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Fast Fuse was written by Sergio Pizzorno and is the 4th track on West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum.

BackgroundEdit

Fast Fuse was originally slated to be released in 2007 as a one-off single between Empire and West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum, however this never came to be and the only thing that saw the light of day was the rare Fast Fuse EP, which contains an early version of the song, as well as an alternative mix of Thick As Thieves.[1] The song was subsequently released as a free download in July 2007.

"It's a punch in the stomach. A bullet between the eyes," Tom described Fast Fuse in a press release. "As far as rock'n'roll songs to spit in someone’s faces go, we've nailed it." Serge has commented on more than one occasion how much the song hinges on Tom's vocal performance, saying "I couldn't sing that, but he delivers it perfectly."[2]

LiveEdit

The first West Ryder song to be played live, Fast Fuse was debuted in Leicester on 26 July 2007 and several times throughout 2008, when it started with an acoustic chorus, played slower than the rest of the song. With the release of the album in 2009, the song became a permanent staple in the set, alternating intros and outros. During the entire Velociraptor! Tour the song's original outro was replaced by Misirlou, a Greek folk song made popular by the use of the Dick Dale & His Del-Tones version in the 1994 film Pulp Fiction.

Fast Fuse has been performed acoustically in a session for Australian radio station Nova FM in January 2010.

VideoEdit

A video using live footage from the 2009 arena tour was released on a promo compilation CD issued by Sony in February 2010.

QuotesEdit

"Usually by your third album you've lost that whole 'fuck you' energy, so the reason I love Fast Fuse is that it sounds like a band's first single. We were so buzzed when we wrote it. Again, it's that hip hop thing of 'you fuckers can't touch me'. It's like something Ol' Dirty Bastard would sing, which is easier for me to write than it is for Tom to perform but he pulls it off. It fucking kills him to sing live, though. The 'gold lightning' bit originally had a fast bassline to it as well - the whole thing was mental. I've been told the riff sounds like Stroll On by The Yardbirds but I've honestly not heard it."
— Serge (Q Magazine, December 2009)
"Fast Fuse is about this wild kid who's been put into the asylum. He's desperate to get out, but he doesn't know how."
— Serge (West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum Press Release)
"It's kind of about Tom."
— Serge (West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum Commentary)

ReleasesEdit

Albums

Singles / EPs

Live ReleasesEdit

Audio

Video

LyricsEdit

Oh baby I was born with a fast fuse
I got no time to love
Just a city to abuse

Oh baby I was born with a fast fuse
I got no time to love
Just a city to abuse

Come get me
With your files don't arrest me
But I'm Lucifer's child, wild, acid done
Black sunglasses shade your morning sun

Come get me
All you fuckers can't touch me
I'm the hooligan choir, sire, sit don't scatter
It don't matter, get me one two three

Gold lightning in the skyline
Gold lightning in the sky

Oh baby I was born with a fast fuse
I got no time to love
Just a city to abuse

Oh baby I was born with a fast fuse
I got no time to love
Just a city to abuse

Vultures circle round
They wait above the ground

How dare you
Now it's time to address you
I'm the reason you came, shame, stroke my mane
See my fist chopping up your reign

It's getting hotter
Now I'm spitting out lava
I'm the Spaniard in the works, jerks, genuine stock
Hear that bomb going tick tick tock

Gold lightning in the skyline
Gold lightning in the sky

Gold lightning in the skyline
Gold lightning in the sky

Oh baby I was born with a fast fuse
I got no time to love
Just a city to abuse

In the middle of the night
When they come for you
Where you gonna be
What you gonna do

Heaven may come and heaven may call but I won't be there

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