Thursday, March 31, 2011

The Marcus Adoro Eraserheads Experience

He was the one who handled the freaks.......... Marcus Antonius Corpuz Adoro, lead guitarist for the Eraserheads!

Eraserheads Photo Souvenirs

They are one of those great bands who compliment each other. They created a musical formula that is made such a tremendous appeal to every Pinoy listening. Each has his own role in making the whole equation work. They are four geniuses who made great musical experimentation in one laboratory.

And what do they call their lab? The Eraserheads......

Eraserheads Experience - Raimund Marasigan Sings Everything They Say [live ]

This is one of the classic Eraserheads performance wherein Raimund Marasigan takes centerstage.

The event was the 1997 NU107 Rock Awards, where the Eraserheads performed Everything They Say, sung by Lemon who also wrote the song.

Raimund Marasigan, sporting his Beastie Boy getup, totally rocks out with his Beck-like moves. Ely Buendia playing bass (he played bass in his first band, Sunday School), Marcus plays guitar while Buddy programs the groovy effects and some block rockin' beats!!! What is cool about the eheads is that they are very much open to any musical idea and genre.

You can hear bits of folk, punk,reggae, jazz,blues,hiphop, techno and rock n' roll in some of their songs which is really cool. Props to drummer Raimund Marasigan for his creative efforts in making the eraserheads music more sophisticated sounding. Lemon is indeed Ely's Paul McCartney. :)

Enjoy this rare clip! eheads! eheads! eheads! (They can techno!)

Eraserheads Experience - Calendar Girl ( Neil Sedaka Cover)

Eheads! Experience the magic all over again with this great performance as the eraserheads cover Calendar Girl, an old song written in 1961 by Neil Sedaka and Howard Greenfield. They made the song sound even cool in this classic performance, in my opinion.....

What do you think guys and gals? Pwede!!!! :)

Eraserheads Says POP U! [ The Notorious First Album]

The success of the Eraserheads is quite uncanny. From their humble beginnings at their UP Dorm in Molave, to their rise to the Hall of Fame, who could have believe that this snot-nosed band with a punk-attitude can be such a hit?

Record companies dismissed the band saying they have no potential and they are not good-looking even (that is according to the Heads themselves).

Remember when, as a sign of retribution to the recording industry, they named their classic demo album "Pop U!", a biting remark suggesting a big "F%*k You" to everyone who didn't believe.

The underground demo "album" was recorded in an old makeshift studio facility at the UP Faculty Center with the help of Raimund Marasigan's UP Professor,Sir Robin Rivera. Recording was done in two days, March 26 and 27, 1991.

Tracks included:

Dying Slow
Wishing Wells *
Scorpio Rising **
One Last Angry Look
Fading River
Tindahan Ni Aling Nena ***
Pare Ko ***
Milk And Money ****
Venus In The Country
Toyang ***

* - included in the album "Circus"
** - included in the album "Aloha Milky Way"
*** included in the album "Ultraelectromagneticpop"
**** included in the album "Sticker Happy"

They say that the Eraserseads wrote silly ditty and "baduy" lyrics in the album Ultra and eventually grown in sophistication album after album, but that is bullshit. The Eraserheads, especially Ely was already a remarkable lyricist even before Ultra came out. Songs from Circus and Sticker Happy already came out before Ultraelectromagneticpop via POP U!

Ely Buendia explained that it was all marketing strategy ( during his radio interview with Jugs and Kelvin, of the Itchyworms)

Ain't they a clever lot? :)


Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Eraserheads Moments During The Reunion Period

Eraserheads Experience - San Miguel Beer Homeboys Commercial

A classic Eraserheads Experience! This San Miguel tv ad bought the Apo Hiking Society and Eraserheads together!

Eraserheads Experience #3 - 3 Way sa Phone

From my friend Lui Lacnor as posted on FB:

"Memorable Experience Ko Is This Guys.When i Met ELY In 70"s Bistro.That Nigth Was A Beatles Nigth.Sa Labs Siya Nun At Pinagtanungan Ko Yung Guy Kung Start Na Ang Show At Di Siya Kumibo.Pasok Ko Sa Loob At Dami Beatles Items Na FOR SALE.I As...k The Guys Who"s The Owner Of That Many Beatles Items.They Said Was E.Buendia.& Then Ask Them Who"s Elly?Sumagot Ako Na ELY SORIANO.I Make A Joke That Time.At Di Ko lam Na Sa Likod Ko Si ELY.Then We Chatting The Nigth W/Dianne Ventura Ex Nya.So Impress Siya Nun Dami Ko Lam Sa Beatles & Collection..Dun Nag Start Ang Na Binili Ko Or Pinamana Niya Sa Kin Ang Lahat Ng Collection Niya Beatles Items ! & The Rest Was History...@ (to me)..Remember Na Usap kami Sa Pone?Maniwala Ka Lang Is Nag 3 Way Tyo Ni ELY Na Di Niya Lam.hehe"

picture galing dito

Eraserheads Experience #2 - Panalo: The Beatles at Eraserheads

From Eranio Dantes via FB :

"One of my favorite Pinoy band 2nd to "Juan De La Cruz"-band,though they're far much younger than me,I can relate to their brand of music for they kin-a sound like "The Beatles".Its not that they "plagiarized" Beatles music but in some way ,...hard to explain,...they remind of "The Beatles" every time I hear their music."

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

eraserheads experience : Final Set

From Sherlock Comely via Facebook :

"memorable experience ba? da huwag mo nang itanong at hindi ko sasabihin sau final concert.."

Eraserheads - Julie Tearjerky

Para sa road manager nila dati na si Ms. Julie Pacanas!

Eraserheads - Magasin [Live ,The Final Set]

Sa panahon ngayong ng kahirapan,payo ni Ely : Mag asin!

