Fire (Ohio Players song)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Single by Ohio Players
from the album Fire
B-side "Together "
Released November 1974
Genre Funk, disco, soul
Length 3:12 (Single version)
4:36 (Album version)
Label Mercury
Writer(s) Billy Beck, Leroy "Sugarfoot" Bonner, Marshall "Rock" Jones, Ralph "Pee Wee" Middlebrooks, Ohio Players, Clarence "Satch" Satchell, James "Diamond" Williams
Ohio Players singles chronology
"Skin Tight"
"I Want to Be Free"

"Fire" is a hit song by R&B/funk band 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 the Hot Soul Singles chart in early 1975.[1] It spent five weeks atop the soul chart. "Fire" was the Ohio Players' only entry on the new disco/dance chart, where it peaked at #10.[2] The tune is considered to be the band's signature song along with "Love Rollercoaster."

The song was recorded at Mercury Records' 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. The song is 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. For their 2014 album For the Love of Money, industrial hip hop outfit Tackhead covered the song.[3]

It is currently used as the theme song to the FOX reality series Hell's Kitchen.

The guitar solo break was frequently used as an outro from the Top Ten segment by The CBS Orchestra on Late Show with David Letterman, with the song's ending added during presentation of the Top Ten on Letterman's final show in 2015.[4] It was also sampled for Da Lench Mob's rap "You and Your Heroes" from Guerillas in tha Mist, and was referenced in the song "Sweet Revenge" by the Japanese pop group Dreams Come True.

The composer of Wild Cherry's hit song "Play That Funky Music" has indicated that "Fire" was the inspiration.

Chart positions[edit]

Charts Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 1
U.S. Billboard Hot Soul Singles 1


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 437. 
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Hot Dance/Disco: 1974-2003. Record Research. p. 193. 
  3. ^ "Discography: For the Love of Money". 2004. Retrieved October 1, 2014. 
  4. ^ "David Letterman signs off from 'Late Show'". Los Angeles Times. May 20, 2015. Retrieved May 21, 2015. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
"Laughter in the Rain" by Neil Sedaka
Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
February 8, 1975 (one week)
Succeeded by
"You're No Good" by Linda Ronstadt
Preceded by
"You're the First, the Last, My Everything" by Barry White
Billboard's Hot Soul Singles number-one single
January 25, 1975 - February 1, 1975 (two weeks)
Succeeded by
"Happy People" by The Temptations