Kung Fu Fighting

Album: Kung Fu Fighting And Other Great Love Songs (1976)
Charted: 1 1
  • 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 on

Comments: 34

  • Marty Martinez from San Antonio TxEvery time I heard this song on the radio I would get into my Kung Fu stance and just chop and kick everywhere. I was maybe 8 or 9 at the time. I'm 56 now if I kick now I might dislocate something. Great song Happy Times.
  • Anthony from Crawley, United KingdomDid 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.
  • Andy from Costa Blanca, SpainMy 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.
  • Laura from El Paso, TxI 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 days
  • Edward from Henderson, NvIt was also used in 2001, at the end of "Shaolin Soccer."
  • Juan from El Paso, TxIf 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!"
  • Camille from Toronto, OhThis 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.
  • Bill from Pensacola, FlHere 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.

  • Adam from York, PaThis 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).
  • Paul from London, United Kingdomi think terry worked with biddu a lot
  • Paul from London, United KingdomThe 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.
  • Nathan from Warsaw, NyLOL im getting better at singing this song O.o ô.ô
  • Nathan from Warsaw, NyThis 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)
  • Kelsey from Rustburg, VaXD 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!
  • John from Brisbane, United StatesThis 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.
  • Jay from Brooklyn, NyI 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.
  • Lalah from Wasilla, AkThis is a fun song to be played at a wedding. All the geezers get up and dance like idiots.
  • Randy from Colerain Twp., OhBrett, 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.
  • Jeff from Liverpool, Englandthe 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".
  • N from Staten Island, NySo 70s bad, it's good!
  • Ruby from London, EnglandHello 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, England
  • Jon from Oakridge, OrTrue that Nathan, true that.
  • Johnny from Los Angeles, CaI 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 song
  • Clarke from Pittsburgh, PaThis 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.
  • Nathan from Defiance, OhIt is crap, but what fantastic crap it is.
  • Dave from Cardiff, WalesDavid and Jake, the 1990s remake was by Bus Stop featuring Carl Douglas, and it made No.8 in the UK in 1998
  • Brett from Mendota, IlOne 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. ; )
  • Will from Aurora, Co@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.
  • Marlow from Perth, Australiaits crap!
  • R from Seattle, WaMany 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.
  • Jake from Sydney, Australiaare you sure it was re-made David? i remember it being re-released in the nineties
  • Michael from Frankfurt, Germany@ David Lindsay: covered by Mardi Grass BB in 2001 (Album called Zen Rodeo)
  • David Lindsay from Dunedin, New ZealandWho did a remake of this recently? (In the 90's some time)
  • Josef from Corpus Christi, TxHey 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.
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