Fatboy Slim's Music Video "Praise You"
Michael Gier was hired to be part of the "Torrance Community Dancers" and perform in the Fatboy Slim music video for the song "Praise You." The video went on to be a huge worldwide success. In the video below, Michael talks about the video, how they were all cast as professional actors and dancers to play the role of the "Torrance Community Dancers," the world phenomenon the video became, performing live at the MTV awards, and winning three of the four awards we were nominated for.
What most don't know is that the original song was written and performed by Camille Yarbrough, a black rights activists. Her lyrics "We've come a long long way together, through the hard times and the good. I have to celebrate you baby, I have to praise you like I should" were based on how far the black community had come in their fight against racism and she wanted to give them praise. Fatboy Slim took her song Take Yo' Praise and sampled it creating the worldwide success "Praise You."