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DJ Cook slams World Cup anthem

Published 18/06/2010 | 16:26

Fatboy Slim aka Norman Cook isn't a fan of the anthem
Fatboy Slim aka Norman Cook isn't a fan of the anthem

DJ Norman Cook has revealed he is not a big fan of England's unofficial World Cup anthem.

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Rapper Dizzee Rascal and comedian James Corden stormed to the top of the charts on Sunday with Shout.

But asked for his opinion of the record, Cook - who is also known as Fatboy Slim - said diplomatically: "Can I take the fifth on that question?"

But he added with a smile: "I'm a big fan of Dizzee Rascal and James Corden, yes."

He said he had turned down requests to come up with his own England song, and continued: "I'm not a big fan of football records. I thought Three Lions was quite a good anthem and World In Motion was a good record, apart from the John Barnes rap."

Cook, 46, also denied claiming that the vuvuzela was a good way of drowning out the noisy singing of the England fans.

Speaking in Cape Town ahead of England's match against Algeria, he said: "They serve the same purpose in terms of the drama and the noise... and I love hearing England fans."

The DJ, who's due to play at the Cool Britannia festival tonight, said his presence during the World Cup was a long time in the planning.

"It's a fantastic excuse for me to mix my job with one of my passions," he said.

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