Editor's Note: Published on Page A4-3 of the December 16, 2005 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer
IT'S ONLY BEEN TWO YEARS SINCE THE break-up of Eraserheads, but that seems to be long enough for most. A few weeks ago, Jam 88.3 and Sony BMG launched the tribute album, "Ultraelectromagneticjam: Songs of the Eraserheads," and it looks like it could be this year's best-selling release.
Some may think that it's too early for the group to get a tribute-the E-heads' former frontman Ely Buendia himself said in an interview that he feels "it's not yet the right time, because I'm still doing something worthwhile"-but the fans are loving it!
The Eraserheads remain one of the most popular and important bands in OPM history. They're one of the few groups that have enjoyed multi-generational and multi-sectoral appeal, and have even been dubbed "the Beatles of the Philippines."
Composed of singer/guitarist Ely Buendia, lead guitarist Marcus Adoro, bassist Buddy Zabala, and drummer Raymund Marasigan, the E-heads released nine hit albums from 1993 to
Buendia left to form The Mongols, and was replaced by female vocalist Kris Dancel (of Fatal Posporos), but the new lineup didn't last long. Adoro quit, and the remaining members decided to call themselves Cambio.
That was the end of the E-heads, but not their music. Conceived by Eric Perpetua, Jam 88.3's associate program director, "Ultraelectromagneticjam" contains 17 Eraserheads songs interpreted by an all-star roster of artists.
Perpetua raves, "No other band can create musical magic the way Ely, Marcus, Raymund, and Buddy do when they come together.
"No other band is as witty, cheeky, spunky, and as Filipino when it comes to lyrics. No one comes close-then and now!"
The participating artists in "Ultraelectromagneticjam" were asked to pick their favorite E-heads song and reinterpret it according to their own styles.
They are: 6CycleMind ("Alapaap"); Paolo Santos ("Magasin"); Imago ("Spoliarium"); Barbie Almalbis ("Overdrive"); South Border, featuring Kelly Badon ("With A Smile"); Sugarfree ("Tikman"); Kitchie Nadal ("Ligaya"); Isha ("Torpedo"); Francis M and Hardware Syndrome, featuring Ely Buendia ("Superproxy 2K6");
Orange and Lemons ("Huwag Kang Matakot"); Spongecola ("Pare Ko"); MYMP ("Huwag Mo Nang Itanong"); Cuesh‚ ("Hard to Believe"); Radioactive Sago Project ("Alkohol"); Brownman Revival ("Maling Akala"), and Rico J. Puno ("Ang Huling El Bimbo"). The last track, "Para sa Masa," features the abovementioned artists.
The stand-out tracks in the collection are Francis M's reinterpretation of "Superproxy 2K6," Radioactive Sago Project's spoken-word take on "Alkohol," and Rico J. Puno's surprisingly fitting rendition of "Ang Huling El Bimbo.