The Complete Guide to Fatboy Slim's Music from 1994 to 2010
Fatboy Slim is the stage name of Norman Cook, an English DJ, big beat musician, and record producer who rose to fame in the late 1990s and early 2000s with his catchy and eclectic mix of electronic, rock, funk, and hip-hop elements. He has released four studio albums, three live albums, one soundtrack album, two compilation albums, three remix albums, six mix albums, three video albums, five extended plays, 28 singles (including one as a featured artist) and 31 music videos under the Fatboy Slim moniker.
In this article, we will explore his discography from 1994 to 2010, covering his most popular and influential works as well as some lesser-known gems. Whether you are a fan of his classic hits like \"The Rockafeller Skank\", \"Praise You\", and \"Weapon of Choice\", or you want to discover some of his deeper cuts and collaborations, this guide will help you navigate through his vast and varied musical output.
Better Living Through Chemistry (1996)
This was Fatboy Slim's debut album as a solo artist, after leaving his previous band The Housemartins and experimenting with various other projects. The album was released on Skint Records, an independent label that gave him more creative freedom than his previous major label deals. The album showcased his signature style of blending breakbeats, samples, loops, and scratches to create energetic and funky tracks that appealed to both clubbers and rock fans. The album contained the UK Top 40 hit \"Everybody Needs a 303\", a tribute to the Roland TB-303 synthesizer that was widely used in acid house music. Other notable tracks include \"Santa Cruz\", \"Give the Po' Man a Break\", and \"Punk to Funk\".
You've Come a Long Way, Baby (1998)
This was Fatboy Slim's breakthrough album that catapulted him to international fame and recognition. The album was a huge commercial and critical success, reaching number one in the UK and number two in Australia. It also spawned four UK Top 10 singles: \"The Rockafeller Skank\", \"Gangster Tripping\", \"Praise You\", and \"Right Here, Right Now\". The album was praised for its innovative and diverse use of samples, ranging from rock legends like The Clash and Led Zeppelin to obscure funk and soul artists like Camille Yarbrough and Andre Williams. The album also featured guest vocals from rapper Bootsy Collins on \"Weapon of Choice\" and singer Macy Gray on \"Demons\". The album won several awards, including a Brit Award for Best British Dance Act and a Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album.
Halfway Between the Gutter and the Stars (2000)
This was Fatboy Slim's third studio album, which saw him experiment with more soulful and gospel influences. The album featured two collaborations with Macy Gray on \"Love Life\" and \"Demons\", as well as guest appearances from singer Roland Clark on \"Song for Shelter\" and rapper Bootsy Collins on \"Weapon of Choice\". The latter track became one of his most iconic songs, thanks to its award-winning music video starring actor Christopher Walken dancing in an empty hotel lobby. The video won six MTV Video Music Awards, including Video of the Year. The album also contained the UK Top 10 singles \"Sunset (Bird of Prey)\" and \"Star 69\". The album received mixed reviews from critics, who praised its production quality but criticized its lack of originality and coherence.
This was Fatboy Slim's fourth and final studio album to date, which marked a departure from his previous big beat sound. The album featured more live instrumentation and vocals, as well as influences from hip-hop, reggae, electro-pop, and indie rock. The album featured collaborations with artists such as Damon Albarn of Blur on \"Put It Back Together\", Lateef the Truth Speaker of Quannum Projects on \"Wonderful Night\", Justin Robertson of Lionrock on \"The Journey\", Bootsy Collins on \"The Joker\", and Ashley Slater of Freak Power on \"Slash Dot Dash\". The album also included a cover version of Steve Miller Band's \"The Joker\". The album received mixed reviews from critics, who 061ffe29dd