How to do the jungle love dance

Jungle Love – Dance / Music / Sex / Romance

Prince, as was his wont, had already moved on to his next phase by the time the 1999 tour entered its final stretch in March 1983. The centerpiece of his master plan was, of course, the untitled film project that would become Purple Rain; but he also intended to cement his musical dominance with follow-up albums by the 1999-era “Triple Threat” of himself, the Time, and Vanity 6. Much as he had a year before, he focused on the Time first: booking a few days at Sunset Sound in Los Angeles before playing the Universal Amphitheatre and San Diego Sports Arena on March 28 and 29, respectively.

The Time’s first two albums had been cut primarily by Prince and singer/studio drummer Morris Day alone; for the new project, however, Prince allowed the rest of the band to take on a more active role. “They played on a lot of the stuff,” former Sunset Sound engineer Peggy McCreary told sessionographer Duane Tudahl–though Prince remained the unquestioned “leader of what was going on” (Tudahl 2018 64). The Artist Formerly Known as Jamie Starr was even willing to share songwriting duties, basing “Jungle Love” on an instrumental demo by guitarist Jesse Johnson.

I played… my songs for him, and Prince would literally start laughing… When I brought him the music for ‘Jungle Love,’ he wasn’t laughing anymore.

Jesse Johnson
Prince and the Time’s Jesse Johnson jam on “D.M.S.R.” at the Minnesota Music Awards in Bloomington, May 16, 1983; photo stolen from Jesse Johnson’s Facebook.

“Jungle Love” wasn’t Johnson’s first professional writing credit; as longtime readers know, Prince had already used another of his demos as the basis for the Vanity 6 track “Bite the Beat.” But it does seem to have been the first time the boss took his songwriting seriously. “I played tapes of my songs for him, and Prince would literally start laughing,” Johnson told Michael A. Gonzales for Wax Poetics. “He’d call Morris over and be like, ‘Listen to this, listen to this’ and they both laughed. When I brought him the music for ‘Jungle Love,’ he wasn’t laughing anymore” (Gonzales 38).

Indeed, his demo–which he’d intended to offer to former Tower of Power frontman Lenny Williams before playing it for Prince–stands as proof that Johnson was swiftly graduating from his apprenticeship to become a Minneapolis Sound architect in his own right. According to a 2014 Facebook post, he recorded the track alone on a Tascam eight-track reel-to-reel he’d purchased with his per diem money from the 1999 tour (Johnson March 21). Even without Prince’s lyrics and melody, it already slams: building from a slinking big-cat strut of a rhythm guitar and bass groove to (obligatory for a shit-hot lead guitarist) a scorching solo that carries the song from its halfway point almost all the way to the fade.

That solo was absent from the basic track Prince recorded at Sunset on March 26–though Johnson did play rhythm guitar, using Prince’s Hohner “Madcat” Telecaster (Johnson March 22). Also present were Day, keyboardist Jimmy Jam, and bassist Terry Lewis. It doesn’t appear that the latter two contributed to the track, however: The liner notes for 2019’s Originals compilation credit Prince for all instruments except Day’s drums and Johnson’s guitar.

[Prince] had high-heeled boots, no shirt… a bandana tied around his head, and one around each knee. He was just strutting… and it was an angry strut.

Peggy McCreary

One thing we do know, at least, is that the session was rife with tension. McCreary recalled to Pitchfork’s Sam Sodowsky that she “knew it was going to be a bad day by the way [Prince] was walking and how he was dressed. He had high-heeled boots, no shirt–which was very rare–a bandana tied around his head, and one around each knee. He was just strutting… and it was an angry strut. I guess somebody had lost a tape and he was furious” (Sodomsky 2019). The scapegoat for his foul mood–to the Time’s palpable relief–was McCreary herself: “He was on me all day long,” she told Tudahl. “I remember the guys looking at me like, ‘I’m just glad it wasn’t me he was doing this to’” (Tudahl 2018 48).

