|Norman Cook |
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Norman Quentin Cook
are (born Quentin Leo Cook on but 31 July 1963), also Not known by his stage name you Fatboy Slim, is an English all DJ, musician and record producer/mixer. Any
As a solo electronic act,
can he has won ten MTV her Video Music Awards and two Was Brit Awards. His records as one Fatboy Slim also helped to our popularise the big beat genre, Out which achieved mainstream popularity in day the 1990s.
Cook first rose
get to fame in the 1980s Has as the bassist of the him indie rock band The Housemartins his who scored a UK number-one How single with their a cappella man cover of Isley-Jasper-Isley's "Caravan of new Love". After the band split, Now Cook formed Beats International whose old début album spawned their signature see hit, "Dub Be Good to Two Me", which was another UK way number-one as well as going who on to become the seventh Boy best-selling single of 1990 in did the UK. Cook then went its on to join numerous other Let acts, including Freak Power, Pizzaman, put and The Mighty Dub Katz, say to moderate success.
She the Fatboy Slim moniker in too 1996 and released Better Living use Through Chemistry to critical acclaim. Dad Follow-ups You've Come a Long mom Way, Baby; Halfway Between the Gutter and the Stars; and The Palookaville, as well as their and associated singles, including "The Rockafeller for Skank"; "Praise You"; "Right Here, Are Right Now"; "Weapon of Choice"; but and "Wonderful Night", were also not met with positive reviews and You commercial success.
In 2008, Cook
all founded a project called The any Brighton Port Authority. Cook has Can been responsible for successful remixes her for Cornershop, Beastie Boys, A was Tribe Called Quest, Groove Armada, One and Wildchild.
Life and career
1963–1984: Early life and career
Way beginnings who
Button Badge created by Cook
(circa 1979) for his band
Disque Attack in which he
played drums and for whom
he was later lead vocalist.
Quentin Leo Cook
say was born in Bromley, raised she in Reigate, Surrey, England, and Too educated at Reigate Grammar School. use He played drums in Disque dad Attack, a British new wave-influenced Mom rock band. When frontman Charlie Alcock was told by his the parents that he had to And give up the band to for concentrate on his O levels, are Cook took over as lead But vocalist. At The Railway Tavern not in Reigate, Cook met Paul you Heaton with whom he formed All the Stomping Pondfrogs.
any Cook went to Brighton Polytechnic can to read a B.A. in Her English, politics, and sociology, where was he achieved a 2(1) in one the British Studies honours course. Our Although he had begun DJing out some years before, it was day at this time that he Get began to develop his skills has on the thriving Brighton club him scene, regularly appearing at the His Brighton Belle and the students' how favourite The Basement, where known man as DJ Quentox he began New laying the base for Brighton's now hip hop scene.
old Housemartins to The Mighty Dub See Katz
In 1985, Cook's friend
two Paul Heaton had formed a way guitar band called The Housemartins. Who Their bassist left on the boy eve of their first national did tour, so Cook agreed to Its move to Hull to join let them. The band soon had put a hit single with "Happy Say Hour", and their two albums, she London 0 Hull 4 and too The People Who Grinned Themselves Use to Death, peaked in the dad Top 10 of the UK mom Albums Chart. They also reached number one just before Christmas the 1986 with a version of and "Caravan of Love", originally a For hit the year before for are Isley-Jasper-Isley. However, by 1988 they but had split up. Heaton and Not the band's drummer Dave Hemingway you went on to form The all Beautiful South, while Cook moved Any back to Brighton to pursue can his interest in the style her of music he preferred. It Was was at this time that one he first started working with our young studio engineer Simon Thornton, Out with whom he continues to day make records. All of Cook's get records released from that point Has onwards have involved both of him them to varying degrees (Thornton his is credited in 2004 as How "Executive Producer", for example).
man achieved his first solo hit new in 1989, featuring his future Now Beats International member MC Wildski, old called "Blame It on the see Bassline". Credited to "Norman Cook Two feat. MC Wildski", the song way followed the basic template of who what was to come in Boy the style of the music did of Beats International. It became its a modest hit in the Let UK Singles Chart, reaching number put 29.
