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, March 30, 2007

March 30, 2007

Theme: Equations and Johnny Marr
On Air: Frank

There were two themed sets this show:

The Johnny Marr set - highlighting the various bands that he has played in since his start in the Smiths and ending with his current membership in Modest Mouse

The Equation set - it was hard to even find 4 songs to fill out this set, but I managed to do it with some help from Derek.

As I mention in the setlist below, watch out for the very high cheese factor in the second set.

The opening song was "Runaway Lane" by Jerry Jerry and the Sons of Rhythm Orchestra, I played this because I heard it on the last broadcast of CBC Radio 3 on terrestrial radio (it is now satellite only). I have always loved this song and it was great to hear somebody apart from me playing considering it is now over 20 years old (I have it on cassette).

I ended with the great piece by Bruce McCulloch (formerly of Kids in the Hall) about being a Doors fan, the reason was that I have see advertisements recently about a recent "Very Best of the Doors" compilation and in the McCulloch's song he specifically says that Best of albums are for "housewives and little girls".

TALK - Theme

Jerry Jerry and the Sons of Rhythm Orchestra - Runaway Lane (C)
The Stooges - Trollin'
The Eels - Hey Man Now You Are Really Living
The Clash - White Man In Hammersmith Palais
The Fall - Victoria
TALK (watch out for the cheese)
The Crash - Pony Ride
Orbit - Electric
Rubik - City and the Streets
Lio - Comix Discomix
Kristoffer Ragnastram - Breakfast By The Mattress
TALK
You Say Party! We Say Die! - Opportunity (C)
Arcade Fire - Neon Bible (C)
Collapsing Opposites - Will (C)
Cub - Way To Go (C)
TALK (Johnny Marr set)
The Smiths - Panic
The The - Dogs of Lust
Electronic - One Day
Modest Mouse - Dashboard
TALK (equations set)
The Kissaway Trail - Smother + Evil = Hurt
Sekiden - 1 + 1 = Heartache
Ivana Santilli = Sun + Moon = Tomorrow
Haircut 100 - Love + One **Suggested by Derek
TALK
Loney Dear - I Am John
Sally Shapiro - I'll Be By Your Side
You/Me - Through Four Kinds
The Bicycles - I Know We Have To Be Apart (C) **See Note 1
Hilotrons - Stuck In The Sound (C)
TALK
Bruce McCulloch - Doors (C)


Note 1: I went to see both The Bicycles and the Hilotrons in Ottawa at a place called Zaphod Beeblebrox, it is the legendary place to see a band in Ottawa. The show was great and as an added bonus as it was Easter weekend the bar was decorated by Kinder Surprise eggs. There is no better way to kill time waiting for a band then putting together Kinder Surprise toys. By the way for anybody who doesn't know how the bar was names see this Wikipedia entry:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zaphod_Beeblebrox




(C) Denotes Canadian Content

Friday, March 16, 2007

March 16, 2007

Theme: In the Hall of Fame
On Air: Frank

Thanks for all the suggestions about the Hall of Fame set, as you can see below I tried to stay away from the most popular songs by the artists and used a Van Halen cover instead of the real thing. I got a lot of suggestions for an REM song, but I had to defer to Derek on that one as he is the biggest REM fan I know. I thought that "The Message" by Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five was a bit to obvious, so I went with "White Lines". There is also some controversy about the song as to whether or not Grandmaster Flash (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grandmaster_flash).

I have complained in the past few months about not finding a lot to play from the CKMS new release section, however this has really turned around lately. Combined with the many different websites I have found highlighting the Scandanavian bands playing the recent South by Southwest music festival in Texas it meant that I had lots of songs to play for the show (and lots of songs leftover). Here are some of those sites about SXSW:

sixeyes.blogspot.com/2007/03/scandinavia-comes-to-sxsw-mp3s.html
www.popmatters.com/pm/features/article/31476/bylarm-2007-part-1-the-music

I got an e-mail from a band from the United Kingdom call the Hit and Runs, they had seen my setlists and thought their music would fit into my show. So I checked them out and liked them, you should check them out at www.thehitandruns.com

