Zoë Blade's notebook

Fatboy Slim

You've Come a Long Way, Baby
You've Come a Long Way, Baby

Fatboy Slim is best known for making catchy songs comprised almost entirely of snippets of other people's songs, using a MIDI sequencer and sampler as the ultimate record decks. He also had a lot of hits under various other aliases, and as a prominent member of other projects. His remixes for other artists were often more popular than the original songs.

Quotes

I was just seven days a week, either partying or making tunes. I'd done "Renegade Master" and "Brimful of Asha", and that's when I was, like, "I've nailed it now, I've got the formula." I remember I did "The Rockafeller Skank" and "Praise You" and "Right Here, Right Now" in the same week. I only know that 'cause they're all on the same disk for the Atari. That was a good week.

— Norman Cook (Fatboy Slim), 2017[1]

Equipment list

Circa 1988

Additions circa 1990

After working with Simon Thornton, who showed him that home computers can be quicker to use than dedicated hardware MIDI sequencers after all...

Additions circa Better Living Through Chemistry

Additions circa You've Come a Long Way, Baby

Selected discography

References

  1. "Classic Tracks: Fatboy Slim 'Praise You'" Tom Doyle, Sound On Sound, Jan 2017
  2. "Cookin' The Mix" Tim Goodyer, Music Technology, Sep 1988
  3. "International Rescue" Tim Goodyer, Music Technology, May 1990

Interviews

Artists: Aphex Twin | Autechre | Derrick May | Fatboy Slim | Juan Atkins | Kevin Saunderson | Man Machine | Moby | Nine Inch Nails | Orbital | The Future Sound of London | The Prodigy | Wendy Carlos | William Orbit