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Format: CD
Sku: 202545428
UPC: 094635681420
UPC 14: 00094635681420
Release Date: 6/20/2006
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Rockafeller Skank, The ~ Fatboy Slim
2. Praise You ~ Fatboy Slim
3. Brimful of Asha - (Norman Cook Remix, Norman Cook remix) ~ Fatboy Slim
4. Weapon Of Choice ~ Fatboy Slim
5. Gangster Trippin' ~ Fatboy Slim
6. I See You Baby - (Fatboy Slim Remix, Fatboy Slim remix) ~ Fatboy Slim
7. Wonderful Night ~ Fatboy Slim
8. Right Here, Right Now ~ Fatboy Slim
9. Going Out Of My Head ~ Fatboy Slim
10. Sunset (Bird Of Prey) ~ Fatboy Slim
11. Everybody Loves A Carnival ~ Fatboy Slim
12. Don't Let The Man Get You Down ~ Fatboy Slim
13. Demons ~ Fatboy Slim
14. Sho Nuff ~ Fatboy Slim
15. Slash Dot Dash ~ Fatboy Slim
16. Santz Cruz ~ Fatboy Slim
17. Champion Sound ~ Fatboy Slim
18. That Old Pair Of Jeans ~ Fatboy Slim

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Personnel: Sharon Woolf (vocals).
Muze PNote Audio Mixer: Simon Thornton.
Muze PNote Audio Remixers: Fatboy Slim; Norman Cook.
Muze PNote WHY TRY HARDER? marks a decade in the illustrious career of Norman Cook, aka Fatboy Slim. As one of the prime movers of the big-beat genre, Cook has arguably done more to popularize global dance music culture than any other artist. This collection highlights songs that have become not only club anthems but staples on mainstream radio, MTV, and throughout pop culture in general. Fatboy Slim's formula for chart-topping success is then all the more surprising since his tracks are not usually "songs" in the traditional sense--rather, they consist mostly of breakbeats and vocal samples from classic soul and R&B.
Muze PNote Tracks like "Rockafeller Skank" and "Praise You" are trademark Fatboy Slim--showcasing Cook's uncanny ability to weave samples as disparate as surf guitar and gospel vocals into a propulsive dance mix. If the entire collection featured such DJ-friendly material, it would make for a fine party album. But the song "Sunset (Bird Of Prey)" displays Cook's more contemplative side. Mixing a spectral Jim Morrison a cappella sample over ambient synth washes, the track is the emotive apogee of a triumphant career retrospective.

Producer: Fatboy Slim

Engineer: Simon Thornton

Artist Overview

Norman Cook's first foray into the music biz came as the bass player for 1980s U.K. pop/rock band the Housemartins, but once he got into the DJ world, he hung up his bass for good. As Fatboy Slim, he was at the forefront of the mid-'90s "big beat" movement. A reaction against the increasingly cerebral developments in electronica, big beat was pure body music, incorporating house production values, hip-hop samples, and simple, catchy hooks for what proved to be a highly successful approach. Along with the Chemical Brothers and the Prodigy, Slim was one of the few U.K. dance/electronic artists to break into the mainstream in the U.S., scoring huge with the smash singles "The Rockafeller Skank" and "Praise You." Cook would continue to be a force in dance music for years.

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Loose & Juicy
Muze Music Compilations Global House Diva 2 Live In Ibiza (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations All Star Jock Jams
Muze Music Compilations Fired Up! 2
Muze Music Compilations Queer as Folk: The Fifth Season (Soundtrack)
Muze Music Compilations Ultimate Threesome:seasons 3 4 5
Muze Music Compilations Cream Club Anthems 2013
Muze Music Compilations Brazil Beats The Carnival House & Lat
Muze Music Compilations Babel

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 06/20/2006
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2006
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 56814
Music Label Name Label : Astralwerks
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00094635681420

Professional Reviews

Rolling Stone (p.106)
- 4 stars out of 5 -- "This smartly compiled best-of showcases Cook's late Nineties hits; stupid fun bangers with whimsical, gratuitously repeated vocal samples; buoyant remixes...and a smidgen of moodier esoterica."

Q (p.123)
- 4 stars out of 5 -- "[G]athered together they sound like music from another planet entirely..."

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Fatboy Slim
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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