Armand Van Helden, "U Don’t Know Me"
Duane Harden [who sang on the song] is a guy I knew from Boston. He would dance like crazy, and when he really loved a song, he would just start yelling. And he had a great voice, so I got him in the studio and told him to write lyrics about anything except love. When I record vocals, I leave someone alone in the studio and let them be, and I go back later and put their part on the track, kind of like a puzzle. So I came back and this is what he had done – it was his first song ever. I was really into the Bad Boy producers at the time, they way they would loop somewhat obvious samples like Duran Duran, so I saw this record as half Bad Boy and half, like, Stardust.
You can probably divide my career up into two eras: From 1991 to 1998, I was, you know, possessed. Then "U Don’t Know Me" became my second Number One hit, and I was young and at top, and I wanted to make sure I could take it in a little. So 1998-on is my lazy phase.