Fatboy Slim has it large 'DJing' at the Olympics Closing Cermony

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UPDATE: The video below has been pulled from YouTube. We’ll try to find a more legit version.

We can forgive you for not being up at 6am on a Monday morning to catch the Closing Ceremony of the London Olympics. If you did catch the bright-and-early broadcast, though, you would’ve seen the nod to Britian’s rich DJ history via an appearance from Fatboy Slim. The big beat veteran was clearly relishing his ‘set’ on top of a giant inflatable octopus, bringing his stadium-sized anthems Right Here, Right Now and The Rockafeller Skank to the party. Whether his decks were actually operational is, of course, another question altogether.

He wasn’t the only Brit bringing the music, either, with Jessie J, The Who, The Spice Girls, Liam Gallagher, Pet Shop Boys and Muse all performing. Naturally Twitter buzzed with people speculating on who was miming, while Fatboy Slim took to his Twitter with the message: “Bless this Olympic (Acid) House!” Finding clips from the broadcast isn’t simple, so for now we’ll have to be satisfied with someone filming their TV (see below). Strangely, if you search ‘Fatboy Slim’ in Twitter you’ll see a lot of people admitting they’d previously thought he was fat and black. “Fatboy Slim: still pretending to DJ,” is another common response.

The appearance at one of the world’s biggest events was all in a day’s work for Fatboy Slim. From London, he’s on his way directly to Ibiza to play for his friend Carl Cox at his Tuesday residency at Space, where he’ll be playing a lot more than two tracks. The man spoke to NZ City recently about how he’s feeling “fitter than ever” and enjoying the DJ circuit: “I listen to current dance music and I think, do I even fit in here? I really don’t feel drawn to the studio. I much prefer to focus on DJing. Skrillex told me he gave up playing in bands and took up DJing because of me.”

As musically focused as the Olympics send-off was, it had a hard time measuring up to the much-celebrated Opening Ceremony a fortnight ago. For that night, the music was in the hands of electronic masterminds Underworld (with help from drum & bass dynamo High Contrast). The Opening Ceremony’s artistic director, Danny Boyle, had previously worked with the pair on his films, with 1996’s Trainspotting helping make Born Slippy into an anthem.



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dirtyepic said on the 13th Aug, 2012

"Strangely, if you search "Fatboy Slim" in Twitter you'll see a lot of people admitting they'd previously thought he was fat and black."

I just... what?

Cathy Guetta

Cathy Guetta said on the 13th Aug, 2012

Typical Pop DJ .. I bet his mixer wasn't even plugged in and he pre recorded his set ... He needs to take a page from my husband's intriciate and very technical book of TRUE DJ'ing.


Funkedub said on the 13th Aug, 2012

This is more of a tweet than an article


Funkedub said on the 13th Aug, 2012

The content could be readily condensed down the the character count allowed in a Tweet


angy said on the 13th Aug, 2012

^^It's like the old days when you were making friends in the Breaks forum, Funkedub.


Digitalgrub said on the 13th Aug, 2012

I don't think it matters if he was actually mixing - this is a showcase, rock opera style event which you'd hope was rehearsed and tight as possible. Glad that dance music was given its dues as part of British popular culture.


DoctorC said on the 13th Aug, 2012

Lame - vid link is dead.


Funkedub said on the 14th Aug, 2012

I've made lots of friends on different subforums :-D


coitmold said on the 14th Aug, 2012

Would definitely have been mimed, but the London Symphony Orchestra even mimed their performance. So he's in good company.


jamwildway said on the 16th Aug, 2012

Go Fatty!!! Well done for representing house music at the biggest event on the planet