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“Addicted to Drugs”

Kaiser Chiefs | 2008

“Addicted to Drugs” is the Kaiser Chiefs' take on Robert Palmer’s Eighties hit “Addicted to Love,” minus his sexy backing "musicians." But this cheeky take on the pop classic was actually the second version of the song, as the first try didn’t sit well with the band. “The combination of the title, the sentiment and the downbeat-ness made it sound judgmental,” bassist Simon Rix said about the original version. The band then recorded the more upbeat take, which incorporated lots of percussion, including producer Mark Ronson on the agogo bell.

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“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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