Come with me as I chronicle an entire hour of MTV Hits, MTV’s digltal-cable channel that deigns to show pop videos during non-early-morning daylight hours. Why? Well, why not, really. Come join me in the upper reaches of the Optimum band after the jump. More »
Fatboy Slim’s new project, the Brighton Port Authority, have released a queasy video full of black bars over boobs to promote their new single “Toe Jam.” David Byrne (who should have hung it up twenty years ago) handles the vocals and Dizzee Rascal offers a guest rap. More »
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?
Someone is paying Fatboy Slim to make another album, and Iggy Pop is going to warble on it. “I’ve done a track with him and a few others as well,” says the late-’90s techno duck. “We’ve been mates for years. He always comes to see me at shows and I’m like, ‘You’re Iggy Pop, what are you doing here?'” Good question. It’s possible that the Stooges’ less than transcendent arrangement of “Ray Of Light” inspired him to get a slighty (slightly) less outdated groove on. Or maybe he hope to score another “Aisha.”
Little did the editor who assigned this story know that she’d inadvertently inspired Fatboy Slim’s next Spike Jonze-directed video, about a community activist (played by Christopher Walken) who tries to mastermind a protest against explosive-dumping in his neighborhood, only to be blasted into… More »