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For other uses, see Tin Man (disambiguation).
Birth name Paul Dakeyne
Born (1963-01-30) 30 January 1963 (age 53)
United Kingdom
  • Record producer
  • DJ

Paul Dakeyne (born 30 January 1963), known by his stage name Tinman, is a British house music producer/remixer.[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] The song was a Top 10 hit in the UK Singles Chart.[1]


Year Single Chart peak positions
1992 "I Got You (I Feel Good)" (James Brown vs Dakeyne)[7] 72
1993 "Eighteen Strings" 9 16 21
1995 "Gudvibe" 49


  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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