If Prince was still in a mood when he recorded his guide vocal, it certainly isn’t evident in his performance. In fact, he sounds like he’s having a blast, audibly cutting up over the song’s intro and slipping into his raspy “Jamie Starr” voice for the outro. Elsewhere, he tries yet another persona on for size, delivering his spoken-word midsong proposition (“Come on, baby, where’s your guts? / You wanna make love or what?”) in a decadent, reptilian drawl.

1936 program and dinner menu from the Cotton Club in Harlem, trafficking in the racist tropes of Black sexuality that “Jungle Love” slyly evokes; photo stolen from PBA Galleries.

Like much of the Time’s material, “Jungle Love” is first and foremost a litany of outrageous come-ons for Morris Day to flex his comedic chops to. But the lyrical premise carries an undeniable racial charge: plugging directly into the long history of “jungle” as a euphemism for raw, “primitive” Black music, from Duke Ellington’s “Jungle Band” of the late 1920s and early 1930s to Kool & The Gang’s 1973 funk hit “Jungle Boogie. ” In a possible homage to the latter, Prince–and, later, Day–peppers his vocal with bestial ad-libs, hooting like an ape and squawking like a tropical bird. Even the chanted hook (“Oh-we-oh-we-oh”) recalls a slowed-down and syncopated version of the famous “Tarzan yell” from the 1930s films starring Johnny Weissmuller.

Of course, the significance of all these jungle metaphors wasn’t strictly musical. In his recent memoir, Day describes “Jungle Love” as “Prince’s notion of uninhibited hot sex” (Day 90). This, too, has racialized undercurrents; cultural critic Touré writes that the song “blithely and caricaturishly [sic] embraces stereotypes about the animalistic nature of Black sex” (Touré 73). At one point, its hypersexuality even tips into outright menace, with Prince/Day threatening to “take you to my cage / Lock you up and hide the key.” But there’s a reason why these lines are rarely singled out as problematic. “Jungle Love” invokes racist tropes of Black male sexuality as “dangerous” in order to burlesque them; and while that isn’t quite the same as undermining or dismantling those tropes, at least it isn’t uncritically perpetuating them.

The 1984 music video for the Time’s “Jungle Love,” using footage from the song’s performance in Purple Rain.

The Time’s “Jungle Love” was released on July 9, 1984, on their third and (for then) final album, Ice Cream Castle. The album cut used the same basic track Prince had recorded over a year earlier, adding Day’s vocals and reinstating Johnson’s guitar solo. In many ways, though, it wasn’t until the theatrical release of Purple Rain almost three weeks later that the song made its biggest splash.

Shot, like most of Purple Rain’s musical sequences, at First Avenue in downtown Minneapolis, the “Jungle Love” scene crackles with energy; it’s the closest the film ever comes to selling viewers on its narrative premise that Morris and the Time, rather than Prince’s “the Kid,” are the real stars of the local scene. Miming to a live version of the song recorded on the same stage in October 1983, the band moves like a well-oiled machine. Day, the consummate frontman, pulls faces and preens in the mirror proffered by dancer Jerome Benton, all while wearing a canary-yellow jacket with zebra-print trim that makes him look, in the words of Diffuser’s Jed Gottlieb, like a “pimp on safari” (Gottlieb 2017). Even the extras get their moment in the spotlight, as the camera cuts away to a trio of dancers–actually future NPG members Tony M, Damon Dickson, and Kirk Johnson–popping and locking on the balcony. The only thing missing is, once again, Johnson’s solo: Prince and director Albert Magnoli having apparently decided that there was room for only one guitar hero in the film.

It’s this scene, more than anything else, that guaranteed “Jungle Love” its place in the pop culture canon. When released as a single in December 1984, the song sailed to Number 6 on the Billboard Black Singles chart and Number 20 on the Hot 100: easily the Time’s strongest chart performance to date, exceeded only with the release of their 1990 comeback single “Jerk Out. ” But I don’t hear “Jerk Out” playing in grocery stores or on adult contemporary radio–my admittedly anecdotal measure of middle-of-the-road ubiquity. What I do hear, more often than not, is “Jungle Love”; it belongs on the short list of Prince-adjacent hits most likely to be heard “in the wild,” right up there with “When Doves Cry,” “Raspberry Beret,” and “The Glamorous Life.”

