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"Canned Heat" is a song by the Englishmarker Funk/Disco band Jamiroquai. In 1999 it reached number one on the U.S. dance chart and number four on the UK Singles Chart. The music video was directed by Jonas Åkerlund.

The song is used in the film Napoleon Dynamite as the background music during the title character's dance performance before a high school assembly.

Track listing

UK CD1 (667302 2)
  1. "Canned Heat (7" edit)" – 3:46
  2. "Canned Heat (radio edit)" – 3:19
  3. "Wolf in Sheeps Clothing" – 4:00

UK CD2 (667302 5)
  1. "Canned Heat (7" edit)" – 3:46
  2. "Canned Heat (album version)" – 5:30
  3. "Deeper Underground (Chillington Mix)" – 6:56

UK cassette (667302 4)
  1. "Canned Heat (7" edit)" – 3:46
  2. "Wolf in Sheeps Clothing" – 4:00


Over the numerous releases of the "Canned Heat" single two B-Sides exist.

"Wolf In Sheeps Clothing" is a funky instrumental that features an intro of two drum beats that lasts about 1.5 seconds and then enters a strongly bass driven repetitive melody. Many keyboard effects are used throughout the song's 4.00 minute duration. The song enters a percussion section at 3.07 and lasts for the remainder of the song slowly fading out from 3.45. Wolf in sheeps clothing can be found only on Canned Heat singles and some editions of the Synkronized album (the Australian double disc release being an example). No where on the single or in the music notes of editions of Synkronized containing the song does it list who it was written or recorded by. There is a possibility that the track may be a Synkronized outtake that was written and recorded while Stuart Zender was still a part of the band and removed from the majority releases after it was re-recorded, or the song may have been recorded for the single.

"Deeper Underground - Chillington Mix" is featured on the second UK release of "Canned Heat". Chillington is not the name of an artist or DJ but the name of the studios at Jays Home in Buckinghamshire. The Chillington Mix samples heavily from the Jamiroquai song Getinfunky which is found on some special releases of Synkronized (such as the Japanese release where it replaced "Deeper Underground" as the bonus track and alongside Wolf In Sheeps Clothing on the Australian double disc). On the High Times: The Singles DVD, Jay comments on a bonus feature that the original Godzilla song was just made of "Ominous noises" which strongly matches the sound of Getinfunky. When the title or the remix and "Ominous noises" evidence is pared it strongly suggests that "Getinfunky" is an early version of the Godzilla song which later evolved into "Deeper Underground".

In popular culture

"Canned Heat" is featured in the feature film Napoleon Dynamite during the title character's dance performance before a high school assembly.

The song is also featured in the film "Center Stage", released in 2000, in which the dancers perform a piece to this song at the end of the movie.

Also, the song was used in the rhythm based Xbox 360 game Dance Dance Revolution Universe 3. The music video was played in the background as the song would be played.

The song is said to be covered by Mario Jaqui's band

The cover of the song was featured in the game Elite Beat Agents, in which the story character of the level had to steal back plans from the rival car company, while disguised as a ninja. If the song is completed with a low meter, the character accidentally steals the plans for a refrigerator.

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