10 Albums That Didn’t Change My Life

MTV Unplugged in New York. Thor, Norse god of thunder, once said that Asgard was just like Earth — only they didn’t have cable TV. Maybe we lived in Asgard then, ’cause we didn’t have cable as well. We only had either GMA (they used to air taped week-old shows) or the ABS provincial station, depending on the orientation of the antenna mounted on a long bamboo pole. No cable, no MTV. So I’ve listened to this album many times before videos of Nirvana’s unplugged performance were on YouTube — before there were DVDs. Back then, there was so much stuff written about Nirvana that I probably spent more time reading about them than actually listening to them. One of the best pieces I’ve read about them are those written by Robert Christgau. On MTV Unplugged, he wrote, “Not only did Kurt Cobain transcend alt-rock by rocking so hard, he transcended alt-rock by feeling so deep. On this accidental testament… Cobain outsensitives Lou Barlow and Eddie Vedder in passing. His secret is sincerity, boring though that may be–he cares less than Barlow without boasting a bit about it, tries harder than Vedder without busting a gut about it.”

Dookie. Green Day’s first two major label albums were simply the most fun. They have songs about masturbation, visiting a shrink (then a whore), smoking pot, imagined sleep disorder and they have the wonderful album cover art and inserts. A friend brought a cassette of Dookie in school and it was an instant hit. It was fast, fun, snotty. And power chords were a lot easier than the most dreaded ones for forever beginners like me: barre chords.

OK Computer. “High and Dry” and “Fake Plastic Trees” are forever on my top ten Radiohead songs. But I had never listened to any Radiohead album until OK Computer. I thought this must be how critically acclaimed albums sound like: it was kind of different, kind of weird, somewhat unexciting, and the songs were not like the typical “alternative” songs being played on the radio at the time, like, say, Third Eye Blind’s “semi-charmed kind of life.” I didn’t like “Electioneering” at the time (it felt out of place) and “Exit Music  (For A Film)”  was too slow and depressing. Which only made sense to me after I realized that it was about Romeo + Juliet (1996) and was actually used in the closing credits of the movie—hence, the title. I’m not sure I listened to “The Tourist” that much. It was the last song on Side B, so it was prone to being fast forwarded so that I could listen again to “Airbag.” But I love “Fitter, happier”, that, I’m sure.

The Colour and the Shape. “Monkey Wrench”, “Everlong”, “Hey, Johnny Park!”—for me, this was THE rock album. Loud guitars, propulsive drumming, Dave Grohl screaming in-your-face like a three-year old who accidentally dropped his ice cream. And I’ve probably listened to this album more than I did In Utero and Nevermind. Definitely one of the best post-grunge albums of all time. If you could own only one Foo Fighters album, you should definitely go with this one.

Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness. The world is vampire / sent to dra-ee-yeah-eh-yeah-ain. You thought flat-earthers were dumb, this guy thought the world was a vampire. The meme was referring to Billy Corgan and the opening line of “Bullet with Butterfly Wings.” The Smashing Pumpkins, some said their music was the artsy variant of grunge, you know, the stuff, string orchestrations, baroque textures, grand piano, etc. They mixed ’70s hard rock with jazz, dreampop, shoegaze, and whatnot. This sprawling double album has 28 songs (an awful lot of them are acoustic or piano ballads) and it clocks more than two hours! Listening to this used to be a blast! That is, if you can get past Billy Corgan’s nasally vocals.

Sublime. You probably knew this band for the song “Santeria.” I haven’t met someone who loves to go to reggae parties (and smoke weed and have no-strings-attached sex afterwards) and doesn’t know “Santeria.” It’s probably like, you know, a reggae staple that’s just a bit less popular than Big Mountain’s “Ooh, baby, I love your way, everyday.” And for reasons I don’t really know, I’m endlessly annoyed by that Big Mountain song. Just the thought of it and a scene of people dancing in slow motion automatically plays in my head—with that same song playing in the background of course. And I have that scene playing in my head right now. And I’m about to throw up in my mouth. But Sublime’s self-titled album is more than just “Santeria.” There were other great cuts on this album: “Seed”, “Wrong Way”, “Doin’ Time”—the last one recently covered by Lana Del Rey on her album Norman Fucking Rockwell. This album was also my gateway to ska-punk, hardcore punk, dub, and songs about the “fucked-up situation and these fucked-up” men in blue uniform. They even have a song about the 1992 LA riots.

