I share to you some of the classics of Filipino songs, and some one-hit wonders in our nation.
When one talks about Filipino classics, it’s a must to include Freddie Aguilar. Folk music has a special place in my heart; maybe it’s because of the “purity” of it, or perhaps the “simpleness.”
Freddie Aguilar – Child (Daughter/Son)
An international hit with 27 different languages.
This song accompanied me while I was mostly home alone in my early elementary years when I first moved back in HK. I would just lie on the carpet and kept on replaying the cassette tape until I fell asleep or Shaolin Showdown was on the tv.
Freddie Aguilar – Blind, Mute and Deaf
Of course, things got really awkward when it was leaked he planned on marrying his 16-yr-old girlfriend (Freddie’s 60 btw). It was really harsh to see some Hong Kongers use this to bash us some more (and some filled with racist comments) because of the Manila bus hi-jacking incident.
Next up, is the all-female rock band (expect the lead guitar), Aegis.
Aegis – Drenched in the Rain
I swear to god THIS WAS MY JAM when I was a kid.
I remember this being on everyone’s “videoke” (basically a very thick and small tv screen that plays karaoke, but with very [hilariously] poor videos, usually of women walking slowly on the beach, staring dramatically nowhere with the lyrics on screen). With lyrics like “heto ako, basang basa sa ulan” (here I am, drenched in the rain), singing this song dramatically was pure fun.
Aegis – Kiss
Aegis – Tears
The powerful voice of the female vocalist impressed me very much. Also, go girl power! \m/ \m/
Next is “Asin” (“Salt”), a Pinoy folk rock band.
Asin – Smoke
Huwag mo sayangin ang panahon (Do not waste your time)
Note that I did not grow up listening to their songs, and the one from above^ was just discovered recently (maybe because I didn’t really had any “access” to their songs…) but they are important in the Filipino music scene as their songs reflected political messages needed for the times even though they did not set out as a political band (as my cousin told me – my uncle’s a HUGE fan of them). Some of their recordings were confiscated, and one of the members got shot in the forehead while in his hometown.
Also, I’m mildly surprised that one of apl.de.ap’s songs was based on Asin’s “Balita” (The Apl Song was what also attracted me to the Black Eyed Peas!)
Next up is Salbakuta, filipino rap group.
Pero bakit ang katulad mo, di parin malimut?
(Why is it that people like you, are hard to forget?)
Yeeeah… when I showed this to my (non-Filipino) friends, they found the first guy’s high pitch sound to be funny or couldn’t get past his part… I know Tagalog so I didn’t find his voice to be off-putting. -shrugs- There’s an “English” version to the song if you’re interested (though only the chorus is in English). One of the members, Nasty Mac, died in 2008 from cancer.
Last one is Dice and K9, or “Mobstarr”, another rap group.
This is a one-hit wonder in 2003. Though now that I’ve re-listened it, I didn’t realize the Filipino accents were that obvious…