Fire (Ohio Players song)
|Single by The Ohio Players|
|from the album Fire|
|Length||3:12 (Single version)
4:36 (Album version)
|Writer(s)||Billy Beck, Leroy "Sugarfoot" Bonner, Marshall "Rock" Jones, Ralph "Pee Wee" Middlebrooks, The Ohio Players, Clarence "Satch" Satchell, James "Diamond" Williams|
|The Ohio Players singles chronology|
"Fire" is a hit song by R&B/funk band The Ohio Players. The song was the opening track from the album of the same name and hit #1 on both the Billboard Hot 100 - where it was succeeded by Linda Ronstadt's 'You're No Good' - and five weeks at the top of the Hot Soul Singles chart in early 1975. "Fire" was the Ohio Players only entry on the new disco/dance chart, where it peaked at number ten. The tune is considered to be the band's signature song.
The song was recorded at Mercury Record's Chicago-based studio. While performing it in California, the band let Stevie Wonder hear the basic track for the song and he predicted that it would become a big hit. This song was noted for its sound of a siren recorded from a fire truck, heard at the beginning, as well as in the instrumental break in the middle. The edit version avoided much of the repetition of the music.
A cover of the song was released by Canadian New Wave band Platinum Blonde on their third album Contact in 1987. Another cover, also from 1987, is featured on the album Rhythm Killers by Sly and Robbie, produced by Bill Laswell.
The guitar solo break was sampled for Da Lench Mob's rap "You and Your Heroes" from Guerillas in tha Mist, and was also referenced in the song "Sweet Revenge" by the Japanese pop group Dreams Come True.
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||1|
|U.S. Billboard Hot Soul Singles||1|
"Laughter in the Rain" by Neil Sedaka
|Billboard Hot 100 number one single
February 8, 1975 (one week)
"You're No Good" by Linda Ronstadt
"You're the First, the Last, My Everything" by Barry White
|Billboard's Hot Soul Singles number one single
January 25, 1975 (two weeks)
"Happy People" by The Temptations
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