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“One (Blake's Got a New Face)”

Vampire Weekend | 2008

Whenever a song is named after a person, listeners and critics alike want to know if it was based on somebody specific. Who was this supposed Blake with a brand new face? “Well, I had the melody long before the lyrics,” Ezra Koenig, Vampire Weekend’s lead singer, explained. “And we had all sorts of stupid stuff that we were considering. And then I met this friend of my girlfriend’s named Blake, someone she went to high school with, and it kind of just popped into my head after meeting him. So there is an actual person named Blake.”

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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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