Fatboy Slim

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Intro

An artist known by a few names;-

  • Norman Cook (born Quentin Leo Cook on 31 July 1963).
  • Known by many others under his stage name Fatboy Slim.

He is an English DJ, musician and record producer/mixer.

There are some of the more narrow minded out there that will ask why Fatboy Slim is on a site dedicated to all things alternative, but really? This guy has been involved in so many different genres, we think this makes him enough of a rebel.

Other names he's been known as;-

  • Beats International (1989–1992)
  • The Brighton Port Authority (2008–present)
  • Cheeky Boy
  • Chemistry
  • Disque Attack
  • DJ Delite (used in DJ Tools e.g. acapellas, for Fatboy Slim singles)
  • DJ Quentox (The Ox that Rocks)
  • Double Trouble
  • Drunk Soul Brother (Glastonbury 2004)
  • The Feelgood Factor
  • Freak Power (1993–1996)
  • Fried Funk Food
  • Mighty Dub Katz ("Magic Carpet *Ride" dance song, 1996)
  • Pizzaman (1993–1997)
  • Rockaway 3
  • Sensateria
  • Son of a Cheeky Boy
  • Son of Wilmot
  • Stomping Pondfrogs
  • Sunny Side Up
  • Yum Yum Head Food
  • Quinton Fortune (1996–2006)
  • Arthur Chubb
  • Margret Scratcher
  • Grime Minister
  • Asher D. Slim (2002)
  • Hot Since 63
  • Leo Sayer
  • Mighty Gus Poyetz
  • Biggie Slims
  • Cook Da Bass
  • Pierre Burner Down
  • Slimboy Fat

Info

As a solo electronic act, he has won ten MTV Video Music Awards and two Brit Awards. His records as Fatboy Slim also helped to popularise the Big Beat genre, which achieved a lot of its mainstream popularity in the 1990s.

Cook first rose to fame in the 1980s as the bassist of the Indie band The Housemartins who scored a UK number-one single with their acapella cover of Isley-Jasper-Isley's "Caravan of Love". After the band split, Cook formed Beats International whose début album spawned their signature hit, "Dub Be Good to Me" which was another UK number-one as well as going on to become the seventh best-selling single of 1990 in the UK. Cook then went on to join numerous other acts including Freak Power, Pizzaman and The Mighty Dub Katz to moderate success.

Cook adopted the Fatboy Slim moniker in '96 and released Better Living Through Chemistry to critical acclaim. Follow-ups You've Come a Long Way, Baby and Halfway Between the Gutter and the Stars, as well as their associated singles, including "The Rockafeller Skank", "Praise You", "Right Here Right Now", and "Weapon of Choice", were also met with positive reviews and commercial success.

In 2008, Cook founded a project called The Brighton Port Authority.

Cook has been responsible for successful remixes for Cornershop, Beastie Boys, A Tribe Called Quest and Wildchild.

Here Lies Love

This was a concept album / Rock musical made as a collaboration between David Byrne and Fatboy Slim, about the life of the former First Lady of the Philippines, Imelda Marcos along with the woman who raised her, Estrella Cumpas, it follows Marcos until she and her family were forced to leave the Philippines.

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The album features 22 guest vocalists and was released on 5 April 2010, in various formats, including a deluxe double-Compact Disc set with a DVD of music videos from the album and a 120-page book.

The album was adapted as a Rock musical, which premiered in 2013 off-Broadway at The Public Theater and ran again at the Public in 2014–2015, it also played at the Royal National Theatre's Dorfman Theatre in 2014–2015.

Albums List

1) Better Living Through Chemistry (1996)

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2) You've Come a Long Way, Baby (1998)

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3) Halfway Between the Gutter and the Stars (2000)

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4) Palookaville (2004)

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5) Here Lies Love (with David Byrne) (2010)

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External Links

www.fatboyslim.net