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“Written in Reverse”

Spoon | 2010

When Spoon's frontman Britt Daniel was penning "Written in Reverse," he had a bad feeling. "The idea behind it was to write a kiss-off letter before I fell in love and got jerked around," he said. "Because I could see in the early stages of a would-be romance that that was exactly what would have happened." The song was the first single off their seventh album, Transference, which is the first to be recorded (in part) at Daniel's Portland, Oregon, home.

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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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