The Eraserheads


The Eraserheads

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Origin = Quezon City, Philippines
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Years_active = 1989–2002, 2008
Label = Sony BMG (Philippines)
Associated_acts = The Mongols Pupil Sandwich Pedicab The Dawn Surfernando Markus Highway Cambio Project 1 Planet Garapata Squid9 Fatal Posporos Duster Twisted Halo Sun Valley Crew The Flaming Katols The Curfew Sunday School Bluidie Tryste
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Past_members = Ely Buendia Buddy Zabala Marcus Adoro Raimund Marasigan Kris Gorra-Dancel

The Eraserheads, Eraserheads, or E-Heads was a prominent Pinoy rock band of the 1990s, formed by Ely Buendia, Raimund Marasigan, Buddy Zabala and Marcus Adoro. The band is one of the most successful, critically-acclaimed, and significant bands in the history of Original Pinoy Music,Torre, N. "Worthy tribute to Eraserheads", "The Philippine Daily Inquirer" page A4-3, December 16, 2005. Reposted in [http://web.archive.org/web/20060113191953/http://news.inq7.net/entertainment/index.php?index=1&story_id=60186 INQ7.NET] (Web Archive version), accessed last February 24, 2007.] earning them the accolade, "The Beatles of the Philippines."Sutton, M. [http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=11:pq6ibk090ak0~T1 "The Eraserheads -- Biography"] , "AllMusic.com", n.d. Accessed last February 11, 2007.] The Eraserheads are also credited for spearheading a second wave of Manila band invasions,Panaligan, J. [http://www.mb.com.ph/issues/2006/08/06/ENTR2006080671019.html "A trail of blazing hits at Sony-BMG"] , "The Manila Bulletin Online", August 6, 2006. Accessed last February 25, 2007.] paving the way for a host of Philippine alternative rock bands [Losorata, Y. [http://www.mb.com.ph/issues/2005/12/01/ENTR2005120150593.html "Ex-Eraserheads member joins The Dawn"] , "Manila Bulletin", December 1, 2005. Accessed last February 24, 2007.] such as Rivermaya, The Youth, Yano, Alamid, Grin Department, Teeth, Siakol and Parokya ni Edgar.

The band released several singles, albums, and EPs that reached number one. This commercial success was most evident in the release of their third album Cutterpillow, which achieved platinum status several times. The Eraserheads are one the best-selling musical acts of all time in the Philippines, paving way for an international career that earned them the "Moon Man" in the MTV Video Music Awards.

Their diverse music worked both in the underground and mainstream scenes of the Philippine music industry. By fusing different musical styles such as alternative, pop, rock, reggae, and synthpop the Eraserheads helped change the sound of Pinoy rock.

History

Early years

In 1989, two college bands from the University of the Philippines, Diliman were both in search of new members for a new group. "Curfew", which consisted of Buddy Zabala on bass and Marcus Adoro on guitars, met up with "Sunday School", which consisted of Ely Buendia on vocals and Raimund Marasigan on drums, in December of the same year. The four decided to form a new group, calling themselves "The Eraserheads". The band took their name from the movie "Eraserhead" by surrealist director David Lynch, which they picked up while reading a magazine. They did mostly covers, playing every gig in school they've managed to get into. Eventually, they made the rounds of Manila's rock club circuit, achieving little success.

The band found that they weren't good at playing covers, so they concentrated on writing their own material instead. "After all, if we committed a mistake, no one would recognize it since they don't know the song, right?" Buendia explained. Their new, original songs, played live, soon earned them a cult following in the university, which gradually spread outside the campus. One of the songs, a pop song entitled, "Pare Ko," became very popular, partly because of lyrics that included a few obscenities.

The band recorded a nine-song demo tape in the garage of Marasigan's provincial home (in Candelaria, Quezon) on January 6, 1991. ["Eraserheads Database", n.d. Accessed last February 25, 2007.] They then shopped the demo cassette around record labels, clubs and radio stations, hoping to have their songs reach the public. However, they were rejected at every turn, with one recording label deeming that their demo was "not pop enough". In May 1991, a professor-friend teaching Humanities, Robin Rivera, helped them re-record and mix better versions of the demo songs on a four-track DAT recorder.The new demo was named "Pop-U!", an irreverent response to those who turned them down.

Meanwhile, Buendia became employed as a student copywriter by BMG Records Pilipinas (now part of Sony BMG Music Entertainment). He worked with BMG during the day and wrote songs with the band during the night. Eventually, the songs of Buendia and the band caught the attention of BMG A&R Director Vic Valenciano. Valenciano listened to the songs and then commented that they were very raw technically, but that there was something promising in them. Subsequently, BMG gave the Eraserheads' songs a try. In 1992, BMG signed up the Eraserheads for a three-year record deal.

Mainstream Success

In July 1992, the Eraserheads started recording their debut album called "Ultraelectromagneticpop!".De Guzman, L. [http://www.schizo-archives.com/eraserheads/timeline.html "Timeline"] , "Eraserheads Database", n.d. Accessed last February 25, 2007.] The album featured "Pare Ko", "Toyang" and "Tindahan Ni Aling Nena", all of which were also present in "Pop-U!". [De Guzman, L. [http://www.schizo-archives.com/eraserheads/works/pro_popu.html "Pop-U"] , "Eraserheads Database", n.d. Accessed last February 25, 2007.] The album also featured a sanitized version of "Pare Ko" called "Walang Hiyang Pare Ko". [De Guzman, L. [http://www.schizo-archives.com/eraserheads/works/album_ultra.html "Ultraelectromagneticpop!"] , "Eraserheads Database", n.d. Accessed last February 25, 2007.] Later in the same year, BMG initially released 5,000 copies of the album. The album became a smash, with the songs "Ligaya", "Pare Ko" and "Toyang" topping the charts, that, by the end of the year, BMG sold 300,000 copies, and "Ultraelectromagneticpop!" turned sextuple platinum.

