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(born Quentin Leo Cook; 31 July 1963), known by his stage name Fatboy Slim, is an English DJ, musician, and record producer who helped to popularise the big beat genre in the 1990s. In the 1980s, Cook was the bassist for the Hull-based indie rock band The Housemartins, who achieved a UK number-one single with their a cappella cover of “Caravan of Love“. After the Housemartins split, Norman Cook formed the electronic band Beats International in Brighton, who produced the number-one single “Dub Be Good to Me“. Cook joined acts including Freak Power, Pizzaman, and the Mighty Dub Katz to moderate success.
In 1996, Cook adopted the name Fatboy Slim and released Better Living Through Chemistry to critical acclaim. Follow-up albums You’ve Come a Long Way, Baby, Halfway Between the Gutter and the Stars, and Palookaville, as well as singles such as “The Rockafeller Skank“, “Praise You“, “Right Here, Right Now“, “Weapon of Choice“, and “Wonderful Night“, achieved commercial and critical success. In 2008, Cook formed The Brighton Port Authority with David Byrne. Cook has been responsible for successful remixes for Cornershop, Beastie Boys, A Tribe Called Quest, Groove Armada, and Wildchild. In 2010, in partnership with Byrne, he released the concept album Here Lies Love. Cook holds the Guinness World Record for the most top 40 hits under different names. As a solo act, he has won ten MTV Video Music Awards and two Brit Awards.