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, September 1, 2006

September 1, 2006

Theme: No Theme
On Air: Frank

I just loved both of the first songs I played, I could have just put them on repeat for the rest of the show. I still don't know why I like Regina Spektor so much, on paper I shouldn't, she is a solo piano player who does a lot of vocal gymnastics which is generally not my thing, also I have never been a big fan of Kate Bush, Tori Amos, or Ani DiFranco all of whom she has been compared to, yet something about her songs make them catchy and beautiful. The second song was by New Buffalo and featured Jens Lekman and thus was a no-brainer as far as me liking it.

In the first set I also played a song by a band called The Repomen, so I had to play a song off of the soundtrack to the cult classic Repo Man. That album has so many great songs, but I decided to play the Burning Sensations version of the Jonathan Richman song Pablo Picasso.

The Yo La Tengo song is from their new album "I am not afraid of you and I will beat your ass", related to this is the website http://www.iamnotafraidofyouandiwillbeatyourass.com/ where you can see many different people saying the line, you can even submit a video of you saying it and maybe it will be added to the video wall.

The Circus Room set featured songs by some of the great bands I saw at the Circus Room the Sunday before the show, not only were the headlining Mega-Haunches great (with their Bizarro twins from Knock Knock Ginger and go-go dancers) but the opening acts were also quite good. The Reverb Society lead singer (like me) obviously watched a lot of TV in the late 70s and 80s as they have song titles like "I Am The New Number 2" and "Zis is KOAS!" they also played the theme to "The Man From U.N.C.L.E." during the set. So during the show I played song from a vinyl EP I bought many years ago solely because of the title "Illya Kuryakin Looked At Me", as the two agents from The Man From U.N.C.L.E. were Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin.

Got to love the Magic Numbers doing a cover of the Beyonce song "Crazy in Love", the only reason I know the song is that they used it as the Raptor intro song this past season.

I ended the show with a song by trumpet player Maynard Ferguson who passed away before this show. He is best known for playing the trumpet part in the Rocky theme "Gonna Fly Now", find out more about him here: http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/wireStory?id=2352609

TALK - Theme
Regina Spektor - Fidelity
New Buffalo featuring Jens Lekman - Inside (the Corrections)
Modern Boys Modern Girls - Oleander (C)
Mica - Stitch
Repomen - Lights Out
Burning Sensations - Pablo Picasso
TALK
Yo La Tengo - I Should Have Known Better
Subhumans - Celebrity (C)
Forbidden Dimension - Tonight I Paint In Flesh Colour (C) **See note 1
The Grates - 192020
The Clash - Police On My Back **See note 2
TALK
The Skatomatics - Burning Bush (C)
Planet Smashers - Mighty (C)
Hidden Cameras - Lollipop (C)
Little Name - For The Attention Of
April Fools Day - My Avenue
TALK (Circus Room Set)
The Haunches - Crush On Friend Ends In Tragedy (C)
Hexes And Ohs - Whaddya Know? (C)
The Reverb Society - I Am The New Number 2 (C)
Cleaners From Venus - Illya Kuryakin Looked At Me **Digital Vinyl
TALK
The Dears - You And I Are A Gang Of Losers (C)
Dirty On Purpose - No Radio
The Southern Alps - Tuesday Morning
The Mountain Goats - Half Dead
Tobias Froberg - When The Night Turns Cold
Good On Paper - The Message
TALK
The Magic Numbers - Crazy In Love
Maynard Ferguson - I Love You

Note 1: The Forbidden Dimension features the former lead singer of one of the greatest Canadian Bands ever - Colour Me Psycho

Note 2: I played the Clash song because it was briefly played on the Emmy's as Conan O'Brien was running on to the stage after his gag opening.



(C) Denotes Canadian Content

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