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“Living After Midnight”

Judas Priest | 1980

Many would consider getting awoken in the middle of the night by loud heavy-metal guitar a nuisance. But for Rob Halford, it served as inspiration for Judas Priest's anthem "Living After Midnight," which the band was recording at Ringo Starr's mansion, previously owned by John Lennon. "The house was full of Lennon, as far as the white room he'd made 'Imagine,' Halford told Rolling Stone. "That's the room where Glenn [Tipton] woke me up, because my bedroom was above that room, and Glenn was clanging out the chords to 'Living After Midnight' at 4 o'clock in the morning. He woke me up, I came downstairs, and said, 'Glenn, it seems like you're living after midnight down here.' And he said, 'That's a great title for this song!'"

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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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