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Thela Hun Ginjeet

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"Thela Hun Ginjeet"
Single by King Crimson
from the album Discipline
B-side"Elephant Talk"
Released1981 (Spain)
LabelWarner Records
Songwriter(s)Adrian Belew, Bill Bruford, Robert Fripp and Tony Levin
Producer(s)King Crimson, Rhett Davies
King Crimson singles chronology
"Matte Kudasai"
"Thela Hun Ginjeet"

"Thela Hun Ginjeet" is a single by the band King Crimson, released in 1981 and on the album Discipline (1981). The song name is an anagram of "heat in the jungle", which is a reference to crime in the city. (The term "heat" is American slang for firearms or for police.)

While "Thela Hun Ginjeet" is in 4
time, Robert Fripp's electric guitar plays in 7
time during much of the song, creating a polymetric effect. The instrumental middle section of the song features a recording of Adrian Belew's voice, in which he describes being confronted by a British Jamaican street gang and subsequently the police while walking around Notting Hill Gate in London with a tape recorder.[2]

Live versions


During King Crimson's tours in support of Discipline and its successor Beat, Belew would tell the story while the song was being performed. During the Beat tour, the story-telling was somewhat improvised. From the Three of a Perfect Pair tour onwards, this was dropped, leaving only the sung lyrics, although the original recording was played during tours in the band's mid-1990s "double trio" era.

Cover versions


Track listing


7" version

  1. "Thela Hun Ginjeet" (Adrian Belew, Bill Bruford, Robert Fripp, Tony Levin)
  2. "Elephant Talk" (Belew, Bruford, Fripp, Levin)

12" version

  1. "Thela Hun Ginjeet" (dance mix) (Belew, Bruford, Fripp, Levin)
  2. "Elephant Talk" (Belew, Bruford, Fripp, Levin)
  3. "Indiscipline" (Belew, Bruford, Fripp, Levin)




  1. ^ "Discipline - King Crimson | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 2017-08-30.
  2. ^ Adrian Belew. "elephant blog: Anecdote # 808". Archived from the original on 2011-07-08. Retrieved 2010-11-13.
  3. ^ "Thela Hun Ginjeet by King Crimson Song Statistics | setlist.fm". www.setlist.fm. Retrieved 2017-08-30.