This post is soooo long overdue, but I want it to be sort of a tribute to the Eraserheads. And I thought I won’t have the chance to write anything about them anymore, so I want to exert a little bit more effort and make it special.
Eraserheads has been the band which truly defined the ‘90s. Every teenager grew up with them, who didn’t? Who wouldn’t relate to their songs. Their songs tell a story, which every individual teenager or adult could relate to. Their songs reach every individual from all walks of life.
Mapa-anong klaseng tao ka man, mahirap, mayaman, payat, mataba, suicidal, bading, tibo, sawi sa pag-ibig, torpe, best friend, syota o asawa. Mag-isa ka man kasama ang iyong gitara. Ka-jamming mo man ang barkada kasabay ng ilang shot ng beer. Hindi mawawala ang songhits o lyric-chords ng mga kanta ng eraserheads. Mga kanta ng eraserheads na sapul-sapol, swak na swak, tamang-tama sa kung anu mang nararamdaman mo sa isang partikular na sitwasyon. Ang sarap tugtugin, ang sarap kantahin, ang sarap pakinggan ng mga kanta ng Eraserheads. Parang habang kinakanta, tinutugtog or pinapakinggan mo, part ka nung MTV na nag-peplay sa utak mo. Ang sarap ng feeling, parang ginawa talaga para sayo yung partikular na kantang yun!
It was my elementary days when I first had the taste of E-heads sounds. My cousin and some of her male friends are jamming in our grandma’s house. The song was “Pare Ko”. I was kind of hesitant to hear it at first because I just can’t relate to it, and I can hear some cursing in the song. But that didn’t prevent me from hearing other E-heads songs. I saw an Eraserheads cassette tape in my cousin’s room and started playing it. The album was ‘Cutterpillow’. I just played it all over and over again until I memorized some of the lyrics. The album featured, I think their most popular song ‘El Bimbo. The songs also featured in the album, ‘Huwag Mo Nang Itanong’ and ‘Torpedo’ truly hit me.
Sinong teenager ang hindi makaka-relate sa song na ‘Huwag mo nang itanong’? Sinong teenager ang hindi naka-experience na magkulong sa kuwarto at pansamantalang iwanan ang ingay ng mundo. Sinong teenager ang hindi nakaranas ng problema na minsan gusto nalang nating sarilinin.
Kahit gaano ka siguro kaguwapo. Kahit gaano ka ka-simpatiko. Kahit gaano ka kalapit sa mga chicks. Tatamaan ka pa din ng pagka-TORPE pag nagsimula ka ng manligaw. “TORPEDO” truly made those young gentlemen sing their hearts out when they hear the song. Intro pa lang ng song, pambihira na. “Pasensya na, kung ako ay di nagsasalita… Di ko kayang sabihin ang aking nadarama..” O diba? A torpe guy who can’t even express his feelings, is now expressing his feelings through this song when he sings it!
I now officially became a fan. I’ve found out that the first album I was playing was the third album so I tried to get the first album, well not really, I borrowed again from someone. Ultra-electro magnetic top was the first album of Eheads which featured the song ‘Pare Ko’, ‘Ligaya’ and Toyang.
I learned to appreciate the songs ‘Pare Ko’ and ‘Ligaya’ when I was in College. I guess it’s only when you get to experience love that you can relate to these songs. I proclaimed that ‘Pare Ko’ and ‘Ligaya’ were truly made for me. Literal talaga! The line, ‘Gagawin ko ang lahat pati ang thesis mo’ was given life in the 3 chapters of the thesis of the girl I am courting.
‘Sabi nya, ayaw nya munang magka-syota, dehins ako naniwala.. Bakit ba ang labo nya di ko maipinta, hanggang kelan ako maghihintay ako ay nabuburat na.. Pero minamahal ko sya, di biro TL ako sa kanya.. O Diyos ko ano ba naman ito diba Tang-ina! Nagmukha akong tanga…” Here are some of the lines of the song ‘Pare Ko’. Diba Tang-ina talaga?! Lahat yan na-feel ko during those times na akala ko the girl I’ve loved so much would give back all I ever did to her. But it just didn’t work out the way I wanted. Anyway, just read my previous post na lang “Suntok sa Buwan”. Hehe!!
The second album Circus was another favorite of mine. I was glad that my cousin had a copy. The song featured the controversial song ‘Alapaap’, which made them appear in the Senate I think because Senator Sotto attacked the lyrics of the song. It likewise featured the songs, ‘Minsan’, ‘Magasin’, ‘With A Smile’, ‘Sembreak’ and ‘Hey Jay’.
