The most successful of several aliases adopted by DJ Norman Cook. Fatboy Slim tapped into the big hip-hop breakbeats that first earned Brighton-based student Cook the DJ nickname The Ox, long before he'd been enticed to join Hull city rockers The Housemartins as bassist or set up subsequent chart groups Beats International and Freak Power. 1996 debut Better Living Through Chemistry was pieced together in a single week in the House Of Love (his attic), early singles such as Everybody Needs A 303 and Santa Cruz quickly generating a wholesome club buzz, not least at Cook's recently established Big Bat Boutique in his adopted home city. However, it was the combination of Cook's chart-topping, sped-up remix of Cornershop's Brimful Of Asha and the bellowing sampled refrain of Lord Finesse on lead single The Rockerfella Skank would prove the catalyst for 1998's second smash You've Come A Long Way Baby (later single Praise You scoring his first solo number 1). Subsequent attempts to progress from the first two albums' fairly simple and often imitated formula have faired less well however, it hasn't detracted a jot on Fatboy Slim's bulletproof live appeal.
Followers: Midfield General, X-Press 2, Ashley Beedle, Chuck Love, Trent Cantrelle
Influenced By: The Chemical Brothers, Grandmaster Flash, Greg Wilson, The Clash, Steinski, Malcolm McLaren, Afrika Bambaataa, Manu Dibango, Run-D.M.C....