Jungle Boogie

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"Jungle Boogie"
7" Japan vinyl
Single by Kool & the Gang
from the album Wild and Peaceful
A-side Jungle Boogie
B-side North, South, East, West
Released November 24, 1973
Genre Funk
Length 3:04
Label Mercury
Writer(s) Kool & the Gang, Gene Redd

"Jungle Boogie" is a funk song recorded by Kool & the Gang for their 1973 album Wild and Peaceful.[1] It scored number four as a single and became very popular in nightclubs.[2] Billboard ranked it as the No. 12 song for 1974.[3]

The song's spoken main vocal was performed by the band's roadie Don Boyce. An instrumental version of the tune with an overdubbed flute part and additional percussion instruments titled "Jungle Jazz" appeared on the album Spirit of the Boogie. The song is noted for the Tarzan yell heard at the song's end and the grunting, panting, and the scatting heard throughout.

In popular culture[edit]

"Jungle Boogie" and "Jungle Jazz" have been repeatedly sampled in subsequent popular music. For example, samples are used in EPMD's 1988 album Strictly Business, Beastie Boys' 1989 release "Hey Ladies", Madonna's 1992 top ten success "Erotica", Janet Jackson's 1994 top ten single "You Want This" and M/A/R/R/S' "Pump Up the Volume" in 1987.

The song was featured in Quentin Tarantino's 1994 film, Pulp Fiction.[4] It is used in the Xbox 360 Kinect game, Dance Central and for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 downloadable game Rock Band Blitz. 24-7 Spyz covered this song on their first album, Harder Than You.

The French performed this song in Disney's 2004 direct-to-video animated film The Lion King 1½. It was also featured on the soundtrack album for the Disney TV series That's So Raven. The Chipmunks and The Chipettes cover this song in the Limited Edition of the Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked: Music from the Motion Picture album.

The "get down, get down" part of the song's intro was featured in the American Dad! episode, A Jones for a Smith. It plays whenever Stan Smith sees an object that he can use to score more crack cocaine (which he initially mistook for cold medicine).

The song is featured in the 2006 comedy film Beerfest.

The song's structure and sound was borrowed by WWE's composer Jim Johnston in the song "Somebody Call My Momma," originally used as entrance music by Ernest Miller and currently used by Brodus Clay and his tag team, Tons of Funk.

Eagles of Death Metal used the song as intro music to their live festival gigs during their 2012/13 tour.


  1. ^ Hamilton, Andrew. "Wild and Peaceful - Kool & the Gang". Allmusic. Retrieved 3 September 2012. 
  2. ^ Dean, Maury (2003). Rock N' Roll Gold Rush. Algora. p. 287. ISBN 0-87586-207-1. 
  3. ^ Billboard Year-End Hot 100 singles of 1974
  4. ^ "Surf Music and Seventies Soul: The Songs of 'Pulp Fiction'". Rolling Stone magazine. Retrieved 7 July 2014. 

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