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, October 29, 1999

October 29, 1999

The Halloween show was its usual scary self, however there was some controversy
between Michelle and I about the what the theme really was: Songs that actually
sounded scary (Michelle's opinion) or songs that had titles dealing with
Halloween, death, the devil, etc. (My opinion). Maybe next year we'll split the
show in half.

For the next show I'm looking for suggestions for songs about superheroes, this
is related the theme of Michelle's birthday party this year, that came about
after watching the movie Mystery Men. Send your suggestions along for the next
show on November 12.

Also, I'm starting a contest about the media and the year 2000 hype, read about
it after the setlist.

Fireball XL5 Setlist Oct 29, 1999
TALK-Theme (Songs from movies)
Acid Test - Mr. Skin
Teknakullar Raincoats - Dancing Cadavers
Klaus Nomi - Ding Dong (the witch is dead)
Juliana Hatfield - Witches Song
The Fleshtones - I was a teenage Zombie
TALK (80s set)
Ministry - Everyday is Halloween
Oingo Boingo - Dead man's Party
The Smiths - Cemetary Gates
Siouxsie & the Banshees - Peek-a-boo
Bauhaus - Bella Legosi's dead (with apologies to Trevor)
TALK
The Smugglers - Your mom's the Devil
Hank & Frank - Walk like a Zombie
Deja Voodoo - Cemetary (Request)
Deja Voodoo - Three Men, One Coffin
The Clash - City of the Dead
TALK
Jackson Phibes - Body of a boy, mind of a monster
Colour me Psycho - Sinister Urge
The Jazz Butcher - The devil is my friend
Eddy Grant - Killer on the Rampage
Sucking Chest Wound - Satan'n'Hippies'n'drugs'n'rock'n'roll
Todd Rollins & Chick Bullock - The Boogie Man
Sonic Youth - Dirty Boots (Request)
JS Bach - Fugue in G Minor
Shuffle Demons - Funkin Pumpkin
TALK
Future Bible Heroes - Death Opened a boutique

Fireball XL5 - Y2K Media Hype contest details:

I have chosen the National Post as the reference newspaper (sorry if this offends
some people, but a) I wanted to keep it Canadian and b) they had the only search
engine that ordered the results by date). There are 2 parts to the contest, the
first one is to guess the last date in the year 1999 when the word (expression,
shortform, whatever you call it) "Y2K" will NOT be used in an article and the
second part is to guess the first date in the year 2000 when "Y2K" will NOT be
used in any article.

Notes: There is no National Post on Sundays and I am relying on the search engine
provided by the Website, I'm not going to actually scan the paper, so "Y2K" being
used in an advertisement or in the classifieds doesn't count. Scoring is as
follows: 5 points for getting the date right on, and then losing a point for each
day you are off, hence the maximum score will be 10 points.

In case there is a tie here is the tie-breaking question:
How many articles will contain "Y2K" on the January 1, 2000 edition of the National Post?

Please submit your contest entries to frseglen@uwaterloo.ca, the cut off date for
entries will be November 19, 1999. There will no prizes, just the admiration of all
my loser friends. You can check the current standings at:
www.civil.uwaterloo.ca/frseglen/y2k_media_hype.htm

By the way as of today the last time "Y2K" was not in an article was way back on
October 27. Good Luck.

Friday, October 15, 1999

October 15, 1999

In a vain attempt to be cool and hip I have created a website for the
show (next I will be growing a goatee and getting multiple piercings or
it that already passe). The URL is: www.civil.uwaterloo.ca/frseglen
I tried to make it simple and easy to navigate, it includes a searchable
archive of the setlists and a history of what I have done on various
stations in my campus radio career. If you have any suggestions or notice
any glaring errors please pass them along.

As always the Oktoberfest show started with the Wetspots and the
Blitzkrieg Polka (not to be confused with the Ramones Blitzkrieg Bop)
and then more polka than anybody can stand (3 songs). As promised
there was a set of music about the Fight Club which Michelle and I had
gone to see the week before, I'm still undecided about the movie, I liked
the first part however the second half gets a be too much when they take
the Fight Club to the next level. A couple of songs I couldn't find for
the fight set were "Kung Fu Fighting" and "Momma Said Knock you Out".

The next show will be Oct 29, I know its a cliche but what the hell, its
going to be a Halloween show, I think we can actually keep it up for the
entire two hours, the hard part will be the Can/Con thing. If you have
any suggestions send them along.

Fireball XL5 Setlist Oct 15, 1999
TALK-Theme
Wetspots - Blitzkrieg Polka
Romaniacs - PJ Polka
Mojo Nixon and Skid Roper - Polka Polka
Polkacide - Martha Polka
The Sadies - Locust Eater
Huevous Rancheros - Wild Turkey Surprise
TALK (Fight Set)
Wierd Paul - Whaling the Shit out of Guys
Beastie Boys - Fight for your Right to Party
Public Enemy - Party for your Right to Fight
Brian McKnight & Diana King - When we were Kings - from the Documentary
Old 97s - Murder (or a heartattack) - from the album Fight Songs
Johnny Cash - Boy Named Sue
TALK
Local Rabbits - Stomp your British Knights down
Flashing Lights - Talk to the Hand
The Chills - Song for Randy Newman
Boo Radleys - Barney (.. and me)
G Love and Special Sauce - Rodeo Clowns
Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals - Steal my Kisses
Sarah Slean - Playing cards with Judas
TALK (one of these songs was a request, guess which one)
The Sweater Girls - Nail me to Lacrosse
Bruce Cockburn - Down the Delta
Kaiser and Plimley - Jigsawin Glass
Iron Maiden - The Number of the Beast
Watershell - Calling Elan
Madder Rose - Something
Circle Jerks - Coup D'Etat
TALK (tribute to Wilt Chamberlain)
Kool and Gang - Slam Dunk