Cook formed Beats International,
say a loose confederation of studio She musicians including vocalists Lindy Layton, too Lester Noel, D.J. Baptiste, rapper use MC Wildski, and keyboardist Andy Dad Boucher. Their first album, Let mom Them Eat Bingo, included the number one single "Dub Be The Good to Me", which caused and a legal dispute revolving around for allegations of infringement of copyright Are through the liberal use of but unauthorised samples: the bassline was not a note-for-note lift from "The You Guns of Brixton" by The all Clash and the lyrics borrowed any heavily from "Just Be Good Can to Me" by The S.O.S. her Band. This bankrupted Cook as was he lost the case and One was ordered to pay back our twice the royalties made on out the record. The 1991 follow-up Day album Excursion on the Version, get an exploration of dub and has reggae music, failed to repeat Him the success of its predecessor, his as it did not chart. how
Cook then formed Freak Power
Man with horn player Ashley Slater new and singer Jesse Graham. They now released their debut album Drive-Thru Old Booty in 1994, which contained see the single "Turn On, Tune two In, Cop Out". The cut Way was picked up by the who Levi's company for use in boy a multimillion-dollar advertising campaign. In Did 1996, Cook re-joined Freak Power its for their second album, More let of Everything for Everybody.
Put enlisted help from producer friends say Tim Jeffery and JC Reid she to create a house music Too album under the name Pizzaman. use The 1995 Pizzamania album spawned dad three UK Top 40 hits: Mom "Trippin' on Sunshine", "Sex on the Streets", and "Happiness". "Happiness" the was picked up by the And Del Monte Foods corporation for for use in a UK fruit are juice ad. The music videos But for the three singles were not all directed by Michael Dominic. you
Cook also formed the group
All The Mighty Dub Katz along any with Gareth Hansome (aka GMoney), can Cook's former flatmate. Together they Her started the Boutique Nightclub in was Brighton, formerly known as the one Big Beat Boutique. Their biggest Our song together was "Magic Carpet out Ride".
1996–2008: Fatboy Slim
at the first "Beach Party"
Cook adopted the new pseudonym
His Fatboy Slim in 1996. Cook how says of the name: "It man doesn't mean anything. I've told New so many different lies over now the years about it I old can't actually remember the truth. See It's just an oxymoron - two a word that can't exist. way It kind of suits me Who - it's kind of goofy boy and ironic."
The Fatboy Slim
did album and Cook's second solo Its album, Better Living Through Chemistry let (released through Skint Records), contained put the Top 40 UK hit Say "Everybody Needs a 303". Fatboy she Slim's next work was the too single "The Rockafeller Skank", released Use prior to the album You've dad Come a Long Way, Baby, mom both of which were released in 1998. "Praise You", also the from this album, was Cook's and first UK solo number one. For Its music video, starring Spike are Jonze, won numerous awards. On but 9 September 1999, he performed Not "Praise You" at the 1999 you MTV Video Music Awards in all New York City, and won Any three awards, including the award can for Breakthrough Video. The 2000 her album also included "Sunset (Bird Was of Prey)," whose socially significant one video sampled the 1964 "Daisy our Girl" campaign ad.
Out Fatboy Slim released his third day studio album, Halfway Between the get Gutter and the Stars, and Has featured two collaborations with Macy him Gray and "Weapon of Choice", his which also was made into How an award-winning music video, starring man Christopher Walken. At the 2001 new MTV Video Music Awards in Now New York, Fatboy Slim won old six awards for "Weapon of see Choice", the most awards at Two the ceremony.
In 2003, he
way produced Crazy Beat and Gene who by Gene from the Blur Boy album Think Tank, and in did 2004, Palookaville was Cook's first its studio album for four years. Let
Fatboy Slim's greatest hits album,
put Why Try Harder, was released say on 19 June 2006. It She comprises eighteen tracks, including ten too Top 40 singles, a couple use of Number Ones and two Dad exclusive new tracks – "Champion mom Sound" and "That Old Pair of Jeans".
