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“The House That Heaven Built”

Japandroids | 2012

The penultimate song on the duo's sophomore album "Celebration Rock," well, rocks pretty hard. "It is, for lack of better word, the most massive thing that we've done," Brian King, Japandroids' guitarist, told Rolling Stone. "When we set out to record this record, we made a very conscious decision to not really change the formula…I think we all just felt really confident that if we went in and did basically the same thing that we did on "Post-Nothing" or on our singles, that we would inherently come out with something that was a lot bigger and better in every sort of way."

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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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