AN HOUR WITH THE ERASERHEADS [Guess who got slaughtered?]

They arrive in the Inquirer in their t-shirt best, schoolboy hauteur and devil-may-care attitude that make other lesser known bands look and sound like grunge poseurs.

We are talking about our very own Fab Four (the association is a love-hate thing). The most awarded local band in the MTV era. The big crossover success story. The Eraserheads.

Vocalist Ely Buendia, drummer Raymund Marasigan and Bassist Marcus Zabala (guitarist Marcus Adoro is late) look ominously at the conference room, as we file in one by one, prompting band leader Ely to sound off an alarming: “What is this? Ba’t ang dami nyo?”

You’re in Playtime, we say. And Ely proceeds to clam up, pull his chair closely beside Raymund and assume the dog position, that is, they plant their chins on the cold long table as if preparing for slaughter. And then we wonder, will the Eraserheads be game enough for Playtime?

We spoke too soon.

Because behind the glint of their insouciant schoolboy charms lies a media-wise group with a bull---t detector turned up to overdrive. You can take their answers to our questions as plain truth or mere fallacious reasoning.

But there is no doubt that the E-heads success goes beyond creative packaging. They may look like kids on the lam, but they actually work hard just like the rest of us, perhaps even more so. Can you imagine five albums in five years all going beyond platinum?

Other bands, who benefited from their crossover hit, have come and gone or been cocooning for God knows what. Not the Eraserheads who seem to get better as they get older which, for them, is too distant a future to think about. On turning thirty someday (that is, in three to four years), Marcus says: Sana may ngipin pa ako nun.”

(I): Hindi ba kayo nagkakasawaan?
Raymund(R): Bakit?
Ely(E): Hindi naman kami mag-asawa. Hindi naman kami magsyota. Bat naman kami magkakasawaan?

I: You’re always together, day in, day out.
E: Hindi naman, tska iba-iba naman ang ginagawa namin.
Buddy(B): We try to stay as far away from each other when we’re not performing.
R: Usually magkasama lang kami onstage, unconsciously…
B: It shows that iba-iba kami ng interests, kahit sa music.

I: So anu-ano ang mga interest nyo?
B: Like me, I like watching movies. Nanood nga ako ng “Air Force One”. Masaya, magaling si Gary Oldman. Di ba sober na sya, pare?
R: Ako mahilig pa rin akong tumugtog, so marami pa rin akong ibang bands, para pagdating ko sa gig ng Eraserheads, excited uli ako. (Smiles) I play with other bands, other instruments. Some professionally, pero yung priority sa Eraserheads pa rin. Kaya kung wala ako sa E-heads, tumutugtog pa rin ako.
E: Ako sa bahay lang. Naglalaro lang ng mga games sa computer. Ngayon busy ako kasi ginagawa namin yung Pillbox magazine. Tinatapos ko yung mga articles ko, so yun lang. Saka yung script. Hirap kasing lumabas eh. Traffic! Wala kang mapapala pag lumabas ka, pwera na lang kung magtratrabaho ka. Kung wala naming trabaho, sa bahay ka na lang.

I: (To Raymund) What’s the exact color of your hair?
R: It used to be green- three weeks ago- but it has faded. (Points to the canned softdrink) Sprite green. Naggogrow kasi yung roots kaya black na ulit.

I: What do you like most about being Eraserheads?
B: The music.
R: That probably. Oh, no, not! (laughs)
E: It’s the fact that we can do, more or less, what we want now, in terms of music.I mean, we’ve been together for five years, we’ve come up with five…good albums, I think (Raymund drums the table and chuckles). Yung, it’s being able to play what you want.

I: What do you hate most?
B: The showbiz part.
E: The fact that until now we still have to kiss ass most of the time.

I: Whose ass don’t you like kissing?
E: Asses that are not very clean. (laughter)

I: All asses are not clean.
B: Some asses pretend to be cleaner than others.
E: We still have a few ambitions in life, like being able to release an international album, which we cannot do unless we kiss…

I: What do you do before you kiss ass? Do you psyche yourself up?
E: It’s not consciously kissing ass, it just happens…
R: It’s more of compromising… We have to play this gig even if we earn nothing from it. But you have to travel, and bring all your equipment and pay all your crew, just play somewhere where people will probably like you and release your album somewhere else.

I: But you can’t be Eraserheads without showbiz.
R: Exactly, but we knew that beore we went mainstream. We too up MassCom in college so we were prepared. We just don’t like it. We don’ look forward to doing those things, like doing free shows at Christmastime just to please people or not make people hate us.
B: But that was before, that’s what we used to do.

I: But that is paying your dues, di ba?
R: Something like that. But we have to pay the crew, travel, and (deal with) the traffic.

I: Is it good money?
E: It’s very good money.
B: It’s born out of, we’d like to think, hard work.

I: You have to pay taxes…
All: Yes.
E: Well we don’t want to but… (laughter)
B: Who wants to?
E: but everybody has to pay taxes.
R: We have to deal with accountants and the management…
E: Yun pa ang isang nakakainis, the business part of the…business. (snorts)

I: Do you think you have enough until you get old?
R: No, we don’t’ have enough. We could work harder but we’d rather not play everyday. Baka magsawa kami.
B: (grins) We could work our clean asses off so we could have enough, but we choose not to.
R: We could do pwesto every week or every day like other working bands. But we’d rather keep it exciting and choose the gigs we like to play.

I:What have you done with your earnigs so far?
E: We’ve bought a lot of things…
B: We’ve invested in a lot of things.
R: Our first investment was… we bought our musical instruments because we didn’t have any when we started. Next was the place where we live, the apartments, which we pay for every month.
E: We’re investing on ourselves. We formed some sort of a corporation to make it, I don’t know, to make it legal.

