Fatboy Slim- Come a long way baby

I’d love to know the history of the fat dude on the cover. It almost looks like a Hollywood makeup job.

An interesting note is that this cover was actually censored for release in USA. I guess American’s felt fat people equate to lower sales. It was changed to this rather forgetable cover you see below. Yawn.

Fatboy Slim- Come a long way baby USA

Fatboy Slim: You've Come a Long Way, Baby

Fatboy Slim- Come a long way baby

I’d love to know the history of the fat dude on the cover. It almost looks like a Hollywood makeup job.

An interesting note is that this cover was actually censored for release in USA. I guess American’s felt fat people equate to lower sales. It was changed to this rather forgetable cover you see below. Yawn.

Fatboy Slim- Come a long way baby USA





11 Comments

  1. Astralwerks always edits Fatboy Slim album covers when they release his stuff here in America. His follow-up release, “Halfway Between the Gutter and the Stars,” featured a cropped version of the cover photo (thankfully, this was only used on the “clean version” of the album) and the nudist colony screenprints used on the album “Palookaville” were cleaned up for the American release. Finally, for his recent best-of album “Why Try Harder,” an oil painting of the fat kid (now sporting angel wings) was replaced with a still image of Christopher Walken from the infamous “Weapon of Choice” video.

  2. I actually like the American version of the cover as well (what a record collection!), but I can’t tell why Astralwerks would make the change.

  3. Yeah the record collection is cool but in terms of a cover that stands out and is iconic the non US one works a lot better.

    Devin’s comments are great and I’ll have to check out those other releases soon.

  4. The original “fat” cover is great! For one reason, the title fits the image so much better, because the guy is holding a cigarette and “You’ve come a long way, baby” is/was the slogan for Virginia Slims, which would typically feature a happy, attractive and slender woman. Plus he’s wearing that shirt! Ha! It’s like the record title is saying, “Wow, congratulations on being #1.”

  5. Oh, and plus it’s “Fatboy” Slim. Duh.

  6. the reason the cover of the greatest hits with the oil painting of the fat bloke was censored in america was because the fat guy threatened to take fatboy slim (norman cook) to court over it.

  7. Lol(:

  8. According to Wikipedia, the guy on the cover is Mark Johnson, who had a cameo in the video for the song “Right Here, Right Now”, wearing the exact same outfit featured on the cover.

  9. Interesting that there was a different (and rejected) original cover for You've Come A Long Way (I was not aware of it until seeing this page), although they did use the same photo, albeit tightly cropped up to just the guy's face, for the cover of “The Rockafeller Skank” single…

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  11. Just saw an interview with Fatboy Slim in the Guardian. He says he doesn’t know who the kid is – he wants to find out so they can give him some money…

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