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, January 19, 2001

January 19, 2001

New music abounded during this show, this meant I liked some of the music and hated some of it, but if you don't take chances how are you going to find new music you like? The show then ended with my tribute to the departed Al Waxman and songs that Michelle thinks are similar so we played them together.

After the setlist are your best of 2000 lists, thanks for all who submitted them and bad on you that didn't (maybe I should make submitting a top 3 list a requirement for getting the Best of 2000 CD, which I've been asked about and yes we are in the early planning stages for it). In the meantime here the official Fireball XL5 Best of 2000 webpage is now ready for viewing:
www.civil.uwaterloo.ca/frseglen/archive/best_of_2000.htm

This week's show (February 2) is of course Groundhog Day, I have no idea what to play to honour this day of international celebration (and incidently the birthday of list member John Shimeld) so if you have any ideas send them along.

And one more thing:

Can you believe they voted Kel off!

Fireball XL5 Setlist January 19/2001

TALK-Theme
Tijuana Bibles - High School Ring (C)
Pigeon-Hole - We're not going to take it (C) Yup, a Twisted Sister Cover
Original Soup - Nothing that you do (C)
The Undercurrents - I thought you knew before (C)
The Cartel - Cold Embrace (C)
Philip Rummel - Holy Maton (C)
TALK
The Stranglers - Golden Brown From the Snatch Soundtrack
Frank Black and the Catholics - Robert Onion
J Mascis & the Fog - Darlin' of Discoteque
Joe Moma - Interstellar
Uphold - Devil Girl!
TALK
The Chemical Brothers - Freak of the Week
New Order - Age of Consent
Scanty Sandwich - Because of You
Olivia Tremor Control - Hideway
TALK (Al Waxman Tribute)
Teddy Orchestra - Cagney & Lacey Theme Obvious connection
Chixdiggit - King of Kensington (C) Not the actual theme song
Jonathan Richman - I must be King He was the King
Lowest of the Low - Salesmen Cheats and Liars (C) Michelle and I saw him in Death of a Salesman
The Look People - Trucker Butt (C) **See Note 1
TALK
Crash Vegas - Red Earth (C) **See Note 2
The Lemonheads - Outdoor Type
Billy Bragg - Great Leap Forward
The Caribean - Verse by Verse
TALK
The Soggy Bottom Boys - I am a man of Constant Sorrow

Note 1: I played the Look People because the lead singer Jaymz Bee always said he
was the president of the Al Waxman fan club and that he had a tatoo of Waxman on
his arm. I looked for him on the TV coverage of the funeral but I didn't see him.

Note 2: Ever since I have played the Lemonheads' song Outdoor Type from the Tao
of Steve soundtrack Michelle said that it reminded her of both the Crash Vegas
song and the Billy Bragg song, after hearing them played together I agree that the
beginning of all three songs are almost identical. Who is stealing from whom?

(C) Denotes Canadian Content

Listmembers Best of 2000

Karen M:

Albums:
Sarah Harmer, You Were Here
PJ Harvey, Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea
Sleater Kinney, All Hands on the Bad One

Concerts:
Sleater Kinney, Opera House
Saint Etienne, Opera House
Macha and Go-Betweens, Bowery Ballroom (CMJ, NYC)

Derek W:

Johnny Cash, Barbara Manning's singles-and-B-sides
compilation, Under One Roof, and Neuseiland (who contain members of Thrush
Hermit and/or the Super Friendz I believe). I also liked Mojave 3 and Badly
Drawn Boy.

Dave C:

Radiohead - Kid A (yes, predictable)
Dandy Warhols - Thirteen Tales From Urban Bohemia (ahh... overproduction)
Dido - No Angel (a relaxing mix... beats out Enya... at least
alphabetically.)

Trevor D:

My one and only pick for best album of 2000-
Napster. It's all I now need, and has changed the way I go about listening
to music forever. It's also changed the music industry forever too..it's
set the ball in motion for the end of the record companies and more power to
the individual artist.

Steven F:

1) Jolly Llamas - Shangra Llama
2) Motoerhead - we are motoerhead
3) Johnny Cash - American III: Solitary

Stephen R:

Radiohead "Kid A".

Ted T:

1. Asian Dub Foundation - Community Music
2. St. Germain - Tourist
3. Jurassic 5 - Quality Control

...Screw you!, I gotta add another...

