Fatboy Slim says The Housemartins would only reform if The Smiths do

The DJ says that everything about reforming turns him 'off'

Fatboy Slim has said that The Housemartins would only reform if The Smiths do, after responding to a fan question during an AMA.

Fatboy Slim – aka Norman Cook – played bass guitar in the 1980s band before they split in 1988. They reached number one on the UK charts with ‘Caravan of Love’ in 1986.

Cook was asked ‘If Paul Heaton called you and asked you to take part in a Housemartins reunion world tour, would you be up for it?’ during a web cam AMA on The Guardian. He responded, stating “absolutely not”.


He continued, “But he wouldn’t. We agreed when we split up, in Bloom’s Hotel, Dublin, 1988, that we would never reform. Five years ago we all had lunch together and reiterated that fact, with the caveat that we would only consider reforming if the Smiths reformed, which will only happen when the royal family abdicates.”

He then continued to say that “everything about reforming” turns him off, “apart from travelling around in a bus with some old friends.”

Cook recently announced plans to play his debut album ‘Better Living Through Chemistry’ in its entirety for a 20th anniversary show in London.

Fatboy Slim will be making a one off appearance at The Social on September 13. The album, which was first relased in 1996, is also being re-released on an expanded double CD and special limited edition yellow vinyl formats on September 23. The double CD version will feature the album in its entirety on disk one and a second bonus disk of rare B-Sides and previously unreleased material.