he’s sampled over the years and two gorgeous exclusive tracks.

      TRACK LISTING

      LP Tracklisting
      A1. Dave & Ansel Collins – Monkey Spanner
      A2. Betty Chung – Bang Bang
      A3. The Alan Tew Orchestra - The Pink Panther Theme
      A4. Eunice Collins – At The Hotel
      A5. Mari Kvien Brunvoll - Everywhere You Go
      A6. Donal Leace – Today Won’t Come Again
      B1. Camille Yarbrough – Take Yo Praise
      B2. Jesus Jackson – Running On Sunshine
      B3. Munk & James Murphy – Kick Out The Chairs (WhoMadeWho Remix)
      B4. Johnny Dynell & New York 88 – Jam Hot (Rhumba Rock)
      C1. Biddu Orchestra – Girl, You’ll Be A Woman Soon
      C2. Dr Rubberfunk – A Matter Of Time
      C3. Rodrigo Amarante – Tuyo
      C4. Wilbert Harrison – Let’s Work Together
      C5. Blue Rondo A La Turk – Me & Mr Sanchez
      D1. Manu Dibango – Big Blow (edit Version)
      D2. The Go! Team – Feelgood By Numbers
      D3. Wind – Groovin’ With Mr. Bloe
      D4. Googie Rene Combo – Smokey Joe’s La La
      D5. Fatboy Slim & Roland Clark - Sunset 303 (If You Believe)
      D6. Yum Yum Head Food – The Voice Of Experience (edit Version)

      CD1 (Mixed):
      1. Dave & Ansel Collins – Monkey Spanner
      2. Betty Chung – Bang Bang
      3. The Alan Tew Orchestra - The Pink Panther Theme
      4. Eunice Collins – At The Hotel
      5. Mari Kvien Brunvoll - Everywhere You Go
      6. Donal Leace – Today Won’t Come Again*
      7. Camille Yarbrough – Take Yo Praise
      8. Jesus Jackson – Running On Sunshine
      9. Munk & James Murphy – Kick Out The Chairs (WhoMadeWho Remix)
      10. Johnny Dynell & New York 88 – Jam Hot (Rhumba Rock)
      11. Biddu Orchestra – Girl, You’ll Be A Woman Soon
      12. Dr Rubberfunk – A Matter Of Time
      13. Rodrigo Amarante – Tuyo
      14. Wilbert Harrison – Let’s Work Together
      15. Blue Rondo A La Turk – Me & Mr Sanchez
      16. Manu Dibango – Big Blow
      17. The Go! Team – Feelgood By Numbers
      18. Wind – Groovin’ With Mr. Bloe*
      19. Googie Rene Combo – Smokey Joe’s La La*
      20. Fatboy Slim & Roland Clark - Sunset 303 (If You Believe)
      21. Yum Yum Head Food – The Voice Of Experience

      CD2 (Unmixed):
      1. Dave & Ansel Collins – Monkey Spanner
      2. Betty Chung – Bang Bang
      3. The Alan Tew Orchestra - The Pink Panther Theme
      4. Eunice Collins – At The Hotel
      5. Mari Kvien Brunvoll - Everywhere You Go
      6. Camille Yarbrough – Take Yo Praise
      7. Jesus Jackson – Running On Sunshine
      8. Munk & James Murphy – Kick Out The Chairs (WhoMadeWho Remix)
      9. Johnny Dynell & New York 88 – Jam Hot (Rhumba Rock)
      10. Biddu Orchestra – Girl, You’ll Be A Woman Soon
      11. Dr Rubberfunk – A Matter Of Time
      12. Rodrigo Amarante – Tuyo
      13. Wilbert Harrison – Let’s Work Together
      14. Blue Rondo A La Turk – Me & Mr Sanchez
      15. Manu Dibango – Big Blow
      16. The Go! Team – Feelgood By Numbers
      17. Fatboy Slim & Roland Clark - Sunset 303 (If You Believe)
      18. Yum Yum Head Food – The Voice Of Experience

