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.


Saturday, October 25, 2008

October 25, 2008

Theme: Soundtrack of my life, Part 1
On Air: Frank

As this show coincided with my 40th birthday I thought it was allowable to have a show (or a couple of shows) that are self indulgent. A few years ago I heard about someone doing "the soundtrack of their life" for a school project on the CBC and I thought this sounded like a cool idea and this seemed like a good time to try it.

As I explain in the intro to the show it isn't just a list of my 25 favourite songs of all time, rather they are songs that have for various reasons been significant in my life.

As each song was special there is unfortunately a lot of talking during this show, but I felt each one needed its own introduction.

I decided to split the entire concept into two shows (I figure nobody is actually going to listen to a show about me, but even less than that would listen to a 3 hour show about me). So part one goes from my early years up till my time on my first radio station of CHRW. I will leave my time at university and CKMS for part two.

Here is a link to the video I mentioned during the show:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QJOuTr0BXb4
(as it happens I own the exact same outfit that Bobby Sherman is wearing during this video)


Fireball XL5 Setlist - October 25, 2008

Bobby Sherman - Easy Come, Early Go (Source of middle name)

GROWING UP

Roy Orbison - Pretty Woman (First single bought with my own money)
Mendelssohn 4th symphony (High school music project)
Not The Nine Oclock News - Confrontation Song (album from London Public Library)
Wall of Voodoo - Mexican Radio (First alternative song I listen to)
Earth, Wind, and Fire - Let's Groove (best of 70s)

High school/CHRW

Afrika Bambaataa and the Soul Sonic Force- Renegades of Funk (first song played on radio)
Helen Reddy - I am Woman (Theme to Frank, Frank, and Frank show)
Lloyd Cole - Lost Weekend (Song played often on CHRW simply because it was short)
Eddy Grant - Electric Avenue (First Concert)
Run DMC - Rock Box (first Toronto concert, first mixed tape given by someone else)
The Pogues - Dirty Old Town (Memories of Pat and Dave)
Altogether Morris - Eaten Alive (Dave and I played this song a lot) (C)
Butthole Surfers - Sweat Loaf (More fun from CHRW)



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Friday, October 10, 2008

October 10, 2008

Theme: Cue the Zombies
On Air: Frank

All the sets had 5 songs this show, don't know just worked out that way. Also interesting is that even without the time restriction of being on the radio, my shows are still about 2 hours long, guess that just the natural way they should be.

I haven't done it in a while but this show I did play a set of people who either just had or were just going to play the area. The highlight was the Awkward Stage whom I saw in Waterloo last week, they put on a great show and they are playing across Canada so look for them in your town. Also in the set were Shout Out Out Out Out coming to the Starlight and The Bicycles coming to Trepid House.

Anybody in the Waterloo area on Saturday, October 18th should check out the annual Zombie Walk starting at Waterloo Park at 2 pm. In honour of the event I played "Walk Like A Zombie" from the classic WhatWave music series (see link below).

Here are some of the links I mentioned during the show:

WhatWave site:
http://chrwradio.com/lma/1990/What%20Wave%20-%20Baloney%20Sandwich/baloney.htm

Zombie Walk website:
http://board.stillepost.ca/boards/index.php?topic=112679.0

Download the New Faces song here:
http://blog.kexp.org/blog/2008/04/18/song-of-the-day-new-faces-my-alarm/


Fireball XL5 Setlist - October 10, 2008

TALK-Theme
Armand Mirpour - Curly Boys Law
Erik Hallden - Do The Right Thing
New Faces - My Alarm
Robert Churh and The Holy Community - Train to Asia
Lisa Bouvoir - Chambermaid
TALK
Marshmallow Coast - Sail Around The World
Salut! Marchaut - The Fastest Boy In School
The Pico Beats - 700 Shrinking Violets
Pets - You Bring It All Together
The Little Ones - Morning Tide
TALK (upcoming or past local shows set)
Akward Stage - Sad Girl Radio (C)
Hot Panda - Cold Hands Chapped Lips (C)
Buttless Chaps - Fresh Horses (C)
Shout Out Out Out Out - Dude you Feel Electric (C)
The Bicycles - I Will Appear For You (C)
TALK
The Transmissionary Six - Zero Gravity
Juni Jarvi - The Stars Above Indian Lake
Kristoffer Ragnstram - Swing That Tambourine
Nina Kinert - Through Your Eyes
Le Future Pompiste - Seeds
TALK
Hank and Frank - Walk Like A Zombie (C)
The Manhattan Love Suicides - Johnny boy
Pablo - Hey Luci
The Jacks - Out Of Your Head
The Undertones - Wednesday Week
TALK
Karin Storm - Silent Night Pacific! Remake
The Honeydrips - (Lack Of) Love Will Tear Us Apart
Pet Politics - In The Twinkle Of An Eye
Air France - June Evenings
Sad Day For Puppets - Big Waves
TALK
Detektivbryån - Om Du Moter Varg



(C) Denotes Canadian Content