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, December 31, 1999

December 31, 1999

First about this show, we ended up having 3 guests in the studio for the
New Year's Eve show: Sari, Derek, and Graham. We tried to keep the
talking centred on the usual themes for a year end review show: TV,
movies, music. The TV talk didn't produce a lot of insight, during the
movie discussion we all had different choices for our favourite movie but
were divided as to whether this meant it was a good or bad year for
movies. Of course everybody had different musical opinions and they are
reflected in their sets, you may notice I didn't have a specific set as I
didn't have time to finalize my list before the show (but I do reveal my
pick for number 1 single of the year at the end of the setlist). This
means that our next show (January 14) will be the Official Fireball XL5
best of 1999 show.

It also means you have a bit more time if you haven't been able to send me
your best of 1999 or best of the 1990s top three list.



Fireball XL5 Setlist Dec 31, 1999

TALK-Theme (trying to boost the Canadian Content set before
everybody plays their favourite songs and we fall
below CRTC regulations)
Stompin Tom Connors - Move Along
Swinghammer - Vostok 6
Swinghammer - White Russians
Ibycus Songs - Space Ships
Chicklet - Superficial
TALK (Movie set)
Franka Potente - Believe (Run Lola Run)
Bell & Sebastian - Slow Graffitti (The Acid House)
Len - Steal My Sunshine (Cruel Intentions)
Blur - Coffee and TV (?)
Big Gay Al - I'm Super (South Park)
The Sandpipers - Mighty Mouse Theme (Man on the Moon)
TALK (Derek's Set)
TLC - No Scrubs
Holymodal Rounders - Happy Rollin' Cowboy
Os Mutantes - Bat Macumba
Moby - Porcelain
TALK (Michelle's Set)
Magnetic Fields - Paper was a rodeo
Tom Waits - Picture in a frame
Joel Plaskett - When I have my vision
Wilco - Via Chicago
Beth Orton - Central Reservation
Kahimi Karie - What are you wearing?
TALK (Sari' Set)
Steve Earl - CCKMP
Freakwater - Harlan
The Knitters - Cryin' but my tears are far away
Ramasutra - New Wave Pernament Wave DJ
Dub Narcotic & Jon Spencer Blues Explosion - Banana Meltdown
TALK
Lynard Skynard - Saturday Night Special **from the "that 70s show"
Blurtonia - Pick up the Pieces soundtrack as we just talked
Luna - La poupee qui Fait non about TV
TALK
Planet Smashers - Super Orgy Porno Party ** Number 1 single of the year

Friday, December 10, 1999

December 10, 1999

December 10, 1999
Theme: Christmas
On Air: Frank, Jayson, Attilio


TALK-Theme
Jaymz Bee and the Royal Jelly Orchestra - Space Age Santa
Jaymz Bee and the Royal Jelly Orchestra - Carol of the Bells
Wet Spots - Wet Christmas
The Bus - If Santa Claus was a Vampire
Los Straightjackets - Sleigh Ride
TALK (We talk about the differences in Christmas carols between Canada and Italy)
Grinch - You're a mean one Mr Grinch
Shane MacGowen and the Popes - Christmas Lullaby
The Pogues - Lullaby of New York
Fountains of Wayne - I Want an Alien for Christmas
Fountains of Wayne - The Man in the Santa Suit
The Flaming Lips - Christmas at the Zoo
TALK (Attilio talks about Christmas in Italy)
Steve Morse & Manuel Barruecco - Carol of the Bells
Mary Margaret O'hara - Blue Christmas
London Traditional X-mas - Silver Bells
Dandy Warhols - The Little Drummer Boy
Freedy Johnston - Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
Wonderful world of Joey - What Sweet Child o' Mine is This
TALK
The Wedding Present - Steppin' into Christmas
Sonic Youth - Santa doesn't cop out on dope
Southern Culture on the Skids - Merry Christmas baby
New Bad Things - Shoplifting you something for Christmas
Tiger - Rudolph the red nosed caribou
TALK (Talking about Brent Hagerman, Pond Dog, and Lid)
Brent Hagerman - Pond Dog Blues
Lid - Death comes a wanking
Lid - Shit Shack
TALK (Sign Off)
Wool - Xmas its Christmas

Friday, December 3, 1999

December 3, 1999

My day Friday December 3:

2:00 pm - get e-mail from Charlene about doing show that day
3:00 pm - call Charlene to confirm details
5:55 pm - prepare for show
6:00 pm - on air

As you can see above there wasn't much preparation time for this week's show,
but that was OK as there were tons of new stuff considering Michelle and I
missed our latest regular slot (Thanks for Heather and Trevor for filling
in). When we got to the station as usual there was nobody there, however by the
end it was like Grand Central Station; people were coming and going with stuff
happening in both the other studios, people moving drum sets, cars coming and
going, even Heather and Trevor were there to tape another show and they came
on for one talking segment.

We are on again this Friday December 10, as this will be the last time we will
be on before the 25th and I am totally unoriginal this will count as the
Christmas show, send along any suggestions we actually have a pretty large
collection of Xmas music at the station.

There are so many stories about the music this show:

The Rheostatics songs is from a just released children's album and accompanying
book that has been two years in the making, one of the songs was written by
Gord Downie of the Tragically Hip.

Tony Clifton is the nightclub singer character of Andy Kaufman from the
soundtrack to Man on the Moon

The Zamboni's song was of course dedicated to Jimmy 'Iceman' MacNeil
of the Brantford Civic Centre who easily won the Zamboni driver of the Year
with a stunning 177,556 votes (second was Al Sobotka with 97,261). Complete
results available at www.zamboni.com.

Michelle went to see Momus/Kahimi Karie/Toog at the Jane Bond Cafe while I
was in Edmonton, she said Momus sang rude and vulgar songs and she was most
impressed by the French (?) singer Toog.

I ended off with the Flying Bulgar Klezmar Band as Chanukah started at sunset.

December 3, 1999
TALK-Theme
Ibycus Songs - Spaceships
Devolver - Circle in the Sky
The Rheostatics - Monkey Bird
Andy Stochansky - Insect
Swinghammer - The First
TALK
Beastie Boys - Slow and Low
Tony Clifton - I Will Survive
The Zambonis - Andy Moog Meets Robert Moog
Prince - Everyday is a Winding Road
Pet Shop Boys - You Only Tell Me You Love Me When You're Drunk
TALK
The Pixies - Dig For Fire (request)
Frank Black - Western Skies
Breeders - Divine Hammer
Arrogant Worms - Hiemlich Maneuver
Len - Feelin' Alright (Dust Brothers remix)
TALK
Cyclic Redundancy - Mike's Funky Lounge
Adrian Raso - When I'm Alone
People like us meet the Jet Black People - Song number 6
Alien Radio Station - Deep Inner Mental Forces
TALK
Momus - Stefano Zerelli
Kahimi Karie - What are you Wearing
Toog - Jonas
Beck - Mixed Bizness
TALK
Flying Bulgar Klezmer Band - Mayne Yunge Yorn