Norman Cook chats to Nemone about being Fatboy Slim
Celebrating 20 years of Fat Boy Slim’s no.1 album ‘You’ve Come A Long Way, Baby’, DJ Norman Cook shares his early dance influences, club memories, and journey to Superstardom.
Celebrating 20 years of Fat Boy Slim’s no.1 album ‘You’ve Come A Long Way, Baby’, Norman Cook chats to Nemone about his early clubbing memories and the dance tracks that sound-tracked his journey to DJ Superstardom.
In the 1980s, Norman was the bassist for the Hull-based indie rock band the Housemartins, who achieved a UK number-one single with 'Caravan of Love'. After the band split, Cook formed the electronic band Beats International in Brighton, who produced the number-one single "Dub Be Good to Me". Norman joined acts including Freak Power, Pizzaman, and the Mighty Dub Katz, and in 1996, he adopted the name Fatboy Slim and released the album 'Better Living Through Chemistry' to critical acclaim. The follow-up album 'You've Come a Long Way, Baby' catapulted him into the mainstream in 1998. This was followed by 'Halfway Between the Gutter and the Stars in 2000, and Palookaville in 2004. Top ten singles include 'The Rockafeller Skank', 'Praise You', 'Right Here, Right Now', and 'Weapon of Choice'. He has been responsible for successful remixes for Cornershop, Beastie Boys, A Tribe Called Quest, and Groove Armada.
In 2008 the king of Big Beat formed the Brighton Port Authority with Talking Head's frontman David Byrne. In 2010 they released the concept album 'Here Lies Love'. The album was staged into a musical and premiered off-Broadway in 2013 and at the Royal National Theatre in 2014. Norman 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.
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