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.


Saturday, November 27, 1999

November 27, 1999

Yes, once again we were on the air this past week, I still haven't been
able to get in touch with the guy I'm "supposed" to be alternating with.
Also once again I did a spotlight on somebody I didn't see, the Wednesday
before the show Lloyd Cole played in Toronto, but because I didn't hear
about it in time as I was on vacation I couldn't get a ticket.

Fireball XL5 Setlist - November 27, 1999

Child - Coatcheck Girl
Saddlesores - Skin it off
New Grand - Girls (Treat 'em right)
Show Business Giants - Fireball XL5
TALK
Rawlins Cross - Coleen
Supreme Bagg Team - Flip, Flop, & Fly
The Gruesomes - Quand Je March Dans Ca Rue (Dedcation to the Quebec
Deadcats - Tough Enough election)
Station Twang - Jet Stream
TALK
Gaffer - Plotting Logic (Request)
Afrika Bambaataa & James Brown - Unity
Depeche Mode - Its no good
REM - Hope
Beck - Bottle of Blues
TALK
Lloyd Cole & the Commotions - Four Flights Up (Rattlesnakes)
Lloyd Cole & the Commotions - Why I love country music (Easy Pieces)
Lloyd Cole - Long Way Down (Lloyd Cole)
Lloyd Cole - Weeping Wine (Don't get wierd on me babe)
Lloyd Cole - Trigger Happy (Love Story)
Pansy Division - Bad Boyfriend
Momus - To Everyone I've ever slept with
TALK
Maynard Ferguson - Just Friends
Spritiulized - Electricity
The Crystal Method - Comin' Back (the Lights Southern Mix)
TALK
808 State - Pacific 808


Friday, November 12, 1999

November 12, 1999

Just a quick note as I'm currently in Edmonton at a meeting, which leads
to the announcement that this Friday November 26 the controls of Fireball
XL5 will be in the capable hands of Heather and Trevor.

I'm not thinking about a theme for the next show when I am back however
everybody should start thinking about their picks for best albums of this
year and also of the decade.

November 12, 1999
TALK-Theme
Arrogant Worms - Celine Dion
Huevos Rancheros - The Wedge
Birdhouse - Be There
Stan Rogers - Acadian Saturday Night
Cowboy Junkies - Leaving Normal
TALK
Mattew Sweet - What Matters
Unrest - Teenage Suicide
Madder Rose - Fade
Cocteau Twins - Wax & Wane
Joel Plasket - When I Have My Vision
Local Rabbits - When You Return
TALK
Ani Difranco - Back Back Back
Momus - Akiko Masuda
Fantastic Plastic Machine - MPF (Mezzo Piano Forte)
Cabbageboy - interstellar Love
Pet Shop Boys - You Only Say You Love Me When You're Drunk
TALK
Esthero - Superheros
Ian Knopke - Solar, Man Of The Atom
Super Friendz - Up & Running
People From Earth - Aquaman
Ramones - Spiderman
TALK
Liz Phair - Batmobile
Wesley Willis - I Whipped Batman'a Ass
Adam West - Things
Catwoman - Bobbi Got A Job
TALK
Flin Flon - Yellow Knife



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.