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CELEBREATE YOU BABY

AS BMG REISSUES FATBOY SLIM’S 1998 LP YOU’VE COME A LONG WAY, BABY AS PART OF THEIR ART OF THE ALBUM SERIES, CLASSIC POP LOOKS BACK ON THE HISTORY AND LEGACY OF A BIG BEAT CLASSIC THAT REVOLUTIONISED DANCE MUSIC…

FATBOY SLIM

It’s hard to believe, but some of the most defining sounds of the 90s started with a beat-up old Atari computer and a tower of floppy disks. This was how You’ve Come A Long Way, Babywas pieced together, the 1998 sophomore effort from one-man dance act Fatboy Slim. Its unique sound of cut-up rap samples and forgotten soul singers was all put together in a home studio in end-of-the-century Brighton, far, far away from the timeless American cool being so effortlessly evoked.

The wizard behind this feat was Norman Cook, one-time bassist for indie-poppers The Housemartins and a DJ who started off his career playing hip-hop. At the tender age of 35, Cook managed to nail the zeitgeist of the dancefloor with a vision of its future, taking the sampledelic methods of DJ Shadow and making something far more fun and irreverent.

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