BIG BEAT BOUTIQUE
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.
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.