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“Satch Boogie”

Joe Satriani | 1987

While impressive how fast they could blast off a flurry of fast notes on their fretboard, the Eighties "shred movement" usually overlooked one tiny tidbit - the importance of songwriting. That's where Joe Satriani came in - utilizing single notes to play melodies that could have been supplied by a voice, or in the case of "Satch Boogie," blowing the roof off with some good old-fashioned blues-rock. As Satriani recounted to Guitar Player Magazine in 2007, "I started taking a ZZ Top/Van Halen-style-boogie, and injecting this warped two-handed tapping thing in the middle. But the devil on my shoulder urged me to do more, so I used pitch axis theory again. As a result, notes that make up the two-handed arpeggios in that section create some very odd tonalities that you wouldn't hear on a ZZ Top album." Before his solo career, Satch worked with Crowded House and Greg Kihn.

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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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