Rushes (album)

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Fireman Rushes.jpg
Studio album by
Released21 September 1998
RecordedEarly 1998
GenreIntelligent techno, ambient, industrial, chill out
ProducerThe Fireman
The Fireman chronology
Strawberries Oceans Ships Forest
Electric Arguments
Paul McCartney chronology
Standing Stone
Run Devil Run
Singles from Rushes
  1. "Rushes"
    Released: 21 September 1998
  2. "Fluid (Nitin Sawhney Remixes)"
    Released: 1999

Rushes is a 1998 ambient techno album by The Fireman, a duo composed of Paul McCartney and producer Youth.

The title, when combined with the band name, references a lyric from the McCartney-penned Beatles song Penny Lane: "And then the fireman rushes in / From the pouring rain / Very strange."


One line of lyrics included in the song "Palo Verde" was taken from an unreleased track of McCartney's, titled "Let Me Love You Always".[1][2] Similarly, bits from another unreleased song, "Hey Now (What Are You Looking at Me For?)", was used in "Bison", "Auraveda" and "7 a.m.".[1][2] Both unreleased tracks were recorded at some point during 1995, at McCartney's The Mill studio.[1] In an edition of Club Sandwich magazine, two more songs were mentioned: "Plum Jam" and "Through the Marshes".[2] All of the tracks featured on the album were recorded early 1998.[2] Youth later referred to this album as his proudest of the Fireman albums.[3]

Release and reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[4]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music3/5 stars[5]

Better received than predecessor Strawberries Oceans Ships Forest, Rushes is distinguished by not relying so much on McCartney's previous recordings.

Rushes was released in the UK on Hydra on 21 September 1998,[nb 1][6] while in the US it was released on 20 October 1998.[7] The album was also released on double vinyl.[nb 2][6] Two 12" singles were released from the album, both mixes of "Fluid".[6] The first 12",[nb 3] released on the same day as and with the same name as the album, contains the tracks "Fluid", "Appletree Cinnabar Amber", and an extended version of an album track titled "Bison (Long One)".[9] The second 12" was released in 1999,[nb 4] as a limited edition of 3000, titled Fluid (Nitin Sawhney Remixes), and features three remixes of "Fluid" ("Fluid (Out of Body and Mind Mix)", "Fluid (Out of Body Mix)" and "Fluid (Out of Body with Sitar Mix)") and the album version of "Bison".[10] Like the duo's first album,[11] Rushes was a no-show on the charts and is also no longer in print.[6]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by The Fireman.

  1. "Watercolour Guitars" – 5:48
  2. "Palo Verde" – 11:56
  3. "Auraveda" – 12:51
  4. "Fluid" – 11:19
  5. "Appletree Cinnabar Amber" – 7:12
  6. "Bison" – 2:40
  7. "7 a.m." – 7:49
  8. "Watercolour Rush" – 1:45


  1. ^ UK Hydra HYDRA 4 97055 1[6]
  2. ^ UK Hydra 4970571[8]
  3. ^ UK Hydra HYDRA 12007[9]
  4. ^ UK Hydra HYDRA 12008[10]
  1. ^ a b c "The McCartney Recording Sessions – 1995". Retrieved 28 June 2013.
  2. ^ a b c d "The McCartney Recording Sessions – 1998". Retrieved 28 June 2013.
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  4. ^ Farley, Keith. "Rushes – The Fireman : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 30 April 2013.
  5. ^ Larkin, Colin (2006). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (4th edn). New York, NY: Oxford University Press. p. 1257. ISBN 0-19-531373-9.
  6. ^ a b c d e Calkin, Graham. "Rushes". Retrieved 24 February 2013.
  7. ^ Bogdanov, Vladimir, ed. (2001). All Music Guide to Electronica: The Definitive Guide to Electronic Music (2nd ed.). San Francisco, Calif.: Backbeat Books. p. 185. ISBN 9780879306281.
  8. ^ "Fireman, The – Rushes (Vinyl, LP) at Discogs". Retrieved 27 February 2013.
  9. ^ a b Calkin, Graham. "Fluid". Retrieved 24 February 2013.
  10. ^ a b Calkin, Graham. "Fluid – Nitin Sawhney Remixes". Retrieved 24 February 2013.
  11. ^ Calkin, Graham. "Strawberries Oceans Ships Forest". Retrieved 24 February 2013.