I: Who’s the money wisest among you?
B: That would have to be our manager. (laughter)
R: (to Buddy) It has to be you.
B: No, it’s Marcus. He’s not here so he can’t defend himself.
R: Marcus is in the stock market.
E: I guess he’s stuck in the market right now.
B: (to the recorder) Marcus, this is what you get for not being here. It’s your fault.

I: Have you finally finished your studies?
B: No. None of us has. We’ve been super-seniors since…(laughter) Mega-seniors.
R: …since our girlfriends were in high school. (laughs)
B: Since ’93, ’94.
E: You can never finish your studies. You still have to continue learning.

I: Do you think it’s important to finish your studies?
R: Yes, to please our parents.

I: Do your parents still have any say in your life?
All: Yes, of course.
E: Siyempre, hindi mo naman maiaalis yon. Once in a while they tell you to brush your teeth, sleep early. (grins)
R: We visit them but it’s hard to go home regularly. Our parents live far away. Buddy lives in Zamboanga. Ako sa Quezon. Si Marcus sa Cebu.
E: Oo, si Raymund sa Candelaria, ako sa Las Pinas. (laughter)

I: Kaya kayo nagdorm (sa UP Kalayaan Residence Hall)?
B: That’s where we met. We’ve been together since ’89.

I: Is anyone of you married?
R: No.

I: Living in?
B: Marcus isn’t here so…
E: Yes, he’s (Marcus) married and living in at the same time. (laughter). And he’s also gay. (laughter) And he loves his dog so much to the point of obsession.

I: You mean among the three of you nobody is living in?
E: Hmmm… Well, yeah.
B: I live in an apartment. (laughter)

I: With a girl?
R: He lives with two boys and three girls…
B: I live with one boy and about 5 girls so that makes me polygamous.
R: We’ve got housemates.
B: We’ve got a lot of housemates, college friends…

I: You live in with your housemates?
B: Well, separate rooms. (laughter)

I: Kasi the fans want to know.
B: Ah. We live in with our housemates, separate rooms.

I: Do you enjoy having fans following you around?
R: Not the following around. (grins)
E: We don’t mind having fans… sometimes, di ba, OK.

I: Anong worst experience nyo with fans?
R: The phone calls. (drums table)
B: You don’t get any phone calls.
R: That’s why I don’t give you (Buddy) my number. (chuckles)
B: (Shakes head) Lucky guy.
E: Oo, yung phone calls sakit sa ulo talaga, grabe.

I: How do they get your numbers?
All: We don’t know. They have means.
B: they probably work with PLDT or Bayantel.
R: They call every five minutes.

I: What do they say?
R: Nothing. Some of them just go blank and hung up.
B: Or some just play music.

I: So they want to hear your voice?
B: Probably…
R: I don’t know what they’re thinking. Some are spooky…

I: What’s the most “off thing” told you on the phone?
E: Pwede bang I-print yon? Hindi kasi naming alam kung fan eh, kasi parang deranged na siya. Pinagmumura nya ako sa phone.
B: Yeah, may mga nagmumura. Ewan, outright they just want to exercise their vocal chords. That’s the only time probably they can express their expletives. But some, their not even fans. There was this one nga na hoping nag-disband na daw ang Eraserheads and all that. That was the creepiest so far, for me.

I: Fan ng Rivermaya? (laughs)
B: Are you printing that? Girl yung tumawag.
E: Yan pa ang nakakainis sa lagay naming ngayon. I don’t know why but we’re the most maligned local band.

I: Maligned by whom?
E: By everybody. By the media… (snickers)
B: We’re a favorite target.

I: How come?
E: Case in point, yung “Alapaap” thing. They’re using it for the [Citizen’s] Drug Watch commercial, I think. Para saan nila ginagawa yon?
R: They should use “Iskul Bukol,” di ba? (“Iskul Bukol” is the defunct sitcom that starred Tito Sotto, the senator who charged that Alapaap encourages drug use.)

I: Yun ba yung nagkaroon ng Senate inquiry?
E: Tapos na yon eh. Ngayon may recent. Ginamit nila yung song.
R: They’re using the song for the [anti-] drug campaign.

I: Were you ever on drugs?
E: Off the record? (snickers)
B: Are we talking of prohibited drugs here?
E: Over the counter prohibited drugs or what?

I: Whatever.
R: No. (laughter)
All: No!
B: Without a shadow of a doubt, no.

I: How can you be young and not be on drugs?
R: Why, what’s wrong?
E: We’re not on drugs.
B: And we’re not young. (laughter) You know, people can get different highs kasi eh. Raymund gets a high from Sprite.

I: Why do you think you are maligned? Is it because you’re successful?
E: I guess that’s probably one of the reasons. I think there are two kinds of people in this country. There are those who cheer you up when you’re successful, and there’s the kind that pulls you down. Yung mga may crab mentality. And I think yun ang pinakaunderlying reason people are saying bad things about us, doing bad reviews of our albums just because we’re successful.
B: They don’t think we deserve it.

I: So you let this get on your nerves?
E: Well we’re trying not to let it get on our nerves, but for the five years that it’s been going on, nakakainis na.
B: Enough is enough sometimes.

I: So it somehow affects you?
R: yeah it does. Especially if you’re not a musician and you dis my album—gumawa ka ng album at mas maganda sa album ko, OK lang.
E: Oo, saka ka mang-dis.
R: Mangdi-dis ka for nothing, bulls---t! (emphatic)
B: To put it lightly, they’re way out of context all the time. They’re talking of things they know nothing about.
R: We even hate good reviews that are out of context.

