Flame (Bell X1 song)

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Single by Bell X1
from the album Flock
B-side "Monkey 61"
Released 2006-03-10
Format CD, 7", 12"
Recorded 2005
Genre Indie rock
Length 3:32
Label Island
Songwriter(s) Brian Crosby, David Geraghty, Paul Noonan, Dominic Phillips
Bell X1 singles chronology
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"Bigger Than Me"
"Rocky Took a Lover"

"Flame" is a single by the Irish pop rock quintet, Bell X1, and the second to be taken from the band's third album Flock. It was released on 10 March 2006. It entered the Irish Singles Chart on 16 March 2006, spending four weeks there and peaking at #12.[1]

The BBC described it and follow-up single "Rocky Took a Lover" as "two of the finest pieces of music written on this island", though lamented its lack of international success.[2] The song was later included in a collection of works giving a "sense of the noughties" put together by Vincent Murphy and broadcast on Morning Ireland on 31 December 2009.[3]

Song information[edit]

"Flame" received extensive airplay on Irish national radio and the musical style used was compared to that of Talking Heads.

Track listings[edit]

  • CDS CID919/9877504
  1. "Flame" - (3:32) (radio edit)
  2. "Monkey 61" - (-)
  3. "Flame" - (Chicken Lips mix)
  4. "Flame" - (video)
  5. -- - (U-myx software)
  • 7"
  1. "Flame" - (3:32)
  2. "Monkey 61" - (-)
  • 12"
  1. "Flame" - (Chicken Lips mix)
  2. "Flame" - (Solid Groove mix)
  • CDS (Promo) CIDDJ919
  1. "Flame" - (3:32) (radio edit)
  • 12" (UK Promo 12" remix) 12IS919
  1. "Flame" - (-) (Chicken Lips mix)
  2. "Flame" - (-) (Chicken Lips Dub Deluxe)

Live performance[edit]

Bell X1 are known to remind fans of the link between the song's title and their well-known tour bus fire in the United States in March 2008. Vocalist Paul Noonan introduced it to the watching crowd at Oxegen 2008 by quipping: "We played this song so good in the States, so sick, that our tour bus went on fire. The song just caught on, like flames. So watch out folks, this one is incendiary!".[4] The Irish Independent has said that "Flame" "truly come(s) alive in concert".[5] A live performance of this at the RDS was recorded to be released at a later date.[6]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2006) Peak
Irish Singles Chart 12
UK Singles Chart 65[7]


An Irish language version, "Bladhm" was later released for the Irish market only.[8]


  1. ^ Irish Charts placement (Insert ARTIST or SONG TITLE in capitals) Archived June 3, 2009, at WebCite
  2. ^ "Belsonic 09 - Bell X1". BBC. 2009-08-29. Retrieved 2010-01-01. 
  3. ^ "A sense of the noughties". Morning Ireland. 2009-12-31. Archived from the original on 2012-10-24. Retrieved 2010-01-02. 
  4. ^ "Bell X1 cover Flaming Lips at Oxegen Festival". NME. 2008-07-12. Retrieved 2009-01-23. 
  5. ^ "Bell X1 play Vicar Street". Irish Independent. 2009-04-02. Retrieved 2009-04-02. 
  6. ^ John Meagher (2006-02-02). "On-song Bell boys chime and charm flock at the RDS". Irish Independent. Retrieved 2010-01-02. 
  7. ^ Katie Hasty (February 4, 2008). "Rock of the Irish: Bell X1 ventures stateside". Reuters. Retrieved February 12, 2010. 
  8. ^ Bell X1 bladhm (flame as gaeilge) Archived November 26, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.

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