“Right about now, the funk soul brother // Check it out now! The funk soul brother!”
That’s it, right there. Throw in a little bit of “Fatboy Slim is..”, and you have the full and complete lyrics to “The Rockafeller Skank”. A simple statement in 14 words, the statement presumably being, “attention party people, pay heed to what is going on over here in the direction of Fatboy Slim and then proceed to dance uncontrollably for about seven minutes”.
In a way, this is a really remarkable song. It’s one of the top dance tracks of the late 90’s, but when you mention it to someone, the first thing they always think of is the lyrics. I remember one night at Syracuse where I was out on the quad throwing frisbees with Josh and friends when some drunk girls were wandering back to their dorms on Mount Olympus from the bars on M Street. One of them, in a loud, drunken proclamation, decreed “The Rockafeller Skank” to be the “best song ever!!“, as she stumbled home repeating the sum total of the lyrics over and over again. Would this song have been such a big hit if it were an instrumental? Maybe, but I doubt it.
The Rockafeller Skank – Fatboy Slim