I: Do you give a damn that other bands feel insecure about your success?
E: No, it’s their problem. Siguro kung kami ang insecure, di ba? (snickers)

I: Do you have groupies?
E: We have a few downstairs.
R: (laughs) Rock ‘n’ roll.
B: It’s part of the life, it’s part of the compromise. It’s part of kissing ass.

I: Do the groupies spoil you rotten?
R: (hesitates) No, we’re not spoiled.
B: Most of the groupies actually are responsible.\
R: They bring food.

I: How do you handle them?
R: Gently. (laughs) We have nice groupies. They’re from different schools.
E: Different age brackets…
B: ….different backgrounds, socioeconomic and political…
E: Different sexes.

I: How do you deal with your female fans?
E: We try to treat them nicely, as nice as we can, even though…

I: Let’s say a female fan is making a pass at you na…
R: (laughs) Nothing’s wrong with that. We don’t encourage it. (laughter)
E: But we don’t prevent them from doing anything they want to do. (chuckles)

I: What gifts do you get from them?
R: Different. Food, hopia…
B: We get tapes, videotapes, t-shirts, toys…

I: Nothing valuable, like jewelry…?
E: Valuable naman yun lahat.

I: Walang fatal attraction?
B: Nobody’s died yet.

I: You think there’s somebody on the brink?
B: The guy from Chatterbox, pare. (laughs) Natatakot na ako don. (laughter)
R: (To Ely) Yung papatayin niya si Marcus, pare, para lang gawin mo siyang katulong.
E: Ah oo, yun.
R: We have wacky fans.
B: That was part of a letter na…
R: Ayan na si Marcus.
(Marcus enters the room)
B: (To the recorder) Please remember, everything we said about Marcus is true.
M: (holds recorder to his mouth) Kung may tanong pa kayo number ko sa bahay 4346566.

I: What do you think you show best about your generation.
E: It’s the fact that our generation grew up in a very repressed atmosphere. I speak for myself…
B: You can speak for me too.
R: For both of us. (laughs)
B: You speak for all of us.
E: We grew up in the 70’s, pero we didn’t notice that…
R: Everything was locked up.
E: Na bad-trip talaga kami nung sinensor ni Marcos yung Voltes V. We were just kids, we were playing around, we were having fun with these Japanese robots for heroes.
B: Hindi tuloy naming napanood yung mga x-rated cartoons. Hanggang “Daimos lang kami at “Grendaizer.”
R: We didn’t know we had curfew. In college we found out we had curfew back then.
E: Suddenly na-invade ng politics yung world namin. I really didn’t care what Marcos was doing because I didn’t have any idea. Pero nung kinuwento sa akin ng nanay ko: “Tinanggal ni Marcos yung robot kasi daw…” Sabi ko: “Ba’t ganun?”
R: At yung mga video games sa Makati…
B: That was the last straw. (shakes head) That was really…demented.

I: And how did that carry over to now?
E: We’re still rebelling against…
B: All forms of injustices…(laughter)
E: (laughs) Oppression…
B: Censorship.
R: Probably our only political stand.
E: Yes, we’re very much against censorship. We are for free speech.
B: Pero weird ano, kasi nasa Constitution natin yan.

I: How free is free to you? As free as the Constitution allows it or…?
R: We don’t even read the Constitution. Personal conviction siguro.
B: How aware is the generation right now of the Constitution right now to start with? Siguro you should put it in that context before people start talking about freedom from oppression and all the beautiful words we can think of. So the root of the problem is, it has to be self-expression. Kids today are starting to express themselves, different ways, not always constructive but they’re learning.
E: I think the problem is, a lot of people think they can think for others, like the censors. Pero di rin natin sila masisisi, kasi there are two kinds of people—those who can think for themselves and those who cannot. And those who can’t think for themselves deserve to be influenced and controlled by others. Kaya what we are saying now is you can do what you want.

Kasi kami hindi kami grumadweyt, we wanted to form a band, we wanted to make music, so we did--- against all odds, against all norms. Hindi naming sinunod ang gusto ng pop industry. So that’s what we’re trying to prove. We’ve already proven that, I think.

Nakikita ng mga young people ngayon na you can make a difference if you really want, if you really just think for yourself. (long pause) And that Dr. Armstrong (a character on Voltes V) is very much alive. (chuckles) (Raymund laughs)
B: And the children of Dr. Armstrong are Steve, Big Bert and Little John. And Jamie is the daughter of General Robinson.

I: Naiwanan ba kayo in front of the TV?
B: Kasi may curfew noon eh. There was nothing much to do in the afternoon and in the evening.
R: Besides, there were no other channel where we lived. We grew up in the provinces. All we got was “Voltes V at five o’ clock so everybody watches it. We watched “Combat,” “Man from Atlantis.” I can sing you the theme! (hums)

I: How old are you guys?
B: 26,27.

I: Marcus, sabi nila gay ka.
M: Ha? (Raymund laughs) Galing nga ako sa parlor eh. (laughter)

I: What if you find out that one of you is really gay?
R: We don’t care.
E: Si Marcus nga eh. (laughter)
R: We’ve worked with gay people.
E: It doesn’t bother us.

I: (To Marcus) We asked them who’s the money wisest among you, they said it’s you.
M: No. Ginagastos ko nga kaagad eh. Kung masagasaan ako, magkagulo pa sila sa kalye. (laughter)

I: Wise nga. Saan mo ginagastos?
M: Sa baril. (laughter) Instrumento, gamit namin, sa kotse.

I: Where do you think you will be 10 years from now?
M: Ten years older. (laughter) Sana may ngipin pa ako nun.
E: (To his bandmates) We don’t want to be playing together pag kwan na tayo di ba, 30…?

I: What will you be in your 30’s?
E: We don’t even think that far ahead.
R: I think our managers [will handle] that for us.

