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You've Come a Long Way, Baby
Studio album by Fatboy Slim
Released 12 October 1998
Recorded The House of Love (Brighton)
Genre Big beat
Length 61:57[A]
Label Skint (United Kingdom)
491973 5

Astralwerks (United States)
ASW 66247-1
Producer Norman Cook
Professional reviews
Fatboy Slim chronology
Better Living Through Chemistry
You've Come a Long Way, Baby
Halfway Between the Gutter and the Stars
Alternate cover
North American cover
Singles from You've Come a Long Way, Baby
  1. "The Rockafeller Skank"
    Released: 8 June 1998
  2. "Gangster Trippin"
    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

You've Come a Long Way, Baby is the second studio album of big beat musician Fatboy Slim, released on 12 October 1998 through the label Skint Records. The album liner notes state that the album was made at The House of Love. The album peaked at number one on the UK Albums Chart and number thirty-four on the Billboard 200, and also produced five singles; "The Rockafeller Skank", "Gangster Trippin", "Praise You", "Right Here Right Now", and "Build It Up - Tear It Down".

You've Come a Long Way Baby faced issues regarding the use of foul language, most notably on the track "Fucking in Heaven" where the word "fucking" is spoken 108 times by DJ Freddy Fresh. Because of this, the album was given a Parental Advisory sticker. Nonetheless, critics praised the album's beats and hooks, and the album is considered a benchmark album in big beat music. The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) certified it platinum in 1999. In 2000, the album was ranked number 81 on Q magazine's list of the "100 Greatest British Albums Ever."

The album's title is taken from a marketing slogan for cigarette company Virginia Slims, similar to how Fatboy Slim's debut album Better Living Through Chemistry borrowed chemical company DuPont's "Better Living Through Chemistry" tagline for its title.


Track listing

All songs produced by Fatboy Slim (Norman Cook).

# Title Samples[1][2] Writer Time
1 "Right Here, Right Now" Fatboy Slim, Dale Peters, Joe Walsh 6:27
2 "The Rockafeller Skank" Fatboy Slim, John Barry, Winifred Terry, Robert Hall 6:53
3 "Fucking in Heaven"[B] Fatboy Slim 3:54
3:47 (edited version)
4 "Gangster Tripping" Fatboy Slim, Dust Junkys, Josh Davis 5:20
5 "Build It Up - Tear It Down"
  • "The Acid Test" by Leo Muller
Fatboy Slim 5:05
6 "Kalifornia" Fatboy Slim, Mr. Natural 5:53
7 "Soul Surfing" Fatboy Slim, Earl Nelson, Fred Smith 4:56
8 "You're Not from Brighton"
  • "The Groovy Thang" by Minimal Funk
  • "Nobody's Business (Nosey Parker Mix)" by Peace by Piece
Fatboy Slim 5:20
9 "Praise You" Fatboy Slim, Camille Yarbrough 5:23
10 "Love Island" Fatboy Slim 5:18
11 "Acid 8000" Fatboy Slim 7:28

Bonus tracks

# Title Writer Time
12 "How Could They Hear Us" (only on Australian edition) Fatboy Slim 6:27<[A]
12 "The World Went Down" (only on Japanese edition; shortened version featured on 10th Anniversary Bonus Disc) Fatboy Slim 6:41[A]

Bonus disc on some editions

# Title Samples[2] Writer Time
1 "Everybody Loves a Carnival (Radio edit)" Fatboy Slim 4:05
2 "Michael Jackson" Fatboy Slim 5:47
3 "Next to Nothing"
  • "Gravitational Arch of 10" by Vapourspace
Fatboy Slim 7:15
4 "ES Paradis" Fatboy Slim 5:43

10th Anniversary Bonus Disc

# Title Samples[2] Writer Time
1 "Cowboy" (featuring Eve) Eve Jeffers, Jay "Icepick" Jackson, Kaseem Dean, Mashonda Tifrere 5:33
2 "Radioactivity" Emil Schult, Florian Schneider, Ralf Hütter 3:41
3 "Because We Can"
  • "Feelin' So Good (S.K.O.O.B.Y.-D.O.O.)" by The Archies
Jim Broadbent, Marius Devrie, Norman Cook 3:29
4 "Always Read the Label" Norman Cook 5:52
5 "Tweakers Delight" Norman Cook 3:08
6 "The World Went Down" Norman Cook 3:29
7 "Jack It Up (DJ Delite)" Norman Cook 4:05
8 "Don't Forget Your Teeth" Norman Cook 5:41
9 "Praise You (Original version)" Camille Yarborough 6:41
10 "Lounge Island" Norman Cook 3:13


Charts (1998)[3][4] Peak
UK Albums Chart 1
U.S. Billboard 200 34
U.S. Billboard Top Heatseekers 2
Charts (1999)[4] Peak
U.S. Billboard Top Canadian Albums 19
U.S. Billboard Top Internet Albums 10
Charts (2000) Peak
UK Albums Chart 10


Region Date Label Format Catalog
United Kingdom 22 September 1998 Skint Records Double CD BRASSIC 56CD


Information taken from Allmusic.[5]

  • Band, producer - Fatboy Slim
  • Engineer, mixing, photography - Simon Thornton

Notes and references

  • A^ The Australian and Japanese releases of You've Come a Long Way, Baby each have a different bonus track, extending the album's runtime accordingly.
  • B^ "Fucking in Heaven" is renamed "In Heaven" on the North American release of You've Come a Long Way, Baby.
  1. ^ "Rap Sample FAQ Search: Fatboy Slim". Accessed October 16, 2009.
  2. ^ a b c "WhoSampled - Discover Fatboy Slim's Sample-Based Music and Cover Songs". Accessed October 16, 2009.
  3. ^
  4. ^ a b "allmusic You've Come a Long Way, Baby > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums". Allmusic. Accessed October 16, 2009.
  5. ^ "allmusic You've Come a Long Way, Baby > Credits". Allmusic. September 7, 2008.

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