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 1992
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 shipments 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". It has sold over 3.5 million copies in the United States.[3]

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".[15] 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!"[16]

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.[17]

Barack Obama rumor[edit]

In 2010, the song became the subject of media scrutiny when Gawker posted an item asking whether United States President Barack Obama appears as an extra in the song's video.[18] 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.[19] However, no one involved in the making of the video was able to remember the extra's name.[17] 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".[17]

Alternate, cover and remix versions[edit]

  • Within a year of the release of Whoomp! (There It Is), Tag Team re-mixed the backing music with a version of the theme song from the original Addams Family television series to create the song Addams Family (Whoomp!) for the film Addams Family Values. Actors Christina Ricci and Jimmy Workman reprised their film roles as Wednesday Addams and Pugsley Addams (respectively) for the song's music video. Addams Family (Whoomp!) won the 1994 Razzie Award (Worst Original Song) for its writers (Ralph Sall, Stephen Gibson and Cecil Glenn).[20]
  • In 1994, when the Houston Rockets won their first NBA Championship, Tag Team re-mixed their song yet again. This was titled Hoop! (There It Is). It was released on a CD honoring the team by Houston radio station 97.9 The Box and Mobile One.
  • In 1995, Tag Team made an alternate version of the song called Whoomp! (There It Went) together with several Disney characters. It is basically the same song, but with several lyrics altered to depict Donald Duck's party in this version rather than a generic one in the original.
  • British dance band Clock released a cover of the track in July 1995, with the slightly altered title of "Whoomph! (There It Is)".
  • In 1998 by Triple S [1]
  • The song was again covered in 2005 by Crazy Frog for the album Crazy Frog Presents Crazy Hits.
  • Association Football team Santos Futebol Clube fans have the tradition to sing the chorus everytime after Santos scores a goal.

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. ^ Sandiford-Waller, Theda (November 9, 1996). "Hot 100 Singles Spotlight". Billboard (BPI Communications Inc.) 108 (45): 83. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved February 26, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Tag Team – Whoomp! (There It Is)". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved February 7, 2014.
  5. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Tag Team – Whoomp! (There It Is)" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved February 7, 2014.
  6. ^ "Chartverfulgong > Tag Team > Whoomp! (There It Is) – musicline.de" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH. Retrieved February 7, 2014.
  7. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Tag Team search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40. Retrieved February 7, 2014.
  8. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Tag Team – Whoomp! (There It Is)". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved February 7, 2014.
  9. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Tag Team – Whoomp! (There It Is)". Singles Top 60. Retrieved February 7, 2014.
  10. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Tag Team – Whoomp! (There It Is)". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved February 7, 2014.
  11. ^ "Archive Chart: 08-01-1994" UK Singles Chart. Retrieved February 7, 2014.
  12. ^ "1993: Year-End USA Charts (Singles)". Billboard.com. Retrieved 2010-07-31.  (archived by Top40-Charts.com)
  13. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1994". Retrieved 2010-08-27. 
  14. ^ 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. 
  15. ^ "Billboard Hot 100 Chart 50th Anniversary". Billboard.com. Retrieved 2011-03-29. 
  16. ^ Wilkening, Matthew (September 11, 2010). "100 Worst Songs Ever -- Part Two of Five". AOL Radio. Retrieved December 21, 2010. 
  17. ^ 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. 
  18. ^ Abramson, Dan (2010-06-07). "Was Obama In An Early 90s Rap Video? (VIDEO)". Huffingtonpost.com. Retrieved 2011-03-29. 
  19. ^ Chen, Adrian (June 5, 2010). "Was Barack Obama In the 1995 Music Video For ‘Whoomp (There It Is)’?". Gawker. 
  20. ^ "Awards for Ralph Sall". IMDb.com. Retrieved 2013-08-10. 

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