Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Number 356 - Bloodhound Gang

Number 356

Bloodhound Gang

"Fire, Water, Burn"

................Genre: Alternative...............
Pass the salt
Rock critics [who get paid for their services] much like Rolling Stone magazine, are not in favour of Bloodhound Gang. It would appear the writing alumni feel it beneath themselves to write anything positive about Bloodhound Gang's smash hit - "Fire Water Burn" from 1996. Maybe they feel it perverts the course of justice, integrity and honour ROCK [or slightly disguised thereas, of course].
Various "piss takes" of Rock [or variants of rock genre] music over the past 50 years is not uncommon nor unpopular. classic examples of this can be found in the music charts for example - in 1963, [which won a Grammy no less] Allan Sherman's "Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh" and no, it is not a muslim chant, was a very popular song and reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 for three weeks.
Spinal Tap, which is regarded cerebrally by Rock and movie critics alike, is another successful attempt at "piss rock" with stupendous songs like "Break Like The Wind", Sex Farm & "Christmas With the Devil". With song titles like that, you cant go wrong.
I know, i am trying to convince you why "Bloodhound Gang's" song should be included in the Definitive 1000 of All Time, but a song should not have to be made of solely by some prestigious band with serious song writing creds ... and i will close my argument with a song that was never a hit anywhere in the world but is so instantly recognisable, you cannot help it but whistle it when you hear it. Dear Jury [and persecutors alike] ... i give you "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life" by Eric Idle of Monty Python.
I rest my case ~ crowbarred
Some stoopid dumb white guy
From King of Prussia, PA, the Bloodhound Gang hit the alternative charts in 1996 with a blend of obnoxious sexual innuendo and unpolitically correct stoner wit reminiscent of the early Beastie Boys -- mixing Punk Rock with hip-hop much as the Beasties had done. Frontman Jimmy Pop Ali and Lupus produced the band's first release, the 1994 Dingleberry Haze EP. A year later, the duo was signed to Columbia for their debut album, Use Your Fingers. After it flopped and Columbia dropped their contract, Ali and Lupus added bassist Evil Jared, drummer Spanky G and DJ Q-Ball for second LP One Fierce Beer Coaster. The Bloodhound Gang released the album in mid-1996 on the tiny Republic label, but moved back to a major label (DGC) later that year, thanks to MTV and alternative-radio airplay of the single "Fire Water Burn." The oft-delayed Hooray for Boobies followed in early 2000, and Bloodhound Gang scored a huge hit with the moronically appealing "Bad Touch." Set to a peppy new romantic synth beat, the song featured the classic couplet "You and me baby ain't nothin' but mammals/So let's do it like the do it on the Discovery Channel." Hooray for Boobies hit number 14 on the Billboard 200 and the band toured heavily to support it. They didn't return with new material until 2005 and the Hefty Fine LP. ~ [John Bush, All Music Guide]
Disturbing Cover Art?
(And other useless tidbits)
Hefty Fine 2005
"Fire Water Burn" is the second single from The Bloodhound Gang's 1996 (re-released in 1998) album One Fierce Beer Coaster. The chorus of the song is taken from the song The Roof Is on Fire by Rock Master Scott & the Dynamic Three, yet sung considerably slower. The song ranked among the top songs on the Billboard Charts in 1997, reaching #18 on the Modern Rock Tracks, and also #28 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks. It made number 4 on the Dutch Top 40. Fire Water Burn was remixed for the CD single by God Lives Underwater. It appeared in the soundtrack of Fahrenheit 9/11, The Nutty Professor and CKY4.
One Fierce Beer Coaster 1996
The song's music video features the band performing in a retirement home's cafeteria. As the song progresses, vocalist Jimmy Pop leaves the stage and begins performing numerous spontaneous actions in front of a group of unresponsive senior citizens, including dancing suggestively on tables and making unusual facial gestures. The video culminates when the elderly notice the band, and are rejuvenated by their performance. With the retirement home filled with a rock concert-like atmosphere, the band exits the stage with several senior citizens. The final shot of the video reveals that the retirement home was specially designated for the hearing impaired. Formed in 1992, Bloodhound Gang has sold more than 6 million albums. ~ [Source: Wikipedia]
For Spinal Tap see #659
What does RS think?
By turns offensive and just plain dorky, the Bloodhound Gang will not likely ever get much credit for being one of the earliest groups of suburban white guys to integrate rap into their rock and pop music. One Fierce Beer Coaster offers more of the same, but in smaller, more easy-to-swallow doses: There's the postmodern kitchen-sink pop references, the eager-to-offend lyrics ("I Wish I Was Queer So I Could Get Chicks," "Kiss Me Where It Smells Funny"), and the mix of rap rock with moments that indicate a wider musical palette. And "Fire Water Burn," which combines old-school hip-hop with Cake-like monotone and a Pixies quote, is accessible enough to have earned the group its first notable airplay. ~ [Source: RS 2004]
For Cake see MM Vol 2 #103
Need more information on the song "Fire Water Burn"? Here are some SongFacts for you to ponder over! Click here > Fact Stuff

Official Website for Bloodhound Gang @ This addy & for other Information/Biography click this link > Here ~ crowbarred [because power is knowledge]
Rolling Stone magazine deemed their '356th song of all Time' was "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)" by Eurythmics. Eurythmics has not appeared in The Definitive 1000 of All Time but has appeared in MM Vol 1 #134
Rolling Stone Top 500 Songs ranked this song at Number (We dont rate piss hop) and the Album ranked (Who cared it sold millions)
This song has a Definitive 1000 rating of 80.5 out of 108
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