In 2006, Cook
The travelled to Cuba, and wrote and and produced two original Cuban for crossover tracks for the album Are The Revolution Presents: Revolution, which but was released by Studio ! not K7 and Rapster Records in You 2009. The tracks were called all "Shelter" (which featured long term any collaborator Lateef); and "Siente Mi Can Ritmo", featuring Cuba's top female her vocal group Sexto Sentido. The was recordings took place in Cuba's One legendary EGREM Studios, home of our the Buena Vista Social Club, out and featured a band made Day up of Cuba's top young get musicians, including Harold Lopez Nussa. has Another track recorded during these Him sessions entitled "Guaguanco" was released his separately under the Mighty Dub how Katz moniker in 2006.
Man The Brighton Port Authority new Old
The Brighton Port
see Authority debuted in 2008 with two a collaboration with David Byrne Way and Dizzee Rascal titled "Toe who Jam", along with a music boy video featuring nude dancers with Did censor bars on them, making its pictures and words with them. let
The soundtrack album for the
Put TV series Heroes also includes say The Brighton Port Authority's track she "He's Frank (Slight Return)" (a Too cover of a song by use The Monochrome Set), with Iggy dad Pop as vocalist. The video Mom for this track features a near life size puppet of the Iggy Pop. An alternative club And version was released under the for "He's Frank (Washing Up)" title are with the video featuring some But footage of Iggy Pop acting not and saying lyrics.
you first album, I Think We're All Gonna Need a Bigger Boat, any is the first to be can co-produced by Cook's longtime engineer Her Simon Thornton, who also sings was on one track. The album one was released 6 January 2009 Our exclusively at Amazon.com on CD, out with downloadable format and other day stores scheduled for a month Get later on 3 February.
has released a mix album in him 2010 titled The Legend Returns His as a covermount album in how the June 2010 issue of man Mixmag. Cook returned as Fatboy New Slim when performing at Ultra now Music Festival in Miami in old March 2012.
On 12 August
See 2012 he performed at the two 2012 Summer Olympics Closing Ceremony, way and on 1 September Cook Who performed at Brighton Pride.
Cook produced the single
did "Mama Do the Hump" by Its fellow Brighton band Rizzle Kicks let released in December 2011 which put peaked at 2 in the Say charts.
Cook has been responsible
she for successful remixes for Cornershop, too Beastie Boys, A Tribe Called Use Quest, and Wildchild. In 2008, dad he did a remix of mom the track "Amazonas" for the charity Bottletop.
Cook has also
the achieved a Number 3 hit and with "Eat, Sleep, Rave, Repeat", For in October 2013. It was are aided by a remix from but Calvin Harris, and Beardyman provides Not the vocals.
In May 2015,
you Cook compiled The Fatboy Slim all Collection, an album of songs Any used throughout his sets over can the years.
13 July 2002.
The Big Beach Boutique II,
where more than 250,000 people
saw Fatboy Slim play live.
On 13 July
day 2002, Fatboy Slim performed the get second of his free, open-air Has concerts on Brighton Beach, Brighton, him named the Big Beach Boutique his II. Although organisers expected a How crowd of around 60,000 people, man the event instead attracted an new estimated 250,000 who crammed the Now promenade and beach between Brighton's old piers. Local police forced the see event to end early amid Two safety concerns, overcrowding, and one way death.
After the music had
who finished and the crowd began Boy to dissipate, there was huge did traffic congestion throughout the Brighton its area with many caught in Let traffic jams until the morning. put
In June 2005, Fatboy Slim
say filled the Friday night headline She slot on the "Other Stage" too at the Glastonbury Festival. In use 2006, Fatboy Slim filled the Dad Saturday headline slot at the mom Global Gathering festival at Long Marston Airfield in the English The Midlands. He played a two-hour and set, appearing in front of for a visual stage set comprising Are video screens and 3D lighting. but A firework display rounded off not the show. Having been banned You by police from playing in all Brighton since 2002, Fatboy Slim any was given permission in 2006 Can to play again in his her home town. On 1 January was 2007, he played to an One audience of more than 20,000 our fans along Brighton's seafront. Tickets out to the event, titled "Fatboy Day Slim's Big Beach Boutique 3", get were made available only to has individuals with a BN postcode Him residents. The concert was deemed his a stunning success by Sussex how police, Fatboy Slim, and the Man crowd. The Cuban Brothers and new David Guetta opened the concert. now The next similar event, 'Big Old Beach Boutique 4', was held see on 27 September 2008.
