When Albert Gore Jr. accepted his party's nomination for Vice President at the Democratic National Convention in 1996, he poked fun at his image as a wooden, unspontaneous politician by standing stock still as "The Macarena" shimmied through the speakers.
Perhaps the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee will try to do some Alpha Male hoofing on the campaign trail to Fatboy Slim's "Praise You," which has emerged as his unofficial campaign theme song. The song is likely to have been chosen by his eldest daughter Karenna, who resides in Manhattan and is one of his most trusted advisors.
The Gore daughter also heard Prince's "Darling Nikki" as a teen. The song's reference to masturbation outraged her mother Tipper so much, that it became one of her main motivations behind her launching the PRMC's (Parents Resource Music Council) and their successful effort to have parental advisory labels placed on recordings containing explicit lyrics.
As for Fatboy Slim, aka Norman Cook, he has no objection to the Gore campaign's use of his record. "Thank God it wasn't the Republicans," he told MTV News while at the Miami Winter Music Conference.
"I don't know," Mr. Slim continued, "I haven't seen [the footage] yet, but it's quite funny because it gets on the news in England, and my mum will ring up and go, 'I heard your tune on the news.' So, on one hand it's kind of funny, a riot. My mum doesn't watch MTV or pop programs, and to get my music on something she'd see is quite a thrill. I haven't examined all of Gore's policies and politics but, like I said, thank God it wasn't the Republicans. I would have had to sue!"
Well, only if "Praise You" was used in Republican political TV or radio ads could Cook have the grounds to sue. But if, say, George W. Bush did use the song as background music at live speaking engagements, Cook's recourse would be to ask him to stop - just as Bobby McFerrin told Bush's father to cease using "Don't Worry, Be Happy" during his 1988 campaign. You can't sue someone for using your music to celebrate. Otherwise, VH1.com would encourage Cook to sue the pants off all those hooligans at our local watering hole who get obliterated to "The Rockafella Skank" every weekend.
In his native U.K, Fatboy Slim is set to headline a DJ-centric benefit for Ken Livingstone, one time Labour party stalwart and current independent candidate for mayor of London. (Another candidate for the seat is former Sex Pistols manager and pop culture gadfly Malcolm McLaren.) His endorsement of Livingstone harks back to his roots as a member of the socialist pop band the Housemartins. Cook will be joined at the event, dubbed "All Back to Ken's," by fellow DJs Paul Oakenfold and Underworld's Darren Emmerson at London's WC2 Astoria on April 13th.
In purely promotional and not at all political news, Cook says that he is hard at work on his new album. Fatboy had no comments on last week's release by Hip-O Records of the Fatboy Slim/Norman Cook Collection, a compilation he put together before adopting the Fat Boy handle.