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LeAnn Rimes, Rob Thomas and Jeff Beck - Gasoline and Matches

by Kevin Wierzbicki

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It's red hot! It's burning up the charts! Man, it has really caught fire! DJs around the country are having some fun with the latest hit single from LeAnn Rimes, the incendiarily-titled "Gasoline and Matches." And while the title is an inspiration for witty on-air patter, the song's real power comes from its two-steppin' dance groove and teasing vocals from Rimes and guest singer Rob Thomas of Matchbox 20.

A cut from her new Curb Records album Spitfire, "Gasoline and Matches" is about a heated love relationship and was penned by revered husband and wife songwriting team Buddy and Julie Miller, who also released the song on one of their own albums several years ago. Rimes' interpretation though kicks the song's flirty playfulness up a few notches, features a dynamic call and response duet and even showcases some hot pickin' from legendary guitarist Jeff Beck. And with fun (and punny) lyrics like "You rock me off my axis" giving Rimes and Thomas a chance to throw a little cheek into the mix, the song becomes all but impossible not to sing along to.

Rimes has also made a video for "Gasoline and Matches," an amusing stop-action mini film created by Ian Padgham, the innovative artist known for his postings on Vine. The video is populated with cute characters like stars Myrtle Matches and Gus Gasoline who dance and act out the song once Rimes inadvertently starts the action by sneezing and knocking over a row of dominos. Rimes and Thomas appear throughout the video but in headshots only, their singing emanating from "television screens" or "photos" on the wall of the stop-action set. Beck meanwhile is represented by a Pinnochio-like pair of hands romping on a guitar fret board. Amazingly, Padgham filmed the whole thing on an iPhone. Already a masterpiece of country/pop crossover, the audio for the video combusts into a club banger at the fade out as it morphs into a dance remix courtesy of Dave Aude.

Purchase "Gasoline and Matches" here

Watch the "Gasoline and Matches video here

LeAnn Rimes, Rob Thomas and Jeff Beck - Gasoline and Matches

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