It’s Thursday afternoon, meaning it’s time to bring you yet another veritable musical smorgasbord from the year where we bade the 20th century farewell – this is The Story of Pop: 1999. And here comes the story of yet another huge hit from 1999…
Boston based DJ, remixer and producer Armand Van Helden was a name already familiar to UK clubbers the land over, having pioneered the ‘speed garage’ movement on remixes for CJ Bolland’s ‘Sugar Is Sweeter’ and more notably, in 1996, for Tori Amos on her ‘Professional Widow’, which topped the charts in January 1997.
Fast forward less than two years later, and Armand teamed up with little known soul vocalist Duane Harden for a track that had already taken off hugely at the previous year’s Miami Music Conference, an annual dance music event which tastemakers, DJs and producers flocked to to champion and find the next big floorfillers.
With an engaging lyric about frustration at the experience of prejudice and discrimination, and a sample of the string riff from McFadden and Whitehead’s ‘Ain’t No Stopping Us Now’, ‘You Don’t Know Me’ was one of the records immediately championed for great things.
And on this very day, 20 years ago, having been denied full credit for the Tori Amos remix, Armand Van Helden scored his first ever UK number one single. And of the many tunes we’re yet to meet from the dancefloors of 20 years ago in this series, it’s the one that’s held up the best.
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