15. Fatboy Slim, 'You've Come A Long Way, Baby' (Astralwerks, 1998)
Spike Jonze's brilliant, guerilla-style video for "Praise You" – in which a motley dance troupe does an impromptu routine in front of an L.A. movie theatre – perfectly mirrored Fatboy Slim's ability to take dance music to new corners of the American pop marketplace. With his second album, the former bass player in Eighties indie-pop preppies the Housemartins became the first EDM artist to enjoy genuine U.S. Top 40 success, and he did it by being a DJ who made like a screwball comic. Songs like "Gangster Trippin," "In Heaven" and the massive hit "Rockafeller Skank" bounced like old-school hip-hop at its most outrageously buoyant and were paced with the zany energy of a Benny Hill skit. In the U.K., they called the rocktronic style Big Beat. In America they called it "the only rave music my six year-old niece has heard." And "Praise You," which built a bubble-funk hymn out of a sample of Seventies spoken-word poet Camille Yarbrough, proved he could throw in some soul, too.
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