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The song received its name on account of backup vocals that sing, "shoop shoop shoop..." These gibberish words are heard every time the line "If you wanna know if he loves you so" is sung.
This was Everett's third single and her first Top 40 hit. Her first failed to chart and her second single ("You're No Good," later covered by Linda Ronstadt) climbed only up to #51 on the Pop charts.
The backup vocals were provided by a local female group from Chicago called the Opals.
Everett was reluctant to record this song at first and was urged by Calvin Carter (her producer) to do so. She felt that the song would flop (and probably thought it was silly).
Cher recorded this for the 1990 film Mermaids. Her version reached US #33 and UK #1 in 1991. Both Cher's version and Everett's version are featured in the film, but Cher's is the only version featured on the soundtrack. (thanks, Jerro - New Alexandria, PA, for all above)
In 1995, Whitney Houston appropriated the Shoop for her song "Exhale (Shoop Shoop)," which was a massive hit from the movie Waiting To Exhale.
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Mark Arm of Mudhoney
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Mike Watt of the Minutemen tells the story of the song that became an Indie Rock touchstone. It's also the story of what Mike calls "The Movement."