Peak UK Chart Position: #9 in August 2000.
Christophe Le Friant is the Frenchman behind the alias Bob Sinclar, who has scored three UK top ten hits but was perhaps denied a fourth – and indeed possibly a number one – by Jane Fonda.
“Gym Tonic” was the track in question, originally from Sinclar’s first album “Yellow” and co-produced with Thomas Bangalter (of Stardust and Daft Punk fame). It contained a sample from “Arms”, a workout recording by Fonda, who refused clearance on the sample when it came to a single release. Instead, the track was remade by British production duo Spacedust as “Gym and Tonic”, giving them what became the lowest selling number one single of 1998.
Sinclar’s biggest hit, therefore, stands as “Rock This Party”, a number three hit from 2006. Three months earlier, “World Hold On” had matched the peak position of this track as a number nine hit. Both “Love Generation” and “Sound Of Freedom” also made the top twenty – the former surprisingly not as big here as other countries; it made number one in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Germany, and on the American dance chart.
Tonight, you can catch him at the “Paris By Night” event at Pacha, Ibiza – indeed, any Saturday up until October 8th.
Joining Sinclar on the Saturday night bill this summer are a whole host of names synonymous with quality house sounds, including Todd Terry, Danny Howard, Kenny Dope,David Morales, Arman van Helden, Basement Jaxx, Roger Sanchez, Louie Vega and Felix da Housecat, among many more.
Now you know. Here’s the video to “I Feel For You”, which debuted at number nine on this day in 2000, and you can check out his website here if you so desire.