Slash Dot Dash

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"Slash Dot Dash"
SlashDotDash-FatboySlim.jpg
Single by Fatboy Slim
from the album Palookaville
Released 20 September 2004 (2004-09-20)
Format CD, 12"
Recorded 2004
Genre Big beat, electronica, hip hop
Length 2:53
Label Skint
Songwriter(s) Fatboy Slim
Producer(s) Fatboy Slim
Fatboy Slim singles chronology
"Talkin' bout My Baby"
(2002)
"Slash Dot Dash"
(2004)
"Wonderful Night"
(2004)
"Talkin' bout My Baby"
(2002)
"Slash Dot Dash"
(2004)
"Wonderful Night"
(2004)
Audio sample

"Slash Dot Dash" is a song by English big beat musician Fatboy Slim, released as a single from his album Palookaville. Cook himself plays bass guitar on the track, it also appeared on Fatboy Slim's greatest hits album The Greatest Hits – Why Try Harder.[1] The single peaked at No. 12 on the UK Singles Chart.[2] The best-known version of the song samples "Ricky V. Valentine" by Ghetto Classics,[3] the original version of the track, contained on an advance US copy of the album, uses a different vocal sample which was possibly changed due to sample clearance issues.

Critical reception[edit]

"Slash Dot Dash" garnered negative reviews upon its release, with some critics feeling that the song was too similar to FatBoy Slim's previous work.[4] Entertainment Weekly's review of "Palookaville" noted that "'Slash Dot Dash' and its high-BPM (beats-per-minute) ilk — feel(s) half-cocked, like Cook can’t quite commit to the moment."[5] Pitchfork's Johnny Loftus was equally critical of the track, stating that the song is "as empty as the vacuum after the dot-com bust, a tinfoil crumple of store-bought spy guitar and a vocal sample that needles three times sharper than the funk soul brother."[6]

Music video[edit]

A music video, directed by Tim Pope,[7] was released, featuring people vandalizing and dancing in a bathroom.[8]

Commercial Performance[edit]

Despite the song's poor critical reception, it performed well commercially in the UK, debuting at number 12 on the Official Singles Chart and spending a total of 3 weeks in the chart's Top 50,[2] the song also entered the top 40 in Italy (where it reached number 27) [9] and Mexico (where it reached number 6).[10] The song remains his most successful in Mexico.[10]

Track listing[edit]

CD
CD1
No. Title Length
1. "Slash Dot Dash" (radio edit) 2:20
2. "Close to Home" 3:36
CD2
No. Title Length
1. "Slash Dot Dash" 2:55
2. "Jin Go Lo Ba (Jon Carter mix)" 7:07
3. "What They're Looking For" 5:51
4. "Slash Dot Dash" (video) 2:25
12" vinyl
No. Title Length
1. "Slash Dot Dash"  
2. "Close to Home"  
3. "Slash Dot Dash (DJ Delite)"  
4. "Jin Go Lo Ba (Jon Carter remix)"  
5. "Jin Go Lo Ba (DJ Delite)"  

Charts[edit]

Chart (2004) Peak
Position
Italian Singles Chart[9] 27
Spanish Singles Chart[10] 6
UK Singles Chart[2] 12

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Slash Dot Dash - Appears on:". Allmusic. Retrieved 23 October 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c "FatBoy Slim chart history UK". Official Singles. Retrieved 23 October 2016. 
  3. ^ "Direct Sample of Vocals / Lyrics". WhoSampled. Retrieved 23 October 2016. 
  4. ^ Jeffries, David. "Palookaville review". Allmusic. Retrieved 23 October 2016. 
  5. ^ Greenblatt, Leah. "Palookaville album review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 23 October 2016. 
  6. ^ Loftus, Johnny. "review". Pitchfork. Retrieved 23 October 2016. 
  7. ^ "Slash Dot Dash video". TimPope.tv. Retrieved 23 October 2016. 
  8. ^ "music video". YouTube. Retrieved 23 October 2016. 
  9. ^ a b "Slash Dot Dash Italian chart history". Italian Charts. Retrieved 23 October 2016. 
  10. ^ a b c "Slash Dot Dash Spanish chart history". Spanish Charts. Retrieved 23 October 2016.