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, March 19, 2010

March 19, 2010

Date: March 19, 2010
Theme: Going Undercover
On Air: Frank

I got into a dancey/electropoppy mood with my top song of the week and it just continued from there for most of the show.

The second set started with Ted Leo and the Phamacists covering "Everybody Wants To Rule The World" originally by Tears For Fears. This was the first song from The Onion's musical arm: the AV club and their project called Undercover. As they describe it: 25 bands, 25 cover sosngs, 1 small round room. It looks like some interesting covers are coming up, everything from Hall and Oats, to M.I.A. to Neutral Milk Hotel to The Replacements. See details of the Undercover project here (,38869/ )

I also stole a set idea from the podcast of Paul the Advanced Warning Guy ( ) who played the Pipettes and some other bands with the same kind of style, so I went with it and played a single from the upcoming CD from the Pipettes. Now I would be very excited by this if these were the same Pipettes as before, but unfortunately 2 of the members have left the band and it is now down to Gwenno and her sister. I unfortunately don't hold out much hope, however in the set I also played something from Electric Blue a band led by Rebecca Stephens who was one of the woman that left the Pipettes. I don't know much about Electric Blue, but I really like all the songs on their myspace page: .

Fireball XL5 Setlist - March 19, 2010
TALK - theme
Groove Armada - Paper Romance
The Clientele - I Wonder Who We Are
Papas Fritas - Way You Walk
Acid House Kings - The Boy Still Dreams
Still Flyin' - Good Thing It's A Ghost Town Around Here
Ted Leo and the Pharmacists - Everybody Wants To Rule The World
Spaghetti Anywhere - Girlfriends With Boyfriends
Wave Machines - Keep The Lights On
Headlights - Secrets
Jonna Lee - My High
Miss Li - Bourgeois Shangri-La
The Atlantics - Baby I Need You
C.O.D.'s - Coming Back Girl
TALK (Stolen from Paul set)
Lucky soul - Whoa Billy
Gigi - No, My Heart Will Go On (C)
Maxine Darren - How Can I Hide It From My Heart
The Pipettes - Our Love Was Saved By A Spaceman
Electric Blue - Somebody's Help
The Lightning Seeds - Sense
Washed Out - Phone Call
Delorean - Deli
Port-Royal - The Photoshopped Prince
Nilof - Be Kind Rewind
Big Star - Don't Lie To Me

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Friday, March 5, 2010

March 5, 2010

Date: March 5, 2010
Theme: I believe
On Air: Frank

Finally a chance to play some new music after many themed shows, this of course created a log jam for my top song of the week as I had lots to choose from. So any of the first three songs could have been the one, but I went with the one I listened to the most over the last few weeks. As it turns out all three are from the labrador record label and are availabe either from the record label website ( ) or here ( ).

Although I would like to keep the podcast coming out every 2 weeks it seems like I can't do more than one a month. This time I blame the Olympics as I went to Vancouver and that kind of took me off my schedule. However, I did manage to see quite a few bands while I was out there and used that as a theme for a set.

Fireball XL5 Setlist - March 5, 2010
The Mary Onettes - Dare
The Radio Dept. - Heaven's On Fire
Sambassadeur - Stranded
The Ogdens - Rachel Put Your Arms About Me
The Smiths - Bigmouth Strikes Again
Very Truly Yours - Every Little Word
Strawberry Whiplash - Picture Perfect
The Close-ups - 20,000 Groups
Je Suis Animal - Painted My Face
Leaving Mornington Crescent - April Song
TALK (Vancouver 2010 set)
Devo - Secret Agent Man
couer De Pirate - Printemps (C)
Hawksley Workman - No Sissies (C)
Great Lake Swimmers - Pulling On A Line (C)
Library Voices - Kundera On The Dance Floor (C)
The Ravonettes - Last Dance
The Temper Trap - Sweet Disposition
Bye Bye Bicycle - Westside
Best Coast - Sun Was High (So Was I)
The Lightning Seeds - Sense
The Fall - Hit The North
Sisty Wish - Float
CC Baxter - Ry Cooder
Metro - Girls In Love
Bag Raiders - Shooting Stars
Sweedish Shoes - Sleep and Eat
Vetiver - Everyday
Pants Yell! - Cold Hands
Javelins - Nosebleeders On The Track
Moustache Of Insanity - 16,000 Kilometres
EJ Brule - Killer Whale Attack (C)

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