Jungle Love is the fourth track on The Time's third album Ice Cream Castle, and, five months after the album's release, Jungle Love was released as the album's third single. The song also features in the movie Purple Rain.
Jungle Love was written by Morris Day and Prince under the pseudonym Jamie Starr. It was co-produced by Morris Day and Prince using the name The Starr Company.
A 1998 live version recorded by Morris Day was released in 2004 on his album It's About Time, but this has no input by Prince and is not included here, as it is considered a cover version.
Initial tracking took place on 26 March 1983 at Sunset Sound, Hollywood, CA, USA (the day before My Summertime Thang and Cloreen Bacon Skin).
While reflecting on the track's history on Facebook in 2014, Jesse Johnson wrote:
Jungle Love- Saved my food $ the 1999 Tour came home bought a Tascam reel to reel 8 track recorder and came up with music for JUNGLE! Prince [wrote?] every word+melody and kilted it (...) I used Prince's Hohner Tele to play the rhythm guitar part ... Did the solo at a later date in LA @ Sunset Sound using the Pink G&L prototype + my fawn colored 1979 Marshall JCM 800.
Indicating that a second recording date took place. He continued:
Foster Sylvers was sitting next to me ... with Peggy M. as I laid the solo. I didn't put much into it because I knew from how LOW the volume was on my solo on "My Drawers" i[t] wasn't really going to get heard very well anyway (unless you laid on the speakers).
Since My Drawers was recorded in January 1984, it seems likely his solo was recorded around the same time. Jesse Johnson was initially included in the credits when submitted for copyright in May 1984, but after he left the band, his name was removed from the credits when the track was released.