Ai No Corrida (song)

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"Ai No Corrida"
Song by Chaz Jankel from the album Chas Jankel
Recorded 1980
Writer Chaz Jankel, Kenny Young

"Ai No Corrida" is a song written by Chaz Jankel and Kenny Young, first recorded in 1980 and featuring on Chaz Jankel's self-titled debut album Chas Jankel for A&M Records.

Original version[edit]

Ai No Corrida was a song written by Chaz Jankel and Kenny Young, first recorded in 1980 and featured on Jankel's self-titled debut album for A&M Records. The title of the song was taken from the Japanese name Ai no Korīda from the French-Japanese film In the Realm of the Senses; and it means "Bullfight (Spanish: corrida) of Love".[1] The erotic art film, directed by Nagisa Oshima, was a fictionalized and sexually explicit treatment of an incident from 1930s Japan. It generated great controversy during its original release, because while intended for mainstream wide release, it contained scenes of unsimulated sexual activity between the actors.

Charts[edit]

Chart (1981) Peak
position
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[2] 18

Cover versions[edit]

Quincy Jones version[edit]

"Ai No Corrida"
Single by Quincy Jones
from the album The Dude
Released 1981
Recorded 1981
Label A&M
Writer(s) Chaz Jankel, Kenny Young
Producer(s) Quincy Jones
Quincy Jones singles chronology
"Ai No Corrida"
(1981)
Music video
"Ai No Corrida" on YouTube

The song was covered by Quincy Jones in 1981 on the album The Dude with vocals by Dune / Charles May, Patti Austin. The Jones version peaked at #10 on the soul chart and at #28 on the Hot 100.[3] In the UK it peaked at #14.

Awards

In 1982, Jerry Hey and Quincy Jones received the Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s) for their recording of this song.

Spanish version

Quincy Jones also recorded a Spanish-language version for the 2006 charity album Rhythms del mundo, with vocals by Vania Borges.

Charts
Chart Peak
position
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)
14
US Billboard Hot 100
28
US Billboard Hot Souls Hits
10

Uniting Nations version[edit]

"Ai No Corrida"
Single by Uniting Nations featuring Laura More
from the album One World
Released 7 November 2005
Format 12", Enhanced Maxi CD, downloads
Recorded 2005
Length 3:11 (radio edit)
Label Gut Records Ltd
Writer(s) Chaz Jankel, Kenny Young
Uniting Nations singles chronology
"You and Me"
(2005)
"Ai No Corrida"
(2005)
"Music in Me"
(2006)
Laura More singles chronology
"Ai No Corrida"
(2005)
Music video
"Ai No Corrida" on YouTube

The British dance act Uniting Nations released the song as the their third single from the band album One World after the success of Out of Touch" and "You and Me".

The song featured the vocals of Laura More of Eric Prydz and "Call On Me" fame. The backing vocals are from Steve M. Smith and Yolanda Quartey. The song was produced by Essex Buddha with Hat Ritson as sample replay producer.

The UK release was on November 7th 2005 and came in 12" vinyl, in enhanced CD (which included the video).

Tracklist

12" version includes:

  • Ai No Corrida (Sharp Boys Dub) (7:44)
  • Ai No Corrida (Uniting Nations Extended Mix) (6:02)


CD Maxi version includes

  1. Ai No Corrida (Uniting Nations Radio Edit) (2:49)
  2. Ai No Corrida (Original Radio Edit) (3:10)
  3. Ai No Corrida (Uniting Nations Extended Mix) (6:01)
  4. Ai No Corrida (Sharp Boys Club Mix) (7:43)
  5. Ai No Corrida video
In popular culture

The Uniting Nations cover was used by Danny Choo in his Tokyo Dance Trooper video shot in Shibuya, Tokyo.

Charts
Chart (2005) Peak
position
Denmark (Tracklisten) 16
Finland (The Official Finnish Charts) 3
Ireland (IRMA) 37
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan) 43
UK Singles Chart 18

Japanese version[edit]

In Japan, 1981, Japanese-language version was released from RVC[disambiguation needed], performed by Japanese unit BIG BANG (Yoshifumi Oba,Yoshihiko Shiraishi, Katsumi Takeichi, Shunji Inoue), produced by Koichi Fujita.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Turim, Maureen (1998). The Films of Oshima Nagisa: Images of a Japanese Iconoclast. Berkeley: University of California Press. pp. 126–127. ISBN 0-520-20666-5. 
  2. ^ "Ultratop.be – Chas Jankel – Ai No Corrida" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved December, 31 2013.
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 307. 

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