King of My Castle

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"King of My Castle"
Wamdue Project King of My Castle.jpg
Single by Wamdue Project
from the album Program Yourself
Released24 May 1997 (1997-05-24)
Format
GenreHouse[1]
Length3:40 (Original Radio Edit)
LabelStrictly Rhythm
Songwriter(s)Chris Brann
Producer(s)Chris Brann
Wamdue Project singles chronology
"The Deep EP"
(1998)
"King of My Castle"
(1997)
"Program Yourself"
(1999)

"King of My Castle" is a song by American electronic music producer Chris Brann under his Wamdue Project alias, with vocals by Gaelle Adisson. It was originally released in 1997 as a downtempo song, but became a worldwide club hit in 1999 when it was remixed by house producer Roy Malone and featured on the 1998 album Program Yourself. The song peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs. Outside the United States, the song topped the charts in the United Kingdom, peaked within the top ten of the charts in Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Iceland, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, the Republic of Ireland and Switzerland and the top twenty of the charts in Canada and Switzerland.

The song's title and lyrics reference Sigmund Freud's theory of the unconscious which holds that the human ego is not free and is instead controlled by its own unconscious Id (see Id, ego and super-ego); in Freud's own words, "das Ich ist nicht Herr im eigenen Hause" ("the ego is not king of its own castle"). Hence, one of the song's two music videos consists of footage from the 1995 anime film Ghost in the Shell, where people with cyborg implants have their actions controlled against their will by a hacker criminal known in the film as "puppetmaster."

"King of My Castle" was re-released in 2009 but was available on YouTube from November 2008 and includes new remixes by Rowald Steyn, Mischa Daniels and Armin van Buuren.

Track listing[edit]

CD single
  1. "King Of My Castle" (Roy Malone's King Radio Edit) – 3:40
  2. "King Of My Castle" (S'man's Comin'4 Ya Castle Radio Edit) – 3:11
Maxi CD
  1. "King Of My Castle" (Roy Malone's King Radio Edit) – 3:40
  2. "King Of My Castle" (S'man's Comin'4 Ya Castle Radio Edit) – 3:11
  3. "King Of My Castle" (Original Radio Edit) – 3:40
  4. "King Of My Castle" (Roy Malone's King Mix) – 4:56
  5. "King Of My Castle" (S'man's Comin'4 Ya Castle) – 7:58
  6. "King Of My Castle" (Beef Injection Mix) – 7:31
  7. "King Of My Castle" (Charles Shilling Toboggan Mix) – 6:34

Charts and certifications[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart (1999–2000) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[2] 26
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[3] 5
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[4] 5
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[5] 3
Belgium Dance (Ultratop)[6] 3
Canada (Nielsen SoundScan)[7] 17
Denmark (Tracklisten)[8] 3
Europe (Eurochart Hot 100)[9] 9
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[10] 15
France (SNEP)[11] 6
Germany (Official German Charts)[12] 3
Greece (IFPI)[13] 5
Iceland (Íslenski Listinn Topp 40)[14] 5
Ireland (IRMA)[15] 5
Italy (FIMI)[16] 8
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[17] 2
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[18] 2
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[19] 21
Norway (VG-lista)[20] 2
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[21] 1
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[22] 31
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[23] 7
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[24] 1
UK Dance (Official Charts Company)[25] 1
US Dance Club Songs (Billboard)[26] 1

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1999) Position
Germany (Official German Charts)[27] 10

2009 version[edit]

Chart (2009) Peak
position
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[28] 10
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[29] 15
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[30] 14
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[31] 37

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Belgium (BEA)[32] Platinum 50,000*
Netherlands (NVPI)[33] Gold 50,000^
Norway (IFPI Norway)[34] Gold 5,000*
United Kingdom (BPI)[35] Gold 400,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

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References[edit]

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