June 11th 1999
Part1: Armand (73,1MB, 63.54min.)
Part2: Fatboy (77,8MB, 68.02min.)
Part3: Versus (25,2MB, 22.04min.)
MPEG 1.0 layer 3
Part1 – Armand van Helden:
Track #01 – ??? – ???
Track #02 – Mr. Oizo – Flat Beat
Track #03 – Armand van Helden – Boogie Monster
Track #04 – Soul Gabber – Motocross Madness
Track #05 – Basement Jaxx – Red Alert
Track #06 – Grant Phaboa – Tub
Track #07 – Armand Van Helden – Phychic Bounty Killaz
Track #08 – Monika Kruse & Patrick Lindsey – The Last Night
Track #09 – Armand van Helden – U Don't Know Me
Track #10 – Basement Jaxx – Rendez-Vous
Track #11 – Comment #1 – Now Comes FBS
Track #12 – Freddy Fresh – Badder Badder Schwing
Track #13 – Des Lynam – The Funk Soul Brother
Track #14 – Mint Royale – Rock And Roll Bar
Track #15 – Fatboy Slim – Love Island & Fucking in Heaven
Track #16 – Daft Punk – Around The World
Track #17 – Mr. Spring – Blaxxtraxx 3 (Funky Nassau)
Track #18 – Comment #2
Track #19 – Loop Da Loop – Miracle Maker
Track #20 – Mr. Oizo – Flat Beat
Track #21 – Pills – Rock Me
Part2 – Fatboy Slim:
Track #01 – Scanty Sandwitch – Because Of You
Track #02 – Leftfield – Phat Planet (Dave Clarke Remix)
Track #03 – Mr X. & Mr Y. – 1956
Track #04 – ??? – ???
Track #05 – Mint Royale – Form Rusholme With Love
Track #06 – Fatboy Slim – The Satisfaction Skank
Track #07 – Mighty Dub Katz – Just Another Groove (Kitch Bitch 2 Remix)
Track #08 – Groove Armada – I See You Baby
Track #09 – ??? – ???
Track #10 – That Kid Chris – Big Time
Track #11 – Comment #3
Track #12 – That Kid Chris – Big Time
Track #13 – Jungle Brothers – Girl I'll House You
Track #14 – Armand Van Helden – The Funk Phenomena
Track #15 – ??? – ??? & AVH – You Don't Know Me
Track #16 – Son of a Cheeky Boy – Comma
Track #17 – ??? – ???
Track #18 – CLS – Can You Feel It
Track #19 – ??? – ???
Track #20 – Black Science Orchestra – New Jersey Deep
Track #21 – Tori Amos – Professional Widow (Armand Van Helden Remix)
Track #22 – Faith Evans – Love Like This Before (Crooklyn Cran Remix)
Track #23 – Beastie Boys – Body Movin' (Fatboy Slim Remix)
Track #24 – Eminem – My Name Is
Track #25 – ?Ed Rush? – ???
Track #26 – Prodigy – Out Of Space
Part3 – Versus:
Track #01 – Herman Kelly – Let's Dance To The Drummer's Beat
Track #02 – The Mohawks – The Champ
Track #03 – ??? – ???
Track #04 – Bassbin Twins – Out Of Hand
Track #05 – ??? – ???
Track #06 – Fatboy Slim – The Rockafeller Skank & ??? – ???
