Fatboy Slim – You’ve Come a Long Way, Baby (1998)
1998 will not be remembered as a banner year for popular entertainment.
In the world of television: Seinfeld was no more & the death of amazing voice actor Phil Hartman also meant The Simpsons had reached its peak. To fill the void, Friends represented the best of the rest.
Popular music was going through a similar quality/identity crisis in 1998. The Brit Pop party was over. Pearl Jam & Smashing Pumpkins were trying to distance themselves from their massive success, by either abandoning traditional marketing methods or by abandoning effective songwriting.
The alternative to the late 90s onslaught of manufactured boy/girl bands? In 1998, bizarre things happened!
1) As referenced in Season 3 of Community, “You all shared this delusion with each other. Like that time when all those people got into swing dance music in the 90s.” For a brief moment, big band music by groups like Cherry Poppin’ Daddies & Johnny Favourite Swing Orchestra was big business!
2) The rise of the Bedroom DJ, where Fatboy Silm was among the most successful.
This may be one of those ‘right place, right time’ records as it’s not a terribly interesting listen in 2013. Praise You certainly had a great video and the loops are catchy. With a running time of over an hour, it outstays its welcome.
But in single track installments, it works well as a recap of the transitional period of music that was 1998.
Oh and the song playing in the background at Ross’s aforementioned party? Fatboy Slim’s The Rockafeller Skank.