Pure Führermusik

Blair used Fatboy Slim’s “Praise You” as his walk-on song for the 1999 Labour Party conference. For some commentators, its lyric “I have to praise you like I should” represented Blair’s increasingly presidential style: a superstar theme for a superstar prime minister. The Independent’s Anne McElvoy was appalled. “It was pure führermusik,” she said.

Dom Phillips