The Wideboys are an electronic dance duo from England with a U.K. garage style whose prolific production, remix, and DJ work was some of the most popular in the world after the turn of the century.
Founded in 1996 and based in Portsmouth, England, the duo is comprised of Jim Sullivan and Eddie Craig, who got their starts individually in the electronic dance scene prior to teaming up. Sullivan got his start in the production studio, whereas Craig got his start in a record store. Upon teaming up as the Wideboys, Sullivan and Craig made their production debut as a duo with "All I Wanna Do" in 1998 on Union Jack Records. "Stand and Deliver" followed in 1999 on Social Circles, and from this point onward, the duo released new productions with remarkable frequency. While most of their production releases were 12" singles, a pair of Pirate Selectas double-LP releases were issued on the label Garage Jams in 2005 and 2006, respectively. In spite of all their production work, the Wideboys rose to fame on account of their remix work. A remix of Once Waz Nice's "What Could I Do" in 1998 marked their debut as remixers; however, what made them famous was a pair of Artful Dodger remixes, "Re-Rewind" and "Woman Trouble," both of which featured Craig David and whose original versions were Top Ten hits on the U.K. singles chart in 2000. The Wideboys were subsequently commissioned to remix A-list pop acts like Rihanna, Girls Aloud, and Pussycat Dolls. Their workload increased significantly during the late 2000s, when they were commissioned to remix dozens of pop singles each year. In addition, the Wideboys partnered with Ministry of Sound to release numerous DJ-mix albums, the most popular of which was the Addicted to Bass series that commenced in 2009. ~ Jason Birchmeier, Rovi