NORM HAS A POP AT POP

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The man awarded the Outstanding Contribution To Dance finds the time to have a dig at Britney and Robbie....

FATBOY SLIM NORMAN COOK has admitted to being “absolutely gobsmacked” at picking up the prestigious OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO DANCE prize at last night’s (October 19) ERICSSON MUZIK AWARDS.

Speaking exclusively to NME.COM after picking up the gong Cook also took a sly dig at pop superstars Britney Spears and Robbie Williams.

“I’m absolutely gobsmacked,” he said. “I honestly just came along to see all of my mates. The only thing that made sense at the end of it is the fact that Zoe was here, because she hasn’t been out in about six weeks because she’s very pregnant. It’s freaky-deaky. I just hope it’s not the carriage clock, end of a career golden handshake thing! I’ve got a few years left in me yet.”

He added: “Even though I keep on crossing over into pop music, I love dance music, and I love clubs. Even when I wonder off into pop territory, I always come back. I don’t want to hang out with Britney and Robbie. I’m a club animal! In America, they always ask what everyone thinks of my success in England, and I always say that it seems that they’re kind of proud of me. People don’t see me as a sell out pop star but as someone who loves dance music, but has a pop ear. I haven’t been thrown out of a club yet for having hits.”

Basement Jaxx, who picked up the award for Best Band, also expressed delight and revealed that fans can expect their eagerly anticipated new album next year.

“Being the best dance music band, that’s cool,” said Felix. “We’re just looking forward now for the next generation of dance music bands. We’re busy recording the new album now, which will be coming out next year. That’s the main thing.” However when pushed for a more details of the record, second half of the duo Simon said: “None of your business! You’ll have to wait until it comes out – so far, it’s going fine.”

Spiller, who performed at the glittering bash, thanked their fans for voting chart topping single ‘Groovejet (If This Ain’t Love)’ Best Ibiza Single.

“It?s brilliant, because it’s all the people,” beamed vocalist Sophie Ellis-Bextor. “We said a lot of thank yous, but we forgot to thank all the people who voted, who are the most important ones. So I’m sorry – we really are very grateful.”

Meanwhile, another of the evening performers, the veteran Danny Tenaglia, who had earlier picked up two awards for Best DJ and Best Remix for Green Velvet’s ‘Flash’, was more than a little overcome.

“I’m overwhelmed, it feels fantastic,” he said. “You can see by the grin on my face. Considering the fact that I’ve never considered myself a pop DJ and I’ve always just done my own thing, I never thought that I would get this attention. Of course, it means a lot to me – I’ve been doing this for 25 years. But to me there is no best – I accept this on behalf of all the other nominees and my peers. It means a lot to me because people aren’t as much into dance music at home as over here, so to get this recognition is great.”

Other stars who popped up at the ceremony included Death In Vegas, whose 1999 LP ‘The Contino Sessions’ had been nominated as Best Album, Seb Fontaine and veteran broadcaster Annie Nightingale.