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Sure, nobody actually needs an album of nothing but remixes of Carl Douglas' cornball classic "Kung Fu Fighting"— but the damn thing exists anyway, and if you don't like the original you're probably denying yourself a whole host of additional guilty pleasures, so why not give in? Here's the deal: Kung Fu Fighting Remixes boasts the Douglas original (which sold about nine million copies worldwide in 1974) as well as 16 different remixes, and yeah, it's overkill — and that's the entire point of a project like this. What's fascinating is just how elastic and adaptable the song proves to be: the remixes are all over the map, from disco to dub, and the names range from little-known DJs to the likes of Adrian Sherwood and Don Letts. And if you think "Kung Fu Fighting" seems a little slight for an endeavor of this scope, maybe that's a good thing — if the song were some kind of sacred text, perhaps no one would summon the courage to rip the thing apart from the inside out. Instead, everyone has as much fun cutting it open as that weird kid at the back of biology class dissecting the lab rat.

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All time Fav!

Air kicking gauranteed! This all time classic, voted best one hit wonder of all time recently by channel 4 viewers....you just can't go wrong by downloading this track! All generations will be up dancing within the first few seconds, feel good, all round, get up and go cheeze!

Biography

Born: 10 May 1942 in Jamaica

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '70s

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...
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