Whoomp! (There It Is)

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Not to be confused with Whoot, There It Is.
"Whoomp! (There It Is)"
Single by Tag Team
from the album Whoomp! (There It Is)
Released May 7, 1993[citation needed]
Format 12-inch single
Recorded 1993
Genre Miami bass
Length 3:56
Label Life Records
Writer(s) Stephen Gibson and Cecil Glenn (Tag Team)
Producer(s) Tag Team
Certification 4× platinum
Tag Team singles chronology
"Whoomp! (There It Is)"
(1993)
"U Go Girl"
(1995)

"Whoomp! (There It Is)" is a number two Billboard Hot 100 single by the Miami bass group Tag Team.[1] The song reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts in 1993. The song's critical reception has been mixed, appearing on both best and worst of all time lists. It is frequently parodied and has also become a staple of sporting events. Tag Team tried to prolong the success of "Whoomp! (There It Is)" with Addams Family and Disney versions, but none of those cracked the Top 40 and the group is considered a one-hit wonder.

Sampling[edit]

The song sampled a beginning synthesizer line from the 1980 Italo-disco hit "I'm Ready" by Kano. The chorus is almost the same as the song "Whoot, There It Is" released by fellow Miami-based 95 South a month earlier, but the verse lyrics are much different. Both songs charted on the Billboard chart at the same time, but "Whoot, There It Is" peaked at #11 and "Whoomp! (There It Is) peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Charts[edit]

The hit song spent one week at #1 on the US R&B chart in 1993. It spent seven weeks at #2 in September through October, 1993[2] 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 certified 4× Platinum in the US for sales of over 4,000,000 copies and, despite never reaching number one on the pop chart, was the second top song of 1993, behind Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You".

Weekly[edit]

Chart (1993-1994) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[3] 19
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[4] 28
Germany (Media Control Charts)[5] 15
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[6] 6
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[7] 10
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[8] 27
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[9] 40
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[10] 34

End of year charts[edit]

End of year chart (1993) Position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[11] 2
End of year chart (1994) Position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[12] 42

End of decade charts[edit]

Chart (1990–1999) Position abc
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[13] 44

Critical reception[edit]

"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".[14] On September 11, 2010 Matthew Wilkening of AOL Radio ranked the song at #65 on the list of the 100 Worst Songs Ever, stating from their "1993 journal": "It's clear this is just the start for Tag Team. Also, handheld computing is here!"[15]

Video[edit]

The video for the song features a large outdoor party. It was filmed at an Atlanta fairground. Extras were recruited by word-of-mouth and also by an announcement on a local radio station. More than a thousand extras showed up for the shoot.[16]

Obama[edit]

In 2010, the song became the subject of media scrutiny when Gawker posted an item asking whether President Barack Obama appears as an extra in the song's video.[17] A similarity was noted between Obama, who was 31 and working as an attorney in Chicago at the time the video was shot, and an Atlanta-hired extra who appears at the 1:01 mark in the clip.[18] However, no one involved in the making of the video was able to remember the extra's name.[16] The Gawker writer came to the conclusion that it was not Obama. Politifact rated the claim that Obama was in the video as "Pants on Fire".[16]

Alternate, cover and remix versions[edit]

Cultural references[edit]

"Whoomp! (There It Is)" was commonly used at sporting events, particularly basketball. When Steve Yzerman of the Detroit Red Wings goal beat the St. Louis Blues in the 1996 Western Conference Semifinals, the song was played with fans yelling out the "WHOOMP!" part. The song would later be included on 1995's Jock Jams, Volume 1.

In an episode of Sister, Sister, several acts perform the song for the talent contest. In the Daria episode One J at a Time, Jake Morgendorffer, Tom Sloane and Jeffy sing along to the song while driving. In the South Park episode Broadway Bro Down, it can be heard after Randy Marsh's bro down with Stephen Sondheim.

The song has been featured in many facets of popular culture since its release. A commercial for chocolate potato chip brand Swoops ran commercials parodying the song, changing the lyric to "Swoops! There it is". A 2011 commercial for Luvs diapers features animated infants dancing to "Poop! There it is".[20] Additionally, a 2011 AT&T commercial for the iPhone 4 features two men on a phone call debating the year of the song's release; this article's infobox is shown on the phone's screen toward the end of the commercial.[21] And it was also referenced on the NBC show Parks and Recreation in the episode "The Master Plan", as the song Ben played at his swearing in when he was elected mayor when he was 18, it is also the name in the episode 1 in 8000 (season 6) of the pregnancy test Leslie is using. It was also in the movie Beverly Hills Chihuahua and Rio.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Billboard - Google Books. Books.google.com. 1995-09-04. Retrieved 2011-03-29. 
  2. ^ "Top 100 Music Hits, Top 100 Music Charts, Top 100 Songs & The Hot 100". Billboard.com. Retrieved 2011-10-04. 
  3. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Tag Team – Whoomp! (There It Is)". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved February 7, 2014.
  4. ^ "Tag Team – Whoomp! (There It Is) – Austriancharts.at" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved February 7, 2014.
  5. ^ "Die ganze Musik im Internet: Charts, News, Neuerscheinungen, Tickets, Genres, Genresuche, Genrelexikon, Künstler-Suche, Musik-Suche, Track-Suche, Ticket-Suche – musicline.de" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH. Retrieved February 7, 2014.
  6. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Tag Team – Whoomp! (There It Is)" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved February 7, 2014.
  7. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Tag Team – Whoomp! (There It Is)". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved February 7, 2014.
  8. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Tag Team – Whoomp! (There It Is)". Singles Top 60. Retrieved February 7, 2014.
  9. ^ "Tag Team – Whoomp! (There It Is) – swisscharts.com". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved February 7, 2014.
  10. ^ "Archive Chart" UK Singles Chart. Retrieved February 7, 2014.
  11. ^ "1993: Year-End USA Charts (Singles)". Billboard.com. Retrieved 2010-07-31.  (archived by Top40-Charts.com)
  12. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1994". Retrieved 2010-08-27. 
  13. ^ Geoff Mayfield (December 25, 1999). 1999 The Year in Music Totally '90s: Diary of a Decade - The listing of Top Pop Albums of the '90s & Hot 100 Singles of the '90s. Billboard. Retrieved October 15, 2010. 
  14. ^ "Billboard Hot 100 Chart 50th Anniversary". Billboard.com. Retrieved 2011-03-29. 
  15. ^ Wilkening, Matthew (September 11, 2010). "100 Worst Songs Ever -- Part Two of Five". AOL Radio. Retrieved December 21, 2010. 
  16. ^ a b c Christina Silva (June 8, 2010). "Whoomp! There he ain't! - No, that's not Obama in video". Politifact. Retrieved July 15, 2011. 
  17. ^ Abramson, Dan (2010-06-07). "Was Obama In An Early 90s Rap Video? (VIDEO)". Huffingtonpost.com. Retrieved 2011-03-29. 
  18. ^ Chen, Adrian (June 5, 2010). "Was Barack Obama In the 1995 Music Video For ‘Whoomp (There It Is)’?". Gawker. 
  19. ^ "Awards for Ralph Sall". IMDb.com. Retrieved 2013-08-10. 
  20. ^ "Luvs Commercial for Luvs Ultra Leakguards (2011) (Television Commercial) @ Popisms.com - Connecting Pop Culture". Popisms.com. 1993-05-07. Retrieved 2011-10-04. 
  21. ^ William Beutler on Wikipedia (2011-03-22). "» Wikipedia is Everywhere: AT&T Edition The Wikipedian". Thewikipedian.net. Retrieved 2011-10-04. 

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