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Beats International was a Britishmarker electronic music band, formed in the late 1980s by Norman Cook (better known as Fatboy Slim), after his departure from The Housemartins.


A loose confederation of musicians, the line-up also included vocalist Lindy Layton, Lester Noel, rappers D.J. Baptiste (The crazy MC), MC Wildski and keyboardist Andy Boucher. Unusually, the band's live line-up also incorporated a graffiti artist, who would paint designs on a backdrop while the musicians played.

Their first album, Let Them Eat Bingo spawned the UKmarker number one single "Dub Be Good to Me", a re-working of the S.O.S. Band's hit "Just Be Good to Me", based around a sample of the bassline from The Clash's "Guns of Brixton" and featuring Layton on vocals.

The second Beats International album was 1991's Excursion on the Version, which featured a greater use of dub and reggae sounds, but failed to repeat the success of its predecessor. This was the final Beats International recording, with Cook next going on to form Freakpower.



Year Album UK Albums Chart
1990 Let Them Eat Bingo
1991 Excursion on the Version


Year Single UK Singles Chart U.S. U.S. Dance Album
1990 "Dub Be Good to Me"
Let Them Eat Bingo
"Won't Talk About It"
"Burundi Blues"
1991 "Echo Chamber"
Excursion on the Version
"The Sun Doesn't Shine"
"In the Ghetto"
1992 "Change Your Mind"

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