8/28/11

IDENTITY CRISIS Archived Articles

In anticipation of the IDENTITY CRISIS Reunion on REQUIEM's "REBEL YELL", I decided to feature again the Legendary Pinoy Gothic Band "IDENTITY CRISIS" here in my little blog "The Doctor Is In" by featuring Archived Articles of the band from 1988 to 1990 which COOL CARLA shared back in March 2006. YUP!! THANKS to COOL CARLA we can reminisce again the IDENTITY CRISIS so definitely It's another trip down memory lane "The Dr. Stirring Rhod Way". The band's reunion according to the group will also be a sort of tribute to the late "BOGS AMBROSIO" who was their Bass Player who passed away two years ago (February 9, 2009). IDENTITY CRISIS became one of the pioneering alternative bands in the Philippines which was formed back in 1986 composed of Carla Arbaya aka. "Cool Carla" on Lead Vocals, Buddy 'Boy' Arceo on Vocals, Leni Llapitan on Keyboards & Programming, Resty Cornejo on Guitars, Bogs Ambrosio on Bass, and Marvin Mendiola on Drums. Of course, every PINOY NEW WAVER/PUNK knows that they released two albums back then namely "TALE OF TWO" in 1987 and "WATER CAME RUNNING" in 1990 which I have both on Cassette Tape Formats which you can see on my archived Identity Crisis blogpost I created back in September 7, 2007. Wheew!! That's also Four Years ago!! Up until now PINOY NEW WAVERS are still hoping that these two albums will be remastered in CD Formats. That would be totally cool right KABAYANS? Are we all wishing for a falling star? One great band who was also coined back in the 80s as "The Band who's ahead of their time".

So here it goes, may I present you archived articles of IDENTITY CRISIS all courtesy of COOL CARLA. THANKS Cool Carla!!

THE SCORE MAGAZINE
May-June 1988 Issue



We start off with an interesting and very colorful article of IDENTITY CRISIS on the Legendary Philippine Alternative Music Magazine "THE SCORE MAGAZINE". It's the feature on "SCORE FOCUS" entitled "NOT A CRISIS AFTER ALL". The interview was done by CRISTINA SALES and by reading it, I found the article focusing on the real Identity of IDENTITY CRISIS in terms of their music, lyrics, and their performances on gigs. When asked about the subject on drugs, the members mentioned that the band is "STRAIGHT" although they do a lot of drinking after every concert but nothing dealing on drugs.



So when asked about the influences of Cool Carla on music, definitely everyone knows that SIOUXSIE AND THE BANSHEES top the list. Another influences she mentioned was COCTEAU TWINS, THIS MORTAL COIL, and DEAD CAN DANCE. Their compositions according to Cool Carla were heavily inspired by these bands which according to her "It's something you don't hear everyday, not too heavy nor too light". Well, I just transcribed some of the contents of the articles. Ha Ha Ha!! One great PINOY BAND that really made a mark in the PINOY UNDERGROUND Scene.


JINGLE MAGAZINE
March 1989 Issue


On this JINGLE MAGAZINE Issue back in 1989, two articles about IDENTITY CRISIS were written by BERT JR. and PSYKOKEELER. "TALE OF IDENTITY CRISIS" by Bert Jr. and "RECOGNIZING ONE'S IDENTITY" by Psykokeeler are both interesting articles which discussed about the band's humble beginnings and their "PORTABLE PLAYGROUND" Gig Series. It was written here that IDENTITY CRISIS was formed mid 1985 by both Leni Llapitan and Resty Cornejo who knew each other during their college days. Bogs Ambrosio and Marvin Mendiola were hustled in preceding the band's original male vocalist Buddy Arceo. After the band's very first Gig at TIME SQUARE, they hurled in WXB102 Jock Cool Carla to be their Lead Vocalist and the rest was history I may say. Btw, Resty was the one who came up with the band's name "IDENTITY CRISIS" due to the members different musical influences from Jazz, New Age, Classical to New Wave. Wheeew!! Definitely a crisis indeed don't you think?Well, I guess that's another transcribed article by yours truly. Ha Ha Ha!! I just love this nostalgic trip!! Btw, I just remembered Buddy mentioning on their Reunion Guesting on NU 107's "BALLAD OF THE TIMES" last year 2010 that he still have a copy of the band's early gig minus Cool Carla when he was still the lead vocalist of the band on Betamax Tape. Hmmp? That would be a great video clip to watch and hoping he could share it to all of us.


PLATINUM SONG MAG
July 1990 Issue


This last article of IDENTITY CRISIS I'm featuring right now was taken from the "PLATINUM MAG" which was written by DIDITH GONZALES and it focused on the band's feelings just before any performances and gigs. The author expressed her great admiration of the band and mentioned seeing them performed at a place called "CLUB A." and loves their song "IMAGINING OKTOBER". According to the members, IDENTITY CRISIS is a combination of both work and play so when It becomes work then the fun's over. I guess that's my last transcribed article for today's blogpost.

I hope you enjoyed another trip down memory lane here on "The Doctor Is In" giving tribute to a Legendary Pinoy Band called "IDENTITY CRISIS". I'll leave you with a Video Clip from the MYX AWARDS Night that featured RICO BLANCO of RIVERMAYA together with two members of IDENTITY CRISIS namely Cool Carla and Leni Llapitan back in March 15, 2007 which was few months before I finally created this little blog of mine back in August 24, 2007. YUP!! This video clip was also Four Years Old like my blog. He He He!! Like what I usually say here on my blog "MUSIC MATTERS, AND MEMORIES OF IT MATTERS MOST". So get ready KABAYANS for the upcoming IDENTITY CRISIS Reunion!! THANKS AGAIN for dropping by!!


