As I’m sure you all now, today, November 9th, marks the 139th year anniversary of the Great Boston Fire of 1872. If you are unfamiliar, the fire started on Summer Street, and destroyed about 65 acres of downtown Boston (776 buildings and much of the financial district. It caused $73.5 million in damage (which was a crapton of money back then).
Today also marks the publication of the first ever issue of the Rolling Stones Magazine. Rolling Stone “is not just about the music, but about the things and attitudes that music embraces.” Rolling Stone has featured journalists such as Hunter S. Thompson, who would first publish his most famous work Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas within the pages of Rolling Stone, and also helped launch the careers of many prominent authors.
So, in order to celebrate the anniversary these two momentus occasions, I give you 4 of my favorite classic rock songs about fire!
4) Fire – Bruce Springsteen: Great song from the Boss. The bass line is super catchy.
3) Smoke on the Water – Deep Purple: Ok, I really don’t think of this as one of my favorite songs, but I have to include it on this list just because everyone and their brother knows about this song. Also, did you know that the song is based off a true story? Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention were playing a show in Switzerland, when all of a sudden the synthesizer caught on fire. Then some d-bag shot a flare gun into the ceiling, setting the whole building on fire! The members of Deep Purple watched the smoke from the destroyed building and sound equipment pour across the waters of Lake Geneva. Crazy huh?
2) Light my Fire – The Doors: Classic.
1) Fire – Jimi Hendrix: This song is clearly talking about… well, you know… Lighting someone’s fire *wink wink nudge nudge*… right? WRONG! This song is literally about Jimi Hendrix being cold, and wanting to stand next to someones fireplace to warm up.The story goes that there was a dog in the way of the fire place, hence the line, “Aw, move over, Rover, and let Jimi take over…”. I bet I just blew your mind right there.
Joo Lyke!? I hope so! Happy Wednesday everyone!