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, September 29, 2000

September 29, 2000

The show was a mix of a feature on the Sixths and the Olympics. The
Sixths are a side project of Stephin Merritt the man behind one of my
favourite bands: the Magnetic Fields. The latest Sixths album is called
"Hyacinths and Thistles" (Merritt likes to have tongue twisters as album
titles for the Sixths) and features Momus, Bob Mould, Niel Hannon, Gary
Numan, Marc Almond and other semi-famous alternative singers. I played
three songs by the Sixths and then one from the other band the singer
is from. Overall this album isn't as catchy as the first one (called
Wasp's Nests) and features some songs that are hard to listen to, but
there enough gems to make it worthwhile. The set ended with another Merritt side project
The Future Bible Heroes with a song called I'm Lonely (and I Love it)
that features the best line I've heard in a while "I can almost laugh
at all the times you made me cry". If you count each CD in his
Magnetic Fields Box set it means Merritt has released 5
CDs in the last year.For those of you still interested
in more about all that is Merritt check out www.houseoftomorrow.com

I also thought my Olympic set was pretty inventive, helped along by
a suggestion by Pauline.

As the show this week will be during the middle of KWs favourite festival
Oktoberfest I'll doing my annual traditional set of polka music to start off the
show. I also see that it will be Friday the 13th, I don't know what to play
for that, but if you have any ideas send them along.

Fireball XL5 Setlist Sept 29/ 2000

October Crisis - Everyday
TALK-Theme
The Jolly Llamas - 51st State(C) (request from Steven F.)
New Model Army - 51st State
Scratching Post - Kep Looking my Way (C)
The Candidates - Barley Bruised (C)
Mary's Fire - Never Been to LA (C)
Elevator - Two Peoples (C)
TALK (The Sixths feature)
The Sixths - He Didn't Featuring Bob Mould of ...
Sugar - If I Can't Change Your Mind
The Sixths - Kissing Things Featuring Sarah Cracknell of ...
St. Etienne - Heart Failed in the Back of Taxi
The Sixths - You You You You You Featuring Katharine Whalen of ...
Squirrel Nut Zippers - Anything But Love
Future Bible Heroes - I'm Lonely (and I Love it)
TALK (Olympic Set)
Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet - Faster Santa Claus, Ho (C) Faster
Black Grape - Get Higher Higher
Strong Like Tractor - Protoype (C) Stronger
Beck - Loser Losers
Scott Joplin - The Easy Winners Winners
Rockin' Sidney - Mardi Gras Zydeco In Sydney
TALK
Moby - Cecil B. Demented Opening Credit Theme
Underworld Live - Jumbo (C)
Visonary - Rising (C)
Sulphur - 9 out of 10
Atomic Cosmonaut - Cowboy (C)
TALK
Dimitri From Paris - Le Moogy Reggae **See Note 1

Note 1: Dimitri played at the Warehouse/Orange Room in Toronto last
Friday, however a rave show is different from a Rock'N'Roll show in
that we stayed until 1:30 am and he still wasn't on, I heard that he
started 2 am and stayed on till 4:30 am.

Friday, September 15, 2000

September 15, 2000

With this setlist I'm trying to address the problem of having too
many people in the header of the e-mail. So this week hopefully you
don't see any of the other names and it will look neater. However,
this also means that you don't know how many people are still on the
list, maybe everyone else has dropped out and I'm only sending this
to YOU. In fact maybe I don't even do a radio show anymore and I'm
only keeping up this charade as an excuse to send you an e-mail
every 2 weeks. Think about it!

It was Carolyn Mark-mania on this show, I did an interview with
her before her show at the Jane Bond. The interview didn't go very
well, we got along fine, but she just wasn't that talkative. You can
hear the interview for yourself at the following link:
moses.uwaterloo.ca/~frseglen/FireballXL5/sounds/carolyn_mark_small.ram

As a bonus when listening see
if you can count all the times I say "cool" or "very cool", I'm such
a loser. All the songs I played between interview bits were songs or artists
we talked about during the interview.

The Carolyn Mark show was great by the way, very energenic just having a lot of fun on
stage goofing with her band. At one point the drummer's mother who was in
the audience came on stage and spanked him with a wooden spoon because he
broke somebody's glass, now there is something you don't see at a
concert everyday.

For this week's show on September 29 I'll be playing selections
by Magnetic Fields frontman Stephin Merrit's other pursuits The
Sixths. He writes the songs and gets famous alternative people
to sing them, I'll have more on that in the next setlist.

As well the Olympics are winding down and I should have probably
thought of this two weeks ago but what the heck, everybody can
send in their Olympic related songs.