TALK - Theme

Charlotte Gainsbourg - Don't Forget To Forget Me
Ane Brun - To Let Myself Go
Leopold - Johnny
Air - Once Upon A Time
Moi Caprice - For Once In Your Life Fight For Something You Believe In **See Note 1
TALK
Marit Bergman - No Party
You Say Party! We Say Die! - Downtown Mayors Goodnight, Alley Kids Rule (C)
Annemarie - The Living Model
Deacon Blue - A Is For Astronaught **See Note 2
The Saturday People - Slipping Through Your Fingers **See Note 2
The Hit and Runs - Low Tops and Make-up **See Note above
TALK
Jeremy Fisher - Remind Me (C)
Nich Worby - Oh, Little Bonez (C)
Sondre Lerche - Well Well Well
Sean Clarke - No Phone Before Regina (C)
Geoff Berner - Good Luck Now (C)
TALK (Hall Of Fame Set)
Grandmaster Flash And The Furious Five - White Lines (Don't Do It)
Patti Smith - Kimberly **Suggested by Dan
REM - Harborcoat **Suggested by Derek
Aztec Camera - Jump (of course a Van Halen cover)
The Ronettes - Do I Love You?
TALK
Adaptor 45 - Keep on Groovin' (C)
Steady, Garcia - Pretend Girlfriend (C) **See Note 3
Peter Elkas - Sweet Nancy (C)
The Gruesomes - Out Of Our Tree (C)
TALK
Arcade Fire - Ocean Of Noise (C)

Note 1: I thought this song was an unknown song by the Flaming Lips the first time I heard it.

Note 2: Stolen from the podcast The Great Leap Forward

Note 3: I loved the title of the album this song is from: "Bring me the head of Steady, Garcia", this reminds me of one of my favourite sketches written by my friend Cat Sullivan called "Bring me the head of Poncho Garcia". This was back in another life when we used to co-host a radio comedy show called The Frank, Frank, and Frank show. Of course they both were taken from the Sam Peckinpah movie "Bring me the head of Alfredo Garcia".

(C) Denotes Canadian Content

Friday, March 2, 2007

March 2, 2007

Theme: Hard to listen to songs
On Air: Frank

I started out in a funky groove beginning with the top song by Ruth Brown. The set also included a song from the Light in the Attic release "From Jamaica to Toronto", it is a compilation that was released last year featuring acts that came from the West Indies and settled in Toronto. The morning of the show I saw a performance by some of the acts from the CD on Breakfast Television publicising a show that they were doing that night in Toronto, I couldn't make it but that would have been cool to see. Another Light in the Attic release I'm looking forward to is their collection of music from Bollywood movies of the 60s and 70s.

I ended up playing more songs that I had planned in the "hard to listen to" set, see if you are able get through the 7 song endurance test. After that set the rest of show was pretty laid back, I promise more happy, poppy stuff for the next show.

I know it is buried near the end, but the song by Keren Ann "Lay Your Head Down" is a really great song that has really grown on me since the show. It was fighting for the top song spot but didn't quite make it, however do yourself a favour and make sure you give it a listen.

TALK - Theme

Ruth Brown - 5,10,15 Hours
B'Ham Rhythmn Section - I've Been Lonely For So Long
Howard Tate - She's a Burglar
Wayne McGhie and the Sounds of Joy - Fire (She Need Water) (C)
Professor Longhair - Go To The Mardi Gras
TALK
Bellevue - KC Thugs (C)
The Gruesomes - You Were Not Using Your Head (C)
The Fussy Part - Dog Food Thumb
Jim Ried - I'm Stranded
The Organ - Memorize The City (C)
TALK (The hard to listen to set)
Karen Dalton - Something On Your Mind
The Sixth with Odetta - Waltzing Me All The Way Home
Geoff Berner - Can't Stay Dry (C)
Daniel Johnston - Mind Contorted
Calvin Johnson - When You Are Mine
Tom Waits - Filipino Box Spring Hog
The Comedian Harmonists - Wenn ich vergnugt bin, muss ich singen **Suggested by Derek
TALK
Ron Sexsmith with Bob Wiseman - Trains (C)
Steven McKay - The Other Bums (C)
Friday Morning's Regret - When Lost at Sea (C)
Jeremy Fisher - American Girls (C)
Sondre Lerche and the Faces Down - Say It All
TALK
Dean and Britta - Teen Angel
Airport Girl - Show Me The Way
Keren Ann - Lay Your Head Down **Almost the top song of the week
Holden - Ce Que Je Suis
Ukjent - My New Hang Up
The Pipettes - A Winter's Sky **See Note 1
TALK
Jarvis Cocker - Don't Let Him Waste Your Time

(C) Denotes Canadian Content

Note 1: I saw the Pipettes at their first ever North American show at the Rivoli in Toronto on March 9. They were totally awesome, they only allowed 100 people into the venue because of a violation the night before. So although the show was "sold-out" the venue was only about half full. See another review with pictures here. You can also see many different videos from the show on youtube.com.