Jungle Fever (song)

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"Jungle Fever"
Song by The Chakachas
from the album Jungle Fever
Released1971
Recorded1970
GenreFunk
Length4:20
LabelSwineyard
Songwriter(s)Bill Ador (pseudonym for Willy Albimoor)
Producer(s)Roland Kluger
Awarded a gold disc by the R.I.A.A.

"Jungle Fever" is a 1971[1] track performed by Belgian producers The Chakachas, written by pianist and arranger Willy Albimoor (as Bill Ador) and first issued in Belgium by Swineyard, an independent. The song reached #8 in the 1972 United States Billboard Hot 100[2] 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.[3] The song was a greater success in America, selling over one million copies[4] and being awarded a gold disc by the R.I.A.A. in March 1972. Billboard ranked it as the #51 song for 1972.[5]

In other media[edit]

"Jungle Fever" was featured in the 1997 film Boogie Nights[6] as well as the 2004 videogame Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, on the fictional radio station Master Sounds 98.3.[7] 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 the September 2005 release Just Like Heaven. The song is also featured in the 2019 film Good Boys.

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,[8] 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. The song was also sampled by MC 900 Ft. Jesus for the song "Dancing Barefoot" on the 1991 album Welcome to My Dream.

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