PhilMusic Update - February 11, 2000
TEAM-UP AT OPEN UP
& photos by
Saturday, January 22nd, 2000, fans made their way to the Fort at the
Bonifacio Global City for Nescafe’s
Open Up concert.
It was one part of a four-city simultaneous production held that night in Baguio,
Cebu, Davao and Manila.
Baguio featured RiverMaya and Mike
Cebu had South Border and Hotdog;
True Faith was with Sampaguita
Davao. And in Manila, we had the Eraserheads with
the Apo Hiking Society, who were backed by Ugoy-Ugoy.
The idea, as it presented itself, is a night of bands jamming, crossing boundaries, musical genres and age. The bottom line was real, honest OPM, as we know it, and as it could have been. Word was, the paired bands were to perform covers of each other’s songs.
Act: The Eraserheads.
tunes and current releases filled the Eheads’ set list.
Eliciting appreciative shrieks from the crowd were songs like “Ligaya”,
“Alapaap”, and “Ang Huling ElBimbo”.
From the onset, it was an evening animated with people who’d been
waiting for the show to start and were looking for the best view. Adrenaline
levels were intense enough to smell by the time the Eheads stepped up to the
stage. The crowd cheered and sang along. And that was just the beginning.
Act: The Apo Hiking Society.
must admit, I had doubts about how the Apo would pull this one off. Could young
crowds still relate to them? Well frankly, the trio delivers—no matter what
the demographic of their audience! Injecting their distinct flavor into
entertaining medleys and classic Apo songs, they bowled the people over with
their signature wacky humor and nostalgia trips. (Although, admittedly, there
were some recycled spiels, but no one seemed to mind.) A sentimental moment was
hearing the favorite “Batang-Bata Ka Pa” sung with Danny Javier’s own
teenage daughter. Backed by the Ugoy-Ugoy’s outstanding ensemble, the Apo was
in terrific form.
was a big historical moment. Contemporary masa-loved
Eraserheads paired with the veteran Apo Hiking Society. Definitely a curious
off, the Apo Hiking Society and the Eraserheads jammed together onstage. They
went through segments of each others’ songs – the Apo covering the Eheads’
“Ulan”, “Overdrive” and “Toyang” and the Eheads covering the Apo’s
“Panalangin”, “American Junk” and “Pag-Ibig”.
on, proving that there were no boundaries in music, they performed each
other’s songs in each other’s styles. As
Jim Paredes put it, “Parang kami yung nagka-plaka.”
Eraserheads, Apo style;
Apo Hiking, Eheads style.
the Apo and the Eheads re-arranged and rehearsed the selected songs
independently of each other. Anyone observing them would have noticed the look
of amazement on their faces while the members of one band listened to their
song being sung, adopted and owned by the other’s distinct style.
the Apo’s list of Eraserhead songs were “Pare Ko” and “Magasin”. It
was like being transported back to the 1970s and hearing those songs if they
were released then. It was almost – almost
– surreal. The Eraserheads, in turn, brought their own brand of OPM rock into
the Apo’s “Pumapatak ang Ulan” and “Blue Jeans”. Fascinating
interpretations, to say the least.
fireworks shooting up in the sky marked the end of the show. But as far
as most were concerned, the more spectacular show was onstage that night—and
the people watching agreed that good Pinoy music is simply good music,
regardless of time, generation or form.