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Subject: It's certainly your right to find them inane. But something you must consider is that the original version of the song, released in 1987, was sung a cappella. and those doot-doots were the melody. The remix added a techno beat.

FUN FACTS about "Tom's Diner"
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Date Posted: Thursday, November 12, 04:51:28pm
In reply to: "There's a story of an actor Who had died while he was drinking...It was no one I had heard of" 's message, "Some of the most ridiculous lyrics I ever heard. But what does she know? Her lyric read ..." on Thursday, November 12, 01:35:23pm

FACT: "Tom's Diner" was a real place, and it would become famous as Monk's Diner in Seinfeld

FACT: "Tom's Diner" was the first song ever compressed and converted into MP3 format in the late 1980s. The scientist who did so used it because it was a capella and did not expect it to work--and was surprised when it did.

FACT: "Tom's Diner" was not a hit when released in 1987, but it did do okay at college radio. ("Luka" was the big hit for Vega).

FACT: The 1991 remix--featuring a DJ duo known as DNA--originally came about when Vega's record label learned of this unauthorized remix being sold and began the process of pursuing legal action. Vega heard about this, wanted to hear the remix, and loved it. She stopped the lawsuit and released it herself, giving the duo songwriting credit (and the financial reward therein when it became a hit.

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