I?ve just bought the Fatboy Slim compilation album called ?A Break from the Norm? that was released a few days ago. It?s a collection of many of the tracks that Norm has sampled in his tracks. If your a Fatboy fan like me, you?ll recognize where all the samples came from, but it's great to hear what the rest of the track is like!
In the words of the great man himself ?there were many others we could have included on this LP, but the snippet that was sampled was frankly the only redeeming feature of the record. I think you?ll agree that all the tracks here are enjoyable on their own merit rather than ?Oh, that?s where he got that bit from? syndrome.?
And it?s certainly true, although the bits he has sampled are predominantly the most catchy bits of each track, the rest of the tune always stands up on it?s own. I think it?s wonderful, because you get masses of different styles - from Lulu to the Dust Brothers! I like practically every style of music, so it?s ideal. It also opens your mind to how many different musical influences must be present in the Fatboy?s tunes, and is sometimes amazing to think how he has transformed that sample into a dancefloor-filler!
Highly recommended for anyone who is open-minded.