Praise You

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"Praise You"
Fatboy Slim - Praise You single cover.png
Single by Fatboy Slim
from the album You've Come a Long Way, Baby
Released
  • 4 January 1999 (1999-01-04) (UK)
  • 16 February 1999 (1999-02-16) (US)
Recorded1998
GenreBig beat
Length
  • 5:23 (album version)
  • 3:48 (radio edit)
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Norman Cook
Fatboy Slim singles chronology
"Gangster Trippin"
(1998)
"Praise You"
(1999)
"Right Here, Right Now"
(1999)
Audio sample

"Praise You" is a song by British big beat musician Fatboy Slim. It was released as the third single from his second studio album, You've Come a Long Way, Baby, in 1999. It reached number one on the UK Singles Chart, number four in Canada, number six in the Republic of Ireland and number 36 in the United States.

As of 1999 it has sold over 150,000 units in United States.[1]

Samples[edit]

The song features a prominent vocal sample from the opening of "Take Yo' Praise" by Camille Yarbrough,[2] as well as a prominent piano sample from the track "Balance and Rehearsal" from a test album entitled Sessions released by audio electronics company JBL.[3] The song also features a guitar sample from the opening of "It's a Small World" from the Disneyland Records-released album Mickey Mouse Disco[4] and the theme from the cartoon series Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids.[5]

Music video[edit]

The accompanying video for "Praise You" was directed by Spike Jonze with Roman Coppola.[6] Jonze starred in the film under the pseudonym Richard Koufey, along with a fictional dance group: The Torrance Community Dance Group.[6] The video intro described it as "A Torrance Public Film Production".[7]

The video was shot guerrilla-style – that is, on location without obtaining permission from the owners of the property – in front of puzzled onlookers outside a movie theatre in Westwood, Los Angeles, California.[8] In the video, Jonze and the dance group, acting as a flash mob, dance to "Praise You", much to the chagrin of a theatre employee who turns off their portable stereo. One of the actor-dancers in the fictional dance group, Michael Gier, documents the making of the "Praise You" video on his website.[8]

The "Praise You" video was made only because Jonze, unable to work with Fatboy Slim on the video for "The Rockafeller Skank", recorded and sent his own solo dance video to "Skank" as a gift; Jonze's 'alternate' music video was so well received by Slim that Jonze's fictional Torrance Community Dance Group was green-lighted for the official video for "Praise You".[9]

Norman Cook (Fatboy Slim) is briefly seen in the video as one of the many onlookers, with the clearest view shown at the conclusion of the video, while Jonze claims his "b-boy moves" came from living in New York. Cook curiously peers over Jonze to catch a glimpse of the camera before walking off to the right.

The video reportedly cost only US$800 to produce.[10]

The video won three major awards at the 1999 MTV Video Music Awards: Breakthrough Video, Best Direction (awarded to "Torrance Community Dance Group"), and Best Choreography (awarded to "Richard Koufey & Michael Rooney"). It was also nominated for, but did not win, Best Dance Video. The group also put on a dance performance to the song at the awards.[11] In 2001, it was voted number one of the 100 best videos of all time, in a poll to mark the 20th anniversary of MTV.[12]

Year Nominee/work Award Result
1999 MTV Video Music Award[13] Best Dance Video Nominated
Breakthrough Video Won
Best Direction Won
Best Choreography Won
MTV Video Music Award Best Video Nominated
2000 Grammy Award Best Dance Recording Nominated

Charts and certifications[edit]

Other versions[edit]

A 2017 version, arranged and produced by Jennifer Ann Keller, was recorded by Hannah Grace and the London Contemporary Voices Choir for a Lloyds Bank advertising campaign.[39][40][41][42] The Hannah Grace version of Praise You has been used in numerous TV programmes, including The X Factor, and has sold in excess of 60,000 copies in the UK. In November 2017, an American TV advertisement for Forevermark Diamonds featured a a cover of the Hannah Grace version, sung by Jon Kenzie.[43]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Presenting Camille Yarbrough: The Featured Voice on Fatboy Slim's Praise You". thefreelibrary.com. Retrieved 18 October 2011.
  3. ^ "Sample Details". whosampled.com. Retrieved 18 October 2011.
  4. ^ "Sample Details". whosampled.com. Retrieved 18 October 2011.
  5. ^ Mark Schwartz. "Various Artists 'The Perfect Beats: New York Electro Hip-Hop and Underground Dance Classics: 1980–1985'". Vibe (December 1998 – January 1999). Retrieved 18 October 2011.
  6. ^ a b Smith, Ethan. "Spike Jonze Unmasked". New York. New York Media (25 October 1999). Retrieved 18 October 2011.
  7. ^ "Praise You - Fatboy Slim". YouTube. Retrieved 18 October 2011.
  8. ^ a b Gier, Michael. "Fatboy Slim's Music Video "Praise You"". michaelgier.com. Retrieved 18 October 2011.
  9. ^ "FATBOY SLIM ROLLS WITH JONZE - NME". NME. 1998-05-12. Retrieved 2017-11-04.
  10. ^ Hewitt, Ben. "7 strange quirks in pop videos that you can't unsee". BBC Music. BBC. Retrieved 22 October 2017.
  11. ^ "Spike Jonze Highlights Fatboy Slim's VMA "Performance"". mtv.com. Retrieved 18 October 2011.
  12. ^ "Fatboy Slim's Praise You voted best video". The Guardian. 2001-07-31. Retrieved 2008-07-30.
  13. ^ "1999 MTV Video Music Awards". rockonthenet.com. Retrieved 18 October 2011.
  14. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Fatboy Slim – Praise You". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved 19 February 2012.
  15. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Fatboy Slim – Praise You" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved 19 February 2012.
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  17. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 8154." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 8 November 2018.
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  22. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Praise You". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved 8 November 2018.
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  26. ^ "Notowanie nr 893 – z dnia 12.03.1999" (in Polish). Polskie Radio. Nowe Media. Retrieved 7 March 2013.
  27. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 19 February 2018.
  28. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Fatboy Slim – Praise You". Singles Top 100. Retrieved 19 February 2012.
  29. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Fatboy Slim – Praise You". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved 19 February 2012.
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  32. ^ "Official Independent Singles Chart Top 50". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 19 February 2018.
  33. ^ "Fatboy Slim Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved 19 February 2012.
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  37. ^ "RPM 1999 Top 100 Hit Tracks". RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 8 November 2018.
  38. ^ "British single certifications – Fatboy Slim – Praise You". British Phonographic Industry. Select singles in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Type Praise You in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  39. ^ "Fatboy Slim 'Praise You' covered for Lloyds Bank". U Music Pub.
  40. ^ "New advert shows Lloyds Bank is by Britain's side - Lloyds Banking Group plc". www.lloydsbankinggroup.com. Retrieved 2018-12-03.
  41. ^ "JENNIFER ANN — Take Me Home". 2017-10-06. Retrieved 2018-12-03.
  42. ^ "Lloyds Bank – By Your Side". TV Ad Music. 2017-04-10. Retrieved 2018-12-03.
  43. ^ "The Forevermark Tribute Collection TV Commercial, 'For All You Are'" iSpot.tv

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