Track #07 – Fatboy Slim – Everybody Loves A Carnival
Track #08 – Jimmy Hendrix – Crosstown Traffic
Track #09 – Last Comment, End of The Show
A Date With Destiny – Fatboy Slim vs. Armand van Helden
Big Beat Boutique
Brixton Academy – Friday 11th June 1999. Cut La Roc Support
The camera crews at the door indicate that something very special is happening tonight, as you walk upto Brixton Acadamy past hundreds of fans desperate to get their hands on the last few tickets for a once in a lifetime opportunity to see two of the worlds biggest DJs in action – at the same time. Cut La Roc is already entertaining the quickly expanding crowd on the dance floor (there is no stage or anything like that – just a full scale rotating boxing ring, with a huge rig of video screens hovering above it. Throughout the night these screens are filled with live streams of the DJs in action, and the resultant ker-azy dancing from the people lucky enough to be ring-side. Like me. Full shots of my face were subjected to the thousands of die-hard fatboy-fans, at least twenty or thirty times we looked up to see our faces the size of a two story building – it pays to get there early for a gig like this. Cut La Roc seemed to have a great time warming the crowd up – heâ€™s one of the friendliest DJs I have met in recent times – it was strange that I was one of only a handful of people interested in talking to him as he was packing his gear up, as he has the world record breaking talent to be one of the big stars of the future – from Skintâ€™s beginnings heâ€™s always been second only to Fatboy Slim as far as Iâ€™m concerned, and his new mix album FSUK4* reiterates this.
To much applause and cheering, Armand Van Helden enters the ring from one side, accompanied by an understandably large group of security men, and a geezer wielding the star-spangled banner. The unexpectedly short Van Helden drops his silk gown and removes his boxing gloves to reveal heâ€™s dressed up for the part – customised basketball top, loads of jewellery – everything about him says â€˜Iâ€™m trendy, meâ€™. On the giant video screens we now see Norman Cook entering the ring from the other side of the arena. The crowd goes radio rental. Norman disrobes to reveal.. a Hawaiian shirt and jeansâ€¦ and no-one bats an eye-lid. Norm and Armand start the theatrics at the front of the ring – forehead against forehead they stare each other out during the coin-toss to decide who will attempt to win over the crowd for an hour with their Dj-ing skills first. Armand wins the toss and elects to go first, and immediately sets about playing an impressive hour-long set of new york house an garage, starting with his forthcoming single The Boogie Monster. However impressed the crowd is with Armandâ€™s DJ antics, they donâ€™t really get going until he plays his number one hit single You Donâ€™t Know Me, then die down again until Brixton boys Basement Jaxxâ€™ Rendez-vu is dropped as a set closer.
To yet more applause Norman Cook arrives, and thrusts a litre bottle of vodka in the air – the crowd respond to every action he makes – Fatboy Slim is the Robbie Williams of the DJ world – a natural performer, with heaps of talent. On the dance-floor a whole different mood has been created just by Normanâ€™s appearance – everyone spent the whole hour jumping up and down like an extremely happy yo-yo. Tracks incorporated in probably the best hour of live mixing Iâ€™ve heard all year, included that Des Lynam cover of Rockafeller Skank, Fucking In Heaven, Chemical Brotherâ€™s Hey Boy Hey Girl, Leftfieldâ€™s Phat Planet, Everybody Needs A 303, Right Here Right Now, Fatboy Eminem (Hi My Name Is The Funk Soul Brother), Satisfaction Skank (I Canâ€™t Get No Funk Soul Brother), Kung Fu Fighting, and even the Kinks made a much welcomed appearance towards the end of the set.
After 4 hours, what weâ€™d all been waiting for began – Ambidextrous – Armand Van Helden on the right deck, Fatboy Slim on the left deck for two hours, non-stop tunes from the likes of Bob Marley, plus many other peculiar choices including TLC – No Scrubs, Jungle Brothers – Iâ€™ll House You â€˜98, Tori Amos – Professional Widow, Wildchild – Renegade Master (Original), You Donâ€™t Know Me (Again), and Praise You as a very fitting finish to the event of the year. Although most people considered it to be Normanâ€™s night, it wouldnâ€™t have been half as fun without Armand (With his endless supply of tricks, including slowing do wn one record to about 10BPM, then speeding it back up to 300BPM or so, whilst mixing it with another top track) or Cut La Roc for that matter – as there was effectively two hours of Fatboy Slim, we didnâ€™t get bored for one minute.
copyright francis madeira 1999