King of the Jungle (song)

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"King of the Jungle"
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Single by Bananarama
from the album Bananarama
Released 1984
Format 7" single, 12" single
Recorded October 1983
Genre Pop, new wave
Length 3:28
Label London Records
Writer(s) Sara Dallin
Siobhan Fahey
Keren Woodward
Jolley & Swain
Producer(s) Jolley & Swain
Bananarama singles chronology
"Rough Justice"
"King of the Jungle"
"Hot Line to Heaven"

"King of the Jungle" is a song written and recorded by English girl group Bananarama. It was released as a single in Japan only from their self-titled second album in 1984. The song is the second single from Bananarama to be a Japanese-only release (following "He's Got Tact" in 1982).

The song, along with several tracks on the Bananarama album, combined producers Jolley & Swain's pop music production with serious lyrical content. Bananarama member Siobhan Fahey described "King of the Jungle" as a song "about how ridiculous it is that eighteen year old boys are given guns and are endorsed by the government to go out and kill people" [1]. The song was dedicated to the group's friend, Thomas "Kidso" Riley, who had recently been killed in Belfast.[1]

The track did not chart in Japan and was not released as a single in any other territories.


  1. ^ Interview: "We All Broke Down And Cried", Smash Hits, 15–28 March 1984

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