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.


Thursday, April 22, 1999

April 22, 1999

It seems like just last week I was writing one of these, actually it was,
because Charlene (the person I alternate with) called me last Friday and
asked me to do the show because she was tired. So this show I had an
excuse not to have anything prepared before the show, I threw together
some vinyl albums that I've been gradually transporting from my parents
house. It also turned out that a lot of show was on vinyl. In case you
are interested Charlene and I are now alternating so Fireball XL5 will be
back in two weeks.


Fireball XL5 Setlist April 22/ 1999

B'Ehl - Mies Pleez *
Jim Guthrie - Roads & Paper Routes
Justin Curtis - Just Tell My Why
TALK - Theme
Piggy - Gottingen Street * These two songs were not
Spirit of the West - Gottingen Street * the same.
Ron Sexsmith - Average Joe
One Shot Left - For Granted
Sons of Freedom - Mona Lisa *
TALK
Dead Milkmen - You'll Dance to Anything * (Request) ** see Note 1
The Cure - Standing on a Beach
New Order - ICB *
Bad March + Shri - Distrubed Synapses
Random - Crate on a Sofa
Fatboy Slim - Soul Surfing
Stereolab - The Light the will Cease to fail
Saint Etienne - You're in a Bad Way
TALK
Ben Lee - Burn to Shine
Wilton Said - In My Dreams
Poi Dog Pondering - Hard Sometime
Wilco - ELT
King Missle - Detachable Penis (Request)
TALK
Grover Washington Jr - Just the Two of Us *
Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis - You Don't Need to be a Star *
Lou Rawls - You'll Never Find *
The Gap Band - Early in the Morning *
Earth, Wind, and Fire - Can't Let Go *
TALK
The Gruesomes - Why Me *

* Vinyl

** Note 1 - I always play the Cure after the Dead Milkmen song as it seems
like they are talking about Robert Smith "they come over here with their
big hair intent on taking our money" but when they go through the bands at
the end they mention the Smiths, Depeche Mode, etc. but they don't mention
the Cure. I have always wondered if this was on purpose.

Friday, April 16, 1999

April 16, 1999

My friend Jayson Innes joined me for this show which featured an absentee
set from Michelle featureing some of her favourite summer songs. I also
surprised Jayson by forcing him to put together a set and of course I had
to play one about Wayne Gretzky as it was in the middle of his retirement.
As a challenge try to guess what each song has to do with Gretzky and I'll
put the answers after the setlist.


Fireball XL5 Setlist April 16

Ron Sexsmith - Thinking Out Loud
Tom Waits - Cold Cold Ground
TALK-Theme
Cate Friesen - Broken Ship
Plumtree - Latitude
Derivation - Ancient History
TV Iris - Electric
Stereolab - Au Grand Tour
TALK (Michelle's Summer Set)
Ben Lee - I am a Sunflower
The Smiths - Please, Please, Please, Let me get what I want
Martha and the Muffins - Echo Beach
Wilco - Summer Teeth
Rufus Wainwright - Milbrook
Beat Happening - Indian Summer
Fatboy Slim - Ganster Tripping
TALK (Jayson's Set)
Lowest of the Low - So Long Bernie
Hayden - Take
BT with Richard Butler - Shineaway
Propellerheads - Skybreak
Orb - Little Fluffy Clouds
TALK (Gretzky Set)
King Missle - Jesus was way cool
Bran Van 3000 - Drinking in LA
Chixdiggit - I feel like Gerry Cheevers
Pursuit of Happiness - She's the Devil
B'Ehl - Happening Again
Creation - Making Time
TALK
Johnny Cash - Beans for Breakfast


Answer's Below:





















King Missle - Jesus was way cool
- song mentions that Jesus could have scored more goals than Gretzky

Bran Van 3000 - Drinking in LA
- Gretzky playing for the Kings

Chixdiggit - I feel like Gerry Cheevers
- apart from the hockey reference, Michelle told me the band
was from Edmonton (actually from Calgary)

Pursuit of Happiness - She's the Devil
- Pursuit of Happiness is from Edmonton

B'Ehl - Happening Again
- Kind of a stretch, Gretzky's from Brantford, Alexander Graham Bell
emigrated to Brantford from Scotland before moving to the United
States and inventing something. OK so you try thinking of five
songs about Gretzky at 4:00 pm on a Friday.

Creation - Making Time
- Not actually part of the set, just something to fill up the show