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“Freak Out”

Liars | 2007

According to Liars multi-instrumentalist Aaron Hemphill, the song "Freak Out" almost didn't make it onto 2007's Liars, the band's fourth album. "I almost didn't put it on the CD I sent to Angus [Andrews],” he said. “We don't know what fits for Liars or what will make a good record." The fuzzy, distorted guitar-infused track ultimately did make the cut, though, and Hemphill has no regrets. “I think that's the greatest thing, too--you never know what you're going to get when you're creative.”

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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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