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Friday, June 20, 2008

'90s Hip-Hop Jam of the Week: Tag Team, "Whoomp! There It Is"

Posted By on Fri, Jun 20, 2008 at 11:10 AM

Girl Talk uses Tag Team's "Whoomp! There It Is" to great effect on his new CD, Feed the Animals, and so it inspired this week's '90s hip-hop jam of the week. Tag Team was the Miamo duo of DC The Brain Supreme and Steve Roll'n, and this song hit No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart in 1993.

Fun facts:

1. Bellmark Records released a Tag Team greatest-hits CD in 2000.

2. No, it didn't contain twelve remixes of this song.

3. Only three versions of "Whoomp!" appeared -- but weirdly enough, the original version was not included. (I'm guessing it involved the label being unable to obtain rights to the original.)

4. There was a "2000 remix," a "House Mix" and my personal favorite, the Spanish Mix.

5. The Spanish version of "Whoomp! There It Is" translates into "Whoomp! (Si Lo Es)."

6. Keeping track of the remakes/re-dos of this song is almost impossible; the list here, however, is rather exhaustive.

7. One of the best Beavis and Butt-head video commentaries ever involves this song. Instead of saying "Whoomp! There it is!" the boys sing/snicker: "Whoomp! There's my butt! Whoomp! There's my butt!"

8. Pretty much the best/worst version of the song -- with video! -- is after the jump.

All together now: "Whoomp! Addams Family, there it is!"

-- Annie Zaleski


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