Fatboy Slim

Fatboy Slim

Infobox musical artist
Name = Fatboy Slim

Img_capt = Fatboy Slim, 2004
Background = non_vocal_instrumentalist
Birth_name = Quentin Leo Cook
Alias = Norman Cook, Pizzaman, Fatboy Slim
Born = birth date and age|df=yes|1963|7|31
Died =
Origin = London Borough of Bromley, United Kingdom
Spouse = Zoe Ball
Genre = Electronic, Big beat, Trip-hop, Dance, TranceFact|date=July 2008
Occupation = Musician, Producer, Disc Jockey
Instrument = Turntables
Years_active = 1981 - present
Label = Skint, Astralwerks, Southern Fried
Associated_acts = The Housemartins, Beats International, Freak Power
URL = [http://www.fatboyslim.net/ FatboySlim.net]

Fatboy Slim, also known as Norman Cook, (born Quentin Leo Cook on 31 July 1963, [ [http://www.mtv.com/music/artist/fatboy_slim/artist.jhtml MTV.com bio] ] ) is a British DJ and big beat musician.


Quentin Leo Cook grew up in Reigate, Surrey, England, and was educated at Reigate Grammar School. He started a punk fanzine titled "Peroxide" with his neighbour Andrew Thomas and art student Ian McKay (formerly Laidlaw). Contemporary with his publishing activities, he played drums in Disque Attack (a British new-wave-influenced rock band) for which he later performed lead vocals. At Reigate College he also met Paul Heaton and, at 18, he went to the Brighton Polytechnic to study a BA in English, Politics and Sociology. Although he had begun DJing some years before, it was at this time that he began to develop his skills on the thriving Brighton club scene.

In 1985 Cook's friend Paul Heaton who lived in Hull had formed a guitar band called The Housemartins. The Housemartins' bassist had just quit on the eve of their first national tour. Cook had lost interest in the rock sceneFact|date=March 2008 and could barely play a musical instrument,Fact|date=March 2008 he agreed to move to Hull to join them. The band soon had a hit single with "Happy Hour". They also reached number one just before Christmas 1986 with a version of "Caravan of Love" originally a hit the year before for Isley Jasper Isley. However, by 1988 they had split up. Heaton and the band's drummer Dave Hemingway went on to form The Beautiful South, while Cook moved back to Brighton to pursue his interest in the style of music he preferred. It was at this time that he first started working with young studio engineer Simon Thornton, with whom he continues to make records. All Cook's records released from that point onwards have involved both of them to varying degrees (Thornton is credited in 2004 as "Executive Producer" for example).

Cook achieved his first solo hit in 1989, featuring his future Beats International member MC Wildski called "Blame It on the Bassline". Credited to "Norman Cook feat. MC Wildski", the song followed the basic template of what was to come in the style of the music of Beats International. It became a modest hit in the UK Singles Chart, reaching #29.

Cook formed Beats International, a loose confederation of studio musicians including vocalists Lindy Layton, Lester Noel, D.J. Baptiste, rapper MC Wildski, and keyboardist Andy Boucher. Their first album, "Let Them Eat Bingo", included the number one single, "Dub Be Good to Me". "Dub Be Good To Me" caused a legal dispute revolving around allegations of infringement of copyright through the liberal use of unauthorised samples: the bassline was a note-for-note lift from The Clash's "The Guns Of Brixton" and the song also borrowed heavily from the S.O.S. Band's "Just Be Good to Me". The 1991 follow-up album "Excursion on the Version", an exploration of dub and reggae rhythms, failed to repeat the success of its predecessor.

Cook then formed Freakpower, with horn player and singer Ashley Slater. The duo released their debut album, "Drive Thru Booty", in 1994, which contained the single "Turn On Tune In Cop Out". The cut was picked up by the Levi's company for use in a multimillion-dollar advertisement campaign. Freakpower has also done several other releases under the name "Fried Funk Food".

In 1995, Cook enlisted help from producer friends Tim Jeffery and JC Reid to create a solo house music album under the 'Pizzaman' pseudonym. The "Pizzamania" album spawned 3 UK Top 40 hits in "Trippin' on Sunshine", "Sex on the Streets" and "Happiness". "Happiness" was picked up by the Del Monte Foods corporation for use in a UK fruit juice ad.

Cook is also behind a group The Mighty Dub Katz along with Gareth Hansome (aka GMoney), Cook's former flatmate and the inventorFact|date=March 2008 of the name "Big Beat". Together they started the Boutique Nightclub in Brighton, formerly known as the Big Beat Boutique, evidently imitating the Heavenly Social in London.Or|date=March 2008

In 1996, Cook then re-joined Ashley Slater for the second Freakpower album, titled "More of Everything for Everybody".

Recordings, 1997 to present

The Fatboy Slim album "Better Living Through Chemistry" (released through Skint Records) contained the Top 40 UK hit, "Everybody Needs a 303".

Fatboy Slim's next work was the single "The Rockafeller Skank," released prior to the album "You've Come a Long Way, Baby", both of which were released in 1998. "Praise You", also from this album, was Cook's first UK solo number one. Its video, directed by Spike Jonze, won numerous awards.Fact|date=September 2008

"Halfway Between the Gutter and the Stars" was released in 2000 and featured two collaborations with Macy Gray and "Weapon of Choice", which also was made into an award-winningFact|date=September 2008 video starring Christopher Walken.

"Palookaville" was Cook's first album in four years.

In 2005, Cook's 2004 single "Wonderful Night" was used on Konami's "Dance Dance Revolution Extreme 2" for PlayStation 2.

