Thursday, June 18, 2009

60s TV - Fireball XL5 - Silver Strings Perform

              Fireball XL5 Full Theme Song - Video by tucsondog.
This song will be performed during the concert at the Orchid Country Club on July 23/23 next month. It was not played much by local bands in the 60s, but it is a simple and catchy song and loved by those who watched the 60s television series, where such shows were produced in all its simplicity, without the need for IT and computer graphics.

Fireball XL5
Composer: Barry Gray/Vocalist: Don Spencer.

"I wish I was a spaceman/The fastest guy alive/I'd fly you round the universe/In Fireball XL5./Way out in space together/Conquerors of the stars/My heart would be a fireball, a fireball/Every time I gazed into your starry eyes.

We'll take the path to Jupiter/And may be very soon/We'll cruise along the Milky Way/And land upon the moon/To a wonderland of stardust/We'd zoom our way to Mars/My heart would be a fireball, a fireball/And you would be my Venus of the stars."

Robert J Sawyer - Novelist, Futurist, Keynote Speaker/Best novel Hugo and Nebula Award
Winner - wrote on his Website:

"And finally the song is getting the recognition it deserves: the latest edition of the Penguin Television Companion has named it the number 2 greatest theme song of all time. Most US viewers may not know it, but the British and Canadians of my generation certainly do.
Interestingly, the HBO series, From the Earth to the Moon used it as the theme music for one episode, too - the episode Spider - about the designing of the Lunar Module."
Information from: 1. 2. Robert J. Sawyer Website.

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Anonymous said...

Very nice song. Comes out loud and clear. Uncle Lim is very computer savvy. NICKY YEO

Andy Young* said...

Thank you, Nicky. Hope you will come to the show and listen to the song.

Andy Young* said...

It is also true that downloading from YouTube can be done by a child.

Victor said...

NIce song. Will be at OCC on 23 Jul to listen to you sing this song.

Nicky Yeo, are you the same person who worked in UOB about 7 years ago?

Andy Young* said...

Fireball is a sing-a-long and the audience can join in the chorus. It is not popular during the 60s but apparently Marie Tang had pressed it on vinyl.
Hopefully it will be part of the large repertoire the different groups are performing.

DR. TROPPO said...

Dr. Troppo
Posted: Tue Jun 23, 2009 4:49 am Reply with quote

Joined: 12 Mar 2008Posts: 177Location: Darwin
I just got back from Singapore this morning and haven't had a chance to listen yet. Only $19.95 in Singapore. By chance I was walking with Andy Lim (former singer with the Silver Strings) and we met up with Joseph Periera who organised this comp. Apparently he had no control of the remastering and the bloke who was given the job did not understand the sixties sound and stuffed it up. I'll give more comments when I have a chance to listen.

PS. Scored nice a big pile of mainly Indonesian stuff at Sungei Rd. Cheap too. Lots of listening to be done!