Korn / Life is Peachy. Maybe any thing that becomes so big is bound to suck. Any thing that becomes so popular. Like Nu Metal. The internet hates Nu Metal. Metal purists don’t even consider it metal. So what? I don’t care if metal’s supposed to be this and that. Given a choice between Bon Jovi or hair-metal adjacent Guns & Roses and Korn, I would pick Korn (or even Limp Bizkit) in a heartbeart, especially Korn’s first two albums. It’s loud, bottom heavy, and doesn’t have the usual cookie monster vocals. Not that I don’t like them cookie monster vocals. Acshualy, ang saya i-imitate yung cookie monster vocals tapos pahigop, try mo. I remember I used to listen to the first album before I sleep. And they gave me nightmares. And a few times I would wake up screaming. By the way, “Twist” is probably the weirdest rap-metal song you’d ever hear.

Live & Acoustic / Tuloy Ang Ligaya. We went to Mapua to attend this annual convention. And we stood out of the crowd because we were not wearing elephant pants. I don’t know but I’m glad that that trend didn’t caught on in the south. (I knew Nu Metal and baggy pants were in. But elephants were totally on another level of… “baggyness”. If anyone knows who started the trend or how it started, please hit the comments). If I remember correctly (my memories are kind of hazy by the way), it was less about attending the seminars than it was about two or three consecutive nights of endless drinking that I already had a fever on the third due to lack of sleep. And yes, I also bought this album. And listened to it non-stop when I got home (then I bought Tuloy Ang Ligaya few weeks/months later). At the time, some of my friends were into Kid Rock, Rage Against the Machine while some were into Slapshock, Greyhounds, Korn. Heck, some were even into Hillsong! Me, this was my Hillsong. By the way, we were all into Avril Lavigne—that we could all agree on.

Dogs Can Fly (Teeth’s Finest). There’s something about the late ’90s, the title of this album and its blue on white cover featuring a guy flying with his BMX. I remember looking at Teeth’s I Was A Teenage Tree in a record store thinking I’m going to come back and buy it. I’m not sure if a year or two have passed after that but it wasn’t there anymore by the time I had the money. It took that long for me to be able to save 120 bucks. Thought “Sorry” and “Unleaded” were really great songs and I felt sad that I was not able to get this album. Good thing Dogs Can Fly came out maybe two or three years later. And while this album doesn’t have all the songs from Teenage Tree, it has the best songs from that album plus the best from Teeth’s first and second album. I can’t remember if I first heard “Shooting Star” on the radio or if I discovered it through this album. Either way, it’s also a great song. And this album has that one rare thing you won’t find in most albums—it has liner notes. (Just so I won’t forget, I will put it here: when I get back home I will scan the inlay of this album, including the liner notes and post it in this blog. Maybe, upload it on Discogs as well.)

Flowerfish / Antics. I learned about New Wave from radio stations that play “New Wave” songs on Sundays — usually after the segment they called Folk, Rock & Country. And I kind of both loved and hated it. I hated anything with snare drums with the long bright reverb but I love songs by The Cure. But it was only in the mid-00’s that I learned about post-punk. So, early The Cure was post-punk? Anyway, let’s not muddy the water with labels and genres. I got these two awesome albums that your music snob uncle would call “that’s not post-punk.” But as I’ve said, they’re awesome, regardless of what your Joy Division-worshiping tito would say. By the way, Flowerfish is from Cebu-based rock band Sheila & the Insects and Antics is from this notorious group called Interpol — a bunch of cops usually featured in Jackie Chan and Hong Kong action movies.

Yano / Circus / Cutterpillow. Obviously, this is where it all started. And I only need to list down a few titles like “Tsinelas”, “Senti”, “Kumusta Na”, “Magasin”, “With A Smile”, “Alapaap”, “Overdrive” and “Ang Huling El Bimbo” and no explanation needed. This doesn’t mean I wasn’t a Rivermaya fan early on. I was but I became a bigger fan of theirs only later (circa: Live & Acoustic).

Explaining ‘Andalusian Dog’, ‘Ha Ha Ha’ and other songs from Sticker Happy

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I already wrote a long-ish one about ‘Kaliwete’ — yes, that song, and no, it’s not what some people thought it was about. Now, it’s time we get into the other songs from Eraserheads’ first and only fifth album. I don’t really feel like writing a long intro so I won’t be dissing IVoS or Ben&Ben fans this time. By the way, I think I liked Hope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions’ Bavarian Fruit Bread better than Mazzy Star’s So Tonight I Might See. ‘Fade Into You’ is still the killer tho. And with Bavarian Fruit Bread, it seems that Hope Sandoval and MBV drummer Colm Ó Cíosóig were going for that ‘Fade Into You’ vibe so that’s probably why I liked it. It’s totally out of the topic, I know, but I just want to say that. Okay, let’s start with Un Chien Andalou.

