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All smiles as Fatboy Slim opens art show.

Hundreds of items from Fatboy Slim's collection of Smiley memorabilia are to form the centrepiece of the DJ's art exhibition.

The musician, real name Norman Cook, has spent 40 years amassing a trove of pieces featuring the iconic symbol. They include a Smiley toaster, cuff links, watches, shoes, scales, wristbands, clocks and jewellery. A giant mural adorns the roof of his house while his only tattoo is a smiley face and cross bones - the unofficial logo of Fatboy Slim.

He has now curated an art exhibition, Smile High Club, paying tribute to the Smiley and its creator Harvey Ball.

Fatboy Slim's cok said: "The first ever 12-inch single I bought was Psycho Killer by the Talking Heads in 1977. That had a picture of a Smiley t-shirt. That was the first semi-ironic use of it - it was everything that punk rock wasn't.

"That was the first time it struck me and I think that imprinted it on my head because it was the first 12-inch single that I had and I looked at it all the time."

The Smiley was born in Worcester, Massachusetts in 1963 - the same year as Cook, now 55, himself. Artist Harvey Ball was commissioned by the State Mutual Life Assurance Company to make badges that would improve staff morale.

Smile High Club will run at Underdogs Gallery in Lisbon from June 21 to July 21.

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Publication:Shropshire Star (Shropshire, England)
Date:Jun 17, 2019
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