Parokya Ni Edgar


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In 1996, Philippine rock band Parokya Ni Edgar (Parish of Edgar) released its debut album, KHANGKHUNGKHERRNitZ The Album, on local independent Universal Records (no affiliation with international label Universal Music). As one might guess from the album's title -- which, actually, is meaningless, but looks funny -- Parokya Ni Edgar has a sense of humor and infuses much of it into their music, as heard on such nonsensical songs as "The Crush," which questions why a girl thinks she's pretty, and "Nakaw Ang Wallet Ko" ("My Wallet Was Stolen"), which tells about someone who loses their wallet and asks for food from a stranger. The songs are short, and often linked by various comedic skits, such as "Edgar Orders Pizza" (no one in the band is actually named Edgar), in which a guy ordering pizza from a Chinese noodles restaurant. While not all songs try to be funny, the album can almost be considered one long running joke. Several songs "borrow" the melody from various international hits, over which new Tagalog-language lyrics are used: "The Crush," for example, utilizes the melody of the Clash's "Should I Stay or Should I Go," while "Nakaw Ang Wallet Ko" uses the melody of Bob Dylan's "Knockin' on Heaven's Door." "Labsung" (nonsense slang for "Lovesong") is one of the few serious songs, and is a tender acoustic love song. "Paparap" has a melodic, punkish sound similar to that of American punk band Green Day. The album was popular and sold well.

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