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Here Lies Love

April 6, 2010

Here David Byrne turns an unwieldy premise — a musical dramatization of former Philippines first lady Imelda Marcos' early life — into dizzy fun by setting 22 songs to Fatboy Slim's lush and bustling dance beats. (Marcos was a clubgoer...

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The Greatest Hits - Why Try Harder

June 23, 2006

All the best from the lord of the big beat for more than a decade, British DJ Norman Cook, a.k.a. Fatboy Slim, has bridged the gap between break beats and silly little pop songs better than anyone. This smartly compiled best-of showcases Cook's late-Nineties...

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Camber Sands

November 19, 2002

In techno music, a remix can be either a rebirth or a waste of good studio time. There's more of the former on these three EPs of reworkings of stuff from Fatboy Slim's 2000 CD Halfway Between the Gutter and the Stars. The standouts include Timo Maas'...

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The Pimp

November 19, 2002

In techno music, a remix can be either a rebirth or a waste of good studio time. There's more of the former on these three EPs of reworkings of stuff from Fatboy Slim's 2000 CD Halfway Between the Gutter and the Stars. The standouts include Timo Maas'...

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Halfway Between The Gutter And The Stars

November 23, 2000

Where other electronica whizzes chase dance microgenres down futuristic blind alleys, Norman "Fatboy Slim" Cook mines riffs from every era like a hip-hop DJ. His big beat kicks down the velvet-rope exclusivity of drum-and-bass or two-step garage to welcome...

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You've Come A Long Way, Baby

October 20, 1998

The ascendancy of Norman Cook — in the guise of Fatboy Slim — has to amuse anyone for whom techno's countless variants constitute one corner of the musical universe rather than a brave new world. The Housemartins bassist turned DJ'ing mix...

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At San Quentin

July 26, 1969
Not Rated

Johnny Cash remembers the forgotten men. They love him. Singing inside a prison to men whose spirits are being destroyed by our mindless penal system is Johnny Cash's kind of revolution. Music becomes spirituality in the context of the prison. Music is...

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Palookaville

September 22, 2004

Fatboy Slim's late-nineties hits "Praise You" and "The Rockafeller Skank" may be fading into K-tel memory, but the all-star DJ is still happily exchanging any one-way ticket to Palookaville for lucrative round trips to Ibiza. Four years after his spiritually...

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Illuminati

November 19, 2002

In techno music, a remix can be either a rebirth or a waste of good studio time. There's more of the former on these three EPs of reworkings of stuff from Fatboy Slim's 2000 CD Halfway Between the Gutter and the Stars. The standouts include Timo Maas'...

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Live On Brighton Beach

June 6, 2002

The more that dance music insists on minimalism, the more tired it gets, as coherent lyrics, hefty melodies, hook-y song structure and fleshy arrangements are removed from the groove. Norman Cook has for years proved his ability to ingenuously make that...

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On The Floor At The Boutique

April 27, 2000

I never worked a day in my life, goes the vocal sample that opens Fatboy Slim's new mix compilation. "I just laid back and let the big beat lead me." On the Floor at the Boutique draws the listener through one of Fatboy's notoriously body-moving DJ sets....

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Better Living Through Chemistry

October 7, 1997

Ask any wedding DJ: People aren't very adventurous when they want to dance. It's nice to talk about some electronic music future, but Aphex Twin clears most dance floors faster than you can say, "Heck no to techno." For his part, Fatboy Slim —...

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