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“Blind”

Hercules & Love Affair | 2008

Before "Blind," Antony Hegarty was known for his evocative vibrato and somber, chamber-influenced work with his band Antony and the Johnsons. But lending his powerhouse vocals to DFA Records electro-disco project Hercules and Love Affair let him show off his less cerebral side. "I love that quote from Nina Simone, where she says, 'I sing to know that I am alive,'" he said. "Dance is the same -- you are kind of crying out with your body, jumping out, almost in for a mysterious feeling [that] you couldn't call one thing … Dancing and singing merges that feeling with creativity."

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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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