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“Lola”

The Kinks | 1970

The forceful opening guitar chords and rousing "Lo-lo-lo-lo Lola" chorus gave the Kinks a Top 10 hit, but even in 1970 listeners could figure out that the "Lola" who so transfixed singer-songwriter Ray Davies was a transvestite. A passing reference to Coca-Cola in the lyrics would have prohibited the song from gaining BBC airplay, forcing Davies to fly to London in the middle of a U.S. tour to rerecord the phrase in a new version as "cherry cola." "The song is actually meant to show that things aren't always what they seem," Davies owned up.

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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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