The Spinners

The Oh! in OPM: Hang the DJ Vol. 3

In Intro on December 15, 2010 at 5:57 am

OPM was a sham in many ways. Coined back in the 70s to signify a breaking free from the tethers of Western pop, it didn’t exactly help to evolve all our musical ethnicities into a pop consciousness, like it did, say, in Cuba or Jamaica, but marginalized them even further while remaining, to this day, in a sort of thrall to the methods and structures of Western pop, be it the hysterical diva caterwauls of Regine Velasquez and Sarah Geronimo, or the faux-British accents of Orange and Lemons and The Pin-up Girls.

But all pop’s a sham anyway. And more than that, it’s our sham. Pop’s also a cannibal. And it’s not so much in form as it is in content, from the colloquial banter to the social realism, that makes OPM Ostensibly Pilipino Music. It veers from the derivative (XLR8, Mocha) and the unimaginative (Martin Nievera, Jed Madela) to the flatulent (Christian Bautista, Rocksteddy) and to the downright heinous (6Cyclemind, Lito Camo). But in the mesh and grind of all those years of constant transposing of local color and borrowed genre, it blossomed and mutated into its own unique make and model, a species of pop similar yet distinct from others, sometimes wondrous, often beautiful, and in many ways, terribly exciting.

Welcome to the third issue, then. Where us so-called Spinners, old and new, gather anew, picking apart Sugar Hiccup’s “Five Years” at some point, but for the most part acting like savage detectives or hunter-gatherers, foraging and sifting through the domestic pop of our lives, for the songs that make us dance and swoon and cry and gasp, the songs that emit that rare joy and wonder, the songs that put the Oh! in OPM.

– The Master Spinner Ex-O

This issue is dedicated to the Happier Years, 2004-2010.

– The Master Spinner

(Let’s welcome our new Spinners: Ayer Arguelles, Christian Cruz, Eula Gonzales, Gian Mayuga, and Tyler Draper.

Lime figures: 15 album reviews, 25 track reviews, 5 new contributors)

  1. It’s been a year, Spinner! Revive!

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