Jay (Jason Mewes) educates a couple of snotty teens on the Mothafuckin’ Time in Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (Kevin Smith, 2001).

Then there’s the more recent pop culture reference that, I’m convinced, introduced a sizeable cohort of my own generation to the song. In the opening moments of Kevin Smith’s 2001 cult comedy Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, the titular Jay (Jason Mewes) breaks into the chorus of “Jungle Love” while selling a nickel bag to a couple of snotty teens in front of a New Jersey convenience store. When the teens ask him what the hell he’s singing, he takes it upon himself to educate them: “You don’t know ‘Jungle Love’?! That shit is the mad notes! Written by God herself and handed down to the greatest band in the world: the Mothafuckin’ Time!” What I took 1,700 words to try and describe, Mewes handled in a couple of sentences; never mind that only he and Smith’s Silent Bob (who, apparently, “modeled [their] whole fuckin’ lives around Morris Day and Jerome”) properly appreciate the song’s genius.

In the end, “Jungle Love” will probably outlive us all; it certainly outlived the Time, who had already quietly disbanded by the time the song and its parent album were released. Today, Morris and Jerome’s “Jungle Love” dance from Purple Rain persists as a kind of proto-TikTok meme, alongside descendants like Kid N Play’s “Funky Charleston” and Alfonso Ribeiro’s “Carlton Dance.” Audience members did it during the Time’s performance at the 2017 Grammy Awards; pop-rock group HAIM did it (as “Morris Day and the HAIM”) on Jimmy Kimmel Live in 2015. Long after the audience (such as it is) for a long-winded unpacking of the musical and cultural significance of “Jungle Love” has dried up, its value as a kitsch object will endure. And, even as someone who decidedly specializes in the former, I find something comforting about that.

(Thanks to Kevin Ford in the comments for reminding me that “Jungle Boogie” is by Kool & The Gang; not, as I somehow managed to claim, the Ohio Players.)

“Jungle Love” (Prince, 1983)
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“Jungle Love” (The Time, 1984)
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The Sims 4 Selvadoradian Culture Skill Guide

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If you want to get into Selvadorada's atmosphere, learn a new dance, discover secret dishes from the local cuisine and learn how to avoid being attacked by fireflies in the jungle, then you Definitely worth checking out for the new Selvadoradian culture skill that was added with the Jungle Adventure playset.

Ways and place of learning Selvadoradian culture

The skill is built entirely on interaction with the locals, because who better than the locals to tell about the culture of their native land. The character traits "Friendly" and "Loves nature" will contribute to the development of the skill. Interactions that develop a skill are highlighted with a special icon. Through these interactions, for example, you can learn some useful information about Selvadorada.

“How to distinguish a local from a tourist?” - you ask. All merchants of the market Puerto Lamante - Indigenous people of Selvadorada. Hence the conclusion - communicate more with traders in the market and you will know the Selvadoradian culture like no other.

Please note that the Puerto Lamante market is not a separate area, but a small part of the WHOLE area, which can be accessed from any area without loading. It is located near the Jaguar Tree Diner section. Based on the fact that the Jaguar Tree Diner market area is rich in merchants, and generally very busy, we recommend developing the skill there.

What's more, by eating local food, Sims will also experience the culture of Selvadorada. You can buy local dishes at the same good old Puerto Lamante . Selvadorada's cuisine offers 7 different and quite specific dishes.

Be warned that Selvadoradian dishes are not for everyone and will take some time for Sims to get used to. At the first levels of the skill, after eating local food, a negative moodlet may appear:

Stages of studying the Selvadoradian culture

level 1

At the beginning of the skill development, sims have 3 actions to communicate with the locals:

  • Ask about the jungle
  • Chat about local attractions
  • Discuss local heritage

Level 2

New special communication action available:

  • Ask about the history of local products
  • Show pictures of Selvadorada

Sims will also learn two local greetings:

  • The first one, " Selvadoradian Greeting ", can be performed when meeting a new Sim.

