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Fatboy Slim

Born 31 July 1963.
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Fatboy Slim - Interview

Norman Cook talks about his new World Cup album of Brazilian influenced dance tracks.

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Biography

Norman Quentin Cook (born Quentin Leo Cook on 16 July 1963), also known by his stage name Fatboy Slim, is an English DJ, musician, rapper, and record producer. 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 mainstream popularity in the 1990s.

Cook first rose to fame in the 1980s as the bassist of the indie rock band The Housemartins who scored a UK number-one single with their a capella 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 1996 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.

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of Palookaville

    Palookaville 2004

    Reviewed by Jack Smith
    Norman Cook dons the Fatboy guise once again and some what disappointingly reverts to...
  2. Review of You’ve Come a Long Way, Baby

    You’ve Come a Long Way, Baby 1998

    Reviewed by Reef Younis
    An immediate delight that set the quintessential tone for Fatboy’s future.
  3. Review of Better Living Through Chemistry

    Better Living Through Chemistry 1996

    Reviewed by Ian Wade
    This 1996 debut still stands tall as the sound of abandon and messiness.
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