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“Lights”

Interpol | 2010

Interpol lead singer and songwriter Paul Banks doesn’t know where the idea for this nebulous and slow-building "Lights" came from. “It just came out,” Banks said. “There’s many times I’m trying to get better at doing this but really unconscious composition, like your subconscious. You can get away with that kind of thing when you’re doing music — you can’t get away with that in other medium. Where there’s melody involved, ideas could just come and you can do them because you know in that moment that it’s the right thing. So, that was one of those.”

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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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