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Song for Shelter Ya Mama

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Format  CD, 12" vinyl
Label  Skint
Recorded  2000
Released  3 September 2001 (2001-09-03)
Genre  Big beat, house ("Song for Shelter") Big beat, rave, electronic rock ("Ya Mama")
Length  11:26 ("Song for Shelter") 5:38 ("Ya Mama")

"Song for Shelter" / "Ya Mama" is a song by British big beat musician Fatboy Slim, released as a double A-side single in September 2001. Both songs are on his 2000 album Halfway Between the Gutter and the Stars. "Ya Mama" is on the Charlie's Angels soundtrack and film and in a trailer for Spy Kids. The single peaked at No. 30 on the UK singles chart.


The CD2 single is led by the Chemical Brothers' remix of "Song for Shelter".

"Song for Shelter"

"Song for Shelter" is the first song on the single and the final and longest song on the album Halfway Between the Gutter and the Stars, lasting over 11 minutes, with the last two and a half minutes being what is essentially a separate track, "Talkin' bout My Baby (Reprise)". "Song for Shelter" features Roger Sanchez and Roland Clark. A remix for the song by The Chemical Brothers was made and released as a separate single.

The song's vocals are sampled from Roland Clark's song "I Get Deep". The song was featured over the credits on several episodes of Green Wing.

When reviewing follow-up album Palookaville, Stylus Magazine said the song was "undoubtley" Fatboy Slim's "finest moment to date", noting "the ten-minute house anthem “Song for Shelter”, whose redemptive power was so awesome that it almost saved Larry Clark’s inconceivably atrocious film Bully simply by gracing the last scene."

"Ya Mama"

"Ya Mama", often mistitled "Push the Tempo", is the second song in the single and is featured on the soundtrack of Charlie's Angels.

The song contains various samples; the guitar riffs are sampled from "The Kettle" by Colosseum. The "Push the tempo" vocals are taken "Let the Rhythm Pump" by Doug Lazy. The "Shake what ya mama gave ya" vocals are sampled from "Shake Whatcha Mama Gave Ya" by Stik E & The Hoodz. Most of the track was taken from Block Rockin' Beats by The Chemical Brothers.

Sometimes, the single is known as "Ya Mama/Song for Shelter" instead of the titles appearing the other way around. This title is given to several import editions.

Music video

The music video of "Ya Mama" was produced by Traktor, a collective also known for producing Basement Jaxx' "Where's Your Head At?" video and Madonna's music video for "Die Another Day". The song's music video is centered on a tape of the song which makes its listeners unwillingly enter into chaotic uncontrolled arm movements, trembling, dancing, to their own amazement as well as the other persons'. Tom and Jerry short Baby Puss can be heard in the background whenever the tape isn't playing. It was filmed in Carriacou in the Grenadines, where a complete town market was built and destroyed.

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Song for Shelter/Ya Mama Wikipedia

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