I: But does it ever cross your mind you’ll turn 30 somehow?
R: Not yet, but now that you’ve pointed that out…(laughter)
E: Thanks for telling us. We’re depressed now.
R: The only future I ever think of is the future of the Philippine music industry which sucks right now. (cheers and hoots)
M and B: All right!
E: Which continues to suck.

I: why do you still say that it sucks? People have been saying that for years.
R: For a time it was going up, but some people have failed to release albums recently, some people we admire…
E: Hindi na-sustain yung excitement at momentum, ang nangyari, ‘yung mga record companies naghahanap na naman ng bagong pagkakakitaan. I mean, nale-lessen na naman yung support sa ano…

I: Bakit hindi na-sustain?
R: Ewan, theory lang siguro: “Yung ibang sumikat binanatan ng press, naapektuhan, natakot mag-release ng iba. So hold siguro muna. Yung iba baka nag-disband na.
E: There were so much hype that went along with the bands coming out na sa sobrang hype at excitement, naubos—prematurely.
R: Some bands think with rock n’ roll, you can do anything. They forgot to work. They think we’re just here smiling… But they don’t know we tour every week, we have gigs, we record…

I: So you’re blaming the other bands, not the industry?
R: It’s the whole industry, even the record companies. They won’t give enough support, they won’t make videos/ I think Filipinos are better than Malaysians or Indonesians… we’ve seen bands from other countries. We’ve seen MTV India.

I hate dissing them ‘cause they’re probably nice, but [their music’s] all the same. But they’re there, so people buy them. They support their artists. Here, we probably sell more than other people, but we don’t get as much support as the other people in other places get.

I: Pero yan ang sinasabi ng recording artists two decades ago. Up to now, ganyan pa rin?
R: Not exactly. Before us, there was even lesser support. Record companies didn’t usually allow artists to record by themselves. At least now they do. Now we have a few videos, we have MTV Philippines… and now they produce more local shows, but not yet enough to sustain the industry. Kasi kids wrote to us: “Whydon’t you play in this place, or in this place?” We can’t ‘cause promoters won’t invite us and we can’t just go in, unlike in other places. We think there’s enough talent for the Filipinos.

I: When we talk of audience or market, there’s more than enough to sustain the industry?
R: Of course. We get letters from far away, even from Alaska, Australia, the States… there’s enough variety in the Filipino style and music. We have reggae, punk-rock,hip-hop, everything. We even have disco…

I: You don’t see yourselves working na parang Rolling Stones, still playing now that they’re in their 50’s?
R: Probably business partners or golf buddies. Just kidding. (chuckles)

I: Bakit ang APO?
E: Hindi naman kasi kami pwedeng mag-host eh.
B: Saka iba naman ang circumstances nila.
R: We wish we could host, we wish we could act…

I: You can learn.
E: (shakes head) There’s no point in learning. Hindi naming hilig yon eh.
B: Probably we can make it a project of ours. We’re dealing with everything else on a per project basis. “What are we doing next?” The marketing, so we do the marketing. “What’s our next project? Are we gonna do an album?” Then we work on that.
R: Right now it’s releasing the second Pillbox, that’s our fanzine.

I: Do you think you’ve reached your peak?
R: We still have to do many things. We’re not close there yet.

I: What do you mean?
E: To be more popular than “Macarena.” (laughter)

I: So anong gauge niyo, popularity?
B: We still like to think of it as a yearly thing. The peak being the album, releasing and promoting it.
E: If we didn’t go to California, we might have been satisfied. We saw the other side, the new world, the First World. It was a very, very positive thing. We played to a packed venue, full of Pinoys. But we also spoke to a couple of black Americans.
R: They have a healthier music scene.
E: It broadened our horizons.

I: What else did you realize?
E: Na-realize namin na music is music wherever you are.
B: It’s the international language.
E: Now it’s not far-fetched for us to think na pwedeng ma-appreciate ang music naming or any Filipino performer sa abroad.
B: It’s not discontentment. It’s realizing there’s a lot more out there, a whole new experience, new cultures… so why not set it (your goals) a little higher?

I: And it’s also because you saw how the music industry is out there?
B: … It’s still the same thing.

I: But for you to make it there, you have to be based there.
R: Not exactly. Some Japanese artists are popular everywhere, like Shonen Knife and Pizzicato Five, and they’re based in Japan.

I: Why do these groups make it there?
R: Music videos!
B: It’s the 90’s phenomenon.
E: It’s the exposure they get from MTV…
R: Or any video channel.
E: But it’s a sad thing again kung uunahin nila ang music videos then ang reality ganun pa rin…
R: Nobody could understand what the “Macarena” is saying but it had airplay everywhere, di ba?
B: They had these people dancing.
R: We don’t even think people in Japan understand what the British are singing. We don’t even understand half of what the British are singing, but we like them, and we see them on videos.

I: And BMG can’t do that for you?
R: Well, they’re doing something but we don’t know yet.
B: They’re giving the support.

I: You’re the most heavily supported in the BMG stable?
R: No, they support everybody.

I: Equally?
R: We don’t measure it.
E: We can’t really say.

I: But you’re among the frontliners.
B: Well, I think it’s safe to say that for everybody some are more equal than others. (long pause) Whatever that means.

I: Ano na ang status ng alternative music scene dito?
R: We think there’s more to local talent.
E: Kasi may nakausap kami sa Singapore so na-realize namin again na mas OK pa dito ang lagay ng mga Filipino artists. Dun talagang walang local scene.
B: It’s all imported.
E: Hindi nila alam ang music nila doon. Halo-halo ang culture doon eh. May Chinese, Malay, Indian…
R: For a local artist to break sa kanila, you have to know how to sing in Malay, Indonesian…
E: … pero ang gagaling ng bands nila. Napanood naming ang mga college bands dun, ang gaganda ng mga kanta nila.
R: Grabe ang underground [bands] nila, [compared] sa ating underground scene, pero wala lang magre-release.
E: Ang BMG-Singapore, wala silang A&R department, walang nagha-handle ng local kasi wala talaga silang local. Puro foreign artists. Parang yung scene dito mga five years ago or (nung) ‘80’s, ganun yung scene nila ngayon doon, which is very sad. Nagulat nga ako, it’s an eye-opener para sa akin.