The song ‘Minsan’ made me appreciate more friendship. Dati I must admit I was a little bit a loner, a little anti-social. ‘Minsan’ made an impact on me. It changed my perspective towards the people I meet. I learned to share myself to others. ‘Minsan’ is an inspiring song to all the ‘barkadas’ out there. The lines, ‘Sa ilalim ng iisang bubong, mga sikretong ibinubulong… Sana'y huwag kalimutan ang ating mga pinagsamahan at kung sakaling gipitin ay laging iisipin na minsan tayo ay nagging tunay na magkaibigan..”, are brilliant! Whenever I hear those lines, I just can’t help but reminisce the times I had with my Kanlungan Family. The experiences I had with them under the same roof are irreplaceable and priceless.
‘Sembreak’ was a little bit naughty and some pun in the lyrics. It was funny yet the message is true. The bum in all of us when sembreak comes are highlighted in the song! Walang pera kasi walang baon, tambay sa kanto, at basketbol sa banyo! Haha!!!
‘Hey Jay’ signifies that Eraserheads is not homophobic. Can you think of any band which has any song about gays or homos? Wala ako maisip. Yeah you heard me right! The song is about a gay named Jay who is always beaten up by his dad. These are some of the lines in the song: “Bakit ba sila ganyan puno ng galit ang isipan, ba't ba tayo ganito, walang galang sa kapwa tao.. Alam mo namang may iba ka pang magagawa. Alam mo namang ang mahalaga ay nabubuhay ka. Jay what you are and wherever you go. Isip-isipin mo na lang na may nagmamahal sa'yo..”
After the third album, came the Christmas Album, ‘Fruitcake’ in 1996, and then ‘Sticker Happy in 1997, Banana Type in 1997, Aloha Milky Way (1998), ‘Natin99’, The Singles (2000) and their last album ‘Carbon Stereoxide’ in 2001. I don’t know what happened. After the third album, I kind of took a hiatus as an Eheads Fan. I don’t know if its because I just cant relate anymore with their songs or that I was just into something else. But I guess when you’re a fan you’re a fan all the way. Despite my so-called hiatus, I still make sure that when I get the chance, I hear their songs.
Here's a list of their album and the tracks in it:
POP-U! Indie Release Released: 1991
TRACK LISTING 1. Amen! 2. Dying Slow 3. Wishing Wells 4. Scorpio Rising 5. Sori 6. One Last Angry Look 7. The Fifth Moon 8. Tindahan Ni Aling Nena 9. Pare Ko 10. Milk And Money 11. Venus In The Country 12. Toyang
Ultraelectromagnetic Pop Released: 1993
1. Easy Ka Lang 2. Maling Akala 3. Pare Ko 4. Shake Yer Head 5. Ganjazz 6. Toyang 7. Ligaya 8. Tindahan Ni Aling Nena 9. Honky-Toinks Granny 10. Shirley 11. Walang Hiyang Pare Ko 12. Combo On The Run
Circus Released: 1994
1. Bato 2. Sembreak 3. Alapaap 4. Hey, Jay 5. Minsan 6. Punk Zappa 7. Insomya 8. With A Smile 9. Alkohol 10. Wishing Wells 11. Kailan 12. No Royalty Album Filler No. 9 13. Magasin 14. Butterscotch 15. Sa Wakas 16. Prof. Banlaoi’s Transcendental Medication After Every 6 Months or Punk Zappa 3 17. Waiting 18. Kailan Lounge
Cutterpillow Released: 1995
1. Superproxy 2. Back2Me 3. Waiting For The Bus 4. Finetime 5. Kamasupra 6. Overdrive 7. Slo Mo 8. Torpedo 9. Huwag Mo Nang Itanong 10. Paru-parong Ningning 11. Walang Nagbago 12. Poorman’s Grave 13. Yoko 14. Fill Her 15. Ang Huling El Bimbo
Fruitcake Released: 1996
TRACK LISTING 1. Fruitcake 2. Shadow 3. Flat Tire 4. Shadow Boxes Accountants 5. Gatekeeper 6. Old Fashioned Christmas Carol 7. Styrosnow 8. Trip to Jerusalem 9. Shadow Reads The News Today, Oh Boy 10. Fruit Fairy 11. The Fabulous Baker Boy 12. Lord Of The Rhum 13. Lightyears 14. Christmas Ball 15. Mono Virus 16. Shadow@buttholesrufs.com 17. Rise and Shine 18. Santa Ain’t Comin’ No Mo’ 19. Christmas Party 20. Hitchin’ A Ride 21. Christmas Morning 22. Merry Christmas Everybody Happy New Year Too 23. Christmas Alphabet
Bananatype Released: 1997
TRACK LISTING 1. I Can’t Remember You 2. Bananatype 3. Harana 4. Policewoman 5. Tikman
Stickerhappy Released: 1997
1.Prologue 2. Futuristic 3. Kaliwete 4. Milk And Money 5. Bogchi Hokbu 6. Maalalahanin 7. Balikbayan Box 8. Andalusian Dog 9. Ha Ha Ha 10. Downtown 11. Kananete 12. Hard To Believe 13. Everything They Say 14. Spoliarium 15. Ambi Dextrose 16. Para Sa Masa 17. Sticker Happy 18. Tapsilogue
Aloha Milkyway Released: 1998
1. Julie Tearjerky 2. Tamagotchi Baby 3. Saturn Return 4. Scorpio Rising 5. Milk and Money 6. Downtown 7. Trip to Jerusalem 8. Andalusian Dog 9. Hard to Believe 10. Fruitcake 11. Small Room 12. Ambi Dextrose 13. With A Smile 14. Ang Huling El Bimbo
Natin99 Released: 1999
1. Sinturong Pangkaligtasan 2. Dahan Dahan 3. Kahit Ano 4. Sino Sa Atin 5. Maselang Bahaghari 6. Tama Ka 7. May Sumasayaw 8. Peace It Together 9. Salamin 10. Popmachine 11. Kilala 12. Huwag Kang Matakot 13. Southsuperhiway 14. 68 Dr Sixto Antonio Ave. 15. Game! Tama Na!
