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British actor and singer Murray Head raps the verses, while the chorus is sung by Anders Glenmarka Swedish singer, songwriter and producer. It peaked at No. The full version of the song begins with an orchestral introduction, entitled "Bangkok", of Oriental style. This serves as the introduction to Act Praise Shall Be My Song - Henry & Hazel Slaughter - Praise Be My Song in the original musical album, feeding into the first verse of "One Night in Bangkok" itself with an abrupt change in musical style.
The main song has a pop The Saga Begins - DJ Smoke - The One And Only 100% Primo, whose lyrics compare the Thai capital city and its nightlife with the game of chess.
In the original concept album for the musical, Swedish artist Anders Glenmark sang in the chorus, whereas the verses are a rap originally performed by Murray Head as the American chess grandmaster, a character known as Frederick "Freddie" Trumper in the staged versions. In the staged versions, a musical ensemble performs the choruses.
These sarcastic denunciations led to Thailand's Mass Communications Organisation issuing a ban on the song insaying its lyrics "cause misunderstanding about Thai society and show disrespect towards Buddhism".
The lyrics mention actor Yul Brynnerabout six months before his death, who had famously played the King of Siam in the Broadway musical and the film The King and I and for which Brynner received several Tony awards and the Oscar for best actor.
Other Thai-related references in the lyrics include ones to "Siam" Thailand's former namethe Oriental Hotel the " Somerset Maugham suite"the sport of Muay Thai "I get my kicks above the waistline"and kathoeys "You'll find a god in every golden cloister — And if you're lucky then the god's a she".
The " Tyrolean spa" mentioned early in the song refers to Merano in the South Tyrol region of Italythe site of Act 1 of the musical. It also mentions three places where chess tournaments were previously held: Iceland ; the Philippines ; and HastingsUK. In the original London production of Chessthe setting for the song is an interview by Freddie, who is in Bangkok to serve as a TV analyst for a match involving his rival, world champion and Russian defector Anatoly Sergievsky. In the original Broadway production of the musical, the song appears not at the start of Act 2, but rather in the middle One Night In Bangkok (De La Comédie Musicale Chess) - Robey - One Night In Bangkok Act 1, whereas in this version, the world championship of Freddie vs.
Anatoly takes place in Bangkok. While Head's "Bangkok" was just starting to climb the Billboard HotCanadian singer and actress Robey hit the charts with her own version. It spent three weeks on the Hot in Marchpeaking at no. InGerman group Vinylshakerz remixed the song. It was released in March as the lead single from their debut album, Very Superior. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For the Sodom album, One Night In Bangkok (De La Comédie Musicale Chess) - Robey - One Night In Bangkok One Night in Bangkok album.
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