Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Number 598 - Carl Douglas


Number 598

Carl Douglas

"Kung Fu Fighting"

(1974)
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Genre:Disco
I thought i would seek information from the All Knowing One known as "Ask a Ninja" from YouTube about the song Kung Fu Fighting. I have posed the question to the "elusive one" and I expect a response, I'm sure, any day now.
was also posed the same question, but could not confirm or deny it is a song he "dances" to. However he did offer me a grasshopper if i could grab it out of his hand. Needless to say i was suspicious if, indeed it was a grasshopper he was holding.
In the end i could only find one "true" martial expert who did indeed could get down & boogie to Kung Fu Fighting. Unfortunately he was killed in combat for asking "Ask a Ninja" a question about the size of his shurukins and how hard his nunchuck's were. Tragic.

The one-hit wonder behind the disco novelty smash "Kung Fu Fighting," Carl Douglas was also the first Jamaican-born artist to score a number one single in the United States. Douglas was raised in both California and Jamaica, and eventually moved to England to study sound engineering. In 1964, he formed a group called the Big Stampede, which released a couple of U.K. singles; two years later, he formed the Explosions while living in Spain. Upon returning to England, Douglas teamed up with a band called Gonzales, which quickly led to his becoming a session vocalist for Pye Records.

In 1972, Douglas worked with Indian-born producer Biddu on the soundtrack to the Richard Roundtree film Embassy; so, two years later, when Biddu was searching for a vocalist to record the Larry Weiss composition "I Want to Give You My Everything," he contacted Douglas. Needing a quick B-side, Biddu set a melody to some lyrics Douglas had written about the kung fu craze sweeping pop culture courtesy of 's Enter the Dragon and 's TV series Kung Fu. "Kung Fu Fighting" was recorded in just ten minutes and elevated to the A-side of the single at Pye's insistence. The song topped the charts first in the U.K., then the U.S. and several other countries, selling over nine million copies worldwide. Pye quickly cobbled together an LP featuring a few novelty tracks and some straight-up soul/disco tunes, releasing it as Kung Fu Fighting and Other Great Love Songs. The follow-up single, "Dance the Kung Fu," flopped in America, pegging Douglas as strictly a novelty act, but it made the Top 20 in Britain, and "Run Back" reached the U.K. Top 30 in 1977. Douglas went on to release two more albums, Love, Peace and Happiness in 1979 and Keep Pleasing Me in 1983; the title track of the former was a U.K. Top 30 hit. Douglas eventually moved to Hamburg, Germany, where he owns a profitable production company that supplies music for films and advertisements. ~ Steve Huey [All Music Guide]
I think we can safely skip Rolling Stones thoughts on Carl Douglas? Thought so.
Rolling Stone Top 500 Songs ranked this song at Number (Hi YAAHHHHH) and the Album ranked at Number (We are Ninja, you are Ninja)
This song has a crowbarred of 72.2 out of 108 pts

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4 Comments:

Anonymous Joey Michaels said...

I've clicked on about twenty of your sidebar links (2 or 3 in each "100" numbers) and have not seen a pop up today.

Assuming you altered your counter, it seems like that was the problem.

If you didn't alter anything, eek, no idea what is happening.

10:24 am  
Blogger crowbarred said...

lol no i didnt do anything.... i bet you a million dollars of pixie money it has to do with the amount of traffic. hmmmm

3:51 pm  
Anonymous Joey Michaels said...

That could very well be the case.

Oh well! I am enjoying the site and should the pop ups return, I will let you know.

In the meantime...

Everybody was kung fu fighting - HYAH!

8:59 pm  
Blogger crowbarred said...

Ah so .... GLASShopper .. now if you can grab the pebble from my hand then no more pop up for won hundwed years.

9:03 pm  

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