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, May 21, 1999

May 21, 1999

I arrived back in Waterloo just in time to do my regular radio show, and
was joined by the Ambassador (Peter Brown) who brought a selection of
songs. (I labelled only one set as his, but the last half hour was
probably equally selected by the both of us)

As The Phantom Menace had just opened we played a few songs with a Star
Wars related theme, as well as playing some bands which are playing in the
area in the near future. I also had to play the Dik Van Dykes
"Beachcombers" as the Monday before the show I was visiting my cousin
Linda in Gibson's and we had lunch at Molly's Reach, and while in
Vancouver I was at the CD release party for Boomdaddy.


Fireball XL5 Setlist May 21, 1999

Mumble Ducks - North of the Ridges
Dik Van Dykes - Beachcombers
Boomdaddy - Hold Your Head High
TALK-Theme
The Planet Smashers - Too Much Attitude
Skavenjah - Sunny Side of Life
The Flashing Lights - High School
Julie Dioron - Will You Still Love Me in December
Corduroy Leda - 80 Bucks
TALK (Peter's Set)
Motorhead - Killed by Death **Note 1
Pavement - Rattled by the Rush **Note 1
Silver Jews - Advice to the Graduate
Butterglory - The Skills of the Star Pilot **Note 2
People from Earth - Join the Darkside **Note 2
Billy Bragg & Wilco - California Stars
TALK
Fountains of Wayne - Denise
Tom Waits - Eyeball Kid
Mayor McCa - Love song for Queen Victoria **Note 1
Pavement - No more Kings
Starbean - No earthly means of Transportation
TALK
Clash - Police on my back (request)
Look Blue, Go Purple - Wild rumour
Wedding Present - My Favourite Dress
Johnny Cash - Tennessee Stud
Ween - Help me scrape the mucus off my brain
TALK
Guided by Voices- Acorns & Orioles

** Note 1: Performing live in the area in the near future
** Note 2: Phantom Menace connection, Peter said that according to Derek
the song was inspired by an original Star Wars trading card of Han Solo
piloting the Millenium Falcon with the caption "skills of the star pilot",
the people from earth songs has many a sample from the original Trilogy



Friday, May 7, 1999

May 7, 1999

Although it has only been four days since the show it seems a lot longer
as in the meantime I have travelled to Banff for a conference where I am
sending this e-mail. After Banff I am travelling to Vancouver for a few
days to visit my relatives (Hey Wayne if you get this send me your phone
number so I can give you a call).

Anyway, about the show, Dave Fisher joined Michelle and I in what I called
"Dave's Revenge", as he said that he brought songs which he would like to
hear on CKMS (Dave listens to the station as much as I do) but they either
can't or won't play it. Every song had an interesting story behind it, I
gave a brief description of one in particular after the setlist. You can
contact Dave directly if you have anymore questions about his choices.



Fireball XL5 Setlist May 7, 1999

North of America - Bouyonet Point
Corduray Leda - Shut Down
The 6ths - When I'm out of town
TALK-Theme
Mayor McCa - I'm so poor, buy my CD
Piggy - The person behind the counter
The Saboteurs - Man from E.N.I.G.M.A.
Cecil Seaskull - Bells On
Dan the Radio Man - Spooky Spooky Halloween
TALK (Dave set 1)
Raymond Scott - The Happy Whistler **Note 1
The Clears - Frozen Fun
Starbean - Starbeam
The Tornadoes - Telstar
Two Dollar Guitar - Patagonia
Stereolab - Doubt
TALK (Michelle's set)
Lion Rock - Fire up the Showsaw
Poi Dog Pondering - Berry
Beck - Electric Music & the Summer people
Solex - One Louder
Bettie Seveert - What Friends?
Ben Lee - Cigarettes Will Kill You
TALK (Dave Set 2)
Spastiks - Long Cold Walk
Ajejan dro Escovedo - I was Drunk (request)
Quonset - Exodus
King Loser - Solid Sky Nine
TALK
Colour Me Pyscho - My Favourite Nightmare

Note 1: Raymond Scott was an electronic music pioneer, he experimented
with sound made entirely from synthesizers back in the early 60s. This
album was supposed to be used to sedate children and put them to sleep, he
made three albums in this vain, this one was designed for children aged
6-12 months. This particular songs didn't sound that far off of a lot of
today's electronic music.