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For other uses, see Tin Man (disambiguation).

Tinman is the alias of British house music producer/remixer, Paul Dakeyne.[1] In 1994, his single "Eighteen Strings" also written as "18 Strings", became an international club hit. It is rumored that the original bootleg recording of "Eighteen Strings" contained a sample of the riff from "Smells Like Teen Spirit" by Nirvana, and that the usage of the sample was disallowed, therefore the guitar riff in "Eighteen Strings" was reproduced for commercial release.[2] However, the riff from the bootleg recording and the riff contained in the commercial release of "Eighteen Strings" were both produced by Dakeyne.[3] "Eighteen Strings" was the theme song to the Australian radio show, Martin/Molloy.

"Eighteen Strings" was a Top 10 hit in the UK Singles Chart.[1]


Year Single Chart peak positions
UK[4] AUS [5] NL [6]
1994 "Eighteen Strings" 9 16 21
1995 "Gudvibe" 49
1992 "I Got You (I Feel Good)" (James Brown vs Dakeyne)[7] 72


  1. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 561. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  2. ^ Nirvana tributes and covers
  3. ^ "Tinman ’18 Strings’ – The True Story | Paul Dakeyne". Pauldakeyne.com. Retrieved 2012-04-27. 
  4. ^ chartstats.com - UK charts statistics
  5. ^ australian-charts.com - Australian charts portal
  6. ^ dutchcharts.nl - Dutch charts portal
  7. ^ "ChartArchive - James Brown Vs Dakeyne". Chartstats.com. 2012-04-20. Retrieved 2012-04-27. 

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