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"I didn't like the name but it doesn't matter. They played great band music."
- Nina Araknida
Sunstar, Flip / September 15, 2002

"Few rock bands in town could stand at the crossroads of a dynamic and evolving music scene and knock down the high walls that divide music genres and audiences with as much success as Sheila and the Insects. "
- Ronald P. Villavelez
Yup!, Issue 1.03 / November 2001

"Sheila & The Insectsí music is new wave-influenced post-punk rock music that is considerably heavy yet still melodic "
- Cris O. Ramos Jr.
The Manila Times / May 31, 2003

"What does an indie band do with the oft-maligned mix of rock and new wave? In the case of Cebu-based Sheila and the Insects, plenty."
- Ganns Deen
PULP , PulpReviews / Issue 13, March 2001




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Softly
Sheila and the Insects
Originally by Apo Hiking Society


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:: Original Apo version ::
Written by Jim Paredes

Softly, as the morning sun
Comes through my window pane
Thoughts come to me
Memories of you fill my mind and I smile

So gently, and my world transforms
Into a merry carousel
Turning me round
Bringing me back to the place where I found ...

You there, time could have stood still and then
We'd spend all our moments to share
The dreams that we've known sometime, somewhere

And as, we go through the days
Remembering the love we made
I know that you'll stay
Bringing me more than what mere words can say

I know, that time can stand still and then
We'd spend all our moments to share
The dreams that we've known sometime, somewhere.

I know, that time can stand still and then
We'd spend all our moments to share
The dreams that we've known sometime, somewhere.

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This song appears in the album The Best of Kami nAPO Muna 2CD+DVD.



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Tuesday, August 02, 2005
Quiet revolution

The music industry is dying. Okay, I exaggerate again. Maybe not in itís death throes but definitely sick and suffering. Not music, mind you, but the industry in its present form. Music per se can survive revolutions and world wars, even flourish. But the industry, mainly the record companies, if it doesnít smart up pretty soon, will soon follow in the footsteps and sudden demise of the cinema industry in the Philippines, now extremely emaciated and probably permanently so.

The record labels like to blame music piracy for their woes. Quite naturally. Itís all too easy to stick an accusing and dirty finger at the shameless pirates who sell CDís at absurdly low prices and at lowly places. But who would want to buy the real deal when you get the exact same sound from a sidewalk hawker for one-tenth the price?

Labels, I surmise, are either too proud or too dumb to admit that their own downfall is mainly their own doing. I mean what business would survive long selling crappy overpriced products. The way I see it, piracy had to happen. Karma for all the years the labels had been duping artists with cheap contracts and cheating the buying public with too expensive CDís.

I mean how expensive can a thin disc of plastic be? Itís the cheapest material invented on the planet, right? P450 for a thin plastic wafer? I think not. The likely argument would then be that the labels do shoulder the production cost of the music. Baloney! Letís not get too technical and serious and keep this thing candid. I donít have the patience for that today. So lets not even begin to discuss the pet pop artists of the big labels and how much their music is worth because theyíre certainly not worth listening to if you ask me.

Crappy stuff sold far too expensive for far too long. Thatís some serious negative karma accumulating for many long years. Itís amazing how theyíve managed to dupe everyone this long. So now itís all coming back to haunt them. Revenge in the form of unfair competition. No wonder when pirated CDs started coming out, many bought frantically and proudly. Everyone wanted to get back at the labels for their exploitative pricing.

Speaking of exploitative pricing, the local oil companies could learn a thing or two from this. With the way theyíve run their businesses, the national government, and the national economy for that matter, the day a viable fuel alternative comes will be a day of revenge for everyone. Just like Microsoft and every other exploitative monopoly. Their time will come as surely as death and taxes. And just like logs, the bigger they are the harder theyíll fall. But enough about the pump powers and Bill Gates for now.

Like the cassette tape, which had its time, so too will the CD, as a format, live out its usefulness, and reach the end of its life cycle. And near its end it definitely is. The signs are present. In the United States, a most telling statistic is slowing sales: as formats age, overall revenue has declined 13 percent since 1999. Not helping is the fact that the cost of a CD has risen 16 percent since 1997. In terms of CD titles, new releases have gone down 14 percent since 1999. A few factoids I shamelessly copied off a year-old issue of Wired.

Anyway, many are predicting MP3s will be the next big winner. I-Podís success certainly is telling. Or maybe peer-to-peer distribution, legal or illegal. If record labels are slow to recognize the wave of the future, and if theyíre slow to catch up, theyíll be left behind and lose their usefulness. In business, if you canít offer anything, youíre dead.

So whatís the future for the Ďold schoolí record labels? Well, it ainít over till the fat lady sings, or maybe until her song finds its way in Quiapo or Kazaa. When that happens, my dear friends, weíve got ourselves a whole new opera.

Posted at 10:35 am by bisoy

rhea
August 11, 2005   05:04 PM PDT
 
<bisoy> of course not, i'm one of those people who visit your blog because i read and read...not just looking at the pix...hehehe
simon
August 4, 2005   02:33 PM PDT
 
its ironic blaming the decline on mp3's and the interent, when its slightly proven that people who download music illegaly from the net typically spend 5 times more on legal music, than the people who only use legal means. its just another search for a scape goat. anything to mask their shortcomings. and well i've never really came here for the pics.
Orven
August 4, 2005   01:49 PM PDT
 
Right on sis... thanks.
pimpsis
August 4, 2005   09:58 AM PDT
 
'soy akshully, the printed word here is as interesting as the pics :)

btw, i know that you, of all people, know it is not 'just some thin disc of plastic'-- it is your blood, sweat and tears and all the years of history that has brought that piece of plastic into being :) (hence i don't mind paying for that plastic).

in any case, i do agree with you that the music industry will have to evolve some for it to survive.
Bisoy
August 3, 2005   04:31 PM PDT
 
hahaha. Got me there Rod O! Actually, we have to charge more for the transaction fees, internet hosting, merchant account charges, site maintenance and many other small things like my weekly beer allowance.

At least I know now people like you actually read my stuff. For some reason, I always thought they only visited the blog to look at our band pix. :)
rodx
August 3, 2005   02:33 PM PDT
 
I mean how expensive can a thin disc of plastic be? Itís the cheapest material invented on the planet, right? P450 for a thin plastic wafer?
...................................if were talking about dollars then i believe it would be a few cents=) hmmmm...........................
indieculturerecords.com($1:Php56.01)
sati:manipulator album =$9.99:Php559.53
if my math is correct 559.53>450 =)
 

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