On this day in 1999, US dance music producer Armand Van Helden’s track ‘You Don’t Know Me’, released via FFRR, peaked at number one in the UK singles chart. The lead track from his third studio album, 2 Future 4 U, featured vocals by German-American singer Duane Harden and became a cult-classic house music hit.
Armand van Helden‘s 1999 single “You Don’t Know Me” (originally titled “U Don’t Know Me”) is still as renowned today as it was when it was originally released. The anthemic track was accompanied by vocals from singer Duane Harden who also sang on Van Helden’s track ‘What You Need’.
‘You Don’t Know Me’ debuted on January 25, 1999, as the lead single from his third studio album, 2 Future 4 U. The track’s iconic string hook is sampled from Carrie Lucas’s 1979 hit ‘Dance With You’, while the drums are sampled from rave classic ‘Plastic Dreams’ by Jaydee.
“I wrote and recorded the vocal in one night and it was after a rather exhausting day at work. So in my opinion I thought my vocal performance was awful. However, Armand van Helden thought the vocal in its raw form with all its imperfections added character to the track. I learned from him that perfection does not necessarily equate to quality and that going with gut feelings and first impressions are normally the best ingredient for success.” – Duane Harden.