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Scatman's World (album)

Scatman's World is debut album by American musician Scatman John, recorded after the worldwide success of his debut single "Scatman". It is somewhat of a concept album dealing with an imaginary Utopian society named "Scatland". He speaks about this at length in the liner notes: "If you're wondering where Scatland is, you don't have to look too far; it's between your deepest dreams and warmest wishes".

The songs deal with various elements of American society and many of them draw on Scatman's personal experience; "Popstar" is a tongue-in-cheek number about the shallow nature of stardom, "Quiet Desperation" deals with the homelessproblem and "Time (Take Your Time)" is a harrowing song about his time in Alcoholics Anonymous.

The album climaxes with "Song of Scatland", a ballad dedicated to the imaginary kingdom that was notoriously released as a single. "Hi, Louis" closes the album proper with traditional scatting over jazz piano and steady beats; the title is a reference to Louis Armstrong, to whom he later paid tribute on the track "Everybody Jam!".

Scatman's World was very popular internationally, particularly in Japan, where it reached No. 2 and stayed on the charts for 40 weeks, selling more than 1,560,000 copies overall, and ranking as the 9th best selling album that was recorded by a non-Japanese artist of all time in that country.


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Track listing[edit]Edit

  1. "Welcome to Scatland" – 0:49
  2. "Scatman's World" – 3:40
  3. "Only You" – 3:42
  4. "Quiet Desperation" – 3:51
  5. "Scatman (Ski Ba Bop Ba Dop Bop)" – 3:30
  6. "Sing Now!" – 3:38
  7. "Popstar" – 4:13
  8. "Time (Take Your Time)" – 3:41
  9. "Mambo Jambo" – 3:30
  10. "Everything Changes" – 4:38
  11. "Song of Scatland" – 5:05
  12. "Hi, Louis" – 2:34
  13. "Scatman" [Game Over Jazz] – 5:03 (Bonus track)
  14. "Scatman" [Spike Mix] – 6:43 (Japan bonus track)


Weekly charts[edit]Edit

Chart Position
Austrian Albums Chart[2] 25
Belgian Albums Chart (Flanders) [3] 13
Belgian Albums Chart (Wallonia)[4] 11
Dutch Albums Chart[5] 20
Finnish Albums Chart[6] 1
French SNEP Albums Chart[7] 13
German Media Control Albums Chart[8] 6
Japanese Oricon Albums Chart[9] 2
Norwegian VG-lista Albums Chart[10] 6
Swedish Albums Chart[11] 42
Swiss Albums Chart[12] 4

Year-end charts[edit]Edit

Chart (1995) Position
Japanese Albums Chart[13] 15
French Albums Chart[14] 63
Swiss Albums Chart[15] 16
Chart (1996) Position
Japanese Albums Chart[16] 47


Region Certification Sales/shipments
France (SNEP)[17] Gold 185,000[18]
Japan (RIAJ)[19] Million 1,560,000[20]
Poland (ZPAV)[21] Gold 50,000
Sweden (GLF)[22] Gold 50,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone xunspecified figures based on certification alone

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