Fireball XL5 is the name of an indie-pop show hosted by Frank Seglenieks that for 18 years was on CKMS 100.3 FM Radio Waterloo. However, as a result of a format change in mid-2008, Fireball XL5 is now heard only as a podcast.

Of course I stole the name of the show from the 60s British Supermarionation program, which featured puppets kind of like the movie Team America.

I play alternative music that usually classified as indie-pop with the occasional feature on a particular artist or theme as well as discussions on pop culture topics of the day. I start off each show with the best song that I have heard since the last show.


Friday, January 20, 2006

January 20, 2006

Theme: Newer music
On Air: Frank


I was planning on doing a show with lots of new releases, but in looking at the new release section at the station there wasn't a whole lot of CDs that caught me eye. Good thing I brought a lot of new music myself.

At the end of the first set I played a song by local band the Haunches. On their website they invite you to remix their songs and send them your results. See details here: www.dadmobile.com/haunches/remix/

I ended with a song by the Stars whom I saw with Mary and Chris in Regina a couple of Fridays ago (that is why I missed the last radio show in case anybody noticed or cared).


TALK-Theme
The Ordinary Boys - Life Will Be The Death Of Me
Knock Knock Ginger - You Could've Been My Johnny Marr (C)
The Smiths - You Just Haven't Earned It Yet Baby
Electronic - Getting Away With It
The Haunches - Vampirella (C)
TALK
Geoff Berner - Maginot Line (C)
The Sadies - Little Sadie (C)
Neko Case - Mood To Burn Bridges (C)
OK GO - You're So Damn Hot
Controller.Controller - Poison/Safe
TALK
Youth Gone Mad - The Streets Of Southern California
The Duke Spirit - Love Is An Unfamiliar Name
The Polytones - King of Siam (C)
EFarm - Used To Know (C)
The Dropouts - Sucker Punch (C)
TALK
Magneta Lane - The Constant Lover **Telephone Request
The Lovekevins - Soviet.Se
The Honest Johns - Perfect Girl
Port City - Meanwhile The Months Go By (C)
Fun100 - Hygiene Boy (C)
Ninja High School - By Purpose Not By Plan (C)
TALK
The Hummers - Au Feu (C)
Scott Free & Nicola Torriero featuring Joseph Watson - Get It Together (C)
Sucking Chest Wound - Who Shot The Pope? (C)

TALK
Stars - Soft Revolution (C)


(C) Denotes Canadian Content

Friday, January 6, 2006

January 6, 2006

Theme: Best of 2005
On Air: Frank


I didn't really have an overall strategy on how I played the songs on the Best of 2005 show, however I did leave my picks for the top 3 albums of the year until close to the end.

I had a tough time picking the top album from my top three. But in the end, I chose the CD that I most consistently wanted to be in my player, New Order's "Waiting For The Siren's Call". I know it is old school but even after all these years they still managed to put out a solid album. I put the Diskettes down as number two with their album "Weeknights at Island View Beach", their low-fi sound is about as far from New Order's as you can get. The Magic Numbers self-titled CD was number three, the album is filled with lots of incredibly catchy songs.

You can see all my picks for the best of 2005 here: http://www.civil.uwaterloo.ca/frseglen/archive/setlists/2005/best_of_2005.htm

One of the hardest things I had to do was to make sure that the albums and singles were actually released in 2005. I was good with most of the albums, but I was surprised at how many of my picks for singles were actually from 2004. Then there is also the difficulty in deciding what to do about albums that were released in their native countries in 2004 but not in Canada till 2005. That is why my number one single is "Heartbeat" by Annie, although it was released in Europe in 2004, it only came out here in 2005.



TALK-Theme
Le Sport - Tell No One About Tonight
The Futureheads - Decent Days and Nights
Kaiser Chiefs - I Predict A Riot
SS Cardiacs - Noo Noo (C)
Russian Futurists - Paul Simon (C)
TALK
Dandy Warhols - Smoke It!
Elefant - Misfit
Magneta Lane - The Constant Lover (C)
The Cloud Room - Hey Now, Now
Novillero - The Hypothesist (C)
TALK
Elliot Brood - President (C)
Carolyn Mark & Corb Lund - Sweet Thing (C)
Kathleen Edwards - In State (C)
Clap Your Hands And Sey Yeah! - The Skin Of My Yellow Country Teeth
TALK
Sharon Jones & The Dapkings - How Do I Let A Good Man Down
Oneself - Bluebird
Ivy - Thinking Of You
Lemon Jelly - Make Things Right
TALK
Antony and the Johnsons - Fistful Of Love
Calvin Johnson - When Hearts Turn Blue
Firefly - Made Me Glad (C)
Crooked Fingers - Call To Love
Portastatic - I Wanna Know Girls
The Mountain Goats - This Year
TALK
Jens Lekman - Julie (Remix)
Magic Numbers - Forever Lost
TALK
The Diskettes - Get Together (C)
TALK
New Order - Krafty
Black Mountain - Modern Music

(C) Denotes Canadian Content