      Fatboy Slim

      You've Come A Long Way Baby - Deluxe 20th Anniversary Edition

      One of Fatboy Slim's crowning glories, "You've Come A Long Way Baby" saw the Brighton luminary take the big beat grenade and detonate it overground, taking the sound to the clubs, beaches, adverts and coffee tables of Great Britain and beyond. If you were conscious in 1998 it was impossible to ignore this album, with companies queuing up to align themselves with the coolest new trend in club land. Fatboy himself used the platform to elevate his Big Beach Boutique brand - two phenomenal parties on Brighton beach (the first seeing 65K revellers, the second - 250K!!); the likes of which sadly, I doubt, we will ever see again. I can personally remember exactly where I was the first time I heard "Rockafella Skank" and to me this is up there with "Dig Your Own Hole", "Music For The Jilted Generation" and "Homework" as one of the most iconic dance music albums of the nineties. I wasn't old enough to hear the tracks in the club, but its cultural impact travelled up and down the generational ladder from everyone at high school to people's Mum's cleaning the kitchen.

      A celebratory 20th anniversary reissue as part of BMG’s ‘Art of The Album’ series showcasing seminal albums that broke new ground in concept, production, song writing, and genre, leaving a lasting legacy as a complete album work of art. Deluxe edition CD and LP format packaging including 180g gatefold vinyl, 6 page 12” roll-fold booklet (LP), 12” display art card (LP) and 28 page booklet (CD).

      Exclusive anniversary sleeve notes from Ralph Moore (Editor at Large, Mixmag) and album timeline from Damian Harris (Skint Records).
      Number one on the UK albums chart, number one in New Zealand, number two in Australia and number thirty-four on the US Billboard 200 containing four top ten singles. These tell a beautifully story much better than I can hear and really give creedence to this golden age of dance music that Norman was spearheading.

      Ranked number 81 in Q magazine's readers' poll of the "100 Greatest British Albums Ever".

      Brit Awards: Best Dance Act 1999, 2001. Brit Awards: British Single 1999 (nominee), Male Solo Artist 1999 (nominee).


      STAFF COMMENTS

      Matt says: Makin' me all teary eyed comes this 20th anniversary of THAT, seminal, big beat opus. The one that broke the sound overground, if you don't end up watching youtube videos of Brighton Beach I'll eat me slipmats...

      TRACK LISTING

      Right Here, Right Now 6:28
      The Rockafeller Skank 6:54
      Fucking In Heaven 3:55
      Gangster Tripping 5:20
      Build It Up - Tear It Down 5:05
      Kalifornia 5:53
      Soul Surfing 4:57
      You're Not From Brighton 5:21
      Praise You 5:24
      Love Island 5:18
      Acid 8000 7:28

      Fatboy Slim

      Eat Mash Rave Repeat

        Following huge celebrations at the Reading & Leeds Festival this Summer, Fatboy Slim invites you to come and ‘Eat My Show’. Not satisfied with providing aural and visual delights during his sets, he is now adding taste to the Fatboy live experience! In addition to the edible surprises at the Reading & Leeds shows, Fatboy is also serving up a limited edition 7” including the acapella of "Eat Sleep Rave Repeat" and a brand new club weapon ‘Boom Fucking Boom’ (feat. Beardyman), finished off with an edible vanilla flavoured insert.

        Following on from the recent disco tinged "Where U Iz", "Boom Fucking Boom" retains the classic Fatboy feel but cranks everything up a notch! Norman is on fire playing some of the best sets of his life. Recent highlights include opening the Sleepless Floor at Melt Festival, playing in between Jamie Jones and Carl Cox at Kappa Futur Festival, a surprise b2b with Eats Everything at Glastonbury and his Amnesia residency going from strength to strength. 


