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Kung Fu Fighting by Carl Douglas

Album: Kung Fu Fighting And Other Great Love SongsReleased: 1976Charted:
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  • Everybody was kung-fu fighting
    Those kicks were fast as lightning
    In fact it was a little bit frightening
    But they fought with expert timing

    They were funky China men from funky Chinatown
    They were chopping them up and they were chopping them down
    It's an ancient Chinese art and everybody knew their part
    From a feint into a slip, and kicking from the hip

    Everybody was kung-fu fighting
    Those kicks were fast as lightning
    In fact it was a little bit frightening
    But they fought with expert timing

    There was funky Billy Chin and little Sammy Chung
    He said here comes the big boss, let's get it on
    We took a bow and made a stand, started swinging with the hand
    The sudden motion made me skip now we're into a brand knew trip

    Everybody was kung-fu fighting
    Those kicks were fast as lightning
    In fact it was a little bit frightening
    But they did it with expert timing

    Keep on, keep on, keep on, keep on

    Everybody was kung-fu fighting
    Those kicks were fast as lightning
    In fact it was a little bit frightening
    Make sure you have expert timing

    Kung-fu fighting, had to be fast as lightning

    Keep on, keep on, keep onWriter/s: CARL DOUGLAS
    Publisher: Peermusic Publishing, Universal Music Publishing Group
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind
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Comments: 33

Did you know that the original drummer was John Richardson, who later became famous as one of "The Rubettes" the drummer in "Sugar Baby Love". I know because he is my cousin.Anthony - Crawley, United Kingdom
My mate, Nick Payn who I grew up with is the Flutist on the original recording... He's also currently a member of Bill Wyman's Rhythmn Kings, plays baritone sax, flute, harmonica etc.Andy - Costa Blanca, Spain
I was in the eighth grade when this song came out. We had to get into groups in Phys Ed class and come up with our own original modern dance. We picked this song and karate type dance moves! Ahhhhhhhhh those were the daysLaura - El Paso, Tx
It was also used in 2001, at the end of "Shaolin Soccer."Edward - Henderson, Nv
If there ever was a song that brings back funny childhood memories, this is it. A drunken Bruce Willis sings this song in the movie Mortal Thoughts with Demi Moore and Glenn Headley. That scene is hilarious. "Everybody was king fu fighting....Ha!"Juan - El Paso, Tx
This song is fabulous. If you were around when the song was popular in the 70s, you break out in song any time someone mentions the title because everyone from then knows at least some of the words. "Whoa-ho-ho HO!" The words are matched perfectly to that memorable tune. It's just fun to listen to, funny that we all loved that song when it came out and funny to look back and think, well, this was a hit song then. A classic.Camille - Toronto, Oh
Here is an old school trick for you IF you have this on a 45 single=
play it at 33.3 speed, its a whole new fun song.
You'll love the background fight sounds! and it still works.
Bill - Pensacola, Fl
This is one addictive song if you hear it on the radio good luck getting it out of your head its on my ipod for a reason. This and man in motion are good opposing songs for a workout playlist (others to include: Against The Wind, Running On Empty).Adam - York, Pa
i think terry worked with biddu a lotPaul - London, United Kingdom
The base on that was played by Terry Revill, he was on a lot of the old hits in the late 60s and 70s. It was a great base line.Paul - London, United Kingdom
LOL im getting better at singing this song O.o ô.ôNathan - Warsaw, Ny
This song is sweet! I first heard it in Kung fu Panda in the theather. Then i was like OMG!!!! O.o So then i had to listen to this song again adn again and again XD I will never get sick of this song. I even sing it.(not good tho)Nathan - Warsaw, Ny
XD Omg the vid is with DBZ! Ha! I LOVE THIS SONG SO MUCH!! I'm obsessed with martial arts so I just love listening to this song before a fight! It gets me PUMPED!Kelsey - Rustburg, Va
This is an uplifting spirited tune and all of it is good and is CLASSIC pop.How can anyone dislike this great song.He or she who dislikes this must be a fat and lazy person who cant even get off his bed.John - Brisbane, United States
I despise this song. I usually post positive comments, but "Kung Fu Fighting" is so bad I have to express my disgust. If it were in my power, I would buy every copy of this song - every record, every tape, every copy of every movie that has used it on its soundtrack - and burn them in a great bonfire. I exaggerate, of course, but I truly cannot stand to hear this song and I change the radio station on the rare occassion they play it.Jay - Brooklyn, Ny
This is a fun song to be played at a wedding. All the geezers get up and dance like idiots.Lalah - Wasilla, Ak
Brett, I had seen an article in the newspaper where it had shown a 'Carl Douglas' as one of O.J.'s attorneys, and it did state that he WAS the same person who had recorded this song.Randy - Colerain Twp., Oh
the late great harry chapin was a fan of this song and commented on how pleased he was when 'cats in the cradle' had knocked kff off the us#1 spot he commented 2i always got a kick out of kung fu fighting,following it at #1 says a thing about variations in pop music".Jeff - Liverpool, England
So 70s bad, it's good!N - Staten Island, Ny
Hello There, for many years I wait to hear new material from Carl Douglas, I hear now that it soon come out by SMV.DE anyway my comment is that Yes, It is a One Hit Wonder, but what a wonderful hit. Lets hear some more soon. All The Best And Good Luck. Ruby from London, EnglandRuby - London, England
True that Nathan, true that.Jon - Oakridge, Or
I like this song, It makes me laugh. I tried to do the "DO dodo do" part on recorder, but it didn't work to well. Funny songJohnny - Los Angeles, Ca
This song was more or less a throwaway, as Carl Douglas has stated in interviews (listen to those backup singers making kung-fu noises!), but New York City nightclub DJ's picked up on it, and the rest is history. He also had a follow-up single called "Dance the Kung Fu," which didn't make the top 40.Clarke - Pittsburgh, Pa
It is crap, but what fantastic crap it is.Nathan - Defiance, Oh
David and Jake, the 1990s remake was by Bus Stop featuring Carl Douglas, and it made No.8 in the UK in 1998Dave - Cardiff, Wales
One of O.J. Simpson's attorneys in his murder trial was Carl Douglas. This of course would not be the Carl Douglas who sang Kung Fu Fighting. ; )Brett - Mendota, Il
@Seattle

This song was also recorded during the days of the TV show "Kung Fu" and they used the term "Chinaman" a lot, which is most likely where the word from the song came from.
Will - Aurora, Co
its crap!Marlow - Perth, Australia
Many radio stations on the West Coast pulled this song from their playlists after complaints from Chinese-Americans about the line "funky Chinamen from funky Chinatown". The term "Chinaman" is considered derogatory.R - Seattle, Wa
are you sure it was re-made David? i remember it being re-released in the ninetiesJake - Sydney, Australia
@ David Lindsay: covered by Mardi Grass BB in 2001 (Album called Zen Rodeo)Michael - Frankfurt, Germany
Who did a remake of this recently? (In the 90's some time)David Lindsay - Dunedin, New Zealand
Hey I noticed he mentions a few popular asian names. Except he did'nt mention Bruce Lee or Sonny Chiba. Whats up with that yo? This song gets stuck in my head once I hear it. Yaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhh Whaaaaa Chaaaaaa.Josef - Corpus Christi, Tx
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