"Why Try Harder" is Fatboy Slim's greatest hits album and was released on 19 June 2006. It comprises eighteen tracks, including ten Top 40 singles, a couple of Number Ones and two exclusive new tracks - "Champion Sound" and "That Old Pair of Jeans".

In summer 2007, "The Rockafeller Skank" was used for season 3 of So You Think You Can Dance. In September 2007, the song was also featured on Konami's "Dance Dance Revolution SuperNova 2" for PlayStation 2.


On 13 July 2002 Fatboy Slim performed the second of his free, open air concerts on Brighton beach. Despite expecting a crowd of around 60,000 people the event instead attracted an estimated 250,000 who crammed the promenade and beach between Brighton's piers. Local police forced the event to end early amid safety concerns, overcrowding, and one death. After the music had finished and the crowd began to dissipate, traffic ensued throughout the Brighton area with many caught in traffic jams until the morning. [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/music/2127259.stm BBC NEWS | Entertainment | Music | Fatboy Slim crowds cause chaos ] ]

In June 2005 Fatboy Slim filled the Friday night headline slot on the 'Other Stage' at the Glastonbury Festival, a booking which actually generated a financial loss for Cook. [ [http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/glastonbury2005/lineupandartists/fatboyslim/ BBC - Glastonbury 2005 - Fatboy Slim ] ]

In 2006, Fatboy Slim filled the Saturday headline slot at the Global Gathering festival, Long Marston Airfield in the English Midlands. He played a two hour set, appearing in front of an visual stage set comprising video screens and 3D lighting. A firework display rounded off the show. [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/highlands_and_islands/5114238.stm BBC NEWS | Scotland | Highlands and Islands | Rock Ness fans have monster time ] ]

After being banned by police from playing in Brighton since 2002, Fatboy Slim was given permission in 2006 to play again in his home town. On 1 January 2007 he played to an audience of over 20,000 fans along Brighton's seafront. Titled 'Fatboy Slim's Big Beach Boutique 3', tickets to the event were made available only to Brighton residents. The concert was deemed a stunning success by Sussex Police, Fatboy Slim, and the crowd. [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/southern_counties/6222189.stm BBC NEWS | England | Southern Counties | Thousands attend Fatboy Slim gig ] ] The Cuban Brothers and David Guetta opened the concert.

In 2008, Fatboy Slim played at the Glastonbury Festival again, and headlined the O2 Wireless Festival and Rockness Festival. According to an NME interview this may have been the last time he performed as Fatboy Slim, as he may now focus on the BPA project. [ [http://www.nme.com/news/fatboy-slim/36593 NME interview] ] .


Cook was awarded a star on the city of Brighton's Walk of Fame, next to that of Winston Churchill. He married TV personality Zoë Ball in 1999; the couple have one son named Woody. Cook is also a 12% shareholder of the football club he has supported since moving to Brighton in the late 1980s, Brighton & Hove Albion. Fact|date=September 2008

Q magazine named Fatboy Slim in their "50 Bands To See Before You Die" list. [ [http://www.rocklistmusic.co.uk/qlistspage2.html A Selection Of Lists From Q Magazine - Page 2 ] ]

In January 2003, Cook and his wife broke up, but three months later, they reconciled. [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/2671021.stm BBC NEWS | Entertainment | Zoe Ball and Fatboy Slim 'to split' ] ]


* In 1999 Cook won three MTV awards for the video to "Praise You" - for best direction, best choreography and best breakthrough video. [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/1530530.stm BBC News | MUSIC | Norman Cook's long way to stardom ] ]
*September, 2001 Fatboy Slim's video for "Weapon of Choice" received six prizes at the MTV Video Awards, the most given to a single winner that year. [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/music/1530007.stm BBC News | MUSIC | Fatboy Slim rakes in MTV awards ] ]
*In May, 2007, Cook received an Ivor Novello Award for his "outstanding contribution to British music". [ [http://www.theivors.org/awards.html The Ivor Novello Awards - Nominees ] ]

Bands and pseudonyms

* Beats International
* Rockaway 3
* Chemistry
* Brighton Port Authority
* DJ Delite Used in DJ Tools (e.g. acapellas) for Fatboy Slim Singles
* Freak Power
* Norman Cook
* Pizzaman
* Sensataria
* Son of a Cheeky Boy
* Son of Wilmot
* Sunny Side Up
* The Feelgood Factor
* The Housemartins
* The Mighty Dub Katz
* Yum Yum Head Food
* Fatboy Slim
* Fried Funk Food


tudio albums

*"Better Living Through Chemistry" (1996) #63 UK
*"You've Come a Long Way, Baby" (1998) #1 UK (triple platinum), #34 US (Platinum)
*"Halfway Between the Gutter and the Stars" (2000) #8 UK
*"Palookaville" (2004) #14 UK
*"Here Lies Love" (with David Byrne) (2009)

Live albums

* "On the Floor at the Boutique" (1998)
* "Live on Brighton Beach" (2002)
* "Big Beach Boutique II" (2002)
* "" (2006)
* "Incredible Adventures In Brazil" (2008)



External links

* [http://www.fatboyslim.net/ Fatboy Slim's official website]
* [http://www.discogs.com/artist/Fatboy+Slim Fatboy Slim's discography at Discogs]
*imdb name|id=1041563|name=Fatboy Slim
* [http://www.electrofunkroots.co.uk/interviews/norman_cook.html A Conversation with Norman Cook]

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