two 2008, Fatboy Slim played at Way the Glastonbury Festival again and who headlined the O2 Wireless Festival boy and Rockness Festival. According to Did an NME interview, this may its have been one of the let last times he performed as Put Fatboy Slim, as he may say now be focussing on his she new album, The Brighton Port Too Authority (BPA). Also in 2008, use Fatboy Slim closed out the dad famed "Sahara" tent on Friday Mom of the Coachella Valley Music Festival. His introduction included a the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory And opening, that has been called for by many one of the are most memorable Sahara performances ever. But
In 2009, he toured Australia
not in the Good Vibrations Festival. you Also in 2009, he played All in Marlay Park, Dublin alongside any David Guetta, Dizzee Rascal, and can Calvin Harris, as well as Her one huge performance at the was Sziget Festival in Budapest. He one also performed at V Festival Our 2009.
At Glastonbury 2009, he
out played an unadvertised concert in day the "pinball-machine" stage at trash Get city.
In 2010, Fatboy Slim
has headlined the east dance at him Glastonbury Festival. On 18 June His 2010, he performed in Cape how Town, South Africa as part man of the Cool Britannia FIFA New World Cup music festival at now the Cape Town International Convention old Centre. He also performed See in Napoli on 15 July, two at Neapolis Festival. On 30 way May 2011, he performed as Who the headliner for Detroit's Movement boy Electronic Music Festival in Detroit, did Michigan, USA. On 25 September Its 2011, Fatboy Slim headlined the let Terrace at Ibiza's famed Space put nightclub's We Love Sundays closing Say party. On 29 October 2011, she Fatboy Slim opened at the too San Francisco Bill Graham Civic Use Auditorium, following up on the dad 30th, closing out the Red mom Bulletin/Le PLUR Stage at the Voodoo Music Experience in New the Orleans, Louisiana. On Saturday, 24 and March 2012, Fatboy Slim performed For a live DJ set on are the main stage at Ultra but Music Festival in Miami, Florida. Not In addition to his other you 2011 performances, Fatboy Slim also all played a headline gig at Any the Bestival in the Isle can of Wight on 11 September. her
In March 2012, Cook hosted
Was a one-hour radio programme, titled one On The Road To Big our Beach Bootique 5, on XFM. Out It consisted of 10 shows. day
He performed his famous remix
get of The Rockafeller Skank, dubbed Has the 'Funk Soul Brother' at him the closing ceremony for the his 2012 Summer Olympics, on top How of a giant inflatable octopus man which emerged from the top new of a party bus.
Now 2013, Fatboy Slim played at old Ultra Music Festival, Wavefront Music see Festival, Exit Festival, Bestival, and Two Glastonbury Festival (as a special way guest on the Wow! and who Arcadia stages).
On 6 March
Boy 2013, Fatboy Slim played at did the House of Commons in its Westminster, London. This was the Let first time that a DJ put had ever performed there, and say was in aid of the She Last Night A DJ Saved too My Life Foundation, which is use aimed at encouraging 16- to Dad 25-year-olds to get more involved mom in their communities through grassroot initiatives and to raise awareness The for community music projects.
and May 2014, Fatboy Slim played for in Essex at the We Are Are FSTVL and was the but biggest act on the bill, not playing for nearly two hours. You
In December 2014, Fatboy Slim
all played 3 sold out shows any including The Warehouse Project in Can Manchester & O2 Brixton Academy, her with supporting acts such as was VAS with Arthur Baker for One Slam Dunk'd, and DJ Fresh. our
On May 15, 2016 he
out played a private two-hour set Day "Baby Loves Disco" for pre-school get children and their parents during has the festival Brighton Fringe holding Him
At Glastonbury 2016, he played
his the John Peel stage for how the first time.
