Long before the big beats made him the international superstar DJ we know and love today, British DJ, Fatboy Slim had an understated career that most aspiring artists could only dream of.
He took his first big step into the music industry in the 80s whilst playing bass for semi-successful UK band, The Housemartins. If you haven’t heard “Happy Hour”, go and check it out on . But it was following the group’s split that Norman Cook began to follow his electro-music odyssey when he formed Beats International with Lindy Layton and scored a number one single with the timeless classic, “Dub Be Good To Me” in 1990. However, the jubilation was short-lived as a bitter court case ensued when The Clash’s legal team realised that the bassline was a straight rip from their track “The Guns of Brixton”. It was rumoured that the case bankrupted Cook, but undettered, Freak Power and the hit track “Turn On, Tune In, Cop Out” were formed from the wreckage and catapulted the Brighton boy back into the limelight once more.
It wasn’t until 1996 when Cook’s shape-shifting career hit its stride. With the Fatboy Slim (an oxymoron, and nothing more) moniker coined, he hit the big time as a solo artist. It started off steady with Better Living Through Chemistry, Fatboy’s debut album that launched to little fanfare, but a fair few positive reviews from critics.