Thela Hun Ginjeet

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"Thela Hun Ginjeet"
Single by King Crimson
from the album Discipline
B-side Elephant Talk
Released September 1981
Recorded 1981
Genre Progressive rock, experimental rock, post-punk, new wave
Length 6:26
Label Warner Bros.
Producer(s) King Crimson, Rhett Davies
King Crimson singles chronology
Elephant Talk
(1981)
Thela Hun Ginjeet
(1981)
Heartbeat
(1982)

Thela Hun Ginjeet is a single by the band King Crimson, released in 1981. Its tracks are from the album Discipline (1981). The song name is an anagram of "heat in the jungle", which is a reference to crime in the city. (The term "heat" is American slang for firearms or for police.)

While most of the instruments are in 4/4 time, Robert Fripp's electric guitar plays in 7/8 time during part of the song, creating an unusual effect. In the middle of the song, voice recordings are heard. Adrian Belew talks about his experiences with London Rastafarians and the police, while he was trying to get voice recordings for the song. [1]

Live versions[edit]

During their tour for the Discipline and Beat albums, Belew would tell the story while the song was being performed. During the Beat tour at least, the story-telling was somewhat improvised. In later live performances - as evidenced by the performance on Absent Lovers: Live in Montreal - the storytelling is dropped, leaving only the sung lyrics.

The storytelling re-appeared on the Double Trio tours (cf. Vrooom Vrooom) but it was in the form of a backing tape identical to the album version.

Cover versions[edit]

Track listing[edit]

7" version[edit]

  1. "Thela Hun Ginjeet" (Adrian Belew, Bill Bruford, Robert Fripp, Tony Levin)
  2. "Elephant Talk" (Belew, Bruford, Fripp, Levin)

12" version[edit]

  1. "Thela Hun Ginjeet" (dance mix) (Belew, Bruford, Fripp, Levin)
  2. "Elephant Talk" (Belew, Bruford, Fripp, Levin)
  3. "Indiscipline" (Belew, Bruford, Fripp, Levin)

Personnel[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Adrian Belew. "elephant blog: Anecdote # 808". Archived from the original on 2010-11-13. Retrieved 2010-11-13. 

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