After his upcoming album (you know, the one with Iggy Pop on it) comes out, Fatboy Slim will no longer be Fatboy Slim. It’s almost surprising that it’s taken Norman Cook so long to realize that his moniker means “words on a loop back in the late ’90s words on a loop back in the late ’90s words on a loop words on a loop loop loop loop lplplplpllplpplp!” and that much of the world will always be embarrassed at how novel and fascinating they found such a gimmick. (I know I am.) The name may have had some residual weight with the ad execs who made sure we heard at least two of his jams during every commercial break in 1999, but it’s time to move on. And to what, you ask?
The Brighton-based star, who played a blinding set at Radio 1′s Big Weekend on Saturday, is toying with a few different monickers.
But the DJing legend is keeping schtum about them until he makes his decision. He said: “Yes, I am ditching the Fatboy Slim name but I can’t tell you the new one.
“I’m going to take the Fifth Amendment on that question and not say because I’ll get myself into trouble.”
I reminded the Praise You creator about his place in the Guinness Book Of Records for achieving the most UK Top 40 hits under different names.
He added: “I hadn’t thought of that so if hypothetically there was one more…
“I’m changing my name to Madonna!”
Oh, Norman. If you want to be a spent trend-chaser on the dance charts relying on guest stars and name recognition, you don’t have to change a thing.