Weapon Of Choice (4:44)

Cover of Why Try Harder (The Greatest Hits)

From Why Try Harder (The Greatest Hits) and 15 other releases

Weapon Of Choice is a track by Fatboy Slim.

“Weapon of Choice” features a prominent sample of Sly & The Family Stone’s recording Into My Own Thing as well as The Chambers Brothers song All Strung Out Over You. Parliament/Funkadelic and Bootsy’s Rubber Band bassist Bootsy Collins provided the lead vocals; it also contains background vocal samples that were also used in Don’t Forget Your Teeth, the B-side to Right Here Right Now from the album Halfway Between The Gutter and the Stars. The remix of the song featured on Fatboy Slim’s greatest hits album The Greatest Hits - Why Try Harder peaked at #137 on the UK Singles Chart.

Frank Herbert’s science fiction novel Dune and the David Lynch adaptation are the likely inspirations for the lyrics “Walk without rhythm, it won’t attract the worm.” In the novel, Paul Atreides notes “We must walk without rhythm” to avoid notice by a giant sandworm as he and his mother cross the desert of the planet Arrakis; Lynch’s Dune features Paul’s line “If we walk without rhythm, we won’t attract the worm” 82 minutes into the film.

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The song is perhaps best known for its accompanying music video, directed by Spike Jonze and featuring actor Christopher Walken, who was trained as a dancer in musical theatre prior to his acting career, dancing and flying around in an empty hotel to the music. The video has been credited by the music press and mass media for bringing a whole new generation of fans to Walken’s talents.

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