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“The Gaudy Side of Town”

Gayngs | 2010

Bon Iver's Justin Vernon makes a crooning cameo on this slinky, Eighties-inspired soft-rock number by the two dozen or so musicians who embody this somewhat tongue-in-cheek supergroup-of-sorts. According to lyricist Zach Coulter, "Gaudy Side of Town" is about "trying to keep a straight face during particularly emotional times." That musi inude times like the one when Prince showed up and almost took the stage at the band's prom-themed album release show.

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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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