Paraffin (song)

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Ruby Paraffin Single Cover11.07.95.jpg
Single by Ruby
from the album Salt Peter
Released September 4, 1995 (UK)
November 7, 1995 (U.S.)
Format Compact Disc, 12" vinyl
Recorded 1994 - 1995
Genre Trip hop
Length 3:38
Label WORK/Creation
Songwriter(s) Lesley Rankine, Mark Walk
Producer(s) Lesley Rankine, Mark Walk
Ruby singles chronology
"Tiny Meat"

"Tiny Meat"

"Paraffin" is the first single by the trip hop/industrial band Ruby, from their debut album Salt Peter. It was released in the United Kingdom on September 4, 1995, and in the United States on November 7, 1995, by the WORK/Creation record labels.[1] The single would chart in the United Kingdom but not in the U.S.

CD single[edit]

The inside of the single jacket contains the following words:

"A craving for singularity... I can speak so softly because I hold so much power LISTEN FEEL SMELL There's so much more power in subtlety"

The phrase "I can speak so softly because I hold so much power" is the last lyric from the song "Heidi" on Ruby's first album Salt Peter. It also has three small pictures around the words, two of which would be the cover art for the follow-up singles "Tiny Meat" and "Hoops."

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Paraffin" (Red Snapper mix) (4:25) -Rankine, Walk
  2. "Paraffin" (single mix) (3:35) -Rankine, Walk
  3. "Paraffin" (Richard Fearless Dub) (8:05) -Rankine, Walk
  4. "Paraffin" (Harpie mix) (3:53) -Rankine, Walk
  5. "Heidi" (album version) (4:04) -Rankine, Walk
total length: (24:08)

Production and personnel[edit]

The CD single was produced and written by Mark Walk & Lesley Rankine. It was mixed and engineered by Walk, with Scott Crane as assistant engineer. The object photos in it were by Matthew Donaldson and artwork & the other photos by Rankine, except the one of Rankine which was by Joseph Cultice.

Chart performance[edit]


Date Name Chart Country Peak Position
September 16, 1995 "Paraffin" UK Singles United Kingdom #81[2]
1995 "Paraffin" ARIA Singles Chart Australia #179[3]

Music video[edit]

As with all of Ruby's singles, this song had a promotional video made for it.


  1. ^ ""Salt Peter/Album Track Listing/MTV"". Retrieved 2008-03-31.
  2. ^ ""UK singles chart history - Ruby"". Retrieved 2008-04-26.
  3. ^ "Response from ARIA re: chart inquiry, received 14 July 2015". Retrieved 2016-09-23.

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