"Knockin' Boots" got some early exposure in Atlanta when a rep for Epic Records brought it to a non-conventional venue: a strip club called Magic City. The DJ was DC Glenn, who would as one half of Tag Team would later break his single "Whoomp! There It Is
" at the club. He told the story on the Songfacts Podcast
: "Shortly after I started working there, one of the reps at Epic Records brought me a Candyman record. He's like, 'Hey man, I really like this record. Just play it for me a couple times and let me know what you think.' I put it on, and he got to watch one of the girls dance to it. She started dancing to it and all the men came, and then the whole club was partying to the record.
He went back and made his reports and everybody said, 'That ain't doing nothing in the Southeast because this is a West Coast record.' That's how narrow record company executives used to think. All they were thinking was radio, but it wasn't about it being organic, and I had a way to make it organic and break the record in Atlanta."