Norman Quentin Cook, known by his stage name Fatboy Slim, is an English DJ, musician, and record producer who helped to popularise the big beat genre in the 1990s. In the 1980s, Cook was the bassist for the Hull-based indie rock band the Housemartins, who achieved a UK number-one single with their a cappella cover of “Caravan of Love”. After the Housemartins split, Cook formed the electronic band Beats International in Brighton, who produced the number-one single “Dub Be Good to Me”. Cook joined acts including Freak Power, Pizzaman, and the Mighty Dub Katz to moderate success.
Not a record man, he’s the man of the Records.
In 1996, Cook adopted the name Fatboy Slim and released Better Living Through Chemistry to critical acclaim. Follow-up albums You’ve Come a Long Way, Baby, Halfway Between the Gutter and the Stars, and Palookaville, as well as singles such as “The Rockafeller Skank”, “Praise You”, “Right Here, Right Now”, “Weapon of Choice”, and “Wonderful Night”, achieved commercial and critical success.
In 2008, Cook formed the Brighton Port Authority with David Byrne. Cook holds the Guinness World Record for the most top 40 hits under different names. As a solo act, he has won ten MTV Video Music Awards and two Brit Awards.
Fatboy Slim announces ‘You’ve Come a Long Way Baby’ 20th anniversary reissue
Fatboy Slim has announced the 20th anniversary reissue of his landmark album ‘You’ve Come a Long Way Baby.’
Featuring the tracks ‘Right Here, Right Now’ and ‘Praise You’, the album reached NME’s top 20 albums of 1998.
The reissue will be released on March 16th via BMG. As well as the CD and LP reissues, there will be a ‘meal deal’ version which comes delivered in a pizza box and features the young man from the U.K. album artwork. It looks amazing! 🙂
Did you remember the Brighton Beach in 2002?
250,000 party-goers descended on Brighton for Europe’s biggest beach party.
More than four times the expected number of clubbers went to the free event staged by the DJ Norman Cook – Fatboy Slim – on that Saturday night. A man in his 40s died of a heart attack at the concert and a 26-year-old woman was critically injured after the event as thousands of people, left stranded by inadequate transport services, continued to party.
Anyway, that act was History for the future of the european electronic music worldwide. In fact, everybody link that moment to Fatboy Slim such as one of the biggest electronic moment in the 21st century as a free open air party – differently for a Street Parade with more artists involved.
Everybody Needs A 303
He subsequently became big beat’s best-known and most successful artist with a number of hit singles including “Everybody Needs A 303”, the album Better Living Through Chemistry and various remixes including Wildchild’s “Renegade Master” (Hi-Life) and Cornershop’s number 1 single “Brimful Of Asha” (Wiija).
He has also recorded for Southern Fried Records as the Mighty Dub Katz, notably “It’s Just Another Groove” and “Magic Carpet Ride”. In 1998, his success continued with a Fatboy Slim single “The Rockafeller Skank” and Freak Power single “No Way”, recorded with just Ashley Slater. In October, he was honoured with the UK’s Muzik magazine’s award for best producer.
In January 1999, the Fatboy Slim single “Praise You” topped the UK chart, while You’ve Come A Long Way, Baby consolidated its crossover appeal and enjoyed transatlantic success. In February, he won a BRIT Award for best producer, and in August married Radio 1 DJ and television presenter Zoe Ball (their son, Woody, was born the following December). He also won three MTV Video Awards in September.
Recently Fatboy Slim has been called for a special Cercle‘s act, of course in Brighton, where he originally moved to study there, for a dj-set into the British Airways I360. The icon city tower of recent years.
Fatboy Slim in Milan
Fatboy Slim is coming to Milan the next March 15th at Magazzini Generali.
We will be media-partner of the event so let’s see us better in the next days.
Please, stay interested and see you soon!