Downloads Back Jams TAG TEAM - WHOOMP! THERE IT IS
Tuesday, 02 March 2010 05:00

1993 , RAP

Back in the day this song neved the HELL out of me. Now I'm not gonna front and say I didn't bump it in my car but when this came out I worked at a record store (yes, a store that sold records) and there was a ton of confusion daily. At the time Whoomp! was out there was also a song called Whoot There it Is from a group called 95 South. Now imagine some lady going "I want to get that whooo song for my...." and the puzzled look on my face. Now imagine that ten times a day and you can understand my frustration.

Not that anybody ever really knew the name of the song that they wanted, we often played Name That Tune. I remember this one 70 year old came in and said "I want that shoop song" she cursed my manger out when she suggested that she meant Whitney Houston's Shoop, Shoop (I guess she had a Whithney issue, before Whitney had an issue). Turns out grandma want Salt-N-Pepa's Shoop, go figure.

Back to Tag Team, Whoot! sampled a beginning synthesizer line from the 1980 Italo-Disco hit, "I'm Ready" by Kano. The hit song spent one week at #1 on the US R&B chart in 1993. It spent seven weeks at number two on the Billboard Hot 100, but was kept out of the top slot by UB40's Can't Help Falling in Love and Mariah Carey's Dreamlover. The single is certifed 4X Platinum in the US for sales of over 4,000,000 copies and, despite never reaching number one on the pop chart, was the top song of 1993.

Whoomp! (There It Is) was rated #97 in VH1's 100 Greatest One-Hit Wonders. The song listed at #58 on Billboard's Greatest Songs of all time. The best thing Tag Team ever did was make the Whoomp! maxi-single, the album is all filler and wack shit. I hope Tag Team got out when the getting was good, I can't imagine royalties from there song played during a basketball game is keeping them in the money. Then again they make more in royalties than I get for the song I wrote in '93. Enjoy!

Tuesday Back Jam
1. Whoomp! (There It Is) 2. Funkey 3. Kick da Flow 4. Get Nasty 5. Bring It On 6. Wreck da Set 7. Gettin' Phat 8. Just Call Me DC 9. Bobyahead! 10. Drop 'Em 11. It's Somethin' 12. U Go Girl 13. Free Style


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