Sunset (Bird of Prey)

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"Sunset (Bird of Prey)"
Single by Fatboy Slim
from the album Halfway Between the Gutter and the Stars
Released 16 October 2000 (2000-10-16)
Format CD, 12"
Recorded 1999
Genre Big beat, electronica, trip hop
Label Skint
Writer(s) Norman Cook, John Densmore, Robby Krieger, Ray Manzarek, Jim Morrison
Producer(s) Fatboy Slim
Fatboy Slim singles chronology
"Build it Up - Tear It Down"
"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 UK and No. 77 in Switzerland.[citation needed]

The song samples Jim Morrison's vocals from the Doors song "Bird of Prey."

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Sunset (Bird of Prey)"
  2. "My Game"
  3. "Sunset (Bird of Prey) (Darren Emerson remix)"
  1. "Sunset (Bird of Prey)"
  2. "My Game"

Music video[edit]

The music video of the song is set in 1964 and features Robert Jezek as a United States Air Force pilot flying a British-made Hawker Hunter fighter plane named the Bird of Prey. It opens with the famous "Daisy" television commercial, which was used as a campaign for President Lyndon B. Johnson during this year, showing the pilot sitting in a room watching this commercial. He drinks a glass of water which has something bubbling in it, intercut with an image of a brain and a piece of paper with text describing a chemical. An identification form with Fatboy Slim's real name on it, (Colonel) "Norman Cook" is seen. He imagines he flies the plane as he is coming on to the drug, and he eventually ejects and parachutes down, and then the hallucination stops. The actual song is playing during the flight sequence. Near the end of the video one can see the word "MKULTRA", which was a CIA-operated top secret confidential government project concerning mind control human experimentation, including using chemicals on test subjects (people) as truth serums. Also visible is another identification form with another name on it, Al Hubbard.


The filming took place at Duxford Aerodrome, and was produced by Flight Logistics of Borehamwood, who used an Aérospatiale Corvette to film the airborne scenes from.[1] The Hawker Hunter was in a USAF livery.[2]

First version[edit]

An early version of the track, entitled "Bird of Prey" was released under the name Yum Yum Head Food on a 1995 US compilation of tracks from Norman Cook's Southern Fried label.


Chart (2000) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[3] 63
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[4] 8
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)[5] 15
France (SNEP)[6] 97
Ireland (IRMA)[7] 25
Italy (FIMI)[8] 31
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[9] 91
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[10] 49
Norway (VG-lista)[11] 20
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[12] 77
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[13] 9
US Dance Club Songs (Billboard)[14] 35


  1. ^ "Bird_of_Prey". Retrieved 8 January 2012. 
  2. ^ "1/72 Matchbox Hawker Hunter T.7 by Tine Soetaert". 21 April 2007. Retrieved 8 January 2012. 
  3. ^ Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988–2010. Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing. 
  4. ^ " – Fatboy Slim – Sunset (Bird of Prey)" (in Dutch). Ultratip. Retrieved 16 July 2016.
  5. ^ " – Fatboy Slim – Sunset (Bird of Prey)" (in French). Ultratip. Retrieved 16 July 2016.
  6. ^ " – Fatboy Slim – Sunset (Bird of Prey)" (in French). Les classement single. Retrieved 16 July 2016.
  7. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Sunset (Bird of Prey)". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved 16 July 2016.
  8. ^ " – Fatboy Slim – Sunset (Bird of Prey)". Top Digital Download. Retrieved 16 July 2016.
  9. ^ " – Fatboy Slim – Sunset (Bird of Prey)" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 16 July 2016.
  10. ^ " – Fatboy Slim – Sunset (Bird of Prey)". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved 16 July 2016.
  11. ^ " – Fatboy Slim – Sunset (Bird of Prey)". VG-lista. Retrieved 16 July 2016.
  12. ^ " – Fatboy Slim – Sunset (Bird of Prey)". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved 16 July 2016.
  13. ^ "Fatboy Slim: Artist Chart History" Official Charts Company. Retrieved 16 July 2016.
  14. ^ "Fatboy Slim – Chart history" Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs for Fatboy Slim. Retrieved 16 July 2016.

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