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The display brought tears to the eyes of many. Others stood stoically and watched, temporarily taken away from the celebration of the event. Some couples held their spouse or significant other tightly as they ruminated over the terror attacks that killed 129 people at various locations around Paris, including 89 fans at the Bataclan concert hall who were attending a show by the funk-fueled alternative rock band Eagles of Death Metal.

What exactly does this term mean?

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Fuel as a verb means:

Supply or power (an industrial plant, vehicle, or machine) with fuel: power stations fueled by low-grade coal.

[Oxford Online Dictionary]

Funk is a kind of music:

music that combines elements of rhythm and blues and soul music and that is characterized by a percussive vocal style, static harmonies, and a strong bass line with heavy downbeats


Funk-fueled in the sentence means the alternative rock music was characterized, powered, or influenced by a funky music style.

Edit: Fuel has always been used metaphorically unless used for vehicles, planes, power generators, etc. Please refer to the 1.3 meaning of its noun definition.

  • These guys could be said to have been "funk-fueled" - even to have defined the concept: youtube.com/watch?v=gSNNryOhReA Nov 23, 2015 at 15:51
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    Since you picked the literal definition of fuel (rather than, for instance, the third definition on that page), it might be helpful to explain that "fuel" is often used metaphorically, and that indeed its use is metaphorical here. Nov 23, 2015 at 18:06
  • @KyleStrand Thanks for your comment. Fuel is "always" used metaphorically unless used for transportation vehicles, planes, etc. I will edit my answer.
    – user24743
    Nov 24, 2015 at 2:09
  • @Rathony I wouldn't say that's exactly true; food, for instance, is literally fuel for your body. Also, I believe you mean *always* (i.e., using italics for emphasis, or possibly bold) rather than "always" (i.e. scare quotes). (Sorry to nitpick, but unintentional scare quotes are a pet peeve of mine.) Nov 24, 2015 at 2:47
  • @KyleStrand You are using fuel metaphorically for food for your body. It came from Old French that meant material for burning like firewood. It has never been part of our food.
    – user24743
    Nov 24, 2015 at 13:59

If I'm not mistaken, the term "funk-fueled" means the band is influenced by funk, it is driven by it, it is shown in their music.

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