The album met some opposition as the Philippine Association of the Record Industry (PARI) attempted to censor "Pare Ko" but without success. [http://www.clubdredd.com/index.php?name=Sections&req=viewarticle&artid=6&page=1 "Eraserheads"] , "Club Dredd Online", n.d. Accessed last February 25, 2007.] The public was said to have found its OPM Fab Four in the Eraserheads, opening the second wave of band invasion. The Eraserheadsmania was born.LIPS, Inc. & De Guzman, L. [http://www.schizo-archives.com/eraserheads/combo.html "Basic Eheads Information"] , "Eraserheads Database", n.d. Accessed last February 11, 2007.]

In October 1994, the Eraserheads came up with a follow-up album entitled "Circus". The band said that the album aptly described their life since their smashing debut. The album was unpredictable and unconventional compared to the OPM ballads at that time, and established the band members as good songwriters and musicians. The songs varied in style and mood, ranging from euphoric and hilarious to tender and somber.

Five of the songs became successive hits: "Kailan", "Magasin", "Alapaap", "With A Smile" and "Sembreak".De Guzman, L. [http://www.schizo-archives.com/eraserheads/works/album_circus.html "Circus"] , "The Eraserheads Database", n.d. Accessed last February 25, 2007.] "Circus" turned gold in just 30 days with 20,000 copies sold. Eventually, it turned quintuple platinum with 200,000 copies sold. But like "Ultraelectromagneticpop!", it too had its share of controversy. In August 1995, Senator Tito Sotto, who was involved in an anti-drug campaign at that time, called for a ban on the airplay and sales of "Alapaap" over an alleged promotion of drug abuse in the lyrics of the song. In response, the Eraserheads denied the allegation, saying that the it was just a misinterpretation, and that the song was the band's "ode to freedom", not an "ode to drug abuse". [The Eraserheads' letter to Tito Sotto, dated August 24, 1995, [http://www.schizo-archives.com/eraserheads/extras/letter_sotto.html quoted] at "Eraserheads Database" on January 29, 2005. Accessed last February 25, 2007.]

Their much-awaited third album, "Cutterpillow", was launched via an open-air concert attended by fans and followers in colossal proportions. With Christmas barely a month over, the Eraserheads opened 1996 by making history in the Philippine music scene once more. "Cutterpillow" turned gold, even before it hit the record stores, as a result of the pre-selling promo campaign. Soon, the band shot the music video for the song "Ang Huling El Bimbo" (The Last El Bimbo) from the album.

Later that year, the Eraserheads came up with a conceptual Christmas album called "Fruitcake". This was shortly followed by a release of a companion storybook of the same title.

Also in 1996 the band was given a chance at acting when they co-starred with Comedian/TV Host Joey De Leon of "Eat Bulaga" in a comedy film produced By GMA Network's Cinemax Studios (now GMA Films), "Run Barbi Run".

Going International

The year 1998 was marked with a series of gigs outside of the Philippines. The Eraserheads' first ever overseas gig was at BMG Records' "Sentosa Pop Festival" in Singapore in March 1997. It was then followed by a mini U.S. tour in May. Then, four months later in September, they were at the Radio City Music Hall in New York to receive the coveted "Moon Man" trophy for winning the 1997 MTV Asia Viewer's Choice Award, which made the Eraserheads, the first ever Filipino artists to win the award.De Guzman, L. [http://www.schizo-archives.com/eraserheads/extras/overseas.html "Gigography"] , "Eraserheads Database", n.d. Accessed last March 1, 2007.]

Their fifth album, "Sticker Happy", was released a few days after the MTV Awards. A month later, they were back in Singapore for a series of shows and appearances for MTV Asia.

In February 1998, they represented the Philippines at the annual "Asia Live Dream '98" for NHK Broadcasting in Tokyo, Japan. Then in May, they embarked on another U.S. tour, taking them from Oakland to Los Angeles and to New York. The band toured the U.S. under the Happy Box production outfit, which was formed by brothers Haro De Guzman and Levan "Schizo" De Guzman and some other friends.Reyes, T. [http://www.poptimesmagazine.com/files/f65fc5afaac8a84225c0c69c6e4e40cc-77.html "Meet Schizo!"] , "Pop Times Magazine", October 12, 2006. Accessed last February 25, 2007.]

August 1998 saw the release of the album "Aloha Milkyway" in the Asian region, and finally in the Philippines two months later. The album contains chart-topping songs that have been re-mastered, as well as five new songs.

In early 1999, they did sold-out shows in Hong Kong, Sydney, and Dubai. Their next album, "Natin99", was released in May.

Between May and June 2000, they did another tour of America dubbed, "The Pop Machine Tour - USA2000", taking them from New York to Chicago and to California. During their tours, they also had Noel Garcia as an addition to their expanded line-up, he plays guitars, keyboards, and sometimes drums. After almost two years, the much-awaited studio album, "Carbon Stereoxide", was released in March 2001, featuring the tracks, "Maskara", "Playground" and "Hula."

