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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

When the OPM Rocks The Philippines Ten Years Ago...

12/23/2014 11:30:49 AM

It’s been a decade ago where the Original Pilipino Music (OPM) rocked the entire Philippine music scene, considering the fact that US mainstream (or let’s say foreign, in general) always been the standout among the local music charts.

Yes, the local music scene dominated 2004 wherein the likes of Usher (Yeah, My Boo, Burn), Nelly (My Place), Alicia Keys (If I Ain’t Got You), and even the alternative rock acts such as Maroon 5 (She Will Be Loved), 3 Doors Down (Here Without You) and Hoobastank (The Reason) were household names in Billboard.

I remember printing out pages from those music countdowns of Magic 89.9, 97.1 Campus Radio LS FM and even 99.5 RT, seeing one song in common: Rainbow by South Border.

Jay Durias, Duncan Ramos, and company must have done a very great job for expanding the song after being part of the Crying Ladies soundtrack, a then-2003 Metro Manila Film Festival entry starring Sharon Cuneta.

Also, making it big on the CHR scene were: Balisong (Rivermaya), Wag na Wag Mong Sasabihin (Kitchie Nadal), Human Nature (Kyla), Suntok sa Buwan (Session Road), Masaya (Bamboo), Not Your Ordinary Girl (Kyla featuring Jimmy Muna), Pa Ba (6 Cycle Mind), Could Be Wrong (MYMP), Liwanag sa Dilim (Rivermaya) and Mata (Mojofly).

On the rocker side of life, Bamboo’s premier single “Noypi” topped their top 107 yearend countdown, with Sandwich’s Two Trick Pony came next to them. Also, 6 Cycle Mind’s melodrama alternative Biglaan came fourth; while another Bamboo track “Mr. Clay,” The Dawn’s Harapin and Liwanag and Imago’s Taning became part of their top 10.

Other notable tracks were: Gone (Ubrandub), We Are One (Slapshock), Runaway (Urbandub), Sinta (Sugarfree), Right Now (Sandwich), Ang Himig Natin 2004 version (Tropical Depression featuring Pepe Smith), The Only Thing (Mayonnaise), Kapag Nawala Ka (Stonefree), Prayer (Kapatid)

So, what can we really say about the music of 2014? It was the time where some of the local musicians really made their own name, and take note: YouTube’s not a thing way back then, or so was Soundcloud. Maybe, the best resort then was MySpace, aside from spending a lot only to get record sales and massive airplay of the radio.

And even the international pop musicmakers like Billy Crawford, Ashlee Simpson, Baby Bash, Jadakiss, Nina Sky, Story of the Year, Fountains of Wayne, Juvenile, or even the already notables like Hilary Duff, Beyonce, Kelly Clarkson, Blink 182, the Black Eyed Peas, Linkin Park, Clay Aiken have to take it the hard way only for their works get recognized and became a sellout.

Way back then, OPM was as evident as their foreigned counterparts. You will hear approximately four to seven locally-produced songs on almost every hour. 

Also way back then, themes do varied a lot, unlike now where a song has to be romantic in terms of wordiness before you expose them on the market. You’ll hear some patriotic-like ones (Noypi), the cruelty of life (Masaya), finding hope inspiration (Liwanag sa Dilim, SUntok sa Buwan), betrayal (Two Trick Pony), Self-worth (Not Your Ordinary Girl). So it’s definitely a huge stock in store, and you have a wide sets of choice on where your ears want to glue on.

Ten years later, the question: is OPM really dead? Maybe choice-wise, yes. Mainstream-wise speaking, a huge YES. But I doubt the entire scene is really dead as shit. 

Well, we could only hope for the betterment soon.

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Author: slickmaster | © 2014 september twenty-eight productions

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