Tarzan Boy

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"Tarzan Boy"
Tarzan boy (Baltimora).jpg
Single by Baltimora
from the album Living in the Background
B-side"DJ version"
Released1985
Format
GenreItalo disco[1][2]
Length6:15 (album version)
3:50 (single version)
Label
Songwriter(s)
  • Maurizio Bassi
  • Naimy Hackett
Producer(s)Maurizio Bassi
Baltimora singles chronology
"Tarzan Boy"
(1985)
"Woody Boogie"
(1985)

"Tarzan Boy" is the debut single by Italian-based act Baltimora. The song was written by Maurizio Bassi and Naimy Hackett, and released in 1985 as the lead single from Baltimora's debut album Living in the Background. The song was re-recorded and released in 1993, and has been covered by several artists throughout the years.

The refrain uses Tarzan's cry as a melodic line. The song is rhythmical, with an electronic melody and simple lyrics.[3] Baltimora are often considered a one-hit wonder due to the success they experienced with "Tarzan Boy".[4] It features what was later named the millennial whoop.[5]

The music video for does not feature either Bassi or Hackett. Instead it features the front man for the band's performances. Jimmy McShane, who did not sing the song but lip synced the song.[4]

Chart performance[edit]

"Tarzan Boy" was an international hit, debuting in the top five of the Italian charts and performing well in many other European countries, including Spain, Germany and the Netherlands. "Tarzan Boy" was most successful in France, where it topped the chart for five consecutive weeks. In the United Kingdom, it reached number three in August 1985. The single had success in the United States (where it was released by EMI), with the single remaining on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for six months and ultimately peaking at number 13 in early 1986.

Track listing and formats[edit]

Original version[edit]

1993 version[edit]

2010 version[edit]

Streaming single
  1. "Tarzan Boy" (Digital Remaster) – 3:49

Personnel[edit]

Charts and certifications[edit]

Cover versions[edit]

  • In 1989, the Hindi song "Aaya Mausam Dosti Ka", from the Bollywood soundtrack for the film Maine Pyar Kiya was heavily influenced by "Tarzan Boy".[38]
  • In 2006, the song was covered by Bango, and achieved a minor success, peaking at number 37 in France.[39]
  • In 2008, a cover by Bad Influence featuring Dyce reached number 9 in Sweden.[40]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  3. ^ Habib, Elia (2002). Muz hit. tubes. Alinéa Bis. p. 49. ISBN 2-9518832-0-X.
  4. ^ a b Marx, Tommy (16 July 2009). "One Hit Wonder: Baltimora". PopMatters. Retrieved 6 August 2019.
  5. ^ Metzger, Patrick (20 August 2016). "The Millennial Whoop: A glorious obsession with the melodic alternation between the fifth and the third". The Patterning. Retrieved 27 April 2019.
  6. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, NSW: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
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  11. ^ Nyman, Jake (2005). Suomi soi 4: Suuri suomalainen listakirja (in Finnish) (1st ed.). Helsinki: Tammi. ISBN 951-31-2503-3.
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  13. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Tarzan Boy". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved 27 July 2013.
  14. ^ a b "I singoli più venduti del 1985" (in Italian). Hit Parade Italia. Creative Commons. Retrieved 18 January 2014.
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  28. ^ "RPM's Top 100 Singles of 1985". RPM. Vol. 43 no. 16. Library and Archives Canada. 28 December 1985.
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  37. ^ "British single certifications – Baltimora – Tarzan Boy". British Phonographic Industry. Select singles in the Format field. Select Silver in the Certification field. Type Tarzan Boy in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  38. ^ Saikia, Priyankee. "10 Bollywood Movies with Blockbuster Soundtracks". MensXP.com. Retrieved 27 April 2019.
  39. ^ "Lescharts.com – Bango – Tarzan Boy" (in French). Lescharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 27 July 2013.
  40. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Bad Influence feat. Dyce – Tarzan Boy". Swedishcharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 27 July 2013.

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