Fuel (song)

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"Fuel"
Metallica - Fuel cover.jpg
Single by Metallica
from the album Reload
B-side
ReleasedJune 16, 1998
Format CD single
Recorded1996
Genre Heavy metal
Length4:26
Label Elektra
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s) Bob Rock
Metallica singles chronology
"The Unforgiven II"
(1998)
"Fuel"
(1998)
"Better than You"
(1998)
Music video
"Fuel" on YouTube
Audio sample
Fuel

"Fuel" is a song by American thrash metal band Metallica. The song was written by James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, and Kirk Hammett, and was released as the third single from their seventh album, Reload .

Thrash metal is an extreme subgenre of heavy metal music characterized by its overall aggression and often fast tempo. The songs usually use fast percussive beats and low-register guitar riffs, overlaid with shredding-style lead guitar work. The lyrical subject matter often deals with criticisms of The Establishment, and at times shares a disdain for Christian dogma resembling that of their black metal counterparts. The language is typically quite direct and denunciatory, an approach borrowed from hardcore punk.

Metallica American heavy metal band

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James Hetfield American musician

James Alan Hetfield is an American musician, singer, and songwriter known for being the co-founder, lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist, and main songwriter for the American heavy metal band Metallica. Hetfield is mainly known for his intricate rhythm playing, but occasionally performs lead guitar duties and solos, both live and in the studio. Hetfield co-founded Metallica in October 1981 after answering a classified advertisement by drummer Lars Ulrich in the Los Angeles newspaper The Recycler. Metallica has won nine Grammy Awards and released ten studio albums, three live albums, four extended plays and 24 singles.

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Metallica have frequently played the song in concerts over the years, including the 1999 live album S&M with Michael Kamen conducting the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra. Fuel was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance in 1999 but lost to Jimmy Page and Robert Plant for the song "Most High".

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Song usage

As an instrumental piece, "Fuel" was the theme song and used as background music during race recaps for NASCAR broadcasts on NBC and TNT from 2001 to 2003 seasons. (It was also used for the 2004 coverage of the Daytona 500, but not as the theme song.) However, from the MBNA Cal Ripken Jr. 400 until the end of the 2001 season, the opening scream ("Give me fuel, Give me fire, Give me that which I desire!") was removed because of its close association with terrorists in the wake of the September 11 attacks.

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An early demo version of the song entitled "Fuel for Fire", recorded on October 5, 1995, and featuring different lyrics, appears on the NASCAR Full Throttle CD. The song was used as the entrance music for NASCAR drivers Kyle Busch and Joey Logano when they guest-starred on the October 26, 2009 episode of WWE Raw .

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The song was featured in the television series House M.D. , on the episode "Known Unknowns". [1]

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"Known Unknowns" is the seventh episode of the sixth season of House and 117th overall. It aired on November 9, 2009. The team tries to diagnose a teenage girl while House is away at a medical conference with Wilson and Cuddy. At the conference House finds something out about Cuddy.

Avril Lavigne has covered the song live paying tribute to the band at MTV Icon: Metallica, held in Universal City, California, in 2003.

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The song was featured in the video game Test Drive Off-Road Wide Open as the game's opening video music and a selectable music track in the game.

The song was also featured as the theme song for Hot Wheels Turbo Racing .

The song was featured in the 2009 music game Guitar Hero: Metallica as a playable track.

"Fuel" was used in a 2016 television advertising campaign for the 2016 Dodge Charger and Challenger.

"Fuel" is also used as the intro song for the Indy Fuel hockey team.

Release history

RegionDateFormatLabel
EuropeJune 16, 1998 Vinyl, CD Elektra
United StatesJune 22, 1998

Track listing

UK CD single 1
  1. "Fuel" – 4:30
  2. "Sad but True" (Live) – 6:23
  3. "Nothing Else Matters" – 6:08
UK CD single 2
  1. "Fuel" – 4:32
  2. "Wherever I May Roam" – 6:50
  3. "One" – 8:06
UK CD single 3
  1. "Fuel" – 4:30
  2. "Until It Sleeps" (Live) – 4:25
  3. "Fuel" (Live) – 4:41
  4. "Fuel" (Demo) – 4:25
Japanese EP
  1. "Fuel" – 4:30
  2. "Fuel" (Live) – 4:39
  3. "Sad but True" (Live) – 6:24
  4. "Until It Sleeps" (Live) – 4:26
  5. "One" (Live) – 8:07
  6. "Fuel" (Demo) – 4:26

All live tracks were recorded on April 20, 1998 at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Brisbane, Australia

Charts

Chart (1998)Peak
position
Polish Singles Chart [2] 16
UK Singles Chart31
US Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks6

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References

  1. Fox.com House Episode Guide – "Known Unknowns" – (section) Featured Music Archived 2012-02-08 at the Wayback Machine
  2. "Polish Singles Chart |".