Heavy Fuel

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"Heavy Fuel"
Dire Straits Heavy Fuel single cover.jpg
Single by Dire Straits
from the album On Every Street
B-side
  • "Planet of New Orleans"
  • "Kingdom Come"
Released 1991
Format
Genre
Length 5:10
Label
Songwriter(s) Mark Knopfler
Producer(s)
Dire Straits singles chronology
"Calling Elvis"
(1991)
"Heavy Fuel"
(1991)
"On Every Street"
(1992)

"Calling Elvis"
(1991)
"Heavy Fuel"
(1991)
"On Every Street"
(1992)

"Heavy Fuel" is a song by British rock band Dire Straits, from its 1991 album On Every Street. The song was also released as a single, and reached number one on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart[1] in the United States, after "Money for Nothing," the band's second song to do so.

In "Heavy Fuel," Mark Knopfler ironically extols the virtues of such vices as cigarettes, hamburgers, Scotch, lust, money and violence.

The phrase "You got to run on heavy fuel" is from the novel Money by Martin Amis, on which Knopfler based his lyric.[2]

Track listings[edit]

  1. "Heavy Fuel"
  2. "Planet of New Orleans"
  3. "Kingdom Come"

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1990–1991) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[3] 26
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[4] 19
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[5] 17
France (SNEP)[6] 32
Germany (Official German Charts)[7] 48
Italy (FIMI)[8] 22
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[9] 24
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[10] 25
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[11] 34
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[12] 55
US Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks[1] 1
US Billboard Modern Rock Tracks[1] 22

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "On Every Street – Awards". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 10 June 2014. 
  2. ^ Dagostino, Susan (25 May 2006). "Mark Knopfler's Song Inspirations". Ezinearticles.com. 
  3. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Dire Straits – Heavy Fuel". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved 10 June 2014.
  4. ^ "Ultratop.be – Dire Straits – Heavy Fuel" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved 10 June 2014.
  5. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 2042." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 10 June 2014.
  6. ^ "Lescharts.com – Dire Straits – Heavy Fuel" (in French). Les classement single. Retrieved 10 June 2014.
  7. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Dire Straits – Heavy Fuel". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 10 June 2014.
  8. ^ "Indice per Interprete: D" (in Italian). Hit Parade Italia. Creative Commons. Retrieved 10 June 2014. 
  9. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Dire Straits - Heavy Fuel" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40. Retrieved 10 June 2014.
  10. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Dire Straits – Heavy Fuel" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 10 June 2014.
  11. ^ "Charts.nz – Dire Straits – Heavy Fuel". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved 10 June 2014.
  12. ^ "Dire Straits: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 10 June 2014.

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