Break-up

After weeks of speculation, it was confirmed that the main songwriter and lead singer, Ely Buendia, had left the band in mid-March 2002 for "reasons unknown". However, in subsequent interviews, Buendia pointed to business matters as the cause of the band's break-up.Losorata, Y. [http://www.mb.com.ph/issues/2005/12/14/ENTR2005121451680.html "No delusions of grandeur for Ely Buendia"] , "The Manila Bulletin Online", December 14, 2005. Accessed last February 11, 2007.]

In a [http://www.pulpcommunity.com/ PULP Magazine] , Buendia's wife and manager, Diane Ventura, claimed that the breakup started with a miscommunication between Buendia and the band's roadie, the result being that Buendia and Ventura turned up late at a mall gig. This upset the roadie who snidely referred to the couple as "unprofessional". Buendia's band colleagues and crew at the gig gave Buendia "a cold shoulder", related Ventura, being under the impression that Buendia had come late deliberately. The next day, Buendia brought the incident to the attention of the band's management boss, Butch Dans, to which he allegedly reverted the blame to the roadie's "unprofessionalism". Dans, however, allegedly chose to consider the r's account over Buendia's without much deliberation. Dans allegedly quipped that Buendia and Ventura were "probably too high on drugs" to remember the gig's schedule. Ventura stepped in to dispute the allegation and vehemently denied that she and Buendia were even told of the schedule. Unfortunately, the other three Eraserheads also believed the roadie's story, which disturbed Buendia because he felt betrayed of their longstanding friendship. Buendia later announced to his mates through SMS that he was quitting the group."Ely's side of things", "PULP" issue #53, Jan-Feb 2005 release. The article is also posted at some forums, such as [http://www.highfiber.org/content.php?s=threads&a=view&id=11559 HighFiber6] and [http://www.titikpilipino.com/artist/index.php?artistid=130&msgid=84969&offset=25 Titik Pilipino] . Both were accessed last February 11, 2007.]

In another interview, Marasigan said he was eating in SM Megamall, a local shopping mall, when he heard of the news (how he heard of it, was not clear). He said he was "semi-surprised" and wondered if Zabala already knew about it.Reyes, M. [http://you.inquirer.net/2bu/stories/08072002/sto5-1.htm "Eraserheads adjusts to life after Ely"] , "YOU - INQ7.net", August 7, 2002. Link is inactive as of February 11, 2007. [http://72.14.253.104/search?q=cache:0zP1Y2R5wzoJ:you.inq7.net/music/08082002/mus1-1.htm+eraserheads+adjusts+life+after+ely&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=3&gl=ph&client=firefox-a Google cache version] found on February 11, 2007.] Adoro told of the story now famous among Eraserheads fans about Buendia's cryptic text message. He said Buendia stated in the text message that he had already "graduated." Adoro quipped in the same interview that it was natural for Buendia to graduate first, since he was in batch '87 of their college (UP Diliman), while the rest were in batch '88.

Zabala confessed in an interview that disbanding had not been that far away from the members' minds. He said that there were many occasions wherein they could have disbanded but did not.Quoted from BusinessWorld, June 2002, [http://www.schizo-archives.com/eraserheads/press/bworld_headsrock.html "The Heads Rock (and Roll On)"] , "Eraserheads Database", n.d. Accessed last February 11, 2007.]

Adoro expressed the belief of some people that the band was getting too old, and that it was "selfish" for the band to continue, likely referring to comments about how it's time for other bands, besides the Eraserheads, to shine. The band made it clear, though, that Buendia's departure from the band wasn't in any way violent and that there was no shouting ("sigawan") or any confrontation involved.

Without relenting, the three remaining Eraserheads decided to continue. Within a few weeks, the "new" Eheads debuted at Hard Rock Cafe in Makati City on April 19, featuring a female singer-guitarist, Kris Gorra-Dancel, from the band, Fatal Posporos. However, after a few months, Adoro had quit the band as well. The remaining members of the Eheads added Diego Mapa and Ebe Dancel to their lineup and renamed their band, "Cambio."

2008 Reunion

In July, 2008, it was confirmed by the members that they will be reuniting for a one-off concert to be held on August 30 2008. Ely Buendia did affirm that the reunion will be for a night's performance only, to be sponsored by a multinational tobacco company. Fact|date=August 2008 Buendia was quoted saying "Im not doing this for the money but for the E-heads fans who remain loyal". The sponsors are expecting 35,000 attendees with free tickets distributed to online registrants in early August 2008. This highly awaited one-night concert was initially reported to be planned for staging at the Cultural Center of the Philippines open grounds,Fact|date=August 2008 [http://philmusic.com/main/content/view/165/1/ The Eraserheads Reunite - and this time, they're Smokin'] , Jim Ayson, Philmusic.com, accessed last 14 July 2008.] or alternatively, the Fort Bonifacio open grounds.

On August 22, word had broken out that Philip Morris had pulled out of the concert and that the show had been "cancelled". [ [http://supreme.ph/2008/08/22/eraserheads-concert-cancelled/ "Eraserheads reunion cancelled"] at the [http://supreme.ph Philippine Star Supreme] ]

Anti-Tobacco forces, led by Dr. Maricar Limpin, had been active in a campaign to get the Eraserheads to renounce the concert and the involvement of the tobacco giant, as Alicia Keys had done in her recent concert in Indonesia. The Eraserheads never issued such an announcement. However, it was believed that the pressure exerted by the anti-tobacco forces had caused Philip Morris to end their participation in the concert.

On the evening of August 24, Raimund Marasigan issued a response to this news. Posting on the Sandwich and Cambio mailing lists, Marasigan confirmed that while Philip Morris has pulled out of the production, the concert is "most definitely" pushing through on the original date, August 30, 2008, at the Fort Bonifacio open field.

