Sunset (Bird of Prey)

Fatboy Slim

About Sunset (Bird of Prey)

"Sunset (Bird of Prey)" is a song by the British big beat artist Fatboy Slim, released from his 2000 album Halfway Between the Gutter and the Stars. The single peaked at No. 9 in the United Kingdom, No. 20 in Norway, and No. 25 in Ireland. The song samples Jim Morrison's vocals from the Doors song "Bird of Prey."


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Bird of prey,
Bird of prey,
Flying high,
Flying high.

In the summer sky,
Flying high.

Gently passing by,
Flying high.

Take me on your flight.
Flying high.

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Fatboy Slim

Norman Quentin Cook (born Quentin Leo Cook; 31 July 1963), also known as Fatboy Slim, is an English DJ, musician, and record producer. His records helped to popularise the big beat genre in the 1990s. In the 1980s, Cook was the bassist for the Hull-based indie rock band the Housemartins, who achieved a UK number-one single with their a cappella cover of "Caravan of Love". After the Housemartins split, Cook formed the electronic band Beats International in Brighton, who produced the number-one single "Dub Be Good to Me". Cook joined acts including Freak Power, Pizzaman, and the Mighty Dub Katz to moderate success. In 1996, Cook adopted the name Fatboy Slim and released Better Living Through Chemistry to critical acclaim. Follow-up albums You've Come a Long Way… more »

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Written by: Quentin Leo Cook, John Paul Densmore, Robert A. Krieger, Raymond D. Manzarek, Jim Morrison

Lyrics © DistroKid, Universal Music Publishing Group, Doors Music Company

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11 facts about this song

Release Date
"Sunset (Bird of Prey)" was released on October 16, 2000.
Chart Performance
The song reached number 9 in the UK Singles Chart.
The song is classified under the genre 'big beat', an electronic music genre that usually contains elements of funk, techno and hip hop.
Album Information
"Sunset (Bird of Prey)" is from Fatboy Slim's third studio album, "Halfway Between the Gutter and the Stars."
Unique Sample
The track features a sample from Jim Morrison's spoken word recording, "Bird of Prey".
Music Video
Its music video, directed by British director Ulf Buddensieck, features an air battle interspersed with Fatboy Slim DJing.
This song is dedicated to the memory of Jim Morrison and was given the full blessing of The Doors and their estates.
Steve Osborne Mix
A notable remix of "Sunset (Bird of Prey)" was done by Steve Osborne which deviates significantly from the original.
Japanese Inspiration
The "Bird of Prey" is likely a reference to Hayao Miyazaki's film "Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind" where the song's sample from a piece by Jim Morrison, "Bird of Prey" plays during a scene.
The song has a duration of 6:51 minutes in its extended version and 3:59 minutes in its radio edit version.
It was recognized as a standout track in the album by multiple music reviewers and even after years of its release, it is still often played by DJs worldwide.

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