Groove officer David Shuey reviews a Fatboy Slim show in Chicago.
Chicago's fatboy slim November 12 Metro show-boating show gets a mixed review from this dance-man.
If you're drunk, you loved it. With every new beer,
the better it got. My sweetie roommate & I danced our
butts off. Unlike aloof djs, fatboy's going to FORCE
you to have a good time -- pumps fists, mugging camera
grins, makes hand-written statements on his white
labels like "motherfucker" then to be cute cuts into
(remix?) of peach's "fatherfucker." You're paying for
it: so Fatboy hams it up in general. It's borderline
annoying and paternal.
So if mixed with any bit of "skepticism" or other
analytical inebriants, then it's cheezy beyond belief.
Also, take the fact my face will SURELY be on some
stupid DVD in 2005 due to public disclaimer fliers
essentially saying, "we're filming you, so fuck off".
A camera hit my mug as they took my ticket. As I
danced front row. As I got a beer. Everywhere, a DV
cam. Thank Normon Cook, his label, and lawyers for
giving me a CHOICE after shelling 25 bucks!
He played the pop and electronic sounds we know: every
hit spanning 20 years. Even a couple of his own. A bit
of Chemical Brothers, here and there. That wobbly
metallic trance-y sound-effect I've heard for 5+
years, but NOT ONE AUDIENCE member (I asked seven
people) could name. Particular audience screams came
from his unique cuts on the pop songs: Bangels with
"Walk-like-an-egyptian," the first track from that
juicy franz ferdinand disc, and White Stripes' "seven
nation army" guitar-jam mixed 30 minutes apart. I
think that's only the 20th time I've heard it mixed by
a dj. So "cool" and original, for sure.
Crowd is pretty lame -- in the scene TO BE SEEN if you
know what I mean.
But dammit, I had fun. Really.
The new Fatboy Slim album is out now. Fatboy Slim played the Metro on Friday, November 12. Review by David Shuey.
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