Ranking Your Favorite Pogi Rock Bands from Worse to Worst

Hale. Say what you want, “The Day You Said Goodnight” would still be hit, whether Champ Liu Pio now looks like FrancisM-meets-Luis Manzano or not or whether he’s still with Louise delos Reyes or not. Lucky guy, that Champ. A real champ.

Sponge Cola. I still like the deeper cuts in their debut like “Partisan” and “22” and their follow-up Transit is also good, especially “Tuliro.” Things kind of went downhill from there, save for Gosh Dilay’s “Kay Tagal Kitang Hinintay.”

Soapdish. There’s a bit Sonic Youth in that guitar intro to “Ewan Ko” or I’m just stoned. And if there’s a music video that epitomizes “pogi rock,” it’s this Soapdish video. Take note who the band’s playing to: pretty college girls.

Cueshe. Cueshe is without a doubt the most hated band on this list. The reason for it? An extra singer with extra pounds, an unfortunate goatee, and a song that’s allegedly a rip-off of Silverchair’s. But they made four albums, only one LP short against Sponge Cola’s five. Their haters? (crickets)

6cyclemind. Their first album was pretty decent (Biglaan). Unfortunately, everything that follows pretty much sucks.

*Rocksteddy. Here’s where things branch out into, for better or worse, a pogi-rock subgenre: feeling pogi rock.

Callalily. Pretty boy band with pretty good looks. But their songs have only half the hooks one can find from either 6cyclemind, Soapdish or Cueshe—their uglier older pogi-rock brothers.

Top Suzara. What could be possibly worse than pogi-rock? One pogi-rock hit wonder.

Shamrock. These guys are probably the Siakol of pogi-rock. Siakol-bad but not Siakol-good. And when I say Siakol-good, I mean songs like “Lakas Tama,” “Peksman,” “Gawing Langit Ang Mundo,” etc. And “Alipin” isn’t even as good as “Bakit Ba?”

*Sam Milby. Sam Milby is not pogi rock. You sing pogi rock songs for girls—not for Piolo.

Jeans. Kristine Hermosa definitely had a thing for breaking hunky singer type guys. It’s not really a bad thing, y’know, until that guy with broken heart starts singing and decides to form his own band.

Blow. Let’s give it to Diether Ocampo for coming up with the greatest band name ever. Either their music is so good that it’ll blow you away or “damn it totally blows!” It’s definitely the latter, but don’t take my word for it.

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13 thoughts on “Ranking Your Favorite Pogi Rock Bands from Worse to Worst”

    1. Ayaw mo sa Itchyworms? Naiinis ka ba sa mga hirit nila? Do naman sila pogi. Yun bassist nila kamukha daw ni Champ after the accident, yun hirit nila. I used to be a big fan esp. their album The Noon Time Show. Pero after ni release nila yung repackaged Noontime Show, na-bad trip ako kasi nabili ko un original edition e. Tapos ang ironic lang na nauwi rin sa pagsho-Showtime si Jugs.

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      1. Haha same here! Got duped by the marketing strategy for NTS; nabili ko na yung original release, tapos nilabas sa market yung repackaged. Ended up giving the original version to a high school classmate na nag-migrate sa US.

        Thing is, napansin ko kasi na yung Itchyworms (and a bunch of other OPM bands) fit a certain model; yung tipong boys na galing exclusive school tapos nagtatag ng banda. Parokya (AHS boys), Spongecola (AHS, tapos mga School of Humanities noong college), and Itchyworms (Xavier, tapos mga School of Management pagsapit ng Ateneo.)

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      2. Hmm, lahat sila mga taga-Ateneo–as opposed to dun sa mga galing UP (Eheads, Yano, Agaw Agimat). Di yata applicable sa kanila yung conyo rock (Wolfgang, Razorback) kasi nga Ateneo. Hehe. Pero pwede nating sabihin na burgis ang tugtugan nila, lalo na Itchyworms. Kunwari nagrereklamo sila or gusto nila ng pagbabago sa Noontime Show, pero ang totoo bad trip lang sila kasi ang pangit ng palabas sa TV. At ang lakas nila maka-matapobre sa mga sumasali sa Wowowee ha. Nagcomment din ito si Jugs sa blog dati, minumura nya yung mga “black armies” kesyo jologs sila at nadukot yung phone niya nung minsan nakuyog siya sa concert.

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      3. You nailed it with Noon Time Show! PnE’s “kagaguhan humor”, Spongecola’s artsy, poetic repertoire (i.e. Palabas), while Itchyworms’ NTS is an attempt to do a social commentary ala-Apo Hiking Society.

        Sadly, as you mentioned earlier – ironic lang na naging part ng isang noontime show si Eric Jugueta. A complete turnaround.

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  1. HAHAHAHAHAHA. Tawa ako nang tawa dito peste ka!

    Agree ako sa ranking na ito, lalo na d’un sa mga inilagay mo sa magkabilang dulo. Sa tingin ko Hale at Spong Cola na nga ang pinakamahusay sa kanila. Hanggang ngayon gusto ko pa rin ang “Blue Sky” — corny at basic, pero mainam na pampakalma haha. ‘Yang Jeans at Blow naman, wala akong maalalang kanta nila. At ang sama mo kay Sam Milby! Hahaha.

    Re: Cueshe, fine, sorry for being a hater. May EP rin ako, padala ko sa ‘yo Soundcloud link. Char haha.

    Oo nga ‘no, parang Siakol nga ang Shamrock. Hindi ba one-hit wonder ang Shamrock? “Alipin” lang ang alam ko e.

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    1. Hahaha. Re: Shamrock, Lam ko may iba pa silang kanta na nagka-airplay. Eh si Top nag guest sa TV. Sabi ng host: Top, sing to us your songs. Top: Bakit ngayon ka lang… (Imbento ko lang to.)

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      1. Ginoogle ko pa kung ano ‘yung hit ni Top, haha. Ito ‘yung “Sabihin Mo Na” ‘di ba? Hindi counted ‘yung Freestyle hits? Hahaha.

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      2. Re: Freestyle hits, ah oo nga noh. Pero Freestyle yun, kasama si Jinky Oda dun. Dapat Top Suzara lang. Tsaka malay natin kung sila ba nagsulat nung mga hits nila. Gusto mo ba Freestyle? Alam mo ba, since RnB, showband ang style nila, ang dating sakin ng mga songs nila kahit yung original nila, eh cover songs sila. Alam ko orig nila yung Slow, so Slow, pero alam mo yung pag nirinig mo yung song, nandun yung duda na, “ang galing naman nito, sino kaya original artist nito, ma-i-google nga.” Altho wala pa naman smart phones nung time na yun, at pupunta ka pa sa internet shop para magresearch, kaya i-a-assume mo nalang na cover nga ito or wapakels ka na lang.

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      3. Sinadya mo ba ‘yang “Jinky Oda”? Hahahahahaha.

        Actually true, may showband vibe nga ang Freestyle. Hindi ko naman sila super gusto, may ilang kanta lang akong pinapakinggan ’til today (like So Slow, haha). Alam mo may ganyan din akong impression sa South Border. I know marami silang originals pero minsan iniisip ko rin noon kung original nga ba ‘yung mga ‘yun o hindi haha.

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