The jewel of big beat
Fatboy Slim is one of the numerous aliases of Norman Cook (Quentin Leo Cook is his real name), British DJ and producer famous to have initiated, alongside The Chemical Brothers and The Prodigy, the big beat trend (mix of techno, acid house and hip-hop). Born on July 31st 1963 in Redhill, he has been active in the electro scene since 1981.
Brilliant DJ known and acclaimed in the English underground scene since 20 years; he paradoxically debuted as bass player in the brit-pop band The Housemartins. The band had a hit single 'Caravan of Love' that got to the top of the English charts in 1986. When the band split up in 1989, Norman founded the band Beats International and got once again a song number one in the charts, 'Dub Be Good To Me'.
After a thousand EPs under thousands of aliases, he took the name Fatboy Slim and under the impulse of The Chemical Brothers, contributed to the birth of a new genre, the Big Beat. This was the year 1996. The label Skint released the album 'Better Living Through Chemistry'.
Two years later, Fatboy Slim came back, releasing 'You've Come A Long Way, Baby', an irreverent critically-acclaimed second album. Quickly, the single 'Right Here, Right Now' got to the top of the charts, first in Great Britain, then worldwide. The DJ became an international star and the tabloids would soon dissect his private life. A sudden change of status that didn’t disturb him that much, preferring to concentrate on his musical work than bothering about his image.
In 2000, Norman released 'Halfway Between The Gutter and The Stars', his third album as Fatboy Slim. This album has been less sold than its predecessors, the big beat wave having finished submerging the electro scene. Then was released in 2004 'Palookaville', an unnoticed album. Norman then used the alias The BPA (Brighton Port Authority). The year after that, Channel 4 decided to organise a huge party on Brighton's beach, inviting Fatboy Slim to mix: it's the first edition of the 'Big Beach Boutique'. The party is a big success and, because of that, other editions will be organised, always bringing more and more people together.
The last album released under the name Fatboy Slim is 'Here Lies Love', an ambitious project built with the help of David Byrne (ex-member of the band Talking Heads), in 2010.