October 04, 2010

Subterranean Romance - Rise Of The Martial Law Babies


"Back in the early-to-mid 1980's, the Philippines had a thriving underground music scene centralized in its capital city of Manila. Bands like Betrayed, Urban Bandits, Ethnic Faces, Dean's December, Violent Playground, Under Blue Skies, Strange Days, Charlotte Russe, Silos and a lot more were directly/ indirectly influenced by punk and new wave, still gigs were few and far between. Recordings have been real scarce, as well.

Apart from the not-too-many and sporadic 7" singles and cassette releases, a compilation tape entitled Subterranean Romance went on a limited circulation and it pretty much summarized the whole scene: lo-fi and very DIY. Moreover and most importantly, it was inspired and awfully promising, with an intense fan-following. It's interesting to mention that a small number of the bands, like Charlotte Russe and the Silos had a penchant for pop. Sadly, only the Silos were able to release at least one song, which appeared on the above-mentioned Subterranean Romance compilation. One of Charlotte Russe’s live gigs meanwhile, was heard over the radio courtesy of the short-lived station, DWXB 102.7 FM. Known for its "dare to be different" tagline, XB 102 catered to non-mainstream listeners and integrated these bands onto their playlists along with the likes of The Pale Fountains, Aztec Camera, The Lotus Eaters, Care and Orange Juice. Even so, the radio station was shut down in 1987 and majority of the local groups faded into obscurity, while some have continued making music, although taking a different musical path." (via ssubzzero)

Listen to the entire Subterranean Romance compilation.

Many, many thanks to Dr. Rhod. Check out his amazing music blog at docmuzic.blogspot.com

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3 comments:

DrStirringRhod said...

Hello KABAYAN!! :-) This is DR. RHOD. Just like to make a correction on your blogpost here as you quoted:

"Many, many thanks to ssubzzero. Check out his amazing music blog at docmuzic.blogspot.com".

The blog you're referring to which is "docmuzic (The Doctor Is In)" is my personal blog and It does not belong to ssubzero because you used the word "his". Hope you can correct this info.:-) I can't even find any credit to my blog here.

The Tape cover you also presented was lifted from my blogpost:

http://docmuzic.blogspot.com/2008/02/instance-record-label.html

I even notified ssubzero back then when he modified the cover without proper credits to my blog and so after reading my PM that's when he only made the neccesary corrections thus the late credits.

I hope you understand what I'm driving at KABAYAN since you are a blogger too. THANKS and GOD BLESS!! :-)

Regards,
Dr. Rhod

DrStirringRhod said...

Btw, this article was also written by DALE MARQUEZ of APPLE ORCHARD which I also featured on my blog back in Feb 2008:

http://docmuzic.blogspot.com/search/label/TweeNet%20Philippines

I guess sszero didn't made any credits again.

Regards
DSR

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