The Spinners

♪ Sayaw sa Bubog (The Jerks, 1994) ♪

In Alternative Rock, OPM, RM Topacio-Aplaon, Track Reviews on December 8, 2010 at 8:48 am

I always find myself dancing to Chikoy Pura’s songs, oftentimes under the mistaken belief that I live in a free country with a legitimate democracy.

I have to dance and be awaken by scandalous verses, phrases I first thought were lies. These words wreck the creases of my brain, painfully pounding my hammer bone, knowing they are not lousy metaphors merely intended to catch my attention. These words form a picket line, aligned and straightforward, dictating a clash against pop culture melodrama. This is the melodrama of freedom: freedom from hunger and illiteracy.

Belief leads to blunder, especially with a song that sounds like banter. But we are hunters, seeker of truth and justice. The Jerks can be comic yet revealing, tactless and progressive, vulgar yet artistic. “Sayaw sa Bubog” lets you follow the flow of its rhyming scheme, leaving you with a self-explanatory question that the song answers by itself.  It wants you to break the “free-dumb” philosophy of freedom and empower you to shout: “kasinungalingan, isang kahangalan!” shaking with an inconvenient fact, “walang libreng kalayaan, ito’y pinagbabayaran.” And over and over again, it ends up with questions that break the walls of fallacy.

The metaphor of Chikoy’s anger is an encouragement for us to believe in change, to be open, and to be fragile.  But it doesn’t stop there. Chikoy desires one further move, a step no longer out of tune, to a rhythm that steps on broken glasses and compels us to do something.

– RM Topacio-Aplaon

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