Re-Rewind

Album: Born To Do It (1999)
Charted: 2

Songfacts®:

  • Craig David & Artful Dodger's "Re-Rewind," released in November of 1999, was David's first taste of chart success, reaching #2 on the UK Singles Chart. It was one of the first and last UK garage singles to reach platinum status (alongside Skanks & Bigfoot's "Sweet Like Chocolate") and marked garage's integration into mainstream pop culture.
  • The track was originally recorded for Artful Dodger's album It's All About the Stragglers (which also features Craig David on tracks "What You Gonna Do?" and "Woman Trouble"), and re-recorded for David's own debut album, Born To Do It. The re-recording is instead entitled "Rewind," and is credited to Craig David only.
  • "Rewind" is a reference to a DJing technique of backspinning the record (literally rewinding to the beginning), usually when the track is especially popular. "Selecta" is a reference to the DJ himself: the record selector.
  • "Re-Rewind," and its lyrics "when the crowd say bo selecta," were the inspiration for Leigh Francis' Channel 4 comedy series Bo' Selecta!
  • "Re-Rewind" had to be almost completely remade from scratch when the session's computer file became corrupted (this happened a lot in 1999). They started over using a cassette they'd bounced it to as a reference.
  • Both Craig David and the producer, Mark Hill, hail from Southampton and first met when David wrote a "kick racism out of football" song for Southampton FC.
  • Craig David's vocals on this one are heavily sampled in Preditah's tech house track, "Selecta."
  • Oli Sykes and the rest of metal band, Bring Me The Horizon, sang this song at his wedding in July 2015. A video was uploaded eight months later, to which Craig David tweeted: "Smashed it out of the park!"

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