Jungle Fever (song)

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Jungle Fever is a 1972 song performed by Belgian group The Chakachas, written by Bill Ador and issued by Polydor Records. The song reached #8 in the 1972 United States Billboard Hot 100 [1] and peaked at #29 in the United Kingdom. Jungle Fever was banned by the BBC, who took exception to the song's heavy breathing and moaning.[2] The song was a greater success in America, selling over one million copies [3] and being awarded a gold disc by the R.I.A.A. in March 1972.

In other media[edit]

Jungle Fever was featured in the 1997 film Boogie Nights [4] as well as the 2004 videogame Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, on the fictional radio station Master Sounds 98.3.[5] As a result of featuring in Boogie Nights, the song was included on the film's soundtrack album, Boogie Nights: Music from the Original Motion Picture. Jungle Fever was also included in the 2000 comedy film Next Friday and more recently, the September 2005 release Just Like Heaven.

Sampling[edit]

A snippet of the moan was double-tracked and used in the 1972 novelty break-in record, "Convention '72" by the Delegates. In addition, "Jungle Fever" has been often sampled in hip-hop,[6] including by Miami rap group 2 Live Crew in their track Put Her in the Buck, which was featured on their 1989 album As Nasty As They Wanna Be.

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