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Fatboy Slim
The Greatest Hits: Why Try Harder?
Astralwerks Records

It seems a long time since the world was first thrown the curve ball that is "Rockefeller Skank" and couldn't stop shaking their booty to the wild, tight grooves thrown down by Fatboy Slim. This retrospective hits all the great tunes from the past decade or so, and throws in a couple of remixes and new tracks to flesh out a really nice collection of Slim's songs. "Praise You" is here in it's bass drum pumping glory, sounding as Madchester as it did back in the mid-90's and skillfully reminding where dance music came from, and where it might well be headed. Crispy remixes of Cornershop's brilliant "Brimful Of Asha" and Groove Armada's "I See You Baby" round out the production side of the collection, showing that Norman Cook is as good re-working other's tunes as he is at creating his own excellent music. Available for the first time on this package are the new tracks "Champion Sound" which is a boingy electronic dancehall number filled with orchestral hits and tight rapping by Lateef, and the killer single "That Old Pair Of Jeans"; a gospel-infused groove that could have leapt right off of a Primal Scream record, but with a melody line that drives as hard and catchily as any Cook has ever produced. It's nice to hear that even on his new music, Fatboy Slim continues to pay homage to his roots and the sounds that helped catapult him to international stardom while changing with the times and evolving his music in a way that keeps it as relevant today as it was when "Rockefeller Skank" first hit the airwaves almost a decade ago.

Rock on, Slim. Rock on.

-L. Keane

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

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