Praise You

Album: Praise You (1999)
Charted: 1 36
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Songfacts®:

  • This is based on a 1975 song by the actress and soul singer Camille Yarborough called "Take Yo' Praise." She released just one album, and this was the last track. It was a very obscure song, but Fatboy Slim found it on a compilation CD and sampled it.
  • Yarborough was a civil rights activist. Her song is about a particular man, but also a message to Black people in general.
  • Yarborough's vocal is used throughout. She made much more money on royalties from this than she did on her own album.
  • Al Gore used this while campaigning for president in 2000. Slim's response: "Thank God it wasn't the Republicans. I would have had to sue."
  • This was used in a slew of television features about athletes and celebrities. The exposure helped the song gain popularity.
  • The video that's making bad dancers look good was shot after Fatboy Slim's performance at the Mayan Theatre in LA. It was shot on the lam outside a Westwood theatre, in one take in under 10 minutes. The dancers are from the fictional "Torrance Community Dance Group," the theatre managers and bouncers appearances were unscheduled, as was a break dancing Michael Jackson impersonator (who was cut from the video).
  • The video is an expanded version of Spike Jonze's (Video Guru behind Weezer's "Buddy Holly," Beastie Boys' "Sabotage," and the Chemical Brothers' "Electrobank") video treatment for "Rockafeller Skank." The treatment was a joke... a video tape of Spike dancing it up on Hollywood Boulevard.
  • Look for Norman Cook in the video. He's bald, and pops his head in behind choreographer Richard Carfay (aka Spike Jonze) when he's talking about b-boys and posses. Total cost of the video was $800. >>
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    Holden - Brussels, Belgium, for above 3
  • This was featured in the 1999 movie Cruel Intentions.
  • When British Prime Minister Tony Blair borrowed this in 1999, pundits took exception to the line, "I have to praise you like I should," accusing the New Labour leader of rampant egotism. Slim was unimpressed; "Somehow it's become the anthem of the soft left," he shrugged.

Comments: 10

  • George Pope from Vancouver Bc"I have to praise you -- like I should." Oh, jeeze; if you should, them just do it. Is he whining about it here, over & over again, or aplogizing for not having done it before, when he should've? Catchy beat & I guess that's why it was popular & much-used. . . & that's as far as it goes with today's pop *sigh*
  • Angel from Lima, PerúPraise you (original version) has a vibe from afroperuvian music call "lando"
  • Sydney from Dallas, TxSo what if I wasn't around for the time when this song was written! I LOVE it!
  • Jessica from Tulsa, OkOne of the best songs of the 90's. Still love it.
  • Halon from London, EnglandI think it's wonderful that somebody such as Norman Cook who, (as one can tell from his Housemartins days) has negligible aptitude for songwriting or even playing a musical instrument, can find financial reward by using a computer and a recording of someone else's music. It really opens up the field for everyone with a computer, an mp3 collection and either too much indolence or too little talent to learn music.
  • Chrissy from ManchesterI love this song, and yes, the video must be the cheapest videa ever made. It's really clever, just people dancing badly!
  • William from London, CanadaWhere is the piano in song sampled from? I know I've heard it before somewhere and it's not from Camille's song.
  • Matt from Millbrae, CaQ Magazine called this video the #2 vid of all time, only behind Johnny Cash's "Hurt"
  • Melissa from Green Bay, WiThat video was pure genius!! Wasn't this song also included in the movie Cruel Intentions?
  • Elihu from Toronto, CanadaThis has still got to be one of my favorite music videos. The underwear dude!
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