Norman Cook's Pre-Fatboy Slim Work To See Release

The one-time piano player for Torrance Community Dance Group recorded music under a number of aliases before taking up the moniker Fatboy Slim. Some of that material is difficult to find, though now fans can take heart: Norman Cook's pre-Fatboy dance music will be the subject of an upcoming single CD compilation, as yet untitled.

Cook, who used to play in a pop band called the Housemartins, began recording dance music, DJing, and doing remixes on the side, which he turned to full-time when the group split up a decade ago.

Since then, Cook has been recording under a number of names and with different outfits, including Beats International, Pizzaman, and Freakpower. While not all of Cook's post-Housemartins material will make the collection due to label issues, some of his Beats International material will make the cut.

A representative for Hip-O Records, the label releasing the album, told MTV News that they hope to have the record out before the end of the year,

and that the name "Fatboy Slim" will not appear in the title.

Meanwhile, the artist currently known as Fatboy Slim has scheduled a handful of appearances in the States. Here's where you can catch him before the end of the year:

  • 10/29 - San Francisco, CA @ Warfield Theatre
  • 12/17 - New York, NY @ Hammerstein Ballroom
  • 12/18 - New York, NY @ Hammerstein Ballroom