The South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue have teamed up with comedy band the Everly Pregnant Brothers to parody Kings Of Leon‘s classic track ‘Sex On Fire’.
‘Chip Pan’, which includes the chorus of “Woah, me chip pan’s on fire”, aims to raise awareness of the dangers of home fires, with firefighters and 999 operators urging the public not to cook while drunk.
Pete McKee, the band’s lead singer, said: “It’s our public information advertisement for the late night reveller with a yearning for some end of night snap [food].”
Assistant chief fire officer Martin Blunden said: “This record is clearly a bit of festive fun, but with chip pans still responsible for large numbers of house fires every year, we think there’s a safety message in there somewhere.”
“We also want to remind people that tens of thousands of firefighters and 999 operators – not to mention many more of their colleagues in the emergency services – will be on duty this Christmas keeping people safe.”
“It’s all for a good cause, with every penny the band makes going to support older and homeless people, which is very much part of the fire service’s ethos of helping the most vulnerable people in our communities.”
Six years ago the band described the song as a “piece of shit” in an interview with the Toronto Sun, later revealing that they had considered dropping the track from their live set.
Speaking to Q earlier this year, frontman Caleb Followill said: “I love ‘Sex On Fire’ at this point. It doesn’t matter where we play in the world, as soon as that starts, the place is gonna go nuts.”
The singer went on to reveal how the song was initially meant to be a “funny” song: “At first, I was like, ‘That was supposed to be like a funny moment on the album.’ I’ve always had funny moments on albums where I goof-off a little bit and that was one of those moments.”
Followill added: “To see how successful it became was like, ‘Whoa, this is not what I expected.’ But I look back now with nothing but pride.”
In 2008, Caleb admitted that the band nearly didn’t bother recording ‘Sex On Fire’ because they thought it was “terrible”. He told NME: “I just had this melody and I didn’t know what to say. Then one day I just sang “This sex is on fire” and I laughed. I thought it was terrible, but the rest of the band were like, ‘It’s good, it’s got a hook’. I was like ‘Fuck off!’ but I ended up writing it”.
Kings Of Leon’s latest album ‘WALLS’ was released in October.