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, April 27, 2007

April 27, 2007

Theme: Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin
On Air: Frank

No overall theme to this show, just a lot of random ideas strung together:

- I had to play the band "Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin" after Boris Yeltsin passed away last week. I also played The Russian Futurists for the same reason.

- The Stephin Merrit songs comes from a release called "Plague Songs" that has "10 Songs - 10 Plagues - 10 Artists".

- When I found a song called "Sideways" by American band Let's Go Sailing I had to play the song by Men Without Hats with the same name (but it wasn't a cover song like I had hoped).

- Both Peter Elkas and Joel Plaskett are playing the Starlight on May 24th.

- Memphis is one of the bands playing this year's Hillside Festival, more on this later

TALK - Theme

The Sweet Homewreckers - Wild America (C)
The Salteens - Time You Have Been Wasting (C)
The Yokocasinos - Loose Cannon
Hera - Don't Play This
Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin - Oregon Girl
TALK
Skeeter Davis - Let Me Get Close To You
Francoise Hardy - On Dit De Lui
Lucky Soul - One Kiss Don't Make A Summer
Belle and Sebastian - Legal Man
Stephin Merrit - The Meaning of Lice
TALK
The Russian Futurists - The Science Of The Seasons (C)
LCD Soundsystem - Someone Great
B. Fleischman - Le Desir
Wally Jericho - Kuryakin (C)
TALK
Ladybug Transistor - Her Words Hang In The Air
Leopold - Work
You/Me - To Live
Morning Bride - Time Delay
Thomas Dybdahl - A Love Story
TALK
Let's Go Sailing - Sideways
Men Without Hats - Sideways (C)
Lapko - All The Best Girls
Peter Elkas - Fall Apart Again (C)
Joel Plaskett Emergency - Nothing More To Say (C)
TALK
The Sea and Cake - Too Strong
Sondre Lerche - Airport Taxi Reception
Elbow Beach Surf Club - Our Hood (C)
The Icicles - Crazy
TALK
Memphis - A Little Place In The Wilderness (C)



(C) Denotes Canadian Content

Friday, April 13, 2007

April 13, 2007

Theme: Commercial Music
On Air: Frank

It seemed like I did a lot of talking this show, but I was happy with how it went, as I think I had pretty interesting things to say. Thanks for the suggestions on the commercial music set and as always the site www.adtunes.com was an invaluable resource. I have tried to put in links to web versions of the commercials the best one is for Axe that uses the Israel Kamamawin'ole version of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow". IZ as he was known, was a very large Hawaiian man who looked very strange playing this tiny ukulele, unfortunately he passed away in 1997 of health related problems.

Another band that I was happy to find out about doing research for the set was the song "Suger Sweet" by the Icicles, not only is it a great song but I also realized that I have played them before doing their song "Snowman". I have now ordered both of their CDs, going to prove that getting a song played on a commercial can pay dividends.

After the show I couldn't get the song "Do the Freddie" out of my head, it was a novelty song back in the 60s by a British band called "Freddie and the Dreamers". It reportedly did start a bit of dance craze, but the Wikipedia description of the dance itself seems pretty boring "stand in place, then in rhythm with the music first extend the left leg and left arm, then the right leg and right arm. Repeat until the song's conclusion". Apparently there was a reference to the dance in the movie "Troop Beverly Hills" that I'm intrigued to see now.


TALK - Theme

I'm From Barcelona - Treehouse
The Legends - Lucky Star
Bermuda Triangle - It Feels Good
Sissy Wish - DWTS
Midlake - Young Bride
TALK
Hot Hot Heat - 5 Times Out Of 100 (C) **Request for Laura
Firefly - Unsinkable (C)
The Wooden Stars - Microphone (C)
Elbow Beach Surf Club - Surf Theme (C)
Elbow Beach Surf Club - The Letter (C)
TALK
Freddy and the Dreamers - Do The Freddie
Caribou - Handelschnapp (C)
Bullfrog - Ya-Ya (C)
Quadra - Grey Something (C)
Reality Sandwich - Blue (C)
TALK (commercial music set)
Israel Kamamawin'ole - Somewhere Over the Rainbow/Wonderful World (Rice Krispies) link to ad
Nouvelle Vague - I Melt With You (GMC) **Suggested by Garth link to ad
Beck with The Flaming Lips - Do You Realize (Mitsubishi) **Suggested by Stephen P
Royksopp - Remind Me (Geico) link to ad
The Jam - Start (Cadillac) can be seen on this site
The Salteens - Nice Day (C) (Zellers) **Sort of suggested by Derek link to ad **See Note 1
Icicles - Sugar Sweet (Motorola) link to ad
TALK
The Besties - Rod'n'Reel
California Snow Story - Suddenly Everthing Happens
Sonic Youth - The Diamond Sea
Marit Larsen - Under The Surface
TALK
Marmoset - Sky Phenomenon **See Note 2

Note 1: I love the fact that this song has the lyric "I know you think that I'm gay", of course that part isn't used in the commercial.

Note 2: This is from a compilation out of the American record label Secretly Canadian, to celebrate their 100th release they had their artists cover each other's songs. This is a cover of a song originally by Jens Lekman.


(C) Denotes Canadian Content