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“Can't You Hear Me Knocking”

The Rolling Stones | 1971

Although the first third of "Can't You Hear Me Knocking" is an elemental blues-rocker built around some of the Rolling Stones' most insistently memorable basic guitar riffs, it changes to a Latin-flavored instrumental highlighting fluid Mick Taylor guitar and jazzy saxophone by Bobby Keys. The instrumental section was an unplanned jam that the band decided to keep as part of the song after listening to the playback. "That song had such a fantastic groove going, they just left the tape running for my solo at the end," enthused Mick Taylor in MOJO.

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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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