Don't Let the Man Get You Down

Fatboy Slim

About Don't Let the Man Get You Down

"Don't Let the Man Get You Down" is a song by English electronic music producer Fatboy Slim, released on 4 July 2005 as the fourth and final single from his fourth studio album Palookaville (2004). It samples the opening line of the song "Signs" by Five Man Electrical Band. The song peaked at number 153 on the UK Singles Chart.


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And the sign said: 
Long haired freaky people need not apply [Repeat: x 20]

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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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10 facts about this song

Song Artist
"Don't Let the Man Get You Down" is a song by British DJ and record producer Fatboy Slim.
Release Details
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."
Music Video
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.
Sampled Material
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.
Unique Concept
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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