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The L.A. Grand Hotel Downtown

Music Weapon of Choice Bootsy Collins and Fatboy Slim (clip - 2000)
Quentin Leo Cook aka Fatboy Slim has changed the face of electronic music forever. His compositions, both referential and accomplished, have become a permanent fixture in the collective unconscious, as in the case of his eventful video shot at the L.A. Grand Hotel Downtown.
The L.A Grand Hotel Downtown
"Marriott Hotel, Downtown Los Angeles" by LA Wad is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

“I make music for the hips, not the head.”

Fatboy Slim

When Quentin Leo Cook discovered house music, he knew his destiny was already set. Remixes and other sets in clubs, especially in Brighton, followed until 1994. A year in which he associates with the singer Ashley Slater, with whom he releases a first record, entitled Drive Thru Booty. His music is acclaimed. When his path crosses that of the Chemical Brothers, things take another turn. Once again solo, he stands out with an inspired fusion of hip-hop, dance and r’n’b. Madonna and U2 support him. His single The Rockafeller Skank is a real hit. The biggest names ask him for remixes and his own compositions are sold out. When it came time to give his song Weapon of Choice a promotional video, the man known as Fatboy Slim approached the fashionable director Spike Jonze. The latter imagines a choreography inside the Marriott Hotel, known today as the L.A. Hotel Downtown. An establishment chosen for its splendor and its vast hall, conducive to an audacious staging. In the foreground, Christopher Walken brilliantly exploits his skills as a dancer. Far from the image that he gives to the cinema, the actor impresses and literally takes possession of the place. The clip was so successful that the VH1 channel ranked it among the best music videos of all time.

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The video for Weapon of Choice won seven awards at the MTV Video Music Awards, MTV Europe Music Awards and Grammy Awards.

Scene at The L.A. Grand Hotel Downtown in Weapon of Choice
Scene at The L.A. Grand Hotel Downtown in Weapon of Choice – Credit: Skint – Astralwerks
Scene at The L.A. Grand Hotel Downtown in Weapon of Choice
Scene at The L.A. Grand Hotel Downtown in Weapon of Choice – Credit: Skint – Astralwerks
Scene at The L.A. Grand Hotel Downtown in Weapon of Choice
Scene at The L.A. Grand Hotel Downtown in Weapon of Choice – Credit: Skint – Astralwerks

The L.A. Grand Hotel Downtown

Opened in 1983 as the Sheraton Grande, the L.A. Grand Hotel Downtown has changed names several times while maintaining its prestige and popularity.

Some 487 rooms, a fitness center and a host of luxury amenities make this hotel a favorite among visitors to the City of Angels. Conveniently located in the business district, near the Walt Di... Learn more about The L.A. Grand Hotel Downtown

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By Gilles Rolland

Tuesday, February 8, 2022

Passionné de cinéma, de rock and roll, de séries TV et de littérature. Rédacteur de presse et auteur des livres Le Heavy Metal au cinéma, Paroles de fans Guns N' Roses, Paroles de fans Rammstein et Welcome to my Jungle : 100 albums rock et autres anecdotes dépareillées. Adore également voyager à la recherche des lieux les plus emblématiques de la pop culture.

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