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"Maniac 2000" is a song produced by Simon Fitzpatrick and Tim Hannigan featuring vocals performed by Mark McCabe and Shelley Bukspan. It is a medley of Michael Sembello's 1983 song "Maniac" and a rap written mainly by Dublin's Al Gibbs and Mark McCabe, over the largely instrumental Sound Crowd club version of Irish rave act 4-Rhythm's cover of "Maniac", dating back to 1995, which was an Irish top 30 hit for Red Records.

"Maniac 2000"
Single by Mark McCabe
Released11 February 2000 (2000-02-11)[1]
RecordedNovember 1999[1]
StudioClontarf Cricket Club[2]
LabelAbbey Discs
Songwriter(s)Al Gibbs, Mark McCabe, Michael Sembello, Dennis Matkosky[3]
Producer(s)Simon Fitzpatrick, Tim Hannigan [4]
Mark McCabe singles chronology
"Maniac 2000"
"Love is in the Air 2001"

The song was released in Ireland in February 2000 and reached number one on the Irish Singles Chart, staying at that position for ten weeks, from 4 March to 6 May. It was Ireland's best-selling single of 2000 and is the fifth best-selling single in the history of the chart. "Maniac 2000" has achieved cult status in Ireland.[5] The song won best single at the national Meteor Music Awards in 2001.[2] Despite the success the song experienced, it was not a hit in other countries, stalling at number 137 on the UK Singles Chart in late March. In 2015, on the 15th anniversary of its release, Maniac 2000 re-entered the Irish Singles Chart at number 12.


McCabe was a DJ working at Dublin pirate radio station Pulse FM. As part of his sets, he would rap over the instrumental Sound Crowd club version of Irish rave act 4-Rhythm's cover of "Maniac", which led to demands that he record his version. McCabe was told by a local record shop owner that customers would come in each day requesting a copy of the song. McCabe recorded the song in the Clontarf Cricket Club in front of a live audience.[2]



  1. 'Oggie, Oggie, Oggie! Oi, Oi, Oi!' Maniac 2000 was released 20 years ago this week...
  2. ""It was the total underdog": The real story behind Maniac 2000". Archived from the original on 28 October 2020. Retrieved 16 March 2021.
  3. Warner Chappell Music
  4. Triumph of the Underdog
  5. Byrne, Brian (6 March 2015). "'Maniac 2000' rockets to Number One 15 years on". Retrieved 9 March 2015.
  6. "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Maniac 2000". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved 7 December 2018.
  7. "Top 10 Dance Singles, Week Ending 17 February 2000". GfK Chart-Track. Archived from the original on 16 July 2019. Retrieved 19 May 2019.
  8. "Chart Log UK: M - My Vitriol".
  9. "Top 100 of 2000". Raidió Teilifís Éireann. Archived from the original on 2 June 2004. Retrieved 16 March 2022.
  10. "Top 20 of All Time". Irish Recorded Music Association. Archived from the original on 22 March 2019. Retrieved 8 July 2019.

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