Artful Dodger (duo)

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Artful Dodger
OriginSouthampton, England
GenresUK garage
Years active
  • 1997– 2001 [Mark Hill, Pete Devereux]
  • 2001- present [MC Alistair, DJ Dave Low]
Associated acts
  • MC Alistair
  • DJ Dave Low
Past members

Artful Dodger are a UK garage duo, originally based in the city of Southampton, became famous for its 2-step hits, and gave Craig David's career a boost after he appeared on their 1999 number two hit, "Re-Rewind".

The band originally consisted of Mark Hill (born 22 December 1972 in Cwmbran, Wales) and Pete Devereux. What began as a handle for the release of underground bootleg recordings quickly blossomed into a musical project creating original material for mainstream release[1], and culminated in the release of It's All About the Stragglers. It was announced on July 12, 2001 that Pete Devereux was leaving Artful Dodger[2]. This came prior to the release of the single "TwentyFourSeven", featuring Melanie Blatt [different version to that which appears on It's All About The Stragglers], and Hill continued from then on to produce "TwentyFourSeven" by himself under the same moniker. Fatigued from a hectic tour schedule, and wanting to focus more on a behind-the-scenes music industry role as producer, Hill left the group, and Devereux returned, before leaving once again[1]. It was in the midst of all of this that the Artful Dodger name was sold by Mark Hill to Public Demand Records[3][4]. Under Public Demand Records, a new lineup emerged, including former featured artist, MC Alistair and new addition, DJ Dave Low, who toured the brand extensively and internationally over subsequent years as a DJ and MC duo; frequently being billed to appear alongside period genre peers including DJ Luck and MC Neat and So Solid Crew[5]. Many Artful Dodger tracks can be found on the UK garage compilation album series Pure Garage, mixed by DJ EZ.

The band is named after a character in the Charles Dickens novel Oliver Twist, because of the many bootlegs they made in the early days. They are referred to in The Streets' single, "Let's Push Things Forward".

In 2017, Mark Hill and Pete Devereux reestablished their creative partnership, reuniting as Original Dodger[6].



Studio albums[edit]

List of albums, with selected chart positions and certifications
Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
It's All About the Stragglers 18

DJ mix albums[edit]

  • Rewind The Sound of UK Garage (March 2000) (Mix CD) number one UK
  • Re-Rewind Back by Public Demand (August 2000) (Mix CD) number 6 UK
  • Rewind 2001 – Lessons from the Underground (July 2001) (Mix CD) number 12 UK


List of singles, with selected chart positions and certifications, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album

"The Revenge of Popeye" 1997 Non-album singles
(featuring Craig David)
"If You Love Me" 1998
"The Messenger"
"What Ya Gonna Do"
(featuring Craig David)
It's All About the Stragglers
(featuring Craig David)
1999 2 21 49 15 4 18 15 88
  • BPI: Platinum[8]
"Movin' Too Fast"
(featuring Romina Johnson)
2000 2 41 63 21 18 57 9
"Woman Trouble"
(featuring Robbie Craig and Craig David)
6 60 95 31 63 43 19 98
"Please Don't Turn Me On"
(featuring Lifford)
4 22 42 20 90
"Think About Me"
(featuring Michelle Escoffery)
2001 11 30
(featuring Melanie Blatt)
6 66 41 16
"It Ain't Enough"
(vs. Dreem Teem, featuring MZ May and MC Alistair)
20 72
(featuring General Levy and Roachie)
2002 Non-album singles
"Ruff Neck Sound"
(featuring Richie Dan and Sevi G)
(featuring Vula)
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.


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  2. ^ "Artful Dodger Call it a Day". BBC News. Retrieved 8 May 2019.
  3. ^ "Original Dodger". Audiation Magazine. Retrieved 8 May 2019.
  4. ^ "Artful At Ballyhoo and Interview with Mark Hill". The UpComing. Retrieved 13 May 2019.
  5. ^ "ArtfulDodgerMC". Twitter. Retrieved 8 May 2019.
  6. ^ "Artful Dodger Return as Original Dodger". Mixmag. Retrieved 8 May 2019.
  7. ^ "Artful Dodger". The Official Charts Company. Retrieved 20 May 2012.
  8. ^ a b c d e "BPI Certified Awards Search". British Phonographic Industry. Archived from the original (insert "Artful Dodger" into the "Search" box, and then select "Go") on 17 January 2010. Retrieved 5 May 2012.
  9. ^ "Artful Dodger Featuring Melanie Blatt". The Official Charts Company. Archived from the original on 27 April 2012. Retrieved 5 May 2012.
  10. ^ "Discography Artful Dodger". Hung Medien. Retrieved 5 May 2012.
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  12. ^ " Artful Dodger (Single)" (in German). Media Control Charts. Retrieved 5 May 2012.
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