LIVE IN MANILA
It was 1986, when WXB102 first introduced an unknown NORWEGIAN BAND here in MANILA who call themselves "FRA LIPPO LIPPI" by playing their songs "The Distance Between Us" and "Shouldn't Have To Be Like That". And the rest I may say was HISTORY!! I will have a different Blogpost about FRA LIPPO LIPPI in the future and how it evolved on PHILIPPINE RADIO back on those days so just stay tune. For now we will just concentrate on the band's FIRST LIVE CONCERT here in MANILA back in 1988. YUP!! This would be another TRIP BACK down MEMORY lane exclusive on "The Doctor Is In". Recently, a KABAYAN of mine just gave me an ADRENALINE RUSH over by whole body when he posted a link on my chatbox of this ULTIMATE RARE LIVE CONCERT RECORDING of FRA LIPPO LIPPI's concert wayback 1988 here in MANILA. I'm talking about none other than KABAYAN "SCHIZO" of "schizo archives" who really surprised me. Wheeew!! Thus, this BLOGPOST was born!! THANK YOU VERY MUCH "SCHIZO". I really appreciated what you have shared here in my little blog which just show that the spirit of "FILIPINO BAYANIHAN" is ALIVE and will always continue here on "DocMuzic". I guess, like yours truly "Dr. Stirring Rhod", I definitely know that "SCHIZO" has also a lot more to share about those good old NEW WAVE/PUNK days of the 80s here in MANILA.This would be DMZ or The "DocMuzic Zone"!! He He He!!
The music files that "SCHIZO" shared me brought back a lot of MEMORIES INDEED of that specific concert which became very FRESH on my MEMORY BANKS!! This made me look for my FRA LIPPO LIPPI Memorabilia of that 1988 concert on my VAULTS that included this 12 page Special Booklet and of course my Tickets. Well, I'm in luck because I was able to find them. Wheeew!! So here it goes!!
MY OWN FRA LIPPO LIPPI
1988 Concert MEMORABILIA
(After 20 YEARS!!)
FRA LIPPO LIPPI "LIVE IN CONCERT"
Dates: NOVEMBER 4,5,6, 1988
Venue: Tanghalang Francisco Balagtas
(FOLK ARTS THEATER)
OCTO ARTS International
It was the year 1987 when WXB102 finally bid farewell to all PINOY NEW WAVERS/PUNKS and this was indeed a sad chapter for music enthusiasts like me who loves NEW WAVE/PUNK/POST PUNK and their sub-genres. Well, there was the resurrection of POWER 105 and the birth of NU107 after XB signed-off on MANILA's 102.7 FM DIAL. In 1988, FRA LIPPO LIPPI which was introduced by WXB102 finally set foot here in MANILA to do a LIVE concert. There were five of us in the group when we watched this great concert and we all decided to watch it on the very first day which was FRIDAY NOVEMBER 4,1988.
We arrived around 7pm and the venue was already overflowed with FRA LIPPO LIPPI fans who can't wait to see and hear their Idols LIVE IN CONCERT. Hmmmp!! Of course, that includes me!! He He He!! The duo of PER OYSTEIN SORENSEN and RUNE KRISTOFFERSEN does not know yet how they would be received by PINOY audiences. YUP!! Both of them doesn't have a clue on how POPULAR they really are here in the PHILIPPINES. This was the very FIRST CONCERT of the band who officially visited my country six times already doing concerts and even promotional tour. As far as my MEMORY BANKS can remember, the show started around 8:30pm with a lot of Pre-concert Advertisements by the announcers on the venue. KENO who was a matinee idol/singer back in the 80s was the Front Act of that evening. What pissed us off was the OVER MENTIONING of POP STATION 93.9 DWKC which was one of the Major Sponsors of that event. WOW!! Did you know that when PER and RUNE received a phone call and was told to do that concert back in early 1988, they were never told of WXB102? The OCTO ARTS people never dared to mention "The Station That Dares To Be Different". Naaaaah!! That was TOTALLY UNFAIR!! So the whole evening was always WKC....WKC...WKC!! YUP!! What we did was to stump our feet on the floor whenever WKC was mentioned creating a humongous sound which everyone on the venue did too. A lot of heckling too regarding WKC I may say!! WOW!! MEMORIES INDEED!! . Little do PER and RUNE knows that most of the people on the venue were former XB listeners. Ha Ha Ha!! Actually, NU107 was the radio station that really commercialized this band into pop icon status by the release of "LIGHT AND SHADE" album which led to the discovery of other pop radio stations thus making FRA LIPPO LIPPI big here in the PHILIPPINES.