Fireball XL5 Setlist Sept 15/ 2000

TALK-Theme (The disjointed set)
Skinny Puppy - Who's Laughing Now(C) **See Note 1
Nomeansno - Our Town(C)
Bill Bourne, Lester Quitzar, Madascar Slim(C) - Scarecrow Murders
Quartango - Taquito Militar(C)
TALK (The smooth flowing set)
Thievery Corporation - Lebenese Blonde
Ashley MacIssac - Sleepy Maggie(C)
Stereolab - Emperor Tomato Ketchup
Delerium (Featuring Sarah McLachlin) - Silence(C)
St. Etienne - Don't Back Down
TALK
Carolyn Mark - Not Another Woman(C)
Carolyn Mark Interview Part 1
Neko Case & Her Boyfriends - Whip the Blankets(C)
Carolyn Mark Interview Part 2
Show Business Giants - I Can't Get Russel Johnson off my mind(C)
Carolyn Mark Interview Part 3
Jerry Jerry and the Sons of Rhythmn Orchestra - Venus(C)
Carolyn Mark Interview Part 4
Carolyn Mark - The Way Back(C)
TALK
Jo Mama - Electric Circus or Something(C)
Caffeine - You Spin Me Round
Atomic Cosmonauts - Oscilation
Billy Childish - Can't Love You
The Sixths - He Didn't
TALK
Dinosaur Jr. - Sure Not Over You

Friday, September 1, 2000

September 1, 2000

This show was varied with lots of different sets that are explained
below. Michelle and I were joined by Karen who was there but
never got on the mike,

On Sunday I'll be participating in the Terry Fox run to raise
money for cancer research as part of Team CKMS:
http://www.garryshow.com/teamckms.html
If anyone would like to sponsor me it would be greatly appreciated.

This week's show is very special as I'll be playing an interview
I did last week with west coast artist Carolyn Mark, she is playing
at the Jane Bond on Saturday night and I would recommend it for
everyone. She has been a fixture on the west coast for the last
10 years playing her style of alt-country, she sounds similar to
Neko Case with whom she has also recorded.

I didn't want this to get lost in the shuffle, so I would like to
announce the passing of a good friend a few weeks ago: the Tulane
Restaurant. I was dropped off there after being driven back from
Toronto August 12, and when I entered the restaurant I noticed it
was very bare on the walls, after I ordered the waitress said she
would have to see if they hadn't packed it up because they were
closing the next day. I asked if they were closing for renovations,
but she said that it was for good, apparantly the location is now
so lucrative because of the big box stores that Wendy's is offering
more money for the land than the Tulane could. I thought I might be
the last customer ever, but according to the waitress there were
some people coming for breakfast the next morning (however a menu
did somehow slip into my bag before I left). I think I share
many good memories with the people on this list strolling into the
Tulane at any hour of the day for a bit to eat and it will be
missed. As a side note I passed by the other day and there is
nothing left but a hole in the ground. In honour of the restaurant
I played the song by Jerry Jerry titled "Bad Luck at Tulane".


Fireball XL5 Setlist Sept 1/ 2000

TALK-Theme
Finnigan's Tongue - Cold Summer ** Note 1
The Farrel Brothers - Dragin' Me Down
Garnet Sweathshirt - Curse of the Canadian Rock Star
The Jolly Llamas - Change Our Names
Paul MacLeod - Giants
TALK
Thievery Corporation - Lebanese Blonde ** Note 2
Livehuman - 2AM
The Stone Roses vs Rabbit in the Moon - I Wanna Be Adored
Wildchild - Renegade Master
De La Soul - Squat
TALK
The Sixths - Heaven in a Black Leather Jacket ** Note 3
The Sixths - Falling out of Love with You
The Bats - Land o' Lakes
Luna - Lost in space
The Chills - Song for Randy Newman
Treble Charger - Favorite Worst Enemy
Timber - Ride
Elastica - Mad Dog
Clark - Insufficient Time
TALK
Duran Duran - Girls on Film
Wesley Willis - Girls on Film
Emm Gryner - Lonely Boy
Austin Lounge Lizards - 40 Years old & I'm livin' in My Mom's Garage
Scott Dunbar - Sweet Mama Rollin' Stone
Buffalo Tom - Taillights Fade
TALK
Jerry Jerry and the Sons of Rhythm Orchestra - Bad Luck at Tulane


Note 1: Played because of the colder than usual summer in
southern Ontario this year, ironically on the day of the show it
went above 30 degrees for the first time this year in Waterloo

Note 2: My current favourite song, it could listen to it all the time.

Note 3: The Sixths released their latest album on the Tuesday after
the show, the band is a project of Magnetic Fields front man Stephin
Merrit, he writes the songs and he gets semi-famous alternative
vocalists to sing them. More on them next week.