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“The Last in Line”

Dio | 1984

On the surface, Dio's 1984 tune, "The Last in Line," fits in well with the swords and sorcery images that accompanied most of his compositions (featuring such familiar-in-the-Dio-universe words as "fire," "magic," "evil," etc.). But according to Dio's long-time friend, Eddie Trunk, in the book Eddie Trunk's Essential Hard Rock and Heavy Metal, the song's inspiration came from an unlikely source. "Ronnie was a huge sports fan and often wrote some of his most loved songs while watching sports on TV. He told me it was a way for him to find inspiration. Songs like 'The Last in Line' and 'We Rock' were composed while he was watching his beloved New York Yankees or New York Giants on TV." The song was recorded at the Caribou Ranch in Colorado, which would cease operation in 1985, after a fire.

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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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