The Singles Released: 2001
TRACK LISTING 1. Overdrive 2. Alapaap 3. Ang Huling El Bimbo 4. Ligaya 5. With A Smile 6. Harana 7. Kailan 8. Magasin 9. Pare Ko 10. Torpedo 11. Toyang 12. Minsan 13. Huwag Mo Nang Itanong 14. Fruitcake 15. Tuwing Umuulan At Kapiling Ka
CarbonStereoxide Released: 2001
TRACK LISTING 1. Ultrasound 2. Maskara 3. How Far Will U Go 4. Bloodtest 5. Wala 6. Hula 7. Photo Synth 8. Palamig 9. Out Of Sight 10. Super 11. Vision 12. Paintstripper 13. Escalator 14. Alligator 15. Playground 16. Omnesia 17. Ok Comprende 18. Pula 19. Outside 20. Acid Eyes
August 30, 2008. Tang-ina! Reunion Concert ng Eraserheads. Pero nasaan ako? I’m at the house, taking a rest from a very stressful Saturday because of WILLS (my subject in school). Taking a rest so I’ll have the energy to read for CIVIL PROCEDURE the following day. O diba? How loser can I be?! Eraserheads once-in-a-lifetime-never-na-mauulit-for-the-rest-of-your-life-major-regret Moment! Too bad, the concert has to be cut-short because of Ely’s ailing condition.
March 7, 2009. Tang-ina! Eheads the final set! Sabi ko sa sarili ko, witnessed by a friend and yeah she did swear too!, that we’re gonna kill ourselves if we miss this concert! So as OC as we could be, we bought tickets as early as a month I think before the concert. We even invited some of our friends to join us.
The concert was unexpected for me, because Ely’s a little bit different on stage. He’s not that lively as what I am expecting. Nonetheless, the show was great. I understood perfectly why it has to be that way. I’m glad that the other members, like Marcus and Raimund had the chance to show how versatile they are and show their talent. Marcus’ reggae version of ‘Huwag mo nang itanong’ was unbelievable and the arrangement’s fantastic. Hats off to you Marcus! Raimund shows how good he really is. The man was amazing! He can really rap his heart out!
Singing ‘Super Proxy’ and a line from ‘Kaleidoscope World’ to pay tribute to Francis M, gave me goosebumps. I wondered at that moment how cool the show could get when Francis M got the chance to perform with the E-heads that night!
When Ely said the words, ‘Eto na, ang Huling El Bimbo..”, the fans get a little bit emo, and me too I must admit. The confetti then started to fall down the stage, which made me feel something I can't explain. Truly one magical moment!
The Final Set truly set free all the regrets I had when I didn’t watch the concert last August 30, 2008. It marked a closure for the Eraserheads and for the fans as well. A closure which I really felt when Ely started to put on fire the old piano as can be seen in the cover in their album ‘Sticker Happy’. A closure which only reminds us that nothing is permanent in this world. The show must come to an end. And when something or someone leaves, everything else is history. A history which one cannot put into existence again, but could only be re-told and cherished for the rest of our lives. I’m glad somehow I became part of the lives of four men who made us grow with them through their songs; Ely Buendia, Raimund Marasigan, Marcus Adoro and Buddy Zabala. I am so grateful I was part of the history they made and the legacy they left, that was the Eraserheads.
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Thanks to www.pinoymusiclyrics.com for the track listings.