It was 23 years ago when this PINOY Punk Band was formed in the midst of the rising Punk movement in the Philippines. PHILIPPINE VIOLATORS or better known as "PHIL. VIOLATORS" came about in 1984 when the ESPIRITU brothers Charlie(BONG) and Jesus(SENOR ROTTEN) formed the band together with Boyet Padernal and Noel Banares and had their first gig at the Legendary club called KATRINA'S.
The band released their debut album under the Legendary Philippine Punk Record label TWISTED RED CROSS also known as TRC(managed by Pinoy Punk Icon TOMMY TANCHANCO) entitled "PHILIPPINE VIOLATORS AT LARGE" in 1987 on cassette tape format. Their songs were also played on WXB102 which also gave them airplays during the 80s. The band was also featured in many TRC compilation cassette tapes releases during those times. I considered them as one of the Godfathers of Pinoy Punk and of course for me the Grand Daddy of Pinoy punk would still be the Legendary Iconic Band "BETRAYED". I remember seeing THE PHILIPPINE VIOLATORS only once at their MAYRICS Gig in the mid-90s during the PINOY ALTERNATIVE ROCK EXPLOSION. This was when they catapulted into stardom with their smashing hit "SIKAT NA SI PEDRO" (which incidentally is my favorite song from them). This song was first released on an Independent compilation album entitled "PINOY BATO" produced by HEBER BARTOLOME in 1991 and was their carrier single and title track on their 1994 album "SIKAT NA SI PEDRO" which had massive airplay on a lot of radio stations. Alternative Rock Radio LA 105.9 also made the band famous in the 90s which played a lot of their songs. A change in the band's line-up in this album with the addition of Jay Fronda and Arnold Alar.
Last 2004, Finally the band released their greatest hits compilation under Cyber Slave Records. The CD which was released internationally entitled "PHILIPPINE VIOLATORS 20th ANNIVERSARY COMPILATION 1984-2004 Vol.1" includes all their hits in the last two decades of their entire musical career. Definitely a great score for Pinoy Punk Afficionados who grew up listening with their brand of music. Listening to the whole compilation CD would bring back memories of this great Pinoy Band who is still active nowadays playing gigs.
LONG LIVE PHIL VIOLATORS!!
1. Sikat Na Si Pedro
1. Sikat Na Si Pedro
5. Para sa 'yo
6. Pasko ng kapayapaan
7. Me and You
8. Mapalingon sa 'yo
9. Lahat sa Tropa
11. Halimaw sa Dagat
12. Ipako sa Krus
15. Hindi kana bago
17. Frame Up
20. Batang Riles
" SIKAT NA SI PEDRO "
-music by Bong Espiritu & Senor Rotten
Mayroon akong kilala
Pedro ang pangalan
simpleng tao, simple ring pumorma
sa amin na barkada
lumawak ang isipan natuto ng musika, musikang bato
Kami'y isang araw
nanuod ng konsyerto
itong si Pedro, nag-imahinasyon
maging isang combo
tumugtog ng musika, musikang bato
Balang araw sa entablado
kami raw ay titingalain
balang araw kami ay sisikat
Dumating ang araw
kami ay sumikat
sumikat sa konsyerto, pati na sa radyo
sigaw ng mga tao
ang aming pangalan
sikat na si Pedro, sikat na raw si Pedro
Sikat na si Pedro
ayaw ng magensayo
lumaki ang ulo, laging huli sa konsyerto
di namin malaman kung anong gagawin
kamiy nalilito puro sakit ng ulo
Amin siyang inalis
sinipa sa combo
Wala na si Pedro ang sikat na si Pedro
Wala na si Pedro, wala na si pedro wala na si Pedro,
Wala na si .... Pedro ooooohh... wohooohhhhh!