Petrol (song)

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Petrol (Ash single - cover art).jpg
Single by Ash
from the album Trailer
B-side "The Little Pond",
"A Message From Oscar Wilde and Patrick the Brewer",
Released 15 August 1994
Format CD, 7"
Recorded 1993/1994
Length 4:11
Label Infectious
Writer(s) Hamilton/Wheeler
Producer(s) Mark Waterman
Ash singles chronology
"Jack Names the Planets"
"Uncle Pat"

"Petrol" is a song by Ash, released as the second single from their 1994 album Trailer, and their first single on Infectious. It was released on 15 August 1994 on CD and a limited 7" format. Only 500 copies of the 7" format were released, and came with a numbered picture sleeve. The song reached number 3 in the UK Indie Chart in 1994.

The song was released in the U.S. as a 7" single in 1994 on the Generator Records label, with a remixed version of "Petrol" by Ben Groose.

"Petrol" was first recorded on the "Garage Girl" demo tape, and later appeared on Ash's debut live album, "Live at the Wireless", and again on Ash's first greatest hits collection "Intergalactic Sonic 7″s". The song is said to be about being "lynched" by a gang.


The B-side, "The Little Pond" first appeared on the "Garage Girl" demo-tape. Tim Wheeler has expressed his dissatisfaction with this recording, and has even mentioned re-recording it as an acoustic b-side on a future album.

The second B-side, "A Message From Oscar Wilde and Patrick the Brewer" is a spoken-word track, lasting just 30 seconds, and consists of an excerpt of a tape Tim was sent, consisting of two of his Dutch friends, Oscar and Patrick, talking to each other. This track also appears on the "Cosmic Debris" B-sides collection and on Ash's debut album "Trailer".

The third b-side (CD only), "Things" first appeared on the "Shed" demo tape. Ash bassist Mark Hamilton claims that "Things" is his least favourite Ash song of all time.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Petrol" (Hamilton/Wheeler)
  2. "The Little Pond" (Wheeler)
  3. "A Message From Oscar Wilde and Patrick the Brewer" (Hamilton/Wheeler)
  4. "Things" (Wheeler)
  1. "Petrol" (Hamilton/Wheeler)
  2. "The Little Pond" (Wheeler)
  3. "A Message From Oscar Wilde and Patrick the Brewer" (Hamilton/Wheeler)