Norman Cook Seeks Less Dated Moniker Than “Fatboy Slim”

May 14th, 2008 // 10 Comments

fatboyslim.jpgAfter 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.

Cook’s toying with new name [The Sun via Antimusic]


  1. Jay-C

    Fatboy Slim/Norman has made me lots of money as a DJ over the years, so I refuse to say anything bad about the man…

  2. Chris Molanphy

    “Praise You” is among the Top 10 Most Played tracks on my iPod. I can’t say this embarrasses me much at all.

  3. Audif Jackson Winters III

    His recording output is a mixed bag, to be sure, but I’ve enjoyed his DJ sets live on a number of occasions. He’s not afraid to have fun, which is a good thing in my opinion.

  4. Anonymous

    Is anyone else dying to know what David Lee Roth picked as album of the year?

  5. King of Pants

    He’s already done enough damage. Anything else at this point is merely incidental.

  6. Reidicus

    I hear he’s donning the bass guitar again and joining forces with Paul Heaton for a Housemartins reunion. It was only a matter of time, right?

  7. Anonymous

    That photo needs a little more lense flare.

  8. tankboy

    Actually spoken last weekend: “Remember when that whole Fatboy Slim / Chemical Brothers thing happened and we all discovered it was okay for rock kids to dance? Have you seen what that brought us? Do we really need a dance remix of a Tokyo Police Club song? I don’t think so.

  9. natepatrin

    @tankboy: On the other hand, maybe that electronica boom deal was the secret catalyst for the whole DFA scene. (Or… uh… Hot Chip.)

    If anything, it was at least useful for washing all that post-grunge malaise out of our system. And Dig Your Own Hole still beats the daylights outta 95% of all rock records released in the latter half of the ’90s. Fact.

  10. Anonymous

    How exactly does a brit claim the 5th amendment?

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