I: But it’s also interesting kasi when you say Singapore, akala mo…?
B: But it’s probably good kasi for a police state they’re picking up. And I think one edge of Filipinos talents also, yung language facility. We can use English. It’s second nature to us.

I: Yun bang “Kaliwete” single nyo tungkol sa death ng punk-rock?
R: Punk is not dead. But alternative music is still alternative music. We still listen to alternative music that is not in the mainstream.

I: Like what?
R: Drum n’ bass, techno. There’s more to alternative music than Green Day. There’s nothing wrong with Green Day, they are a great band. And Bush.

I: You’ve been cited as the Beatles pf the Philippines, kanino ba kayo mas pabor, Blur o sa Oasis?
All: Blur.
E: Mas Blur. (laughter)
B: We probably listen to both.

I: Pero Oasis is more like the Beatles. They admitted that. How about you? Would you admit that somehow, yung music nyo may pattern sa Beatles?
R: We’d like to be the Rolling Stones of the 90’s. (Grins)
E: Hindi naman naming ini-strive any kind of stature na ganun kalaki. Bahala na yng Oasis na mag-ambisyon ng ganun. They’re from England, they probably can claim that. We’re a totally different thing.

I: But how do you feel about being called the Beatles of the Philippines?
R: Flattered. And annoyed. Minsan kasi yun ang escape ng journalist. Para mas maintindihan ng ermat ko, sabihin mo na lang Beatles, when in fact we have other influences aside from the Beatles. We listen to Blur, Apo, Joey Ayala…
E: Ang nakakainis lang dun, once na ma-pinpoint na nila kung ano yung itatawag nila sa amin, dun na sila mag i-stick. “OK Beatles na yan.” Kasi nung unang lumabas kami, they were always asking us, “Ano bang style nyo? Sino bang idols nyo?” Minsan lang ako nagsabi, I admitted that I really like the Beatles…
M: (mock disgust) Oh, my god!
E: (grins) O pare, you didn’t know that ha!
M: Ikaw palang may kasalanan eh!
E: Minsan ko lang masabi then, “Yun Beatles pala! Kaya pala ganun ang tunog nila. Kaya yung next album nila, Beatles ulit.”
B: Pero I guess hindi naman natin ma-blame yung tao kasi human nature lang yan eh, mahilig mag-label.

I: Are there offers for you, especially Ely to go solo?
E: May isang TF film nga na… (laughter)

I: What could possibly cause you to split up?
E: Lahat naman kami we’ll probably make the decision, not because of any outside factor but…
R: We’ve had our share…more of musical differences.
E: okay lang siguro kung musical eh, pero wag lang personal… Yung musical pwede bang pag-usapan…

I: How to you settle musical differences?
R: We vote, for everything we decide on. Kung music, especially in the studio, we vote with the producer Robin Rivera. If it’s about management, the management votes with us.
B: We always find a quorum.

I: How about personal differences?
B: That’s a totally different thing.
M: Suntukan. (laughs)
R: We’ve had our share of personal differences.
E: Hindi pa naman nagkakasuntukan. Kurutan pa lang.
R: Mas malaki na ‘to sa apat na tao lang eh. We have the crew na probably part of the band na. Pag may bad tripan, kakausapin ka nung isa.
E: Maghahanap ka pa ng way para maayos. Kung mapag-uusapan pa naman di ba? It’s not yet time to think of selfish stuff…
R: Besides, it’s safe to say that we’re doing everything we’d like to do for the moment. Siguro not everything but close enough. It’s better than a 9-5 job.
B: It’s a 5-9 job.

I: You’ve survived change of managers.
B: No we’ve survived changes of managers.
R: Four managers.

I: Did you fire them or kusa silang umalis?
E: The first one (Ann Angala) we fired. I’d like to make that clear.
B: Yeah. The following ones fired us. (chuckles)
E: Ann got married and got pregnant.
B: The second were Jessica (Zafra) and Ernest (Mangalubnan). Jessica had a TV show. Ernest was trying to go back to school.
R: The other one is an old friend, not that old but… Dey Cabuhat and Jett Nava. We’ve had all female managers.

I: Is that a preference?
E: Yes, ‘cause we can’t take orders from… (grins)
B: Saka second nature na sa kanila ang mag-alaga.

I: Aren’t you worried that you’ll be remembered only for your music videos?
R: I don’t think so.
E: Hindi naman siguro. Tingin ko, sa music naming kami maaalala.
R: We’ve yet to do a very good music video we can really be proud of.

I: How does it feel to win the MTV Asia Viewer’s Choice Award?
R: We’re proud to represent the country, excited… Lahat na. Labo-labo eh, kasi jet-lag…
B: Pagod, but it’s one of the experiences na hindi mo maipapalit sa lifetime mo.

I: Sinong nakita niyo dun (Radio City, New York)?
R: Si Pat Smear. (snickers) Pero nakita na naming siya sa Araneta [Coliseum] sa concert ng Foo Fighters.

I: Si Cindy Crawford?
E: Tulog ata ako nun eh.
B: Nakita din naming ang Spice Gels (Girls)
E: They’re very fat. Lalo na yung isa.
M: Maliliit lang pala sila eh. Ganito lang sila o. (Shows with his hand a five inch figure)
E: Ang layo kasi namin eh. Second mezzanine. (laughter)

I: Who’s the most popular among you?
R: Him. (points to Ely)
E: Kasi ako yung salita ng salita eh. (laughs) It doesn’t really matter though, I mean to me, and to them, I think.

