Fire Water Burn
"Fire Water Burn" is the first single from Bloodhound Gang's second album One Fierce Beer Coaster. The chorus of the song is derived from the song "The Roof Is on Fire" by Rock Master Scott & the Dynamic Three, yet sung considerably slower. The song was remixed for the CD single by God Lives Underwater.
|"Fire Water Burn"|
|Single by Bloodhound Gang|
|from the album One Fierce Beer Coaster|
|Released||April 3, 1997|
|Bloodhound Gang singles chronology|
|Fire Water Burn|
The single charted on two US Billboard charts in 1997, reaching number 18 on the Modern Rock Tracks chart and number 28 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. The song was more successful abroad, reaching number two in Norway, number four in the Netherlands, number five in Iceland and the top 10 in Denmark, New Zealand and Sweden; it has gone Platinum in the latter two countries.
"Fire Water Burn" makes a variety of references to numerous figures from popular culture. These include the musicians Barry White, Frank Black, Marvin Gaye, Martha Raye, Lawrence Welk, Kurt Cobain and Jimi Hendrix, the fictional characters Han Solo and Webster, the television show Kojak, the actor Emmanuel Lewis, the author Mark Twain, and U.S. president John F. Kennedy.
The lyric, "we don't need no water, let the motherfucker burn" can also be found in the Bratmobile song "Polaroid Baby" from their 1993 album Pottymouth. The censored version replaces "motherfucker" with a donkey braying.
Additionally, the song makes a modified quote from the Pixies song "Monkey Gone to Heaven", with the lyrics, "if man is five and the devil is six then that must make me seven / this honky's gone to heaven" rather than "so if man is five / then the devil is six / then God is seven / this monkey's gone to heaven". The song is also musically similar to the latter half of the Pixies song "The Happening" from their album Bossanova.
Billboard commented on the song, "Is the world ready-or in need-of a new act mining ground broken by the Beastie Boys and Ugly Kid Joe a number of years ago? Probably not, but here comes the Bloodhound Gang anyway. And this (...) proves to be quite the guilty pleasure. The words of this chugging funk/rocker are extremely amusing and are delivered with a monotone howl that gets its bounce from grinding turntable scratching and fuzz guitar lines."
The song's music video features the band performing in a retirement home's cafeteria. As the song progresses, lead vocalist Jimmy Pop leaves the stage and performs numerous spontaneous actions in front of a group of unresponsive senior citizens, including dancing suggestively on tables and making awkward facial gestures. The video culminates when the elderly notice the band, and are rejuvenated by their performance. With the retirement home now filled with a rock concert-like atmosphere, the band exits the stage with numerous senior citizens. The final shot of the video reveals that the retirement home was specifically designated for the deaf, the joke being if they weren't impaired they would have left as soon as they noticed the band.
The video is introduced by "Pat Minfield" (portrayed by Pop), a parody of Matt Pinfield, the host of MTV's music video show 120 Minutes (which is presented in the video as 120 Midgets). The intro sees Pop's Minfield, in a fashion similar to Pinfield, trying to make a connection between Alex Karras, Blazing Saddles, Mel Brooks, Anne Bancroft, The Graduate, Simon & Garfunkel, Diana Ross, The Wiz and Michael Jackson.
|New Zealand (RMNZ)||Platinum||10,000*|
|Norway (IFPI Norway)||Gold|
* Sales figures based on certification alone.
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