So, Fatboy Slim, or Mr Cook, before you play at Barasti next week, tell us about your favourite things…
Best new tune
That’s a hard one – my mind goes blank
There’s a remix of The Mystery Jets that I absolutely love, but I can’t remember what it’s called… it’s mental though. To be honest I actually have a production meeting tomorrow for the new set – I haven’t played it since Brighton beach in September, so I need to get some new tunes together.
Best TV show
I’m absolutely addicted to it. It reminds me of Hill Street Blues and The Sopranos. It’s got everything: soap opera, gangsters, drugs… We’re halfway through series four now and me and the wife are having anxiety attacks because we’ve only got one and a half more to go.
The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists – it really impacted my politics
It’s about socialism and the beginning of the fledgling trade-union movement, but set before they were invented. It’s very un-Dubai, but me not playing there wouldn’t change the world, and playing there lets me channel the money I make into charity. What else do you do? Ignore the place and hope it goes away?
The Big Lebowski
It just makes me laugh. I identify with The Dude at times, but every single character just tickles me. I love everything the Coens do, but that one particularly. I like to watch it after Apocalypse Now – me and Zoë know it line for line.
‘Never go swimming with bow-legged women’
It might be a quote from a mate of mine’s dad. It might not have any literary or film reference whatsoever. [After being told it was used in a ’30s Popeye cartoon] Oh really? That’s fantastic!