“Magkahawak ang ating kamay at walang kamalay-malay…”

Great Philippine Song Hits“Ang Huling El Bimbo” by the Eraserheads | This list will never be complete without “Ang Huling El Bimbo”. Never. Never. So. What else is there to say about this song? What else is there to say about what is arguably the most iconic song off the Philippine alternative scene? It’s happy. It’s hopeful. It’s very much bittersweet. I’m listening to it again now, as I write this. I still get the same rush listening to this song now when I did when this song was first released almost twenty years ago. (Cutterpillow, the album this was from, was released in December 1995.) The Eraserheads have always been called the Philippines’ answer to the Beatles, and it’s not hard to see why: career trajectory aside, it’s their keen sense of melody (whether it be melodramatic or something more radical), their restless exploration of the middle and the fringes of everything, and the ability to speak to every Filipino regardless of age, status or sensibility. In my lifetime, no musical act has transcended this divided country as much as the Eraserheads. The goodwill its members still have thirteen years since their first split – there have been several one-off reunions since – is testament to this. (Thanks to Bryan, Sars, Kim and Miko for the suggestion.) [NB]

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