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How many times can you use the word "fire" in one album?
on 4 June 2003
Dick Valentine (the lead vocalist) must hold some sort of record for his liberal use of the word "fire", I swear it's in every song on this fantastic debut, appropriately titled "Fire". Of course anyone buying this album will do so for the tremendous single "Danger! High Voltage", which is without a doubt one of the best singles in years, but this album's got plenty more to offer. Electric Six sure won't go down as any sort high coceptual musicians (well, you could call this a concept album, about fires and discoes, dancing and war on the dance floor), but this music is pure fun, highly polished disco-garage-rock performed with passion to spare (something most garage rock groups are seriously lacking in). The one-two punch of "Dance Commander" and "Electric Demons in Love" open the album with a bang, and the album pretty much maintains this momentum all the way through. "She's White" is full of classic lines, this song gets extra bonus points for "YEAH!" chant and actually using the word "junta" in a pop song, and no matter how many times I hear it, Valentine's emphatic "CONTINUE!" during the pause in "Improper Dancing" causes me to lose it every time. "Gay Bar" is a fine 2nd single and a bit closer to sound of the actual album than "Danger! High Voltage" is. 13 songs in just over 38 minutes, this is a quick satisfying listen and one of the most fun records I've heard in a long time. If you enjoyed "Danger! High Voltage" (and you did) then you can't go wrong with this album!