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My most hated band

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ABOUT THE BAND

"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.

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



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Monday, November 07, 2005
A dirty game

So, you have a band and you want to become instant celebrities? Very easy. Get a good publicist and be prepared to spend tons of money. Money is all it takes, my friend. In this age of information, anything can be bought, including Ė what else Ė information.

To build up your bandís image, you will need flattering magazine write-ups, fancy band videos, impressive press releases, massive airplay, and good looks, all of which, to some degree, can all be bought. In other words, all you need is deep pockets and a small army of press writers, video production experts, cooperative disc jockeys, fashion stylists, and maybe even plastic surgeons. But then again, who needs good looks if youíve got extreme looks. Marilyn Manson would probably agree.

Who needs a fancy real name when you can conjure one? Who needs credibility when you can invent one? Who needs to stumble on controversy when you can stage one? If you want to talk about talent, who needs to have it if you can buy it?

Songwriting talent? Who needs that when you can remake old songs? Certainly itís being done now, or havenít you noticed? You can have just a girl wearing heavy makeup stand as still as the microphone stand, singing along to an acoustic guitar accompaniment, and still come up with chart topping hits on video countdowns made up mostly of remakes anyway. Now donít get me wrong here. Remakes per se arenít shameful. It is remakes without any real artistic stamp by the interpreter that sucks. Music executives call it formula. I call it creative bankruptcy.

If you donít fancy remakes and you want some credibility to go with your manufactured attitude, you can hire ghostwriters and buy compositions. Certainly itís being done now, or havenít you noticed? You can have real musicians chop up killer hooks from popular tunes and sew them together to form an ďinspiredĒ song. Music executives can say it is standard practice. I say it is creative plagiarism.

In fact, who needs to chop and reassemble if you can just pick an obscure song from decades ago and simply replace the lyrics. Forget finesse. If die-hard music fans and purists notice, which they will, then youíll likely get a furor and a month of negative publicity which is publicity just the same. In this age of advanced commerce, some things can still be had for free. Certainly, it is happening now, or havenít you noticed?

Musicianship? Who needs that when you can hire session players to record your songs for you in the studio. Certainly, it is being done now, or that too you havenít noticed? Label executives can get impatient, what with their quarterly productivity reports and all, so if their newly signed artist canít get it done fast enough or good enough, why wait or why gamble? Call in the professionals and hand out the song sheets to record and the nondisclosure agreements to sign. Record executives think it is quick and convenient. I think it is quick and dirty. How can cheating be otherwise?

So how do you get your band to be famous? In the end, is it all about exposure? Probably. So the key then is to spend like hell and market your band like itís a war. If youíre worried about overexposure, donít be. You can always discard your old image and adopt a new one. We live in an age where reinvention has been elevated to an art form. Just like our shampoo commercials. They even have a new term for it Ė makeover.

To make a hit song, simply get your music heard again and again. I once heard this nasty theory that any song, any crappy song even, can become a hit if played regularly enough. Theory or not, labels seem to believe in its validity and so, as a matter of practice, aggressively push singles on radio playlists. The same practice extends to music channels and even print features. Not exactly reassuring for idealistic artists who want to make it on talent alone. Fairytales in music business still do happen mind you. But there still has to be the fairygodmother in a suit wielding not a magic wand but a hefty checkbook.

In the end, you need to have a backer or you need to back out. Or risk losing your shirt and your sanity. Such a dirty business showbiz is. Any undertaking where you stand to make money is bound to become corrupt naturally. Government and religion certainly arenít except, why should showbusiness be. Itís a dirty game and itís up to you how you play it. You can play to win or you can play for the sheer fun of it. But once you step in the field, donít expect to keep your socks clean.

Posted at 08:46 pm by bisoy

rebelyus
January 1, 2006   06:38 AM PST
 
well, it is just fortunate that you guys decided to share your music by going a little mainstream... makes people like me believe that there is still hope..... well hoping that you will continue providing your kind of music
rayhoundz
December 11, 2005   10:19 PM PST
 
excellent music ang na produce aning bandaha. SATI iba talaga kayo tsong! =)
Orven
November 18, 2005   07:12 PM PST
 
Thanks Louie. Glad you liked our album. Haven't heard the bands you mentioned but will try to look them up. If you can't get our CD from your brother or whoever, you can buy it online. There's a link here on the left side. Check out the video for quick to panic too. theres a link just below our band photo. thanks again.
Louie
November 18, 2005   03:49 AM PST
 
I'm one of the people who like listening to Indie music rather than the mainstream ones. They got a lot more tricks in their sleeves when it comes to talent compared to slutty Shakira, Britney bitch, Justin the Fag and Mariah Crappy and those stupid hiphop thugs that uses rap as an excuse for quality music. I just discovered you guys when my friend from the Philippines bought a CD and lent it to me. I listened to it and liked the tunes particularly 'Quick to Panic'. I am surprised that this was from a Filipino band. I usually expect Filipino music to be mushy and sappy that usually appeals to them. Ive heard similar bands before like Franz Ferdinand but yours is unique on its own. It has more 80's feel on it- call it New New wave. Have you heard of Ambulance Ltd and Ted Leo and the Pharmacists? Ill ask my brother to buy your album for me before he comes back here.
Name
November 17, 2005   08:24 AM PST
 
Ahhhhh! kaya pala naging hit yung "sorry" ng cueshe, kasi lagi pinatutugtog! HAAHAAHAAA!
quinmee
November 13, 2005   12:52 PM PST
 
yeaaaaah, right!.
Dax K
November 12, 2005   08:26 PM PST
 
bulgar man! gud luck sa PNB8..
ianzafra
November 12, 2005   12:33 AM PST
 
Dax Eviota? Is this you?
Dax K
November 11, 2005   07:42 PM PST
 
Orven, amigo to nako si Ian, ambot lang niya kung amigo pa ko niya.. he he.. peace!
Orven
November 11, 2005   10:57 AM PST
 
Jomanch, thanks bai. Ana jud, bisaya gud.

Mai, thanks but I don't think we're overplayed. We're not as ubiquitous as the Pinoy big brother cast, hehe.

Dax k., Ikaw to Dax nga amigo ni Ian?
Orven
November 11, 2005   10:55 AM PST
 
Simon,

hahahaha!!!! nice one man!!!
simon
November 10, 2005   12:00 AM PST
 
well asides from money ruling everything when it comes to mass apeal, there is the proven winner.... suicide(hendrix,Doors,Joy Division,Nirvana) or just plain dying usually helps too. only downside is you cant really see the benifits for yourself. now if only nelly would heed my adcice, the world would be a better place. of course i'd have to deal with the imediate hype, but after the fist 2 tribute albums, i wouldnt have to hear about it anymore.
mai
November 9, 2005   09:54 AM PST
 
ey, good thing I liked your music the moment I first heard it. Kundi you're going to be labelled as one of the MTV babies e! Overplayed sa TV and radio!
bisoy
November 8, 2005   11:48 PM PST
 
I think its pretty obvious I'm bitter and just needed to get it out of my system. Yun lang, hehe.
Dax K
November 7, 2005   11:09 PM PST
 
that is so true
 

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