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, November 24, 2000

November 24, 2000

It was everything you could hope for in a tenth anniversary show: good music, good talk, good friends, and of course CAKE! I was very happy with the 5 hour Fireball XL5 Tenth anniversary Extravaganza.

I of course have to thank Jayson, Derek, Sari, Peter, Shannon, Mark, and Cath for coming out to personally join in the celebration. The show was designed to start in the recent past and then slowly work our way until the start of the 90s when my history on CKMS began. Even though the show was 5 hours long I still didn't have enough time to play everything so there will probably be future sets picking up the remaining bits from this show.

And if you listen to one thing (which is probably more than most people will check out) the crazy version of the 10th anniversary theme when it skipped in the CD player at 112 minutes into the show.


10 Anniversary Extravaganza Setlist

TALK - Theme (Frank and Michelle talking about the upcoming show)
John Southworth - Food or Feminine (C)
The New Pornographers - The slow descent into alcoholism (C)
The dinner is Ruined - Ray Charles Party (C)
Blur - There's no other way
Fatboy Slim - Talking bout my baby
TALK (Frank and Michelle talk about people who have played in Waterloo recently)
Paul McLeod - Giants (C)
Ron Sexsmith & the Uncool - In this Love (C)
Swinghammer - Tammy left Town (C)
snack! - Fool (C)
King Cobb Steelie - Home (C)
TALK (my Spirit of the West spotlight)

Spirit of the West - John Goodman (C)
Spirit of the West - Political (C)

Spirit of the West - Venus is Sinking (C)
Spirit of the West - Armstrong & the Guys (C) ** See Note 1
Lyle Lovett - Ain't it something
TALK (Michelle and I go a further back in the 90s)

Looper - Burning Flies
Belle & Sebastian - Summer Wasting
Mercury Rev - Hudson Line

Billy Bragg & Wilco - Hesitating Beauty
DOA - Death to the Multinationals (C)
JFK & the Conspirators - Tell me Baby (C)

TALK (joined by Jayson laughing about the CD skipping)
Throwing Muses - Freeloader
Jale - Allready (C)
Pavement - Shady Lane

Cibo Matto - Sugar Water
Liz Phair - Jealousy
Cub - Way to Go (C)

Watchmen - Boneyard Tree (C)
TALK (Michelle went to pick up Derek and Sari so I played stuff she wouldn't like)
Pet Shop Boys - Wouldn't normally do this kind of thing
Rawlins Cross - Colleen (C)

Uische Baetha - Whose Child is this? (C)
Boo Radleys - Barney & me
Dinosaur Jr. - Start Choppin
TALK (Just Jayson and me killing time)
Belly - Slow Dog
Sugar - Hoover Dam

Hard Rock Miners - Whiskey, Whiskey (C)

Skydiggers - Accusations (C)
Jonathan Richman - I was dancing at the Lesbian Bar
Stompin Tom Connors - Jolly Jow MacFarland (C)
Sarah McLachlin - Steaming (C)

TALK (joined by Derek, Sari, and Peter, this is Peter's mid-90s set)
Beck - Loser
Beastie Boys - Hey Ladies

Bjork - Big Time Sensuality
World Party - Way Down Now
The Sundays - Here's Where the Story Ends
TALK (joined by Shannon, Derek's John Hymers - World Party story and Imprint Intrepid history)
Cocteau Twins - Heaven & Las Vegas
Trash Can Sinatras - Obscurity Knocks

Crash Vegas - Smoke (C)
Lowest of the Low - Salesmen, Cheats, and Liars (C)
Sloan - 500 Up (C)
TALK (Report from the Lowest of the Low reunion gig and a discussion of Toronto music venues, start of Derek's set)
Mercury Rev - Something for Joey
Johnny Cash - The Mercy Seat
Talib Kweli & Hi-Tek - Move Something
War Wagon - West Wind & Jack Pine (C)
TALK (joined by Mark and Cath, reminiscing about Phil's with everybody)
The Farm - Groovy Train
Jesus Jones - International Bright Young Thing
James - Laid

Dee-Lite - Grove is in the Heart
NomeansNo - Rags & Bones (C)
TALK (final talking bit with everybody when sum up my 10 years at CKMS)
Afrika Baambaataa and the Soulsonic Force - Renegades of Funk

Note 1: Played for Rob Armstrong whose father was the chief of Weights and Measures of Canada.

(C) - Denotes Canadian Content

Friday, November 10, 2000

November 10, 2000

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AN INVITATION

TO THE TENTH ANNIVERSARY FIREBALL XL5
EXTRAVAGANZA

Live on the radio : 6 to 11 pm Friday, November 25

Live at the radio station: also 6 to 11 pm Friday, November 25
(we'll have food/snacks and some drinks)

On the Internet: Coming soon to www.live365.com a constant
rebroadcast of the 10th anniversary show

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OK so it's not really the tenth anniversary of this particular show
but it has been around 10 years that I've been on CKMS, starting out
way back when I called it the Frank and Friends show, going to
Wackyland, a brief 8 month hiatus, then the not so cool wagon show
and finally settling on Fireball XL5 for the last while.

I've been listening to tapes of my old shows, some of the talking
bits are hilarious. I'm recording some of them to play during the
10th anniversary extravaganza along with music that will try to
capture the atmosphere of those old shows.

Its been a long hard 10 years but with a lot of perseverance and
hard work I've been able to make it through. However this doesn't
take away from the fact that I can confidently say that going to
CKMS was the worst mistake of my life. Of course I'm joking, I've
make much worst mistakes in my life (for instance making friends
with all of you).

Quickly, this past show never really got into the election or
Remembrance Day themes as I was hoping, but I did stick
with the new release theme for most of the show.


Fireball XL5 Setlist November 10/ 2000

TALK-Theme
New Pornographers - Letter from an occupant (C)
The Cash Brothers - Near to Me (C)
Forgotten Rebels - The American in me (C)
Transylvania 500 - That's why we built the robot (C)
The Rheostatics - Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald (C) **See Note 1
TALK
Ape Sounds - Monster
Libroness - Face on Backwards
Underworld - Something like a mama
Liquid Bass - Nemesis
David Sinclair - Calle Seco de Lucena
Kid Koala - Fender Bender ** Request from Zac
Jazmini - Don't Push
Yo La Tengo - Big Day Coming
Merle Haggard - Bareback
Gomez - Flavors
Sara Lee - Grace
TALK (Michelle's Endearing records set - www.endearing.com)
Salteens - Nice Day (C)
Plum Tree - Hello Again (C)
B'Ehl - What it's like (C)
Joel Plasket - I'd Rather be Deadly than Dead (C)
Ron Sexsmith - Thinking out loud (C)
Paul MacLeod - Giants (C)
Local Rabbits - Cure Me (C)
Tom Waits - Rains on me
TALK
Ron Hawkins & the Rusty Nails - Bite Down Hard (C)

Note 1: This show was on the 25th anniversary of the sinking of the
Edmund Fitzgerald so I thought it appropriate to play the whole 8
minute song. For more info see: cimss.ssec.wisc.edu/wxwise/fitz.html

(C) Denotes Canadian Content

Remember the Fireball XL5 Homepage: www.civil.uwaterloo.ca/frseglen