BIG BEAT BOU­TIQUE

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FATBOY SLIM It is still some­what baf­fling that a mem­ber of The House­martins be­came big beat’s pi­o­neer-in-chief and a house­hold name. In­ci­den­tally,Nor­manQuentinCook­claimed in the 1990s that he ripped off The Chem­i­cal Brothers.

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His­tory Re­peat­ing with Shirley Bassey be­came the mo­ment when big beat met jazz and pop, and crossed over into main­stream cul­ture. It also fea­tured as the theme tune for So Gra­ham Nor­ton.

GROOVEARMADA The Lon­don duo pro­duced two of big beat’s great­est hits, I See You Baby and

Su­per­stylin’. They also cu­rated the Love­box fes­ti­val and staged Ir­ish in­stal­ments in Mar­lay Park and Malahide Cas­tle. THE PRODIGY While it’s grossly un­fair to re­strict Liam Howlett and com­pany to big beat, or any other genre, The Prodigy were the big­gest and ar­guably the best. Their ma­te­rial still sounds fresher and less dated than any of their con­tem­po­raries.

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