Interested in listening to Taiwanese Hokkien songs but have no luck finding some? Mayday’s raw music will do the trick.
My favorite Taiwanese song from them:
Peter & Mary
Their early music style are categorized by raw music production that tended towards Hokkien garage rock tunes, as you can hear from above.
Another great Taiwanese song from them:
I Love You Hopelessly
I actually have to thank my classmate on discovering this band. Even though they were extremely popular in HK, they totally flew past my radar haha. He sent me this song below (because I was sad), and although the beat isn’t that special, the lyrics touched my heart.
First, some background info for the band:
Wu Yue Tian, literally translated as Mayday, is a Taiwanese alternative rock band formed in 1997 that consists of Ashin (vocalist), Monster (leader), Stone (lead guitars), Masa (bass guitar) and Guan You (drums). They are popular for their student band roots (they were already popular in their college days), and their ability in capturing the zeitgeist of Taiwanese youth in the mid to late 1990s. They’re also often cited as the pioneers of rock music in Taiwan.
The Beatles is also a huge influence of theirs (as they have a song called John Lennon, where they espouse their dreams of becoming the “Beatles of the Chinese World“). Another influences include U2, Oasis, Sting, Taiwanese rocker Wu Bai, China Blue and the Japanese pop rock band Mr. Children.
Although they mainly write Mandarin songs, they have quite an amount of Taiwanese songs from their older days, and Peter & Mary from above and Embrace was what caught the attention of the youth back in the day, and the former song being what made people recognize Mayday.
Embrace (another favourite of mine)
Yesterday’s too close, tomorrow’s too far~
Hermaphroditism/Monoecism (or “Female Male Same Body)
Why is this song not more popular!!! 😡 Also Monster looks soooo hot as a girl hehe ❤
Srsly. Some people may not know this but they’re actually also vocal advocates of gay rights, with some songs having oblique reference to the issue. As if the music video isn’t clear enough, the lyrics below should tell you:
7 pm myself in front of the mirror, pondering to find my own beauty
Lightly shaving the stubble on the corner of my mouth, drawing my natural instincts – a light purple of eyeshadow,
My pink lips murmuring themselves
I can be a boy or girl, floating uncertainly
If you love me, then there will be no problem on everything
You may perhaps hide from me, afraid of me, you may think of me as deformed,
But how can you really confirm, that the soul will find your face and body?
Realizing you’re actually female & male in one body, realizing you’re actually female & male in one body
Another favourite fast-paced “upbeat” song:
Interview with the Vampire
Another First Love
Lol I adored this song soooo much in my high school days, since the lyrics/chorus basically repeat “Am I (feeling) having a first love (again)? It’s impossible I’m (feeling) having a first love (again), but it seems like I’m (feeling) having a first love (again)!” haha. The word they use is “first love”, the phrase basically means “I’m falling in love again”, but since the feeling of first love is more “powerful”/”different”, that’s why they used that word instead of “fall in love”.
Mayday had a lot of awesome songs in their early days, and they’ve leaned a bit more pop nowadays, but that doesn’t mean their newer songs ain’t good!
I become so clumsy in front of you, like a singer who’s forgotten his lyrics
I’ve trained and rehearsed for this, but I cannot say it
You, your warmth has touched me, I held it in for so long my insides are hurting too much
In this second I must say it, even if I fail, will not stay silent
You’re Not Truly Happy
You’re standing on my right side, but it feels like the milky way is in between us
This song was very popular in the late 00s and a lot of people were singing this in my school’s singing competition (YES AGAIN!!).
Suddenly Missing You
They’ve also collaborated with Cheer Chen on this song:
Elope to the Moon
and HOLY SHIT that MSN “nudge” sound is soooooo nostalgic ahaha 😀
That’s pretty much it for your crash course on Mayday! Hoped you like some of the songs, like, comments or follows are welcome and feel free to report any broken links you see!