Fatboy Slim

Fatboy Slim, whose real name is Norman Cook, is a popular DJ from Brighton, England. Born and raised in the scenic town of Reigate, England Norman has been part of the mainstream music scene in one form or another since the early eighties. When he first started Norman played in various genres, new wave, rock, etc but by 1989 he was ready to focus the dub, hip hop, break beats that truly were his passion all along. Norman Cook has been known by many pseudonyms through the years. With each pseudonym came a slightly different style variance. My favorite is his work as Fatboy Slim which is also the name that he’s used the most and that a great deal of his recordings have been released under. Some of his other pseudonym have been, Beats International, Pizzaman, Freak Power and most recently Brighton Port Authority.Norman Cook and a pretty sky.

The Fatboy Slim albums contain some of the most original electronic music I’ve ever heard. I’d attribute much of that to having only one man at the helm. There’s no human chemistry to get involved and the result is a very consistent sound. As long as you like that sound you’re in for a real treat with this music. Fatboy Slim’s live shows have been heralded as some of the best in the music industry. As an indication of this in 2002 he was slated to play Brighton beach, England. The expected crowd size at this show was 60,000 and 250,000 people showed up, that’s a sizable amount of people. The venue was so overcrowded there was even a death. As a result Fatboy Slim was banned from playing at Brighton beach to prevent another unexpected surge of show seers. He was so popular that he was actually banned from a venue because people could get killed in the crowds. That’s super stardom right there.

Of the five studio releases currently under the Fatboy Slim name my faves are any of the first three. I should note that there are also official live releases and tons of singles out there. The singles range from completely original tracks to remixes of existing songs. Fatboy Slim has done some remixes of extremely high quality. In some cases his remixes are more solid then the original tracks, his remix of Cornershop’s Brimful of Asha for example. Some other notable artists he’s covered would be Steppenwolf, A Tribe Called Quest, Prince, Beastie Boys and others. His Prince cover of When Doves Cry is simply fantastic. Below is a list of his studio releases but as I mentioned earlier there is a lot of other material out there…

1) Better Living Through Chemistry [1997]
2) You’ve Come a Long Way, Baby [1998]
3) Halfway Between the Gutter and the Stars [2000]
4) Palookaville [2004]
5) Here Lies Love [2009]

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