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“So You Want to Be a Rock 'n' Roll Star”

The Byrds | 1967

A memorably quizzical electric twelve-string guitar riff and trumpet by jazz star Hugh Masekela fueled the Byrds' cynical take on instant manufactured teen idoldom on "So You Want to Be a Rock'n'Roll Star." Roger McGuinn and Chris Hillman wrote the song after leafing through a teen magazine and wondering at the sheer numbers of unfamiliar faces featured. "It wasn't really a bitter thing as much as just a chuckle at the business," stated Hillman in Johnny Rogan's Byrds biography. "I still maintain it was against the Monkees. I just thought the Monkees were the epitome of bad, of hideousness."

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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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