Canned Heat (song)

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"Canned Heat"
Single by Jamiroquai
from the album Synkronized
B-side "Deeper Underground" (Chillington Mix)
"Wolf In Sheep's Clothing"
Released 24 May 1999 (1999-05-24)
Format CD, 12", Cassette
Recorded 1998–1999
Genre Disco,[1] Pop
Length 3:19 (radio edit)
3:46 (7" edit)
5:30 (album version)
Label Sony Soho Square
Producer(s) Al Stone, Toby Smith
Jamiroquai singles chronology
"Deeper Underground"
"Canned Heat"

"Canned Heat" is the second single from British funk/acid jazz band Jamiroquai's fourth studio album, Synkronized, released in 1999. The song was their second #1 on the U.S. Dance Chart and peaked at #4 on the UK Singles Chart. The music video was directed by Jonas Åkerlund. The song is used in the film Napoleon Dynamite, as background music during the title character's famous dance performance before a high school assembly.

Track listing[edit]

UK CD1 (667302 2)
  1. "Canned Heat" (7" Edit) – 3:46
  2. "Canned Heat" (Radio Edit) – 3:19
  3. "Wolf In Sheep's Clothing" – 4:00
UK CD2 (667302 5)
  1. "Canned Heat" (7" Edit) – 3:46
  2. "Canned Heat" (Album Version) – 5:30
  3. "Deeper Underground" (Chillington Mix) – 6:56
Cassette (667302 4)
  1. "Canned Heat" (7" Edit) – 3:46
  2. "Wolf In Sheep's Clothing" – 4:00


Over the numerous releases of the "Canned Heat" single, two B-Sides exist. "Wolf In Sheep's Clothing" is a funky instrumental that features an intro of two drum beats that lasts about 1.5 seconds and then enters a strongly bass driven repetitive melody. Many keyboard effects are used throughout the song's 4:00 minute duration. The song enters a percussion section at 3:07 and lasts for the remainder of the song slowly fading out from 3:45. The song can be found only on the Canned Heat single and some editions of the Synkronized album, the Australian double disc release being an example.

Nowhere on the single or in the music notes of editions of Synkronized containing the song does it list who it was written or recorded by. There is a possibility that the track may be a Synkronized outtake that was written and recorded while Stuart Zender was still a part of the band and removed from the majority releases after it was re-recorded, or the song may have been recorded for the single.

"Deeper Underground - Chillington Mix" is featured on the second release of "Canned Heat". Chillington is not the name of an artist or DJ, but the name of the studios at Jay's Home in Buckinghamshire. The Chillington Mix samples heavily from the Jamiroquai song Getinfunky which is found on some special releases of Synkronized, such as the Japanese release where it replaced "Deeper Underground" as the bonus track, and alongside Wolf In Sheep's Clothing on the Australian double disc. On the High Times: The Singles DVD, Jay comments on a bonus feature that the original Godzilla song was just made of "Ominous noises" which strongly matches the sound of Getinfunky. When the title or the remix and "Ominous noises" evidence is pared it strongly suggests that "Getinfunky" is an early version of the Godzilla song which later evolved into "Deeper Underground".

Music video[edit]

In the music video, Jay Kay is in his London apartment awake on his bed, he decides to get up and put his shoes on. Once he does he then talks to one of his walls and then phases through the wall into a living room. He then does a bit of dancing around, before leaping through another wall into a dining room as he dances on the table messing up the set up as he swings on a chandelier through another wall into a room where a party is going on, as he dances about he even has a bit of floating around. He then floats off and emerges into a bathroom as he does some dancing and he then goes into a couples room and does a bit of dancing and messing around before going back to the party room and doing more dancing there. He then goes to the corridor and jumps through a door into a room of a couple having sexual intercourse as he keeps dancing and messing about before flying into the TV. He sings as he flies while shifting positions before making it back to the party room, as he then goes to a kitchen and messes the room up turning a table over, knocking the chairs over, before leaping back to the party room again, after that he leaps to a room with four girls inside having a get together as he slides and dances about on the ceiling in the room before going back to the party room and then merges outside the room, leaping around a corridor and merging at some stairs before going through a door and going back down another corridor back to his apartment where he collapses back on the bed and falls asleep.

Popular culture[edit]

"Canned Heat" is featured in the feature film Napoleon Dynamite, during the title character's dance performance at the end of a high school assembly. The song is also featured in the film Center Stage, released in 2000, in which the dancers perform a piece to this song at the end of the movie. Also, the song was used in the rhythm based Xbox 360 game Dance Dance Revolution Universe 3. The music video was played in the background as the song would be played. A cover of the song was featured in a level of the game Elite Beat Agents. Another cover of the song was featured in the European version of Donkey Konga. The song was also featured in the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 tennis game, Top Spin 3. A newer cover of the song, entitled "Kashyyyk", appeared in the game Kinect Star Wars.

The song was featured in Lone Survivor, where a rookie jokingly dances in front of a group of unsatisfied Navy SEALS before making a speech to them.


Chart (1999) Peak
Australian Singles Chart[2] 20
Belgian Singles Chart (Flandres)[3] 43
Belgian Singles Chart (Wallonia)[4] 39
Canadian Singles Chart[5] 7
Canadian RPM Dance/Urban Chart[6] 7
Dutch Singles Chart[7] 31
Finnish Singles Chart[8] 3
French Singles Chart[9] 30
German Singles Chart[10] 28
Irish Singles Chart[11] 14
Italian Singles Chart[12] 5
Norwegian Singles Chart[13] 15
New Zealand Singles Chart[14] 26
Swedish Singles Chart[15] 35
Swiss Singles Chart[16] 9
UK Singles Chart[17] 4
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play[18] 1


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Preceded by
"My Love Is Your Love" by Whitney Houston
Billboard Hot Dance Club Play number-one single
11 September 1999
Succeeded by
"Five Fathoms (Love More)" by Everything but the Girl