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Sa Ugoy ng Musika

by aLfie vera meLLa
alfie@filipinojournal.com

Introducing The Tuneful Trolley

Introducing The Tuneful Trolley

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(Sunshine Pop #5) The ’80s phase of New Wave music is steeped with bands with a mouthful of creative names such as Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, Echo & the Bunnymen, Siouxsie & the

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Introducing The New Wave

Introducing The New Wave

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(Sunshine Pop #3) When fellow New Wave music enthusiasts ask me what for me may be regarded as the first New Wave-classifiable songs based on sound or musicality, I often cite Sparks’ “Fa La

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Introducing Harpers Bizarre (Sunshine Pop #2)

Introducing Harpers Bizarre (Sunshine Pop #2)

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Exploring the archives of ’60s music continues to make me discover so many bands that I have never heard of before and whose music gives me so much delight. That the songs remain refreshing

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Gems beneath the Sunshine Mountain

Gems beneath the Sunshine Mountain

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In my late elementary and especially highschool days, the genre that became my number-one favorite was New Wave, and it remains to be so. Thinking about it–what really drew me to this kind of

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There Shines the Sun Again

There Shines the Sun Again

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(On ’60s Sunshine Pop) Like any other decade that followed it, the 1960s was an exciting time for catchy, melodic, often-orchestrated, and generally positively worded Pop songs that are also steeped with rich and

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Bigmouth Strikes Yet Again!

Bigmouth Strikes Yet Again!

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(Morrissey Set to Release New Album) Wow, Morrissey is really on a roll! He has just unleashed his last, 13th album last year–I Am Not a Dog on a Chain–and yet he is already

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New Record from the English Wild Boys

New Record from the English Wild Boys

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To this day, many think that Duran Duran was only of the 1980s and that it disbanded long ago. But the fact is, vocalist Simon LeBon and founder/keyboardist Nick Rhodes never left the band

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Got to Ultraspin Those Electrorecords Again!

Got to Ultraspin Those Electrorecords Again!

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(On The Dawn’s and Eraserheads’ Respective Debut Records) Two of the Philippine bands that I consider the most monumental, influential, and essential are The Dawn and Eraserheads. We were lucky to have been able

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Closer (Again) You and I

Closer (Again) You and I

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In 1987 Gino Padilla’s “Let the Love Begin” was released, immediately becoming a radio hit. I was in 4th-year high school. I was proud of it and was feeling secretly privileged. This is the

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