Other Asian Artist of the Week (Jan.22 – Jan.29) – Eraserheads

Eraserheads (sometimes stylized as ERASƎRHEADS) is a Filipino rock band formed in 1989. Consisting of Ely Buendia, Raimund Marasigan, Buddy Zabala and Marcus Adoro. In college, the four formed a group and called themselves Eraserheads, taking inspiration from the film “Eraserhead” by David Lynch. They started with cover songs but soon tunneled their focus on their own original songs. They were constantly rejected for not being “pop enough” until BMG Records Pilipinas finally gave them a try. They signed a 3 year record deal in 1992. The band became one of the most successful, most influential, critically acclaimed, and significant bands in the history of OPM.

Featured Songs

Pare Ko (My Buddy)

With all that I’ve seen written about this song, I didn’t expect it to sound like this to be honest. it really surprised me. From all my sources, they made the song seem like a hardcore song with cursing and all that because that’s like the first thing mentioned about this song everywhere. I do suppose that it’s because this song was released in 1993, so it went a bit over my head. The song is really catchy though. I quite like it and can see why it was a hit.

Toyang

It’s a very corny and quirky song in my opinion especially the opening. I had to laugh at the introduction. This song is their second hit and I can see why. it’s a very upbeat song to listen to and clap along with. It gets really stuck in your head. There’s also a slight reggae tone to it later in the song and since reggae is really one of my favorite genres I appreciated the song much more. It also reminds me a bit of The Beach Boys.

Alapaap (Skies)

The bass opening wasn’t expected. The whole introduction of the song is very well put together because there’s just so many sounds that mix so well together. The transition into more upbeat playing really fits the song and isn’t too out there. This is the band’s 9th hit song and I think is probably one of my favorite songs from them. It’s just really nice to listen to because it’s sounds so simple.

Maskara

A very different sound than what they started with, this song is from their last studio album before Buendia left the group which resulted in their eventual breakup altogether. It’s much more modern sounding than their initial tracks and I like this song a lot. The vocals are very simple and give the song a really gh feeling over the instruments playing what’s now pretty generic sounding rock music.

Other Recommended Songs

With a Smile
Ang Huling El Bimbo (The Last El Bimbo)
Kaliwete
Ha Ha Ha
Shadow
Peace It Together
Pop Machine
Police Woman

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