“Malas mo, ikaw ang natipuhan ko.”

Great Philippine Song Hits“Oo” by Up Dharma Down | The idea for this whole month of iconic Philippine songs came when I was listening to this song. This is, of course, iconic. It may not look like it yet, even if the song was on every twentysomething’s lips when it was first released in 2006. When you think of those songs, you think of the classics, but a lot of them are being forged now, and that hasn’t gotten much attention in that light, too. Also, “Oo” is best proof of one of the anomalies that happened during the mid-2000s resurgence of local alternative bands: Up Dharma Down, a band that stuck to their sound and sensibilities rather than yield to the typical “pogi rock” sound of the time, and yielded dividends. There were, of course, a lot of bands that had a different sound, but it was they who told everyone that it’s okay – and they continue to do so, as their sound evolved over their three records (and their upcoming one). It all boils down to accessible songwriting, I say. That’s all it boils down to. [NB]

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