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Monday 19 March 2018

DJ Cook slams World Cup anthem

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.

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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