Friday, December 16, 2005
My first encounter with pinoy’s Fab Four was in 1993. I wore my hair in a pony tail and was perpetually in black clothes then. No nose ring though and tattoos either. Two radio stations ruled my musical universe that time, NU107 and LA105.9 and it was in the latter that I first heard Toyang. Since then I was hooked. Who among us did not sing our hearts out to Pare Ko, Alapaap, Magasin, Wag Mo Nang Itanong? From ultraelectromagneticpop to circus to cutterpillow the E-heads did not let us down.
They had inspired me to form a band of my own. Since I could not play a decent tune on the guitar I decided to be my band’s own front man. Aside from E-heads we covered GI and the Idiots, Pearl Jam, The Cure and Stone Temple Pilots. We played at school, in seedy bars full of drunken old men who did not give a damn to our music. Their main concern was who among them would get home with the waitress with the big boobies. It was fun though. All the money we earned we spent on booze, San Mig Grande or Beer na Beer.
Then I discovered Joey Ayala, Noel Cabangon, Gary Granada, Jess Santiago, Susan Fernandez-Magno and Inang Laya and met a couple of bubbly girls who introduced me to the ‘isms’. That was in 1994. A few months after, I ran for the student council and won. Thanks to Marlboro! I distributed cigarette sticks which were marked with Vote for Joey as Vice President of the Student Council. In 1995, I packed my bags and worked for a non-government organization helping the urban poor. Ten years later, my passion for E-heads and pinoy rock continues and so is my commitment to contribute sanity to this mad, mad world.
So what is your favorite E-heads song? Mine is Wag Mo Nang Itanong.
(Right photo: Benedik and TwistedMan in previous life)