Beyond ‘El Bimbo’: A Millennial’s Guide to Eraserheads

Here's a quick run through of some Eraserheads facts and figures – because there's more to the 'Heads than Ang Huling El Bimbo. 

Filipino millennials ought to know that to claim yourself a big supporter of the local music scene and profess your love for OPM should be well versed with Eraserheads, only one of the most legendary bands in the history of Pinoy rock. Sure, we easily forgive those who haven't even made mix tapes (or seen one of them in the flesh) – you were probably too young back then to have experienced Ultraelectromagneticpop! and its magical powers. To help you and all casual E-heads fans out there, here's a quick run through of some Eraserheads facts and figures – because there's more to the 'Heads than Ang Huling El Bimbo.

Eraserheads is comprised of four men: Ely Buendia, Marcus Adoro, Raimund Marasigan, and Buddy Zabala.
Ely would probably the first one you've got on your mind since he's front and center as the band's lead singer-rhythm guitarist. Marcus is their lead guitarist, Buddy is on the bass, while Raimund Marasigan is the drummer.

All of them met and studied in University of the Philippines.
It was Ely who wanted to form a band back in 1989, so he posted on the university's bulletin board that he was looking for others to join him. Undergrads Marcus, Raimund, and Buddy saw the ad and so, the band who would later on, be known as Eraserheads was born.

Buddy originally joined the band as drummer while Raimund joined as bassist.

Four years after, their debut album Ultraelectromagneticpop! was born.
The studio album released in 1993 was sort of a spin-off from their demo tape that did its rounds in radio stations and radio labels. Like JK Rowling, their demo material was first ignored and rejected (IKR?!). Bet those music execs would turn back time if they only could — Ultraelectromagneticpop! was  a phenomenon, resulting to the 'Heads hit singles like Pare Ko and Ligaya.


E-heads would continually dominate our airwaves with over 170 songs under their belt.
In numbers, they've amassed 7 studio albums, 44 singles, and 10 music videos. What's amazing is how songs that are probably as old as you (!) can remain incredibly relevant, and so much fun to listen to. Everyone and your grandma's neighbor sang along to hits like Overdrive (gusto kong matutong mag-driiiive!), Alapaap (gusto mo bang sumama?) and With a Smile (too du du-doooo…)

The Eraserheads recorded a 9-song demo in Raymund's garage, was mixed by producer Robin Rivera and had limited copies of about 20 cassette tapes.

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Every member is massively talented: they play other instruments and have other bands, too.
All four of them have worked on separate musical projects (ex: Markus Highway for Marcus, The Dawn for Buddy, Sandwich, and Pedicab for Raimund, Pupil and The Oktaves for Ely ). They're all multi-instrumentalists, too. For example, Raimund can play keyboard/synths and guitar, Ely can rock out with drums and bass, Buddy has piano and keyboards chops too, and Marcus does bass and percussion.

There are two Eraserheads tribute albums.
The first one was in 2005, "Ultraelectromagneticjam!: The Music of the Eraserheads," and the next was seven years after in 2012: "The Reunion: An Eraserheads Tribute Album." The fact that our own popular musicians and bands (including Spongecola, Imago, Itchyworms, and Razorback) covered the band's iconic hits just proves that yes, even our own OPM artists are completely obsessed with their material.

The band played their first gig at a variety show on the AS steps, Palma Hall in UP.

Everyone went crazy when new songs were released in 2014.
The band got together and treated fans so to new music — something they've been thirsting for years! Two songs '1995' and 'Sabado' were made available with the special issue of Esquire Philippines, and just like that it invaded our airwaves like we were back in the 90s and just like before, the songs easily won our hearts.

2016 is an iconic E-heads year: Smart did the epic by bringing together Ely, Marcus, Raymund, and Buddy.
Cue gasps and fanboy squeals — the band is complete AND in a new commercial! When Smart pulled a most epic move of reuniting these four musicians, everyone went nuts and their video gave so much feels, it went viral like a zombie outbreak. I mean, it's no surprise everyone felt so much joy — it was a like a dream come true, after many, many years of being a loyal Eraserheads fan.

Their albums are called Ultraelectromagneticpop! (1993), Circus (1994), Cutterpillow (1995), Fruitcake (1996) and Sticker Happy (1997).

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