U Don't Know Me (Armand Van Helden song)

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"U Don't Know Me"
Single by Armand Van Helden featuring Duane Harden
from the album 2 Future 4 U
B-side "Aliene"
"Rock da Spot"
Released 25 January 1999 (UK)
Format CD, 12"vinyl
Genre House, garage
Length 4:01
Label Armed Records
Writer(s) Duane Harden, Armand Van Helden
Producer(s) Armand Van Helden
Armand Van Helden singles chronology
"Ultrafunkula"
(1997)
"U Don't Know Me"
(1999)
"Flowerz"
(1999)
Music sample

"U Don't Know Me" is a song by American house music producer Armand Van Helden. It was released in January 1999 as the lead single from the album 2 Future 4 U. It features Duane Harden on vocals.

The song peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play, and reached number one in the UK singles Chart in February 1999, where it dethroned The Offspring's "Pretty Fly (For a White Guy)" off the top spot.[1] It scored Armand Van Helden his first chart-topper in the UK. "U Don't Know Me" peaked at number seven in France and Italy. The recording of this song went about in an unconventional way; the track was laid down, Van Helden went off and did his own thing, and left Harden to his own devices.[2] This song was soon sampled by DJ duo Doman & Gooding for their hit single "Runnin'".

Content[edit]

The strings featured in this song sampled the disco song "Dance With You", originally performed by Carrie Lucas. The drums are sampled from the 1992 classic house record "Plastic Dreams" by Jaydee. The full version of the track features an intro sampling dialogue from the Dial M for Monkey segment of the animated TV series Dexter's Laboratory. The specific episode was "Simion", whose voice actor (Maurice LaMarche) provided the spoken intro.

Charts[edit]

Chart (1999) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[3] 15
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[4] 13
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[5] 26
Canada Dance (RPM)[6] 1
France (SNEP)[7] 7
Germany (Media Control Charts)[8] 40
Ireland (IRMA) 11
Italy (FIMI)[9] 7
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[10] 11
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[11] 15
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[12] 18
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[13] 27
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[14] 16
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company) 1
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play[15] 2

Certification[edit]

Country Certification Sales/Shipments
Australia Gold[16] 35,000+
Preceded by
"Pretty Fly (for a White Guy)" by The Offspring
UK Singles Chart number-one single
January 31, 1999 - February 6, 1999
Succeeded by
"Maria" by Blondie

References[edit]

  1. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. pp. 629–30. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  2. ^ "Articles - Interview: Duane Harden". UKMIX. Retrieved 2012-10-18. 
  3. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Armand Van Helden feat. Duane Harden – You Don't Know Me". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  4. ^ "Ultratop.be – Armand Van Helden feat. Duane Harden – You Don't Know Me" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  5. ^ "Ultratop.be – Armand Van Helden feat. Duane Harden – You Don't Know Me" (in French). Ultratop 50.
  6. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. Retrieved 2014-04-01. 
  7. ^ "Lescharts.com – Armand Van Helden feat. Duane Harden – You Don't Know Me" (in French). Les classement single.
  8. ^ "Die ganze Musik im Internet: Charts, News, Neuerscheinungen, Tickets, Genres, Genresuche, Genrelexikon, Künstler-Suche, Musik-Suche, Track-Suche, Ticket-Suche – musicline.de" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  9. ^ "Hit Parade Italia - Indice per Interprete: V". Hit Parade Italia. Retrieved July 6, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Armand Van Helden feat. Duane Harden search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40.
  11. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Armand Van Helden feat. Duane Harden – You Don't Know Me". Top 40 Singles.
  12. ^ "Spanishcharts.com – Armand Van Helden feat. Duane Harden – You Don't Know Me" Canciones Top 50.
  13. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Armand Van Helden feat. Duane Harden – You Don't Know Me". Singles Top 60.
  14. ^ "Armand Van Helden feat. Duane Harden – You Don't Know Me – swisscharts.com". Swiss Singles Chart.
  15. ^ "Armand Van Helden - Chart history". Billboard. Retrieved 2014-04-01. 
  16. ^ "ARIA Charts - Accreditations - 1999 Singles". Aria.com.au. Retrieved 2012-10-18.