“Andalusian Dog” was said to be named after Luis Buñuel and artist Salvador Dalí’s surrealist film Un Chien Andalou. Just like the 1929 silent film, there seems to be no connection between the song and its title. Nor was there any references to the silent film in the song except for its title. Given that YouTube wasn’t around yet in the early ’90s, it’s possible that Ely Buendia wrote the song without actually seeing the film.

Aside from its title, the only other connection I see between the song and film  is Buendia’s use of surreal imagery in the following lyrics: “You close your eyes, you touch the skies / You catch a hundred butterflies / You cut to pieces one by one.” By the way, you can watch Un Chien Andalou on YouTube. [link]

So what is it really about? It seems to be about drug addiction — rock & roll stars, junkies, drug overdose — though it could probably be interpreted in other ways. By the way, the line “Do you believe that happiness is a warm warm gun?” is a reference to the Beatles’ “Happiness Is A Warm Gun.”

“Andalusian Dog” is one of those old songs, written before Ultraelectromagneticpop, that appeared on the Eraserheads’ later albums. Here’s a [link] to a bootleg cassette of the band (c/o Schizo Archives) playing the song alongside other old songs on the radio in 1992. This was before they hit it big. “Shake Yer Head” would be included in Ultra, “Waiting for the Bus” and “Poorman’s Grave” would later appear on Cutterpillow (1995). A faster punk-rock version of “Unstrung Heroes” would be included in Happy Battle (1996), featuring FrancisM and Ely Buendia on vocals. Aside from the latter being sped-up in its album version, the final recorded versions of these songs remains practically close to their early acoustic versions.

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Hope Sandoval of Mazzy Star performing ‘Fade Into You’

“Milk and Money” is another old song on Sticker Happy. A reggae version of the song appeared on Pop U. The song was said to be about the Cold War — you know, East vs. West Germany, USA vs. USSR, Capitalist West vs. Communist East. This song’s lyrics is really dark, like nuclear holocaust-dark. Maybe except for that line about phone sex.

If you listen closely to the closing seconds of “Maalalahanin”, you can hear someone saying “Wala nang sense ang mundo!” According to Pillbox No. 3, that was Mark Villena, a friend of the band who was with them during their first US Tour. This also became the inspiration for chorus of “Balikbayan Box”, which loosely chronicles some of the things that happened during the tour. By the way, Villena had a band called Tungaw where Ryan Villena, who’d later form Narda, played drums.

Needles to say, the balikbayan box in the lyrics is a literal balikbayan box (sorry guys, no hidden meaning there) and the names mentioned in the song (i.e., Haro, Meida, Levan) are actually their friends who were with them during the tour. And Sisar is the demon-summoning chef, in-charge of the kitchen. Simply, this is Ely telling his stories about the tour (Kailangan nang sumalang / Sandali magpapahangin lang) in the same way that Raymund Marasigan’s “Downtown”, is about his escapades in downtown LA.

I’m sure that “Ang hinaharap habang buhay hawak-hawak” is not a rough translation of ‘what the future holds.’ ‘Hinaharap’ here is a euphemism, as in breasts—boobs—suso. Could it be that “Ha Ha Ha” should be read as “ahh… ahh… ahh”? Backwards? I wonder how that chorus would sound like when played backwards. Obviously, the first verse is about desiring someone, longing for someone. Is it lust? Is it love? Is it a sin? ‘Halimuyak, hinaharap’ and ‘napalunok ng laway’ all paints obvious imagery though not as erotically charged as that Burger Machine jingle “Tikman” with its suggestive ‘Di mapakali, magdamag hinahanap. Nananabik tuwing naalala ang init.’

Maybe Ely Buendia going to Catholic school as a kid had something to do with this. Questioning those Catholic teachings he learned at young age. Could you be both blessed and a sinner at the same time? What makes one a saint? Does losing virginity makes a person less dignified? Is there life after death? There’s also a bit about sexual objectification thrown in there on the bridge (‘Di maaaring ariin ang pag-aari ng nag mamay-ari’). Like, when a guy says ‘she’s my girl’ as if she or her body is something that he can own.

