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'Hey' Ride

OutKast tramples Bee Gees' feat

A favorite with critics, the kiddies, and BMG's accountants (it's sold 3.4 million copies so far), OutKast's Speakerboxxx/The Love Below is a rare beast -- a genre-busting, money-making album that's got everyone shakin' their Polaroids. Want proof? The first two singles, Andre 3000's ''Hey Ya!'' and Big Boi's ''The Way You Move,'' have been at No. 1 and No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for seven weeks, besting the Bee Gees' remarkable five-week run in 1978 with ''Night Fever'' and ''Stayin' Alive.''

No disrespect to Big Boi's smoothed-out lover's jam, but the ubiquitous ''Hey Ya!'' -- all over ads for the Oscars and 50 First Dates -- has inspired devotion in the form of a punk-rock version, the Saddam-starring Flash clip ''Hey Allah!'' (liquidgeneration. com), and new lyrics at the Golden Globes. ''I have no idea what's going on,'' says Andre 3000. ''Maybe it's just great timing.'' Or maybe it's just cool, right, Ice Cold?

Originally posted Feb 06, 2004 Published in issue #749-750 Feb 06, 2004 Order article reprints

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