Philip Morris would no longer be involved, but the entire production had been turned over to a new producer. Furthermore, while it was previously made known through Philip Morris' announcement that the concert would be free to smokers who signed up through a promotional website known as The Red List at http://marlboro.ph, the change in producers meant that tickets would no longer be free but made available to anyone who purchased them. It was later revealed that Radiohead Media Solutions, Inc., MTV Philippines and Sony BMG took over.

The Eraserheads went onstage for their reunion concert on August 30, 2008 at the Fort Open Field, Taguig City. The concert, however, was cut short after Ely Buendia experienced chest pains due to emotional and physical stress. They were already halfway of a planned 30-song setlist as Buendia was rushed to the Makati Medical Hospital because he was experiencing chest pains right after playing their 15th song (last song for the first set). He was, however, reported to be in stable condition. Buddy Zabala had checked on Ely in his tent right after they went to their planned 20 minute break and saw that he already was on an oxygen mask with paramedics checking his blood pressure. As he left and came back, paramedics were already taking Ely on an ambulance. Bandmates Buddy, Raimund and Marcus Adoro further said that they had no idea that Ely was already having difficulty performing. In the spirit of the reunion, Raimund, Buddy and Marcus went to Saguijo after the concert and they continued their sets there. Kris Gorra-Dancel, Ebe Dancel, Aia De Leon and many other OPM artists joined them as well. During the concert, Jazz Nicolas of the Itchyworms and a close friend of the band, also joined the fab four and played synths, keyboards, and other back-up instruments. [ [http://www.gmanews.tv/video/28298/-Kapuso-Mo-Jessica-Soho--Eraserheads gmanews.tv/video, Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho: Eraserheads - 09/06/2008] ]

MTV Philippines President Francis Lumen stated: “He had a slight attack because of stress due to the recent passing of his mother (Lisette Buendia), and their sound check which lasted till 3 a.m. today (Saturday).” [ [http://showbizandstyle.inquirer.net/breakingnews/breakingnews/view/20080830-157767/Eraserheads-reunion-cut-short-Buendia-rushed-to-hospital showbizandstyle.inquirer.net, Eraserheads concert cut short, Buendia rushed to hospital] ] Buendia's mother died of cardiac arrest on August 28 after recovering from surgery to treat her intestinal cancer. Buendia was transferred to Philippine Heart Center 10:00 p.m. of August 31 after being treated at the critical care area of the Makati Medical Center emergency room. Sony BMG reported Buendia was "stable" after suffering hypokalemia a medical condition in which the concentration of potassium in the blood is low. Buendia had been administered with a potassium intravenous fluid. [ [http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/storypage.aspx?StoryId=129816 abs-cbnnews.com, Ely Buendia stable after reunion concert emergency] ]

Buendia, 37, on September 1, 2008, underwent his third heart angioplasty surgery since his January, 2007 heart attack. The blood vessel operated upon was "100 percent fully restored," and Buendia was recovering in "stable condition but still under observation." [ [http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/storypage.aspx?StoryId=129900 abs-cbnnews.com, Ely Buendia undergoes angioplasty; 2nd since 2007 heart attack] ] On September 05, 2008, Buendia was discharged from the hospital.

When asked about another concert, the band members said "definitely."

After Eraserheads

Tribute albums

Just a few years after the break-up, the tribute album "" was released in honor of the band. The Filipino musical artists who did their own unique renditions of Eraserheads classics include Imago, Orange and Lemons, South Border, Brownman Revival, Sugarfree, MYMP, Sponge Cola, 6Cycle Mind, Francis M., Rico J. Puno, and Radioactive Sago Project. The second volume is in the works.

Many people questioned whether the time was right for a tribute to a group that had just disbanded four years ago, with its former members still active in the music industry. Buendia, for his part, had mixed feelings about the tribute album, saying that "It’s too early to be taking part in it and I don’t see myself being part of it "kasi" (because) I’m still doing something here...To be part of it is like acknowledging "na tapos na ako" (that I am finished); "isa na lang akong trophy na itatago na" (I'm just a trophy to be shelved). "Siguro kung uugud-ugud na ako" (Maybe when I'm really old), that’s the time I’m gonna look back." Ironically though, he is featured in one of the tracks, "Superproxy 2k6" by Francis Magalona. Still, many fans - even some local bands active in the industry today - are hoping that the band will have some sort of reunion. [http://www.mb.com.ph/ENTR2006011153672.html "Parokya's Chito Miranda prays for Eheads return"] , "The Manila Bulletin Online", January 11, 2006. Link is inactive as of February 11, 2007. [http://www.phildirectory.net/eheads/viewtopic.php?id=60 Eraserheads.org's version] found on February 11, 2007.]

