Not Many

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"Not Many"
Scribe - Stand Up Not Many.jpg
Single by Scribe
from the album The Crusader
A-side "Stand Up"
Format CD single, 12"
Genre Hip-hop
Length 3:43 (original)
3:45 (remix)
Label Dirty Records, Festival Mushroom Records
Writer(s) Scribe, P-Money
Producer(s) P-Money
Scribe singles chronology
"Stand Up"/"Not Many"
"Not Many – The Remix!"/"Stand Up"
"Dreaming"/"So Nice"
Remix cover
Audio sample
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"Not Many" is a hip hop single by New Zealand rapper Scribe, taken from his debut album, The Crusader. It was released as a double A-side with "Stand Up".

Background and recording[edit]

"Not Many" was written by Scribe and P-Money. Chip Matthews performed bass and P-Money produced the track. It was recorded by Chris Macro and mixed by Chris Chetland and P-Money at Kog Transmissions.[1] According to P-Money, "Not Many" was recorded and mixed in less than six hours.[2]


A remix was released, titled "Not Many – The Remix!", featuring Savage and Con Psy. The remix went to number two on the New Zealand Singles Chart for two weeks, then slipped out of the chart.[3] It also appeared on the Australian Singles Chart for twenty-eight weeks, peaking at number twenty-one.[4] In Australia, the remix was certified gold.[5]


"Not Many" won the APRA Silver Scroll, an award for songwriting, at the 2004 ceremony. One of the judges said, "The winner was a stand-out, from the killer opening bars to the brattish bravado of the chorus."[6] At the 2004 New Zealand Music Awards, "Not Many - The Remix!" won the Songwriter of the Year award.[7]

The song entered the New Zealand Singles Chart at number five, later peaking at the top spot. It spent a total of twelve weeks at number one, and became the top single of 2003.[8][9] During its run at number one, The Crusader was released, and debuted at number one on the New Zealand Albums Chart. This was the first time in the charts' histories that a New Zealand artist simultaneously topped the singles and albums chart.[10][11] In its tenth charting week, it was certified platinum.[12] It has since been certified double platinum, and sold over 20,000 copies.[13]

In 2010, the list of the top 10 New Zealand singles of the 2000s (decade) was compiled. "Stand Up"/"Not Many" was the third best-selling single of the decade.[14]

Music video[edit]

No music video was shot for the original track, however one was made using the remix version of the song. The video was directed by Chris Graham.[15] Savage and Con Psy appeared in the video.

In August 2011, following the Christchurch earthquake, the video was remade with Scribe travelling around the central city red zone and featuring host of residents' faces, including Mayor Bob Parker.[16]

Track listings[edit]

Release history[edit]

Country Version Format Date Label
Australia[19][20] Remix CD single 26 April 2004 Festival Records

See also[edit]


  1. ^ The Crusader (CD liner). Scribe. Dirty Records. 2003. 
  2. ^ P-Money (10 June 2009). "Flashback – Making 'Not Many'". Retrieved 18 September 2010. 
  3. ^ "Scribe – Not Many – The Remix / Stand Up". Hung Medien. Retrieved 18 September 2010. 
  4. ^ "Scribe – Not Many – The Remix / Stand Up". Hung Medien. Retrieved 18 September 2010. 
  5. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2004 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. 2004. Retrieved 18 September 2010. 
  6. ^ Baillie, Russell (27 October 2004). "Scribe wins Apra Silver Scroll for 'Not Many'". The New Zealand Herald. APN News & Media. Retrieved 13 November 2013. 
  7. ^ "2004 Winners". New Zealand Music Awards. Retrieved 13 November 2013. 
  8. ^ "Scribe – Stand Up / Not Many". Hung Medien. Retrieved 18 September 2010. 
  9. ^ "Annual Top 50 Singles Chart 2003". Recording Industry Association of New Zealand. 2003. Retrieved 18 September 2010. 
  10. ^ "Scribe Hits Number 1!". nzgirl. 29 October 2003. Archived from the original on 18 September 2010. Retrieved 18 September 2010. 
  11. ^ Schmidt, Veronica (27 December 2003 – 2 January 2004). "Not many, if any". New Zealand Listener. 194 (3320). Retrieved 18 September 2010. 
  12. ^ "Top 50 singles (#1378)". Recording Industry Association of New Zealand. 5 October 2003. Retrieved 18 September 2010. 
  13. ^ "Scribe – Not Many (The Remix) 12" [All City]". 8 August 2005. Retrieved 18 September 2010. 
  14. ^ Meade, Gareth (10 May 2010). "NZ Idol Ben Lummis Takes Top Spot". MTV New Zealand. Archived from the original on 18 September 2010. Retrieved 18 September 2010. 
  15. ^ "Not Many (remix)". NZ On Screen. Retrieved 18 September 2010. 
  16. ^ "Quake inspires Scribe 'reinvigoration'". (Fairfax New Zealand). 8 September 2011. Archived from the original on 13 November 2013. 
  17. ^ "Scribe (2) – Stand Up / Not Many". Discogs. Retrieved 18 September 2010. 
  18. ^ "Not Many/Stand Up – 12" Vinyl". Amplifier. Retrieved 19 September 2010. 
  19. ^ a b "Scribe - Not Many CD Single". CD Universe. Retrieved 13 November 2013. 
  20. ^ a b "Not Many [Single, Import]". Retrieved 13 November 2013. 
  21. ^ "Not Many – The Remix! – 12" Vinyl". Amplifier. Retrieved 19 September 2010.