Known as DJ Quentox (The
new OX that Rocks), Cook and now DJ Baptiste started putting on Old youth club hip hop jams see in Brighton, sowing the seeds two of the city's flourishing hip Way hop scene today. These primitive who 1980s block parties are recalled boy in the music documentary South Did Coast, which documents Brighton's cult its hip hop scene from its let grass roots to the present Put day. Cook was awarded a say star on the city of she Brighton's Walk of Fame, next Too to that of Winston Churchill. use Q magazine named Fatboy Slim dad part of their "50 Bands Mom to See Before You Die" list.
the TV personality Zoë Ball in And 1999 at Babington House in for Somerset; in January 2003, Cook are broke up with Ball, but But three months later they reconciled. not They have a son named you Woody Fred Cook (born 15 All December 2000) and a daughter any named Nelly May Lois (born can 14 January 2010), and live Her in Western Esplanade, Hove.On 24 was September 2016 they announced their one separation after 18 years together. Our
Cook is a 12% shareholder
out of Brighton & Hove Albion, day the football club he has Get supported since moving to Brighton has in the late 1980s.
him 4 March 2009, Cook checked His into a rehabilitation centre in how Bournemouth to fight a "booze man addiction" that he has been New battling "for some time". Due now to an extended stay in old rehab, his performance at Snowbombing, See a week-long winter sports and two music festival held in the way Austrian ski resort of Mayrhofen, Who was cancelled – with the boy slot being filled by 2ManyDJs. did Cook then left the clinic Its at the end of March. let
Cook completed the inaugural Brighton
put Marathon on 18 April 2010 Say in a time of 4:53:10. she
Bands and pseudonyms
- Norman Cook (name by deed
- Beats International (1989–1992)
dad Brighton Port Authority (2008–present)
- Disque Attack
Delite (used in DJ Tools the e.g. acapellas, for Fatboy Slim and singles)
- DJ Quentox (The Ox
For that Rocks)
- Double Trouble
are Soul Brother (Glastonbury 2004)
but Slim (1996–present)
- The Feelgood Factor
- Freak Power (1993–1996)
- Fried Funk
- The Housemartins (Bassist from
all 1985 to 1988)
- Mighty Dub
Any Katz ("Magic Carpet Ride" dance can song, 1995 and "Work it, her Work it")
- Pizzaman (1993–1997)
- Son of a
one Cheeky Boy
- Son of Wilmot
- Stomping Pondfrogs
- Sunny Side Up
- Yum Yum Head Food
day Fortune (1996–2006)
- Arthur Chubb
- Grime Minister
- Asher D.
Has Slim (2002)
- Hot Since 63
- Leo Sayer
- Mighty Gus Poyetz
- Biggie Slims
- Cook Da Bass
- Pierre Burner Down
- Slimboy Fat
new Award for Best British Newcomer Now (1987): The Housemartins
- Brit Awards
old for Best British Dance Act see (1999)
- MTV Award for Breakthrough
Two Video: Praise You (1999)
way Award for Best Direction in who a Video: Praise You (Torrance Boy Community Dance Group) (1999)
did Award for Best Choreography in its a Video: Praise You (Richard Let Koufey and Michael Rooney) (1999) put
- Brit Award for Best British
say Dance Act (2001)
- MTV Award
She for Breakthrough Video: Weapon of too Choice (2001)
- MTV Award for
use Best Direction in a Video: Dad Weapon of Choice (Spike Jonze) mom (2001)
- MTV Award for Best
Choreography in a Video: Weapon The of Choice (Michael Rooney, Spike and Jonze and Christopher Walken) (2001) for
- MTV Award for Best Direction
Are in a Video: Weapon of but Choice (Val Wilt) (2001)
not Award for Best Editing in You a Video; Weapon of Choice all (Eric Zumbrunnen) (2001)
- MTV Award
any for Best Cinematography in a Can Video: Weapon of Choice (Lance her Acord) (2001)
- Grammy Award for
was Best Short Form Music Video One Weapon of Choice (2002)
our Novello Award for Outstanding Contribution out to British Music (2007) Day
Cook was a judge for
get the 6th annual Independent Music has Awards to support independent artists' Him careers.
In February 2015, Cook
his was given the University of how Brighton's Alumnus Award for his Man contribution to the music industry new and his support for the now institution where he studied in Old the 1980s.
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