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Fatboy Slim – Better Living Through Chemistry (1996)

October 5, 2019

[Album 675/1001]

Do you have a favourite obsolete storage medium?

Who doesn’t!

My preference is likely the 3.5″ floppy diskette.

So you can imagine my delight when I saw the album art for Fatboy Slim’s Better Living Through Chemistry (BLTC)




Cheers to the 3.5″ floppy disk!


A 3.5″ floppy disk typically held 1.44 MB of data.

In terms of music file size, a compressed .mp3 of a song would require between 3-4 MB of space, or approximately 1 MB per minute of music.

Which means a floppy disk would hold somewhere in the ballpark of a minute and a half of music.

So, perhaps not the best storage option for an entire music collection!

23 years after the release of BLTC, floppy disks are long gone (and even USB flash drives seem somewhat antiquated, with physical/non-cloud storage becoming almost a quaint notion).

That being said, I’d argue there’s still a time & place for the medium.



When it comes to my electronica listening needs, 1.44 MB is about the perfect data amount per song that I require before my interest starts to wane.

For example, on BLTC, there are some undeniably good hooks.

The piano riff in Song for Lindy, the distorted guitar in Santa Cruz, Going Out of My Head‘s drum beat…and those are just the first three tracks. To Fatboy Slim’s credit, the list goes on.

Each time however, my attention drifts as the loops continue (sometimes well beyond the 6/7 minute mark).

I still see value in each of the tracks; it’s just that on a CD with a running time over 70 minutes, the highlights aren’t as prominently displayed as they ought to be.

Instead, if he boiled down each song to the most interesting minute & a half of material, I think that BLTC would be a more potent collection.

Therefore, I propose a solution for an inevitable Better Living Through Chemistry reissue:

The 12 x 3.5″ Floppy Disk Collector’s Edition.

A dozen diskettes, featuring the best 1.44 minutes of each song on the original album.

I’d buy that!


Untitled presentation (14)


Verbalize the Positive

My wonderful wife & I are off to see the Good Lovelies again this weekend, they always put on a terrific show!

From → 1990s

  1. Are CDs obsolete yet?

    • They’re probably getting close to being so, if not already – I still like them though!

      • Don’t tell Ladano that!

      • Yeah, on the way out I guess but I still love them even if they’re not cool anymore? BTW Love Fatboy Slim too! 🙂

      • As I’ve never been cool myself, I don’t mind enjoying things that aren’t deemed cool either!

      • Good point! 🙂

  2. Enjoy your night out Geoff! Nothing like seeing good live entertainment!

    • It was a great show DeKe – fun night out!

      • Cool I got Sloan on Oct 16th and Big Wreck on Nov 15th.
        Looking forward to those two for sure.

      • That Navy Blues show should be stellar!

      • Yes totally looking forward to hearing Iggy and Angus live. Love that album. Nice box set they put together but a little pricey for me.

      • I’ve had the opening line, “someone better get insurance,” in my head all day – love that mid-song guitarmony too!

      • That track is awesome. I Like the whole album of course but I also dig Sinking Ships which is another classic.
        I remember Chris Murphy telling me at the merch table last year that they would be back playing Navy Blues in full.
        Chris also added he was hoping he wouldn’t blow his voice out after the opening song. She Says What She Means!
        Going to be great and even better is that one of my blog pals Andrew (Drews Reviews) has got tickets to go and see them and he has never before seen them.
        I raved about em and he said good enough for him!

      • The vocals are so high near the end of that one, the “maybe I don’t stay in touch much” especially!

  3. jprobichaud permalink

    I still have a few floppies in my basement. Every once in a while, I think about looking for a way to extract the data from those discs…

  4. Fun fact: I still have my Commodore 64 5 1/4″ floppies.

  5. I never bothered with this one… I liked a few singles and had the ‘big hit’ album, but I found the Slim man to be a bit dull after a while. Certainly not as interesting as the Chemical Brothers and last time I dug the CD out I found I wasn’t feeling it at all anymore. Like you, I drift after a bit.

    • The ‘big hit’ album is on the 1001 list too – I think I reviewed it early in the project and haven’t been back since. I imagine I may have similar impressions to you J if I do decide to revisit!

  6. Total throwback to the floppy disk drive connected to my Commodor 64! 😁

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