Book launch and mini-reunion

On February 28, 2007, the official launch of the book "Tikman Ang Langit: An Anthology on the Eraserheads" (2007) was held at the second level of Powerbooks bookstore in Greenbelt 3, Makati City.Villafania, A. [http://showbizandstyle.inquirer.net/entertainment/entertainment/view_article.php?article_id=52377 "E-heads book sets mini-reunion for former band mates"] , "Inquirer.net", March 1, 2007. Accessed last March 2, 2007.] Ayson, J. [http://philmusic.com/main/content/view/91/1/ "Tikman Ang Langit: An Eraserheads Book Launch, plus a Near-Reunion"] , "PhilMusic.com", February 24, 2007. Accessed last March 2, 2007.] The launch was accompanied by acoustic performances by Cambio (whose members include Raimund Marasigan, Buddy Zabala and Kris Gorra-Dancel), Markus Hiway (Marcus Adoro's band), and Lei Bautista of Prettier Than Pink. The performers covered Eraserheads songs such as "Ligaya" (performed by Lei Bautista), [http://launch.groups.yahoo.com/group/eraserheads/message/79191 "Re(2): (eraserheads) Re: Tikman Ang Langit Launch: Not An E-Heads Reunion"] , "CIRCUS -- The Eraserheads Mailing List" Yahoo! group (subscription), March 1, 2007. Accessed last March 2, 2007.] "With A Smile" (also performed by Bautista) and "Magasin" (performed by Cambio with Marcus Adoro). The event was dubbed a mini-reunion of the Eraserheads, with Marasigan, Zabala and Adoro performing together for the first time in four years. Ely Buendia did not attend because of a scheduled meeting with his surgeon and the manufacturers of the stents in his heart. The launch was attended by around 50 people.

"Tikman ang Langit" is a collection of essays about the Eraserheads originally written by fourteen journalists who are mostly fans of the band. The book itself was compiled by Melvin Calimag and Jing Garcia, with a foreword by Eraserheads producer Robin Rivera. [http://tikmananglangit.wordpress.com/2007/02/28/the-closest-thing-to-an-e-heads-reunion/ "The closest thing to an E-heads reunion"] , "Tikman ang Langit" blog, February 28, 2007. Accessed last March 2, 2007.]

Ely Buendia

After leaving the Eraserheads, Ely Buendia, under the stage name, Jesus "Dizzy" Ventura, joined guitarist Jerome Velasco (of then disunited band, The Teeth), bassist Yan Yuzon, and drummer Bogs Jugo (of the indie pop band Daydream Cycle) to form the band, The Mongols. After putting out an underground E.P. "A Fraction of a Second", the Mongols decided to have their self-produced album distributed by the major label VIVA Records. The result is a thirteen-track album called "Buddha's Pest". The Mongols' singles did not get the kind of airplay that the Eraserheads' songs used to have, attributed to the band's leanings towards heavy underground music.

When Jerome Velasco left The Mongols to study abroad, the other members of the band added The Teeth bassist Dok Sergio to their lineup and renamed their band Pupil. In November 2005, Pupil released an album entitled "Beautiful Machines" under Sony BMG and label Musiko, with the song, "Nasaan Ka?" as its first single. The song got fair airplay and became quite popular. Pupil's music is relatively more mainstream than The Mongols'.

Buendia also had a broadsheet column entitled "CURSOR," which was published weekly in the Entertainment Section of The Manila Bulletin newspaper. Due to Buendia's busy musical career, CURSOR had ended and was last published during the first Saturday of September 2006.

Medical Condition

On Sunday, January 7, 2007, Buendia suffered a heart attack or acute myocardial infarction secondary to arterial blockage. Buendia was reportedly in the middle of a song during Pupil's gig in Laguna when he felt a sudden pain in his chest and left arm. He was rushed to a hospital, where doctors performed an emergency angioplasty on him. Buendia's condition was confirmed stable the same night. [Legaspi, A. [http://www.gmanews.tv/story/26233/Ely-Buendia-recovering-after-heart-operation "Ely Buendia recovering after heart operation"] , "GMANews. TV", January 9, 2007. Accessed last February 11, 2007.] A second angioplasty operation was conducted on Buendia on January 10, 2007. The operation was successful, and he is reportedly secured from having heart attack recurrence.Legaspi, A. [http://www.gmanews.tv/story/26410/Second-operation-on-Ely-Buendia-successful---manager "Ely Buendia now out of danger - band manager"] , "GMANews. TV", January 10, 2007. Accessed last February 11, 2007.]

Buendia's former bandmates expressed concern over his health. Buddy Zabala and his wife, Earnest, visited Buendia in the hospital, but Buendia missed the opportunity to talk with them because he was asleep during that time. The couple, however, were able to talk to Buendia's mother.Avante, W. [http://www.pep.ph/articles/news/12047.htm "Ely Buendia slowly getting back on his feet after heart attack"] , "Philippine Entertainment Portal", January 31, 2007. Accessed last February 11, 2007.] Dr. Day Cabuhat, former manager for the Eraserheads and one of the managers for Pupil, replied in [http://launch.groups.yahoo.com/group/eraserheads/ CIRCUS -- The Eraserheads Mailing List] , "buddy and earnest visited around 8am the morning after the surgery, ely was asleep, he was given a sedative post-op... marcus, as we heard, is on his way from la union."Cabuhat, D. [http://launch.groups.yahoo.com/group/eraserheads/message/77828 "Re: to dr. day"] , "CIRCUS -- The Eraserheads Mailing List" Yahoo! group (subscription), January 11, 2007. Accessed last February 11, 2007.] On January 28, Marcus Adoro performed live on stage for LivELY, a fundraising concert for Ely Buendia. [Ayson, J. [http://philmusic.com/main/content/view/75/1/ "Heart Attacks Nearly Kill, but Marcus Hiway Thrills"] , "PhilMusic.com", January 30, 2007. Accessed last February 24, 2007.] Raimund Marasigan reportedly sent a text message to Buendia.