I: Walang tension sa inyo?
E: Wala, hindi naman kami Menudo eh na nagpapa-cute-an lahat. (laughter)
R: We’re not Boyz II Men.

I: Paano ang hatian ng pera?
All: Equal. Walang lamangan.
B: Alphabetical ang hatian naming. Ely gets the first share. Equal naman kaya walang problema.
E: Minsan by height, kaya ako pa rin ang nauuna.

I: Teka, di ba dapat si Marcus kasi “A”?
E: Hindi, nag-uumpisa kami sa last letter eh. (laughter)


Eraserheads - Huwag Kang Matakot ( live at MAD)

And then there was the MAD Show (Martin After Dark hosted by funnyman and singer Martin Nievera on Channel 2 [?])....Sorry for the glitches.Super rare kasi itong footage na to that's why I had to post it here. Astig japorms ng eheads dito. Napansin ko din ung tshirt ni ely na sinusuot pa rin niya kahit frontman na siya ng Pupil, sa mga gigs nila.

Eraserheads - Minsan ( PBA Live Performance)

Watch this class PBA performance where Ely plays a riff from an old GMA Lunchtime Drama Show called "DEAR ATE HELEN" (Hosted by the late Ms. Helen Vela)before playing "Minsan". Masa talaga ang appeal ng Eheads!!! Lupet!

Eraserheads- The Complete Eraserheads Story !!! [VTV DREDD SESSIONS]

This are classic Eraserheads Experience video!

KWENTO MUNA: I met Tita Beth (famous Tita ng Masa) who used to take care of the eheads during their early years. Natuwa sha nung nakita nya tong vid na to. Sha rin ung nagbenta saken ng Pillbox Magazines! Andami kong copies noon! Kaso ung iba kinuha ni Marcus Adoro when he played solo (the solo years) sa Bistro 70s.

Tita Beth's place is near Bistro70s (Kamias area).She feeds them "turon"(buddy's fave),Raims sandwich, Marcus's banana cue, and Ely, kahit ano daw wag lang panis!

Regarding this videos, interview and performances eto ng Eraserheads sa Club Dredd talaga from a show noong 90's sa IBC13, called VTv Club Dredd Sessions. Classic na tong show na ito in the sense that dito ko unang napanood ung mga classic bands of the 90's like The Youth, Parokya ni Edgar,Rizal Underground, The Dawn, Sugar Hiccup,Joey Ayala, Grace Nono, Francism etc!

Monday, March 28, 2011

ano eraserheads experience nyo?

May mga natatangi ba kayong picture nyo with the eheads? Kung may mga eraserheads photo souvenirs kayo,i-share nyo yan and help save the cows. Or cow girls. Whatever that means...

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Ang Tanong : Bakit Sinunog ang Sticker Happy Piano?

Naaalala ko pa noon. May gig kami sa Bistro 70s. Una kong nakita ang Sticker Happy Piano ni Ely Buendia, kinilabutan ako. Dito binuo ung Para sa Masa di ba? Ang tanong, BAKET??? < See TITLE for Details> ?

Eto ang Tamang Sagot

Pero kung sabagay, dilapidated na rin masyado ung piano eh. Good way to end the Final Set nga naman....

Sino Ung Girl From the Notorious Sticker Happy Album Cover?

Dito ang Sagot

Ely Buendia and the Infamous Sticker Happy Piano

Paano Nabuo Ung Cute na Prologue sa Sticker Happy?

Malinaw Ba Mata Mo?
Read on to find out how Ely and company concocted the INTRO for the Sticker Happy album.

Friday, March 25, 2011

10 Eraserheads Questions with Jay Contreras of Kamikazee

First contributor naten si Jay of Kamikazee. So Jay, baket paborito mo nga ulet ung Eraserheads???

Source: Schizo!

Eraserheads Experience : May Gusto Ka Bang i-Share?

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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Ely Buendia

Fan ka ba ng Eraserheads?


Hindi ako adik pero madalas noong highschool days ko, hindi ako agad nakakatulog. Yung speaker ng lumang stereo namin ung nakatutok sa tenga ko, habang ang kalahati ng mundo ay mahimbing na natutulog. Ang pinapakinggan ko? It goes a little something like this..."May isang umaga, na tayo'y magsasama...Haya at halina sa alapaap....O, anong sarap, haaaapppp..."

Ang laki ng kontrobersyal na nagawa ng kantang ALAPAAP. May mga Religious Groups pati na ang Citizen's Drug Watch ay tumutol dito dahil daw drug oriented ito or it somehow pertains to the effects of a high.

Dahil dito napilitan pati na ang Senado na kwestyunin ang Eraserheads sa pangunguna ni Senator Vicente "Tito" Sotto III, wanting to ban the song from radio airplay.

Eto ang reply ng grupo:

Dear Senator Sotto:

Greetings! We, the Eraserheads, are forwarding this letter in the hope that whatever misinterpretation of our song entitled “Alapaap” will soon be cleared up.

We have not forgotten, in fact we have taken to heart, our, responsibility to the public, especially the youth. Therefore, glorifying/promoting drug and substance abuse is not part of our goal, and is far from our imagination. We are 100% against it.

In the press release of the Junior Drug Watchers, it states that, “The song ‘Alapaap’ does not mention drugs but it describes the sensation of ‘trip’ felt by someone on drugs.” Words could mean anything and could be interpreted to mean everything, and people certainly definitely differ with one another in interpreation.

