Fatboy Slim

About Demons

"Demons" is a song by English big beat musician Fatboy Slim, featuring Grammy Award-winning American R&B-soul singer Macy Gray. The song was released as a single from Slim's 2000 album Halfway Between the Gutter and the Stars, and later appeared on Gray's 2004 greatest hits compilation The Very Best of Macy Gray as well as Slim's 2006 greatest hits compilation The Greatest Hits - Why Try Harder. It contains elements of Bill Withers' 1973 song "I Can't Write Left-Handed". The gospel group The Blind Boys of Alabama covered the song on their 2005 album Atom Bomb. Recently, the song was featured in the Netflix series Sense8. 


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They say she had a heart attack
I think the preacher's coming back
And I'm frying 'cause all my love's electrifying

And I'm comfy like a cesspool
Want to be with you
And it's my premonition
I better give my heart a listen
And my preacher say

All of your demons will wither away
Ecstasy comes and they cannot stay
You'll understand when you come my way
'Cause all of my demons have withered away

They said he shook himself to death
I want to dance 'til my last breath
But mister disco only parties hard in Frisco

And I'm comfy like a cesspool
want to be with you
And it's my premonition
I better give my heart a listen
And my preacher say

All of your demons will wither away
Ecstasy comes and they cannot stay
You'll understand when you come my way
'Cause all of my demons have withered away

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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: Natalie Mcintyre, Bill Withers, Norman Cook

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

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12 facts about this song

"Demons" is a unique collaboration between British DJ and electronic music producer Fatboy Slim, whose real name is Norman Cook, and Grammy-winning American singer-songwriter Macy Gray.
Album Contribution
The song is included in Fatboy Slim's third studio album, "Halfway Between the Gutter and the Stars," which was released in November 2000.
Genre Mixture
"Demons" is a combination of electronic dance music (EDM), funk, soul, and trip-hop, showcasing a fusion of Fatboy Slim's beats and Macy Gray's distinct vocal style.
Although "Demons" didn't receive any awards itself, Fatboy Slim's album (which featured the song) was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Electronic/Dance Album in 2002.
Music Video
The music video of "Demons" is directed by Garth Jennings, which features Macy Gray and supernatural creatures.
Single Release
"Demons" was released as the third single from Fatboy Slim's album in January 2001.
Chart Performance
Despite its unique collaboration and memorable sound, "Demons" did not chart in the U.S. However, it achieved success in the UK, where it peaked at number 13 on the UK Singles Chart.
Several remixes of "Demons" have been produced over the years, including those by notable DJs and electronic music producers such as Stanton Warriors and Midfield General.
Critical Response
The song "Demons" received mixed to positive reviews from music critics. Some praised its blending of genres, while others appreciated the vocals of Macy Gray integrated into Fatboy Slim's signature sound.
Live Performances
Macy Gray has performed "Demons" live numerous times, often trying different interpretations of the song, demonstrating its versatility.
"Demons" has been acknowledged as an influence for several artists in the electronic music genre, demonstrating Fatboy Slim's impactful experimentation with mixing different music styles.
The song remains relevant decades after its release, being used in a variety of media, showcasing the enduring appeal of Fatboy Slim's music combined with Macy Gray's soulful vocals.

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