I found this song a good entrance song specially there was indeed a crash of light if you get my drift. He He He!! Nice sets of songs followed from "COME SUMMER", "SOME PEOPLE" and of course "THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US" which was the very first song played by WXB102 back in 1986. It created goosebumbs whenever you hear the FILIPINO audience singing to their song which all have indeed memorized the lyrics. That was amazing!! This made the duo even surprised!! Who would forget "EVERYTIME I SEE YOU" which for me would be "The Most Popular Song" and an Anthem for PINOY WAVERS. A great concert for this obscure band from NORWAY. I never watch their repeat concerts again and some friends of mine who decided to watch it informed me that this FIRST CONCERT back in 1988 was still the BEST!! Well, I'm just fortunate that I was a part of it. BIG THANKS to FRA LIPPO LIPPI indeed for the great songs they have shared to us PINOY!! Unfortunately, during those times cameras were not really allowed on the venue. Hmmmp!! A far cry nowadays since cellphones and even digicams can sneak in on to record any concerts. WOW!! We definitely ENJOYED watching this very memorable concert. YUP!! A CLASSIC NEW WAVE CONCERT INDEED!! Like what I always say here in my little blog "MUSIC MATTERS AND MEMORIES OF IT MATTERS MOST".
Here's two more songs I UPLOADED for you to listen while downloading the files:
THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US (MANILA 1988)
TRACKLISTING CD 1:
FILE SIZE: 56.34 megabytes
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FILE SIZE: 54.19 megabytes
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PASSWORD FOR BOTH CDs: http://docmuzic.blogspot.com/
ENJOY THE MUZIC GUYS!!
LIVE RECORDING DETAILS- courtesy of SCHIZO:
Taped by Mr. Lust****
Equipment used: mini-cassette recorder (brand unknown)
Transferred by The VU for Record Level
Transfer lineage: 2nd gen. (?) cassette copy (Memorex, HB II, 90)
SONY Stereo Cassette Deck TC-WE305 (Dolby NR Off)
Sound Forge 5.0 (WAV, 44.1 Hz/16-bit/Stereo)
MP3 @ 192 kbp
CD SLEEVE by "SCHIZO" for PRIMITIVE GRAPHICS
"ST JEROME IN PENANCE"by FILIPPO LIPPI
SPONSORS of the CONCERT
(From page 11 of my FLL Booklet)
1) CHARMIS (all around fragrance shampoo)
2) DWKC 93.9 FM
3) Fra Lippo Lippi BASF High Grade Tapes
5) SOUND CITY RECORDS AND TAPES
Well, among the sponsors noted only LEVIS is still alive!!
FRA LIPPO LIPPI Philippine Visits
(As far as I can recall):
*You could add some infos guys!!
1) 1988 FIRST CONCERT
(Massive Attendance and a BIG HIT!!
2) 1990 RETURN CONCERT
3) 1993 Promotional Tour for DREAMS album
4) 1996 Per Oystein Sorensen
Promoting "The Best Of FRA LIPPO LIPPI" CD
5) 2000 Manila And Cebu
6) 2006 FRA LIPPO LIPPI featuring Per Oystein Sorensen
(without Rune Kristoffersen)
Photo of "Schizo" at the late KURT COBAIN's house
Here's "Schizo" nerve wrecking Chatbox message:
18 May 09, 18:45
"schizo: yo doc. schizo here. hey u FLL fans! after more than 20 years in a shoebox, exclusively from my concert vaults, i present you a long-lost & mega-rare audience recording from one of FLL's six monumental Manila shows in late 1988. enjoy & please share the love ="
So mga KABAYAN if you have any MEMORIES and THOUGHTS that you wanna share about FRA LIPPO LIPPI then we will be glad to hear from you in the SPIRIT OF REMEMBERING this band that made a mark in Philippine Music more than in their hometown in NORWAY. I hope that all the PINOY NEW WAVERS were able to catch these guys LIVE IN CONCERT even once on their visits here in the Philippines because It's totally a different experience. MABUHAY!! I hope you enjoyed another trip back down memory lane here on "The Doctor Is In". THANKS A LOT for keeping the NEW WAVE SPIRIT ALIVE AND KICKING!! THANKS for dropping by!!
Here's my little FRA LIPPO LIPPI
VINYL RECORD COLLECTION
FRA LIPPO LIPPI
EVERYTIME I SEE YOU,
MY LIFE TURNS UPSIDE DOWN
-DR. STIRRING RHOD