The year 2000 – a year that produced hit songs across the genres that came together to compile the soundtracks to our childhoods and adolescent years.
In particular, it was a great year for the UK Music scene. Craig David was topping the charts with hits like ‘7 Day’s and ‘Fill Me In,’ DJ Luck & MC Neat collaborated on the now classic ‘With a Little Bit of Luck,’ and Martine McCutcheon a.k.a Tiff from Eastenders, released a cheesy pop song called ‘I’m Over You’ (which surprisingly enough reached number 2 on the UK singles chart).
There are a plethora of songs that this blog’s first #TBT could pay homage to, and out of that vast selection, this week’s article is dedicated to the UK garage classic ‘Little Man’.
It’s hard to believe that people across the country have been sweating profusely whilst skanking to this gem for nearly two decades already. In fact, if you go to any club in the country and this song isn’t part of the DJ’s Garage set, locate the nearest exit and walk through it without looking back. They don’t deserve you.
However, what many of you hard-core Garage heads might not know, is that ‘Little Man’ was originally a jazz song by Australian singer Sia. Yes. The same Sia that released the hit ‘Chandelier’ in 2014.
The original song was released in the year 2000 and then featured on Sia’s album ‘Healing is Difficult’ the following year.
UK Garage producer Wookie a.k.a Exemen, took the song, remixed it, and turned it into the garage classic that has been responsible for many asthma attacks on dance floors for the past 18 years.
Wookie’s remix of the song debuted and peaked at number 82 in the UK singles charts in 2000, which was an amazing fete for a genre of music that was still an underdog at the time.
Wookie, we salute you.
And just in case you were wondering. Sia’s original version of ‘Little Man’ was a banger too.