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Watch Paul McCartney's New Video "Dance Tonight," Starring Natalie Portman

May 23, 2007 12:48 PM ET

The most obviously interesting thing about the Michel Gondry-directed video for Paul McCartney's new single "Dance Tonight" is that it stars A-list sprite Natalie Portman as a gleeful, mischievous phantom delivered to Sir Paul's country house in a box containing a mandolin. Portman's mercurial I'm-there-but-also-not quality makes a song that at first seems to be a relatively simple ode to joy ("everybody's gonna dance tonight, everybody's gonna feel alright tonight") seem darker and more desperate, like it's about wanting to join a party one can't quite get to. Check it out. It's weird. In a good way.

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Song Stories

“Whoomp! (There It Is)”

Tag Team | 1993

Cecil Glenn — a.k.a., "D.C." — was a cook at Magic City, a nude dance club in Atlanta, when he first heard women shout "Whoomp — there it is!" Inspired by the party chant, he and partner Steve "Roll'n" Gibson wrote a song around it. Undaunted by label rejections, they borrowed $2,500 from Glenn's parents and pressed 800 singles, which quickly sold out in the Atlanta area. A record deal came soon after. Glenn said the song was meant for positive partying. "If you're going to say 'Whoomp there it is,' and you're doing something negative, we'd rather it not have come out of your mouth."

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