Diane Ventura, Buendia's wife and Pupil's other manager, gave thanks to everyone who expressed their concern for Ely's condition, especially to local musicians such as Yael Yuzon, Francis Magalona, Chito Miranda, Rico Blanco and Buddy Zabala. [http://www.gmanews.tv/video/3420/Ely-Buendia-undergoes-2nd-surgery "Ely Buendia undergoes 2nd surgery"] from GMA Network's "Chikka Minute" entertainment news video footage (Tagalog), "GMANews. TV", January 10, 2007. Accessed last February 11, 2007.] She also thanked the two former Eraserheads members, Zabala and Adoro, in her message.

This event also prompted rapper Francis Magalona, longtime friend of the Eraserheads, to state the following on his personal blog: "Fast forward to right now, 9:58 am, Jan. 9, a lot of what ifs scenarios pop in my head. What if the E-heads members are back, like long-lost blood brothers? What if "the most significant OPM band of Pinoy Rock" would be in one room, what would happen?" And in postscript he adds, "Para sa akin panahon na para mag-reunite ang E-heads. Sugod na mga kapatid...rock & roll na hanggang umaga." which roughly translates, "For me, it's time for E-Heads to reunite. Let's go brothers...rock & roll until morning."Magalona, F. [http://francismagalona.multiply.com/journal/item/166 "Super Proximity"] , "A Free Mind", January 8, 2007. Link is inactive as of February 11, 2007, [http://72.14.253.104/search?q=cache:yJcHjftZobgJ:francismagalona.multiply.com/journal/item/166%3Fmark_read%3Dfrancismagalona:journal:166+eraserheads+%22mag-reunite%22+%22sugod+na+mga+kapatid%22&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=2&gl=ph&client=firefox-a Google cache version] found on February 11, 2007] It would take the Eraserheads over a year to make this happen.

Raimund Marasigan

After Buendia and Adoro left the Eraserheads, Raimund Marasigan, Buddy Zabala and Kris Gorra-Dancel's group was renamed "Cambio," adding Diego Mapa to their lineup. They came out with an album called "Derby Light In the Dark Waters of Antagonism".

Marasigan started "Planet Garapata" also in 1996, a short-lived hip-hop and electronica project that featured Eraserheads bassist Buddy Zabala, Eraserheads sound engineer Mark Laccay and Jeng Tan. The project debuted in Francis M's 1996 Happy Battle album and featured Marasigan's early rapping skills.

Marasigan's band, Sandwich, was formed in 1996 with his girlfriend Myrene Academia (also with the band Imago) on bass, Marc Abaya on lead guitars and vocals (later replaced by Mong Alcaraz of the band, Chicosci), Diego Castillo on rhythm guitars, and Mike Dizon (from The Teeth) on drums. Although existing simultaneously with the Eraserheads, Sandwich built up their own fan base. Abaya left the band in 2005 to concentrate on his own band, Kjwan, and Marasigan has since taken over as the sole vocalist and lead guitarist. They have released five albums: "Grip Stand Throw", "Four-track Mind", "Thanks to the Moon's Gravitational Pull", "Five On The Floor", which saw Marasigan handle vocal duties in lieu of former singer Marc Abaya, and their latest release, "S Marks the Spot".

Marasigan also has a hip-hop influenced project band called Squid 9. In early 2005, Marasigan once again formed another project band called Pedicab. The band is composed of artists in their stage names, Marasigan as "Sugarraims" on synths and backup vocals, Mike Dizon as "Masterbeat" on drums, Jason Caballa (of Twisted Halo and Blast Ople) as "J. Sonic" on guitar and backup vocals, and Diego Mapa as "Daddy Maps" on lead vocals. They call their music "dance-punk." Pedicab’s first album. "Tugish Takish", was released later that year.

And in 2008, Raimund formed yet another project band called Project 1 which is composed of Raimund himself on vocals, Francis Reyes (of The Dawn) on lead guitars, Clem Castro (formerly with Orange and Lemons, currently with the Camerawalls) on rhythm guitar, Jazz Nicolas (of Itchyworms) on drums, Carlos Calderon (of Chicosci) on bass, and Katwo Librando (of Duster) and Uela Basco (of Chillitees) on vocals.

Buddy Zabala

Zabala currently plays bass for another legendary Pinoy rock band, The Dawn, as well as for Cambio, Twisted Halo and Sun Valley Crew.

For his bass work for Cambio ("Derby Light") and Twisted Halo ("In Loving Memory of the Fearless Exploits of the Bolo Brigade"), Zabala was awarded the 2004 NU Rock Awards "Bassist of the Year".

He also helps produce albums for other local bands such as Boldstar, Twisted Halo, Itchyworms, Fatal Posporos and Sugarfree.

Marcus Adoro

After Buendia left the Eraserheads, Adoro also decided to quit a few months later. He then moved to La Union and was unheard from until the April 2005. An email from him was sent to [http://www.philmusic.com PhilMusic.com] about a new project he was working on, called "Belma en Luis".Ayson, J. [http://philmusic.com/main/content/view/63/23/ "Tales from the Bronze Surfer: Marcus Speaks"] , "PhilMusic.com", January 23, 2007. Accessed last February 15, 2007.] The EP turned up at a shop called "Sarabia Optical" in his former collegiate school, UP Diliman. It became available in different album covers and titles: "Urfer Magazine" (Mag:Net Café), "Duckdive" (Bigsky), "American Gurl" (United States version), and "Submarine" (Marikina version).

Adoro, Zabala, and Marasigan performed for an event at the Millennia Club called "Marooned," a production of UP bands from past and present. Buendia was invited to the gig, but did not attend. The song, "Batch 88" from "Belma en Luis," was one of the songs that was jammed by the trio.

