Fatboy Slim

The Rockafeller Skank

Composed by John Barry / Norman Cook / Fatboy Slim / Winfred Terry

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A member of various chart renegades -- Pizzaman, Freakpower, Beats International -- during the heyday of sampladelic house of the late '80s and early '90s, Norman Cook's sampling talent (and behemoth record collection) became an asset once again almost a full decade later. Begun in 1996, his trip-hop project Fatboy Slim made him a celebrity in Britain and his music television fodder all over the world. After honing his craft with one solid album released on Brighton's Skint label, 1998's You've Come a Long Way, Baby hit the stratosphere thanks to the international hit "The Rockafeller Skank." The single's organized around an old-school vocal sample -- "Check it out now, the funk soul brother" by the Just Brothers -- and a fab guitar groove, borrowed from a mid-'60s John Barry recording. Though it rides along mostly on those two ingredients, "The Rockafeller Skank" also highlights Cook's knowledge of pacing and use of heavy climaxes for maximum dancefloor impact, even while he's playing with the vocal sample by slowing down and re-triggering it on a split-second basis. Critics of intelligent techno wouldn't have much to do with it, but few trip-hop productions were easier to get down to on the dancefloor.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
The Rockafeller Skank 1998 BMG / Skint Records 6:53
You've Come a Long Way, Baby 1998 Astralwerks 6:53
We Are Skint 2003
Various Artists
Skint Records 6:55
20 Years of Being Skint
Various Artists
Kartel / Skint Records 3:58
Run [Skint Records]
Various Artists
BMG / Skint Records