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Quentin Leo Cook, better known as Norman Cook, and even better known as Fatboy Slim, was born on July 31st 1963, and is considered one of the most familiar faces in the British electronic music scene. He originally gained fame in the 1980's as the bass player for indie rock band The Housemartins, a band known for their Christian-Marxist beliefs and the singles "Happy Hour" and "Caravan of Love".

Despite being a DJ since the late 1970's, it took till the late 1980's for Cook to finally be noticed as a DJ with his successful project Beats International, which scored the 1990 #1 single "Dub Be Good To Me", which was a cover of the SOS Band's "Just Be Good To Me" with the bass line of Music/TheClash's "Guns Of Brixton", which eventually led to him being sued, and later befriending the Clash.

During the 1990's he recorded music under many different names including Pizzaman, Mighty Dub Katz, Fried Funk Food, Cheeky Boy and many more, with also having a Jazz-Funk/Acid Jazz outfit called Freakpower, which spawned the hit "Turn On, Tune In, Cop Out" thanks to its use on a Levis advert.

His most successful work has been his Big Beat alias of Fatboy Slim, which he continues to use to this day, which has awarded him critical acclaim. The first two Fatboy Slim albums, ''Better Living Through Chemistry'' (1996) and ''You've Come A Long Way, Baby'' (1998), spun off numerous worldwide hits, such as "Going Out of My Head", "The Rockefeller Skank" and "Praise You". If you have watched many a commercial, you are bound to have heard his music.


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!!Fatboy Slim provides examples of:

* AmenBreak: The song "Michael Jackson". This is an interesting case, as the song doesn't sample directly from the Amen Break, but rather samples Music/{{NWA}}'s "Straight Outta Compton", which samples the Amen Break.
* AlbumTitleDrop: "Weapon Of Choice" from the album ''Halfway Between The Gutter And The Stars''.
* BreakupBreakout: Although The Housemartins had a strong cult following and did have a UK #1 hit with a cover of "Caravan of Love", FatboySlim is still far more internationally known than his former band.
** The rest of the Housemartins also broke out as TheBeautifulSouth.
* BrokenRecord: '''Oh God, does he love them.'''
* CoverVersion: The Joker by the Steve Miller Band.
* ClusterFBomb: The two-some that is "Fucking In Heaven" from his second album ''You've Come A Long Way Baby'' and "Star 69" from his third album ''Halfway Between The Gutter And The Stars''. Also, the rare B-side "The River Card" has quite a few.
* EpicRocking: "Song For Shelter", "Santa Cruz", and "Next to Nothing".
* TheFaceless: Originally this was the case, because Norman went on as Fatboy Slim because of conflicting record contracts.
* GratuitousPanning: Many of his songs have certain instruments/samples/vocals panned either hard left or hard right. Examples include some of the vocal samples in "Gangster Trippin'", the 303 synth line in "Praise You", the drum track on "Ya Mama", and the end of the album version of "Weapon of Choice".
* HypocriticalHumour: Makes a song called "You're Not From Brighton" despite not being from Brighton. (He was actually born in Bromley and raised in Reigate, Surrey, but moved to Brighton when he began his career as an electronic musician.)
* IHaveManyNames: Here are some of the names Cook used to work under: Beats International, Rockaway 3, Chemistry, DJ Delite Used in DJ Tools, Freak Power, Pizzaman, Sensataria, Cheeky Boy, Son of a Cheeky Boy, Son of Wilmot, Sunny Side Up, The Feelgood Factor, Yum Yum Head Food, Fried Funk Food, Mighty Dub Katz AND Slimboy Fat. His current name is Brighton Port Authority.
* LastNoteNightmare:
** "Song For Lindy" has some dissonant synth chords playing over the drumbeat that continue for a bit after the drumbeat stops.
** "You're Not From Brighton" has the track's pitch gradually lower so that it resembles a vinyl record slowing down... except the song's actual tempo doesn't change.
** "Weapon Of Choice" combines this with GratuitousPanning; a sample of a record being scratched is played forwards and backwards repeatedly in one ear, and some radio static plays in the other.
* LoopedLyrics: And how!
* {{Mondegreen}}: "You're Not From Brighton" is named after a mondegreen of the main vocal sample from Minimal Funk's "The Groovy Thang". The actual vocal is "get up and party", but the combination of the original vocal being vocoded and its pitch being dropped to fit the song's tempo result in it sounding like "you're not from Brighton!".
* MushroomSamba: The guy in "Eat, Sleep, Rave, Repeat" talks about one that happened to him.
* NewSoundAlbum: Not his own material, but his DJ Sets have shifted from playing the Big Beat genre (plus others) to being a Mostly House DJ since 2000/1.
** Palookaville did undergo a shift in style, however, with more chill beats and less dancy-type songs. He pretty much makes house music now though.
* NotableMusicVideos: Most notably "Praise You", featuring a fictional community dance troupe (the leader of which [[LiteraryAgentHypothesis might be a disguised]] Spike Jonze, the video's director) at a mall, and "Weapon Of Choice" featuring ChristopherWalken dancing in a hotel lobby.
* OneHitWonder: In the United States, his only Top 40 entry is "Praise You". Most of his other worldwide hits managed to break the Modern Rock Tracks chart, however. "The Rockefeller Skank" does seem just as well known in the U.S.
* RecordProducer
* RecurringRiff: There is a particular riff in the middle of "Song For Lindy" that makes another appearance in "Love Island".
* {{Sampling}}: His usual sample philosophy is to take obscure records and make them into hits...and it works!
** It helps that he has a pretty huge record collection. He even got a catchy vocal sample from Music/{{Negativland}} of all places.
* ShoutOut: Believe it or not, to ''{{Dune}}''
-->''if you walk without rhythm/you won't attract the worm''
* SpeedyTechnoRemake: One example would be [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EY402YdBhBo "Jin Go Lo Ba"]], which takes its vocals from [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=ZYhFyF8dvU4 an old Nigerian song of the same name.]]
* StopAndGo: "The Pimp" does this before the final chorus.
* StupidStatementDanceMix: His entire career is basically made out of making these. Right Here, Right Now takes the titular vocals from Film/StrangeDays. His remix of Mike and Charlie's "I Get Live" is one of a [[WuTangClan Method Man]] interview. Drop the Hate remixes an old pastor's sermon. We could go on all night.
** Played with in "Eat, Sleep, Rave, Repeat." Although the main chorus is a TitleOnlyChorus, the rest of the song is a giant stream of conscious rant about a MushroomSamba.
* TakeAThirdOption: Weapon of Choice.
-->''You can go with this, or you can go with that, or you can go with this, or you can go with that... Or you can go with us.''
* {{Trope 2000}}: "Acid 8000".
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