The Fireman (band)
Youth and Paul McCartney
|Genres||Rock, ambient, electronica, hard rock, psychedelic rock, experimental rock|
|Labels||Hydra/EMI Records (UK)
Capitol/EMI Records (US)
One Little Indian (UK)
ATO Records/MPL (US)
MapleMusic Recordings (Canada)
The Fireman is the moniker given to electronic music experiments created by Paul McCartney and Youth (Martin Glover). In 1993, the duo of McCartney and Youth released its first album, Strawberries Oceans Ships Forest, and followed that with Rushes in 1998. In 2000, Youth also took part in McCartney's similarly styled Liverpool Sound Collage. The duo's most recent album, Electric Arguments, is available on its website, as well as on CD in many stores.
The band had remained anonymous until 2008.
In June 2008, McCartney's official website announced that a track called "Lifelong Passion (Sail Away)", from the album Electric Arguments, would be issued as a limited-edition download to fans who donated to the charity Adopt-A-Minefield. The album was released on the label One Little Indian on 24 November 2008. The new album features more traditional songs, in which there are vocals (the first time on any of their albums). The majority of the album's vocals come from McCartney.
The duo borrowed the title "Electric Arguments" from the poem "Kansas City to St. Louis" by Allen Ginsberg. In Wired magazine, McCartney stated this was because "he's been looking at the beauty of word combinations rather than their meaning."
|“||We had a ball making this album, and it was a great departure because it seemed more like improv theatre. In the improv spirit, there are William Burroughs-type cut-ups in the lyrics. I came to "Sing the Changes," as well as all the other songs in the album, with absolutely no concept of what the melody or lyrics would be about. So it was like writing on the spot, which I think lent an electricity to the whole sound.||”|
—Paul McCartney 
The acoustic guitarist in the band plays a Maple Taylor 12-String Jumbo.
- "Transpiritual Stomp/Arizona Light Mix" (1993)
- "Rushes" (1998)
- "Appletree Cinnabar Amber"
- "Bison (long one)"
- Fluid (Nitin Sawhney Remixes) (1999)
- "Fluid (out of body and mind mix)"
- "Fluid (out of body mix)"
- "Fluid (out of body with sitar mix)"
- "Sing the Changes" (2008)
- "Dance Til We're High" (2009)
- "Night of a Thousand Dinners". Paul McCartney. Retrieved 2008-06-16.
- Thiessen, Brock (29 September 2008). "Paul McCartney Preps New Fireman Record".
- Buskirk, Eliot Van (2008-11-18). "Video: Paul McCartney and Youth Talk 'The Fireman'". Wired. Retrieved 2008-11-18.
- Jonathon Cott, Rolling Stone, Jan. 22 2009. Paul McCartney Q&A: Behind the Fireman's New Psych-Pop Gem. retrieved 3 May 2009.
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