The Spinners

♪ Tambay (Siakol) ♪

In Alternative Rock, OPM, RM Topacio-Aplaon, Track Reviews on December 15, 2010 at 5:01 am

‘Twas the reign of the G-chord songs. The time when our hardcore Metallica-fan kuyas and titos bullied us for listening to mediocre bands like Siakol.  Those days when we were called “juveniles jeopardizing the music scene,” or worse, “little music criminals.” Those mundane days of better-listen-to-hip-hop-than-to-this-band-or-else may be over, but the memories of secretly listening to them are still fresh.

Armed with cassettes and soon-to-be-comatose karaoke, my friends and I had the greatest weapon of our childhood arsenal. Although skipping some songs to get to our favorite song was a ball game of fast-forward and rewind, it was fine. We learned substitution and team plays. We wanted to hear “Tambay” first. We never took no as an answer.

We never had any idea of sorting out songs then. As long as they sounded a bit like Eraserheads or Rivermaya, they were music for us. The anthem of boredom and joblessness was the soundtrack to the long-lost simplicity of Saturdays and Sundays. We listened to what was on cassette and radio. We never cared if they were pop or mediocre or baduy. We played our guitars, as long as the song was on G-chord. We call it happiness. A two-day escape from a tiring school week.

They say that Siakol are the Cueshe of the 90’s. But Noel Palomo, to be fair, composed better songs. Let’s give that to him. From love songs to tunes of psychedelia, from descriptions of Tondo to longing and lovesickness, he embraced the times with a light and honest heart.

– RM Topacio-Aplaon


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