The Eraserheads

The Singles

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In a country where mushy love songs have long ruled the roost, Philippine rock band the Eraserheads are credited with spearheading a rock renaissance in the mid-'90s. Their massive album sales, particularly 1995's Cutterpillow, paved the way for other bands to get signed, and a variety of adventurous rock music was heard. By the late '90's, however, the rock movement had tapered off, as had sales of Eraserheads albums. In 2001, the band's label, BMG Records Philippines, released a 1990s Eraserheads singles retrospective titled The Singles. Most songs come from the band's first three albums. In contrast to the complex, sound effect-saturated songs that would dominate the Eraserheads' later sound, the songs on The Singles are built upon catchy, accessible melodies. When the songs were first popular, many people could be heard humming or singing them. Most Eraserheads fans will enjoy The Singles. (It should be pointed out that "singles" per se are not available in the Philippines, and the songs represented here are album cuts that received much radio airplay). Songs such as "Alapaap" (Clouds), "With a Smile," and "Ang Huling el Bimbo" (The Last el Bimbo Dance), for example, were widely heard during their time, and can still be heard on Philippine radio at times. It should be noted that the Eraserheads have not been able to extend their popularity outside the Philippines, and it's a safe bet that The Singles wouldn't have much worldwide appeal. The few Eraserheads albums released outside the country did not sell well, including a greatest hits compilation, Aloha Milkyway, that featured a number of hits re-recorded in English.

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