Adoro was interviewed by GMA 7 newscaster Jessica Soho on her show, "Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho" about La Union, which is now popular for all beach surfers in the Philippines. Adoro now enjoys a new lifestyle as a surfer in La Union.

Marcus Adoro has a new band named Markus Highway under Warner Music Philippines. Their first album, "Behold, Rejoice! Surfernando Is Hear Nah", was released in February 2008.

Discography

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*"Pop U!" (1991)
*"UltraElectroMagneticPop!" (1993)
*"Circus" (1994)
*"Cutterpillow" (1995)
*"Fruitcake EP" (1996)
*"Fruitcake" (1996)
*"Bananatype EP" (1997)
*"Sticker Happy" (1997)
*"Aloha Milkyway" (1998)
*"Natin '99" (1999)
*"Carbon Stereoxide" (2001)
*"Please Tranpose EP" (2003)

Throw-away Singles

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"OST Run Barbi Run (Starring Joey de Leon)" (1995):* "Run Barbi Run"1896 Ang Pagsilang" (1996):* "Casa Fantastica"Francis M's Happy Battle" (1996):* "Unstrung Heroes Duet W/ Francis Magalona":* "Sapot Feat. Planet Garapata"Ryan Cayabyab The Silver Album" (1997):* "Tuwing Umuulan At Kapiling Ka"Nescafe Open Up Party Live!" (2000):* "Blue Jeans":* "Pumapatak Na Naman Ang Ulan":* "Tuyo Na'ng Damdamin (Feat. APO Hiking Society)"Bandang Pinoy Lasang Hotdog" (2001, re-issued 2006):* "Manila"

Commercial Jingles

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"Burger Machine" (1994):* "Tikman"San Miguel Beer" (1996):* "Homeboys"Pepsi Megadrive Raffle Promo" (1997):* "Overdrive"Chippy" :* "Ligaya" (1996):* "Bogchi Hokbu" (1997):* "Walang Nagbago" (2000?)"Talk N' Text - 6 Years AnniverSaya":* "Toyang AnniverSaya" (sung by Pencilcase' vocalist and Eheads fanatic Reynald Arebuabo)"Sun Cellular":* "Tindahan Ni Aling Nena" (2005)

Compilations

*"" (2000)
*"Himig Ng Dekada '90" (2000)
*"The Eraserheads Anthology" (2004)
*"The Eraserheads Anthology 2" (2006)

Collaborations

*"Superbands" (Universal Records)
*"Break Barriers"
*"Breaking Barriers"
*""
*""
*"Bandang Pinoy, Lasang Hotdog"
*"Silver Shiny Jeepney (All Indie Band)"

Tribute Albums

*"" (2005)

Others

*Alam Mo Ba - Sung by Jo Awayan - (Composed by Ely Buendia & Jojo Bacasmas)
*Feel So Strange - Sung by Agot Isidro - (Composed by Ely Buendia)
*How Can I Be Sure - Sung by Agot Isidro - (Composed by Ely Buendia)
*Kundi Rin Lang Ikaw - Sung by True Faith (Composed by Ely Buendia & Jojo Bacasmas)
*Mga Babae - Sung by Novia (Composed by Ely Buendia)
*Something Always Brings Me Back To You - Sung by Novia (Composed by Ely Buendia)
*Halo-Halong Digmaan (War Mix) - Sung by Various Artists (Composed by Ely Buendia and Raimund Marasigan)
*Girl On Da Magazin - Sung by Legit Misfitz - (Composed by Ely Buendia)
*Black Whole - Sung by Domino (composed by Ely Buendia & Lally Buendia)
*Marble - Sung by Domino (composed by Ely Buendia & Lally Buendia)
*Sucker - Sung by Domino (composed by Ely Buendia & Lally Buendia)
*Stone's Throw - Sung by Sponge Cola (Composed by Ely Buendia)
*Talikogenic - Sung by Jao Mapa (Composed by Ely Buendia)
*Pacquiao - Sung by Protein Shake - (Composed by Raimund Marasigan)

Publications

*"Pillbox" Volume 1 Number 1De Guzman, L. [http://www.schizo-archives.com/eraserheads/works/print_pillbox.html "Pillbox"] , "Eraserheads Database", n.d. Accessed last February 12, 2007.] :Editor: Redel D. Ramos:Art Director: Cynthia F. Bauzon:Release: 1996:Published by: Pop Infinity Limited Laundry:© 1996 P.I.L.L. Corporation

*"Fruitcake"De Guzman, L. [http://www.schizo-archives.com/eraserheads/works/print_fruitcake.html "Fruitcake"] , "Eraserheads Database", n.d. Accessed last February 12, 2007.] :A separate companion storybook for the album "Fruitcake" (1996):Story by: Eraserheads:Text by: Ely Buendia:Edited by: Jessica Zafra:Illustrated by: Cynthia F. Bauzon:Release: 1997:Published by: Anvil Publishing, Inc., Pasig City:Printed by: Cacho Hermanos, Mandaluyong City:© 1997 Eraserheads

*"Pillbox" Volume 3De Guzman, L. [http://www.schizo-archives.com/eraserheads/works/print_pillbox3.html "Pillbox: Volume 3"] , "Eraserheads Database", n.d. Accessed last February 12, 2007.] :Editor: Marie Jamora:Art Director: Cynthia F. Bauzon:Release: 1998:Published by: BMG Records (Pilipinas) Inc.:© 1998 BMG Records (Pilipinas) Inc.