        TRACK LISTING

        A. Eat Sleep Rave Repeat
        B. Boom Fucking Boom Ft. Beardyman

        Fatboy Slim

        Better Living Through Chemistry - 20th Anniversary Edition

          After enjoying a successful first decade in the music industry with The Housemartins, Beats International and Freak Power, Norman Cook put all of his other projects to one side in 1995, concentrating instead on new alias Fatboy Slim. After the 12" release of two killer club tracks, "Santa Cruz" and "Everybody Needs A 303", the Fatboy was ready to conquer the world and duly dropped "Better Living Through Chemistry" on Skint in 1996. As the set barrelled through a rapid fire succession of 60s soul samples, funk backbeats and wigged out synth action, Cook set about creating a new sound informed by all those rare nuggets he'd spun in Brighton's club scene. Taking hip hop's sampledelic spirit, the boundless energy of rave and the filtered brilliance heading over the channel from Paris' new breed, Cook laid the template for the chart topping, party starting, mainroom magic which would fill Britain's dancefloors for the next decade. It was the starting point of a roller-coaster journey that has gone on to include massive hit singles, multi-platinum selling albums, three Brit Awards, a Grammy, an Ivor Novello, 10 MTV Awards, the 2012 Olympic closing ceremony and worldwide DJ superstardom which continues to this day with a hectic schedule of DJ performances and festival headliner shows. This album celebrates where it all began - the brilliant original album - a seminal dance music moment in history, and expands on the story with a whole disc of bonus tracks including recordings from the Fatboy vaults that have never been released before. 


          David Byrne & Fatboy Slim

          Here Lies Love - Limited Edition

          "Here Lies Love" is a double-disc song cycle, improbably poignant, decidedly surreal, surprisingly thought provoking - about the rise and fall of the Philippines' notorious Imelda Marcos. It was conceived by David Byrne; composed by Byrne and Fatboy Slim, AKA Norman Cook; and performed by a dream cast drawn from the worlds of indie rock, alt country, R&B and pop. Byrne's taste in collaborators is as imaginative as it is impeccable, including Cyndi Lauper (who recounts, to light-hearted disco beats, Imelda's courtship with Ferdinand Marcos), Steve Earle (as the power-hungry Ferdinand), Dap-Kings vocalist Sharon Jones (recalling Imelda's introduction into New York society) and Natalie Merchant (as spurned Imelda confidante Estrella, anticipating the onset of martial law). Along with vocals turns from such stars as Tori Amos and the B-52's Kate Pierson, Byrne works with rising indie rockers St Vincent and My Brightest Diamond; New York chanteuses Nellie McKay and Martha Wainwright; and dance-music divas Roisin Murphy and Santigold. Byrne himself appears as the voice of imperialistic America on "American Troglodyte", a send-up that wouldn't have seemed out of places in Talking Heads' "True Stories".

          TRACK LISTING

          Disc 1
          1. Here Lies Love - Feat. Florence Welch (Florence & The Machine)
          2. Every Drop Of Rain - Feat. Candie Payne & St. Vincent
          3. You'll Be Taken Care Of - Feat. Tori Amos
          4. The Rose Of Tacloban - Feat. Martha Wainwright
          5. How Are You? - Feat. Nellie McKay
          6. A Perfect Hand - Feat. Steve Earle
          7. Eleven Days - Feat. Cyndi Lauper
          8. When She Passed By - Feat. Allison Moorer
          9. Walk Like A Woman - Feat. Charmaine Clamor
          10. Don't You Agree? - Feat. Roisin Murphy
          11. Pretty Face - Feat. Camille
          12. Ladies In Blue - Theresa Andersson

          Disc 2
          1. Dancing Together - Feat. Sharon Jones
          2. Men Will Do Anything - Feat. Alice Russell
          3. The Whole Man - Feat. Kate Pierson
          4. Never So Big - Feat. Sia
          5. Please Don't - Feat. Santi White (Santigold)
          6. American Troglodyte
          7. Solano Avenue - Feat. Nicole Atkins
          8. Order 1081 - Natalie Merchant
          9. Seven Years - Feat. Shara Worden (My Brightest Diamond)
          10. Why Don't You Love Me? - Feat. Tori Amos & Cyndi Lauper

          DVD
          1. Eleven Days - Feat. Cyndi Lauper
          2. When She Passed By - Feat. Allison Moorer
          3. Don't You Agree? - Feat. Roisin Murphy
          4. Dancing Together - Feat. Sharon Jones
          5. Please Don't - Feat. Santi White (Santigold)
          6. Order 1081 - Feat Natalie Merchant


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