Fire Water Burn

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"Fire Water Burn"
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Single by Bloodhound Gang
from the album One Fierce Beer Coaster
ReleasedApril 3, 1997
FormatCD, 12"
LabelJimmy Franks Recording Company
Republic Records
Geffen Records
Songwriter(s)Jimmy Pop, Rock Master Scott & the Dynamic Three
Producer(s)Jimmy Pop
Bloodhound Gang singles chronology
"Mama Say"
"Fire Water Burn"
"I Wish I Was Queer So I Could Get Chicks"
Fire Water Burn
12 inch cover
12 inch cover
Music video
"Fire Water Burn" on YouTube

"Fire Water Burn" is the first single from Bloodhound Gang's second 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 was remixed for the CD single by God Lives Underwater.

The single charted on two US Billboard charts in 1997, reaching number 18 on the Modern Rock Tracks chart and number 28 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. The song was more successful abroad, reaching number two in Norway, number four in the Netherlands, number five in Iceland and the top 10 in Denmark, New Zealand and Sweden; it has gone Platinum in the latter two countries.

Lyrical references[edit]

"Fire Water Burn" makes a variety of references to numerous figures from popular culture. These include the musicians 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.[1] In addition the intro "120 Midgets" skit features references to Alex Karras, Blazing Saddles, Mel Brooks, Anne Bancroft, The Graduate, Simon & Garfunkel, Diana Ross, The Wiz and Michael Jackson.

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" from their album Bossanova.

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).


Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1997) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[2] 13
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[3] 18
Denmark (IFPI)[4] 9
Europe (Eurochart Hot 100)[citation needed] 89
Iceland (Íslenski Listinn Topp 40)[5] 5
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[6] 4
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[7] 7
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[8] 6
Norway (VG-lista)[9] 2
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[10] 6
US Alternative Songs (Billboard)[11] 18
US Mainstream Rock (Billboard)[12] 28

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1997) Position
Australia (ARIA)[13] 75
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[14] 46
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[15] 15
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[16] 13


Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[17] Gold 35,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[18] Platinum 10,000*
Norway (IFPI Norway)[19] Gold 5,000*
Sweden (GLF)[20] Platinum 30,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

In other media[edit]


  1. ^, Lyrics Schmyrics — Fire Water Burn Retrieved on March 17, 2007
  2. ^ " – Bloodhound Gang – Fire Water Burn". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved March 18, 2019.
  3. ^ " – Bloodhound Gang – Fire Water Burn" (in Dutch). Ultratip. Retrieved July 11, 2018.
  4. ^ "Top 10 Denmark" (PDF). Music & Media. Retrieved May 4, 2018.
  5. ^ "Íslenski Listinn NR. 220 Vikuna 8.5. '97 - 14.5. '97" (PDF). Dagblaðið Vísir. May 9, 1997. p. 16. Retrieved April 8, 2018.
  6. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – week 22, 1997" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40 Retrieved March 18, 2019.
  7. ^ " – Bloodhound Gang – Fire Water Burn" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved April 8, 2018.
  8. ^ " – Bloodhound Gang – Fire Water Burn". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved March 18, 2019.
  9. ^ " – Bloodhound Gang – Fire Water Burn". VG-lista. Retrieved March 18, 2019.
  10. ^ " – Bloodhound Gang – Fire Water Burn". Singles Top 100. Retrieved March 18, 2019.
  11. ^ "Bloodhound Gang Chart History (Alternative Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved March 18, 2019.
  12. ^ "Bloodhound Gang Chart History (Mainstream Rock)". Billboard. Retrieved March 18, 2019.
  13. ^ "ARIA Charts - End Of Year Charts - Top 100 Singles 1997". ARIA. Retrieved March 18, 2019.
  14. ^ "Jaaroverzichten - Single 1997" (in Dutch). MegaCharts. Retrieved March 18, 2019.
  15. ^ "End of Year Charts 1997". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved December 4, 2017.
  16. ^ "Årslista Singlar - År 1997" (in Swedish). Hitlistan. Archived from the original on February 8, 2015. Retrieved March 18, 2019.
  17. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 1997 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved March 18, 2019.
  18. ^ "New Zealand single certifications – Bloodhound Gang – Fire Water Burn". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved March 18, 2019.
  19. ^ "IFPI Norsk platebransje Trofeer 1993–2011" (in Norwegian). IFPI Norway. Retrieved March 18, 2019.
  20. ^ "Guld- och Platinacertifikat − År 1987−1998" (PDF) (in Swedish). IFPI Sweden. Retrieved March 18, 2019.
  21. ^ Woestendiek, John (July 12, 2004). "Song that fires up troops in film". Baltimore Sun. Retrieved December 29, 2016.
  22. ^, Bloodhound Gang Retrieved on March 17, 2007

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