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, March 24, 2000

March 24, 2000

This show was a lot of fun, we were able to get through the whole show
sticking with the theme of songs about people. Making it better was a
last minute visit by the Ambassador (otherwise know as Peter Brown)
who has recently switched allegiances and came to tell us about it.
In talks with the Ambassador, I realized that "songs about people" has
a very broad definition, so the final criteria was that the song had
to be about someone who is known outside of that song and could be a
real person or fictional character, here are some examples to make it
clearer:

Bad Bad Leroy Brown - No, because the character only exits in the song
Bobby Peru - Yes, a fictional movie character known outside of the song

We might have to revist this theme as there were still songs we hadn't
played after the 2 hours was up. See if you know who all the songs are
about.

For this week's show (April 7) I'm doing something that helped me stay
awake back in "the day" when I was on late Friday nights: Kicking Songs,
ie. songs that make you feel like turning up the stereo and dance around.
Although, I generally don't have a problem staying up till 8:00 pm
these days, I've had a long week recovering from a volleyball tournament
last week and having a project due tomorrow.

Send along any suggestions you might have.


Fireball XL5 Setlist March 24, 2000

TALK-Theme
Billy Bragg and Wilco - Ingrid Bergman
Grievous Angels - Bill Birilko Song
Stomin' Tom - Lady, KD Lang
Swinghammer - Karen Magnussen Song
Arrogant Worms - Celine Dion
TALK
Dik Van Dykes - Klaus Barbie (a band and a song with a
They Might Be Giants - James K. Polk person in the title)
The Frantics - Miss G (about Risa Gorbechev)
The Blackhands - Louis Riel
Jonathan Richman - Vincent Van Gough
Jonathan Richman - Walter Johnson
TALK
The Go-Betweens - Lee Remick
Yo La Tengo - Tom Courtenay
White Town - Hair Like Alain Delon
Luna - Bobby Peru
Stump - Charlton Heston
TALK
Tony Bennett - Nancy (according to the Ambassador it's
Cake - Frank Sinatra about Nancy Sinatra)
The Replacements - Alex Chilton
Starbeam - Gary Numan
Weedy Pigeons - Harrison Jones ** see Note 1
TALK
Momus - Walter Carlos
Momus - Stephen Zeeland
Beastie Boys - Tuff Guy (about Bill Lambeer)
TALK
Cub - Nicolas Bragg ** see Note 2
The Smugglers - Alan Thicke
Show Business Giants - I've got a Crush on Wendy Mesley
Unrest - Isabel
Boo Radleys - Rodney King
TALK
Finnigan's Tongue - Abigail Becker


Note 1: From Trevor:

Harrison Jones is "a true story song dedicated to this kid who's parents
loved the Indiana Jones movies so much they named their first born
Harrison. These are sad times."

Note 2:

According to the liner notes Nicolas Bragg was a journalist who invented
the term "cuddlecore" to describe Cub's music.

Friday, March 10, 2000

March 10, 2000

We made good on the new music theme as apart from the leap year set every
album we played (except for 2) was from the recent release section of the
music library (this section contains albums that have come to the station
in the last 90 days). Can you pick the two albums that weren't - answers
at the bottom).

After the show on March 9 Michelle and I are heading down to the Boathouse
Tearoom at Victoria Park to hear Pat Skinner and Friends play, I recommend
that everyone who can make to come on down.

For this week's show, March 9 is being recognized as the 300th anniversary
of the invention of the piano and so far nobody has used it to make a
decent song, just kidding, but if you want to prove me wrong send me you
favourite song that prominently features this ubiquitous instrument.


Fireball XL5 Setlist March 10, 2000

TALK-Theme
The New Pornographers & Neko - Letter From Occupant
Riff Randells - Somebody's Mom
Whole Lotta Milka - Hardly Enough
Piggy - She's Stepping Out
The Honeymans - Depopulation Dance
TALK
Christopher Just - I'm a Disco Dancer (Fatboy Slim Remix)
Air - The Word "Hurricane"
South Pacific - Analogue 9
Kid Koala - Music for Morning People
TALK
Tom Waits - The Piano has been drinking
Rufus Wainwright - Beauty Mark
The The - Uncertain Smile
Ben Folds 5 - Jane
Warren Zevon - Warewolves of London
Art Tatum - Nice Work if you can get it
Oscar Peterson - Cubano Chant
TALK
The Obvious - Only in a Dream
Carolyn Mark - Edmonton
The Gospel Miracles - We're Gonna Have a Time
The Ambassadors of Style - Prime Minister
Yo La Tengo - From a Motel 6
TALK
Dik Van Dykes - Curling