Don't Let the Man Get You Down
Written by: LES EMMERSON, NORMAN COOK
Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
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10 facts about this song
"Don't Let the Man Get You Down" is a song by British DJ and record producer Fatboy Slim.
The song was released in the United Kingdom as a promotional single in July 2005 as the fourth and final single release from Fatboy Slim's 2004 album, "Palookaville."
The music video for the track, directed by Brian Beletic, received an award at the Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival. It is unique for having alternate endings.
The song features a sample from "Siren," a track by the Nightingales, and also includes voice-over segments from a survival film from the New Jersey Civil Defense called "What to Do in a Zombie Attack."
The title phrase, "Don't Let the Man Get You Down," is a common phrase encouraging resistance against systemic pressures and authority figures.
Fatboy Slim's style, including for this song, is generally categorized as big beat, a genre of electronic music that was particularly popular in the 1990s.
The song's lyrics are actually quite minimal, essentially repeating the line "And the sign said long-haired freaky people need not apply." This is sampled from a song called "Signs" by the Five Man Electrical Band.
Instead of a traditional music video, "Don't Let the Man Get You Down" has an innovative video-clip, combining animation and live-action, which follows the life of a man who is judged by society for his physical appearance.
Despite being promotional, the single still managed to peak at number 92 on the UK Singles Chart.
Music critics praised the song for its positive, uplifting message, catchy beats, and innovative use of sampling.
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