George: I suppose thinking back, I remember the remixes for Diana Ross was quite difficult because I didn't think it was Diana Ross's best song and we were trying to do our thing. We also did Madonna's Vogue but we didn't actually have the proper parts so we had to sort of take that from what was released.
RS: Thinking our of all 275 of you remixes, does one stand out as one that you're really proud of?
George: It's not easy to answer that question. To tell you, the last few things I've done, obviously and I suppose when we first did Britney's "Baby One More Time." It was such a great pop song, so simple, and we did it really quickly. We did it probably six months before it even hit the market over here and a friend of mine we'd just reinvented the wheel by that remix.
Steven: Oh God, this is quite a tricky one to answer. I mean over the years it kind of changes, but I keep going back to this Jerry Springer track. It gives me goose bumps when we play it because of the the nature of the track with the overture at the beginning and the complexity. Doing Madonna's "Vogue" was quite a highlight because I'm such a huge fan of hers and respect her so much musically and professionally. That came about after we did Aretha Franklin's "Who's Zooming Who", for DMC Organizations and it was received so well becoming one of their biggest selling twelve inches. We got a call from DMC and they said they wanted us to do something that's even bigger, a huge star like Whitney or Michael Jackson. We asked for Madonna, and they said look, in all the years, people have asked to do Madonna and the label always says no. We heard that Madonna had to approve it and she gave permission, so for the first time in the history of DMC she'd actually given permission. The funny thing was they contacted Shep Pettibone, the original producer, and he could not find the parts, which just seemed crazy to me. We went round to a friend of ours who had the Maxi CD which had extended mixes used little bits to like 'Greta Garbo and Monroe, Deitrich and DiMaggio'. I hear for her current tour, she's changed it to "Aguilera and Minogue, Britney Spears and .." From a personal point of view, it was quite a challenge to do because we didn't have the original parts, but I was really happy and honored to do that. We were asked in an interview a year or so later what would we want written on our epitaph for the gravestone? And I said 'he remixed Madonna.'
George: One in the last year that stands out for me and is still working so well on the floor, was our remix of Christina Aguilera's "Can't Hold Us Down. " That's the top three or four we've done in the last year, because it was fantastic. It's a difficult question because we have a lot of favorites. Another one is our remix of Mary J Blige's "Family Affair." When people know the Sharp Boys are playing we get requests for that one.
RS: As you can probably guess, I am a huge fan and probably my favorite remix is M People's "One Night In Heaven."
George: That's actually one of my favorite songs. The original was so fierce, but when you're tampering with something so good as that you've got to do it right. I was passionate about the song because it was a little bit of an emotional song for me and I was just in a little period of it at the time. One Night In Heaven is one of my favorite songs and I thought I've just got to get this right, I cannot fuck this up at all because it just means to much to me. It's still one of my favorite songs but I don't play it too often because it brings back memories that I don't want to relive, but I do love this song so much and I'm glad we pumped it up a little bit
RS: Going back to Mary J. Blige, is there any truth to the rumor that you guys also remix under the name Spanish Fly?
Steven: No, not at all, that's the first time I've heard that.
George: Never heard of them actually.
RS: Also on Mary J Blige, you've worked on lots of big names, Mary J Blige, Christina, Madonna, Britney, is there anyone out there you'd like to remix but haven't?
Steven: It's funny actually, from a personal point of view, I'm a huge Pet Shop Boys fan, so probably them. It's weird in a way because they've actually become friends of ours over the years and there was a time when we were going to be remixing "You Only Say You Love Me When You're Drunk" but unfortunately their ex-manager and our ex-manager had a bit of a bidding war on our price. We've always admired them and they'd become friends in a way. We've DJed for them at their end of tour parties and we hang out together when we see each other in a club. They're my all-time favorite band ever and their music was very important for me through my teenage years. They're just a really important part of my life, the most important records in my collection are my Pet Shop Boys records. They've got to know because they met me when I was seventeen.