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, August 25, 2000

August 25, 2000

Yes it was the Suvivor show last week, congrats to Jayson and Darrel who tied for
first place in my contest (www.civil.uwaterloo.ca/frseglen/survivor1.htm),
unfortunately for Gen if any of the other 3 of the final 4 would have won she
would have at least had a share of first prize. Incidentally both winners
received a copy of the pocket edition of the SAS Survival Handbook for coming
in first. See if you can see the Survivor connection in both of the specialty sets.

Apart from that nothing particularly special about the rest of the show. I ended
with an Internet request for Ian Drury, also connected with that is a plea for
information about a 60s TV show, see if you can identify the show she is talking
about after the setlist.

Next show is September 1, wow September already.

Fireball XL5 Aug 25/2000

TALK-Theme
Paul Macleod - Broken Wings (C)
Emm Gryner - Summerlong (C)
Holly Cole - Romantically Helpless (C)
Thermocline - Sonic Blonde (C)
Heavy Blinkers - Easy Living (C)
TALK
Cajun Ramblers - Venez a Louisiane (C)
Quartango - Palomita Blanca (C)
Moscow Chamber Orchestra - Concerto in Bflat
Oscar Peterson - Lulu's Back in Town (C)
TALK (General Suvivor set)
Survivor - Eye of the Tiger
Kool and the Gang - Jungle Boogie
Liz Phair - Stuck on an Island
Radio Free Vestibule - Something's Wrong with Gilligan's Island
China Crisis - Working with fire and Steel
Dead Kennedy's - Holiday in Cambodia
TALK (Specific Suvivor Set)
Village People - In the Navy
The Clash - Rudie Can't Fail
Specials - Message to you Rudy
SF Seals - Baby Blue
Scott Thompson - I'm Gay (C)
Jerry Jerry and the Sons of Rhythmn Orchestra - Runaway Lane (C)
TALK
Elastica - How he wrote Elastica Man
The Fall - Good-box
Treble Charger - Armerican Psycho (C)
Wheatus - Teenage Dirtbag
Cub - Vacation (C)
Jesus and Mary Chain - Sometimes Always
Dig Circus - 18 Indians (C) **See Note 1
TALK
Ian Drury and the Blockheads - Wake up and Make Love to me ** See Note 2

(C) Denotes Canadian Content

Note 1:

Played for the Waterloo Busker Festival last weekend just because I remember
seeing Dig Circus busking on the streets of Toronto. The Festival was very
good, but as they didn't have advanced schedules it was hard to see specific
acts and as I results there were a couple I missed that I really wanted to see.

Note 2:

Internet Request from David Bloomfield who just came upon my homepage
while looking for stuff about the original Fireball XL5. Actually
this is the second message I got from random people on the Internet,
here is one I got from Australia, if anyone knows the show she is
talking about please get back to me:

When I was very young (I was born in 1960), my favourite TV program of all
time was one in which a spaceship featured with a female as part of the
crew. The only thing i remember is that the term "Gamma rays On - Delta
rays On" was always used at blast off. My Dad was sure it was Fireball XL5
as he says it was my favourite show, but I've recently watched quite a few
episodes on cable and I've never heard these words spoken. If you can could
you ask your listeners if anyone (or their parents) could tell me what show
it was, as I don't mind telling you this question is driving me to
distraction.

Friday, August 11, 2000

August 11, 2000

I was supposed to have a guest on this show, but due to scheduling
problems I had to do it alone. I did my usual set of Canadian music, most
notobly a selection from the first full length album from local
singer/songwriter Paul MacLeod, titled Close and Play. Along with Paul
the album also features Hawksley Workman playing, producing and Mixing,
it's really good. If you would like a copy for yourself you can order one
from www.maplemusic.com or www.chapters.ca, at the chapters site you used
to able to hear samples from the album but they don't seem to be there
anymore. (I ordered from maplemusic and the CD was at my house within two
days) I ran into Paul at the Hillside music festival a few weeks back and
found out that he is now a full fledged member of the Skydiggers as he is
contributing songs to their next studio album. The Skydiggers song I
played in the first set is from their most recent release which is a live
album.

The second set were just some really good songs that I wanted to hear,
after that I just got funky for the rest of the show boucing between
recent stuff and classics. I was very happy with how it all came
together. I also had time to play a longer song from my friend Steven's
band Geh Nackt, a very cool track called Insulin that reminds me a lot of
the band I ended off with Yo La Tengo. I think it will be a while until
the Geh Nackt album is available on-line.

