(1963-) is the stage name of British producer and DJ Norman Cook, who works mostly in the Big Beat genre. As a teenager, he taught himself to play drums and played in a band in the Reigate area, later becoming the band's lead singer. During this time he befriended singer Paul Heaton. Cook then attended Brighton Polytechnic, where he became interested in Brighton's B-boy scene, and he worked his way through school DJ'ing in Brighton hip-hop clubs.
In 1985, Cook received a phone call from Heaton, whose new 1960s-revival band, the Housemartins, was in immediate need of a bassist. Cook joined the Housemartins on bass, and the band became hugely successful in Europe. However, the band broke up in 1988. Cook returned to Brighton and formed a collaboration called Beats International, working with vocalists, rappers and other DJs in the area. It was in the circa-1990 period when sampling was first becoming affordable to a broad base of musicians, and many producers in the UK were releasing tracks laden with obvious samples lifted from other songs, for which they had not sought or received permission to use (e.g., The KLF). They released an album, Let Them Eat Bingo, which was fairly successful, but they were sued over the use of unauthorized samples. The costs of lawsuit judgments broke up the band and bankrupted Cook.
Cook worked through the early 1990s to create new music and pay off the lawsuit judgments against him. He formed several short-lived bands, including one called Freak Power which had one of their songs picked up by the Levi's company for a large advertising campaign. The royalties from that restored Cook's financial condition. In 1996, he decided to go out on his own, adopting the Fatboy Slim moniker, producing his own tracks and DJ'ing his own shows. He produced in 1998 the album You've Come A Long Way Baby featuring the Big Beat track "The Rockafeller Skank", which became a hit in the UK and has seen a huge amount of use in television, movies and video games, and made Fatboy Slim a household name in electronica. In 2002, he performed a concert on Brighton Beach which drew a crowd of over 250,000, one of the largest crowds ever for any public event in Great Britian (and far larger than the organizers were prepared for).
Cook continues to work today as Fatboy Slim and also under the name Brighton Port Authority, a collaboration with onetime Talking Heads frontman David Byrne.