ARTIST: Fatboy Slim
TITLE: Greatest Hits – Why Try Harder
YEAR RELEASED: Compilation
CHART ACTION: #6 US Dance, #2 UK
SINGLES: Top 30: Going Out of My Head (#28 Alternative, #57 UK), The Rockafeller Skank (#76 US, #39 Modern Rock, #21 Mainstream, #2 Dance, #6 UK), Gangster Trippin (#3 UK), Praise You (#36 US, #2 Alternative, #22 Mainstream, #1 UK), Right Here, Right Now (#2 UK), Sunset (#9 UK), Demons (#16 UK), Slash Dot Dash (#12 UK)
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Not here – UK of course.
LINEUP: Fatboy Slim (Norman Cook) and his arsenal of samples and production tricks
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: The casual fan’s best bet for a Fatboy Slim collection.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Full albums of Fatboy Slim could be a tiring ordeal for a non-devotee of electronica, thus this collection is probably the best way to grab what you want from him.
For the most part, this collection uses the single versions of the songs, which condense the tracks towards a radio length and not a dance-floor length, and while Cook is a skilled innovator, 60-70 minutes of electronics, samples, and production whiz-bangs can get boring especially if it seems the same ideas are being offered.
His choice of samples is great and obscure, as you really have to dig for the sources – that’s great. This highlights his strengths and allows the listener to focus, and shuffle, as they see fit.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: He was the bass player in the great Housemartins.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No, but there are re-mix collections around.
GRADE: A-: Fantastic, but small doses for me, please.