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


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