"How tremendous is Fatboy Slim?”
“It’s the band of the nineties!! If you want to call it a band because it’s a one-man name”
Indeed he is. There is no doubt British DJ and producer Norman Cook aka Fatboy Slim had a huge impact on music in the nineties with hits like “Right Here, Right Now,” “The Rockafeller Skank,” and today’s flashback “Praise You,” all of which were featured in epic movies like -- ahem -- "Cruel Intentions"...
“Praise You” came out in 1999 and was the third single taken from You’ve Come A Long Way, Baby and reached some pretty good spots in the charts: #1 on the UK Singles Chart, #2 in Belgium, #4 in Canada, #6 in Ireland and #36 in the United States.
The video, shot guerilla-style by director Spike Jonze, follows the made-up Torrance Community Dance Group to a movie theatre in California where they improvise a dance show, shocking many onlookers. The joke was well received by critics and ended up winning three major awards at the 1999 MTV Video Music Awards: Breakthrough Video, Best Direction (awarded to "Torrance Community Dance Group"), and Best Choreography. The video also made it to TIME’s top 30 best videos of all time (published in 2011). Not bad considering it cost less than $1,000 to produce. I guess you don’t need money to make genius.
I’ll let you check it out for yourself/ refresh your memory:
(image: "Praise You" single cover, Wikipedia)