Ely Buendia throws all these ideas and questions around without trying to sound too deep. With the suggestion that you don’t have to take it all very seriously (contrary to what some fans did with “Spoliarium”). It’s all very well thought-out but also very tongue-in-cheek. By the way, ‘Hare, hare, peace na, peace na’ sounds like or was probably written initially as ‘Hare, Hare, Krishna, Krishna,’ a reference to George Harrison’s “My Sweet Lord.”

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A scene from Un Chien Andalou (1929)

No, seriously, that’s really a scene from Un Chien Andalou.

(To be continued…) 

Breeder’s Digest No. 6

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Opening an attachment within an attachment within another attachment in Outlook is like going down multiple layers of dreams in Christopher Nolan’s Inception. You click the X button and suddenly you’re back in the real world. Or was it dream level 01? Well, depends if the top is still spinning. Anyway, I’m not saying Inception was really great Continue reading “Breeder’s Digest No. 6”

Midyear Music Rundown

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Was thinking of writing about the songs I’ve been listening to for the last six months. Music recommendation of some sorts. Only that if Kanye has Late Registration, we, here at breathing like karma, have a fresh new segment called Late Recommendations. This is the portion of the site where we recommend new songs which came out maybe a year ago Continue reading “Midyear Music Rundown”

Narda’s new song drops today

Narda released a new song today, the somewhat misleadingly titled “Juskopo”. And the first thing that I thought was “this is dark”—music, lyrics, the accompanying lyric video. Like Discotillion-dark, minus the neon pink and disco. Though it couldn’t be darker than the last four years. If anything, it’s just a piece of broken glass reflecting what has been and what is still happening around us. Like an exasperated fuck you drowned in the noise of celebration of “the triumph of ordinary people over the oligarchy”, the pandemic clusterfuck, online propaganda and fake news, the song is inciting us to get angry and stick it to the man.

Putting the song in the context of recent re-issues of Narda’s earlier EPs online, the contrast couldn’t be more jarring. It seems that this song comes from a world where things that inspired the bright and jangly indie pop on either Burador or Suwerte had ceased to exist.

And while we’re at it — it being songs that incite anger — I would like to suggest a few more songs to push your anger deeper. You might have heard already of Friends of Alternatrip’s “Ngayon ang Panahon”, a song written by Ang Bandang Shirley’s Ean Aguila and performed in collaboration with more than a dozen other artists from bands like We Are Imaginary, The Strange Creatures, and The General Strike. And speaking of The General Strike, you might want to check their Facebook page for their covers of Bob Dylan’s “I Shall Be Released” and Jess Santiago’s “Pagsapit ng Dilim”.

I would also like to add The Purplechickens’ “Dayami” and “Ang Landas ng Walang Kapatawaran.” And then I’d pick Narda’s “Molotov” to top it off, with its imagery of anarchy spilling out of the bigscreens, of kontrabidas finally getting their comeuppance, of people lining up to the movies and people lining up on the streets joining political rallies.

Khruangbin, Narda and… Napalm Death?

Narda‘s Salaguinto’t Salagubang EP will be available on Spotify soon. Their first three EPs are already available there. And if you have nary an idea about this band, maybe you should check their songs. You could start with these: “Meron Ba?” (reportedly recently covered by Sponge Cola on their latest album), “Kusina”, “Tanga”, or “Saan Na?” Continue reading “Khruangbin, Narda and… Napalm Death?”

Breeder’s Digest No. 4

How do you find new music? Me, I find them while searching Google for this particular album cover and one thing leads to another which then leads to another which then leads to another which then—you know this could take me all day, CTRL+C, CTRL+V, until I get sick of it. In short, I ended up with this pretty cover art from Lucid Moon‘s self-titled release. Continue reading “Breeder’s Digest No. 4”

Ranking Your Favorite Pogi Rock Bands Part 2 Or Why We Should All Hate Sam Milby

If this is your first time (here), I’d like to let you know before anything else that I am very very glad and ever so slightly honored to inform you that this is actually an old post. And the only reason I’m re-posting this, is because I thought things couldn’t get any worse (i.e., COVID19, Terror Bill, the stupidity and incompetence). Continue reading “Ranking Your Favorite Pogi Rock Bands Part 2 Or Why We Should All Hate Sam Milby”

The Real True Meaning of Eraserheads’ “Kaliwete”

Kurt Cobain, widely known for playing guitars left-handed (like Jimi Hendrix and Paul McCartney), was actually right-handed and wrote with his right hand.

