Mas, mas … or, moaning and heavy breathing in popular music

More party music from Belgium = World music classic #32.


Jungle Fever (song)

“Jungle Fever” is a musical composition by Belgian band The Chakachas first published in 1972. It sold over a million copies in the U.S. and reached #3. In the UK# it fared less well: despite some airplay soon after release it was later banned by the BBC, who took exception to the moaning and heavy breathing heard on the record, first by a woman and later by a man as well. It peaked at #29.

The song was featured in the movie Boogie Nights, has been sampled by the likes of 2 Live Crew and Public Enemy and is featured on the Grand Theft Auto fictional radio station Master Sounds 98.3. A big shout-out to the musical consultant of the latter, he or she has very good tastes and it’s an invaluable job bringing this music to the younger masses, it’s probably the only way they would be exposed to it.

Mas, mas … is Spanish for more, more …

3 thoughts on “Mas, mas … or, moaning and heavy breathing in popular music

  1. Tim Lucas

    Speaking of “more, more…”, this song may have inspired the only hit record by the German prog group Can — “I Want More,” recorded in 1974. The single’s B-side, which featured a lot of heavy breathing, the sort you might hear from a marathon bicyclist, was a remix called “… And More.”

  2. jahsonic

    Thanks Tim, I’ll check that.

    Good to see you here, your comment reminded me to add you to my RSS feeds, but I had already tried that, and I get an error message on bloglines saying that your blog does not have an RSS feed. A real pity, or a mistake of bloglines?


    Update: I was completely unfamiliar with that Can recording, thanks

  3. Tim Lucas

    I no longer permit the RSS feeding of my blog. It’s written to help attract people to the Video Watchdog website, and when the RSS feed was active, I was finding it cannibalized on other people’s blogs without my copyright attached, sometimes even without my name attached. Sorry, and I know it hurts me in other ways not to allow an RSS feed, but if I can’t control the material I write for Video WatchBlog, there’s no reason to do it at all. It’s still an easy page to bookmark (remember that?) and it’s frequently updated, so it’s worth the click.

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