Fatboy Slim: From Alcoholism to the Olympics

By McCarton Ackerman 08/13/12

The British DJ celebrates three years of sobriety by performing at the London 2012 closing ceremony.

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Fatboy Slim's partying is now confined to during
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Remember Fatboy Slim? His notoriously low-budget dance troupe video for "Praise You" ruled MTV in 1999, but he struggled with alcoholism in subsequent years. However, the British DJ—aka Norman Cook—has been sober for the last three years and has just marked his recovery in the best way possible: by performing at last night's closing ceremony for the 2012 London Olympics on top of a giant, glowing octopus. "I gave up drinking three years ago and I've run the Brighton Marathon," he says. "Everything you do is a lot easier to deal with when you go to bed after a show rather than party for two days"—and that includes performing in front of the whole world. Although he still continues to make music and tour, he's no longer actively on a record label, which gives him complete creative control over his work—and he seems to prefer it that way. "As you get older, you realize you don't have to do any of that stuff," he says. "My career now is buoyant, but manageable. Basically, I do what I want."

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McCarton Ackerman is a freelance writer and editor living in Portland, Oregon. He has been a contributor for The Fix since October 2011, writing on a wide range of topics ranging from medical marijuana in Colorado to the world's sexiest drug smugglers. Follow him on Linkedin and Twitter.