Fire Water Burn

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"Fire Water Burn"
Single by The Bloodhound Gang
from the album One Fierce Beer Coaster
Released April 3, 1997
Format CD, 12"
Recorded 1996
Genre Alternative hip hop, comedy rock
Length 4:51
Label Jimmy Franks Recording Company
Republic Records
Geffen Records (1998 re-release)
Writer(s) Jimmy Pop, Rock Master Scott & the Dynamic Three
Producer(s) Jimmy Pop
The Bloodhound Gang singles chronology
"Mama Say"
1995
"Fire Water Burn"
1997
"Kiss Me Where It Smells Funny"
1997
Fire Water Burn
12 inch cover

"Fire Water Burn" is the second single from The Bloodhound Gang's 1996 (re-released in 1998) 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 ranked among the top songs on the Billboard Charts in 1997, reaching #18 on the Modern Rock Tracks, and also #28 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks. It made number 4 on the Dutch Top 40. "Fire Water Burn" was remixed for the CD single by God Lives Underwater. It appeared in the soundtrack of Fahrenheit 9/11, The Nutty Professor and CKY4.[1]

Music video[edit]

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 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).

Outside references[edit]

"Fire Water Burn" makes a variety of references to numerous figures from popular culture. These include the musicians Jimmy Pop, 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.[2]

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".

References in other media[edit]

  • Ben Stiller quotes the song while in an angry rampage in the film Mystery Men.
  • The song is featured in the Michael Moore documentary Fahrenheit 9/11.
  • The song is featured in the movie "Some Girl" (1998), written by and starring Marissa Ribisi
  • The song is featured in the film, Head of State (2003), written, directed by and starring Chris Rock.
  • The song is featured in the movie "8 Mile"

References[edit]

  1. ^ IMDB.com, Bloodhound Gang Retrieved on March 17, 2007
  2. ^ Bloodhoundgang.com, Lyrics Schmyrics — Fire Water Burn Retrieved on March 17, 2007

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