  • The second - " Local Greeting " becomes available already in the course of communicating with others with Sims.

It is interesting to note that the name of both greetings does not change the meaning, but " Local greeting " is fundamentally different from " Selvadoradian greeting ". Apparently, in Selvadorada, one greeting is accepted with strangers, and a completely different greeting with already familiar Sims.

Level 3

New communication action available:

  • Ask about Omiscan Ruins

The culture of Selvadorada is famous not only for its specific greetings, food and mysterious jungle, but also for its love of singing. With skill level 3, a Sim will learn two new Latin American songs that can be played on the guitar.

Please note that the new songs can only be played if you have reached level 7 guitar skill.

Level 4

The people of Selvadorada already trust you enough to share local legends. To do this, use the new communication action:

  • Ask about local legends

And the heard legends can then be told to other Sims:

And that's not all! Long communication with the locals was not in vain, and now you know the local dance - Rumba . It is enough to click on any stereo system and select the action " Dance Rumba ".

Level 5

Congratulations! You have fully explored the Selvadoradian culture.

The locals have appreciated such a huge interest in their customs and now you can buy secret dishes from the local cuisine in the market by choosing the action " Order food from the secret menu ". There are three dishes to choose from:

You can share your valuable knowledge about Selvadorada with others by compiling travel guides using a computer. It is enough to select the action Write > Write a book of a certain genre. .. > Travel guide .

And of course, you don't have to worry about fireflies in the jungle anymore. Your Sims now know how to avoid their attacks without using the spray.

The Selvadoradian culture skill is certainly not the main gameplay part of the game set, but its knowledge sets the atmosphere for the upcoming adventures and also introduces a wonderful new dance - Rumba. What do you think of the Selvadoradian culture skill? Looking forward to your feedback in the comments!

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MOSCOW, March 13 — RIA Novosti, Irina Khaletskaya. Young mothers dream of sending their daughters to a dance school. Plasticity, refined movements, spotlights - this is only one side of the coin. Constant criticism, harshness, envious glances of rivals - that's another. One of the Yekaterinburg dancers anonymously told RIA Novosti how dancing became a real school of life for her.

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Criticism kept everything

I was only five years old when my mother gave me to dance. She chose the most famous school in the city, the best children's team. Everyone knew that there was a harsh leader and strict requirements. In childhood, everything is perceived too emotionally, any shouting at you is already a whole tragedy. Now, at 23, I understand: there I was prepared for real life.

The desire and money of parents is not the main criterion for getting into the team. You go to preparatory classes for two years, and on the eve of the first grade - selection. A demonstration session is held in front of the leader. She looks at each child and looks for talent in him. Not everyone overcame the "sieve". I really dreamed of dancing and was afraid that they would not take me. At first, it even seemed that I did not pass the selection, a real hysteria began. I remember my mother reassured me: "It's all right, you did it."

However, they were flowers. Since you are dancing, you must go to classes for the next 10 years, that is, all your school life. Many do not withstand either a frantic pace, or demands, or criticism. Gradually the pupils dropped out. Of the twenty boys and girls who were recruited into the team, five people usually reach graduation. Although it happens in different ways: I remember that once 15 people graduated - this is an incredible indicator, an exception. But in the year of my graduation, only I was able to reach the end.

Lessons every day for two hours. But during the period of intensive preparation for concerts and tours in the hall, we could spend six to seven hours, for a child's body this is quite a lot, although by professional standards it's trifles.

An invariable attribute of dance life is criticism. It seems to me that everything rests on it. But after such a school, it is difficult to bring you to tears. You don’t show character, you don’t slam the door, because you understand very well that someone else will always be put in your place.

The main thing I learned is that if they work with you, criticize, spend time on you, then you are needed and worth something. The worst thing is when they don’t pay attention at all, as if you are an empty place.