I’m not really into songs’ lyrics. Not that much. At least not as much as those who make himay-himay the lyrics of their favorite songs. Or like those IV of Spades fans on YouTube. By the way, I’ve already made up my mind. I like the Ben&Ben fans more — those who post their heartbreaking sob stories in the comment section. Continue reading “The Real True Meaning of Eraserheads’ “Kaliwete””

Eraserheads, Marimar and Christmas albums

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Maybe Billy Corgan was right. The world is a vampire — sent to drain. Not that humanity being evil or unfair, as per the phrase’s definition on Urban Dictionary, but keeping abreast with the latest news and what’s happening around you, that could really drain you. Like for example back home, we haven’t really flattened the curve yet. Continue reading “Eraserheads, Marimar and Christmas albums”

Narda is back; NU107 returns

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“I’ll send you a postcard from hell, if in case I don’t get well.” That’s the chorus of “Hypochondriac”, the second cut off A Postcard from Narda, the very first EP from one of the best local bands in the last twenty years. A Postcard from Narda came out in 2002, back when getting fresh new music could cost you a leg or an an arm. Continue reading “Narda is back; NU107 returns”

‘Di ba Huwebes ngayon

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Updates: Tried watching Ang Huling El Bimbo The Musical few days ago. A friend said it was perfect for crying alone, or that I could let it on the background while working from home. So I tried and after a few minutes I started wondering if theater audience are allowed to sing along if they feel like it. And if not, being a huge fan Continue reading “‘Di ba Huwebes ngayon”

5 Songs by The Beatles—Explained

Scrambled Eggs, Socialism & Getting Hitched

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1) “Yesterday” (off the album Help!
In one episode of GAME KNB? Kris Aquino revealed that “Yesterday”, one the Beatles’ chart-topping hits, was originally titled “Scrambled Eggs”. Not only that, it had a totally different set of lyrics with the words “omelette” and “eggs” in it. John Lennon even suggested to change the title to “Here Comes the Sunny Side Up” but this got him Continue reading “5 Songs by The Beatles—Explained”

My 10 Favorite Records of the 2010’s

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Not intending this to be a quasi best of list. Just ten albums I liked/loved more than the others. All which came out between 2010 and last year. Maybe this is more of a personal chart, what music songs records I’ve been listening to for the last ten years. And this doesn’t even include those which were made in the ’90s and the 2Ks. Continue reading “My 10 Favorite Records of the 2010’s”

20 Songs from the 2010’s (Part Deux)

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Better Off / Guijo St. (Makes You Wonder) – Apartel (2016)
Apartel is Ely Buendia and the gang in full soul/funk/R&B mode. If I remember correctly, Ely once said that he can’t do R&B. Maybe, RnB or contemporary R&B (i.e., South Border, Freestyle, Beyonce, Rihanna) was what he meant because here he is doing exactly that, producing good, if not be for everyone, funky music. Continue reading “20 Songs from the 2010’s (Part Deux)”

20 Songs from the 2010’s

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Night Shift – Lucy Dacus (2018)
I was reading Consequence of Sound’s best rock albums list when I found this song. I was looking for songs too good for me to have missed so I clicked on a few YouTube links. But then of course the list includes Foo Fighters’ Wasting Light, which I think is fine, but no Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks? Just saying, Mirror Traffic‘s Continue reading “20 Songs from the 2010’s”

Nikita – We Are Imaginary (2010)

Before Your Imaginary Friends (now We Are Imaginary, due to name conflict with another band who probably felt threatened by the band’s hooky indie pop songs), singer-guitarist Ahmad Tanji was in Pepsi Paloma Experiment. You read that right. That name wouldn’t sit right with woke and #MeToo people of today. Continue reading “Nikita – We Are Imaginary (2010)”

Better Off / Guijo St. (Makes You Wonder) – Apartel (2016) 

Apartel is Ely Buendia and the gang in full soul/funk/R&B mode. If I remember correctly, Ely once said that he can’t do R&B. Maybe, RnB or contemporary R&B (i.e., South Border, Freestyle, Beyonce, Rihanna) was what he meant because here he is doing exactly that, producing good, if not be for everyone, funky music. Continue reading “Better Off / Guijo St. (Makes You Wonder) – Apartel (2016) “

Until the Cows Come Home – Dragonfly Collector feat. Franki Love (2015)

