Fatboy Slim's videos are known for exciting viewers nearly as much as Eric Prydz's. But when the public care more for his videos than his tracks, you know something is up.
So even though Norman Cook's new cover of Steve Miller classic The Joker features interesting flurries of Fatboy noise with splices of bass and piano jaunt, it doesn't make for better time-passing than watching a kitten spin on a turntable in the video. In fact even guest vocals from funk meister Bootsy Collins (JBs/Parliament) do not lift the cover from its tired straightjacket.
It's not up-tempo, it's not living room - in fact the third single from gammy-kneed Palookaville seems confused as to what it really wants to be. Perhaps "interesting" is the kindest adjective to use. Could it be at last that Fatboy's kookiness is wearing thin? Basement Jaxx and Chemical Brothers aren't even looking back over their shoulders to find out.