thebpaThe BPA stands for “The Brighton Port Authority” and is an alias for none other than Norman Cook who is better known as Fatboy Slim.

In 2008 The BPA collaborated with David Byrne and Dizzee Rascal on the title “Toe Jam”.  The creative video featured nude dancers with censor bars on them making pictures and words with them.  The track “He’s Frank” has been included on the TV series Heroes featuring Iggy Pop as the vocalist.

The band’s first album “I Think We’re Gonna Need A Bigger Boat was released January 2009.

The BPA’s background started in September 2007, solving a Brighton mystery.  While rumors had long been rife, few were sure if the shadowy musical project known as The Brighton Port Authority really existed. Proof of their recorded output was only confirmed when a cardboard box of dusty reel-to-reel tapes was found during the development of a Brighton dockside warehouse. The find was brought to the attention of East Sussex music lecturer Dr. Randolph Seal who immediately hoped these were the famed lost BPA tapes. One listen told him that they were.

"I've spent the last ten years trying to track down this elusive outfit," he explains, "and I knew the BPA studio was supposedly down at the docks but even insiders have proven shaky on the details. To me this find is akin to locating Sly Stone's long lost Panther Funk sessions with the MC5 - it's a goldmine."

The Brighton Port Authority were an outfit who built a huge word-of-mouth reputation on England's south coast from the early 1970s onwards before petering out in the mid-'90s. From what can be easily pieced together, they were a loose-limbed jamming unit, originally known as the Brighton Phonographic Association. At its core were local musicians Norman Cook and Simon Thornton who gathered various singers and session men around them, built the rather ramshackle BPA studio, and would occasionally hold multi-day warehouse parties from which their semi-legendary reputation stems.thebpa_logo

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