Fire (Electric Six album)

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Fire
Studio album by Electric Six
Released May 20, 2003
Genre Dance-punk, hard rock, funk rock, comedy rock
Length 38:05
Label XL Recordings
Producer Damien Mendis and Stuart Bradbury
Electric Six chronology
Fire
(2003)
Señor Smoke
(2005)
Singles from
Fire
  1. "Danger! High Voltage"
    Released: 6 January 2003 (2003-01-06)
  2. "Gay Bar"
    Released: 2 June 2003 (2003-06-02)
  3. "Dance Commander"
    Released: 13 October 2003 (2003-10-13)
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic (70/100) [1]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[2]
Robert Christgau A− [3]
Amazon.com (positive)[4]
Dotmusic (4/10)[5]
The Guardian 3/5 stars[6]
The A.V. Club (positive)[7]
Pitchfork Media (4.0/10)[8]
PopMatters (NR)[9]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[10]
Spendid Magazine (negative)[11]
Village Voice (positive)[12]

Fire is the debut album of Electric Six, released in 2003.

The album received generally positive critical reviews.[13] Rolling Stone called the album "the summer's most brilliantly demented party record"[14] and Blender hailed the music as "convincingly ferocious".[15]

Three singles were released from the album: "Danger! High Voltage", which reached #10 in the U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales chart and #2 in the UK Singles Chart; "Gay Bar", which reached #5 in the UK Singles Chart; and "Dance Commander", which reached #40 in the UK Singles Chart.

Fire went gold in the United Kingdom on September 5, 2003. Later that year, the album was re-released with a bonus DVD containing the music videos for all three singles from the album.

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Tyler Spencer; all music composed by Tyler Spencer except where noted.

  1. "Dance Commander" – 2:37
  2. "Electric Demons in Love" – 3:06
  3. "Naked Pictures (Of Your Mother)" – 2:11
  4. "Danger! High Voltage" (Joe Frezza/Steve Nawara/Anthony Selph/Tyler Spencer) – 3:34
  5. "She's White" – 3:16
  6. "I Invented the Night" – 3:17
  7. "Improper Dancing" – 3:14
  8. "Gay Bar" – 2:20
  9. "Nuclear War (On the Dance Floor)" – 1:16
  10. "Getting Into the Jam" – 2:14
  11. "Vengeance and Fashion" – 2:46
  12. "I'm the Bomb" – 4:18
  13. "Synthesizer" – 4:00

Japanese bonus tracks[edit]

  1. "Don't Be Afraid of the Robot" – 1:40
  2. "Remote Control (Me)" – 2:21
  3. "I Lost Control of My Rock & Roll" – 1:47

Bonus DVD[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2003) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Top Electronic Albums 5
U.S. Billboard Top Independent Albums 38
UK Albums Chart 7

Reception and use[edit]

  • As the single "Gay Bar" was released around the time of the American invasion of Iraq, radio airplay changed a line from "Let's start a war, start a nuclear war, at the gay bar" to "Let's do an edit, do a radio edit, at the gay bar!". In the official music video for the song, the words nuclear and war were censored by a 'whip' sound effect.
  • The album track "Gay Bar" has been used in the art film Allah ho Gaybar by artist Sooreh Hera. The film has been taken down from YouTube and stopped from showing in the Netherlands. During a showing in Sweden, the film also provoked attacks by Muslims against artist Lars Vilks during a lecture.
  • The album track "Dance Commander" was used in the film Stick It starring Missy Peregrym and Jeff Bridges.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Fire Reviews". Metacritic. 2003-05-20. Retrieved 2013-05-25. 
  2. ^ Allmusic review
  3. ^ "CG: Electric Six". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 2013-05-25. 
  4. ^ Amazon.com review
  5. ^ Dotmusic review
  6. ^ The Guardian review
  7. ^ The A.V. Club review
  8. ^ Pitchfork Media review
  9. ^ PopMatters review
  10. ^ Rolling Stone review
  11. ^ Spendid Magazine review
  12. ^ Village Voice review
  13. ^ Electric Six: Fire (2003) Reviews at MetaCritic.com.
  14. ^ Rob Sheffield (June 26, 2003). "Electric Six: Fire : Music Reviews". Rolling Stone. Retrieved October 22, 2009. 
  15. ^ James Slaughter (May 20, 2003). "Fire". Blender. Retrieved October 22, 2009.