4. Thievery Corporation - The Mirror Conspirasy


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

Wednesday, January 10, 2001

January 5, 2001

Another easy show as we own almost all the music played on the show, with
the exception of the first set which came other people's top 10 lists. This
year I actually had 10 albums of the year (last year I only had 7), but there
wasn't one album that really stood out above the rest, just a lot of good
albums that made choosing the top 4 difficult. In fact I didn't make my
final decision until the end of the show.

Here are my top 5:

1. The Gruesomes - Cave-In
A Canadian garage band from the early 90s, so maybe it's just me re-living
my younger days and sure all their songs sound the same, but they are
goofy and fun and everybody should have at least on Gruesomes album (this is
my second).

2. Looper - The Geometroid
Stuart David left Belle and Sebastian and formed Looper after the lastest
(disappointing) album by Belle and Sebastian, I think he left just in time. This
album by Looper just has a certain energy that makes me keep listening to it.

3. Various Artists - Tao of Steve Soundtrack
Normally I don't like putting soundtracks on best of lists, but this one is
different as a few of the songs were written specifically for the movie and
the rest are intimately associated with it.

4. King Cobb Steelie - Mayday
The boys from Guelph really put it together for this one, radio friendly and
catchy, some say sell-out I say all the power to them.

5. Paul MacLoed - Close & Play
Paul finally comes out with the album he was capable of, his association with
Hawksley Workman has greatly improved the energy in his songs.


And Michelle's:

1. Yo La Tengo - And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside Out
The Hoboken Trio produced an album just for me (i.e. no marathon electric guitar feed-back sessions). The more I listen, the more the songs repeat through my head all day long, and I'm just not getting sick of them.

2. Sarah Harmer - You Were Here
I really liked Weeping Tile but passed over Sarah Harmer last summer at Hillside. That was a mistake - I can't stop listenting to her dreamy voice. Listening to Loadstar alone in a quiet room is simply amazing.

3. Badly Drawn Boy - The Hour of Bewilderbeast
After recent rave reviews I had to hear this album - no disapointments here.

4. Twilight Singers - Twilight
Greg Duli from the Afghan wigs delivers a melodic masterpiece. No real singles on this album, it just works as a whole experience.

5. King Cobb Steelie - Mayday
More reminiscent of "Rational" - so I love it.


Here are some other sources of top 10 lists:
http://www.radiosonic.com/content/week/top10s2000.htm
http://www.exclaim.ca/common/display.php3?articleid=411
http://www.ckmsfm.uwaterloo.ca/top10folder/index.html
http://www.mrg2000.com/merge/news.html

And once Michelle tells me her whole list I'll update the Fireball XL5 Best of 2000 webpage.

Next week I'll send out the top 3 of the people who get this mailing, so there is
still time to send my your top 3 of 2000 if you haven't already done so.

For this week show (January 19) I want to concentrate on new material as we
have been neglecting it during the Christmas show and the Best of show.
However with the unfortunate passing of Canadian Legend Al Waxman I want
to have a set devoted to him, pass along any suggestion you have.


Fireball XL5 Setlist January 5/2001

TALK-Theme (From other people's lists)
The Dears - Heartless Romantic (C)
International Noise Conspiracy - Smash it up
Go-Betweens - Magic in Here
Sleather-Kinney - You're no Rock'N'Roll Fun
Brassy - I can't Wait
TALK
The Sixths - You You You You You
Haskley Workman - No Sissies (C)
Carolyn Mark - Not Another Woman (C)
Paul MacLeod - Listen Mary (C)
Yo La Tengo - Our Way to Fall
TALK
Madonna - Don't Tell Me
Supergrass - Pumping on your Stereo
Salteens - Nice Day (C)
New Pornographers - Letter From an Occupant (C)
Treble Charger - Brand New Low (C)
TALK
Epsilon Minus - Wasted Years (C)
South Pacific - Analogue 9 (C)
Thievery Corporation - Lebonese Blonde
Fatboy Slim - Talking About my Baby
TALK
Twilight Singers - The Twilight Kid
King Cobb Steelie - Below the Stars (C)
Badly Drawn Boy - Magic in the Air
Looper - Modem Song
Sarah Harmer - Uniform Grey (C)
Eythn Mirsky - I just Wanne be your Steve McQueen (From the Tao of Steve Sndtk)
TALK
The Gruesomes - Stop it, Girl (C)

(C) Denotes Canadian Content

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