In the first half of 2006, Fedde le Grand probably didn’t realise he was about to crack the big time. At that stage, he was a more or less unknown producer with just a handful of singles to his name, none of which had come anywhere close to charting.
His next release, a little track called Put Your Hands Up 4 Detroit, changed that. Ten years ago today, le Grand released the single that would usher in the dirty electro era and make him a global superstar (well, at least for a while).
Put Your Hands Up 4 Detroit was the sort of single that even those with absolutely zero interest in dance music could not escape. It topped the charts around Europe and in the UK, even climbing to a very respectable eighth position on Australia’s own ARIA Charts. Pete Tong called it the “biggest record of the summer,” it was dubbed Ibiza’s anthem of the season and fast became 2006’s most criminally-overplayed track.
“I never expected it to blow up like that” – Fedde le Grand
To the delight of teen boys around the world, the track also arrived at the peak of the era of shamelessly-racy video clips.
It’s a sign of the times that despite packing three minutes of nonstop T&A, Put Your Hands Up 4 Detroit ranked at just #18 in ITM’s list of dance music’s smuttiest video clips, behind classics like Destination Calabria and Benny Benassi’s Satisfaction. (Those playing along at home will spot Fedde in the video for all of two seconds – he’s the doctor in the lab coat and glasses.)
When inthemix caught up with le Grand a few years later, there were no regrets about the track. “It’s still a blessing for me, the royalties are great!” he joked. “But no, Put Your Hands Up was a very important tune in the whole path of my career. I never expected it to blow up like that and all of a sudden it was everywhere. It was a really big turning point for me, particularly when you’re talking about on a international level.”
And if you’re still arguing about those lyrics, let the official Fedde Le Grand website set the record straight – it’s “put your hands up for Detroit, our lovely city” not “I love this city”.
Katie Cunningham is the Editor of inthemix. She is on Twitter.