We are saddened by the fact that this song, “Alapaap”, which the band considers to be our “ode to freedom” as artists in our society, was dubbed as an “ode to drug abuse”, by the Junior Drug Watchers. But as artists we are willing subjects to different opinions of the public and our work subject to different interpretations.

We believe in your judgment and we are more that sure that whatever action is to be done by good office will be beneficial to the public in general, and the youth in particular. Rest be assured that we will always be supportive of the campaign against drug abuse.

Thank you very much for your time.


Marcus Adoro
Raymund Marasigan
Ely Buendia
Buddy Zabala

Ann Angala


Eraserheads Experience - Alapaap [The Reunion Concert]


OO, alam mo na sa isang underground film ni David Lynch entitled "ERASERHEAD" nakuha ng banda ung name nila. Alam mo rin na nakuha ito ni Ely Buendia sa isang film magazine na nabasa niya.

Pero ang tanong ko ay, bakit Eraserheads ang bandang paborito mo?

Kung ako ang tatanungin, naging fan ako ng banda simula pa noong highschool nung marinig ko ung Ligaya na pinarinig saken ng pinsan kong si Charlie. Walang duda, may Beatles influence sa mga songs nila. Si Ely ay isang Beatles fan. Dun siya nainspired tumugtog. Isa ang Beatles sa major influence ni Ely, aside from the Cure and the Smiths. Kaya sa unang album pa lang may leanings na ng Beatles ung lyrics nila: "Pero ang tanging nais ko ay 'di nabibili ng pera" (Can't Buy Me Love ng Beatles), "How can I tell you about my love one?" na directang hango sa Silly Love Song ni Paul McCartney.

Sa musical taste,ganun din sina Marcus, Buddy and Raimund, although super ecclectic ung mga trip ng huli. From Beck to the Beastie Boys to whatever new music there is, Raimund is that versatile in musical taste. Si Marcus ganun din although sa mga interview nya dati, moreon classic rock ung naging trip nya like the Doors. Pero diverse din talaga yung trip ni Marcus eh.Like most of the names na associated sa band niya at the time: Flaming Katols, Marcos Regime, The Mamons, Sunken Gardeners at Marcus Highway.

Si Buddy,ganun din although more on jazz music and pop yung trip nya like sypro and gyra.

In terms of songwriting again, may sarili ring henyo si Ely and the rest of the Heads. Nakatutok ung lyrics sa everyday struggles and experiences ng Pinoy youth in particular. Every album, nag-grow maturely ung music and lyrics ng banda, although marketing strategy lang naman un ayon kay Ely.We agree to that. Kahit sa demo album pa lang ng eraserheads, kita mo na ung lyrical prowess nila. Nasa POP U na kasi ung Scorpio Rising,Tindahan ni Aling Nena,Wishing Well even before na release ung first mainstream album.

Eversince I heard the pop heaven Ligaya, the catchy,baduy but cool "Toyang" and the tearjerker "Pare Ko", I became an instant fan! Sila kasi ung bandang lahat ng members astig pumorma,ang medyo simple lang talaga sa porma ay si Buddy pero he make up for it through his ultra cool bass playing, ala-McCartney. Sa mga sagot nila sa interview, you can feel na talagang they are for the music, by the music, so buy the album hehe.They don't care about the media, as long as they do it THEIR WAY. Punk attitude, ika nga.

Hearing ULTRAELECTROMAGNETICPOP for the first time was cool and great but hearing CIRCUS was blissfully heaven! From the album packaging pa lang, just reading the album sleeve and looking at the hundreds of pictures inside, you instantly get the feeling that this is not an ordinary 10 track album. Na it will be bound for those classics like JDLC's Himig Natin.

Albums after albums, movie and TV appearances like in Mikee Cojuanco's(now Jaworski)Mikee, Sharon Cuneta show ,Eat Bulaga,Martin After Dark (hosted by Martin Nievera)at maraming marami pang iba, the Eraserheads became a household name and success was just around the corner.....

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Eraserheads - Ang Huling El Bimbo

This is from the 1995 Eraserheads album, Cutterpillow. It was also included in their Asian album, Aloha Milkyway. The writer is Ely Buendia.I love the lead part here played by Marcus Adoro. Great job!

The song won the MTV Viewer's Choice Award in 1997, making the Eheads the first Filipino band/artist to win such prestiguous award.Sino di nakakarelate dito?

Eraserheads Forever

The Eraserheads is one of the most influential band in the Philippines and are regarded as "the Beatles of the Philippines". Now that in my book is the top of, coolness.

Creativity in songwriting is no doubt.
Their song depict the signs of the times. Anyone from the yuppies to the coƱos who frequent the discos, to the tambays and everyone in between can relate to their songs. They have simple but oftentimes biting lyrics. Ely can be such a straighforward and crafty lyricist. His words can oftentimes have double meanings that are both witty and cool. Mababaw and yet malalim. In short, hindi siya baduy na ikahihiya mong kantahin.

You sometimes swear that you could have written them yourself.

There are a lot of Eraserheads stories told time and time again. Marami na akong narinig na kwento from friends or from a friend of a friend that oddly has an eraserheads story to tell. But still we couldn't seem to have enough of them. Five years after the breakup, due to a lot of fans hungrily wishing and asking for a re-formed Eraserheads, a reunion miraculously took place.

Why miraculous? Well, as any respectable Eheads fan knows, the reason for the breakup was partially due to the band members not getting along very well particularly Ely and Raimund (ala John and Paul who also had moments of troubled relationship resulting in the disbandment of the Beatles ) aside from the usual musical differences bought by growing musical tastes.

Now all that is under the bridge and Ely, Raimund, Buddy and Marcus are all in good terms. All of them are successful with their solo, respected bands : Ely's Pupil, Raimunds's Sandwich and Pedicab,Buddy's the Dawn and Marcus with Marcus Highway.