Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Shake Yer Heads


So the Ultraelectromagneticjam concert is tonight, and I'm going to miss it, because I'll be stuck at home, working on overdue freelance stuff and last-minute scriptwriting for the MTV Summit. Sigh. At least I got the E-heads tribute album itself, yesterday -- it's currently selling like hotcakes in record stores all over the city, apparently. (Sudden thought: wouldn't it be cool to be head of sales of some hotcake company? Whenever anyone asks you how business is, you can always shrug and say, "Well, you know... they're selling, like the hotcakes they are." Okay, maybe it wouldn't be cool).

Overall, the Ultraelectromagneticjam CD is worth getting, but have your Eraserheads albums nearby when you listen to it, because you're going to want to re-immerse yourself in the originals right after. The collection gets off to a weak start: 6cyclemind doing "Alapaap" is far from a disaster -- 6cyclefans will be happy that their idols are performing such strong material -- but since their basic sound doesn't appeal to me much and they don't take the song in any interesting new directions, their cover just kind of sits there, in a limbo between excellence and offensiveness. (Other examples here of bands failing to overcome their inherent limitations -- and by "inherent limitations," I really mean "my prejudices" -- are Orange and Lemons' version of "Huwag Kang Matakot," Cueshe's "Hard to Believe," and Sponge Cola's "Pare Ko").

And then oh my God there's track 2, "Magasin": honestly, I have nothing against Paolo Santos personally -- that interview/field trip to Quiapo we did with him for PULP way back was fun; he's a nice guy, and not untalented -- but he fucking murders this song, singing it in a style more suited for the throwaway novelty hit of your jeepney-riding nightmares. It may be the worst artist-song pairing on the whole album.

The first really good track is Imago's version of "Spoliarium" -- vocalist Aia de Leon is in fine form here, as are the rest of the band; it's a good example of how to make a song your own while not obscuring the source material. It's followed by a somewhat disappointing "Overdrive" by Barbie Almalbis, who sings like she's a three year-old girl. With big eyes. And pigtails. Purists may twitch upon hearing South Border's "With a Smile" and MYMP's "Huwag Mo Nang Itanong," but the fact is that both are quite well done: capitalizing on the strengths of each act, and showing us new aspects of two of the more beloved E-heads songs.

Other reasons to buy the album: Sugarfree's "Tikman," Isha's "Torpedo," Kitchie Nadal's "Ligaya" (gotta love that post-chorus chuckle, and the uncharacteristically dirty-fuzzy guitar sound), Rico J. Puno's "Ang Huling El Bimbo" (showing the whippersnappers how it's done), and Radioactive Sago Project's riotous version of "Alcohol," which I may actually prefer to the original.

PS. Excellent album cover design and illustration by Cynthia and Arnold, btw. :)

14 comments:

Riky said...

Ciao Luis K. ! Hai creato veramente un bellissimo blog, complimenti! Vorrei segnalarti il mio sito che si occupa di scommesse . Solo scommesse !

Sandy said...

Bello questo post riguardo a Shake Yer Heads , mi raccomando Luis K. , cerca di tenere aggiornato questo blog che sembra uno dei pochi interessanti! Vorrei segnalarti il mio sito che parla di risultati scommesse . Solo le migliori informazioni inerenti a risultati scommesse !

Sandy said...

Complimenti Luis K. per il post riguardante Shake Yer Heads . Volevo sapere se puoi dare uno sguardo al mio sito che parla di scommesse calcio e dirmi come ti sembra. Se ti interessa l'argomento scommesse calcio non puoi trovare di meglio!

Kristine F. said...

Riky/Sandy:

If you could do us a favor, guys, can you send over some Mafia guys to get Paolo Santos to sleep with the fishes? Thanks.

John said...

Hi Luis K. ! You cannot explain better your thoughts about Shake Yer Heads . Congratulations for your blog, it's really nice! Continue to keep it updated! If you wanna visit my website about scommesse click on this link: here you'll find just scommesse !

Luis K. said...

What the hell?! I leave the blog alone for a couple of days and suddenly it's lousy with blog spam. Italian blog spam, no less. My feelings are so conflicted now: on the one hand, their people invented pizza. On the other hand, they're spamming me. And here I thought I had gotten actual comments. Fucking fuckers.

Sandy said...

Cosa dire di più su Shake Yer Heads ? Credo che hai reso bene l'idea! Ti potrebbe interessare un sito su scommesse calcio ? Facci un salto e vedi se trovi qualcosa di interessante! Troverai solamente scommesse calcio .

gail said...

that's precisely what i did today. i would play one track from the remakes and then play the original. it brought back good feelings...

Luis K. said...

Hello, Gail! Thanks for dropping by. Here's another review of the E-heads tribute album, which I enjoyed quite a bit (the review, I mean, not the album. But wait, I enjoyed the album too, for the most part).

Where did all my newfound Italian friends go?

Riky said...

Ciao Luis K. ! Non potevi esprimere meglio il tuo pensiero riguardo a Shake Yer Heads . Complimenti per il tuo blog, è davvero bello! Continua a tenerlo aggiornato! Se ti va di visitare il mio sito che riguarda scommesse sportive clicca su questo link: qui troverai solo scommesse sportive !

the typesetter said...

I may not agree with your review this round, but the comments and the eerily enthusiastic italians made this one a fun read.

Go on.

John said...

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