Ai No Corrida (song)

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"Ai No Corrida"
Song by Chaz Jankel from the album Chas Jankel
Released 1980
Format 7"
Recorded 1980
Length 4:07
Label A&M Records
Writer(s) Chaz Jankel, Kenny Young
Producer(s) Chaz Jankel

"Ai No Corrida" is a song written by Chaz Jankel and Kenny Young, first recorded in 1980 and featuring on Chaz Jankel's 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 of 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; it was intended for mainstream wide release, but it contained scenes of unsimulated sexual activity between the actors.[citation needed]


Chart (1981) Peak
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
B-side "There's a Train Leavin'"
Released April 1981
Recorded 1981
Label A&M
Writer(s) Chaz Jankel, Kenny Young
Producer(s) Quincy Jones
Quincy Jones singles chronology
"Stuff Like That"
“Ai No Corrida”
"Just Once"
Music video
"Ai No Corrida" on YouTube

The song was covered by Quincy Jones in 1981 on his album The Dude, with vocals by Dune (a.k.a. Charles May) and Patti Austin. Jones's version peaked at #28 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and #10 on the R&B chart.[3] In the UK it peaked at #14.


Jerry Hey and Quincy Jones received the 1982 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.

Chart performance[edit]

Weekly singles charts[edit]

Chart (1981) Peak
UK 14
Germany 28
US Billboard Hot 100 28
US Billboard R&B 10
US Billboard Disco/Dance 5

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"
"Ai No Corrida"
"Music in Me"
Laura More singles chronology
"Ai No Corrida"
Music video
"Ai No Corrida" on YouTube

The British dance act Uniting Nations released the song as 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 7, 2005 and came in 12" vinyl, in enhanced CD (which included the video).


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
Chart (2005–06) Peak
Denmark (Tracklisten)[4] 16
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[5] 3
Ireland (IRMA) 37
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[6] 14
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[7] 43
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[8] 18

Japanese version[edit]

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


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