The Spinners

♪ Bulaklak (Viva Hot Babes, 2005) ♪

In OPM, Pop, Richard Bolisay, Track Reviews on December 14, 2010 at 10:00 am

I’m not sure if it’s worth it to be a pop star in the Philippines because the requirement is like being a maid in a huge, hard-to-please house: you should know how to sing, dance, and act in front of your employers, you should be pretty, you should not be too fat, you should be nice to everyone, you should be dumb . . . and by golly, that’s a lot of talent in exchange for a few years of popularity, and when they get tired of you you’ll just be the stuff of “Nasaan na sila ngayon?” gossip columns, and there: blah. Everyone knows that Viva Hot Babes are sexier than the Sexbomb Dancers and are more gifted (gimme those mucky magazines), not to mention generous in terms of showing their assets. From movies and magazine spreads to adult videos and scandals, they have easily amassed followers, but it is with the release of their first album in 2005 that they became household names, that even kids were allowed to be familiar with them. (What a leverage, you say.) Among those hits from the record are “Kikay,” “Basketball,” and “Batuta ng Pulis” but surely it is “Bulaklak” that gave them their biggest hit. Turning the then-innocent children song into an anthem of dirty old men and twinks, “Bulaklak” is nicely arranged not to sound obscene (ang kapal kapal / ang kapal kapal / ang kapal kapal ng bulaklak, now isn’t that brilliant?) and the music video that accompanies it completes the flowery package. After all, with those dance moves and insinuations, they couldn’t be talking about their coochies, could they?

*included in the upcoming “A Decade in POP: OPM in 50 Songs”

– Richard Bolisay


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