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

Note that the links to shows older than 6 months might not be working, if you really want those shows please send me an email and I can get them to you.

Friday, July 4, 2008

July 4, 2008

Theme: Couples and wacky male singers
On Air: Frank

OK I shouldn't really do this, but I'm changing the top song from this show after the fact. Although at the time I said it was The Leslies "Take A Look", since that show I have really grown to love the Hello Saferide song "The Quiz". It is so good, it describes the questions that a girl would ask a prospective boyfriend, questions like:

Is your IQ higher than your neighbour’s? And is it very much higher than mine?

Can you sleep when I grind my teeth? Do you look away if I slob when I eat?

Do you talk in the middle of Seinfeld? Do you get racist or sexist when you’ve had a few?

But if like the songs in the first set you can get your own copy of all of them as they all came from a couple of great and freely available summer samplers that have recently come out: The first one is legitimate as it comes from the great Labrador record label, pick it up here: and the other one is from a blog called eardrum music, a bit less official, but good nonetheless .

I had just picked up the new album by Mates of State which I am liking very much and that got me thinking about bands where members are romantically involved (no I didn't play Abba). This led to playing I am the World Trade Center, Arcade Fire, and Immaculate Machine, unfortunately after the show I found out that Holiday Flyer are actually a brother/sister duo.

I ended off with the song "Free Nelson Mandela" by the Special AKAs as they had just had the 90th birthday celebration for Nelson Mandela. To show how long I've been on the radio I remember playing that song when Mandela was actually still in prison.

TALK-Theme (Summer sampler set)
The Leslies - Take A Look
The Budgies - Summer Gone Back
The Legends - Darlings
The School - Summer's Here
Hello Saferide - The Quiz
TALK (My couples set)
Mates of State - My Only Offer
I Am The World Trade Center - No Expectations
Immaculate Machine - Small Talk (C)
Arcade Fire - Wake Up (C)
Holiday Flyer - Every Once In A While **Request by Paul
TALK (Wacky male singer set)
Ossian Ekenger - Sunset Shell
Jens Lekman - Maple Leaves
Jonathan Richman - You're The Only For Me
Magnetic Fields - Busby Berkeley Dream
Herman Dune - 1-2-3 Apple Tree
TALK (Rockin' Set)
Vancouger - Obvious (C)
Two Minute Miracles - Conjoined (C)
The Bughouse 5 - Death Of Me (C)
The Gruesomes - Unchain My Heart (C)
Universal Honey - Just Before Mary Goes (C) **See Note 1
The The - Helpline Operator
Firefox AK (w/ Tiger Lou) - Winter Rose
Motoboy - Young Love
Kleerup (w/ Lykke Li) - Until We Bleed **See Note 2
The LK - Tamoagotchi Freestyle
Natalie Portman's Shaved Head - Me + Yr Daughter
The Rigas - What Are You Dreaming Of
Pretty Good Dance Moves - PGDM
Mystery Jets - Two Doors Down
The Special AKAs - Free Nelson Mandela

Note 1: This song dedicated to Mary and Chris who were just leaving to go to Europe.

Note 2: As it has Lykke Li it has to be good.

(C) Denotes Canadian Content