Fatboy Slim, aka Norman Cook is a dance music institution who should really need no introduction. Starting off as a guitarist with the Housemartins, he then proceeded to have hit after hit under various aliases, including Beats International’s ‘Dub Be Good to Me’, Freak Power’s ‘Turn On, Tune In, Cop Out’, and Pizzaman’s ‘Tripping on Sunshine’. In the mid ninties, he signed to Skint recordings and began pioneering the big beat sound under his Fatboy Slim moniker – both through his releases and through his gigs at the legendary Big Beat Boutique night in Brighton. Fatboy Slim's fame soon escalated to almost pop star status; after ‘Praise You’ hit number one, he won a Brit award for Best Producer and then married high profile Radio 1 DJ Zoe Ball.
In early 2008, after 12 years and 4 studio albums, he announced he would be retiring his Fatboy Slim name and working on some new projects – although he so far remains tight lipped about what these will be. With a schedule of high profile gigs lined up and a new album expected to drop soon featuring the likes of Iggy Pop, you can be sure that Norman Cook, under one of his many guides, will be around for a long while to come.
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