Franki Love lends her heart-melting voice to one of the prettiest verses I’ve ever heard that I had to put an arc reactor-powered fridge in my chest just to keep myself alive. (Sorry, Iron Man reference.) She makes me want to fall in love, float in outer space, fall into bed all at the same time. She makes my heart melt like butter on fresh toast. Continue reading “Until the Cows Come Home – Dragonfly Collector feat. Franki Love (2015)”

Wag Na Sana ‘Kong Gumising Mag-isa – Jastafraz’s Chechebureche feat. Uela Basco (2012) 

Long song title by artists with an even longer name. I supposed Uela (of soul outfit Chillitees) is pronounced Wela as opposed to Yula as in Amor Powers Ms. Eula Valdez, who posed naked (but not nude) on the cover of the limited edition of Kamikazee’s Maharot. Uela is Wela and Jastafraz (whatever is his chechebureche) is most probably no other than Jazz Nicholas Continue reading “Wag Na Sana ‘Kong Gumising Mag-isa – Jastafraz’s Chechebureche feat. Uela Basco (2012) “

Night Shift – Lucy Dacus (2018)

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I was reading Consequence of Sound’s best rock albums list when I found this song. I was looking for songs too good for me to have missed so I clicked on a few YouTube links. But then of course the list includes Foo Fighters’ Wasting Light, which I think is fine, but no Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks? Just saying, Mirror Traffic‘s way better than Wasting Light. Continue reading “Night Shift – Lucy Dacus (2018)”

Neneng B, Sarah G., Sud, Yeng Constantino, etc.

“Neneng B”, Nic Makino ft. Raf Davis. Not sure if I should even type the artists‘ names or just have the title. Not sure it’s worth the effort but, anyway. You might want to ask: why start the year with a rant? Well, yes, it’s New Year and according to feng sui experts, we should get rid of all the trash, the bad stuff, the negative vibes. Continue reading “Neneng B, Sarah G., Sud, Yeng Constantino, etc.”

Thanks To The Moon

91XJC0HUHkL._SS500_And then, Sandwich parted ways with BMG, otherwise known as the Beatles’ record label, went indie, and released an album with five, (take note, not just four but five!) naked girls under a huge umbrella on the cover. Due to strict censorship at the time, under then-president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, they had to hire the best photoshop artist (before they were called that) not to airbrush armpits, stripes and whatnot, but to clad each babe in digital two-piece. Have you ever wondered why you can’t find a high-res image of the said album cover on the internet?

The album would be called Thanks To The Moon’s Gravitational Pull. (The moon’s gravitational pull is, in layman’s term, the force that pulls things up, the oppossite of what gravity–Earth’s gravity–does, which is pull things down. So the moon’s gravitational pull makes ’em you-know-how, while the Earth’s pulls ’em down, just like in that Radiohead song about a surgeon, “Fake Plastic Trees” I believe it was called.) The album was released to little funfare. It was then that EMI signed the band and re-released Thanks To The Moon, with bonus tracks, but unfortunately with different packaging.

So, no nude babes in digital clothing this time—not this time—not even on the inside of the CD. And for this, the new edition, even with bonus materials included, always gets a rating half a star lower than the original. But the new edition helped Sandwich reach new highs even without smoking pot. “2 Trick Phony” proved that they have more tricks up their sleeve—not just one, but two. Its music video got major airplay on both MTV and Myx. Little did we heard of the original edition. Thus, only true die-hard Bruce Willis fans knew about the original version. Most people I know don’t know about it. Including my mother.

The limited ‘indie’ early pressing of the album, has since become a hardcore collectors’ item, selling on eBay and Sulit for  a whopping JPY 4000 and is only available on import from Japan. Someone must have figured the limited edition thingie back then, bought all the remaining copies and decided to migrate to Japan—just for the extra bucks, or to be more precise, “extra lapad“.

But the album, thanks to the moon, is quite good. Even better than the last one. Liked it better than the last one, has less of Marc Abaya, and less tendency of getting “Sabotaged”. It also has “Masilungan” and non single “Not This Time.”

Eraserheads Albums Ranked (Well, Sort of)

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I’m posting another draft. Just for traffic. Actually, I wanted to write longer, harder, fatter… review or whatever for each album but I ain’t done nothing yet. I’m slow. To tell honestly, the one I wrote about Sticker Happy, that was sitting on my Draft folder for years. I remember, my PC was still running on Windows XP when I started writing Continue reading “Eraserheads Albums Ranked (Well, Sort of)”