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, August 28, 1998

August 28, 1998

The biggest set of this week's show was devoted to Stephin Merrit the
man behind such projects as the Magnetic Fields, Future Bible Heroes and
the Sixths, whom Michelle and I went to see in Toronto the Monday before
the show (with Derek and Sari). Even though I only recognized one song
all night it was the best concert I've seen in a while for some of the
following reasons: Lee's Palace is a good venue, they didn't turn the
music up too loud, you could understand everything Merrit said, nobody
in the audience was talking and Merrit just writes really good songs.
I've only really enjoyed two other concerts when I wasn't famillar with
the music: Spirit of the West the first time they played the Bombshelter
and Jerry Jerry when I saw him at the Hoodoo Lounge in Kitchener.

Anybody else have a positive experience with bands they wern't that
familiar with?

Next week I'll be joined by David Kreller for the show.

Fireball XL5 Aug 28/1998 Playlist

Anagnson & Kinton - Molta Allegro
John Bottomley - Friendship
Thee Headcoatees - Money
TALK-Theme
Juke Joint - Supply & Demand
House of Velvet - Poison Ivy
Sianspheric - Can't Get it up
Finnigan's Tongue - Kaiser's Bust
Newfoundland Kitchen Party - Black Velvet Band
TALK
Ultrababyfat - What He Said
Beastie Boys - Song for Junior
Mix Master Mike - Jack Knyfe
7% Solution - Built on Sand
Shonen Knife - Fist Eyes
TALK
Tragically Hip - Chagrin Falls
Social Distortion - Ring of Fire
Johnny Cash - Going by the Book
Shudder to Think w/ Liz Phair - Erecting a movie star
Liz Phair - Ride
Snowpony - Titanic
TALK
The Magnetic Fields - 100 000 Fireflies
The Sixths - San Diego Zoo
Barbra Manning - Blood of Feeling
The Sixths - Falling out of Love with you
Luna - Pup Tent
The Sixths - Movies in my head
Yo La Tengo - From a Motel 6
The Sixths - Puerto Rico Way
Unrest - Cath Carrol
Future Bible Heroes - Blond Adonis
White Town - Hair like Alain Delon
TALK
PayBack - She Won't Tell Me ** request
The Demics - New York City ** Dedicated to Mary&Chris
The Sweaters - Barbra
Men Without Hats - Sideways
Child - Coatcheck Girl
Juliana Hatfield - Bad Day
Joe Jackson - Is she really going out with him
TALK-Theme
Spandau Ballet - True


Friday, August 14, 1998

August 14, 1998

I was alone this past week as Venus (Michelle) didn't have the energy to
make it to Space City (CKMS). As I was alone I made it random show,
just picking a CD from the top of each pile, mixed in with a set related
to the movie "Something about Mary" and a tribute to the Jane Bond's
"Fag Night" (which Michelle took her mother to by the way), I'll let you
figure out which set it was.

The Monica & Bill thing was a CD with the the presidential seal and
Monica & Bill written on it, the songs just has a man saying "monica"
and a women saying "bill", very strange.

My favourity surprise song was UltraBabyFat's Jonesin, quite good.

Also, does anybody know which city Messenjah is from?


Fireball XL5 Playlist for Aug 14/1998

Finnigan's Tongue - Maggie Moyer
Uische Beatha - Whose Child is This?
Maynard Ferguson - To & Fro
TALK-Theme
Louis Jordan - What's the use in getting sober (when you're only going
to get drunk again)
Yo La Tengo - Tom Courtenay
Pavement - Texas Never Whispers
Pizicato Five - Twiggy Twiggy
Lounge Act - Sometimes I wonder
Beastie Boys - first half of Intergalactic
Beastie Boys - The New Style
Beastie Boys - second half of Intergalactic
TALK
Andrew Vincint - Brown Bike
Simon Fraser University Pipe Band - Duet
Messenjah - Crazy
Newfoundland Kitchen Party - Farewell to Nova Scotia
Monica & Bill - Monica & Bill (** See Note Above)
Ultra Baby Fat - Jonsin (** See Note Above)
TALK
Jonathan Richman - There's Something About Mary
Ben Lee - How to Survive a Broken Heart
Jonathan Richman - Cerca
Lloyd Cole - Love Ruins Everything
Quartango - Barracuda
Tatinana - Jupiter or Mars
Dead or Alive - You Spin Me Right Round
TALK
The Pixies - Subbacultcha
Martha & the Muffins - Echo Beach
Shonen Knife - Cookie Day
Chixdiggit - Nobody
Squirrel Nut Zippers - My Drac
Kyp Harness - Cat's Pajamas
808 State - Variations on Te Deum
TALK
Erasure - Chains of Love
Morrissey - November Spawned a Monster
New Order - Thieves Like Us
Bronski Beat - Smalltown Boy
Pet Shop Boys - Saturday Night Forever
REM - Nightswimming
Bob Mould - Can't Fight it
Future Bible Heroes - Hopeless
The Queers - Get a Life & live it loser
Men Without Hats - Safety Dance
Buddy Guy - Heavey Love
TALK Theme
Jerry Jerry and the sons of Rhythm Orchestra - Superpowers


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