Awards and nominations

Rock & Rhythm Magazine::*Won: Album of the Year - "Ultraelectromagneticpop!" (1993)

NU Rock Awards::*Won: Album of the Year - "Ultraelectromagneticpop!" (1994):*Won: Listener's Choice Award (1995):*Won: Band of the Year (1995):*Won: Album of the Year - "Circus" (1995):*Won: Album of the Year - "Cutterpillow" (1996):*Won: Best Music Video - "Ang Huling El Bimbo" (1996):*Won: Song of the Year - "Ang Huling El Bimbo" (1996):*Won: Artist of the Year - Eraserheads (1997):*Won: Listener's Choice Award - Eraserheads (1997):*Won: Producer of the Year - Robin Rivera for "Fruitcake" (1997):*Won: Best Album Packaging - "Fruitcake" (1997):*Won: Best Video - "Fruitcake" (1997):*Won: Drummer of the Year - Raimund Marasigan (1999):*Won: Hall of Fame (2003):"Note": "Ely Buendia accepts the award for the Eraserheads"

Guillermo Memorial Award::*Won: Most Favorite Band (1995):*Won: Most Popular Group/Singer/Entertainer (1997)

::*Won: Band of the Year (1997)

Awit Awards::*Won: Album of the Year - "Cutterpillow" (9th Awit Awards):*Won: Best Alternative Recording : "Fruitcake" (10th Awit Awards):*Won: Album of the Year - "Sticker Happy" (1998}:*Won: Best Performance by a Group/Duo - "Pop Machine" (2000)

Katha Music Awards::*Won: Album of the Year - "Cutterpillow" (2nd Katha Music Awards):*Won: Best Rock Album - "Cutterpillow" (2nd Katha Music Awards):*Won: Best Rock Song - "Ang Huling El Bimbo" (2nd Katha Music Awards):*Won: Best Rock Group - Eraserheads (2nd Katha Music Awards):*Won: Best Rock Vocal Performance - "Fruitcake" (3rd Katha Music Awards):*Won: Best Album Packaging - "Fruitcake" (3rd Katha Music Awards)

Parangal Ng Bayan Award::*Won: Best Group Performer Award (1997)

MTV Video Music Awards::*Won: Viewer's Choice Award for Asia - Eraserheads' "Ang Huling El Bimbo" (1997):"Note:" "This is the first and only time a Filipino artist won the award"

Parangal Ng Bayan Award::*Won: Best Group Performer Award (1997)

MTV Pilipinas::*Won: Lifetime Achievement Award (2004):"Note": "A special tribute performance featuring local artists Jimmy Bondoc, Paolo Santos, Nyoy Volante and Barbie's Cradle doing a medley of the songs, "Ligaya," "Alapaap," "Kaliwete, and "Magasin"

Trivia

*At the ending of the song "Game! Tama Na!", the outro riff from the Beatles' "Come Together" can be heard being played alongside the main guitar.
*The promotional CD versions of "Milk and Money", "Hard to Believe" and "Andalusian Dog" (all from the album "Sticker Happy") were mixed at Electric Lady Studios, New York City in September 1997.De Guzman, L. [http://www.schizo-archives.com/eraserheads/works/pro_eheadsnyc.html "Eraserheads"] , "Eraserheads Database", n.d. Accessed last March 1, 2007.] Electric Lady Studios was built by the rock legend Jimi Hendrix. The tracks were recorded earlier in Manila, however.
*The jellyfish image on the "Cutterpillow" album was contributed by rapper Francis M. himself, who downloaded it from an FTP site. He also contributed a 22-bar rap verse in the song Super Proxy.
*The names "haro" and "levan" mentioned in the "Balikbayan Box" lyrics refer to the brothers Haro De Guzman and Levan "Schizo" De Guzman, members and co-founders of the Happy Box production outfit, the group that promoted the Eraserheads' U.S. tour in 1998. Schizo owns and maintains the [http://www.schizo-archives.com/eraserheads/ Eraserheads Database] website. [De Guzman, L. [http://launch.groups.yahoo.com/group/eraserheads/message/69299 "Preview: Eraserheads Database"] , "CIRCUS - The Eraserheads Mailing List" Yahoo! group (subscription), January 27, 2006. Accessed last February 25, 2007.] [Taxman Rigby. [http://launch.groups.yahoo.com/group/eraserheads/message/69301 "Re: Preview: Eraserheads Database"] , "CIRCUS - The Eraserheads Mailing List" Yahoo! group (subscription), January 27, 2006. Accessed last February 25, 2007.] [De Guzman, L. [http://launch.groups.yahoo.com/group/eraserheads/message/69383 "Re: (Eraserheads) Re: Preview: Eraserheads Database"] , "CIRCUS - The Eraserheads Mailing List" Yahoo! group (subscription), January 29, 2006. Accessed last February 25, 2007.]
*The cover for the 'Circus' album was created by visual artist Mark Justiniani. The original artwork is now in a private collection.

References

External links

* [http://www.eraserheads.org Eraserheads.Org]
* [http://pinoysource.org/eraserheads-reunion-concert/ Eraserheads Reunion Concert]
* [http://www.schizo-archives.com/eraserheads/ Eraserheads Database]
* [http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=11:pq6ibk090ak0~T1 allmusic Eraserheads Biography]
* [http://www.highfiber.org/eraserheads/ The Eraserheads Project]
* [http://philmusic.com/main/content/view/63/23/ Tales from the Bronze Surfer: Marcus Speaks]
* [http://philmusic.com/main/content/view/82/1/ After Heads: Whatever Happened to the Eraserheads]


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