Everyone knows the scene, even if they’ve never seen “On the Waterfront.” That’s the old movie from the ‘50s starring Marlon Brando. His character, Terry, is a boxer. The scene takes place in a taxi cab, where Brando’s character is stressed out about the future of his boxing career.
“…What do I get? A one-way ticket to Palookaville! …You don’t understand. I coulda had class. I coulda been a contender. I coulda been somebody, instead of a bum, which is what I am.”
Fatboy Slim, the boy with skills from Bromley, United Kingdom, has taken his gloves off. The party disc jockey heavyweight has finished recording yet another album, and he wants it to be as well-received as his last LP, the platinum “You’ve Come a Long Way, Baby” (2000).
Look for tracks like “Slash Dot Dash.” It’s a stark, introspective, personal song about the invasiveness of the modern computer age. Also, there is this really cool sample that is repeated over and over. But it’s not just one sample being cut up a bunch; it also has this really sweet live guitar track, where it sounds like the Buzzcocks or The White Stripes, or some other popular band.
Inevitably, tracks like “The Joker” and “Push and Shove” will appear at the end of some film, like on or near the end credits, probably. This will add to the impressive list of films his songs have graced, such as the critically acclaimed “Romeo Must Die” (2000), and also “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider” (2001).
Slim is so cool he even got Damon Albarn to take a break from doing vocals for Blur, the Gorillaz, Deltron 3030, Nightmares on Wax, or other bands, to record on the track like “Put It Back Together.”
Look for Palookaville Oct. 5.