The more hangers, the cooler

Any attempts to humiliate each other were severely suppressed within the team. No one spoiled anyone's suits, put buttons in their shoes, as they like to show in the movies. An unspoken indicator of status is a wardrobe trunk, a cover for suits. The heavier it is, the more hangers sticking out of it, the higher your position. This adds credibility in the eyes of other children.

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The coolest at the reporting concert danced almost every other number. They wore costumes, quickly changed clothes and went on stage again. They were admired. But there were also those who were rarely staged and were not given solo parts. I belonged to the golden mean. I had solo numbers - this is when no more than eight people are on stage at the same time and each has its own separate part. But it also happened that in the program I performed only one or two dances.

Basically, we had the law of the jungle. In any dance number there is a main cast and those who are "on the safe side". You are like a predator: if you are not in the main cast, but really want to dance this number, you choose the weakest dancer and repeat all his movements.

At rehearsals in the corner, you dance just as diligently, with the same emotional return, as if it were your demonstration performance: there are chances that you will be noticed and put in the squad.

However, miracles were rare. I remember that I really wanted to dance one number - the team went with him to a foreign festival. And here is the rehearsal. I, not suspecting that the tickets had already been bought, the visas had been made, stubbornly did not allow the thought that my efforts were of no use. I danced in the second line-up in the backyards, giving my best. I was sure that ten minutes before the end of the rehearsal they would put me in a room. In the end, of course, they didn’t take me, and then I was killed for a long time.

Eternal "Lose weight!"

Criticism was sometimes harsh, even offensive. What is the eternal "Lose weight!". I was lucky: there were no extreme diets. Until the age of 14, she could eat a large chocolate bar every day. This is because I spent a lot of energy during the day, I simply did not have time to gain extra pounds. I knew that I would not build a dancing career, therefore, in addition to dancing and lessons at school, I also went to a tutor. So the day was full.

"Splits" girls usually at 14-15 years old - puberty. I had a tendency to be overweight, and I had to give up daily chocolates. But diets "not for life, but for death" were not welcome. This is impractical: dancers who suddenly began to lose weight often could not gather strength and perform exercises during training. As a result, everything ended with a serious conversation between the teacher and the parents so that they would influence the child.

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One dancer in the group was chubby by stage standards. Naturally, she "flyed" for this. And at some point, she began to lose weight dramatically: she denied herself almost everything, tried different types of diets from women's magazines, didn’t really eat. As a result, in two months she was blown away twice. Everyone noticed it. But although she did not have any eating disorders, and she felt good, the teacher was afraid that the obsession with losing weight would cause psychological changes, and gave her a recommendation: "Every day, one ice cream."

Our leader always said what and when to eat and what not. She didn't give "one egg a week" ultimatums. On the contrary, she explained which sweets would not harm us: marmalade, marshmallows, marshmallows. I realized that we are children first and foremost.

Weight played a cruel joke on me after my studies: I gave up dancing, entered the university and gained a lot of weight. There were no more crazy loads, but I ate as before.

The crunch in the knees, feet, neck and back reminds me of dancing in childhood. Sometimes at 23 without exercise you feel "wooden". In order not to fall apart, you need to constantly play sports.

Crying is shameful

All dance teachers have an expression "to dance at full speed" - it means to do not at full strength, without effort. For this, basically, it gets it. If you are tired and stop or cheat, you will be scolded.

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Some of the exercises were really super difficult and were difficult for many. But in the classroom, despite the calluses and swollen feet, no one cried, it was considered the most shameful act. Not at all because you will get a kick from the teacher for being "damp", but because you are ashamed in front of the guys: everyone gets tired, but no one roars.

Tears in dancing are a sign of weakness. You can cry at home, with mom or dad on your chest. They will take pity on you, they will even say: "Yes, drop everything." And after that, I definitely didn’t want to quit: how can I pick it up and leave when so much has already been done?

Those who danced usually didn't have a private life, everyone was obsessed with classes. Girls dancers have a good figure - of course, they are of interest to guys, but they just don’t have time for it.

Although the popularity still blew their heads off some people - they started dating boys from the age of 14, but this was severely suppressed. It was possible to fly out of the dance group for love passion at once.

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