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"Juke Joint Jezebel" is a song by industrial rock group KMFDM from their 1995 album Nihil. It is KMFDM's most widely known song to date, with around three million copies of the song sold across various releases.[2][3]

The music for the song was written primarily by KMFDM frontman Sascha Konietzko, who asked returning band member Raymond Watts to write the lyrics for "Juke Joint Jezebel" as well as a few other tracks from Nihil.[4] Also credited as authors are En Esch and Günter Schulz.[5] When mixing the song, Konietzko thought it sounded too "awful" to be included on Nihil, but TVT Records, to whom KMFDM were signed at the time, wanted to put it on the album, certain it would become a hit.[6]

In KMFDM's profile for Trouser Press, Neil Strauss highlights Watts' lyrics and looped guitar riffs and electro-funk beats as the song's main features[7] In a 2013 book Assimilate: A Critical History of Industrial Music, musician and scholar S. Alexander Reed called the song "iconic",[8] citing it as an example of industrial music's "use of gestures from traditional African-derived musics...", and notes "a massive gospel choir" of backup singers in the chorus. In addition to this, the "sleazy and exuberant" chorus features a harmonic use of the Mixolydian mode, which seems to "set the song apart from industrial conventions," with lyrics describing pleasure from self-destruction, "tapping into shallow perceptions of religious fervor and lasciviousness."[9]

"Juke Joint Jezebel" single was initially released on February 28, 1995. After the release of Nihil, a second version of the single was released with additional remixes by Italian record producer Giorgio Moroder. The Canadian release of Juke Joint Jezebel: The Giorgio Moroder Mixes includes a bonus CD titled The Year Of The Pig Collection, which feature one track each from KMFDM's previous six studio albums, as well "Fuck Me" from Sin Sex & Salvation. "Juke Joint Jezebel" was also released on a 12" entitled Year of the Pig.[10] The single did not enter the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart, but peaked at number 27 on the Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart.[11][2]: 97 

The song was accompanied by two music videos, both directed by Eric Zimmerman.[12] The first, set to the single edit of album version and featured later on Beat by Beat by Beat compilation, combines the live footage with the animations from the Patlabor 1 anime.[13] The other video, set to Moroder's "Metropolis" remix, was released to promote the Mortal Kombat (1995) film and uses footage from the film. MTV was reluctant to air the video, objecting to the footage featuring violence.[14]

The original version of the song is in the 1995 film Bad Boys, while abovementioned "Metropolis" remix headlined the compilation album Mortal Kombat (1995) soundtrack.[15][6] Both soundtracks eventually went platinum.[16][17] The album version of the song can also be heard in the "Home is Where the Tart Is" episode of Beverly Hills, 90210.[18][6]

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