Lisa tells me that today is Tarzan Day so, in honor of the Lord of the Jungle, today’s music video of the day is Toy-Box’s Tarzan and Jane.
106 years ago, Tarzan made his debut in an issue of The All-Story. Created by Edgar Rice Burroughs, Tarzan was actually John Clayton, Viscount Greystoke. Born to British nobility, Tarzan was raised in the jungle by a tribe of apes. Tarzan’s great love was an American named Jane Porter. After marrying Jane, Tarzan would divide his time between England and Africa, always returning to the jungle whenever the hypocrisy of civilization became too much for him to deal with.
The character of Tarzan would go on to star in numerous films and television shows. He’s been played by everyone from Johnny Weissmuller to Buster Crabbe to Ron Ely. In the music video for Toy-Box’s Tarzan and Jane, he’s played by Amir El-Falaki. El-Falaki was one half of Toy-Box. The other half, Anila Mirza, plays Jane.
Toy-Box was a Danish pop group. They never achieved much fame in the United States but they were briefly big in Scandinavia. Tarzan and Jane was their biggest hit, especially after it was re-released in 1999 to coincide with the release of Disney’s animated Tarzan. Tarzan was not anything special but it will always be remembered for unleashing the Phil Collins ballad, You’ll Be In My Heart, on an unsuspecting world.
Four years after the release of Tarzan and Jane, Toy-Box broke up but they have recently reunited and performed for a series of 90s concerts.