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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 Insects’ 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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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, May 02, 2006
The Philippine bandemic

Once again, the cycle of pop culture has caught up again with rock music. Once again, riding the crest are rock bands enjoying a renewed interest from the general public, whether accidental or a natural evolution, it doesn’t matter. Everything from coffee commercials to teleserye theme songs are now all about rock bands. Not since the reign of The Eraserheads, arguably the most influential band in the Philippines ever, have we seen this much brouhaha.

It’s a good time to be in a rock band.

If anything, we should celebrate the end of Lito Camo’s streak of irritatingly ubiquitous pop songs that degenerated company Christmas parties to Spagetti, Ocho-ocho and Yeye Vonell dance fests. What were the Filipinos thinking? I mean, I’m actually surprised it lasted as long as it did. Pop culture in our third world country, was, for a short but tortuous time, revolving around nursery tunes sung to absurd lyrics with embarrassing dance moves to boot! Everyone, from politicians, to matinee idols, to the local drunk at Manang’s sari-sari store was dancing to it. At least the local drunk had his excuse. What about the rest of the country? Of course, it simply couldn’t last. Not even April “Boy” Regino late jump on the bandwagon could save this musical mutation, I refuse to acknowledge as a legitimate genre, from extinction. Thankfully, the end of kindergarten-pop has arrived.

It’s a good time to be in a rock band.

If anything, we should also celebrate the end of the band subgroup that I almost thought would forever rule the entertainment strips, the show band. Bands that, for years and years and for weekend after weekend, almost exclusively played party covers. These bands ruled clubs and parties for a long and almost as painful a time. This iteration and twisted version of the band formula was almost always fronted by good-looking girls, or at least girls who could pretend to be. They almost always opened there sets with the high-pitched call “are you ready to party!” and ended with “see you next week!” I mean for how long can people keep dancing to Fatima Rainey’s Hey and not get tired of it. Show bands may have fooled the moneyed, middle-aged crowd along with the corporate sponsors always on the money trail for a long time, but even the partay people in the house can’t raise the roof forever. Thankfully, the end of the party band has arrived.

It’s a good time to be in a rock band.

If anything, there no longer is one single dominating genre ruling today’s current band scene. Louder and badder, isn’t necessarily the ‘it’ factor anymore. You don’t need tattoos and a talent for growling to be noticed now. Schoolboy looks and good manners can work just as well today. If anything, some bands have even thrived projecting a softer, sadder side. For them, why go dirty when you can look ‘pogi’, and since for many, quiet is the new loud, why not more poetry than obscenity. But more than all that, it’s this band generation’s diversity that strikes many observers. The gamut is now wider and more evenly filled up along the whole genre spectrum. Mod, emo, reggae, ‘pogi’, dunk, you name it. Unlike previous generations, there is no single supergroup like Juan de la Cruz band of the 70’s, The Dawn of the 80’s, or Eraserheads of the 90’s. Everybody can lay their own claim to fame, whether with a single hit or even just a single gig, it is everybody’s game now. Finally, the democratization of local band music has arrived.

It’s a good time to be in a rock band.

They say there is an old Chinese curse that says: may you live in interesting times. For the band scene at least, these are definitely interesting times. For so long, underground bands have struggled to keep the scene alive and promoted its music against all opposition from the armies of plain bad taste. Now, finally, bands have emerged triumphant and recognized. Ironically, the noon-time shows and sitcoms we’ve accused of being the purveyors of cheap entertainment have once again infused bands into their scripts and programs. Once again, bands rule the pop culture endorsing fast moving consumer goods in TV commercials, the traditional territory of the famous and the famously clueless celebrities. Once again, hordes of fans now troop to stadium-sized concerts to watch gigs. Once again, band albums, original or pirated, are selling by the thousands.

Once again, in the Philippines, bands have become cool. Which now begs the question, for how long? Now that we bands have gotten our wish, are we prepared to give the Filipino public the better alternative to all the entertainment crap they’ve suffered because they didn’t know better? Or are we doomed to blow our chance, degenerate and become embarrassments ourselves?

Like they keep saying, careful what you wish for, it might come true.



Posted at 07:20 pm by bisoy

Pissed and Dissed
June 1, 2007   07:10 PM PDT
 
End of the show band era, you say??!! I DOUBT IT MAN! Just Last week, show bands bagged the 1st and 2nd place at the HALOHALO 2007 songwriting contest by guising their "show band songs" into something that looked legitimately original. They had a male vocalists (who could sing shit) and one "good looking" (as you so aptly put it) girl vocalist who is totally a show band singer. The judges, being the corporate sell outs that they are and always will be, fell for it and gave them the win. There were great songs there man and i mean GREAT, but i guess profitability comes before art.
ourpeboritp!o!p!
June 23, 2006   04:26 AM PDT
 
Great write up!...astig!

It's a good time to be...a fan of Pinoy Music...your idea on the democratization of pinoy music is so true...not only are we getting great rock bands..but also great indiepop, acid jazz, electronica, new wave, reggae, etc...and they all sound great!....now if only tehy can stop making re-packaged albums...I'd be happy...an EP is always the best option....






 

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