So my 75 year old mother asked me if I was having a "Survivor Party", this
is a little too freaky so although I'm having people over to watch the
last episode of Suvivor I, nobody is allowed to call it a "Survivor
Party". Everyone is invited and everybody who was in the pool is assumed
to be coming, if you could tell me if your coming that would be cool.
Here's the deal: at 7:00 I'll BBQ for anybody who is there, (the choices
are: chicken, veggie burgers, salmon burgers, or sausages), then at 8:00
we start watching the show. Show up when you want, leave when you want.
No games, No costumes. Of course after the winner is revealed I'll also
be handing out the prize for my survivor pool, the possible scenarios for
the winner(s) are listed on the webpage:
http://www.civil.uwaterloo.ca/frseglen/survivor1.htm

Next show is this Friday August 25, as it is the week of Survivor if you
can of think of anything related to show send it in (Eye of the Tiger is
already a planned so don't send it in).

Fireball XL5 Aug 11/2000

Jerry Jerry and the Sons of Rhythmn Orchestra - Wazoo ** See Note 1
Jaymz Bee - Goosebumps
Astrokick - Anhedonia
Grandaddy - The Crystal Lake
The Skydiggers - Feel you Closer (Live)
Paul MacLeod - Listen Mary
TALK
Tothe International - Momma I'm a Communist
Lush - I wanna be your Girlfriend
Juliana Hatfield - Everbody Loves Me
The Donnas - Hook it Up
Magnetic Fields - the Night you can't remember, the night I can't forget
Billy Idol - Dancing With Myself
TALK
Electronic - Getting Away with it
Monaco - Tender
St. Etienne - Mario's Cafe
Defunkt - Eraserhead
Ivanna Santilli - Doing all the Doing
The Very Corporation - Focus on Sight
The Everymen vs. Lowest Common Denominator - Babycakes
Interstellar - The Casting Couch
TALK
Fembots - DD Drevoir
John Coltraine - Nine Inch Worm
Live Human - Everything Becomes Jellyfish ** See Note 2
OutroLugar - Salome de Hahia
South Pacific - Sound Barrier ** See Note 3
Frank Sinatra - From this moment on
Geh Nackt - Insulin
TALK
Yo La Tengo - Tired Hippo

Note 1: Jerry Jerry played in Vancouver last week to celebrate his
40th birthday, I hope he comes to Ontario soon and that his next
album doesn't suck like his last one.

Note 2: From my current favourite album title "Elefish Jellyphant"

Note 3: South Pacific is playing their last show on August 26 at Lee's
Palace, the drummer is leaving the band after this show

Friday, August 4, 2000

August 4, 2000

Fireball XL5 Setlist August 4, 2000

TALK-Theme
Johnny El Camino (C) - Big
The Jolly Llamas (C) - 51st State
Kinnie Starr (C) - Red
Reset (C) - Pressure
Kevin Westphal (C) - The Gas Song
TALK
Iggy Pop - Real Wild Child (live)
The Dandy Warhols - Sleep
Looper - These Things
Superfunk - Endless Street
R. Kelly - Up & Outta Here (from the Shaft soundtrack)
TALK (for the Queen Mum's 100th Birthday)
Tragically Hip (C) - Ahead by a Century
100 Flowers - All Sexed Up
The Zambonis - Slapshot Love (from the album 100% Hockey)
Supreme Bagg Team (C) - 20th Century Dog Faced Boy
Matthew Sweet - Sick of Myself (from the album 100% fun)
Mule - 100 Years
TALK (7 degrees of Jamyz Bee) Band members (not complete list)
Look People (C) - Stop Making Cheese Jamyz Bee, Great Bob Scott
Jamyz Bee (C) - Havabanana Jamyz Bee, Great Bob Scott
Astrogroove (C) - In the Begining Great Bob Scott, Richard Underhill
Suffle Demons (C) - Yukon Girl Richard Underhill, Mike Murley
Timewarp (C) - Catalyst Mike Murley
TALK
RunDMC - King of Rock ** See Note 1

(C) Denotes Canadian Content

Note 1: RunDMC was featured on Much More Music Behind the Music last
week, the most amazing thing I found out was that when they were first
starting out Darryl McDaniels (DMC) had stage fright so he would polish
off a 40 ouncer of beer before each show. Eventually he got hooked and
was up to 20 40 ouncers every day until he ended up in the hospital and
told that if he kept drinking it would kill him. I also found out that
RUN is now Reverend Run and preaches at his local church. They are
trying to work on an album but DMCs voice is now a lot deeper and he
doesn't want to rap in the RunDMC style anymore. I think this is good,
in fact for me they could have stopped after the King of Rock album.
One of the first "Rock and Roll" shows I ever saw was RunDMC playing
the Diamond club in Toronto in 1986 I was underage and my brother went
with me, that was very nice of him as I don't know if he was that big
of a fan of the band, I must thank him for that.