Salt-N-Pepa: Our Life in 15 Songs

The hip-hop pioneers tell the stories behind "Push It," "Shoop," Whatta Man" and more

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"Twist and Shout" (1989)

Salt: [buzzer noise]

Pepa: [Laughs] I'm going, "Here we go again." I'm like, "Hurby? 'Twist and Shout?' C'mon, dude. Really? C'mon. We ain't got no business singing that song."

Salt: First of all, the Beatles, like, c'mon. How do you even touch that? … And then it was hard on my voice, 'cause I'm not a singer, it was really, really hard to perform in the studio. It just felt like we were reaching. … I love the way that video came out. It was so cute. But I didn't think it was a powerful or appropriate career move for Salt-N-Pepa at that time.

Pepa: I don't think it ever did great. Or I don't even know if it was good in America, because everybody else probably felt the same thing we were feeling. But, dammit, overseas they loved that song. They loved that song!

Salt: We never performed it in the states, but every time we went to Europe, of course we performed it. It got a warm welcome. It kind of got by by the skin of its teeth in Europe. And I remember reading an article, a review where somebody said John Lennon is turning over in his grave because of "Twist and Shout," and it kind of solidified what I thought about it.

Pepa: We stopped doing it. We stopped. I don't care. Nope, nope. Dock us. Go get some money back. We're not doing it.

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