WATCH THE VIDEO CLIP HERE:
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Another IDENTITY CRISIS!!
-DR. STIRRING RHOD

8/25/11

FOUR YEARS of DOCMUZIC!!

Hello Everyone!! It's this time of the year again when my dearest blog "The Doctor Is In" celebrates it's Birthday. YUP!! Today is my little blog's 4th Year Anniversary and time flies so fast indeed that you just think of how life goes by. It's DocMuzic's 4th Birthday!! I haven't blog that much the past couple of months but definitely I'm happy to be back in the blogsphere trying to dish out the Original and Real Scores of Music and anything under the sun. Wheeew!! A lot have changed since the day I created this blog Four Years ago and It's really great to have this blog of mine existed and survived the test of time even though with a lot of concept copycats all around the web. Good thing the essence of just creating original blogposts is still in my craft which I'll continue as long as I'm motivated and of course not very busy in my own personal life. THANK GOD that in my free time I can still look upon the vast and rich history of DocMuzic especially my archives which always makes me smile. It's a sort of Diary of the past Four Years of what I've placed here in my blog as creative entries which up until now I'm still proud of. Supporters may Come and Go but my drive to create blogposts with a touch of excellence will always remain in my heart as long as there are still visitors or even silent supporters coming in. YUP!! I still see some movements on my blog's traffic so that's a good sign that there are still people who visits the blog. Do check out my Blog Labels (Information Society) entitled "ANNIVERSARY" in the right lower corner of my site and you'll see all my Blog's Birthday Blogposts for the past Four Years. See what I mean? It's still nice to reminisce my old blogposts don't you think? I still believe that it's not about Quantity of Blogsposts but rather It's about QUALITY of Blogsposts. As what I have written before here in my blog "I just don't make blogpost, I CREATE them." From my blog's humble beginnings on 2007 to where it is now on 2011, I promise to continue this one of a kind trip down memory lane. Hmmmp? That's 7/11? He He He!! So do join me always in a sort of time machine. Where else? But here exclusively on "The Doctor Is In". THANK YOU VERY MUCH my Dearest Blog Supporters and Visitors!!

MY MUSIC MATERIALS on the photo:
1) THE WILD SWANS - "BRINGING HOME THE ASHES" Vinyl Record
2) WHITE CHINA - "REAL WORLD" 7 inch single
3) RIVERSIDE- "ONE" CD
4) THE ESSENCE - "DANCING IN THE RAIN"(The Best Of) CD
5) KHUMBMELA BAND- "108" Cassette Tape
6) URBAN BANDITS- "INDEPENDENCE DAY" Cassette Tape

I'll leave you with a DIY Music Video of a BIRTHDAY song
from the Greatest Band on Earth.
My favorite "THE BEATLES":


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HAPPY 4th Year Anniversary
DocMuzic!!
....The Doctor Is Still In!!
-DR. STIRRING RHOD

8/23/11

KUDOS LOVES EIGHTIES

KUDOS LOVE EIGHTIES aka. KL80s is an ultimate six piece PINOY 80's Tribute Band playing music from 80s pop, love songs, dance hits, synth-pop to new wave composed of RICHARD SOTO on Lead Vocals/Guitar/ Percussion, YOHAN on Guitars/Synth/ Vocals, MARC on Drums/Percussion, RALPH on Bass/Vocals, JOMAR on Keyboards/Vocals, and MELAI KATSUMI on Vocals. KUDOS LOVES EIGHTIES plays the music of The Police, Mike Francis, Boomtown Rats, New Order, Violent Femmes, Big Country, and of course The Wild Swans just to name a few. Definitely 80s as the band name stands for. Since these guys will play on REQUIEM's REBEL YELL and will also be the front act on THE WILD SWANS Philippine Concert then I thought of featuring them here in my little blog "The Doctor Is In". I already saw them perform LIVE and definitely I have to say they really play good music and they know their craft very well. I guess the only thing we have to anticipate from this band is an all Original Album which I think would be very interesting. One of the hottest bands indeed right now if you talk about gigs regarding Retro. RICHARD has a great voice and the female vocals of MELAI just adds up to the variety of music that this band can perform. So if you're into 80s music then do check them out KABAYANS so that you'll know what I'm talking about and experience a different type of time travel.




WATCH KUDOS LOVES EIGHTIES
rendition of
THE WILD SWANS'
BRINGING HOME THE ASHES here:

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Well, that's my little blog about this great PINOY RETRO Band that's leaving a mark in the Music Scene. KUDOS to KUDOS LOVE EIGHTIES!! I hope you like it guys. THANKS for dropping by!!


KUDOS to the 80s!!
KUDOS LOVES EIGHTIES!!
-DR. STIRRING RHOD

8/22/11

Remembering TEDDY DIAZ

It was 23 years ago AUGUST 21, 1988 when the Philippine Music Industry and PINOY NEW WAVERS/PUNKS were shocked by the news that the guitarist and founder of PINOY ROCK/NEW WAVE BAND "THE DAWN" TEDDY DIAZ was stabbed to death while on his way to his girlfriend's driveway on a dimly-lit Agno St. in Tatalon, Quezon City coming from a live guesting of THE DAWN at "Martin After Dark" hosted by Martin Nievera. It was a sad day indeed since THE DAWN was just becoming the #1 band in the Philippines back then. Well, this is just "The Dr. Stirring Rhod Way" of remembering the late Teodoro de Villa Diaz aka. Teddy Diaz , son of Filipino actor Vic Diaz of Sampaguita Pictures fame, who was born on April Fools' Day. Teddy Diaz spent both grade school and high school at Ateneo de Manila University and after graduating from high school he then enrolled at the University of the Philippines as an architecture student and stayed there for three years. He transferred to the Philippine Women's University after his third year in UP and took up music with guitar as his major. Teddy was also gifted with a talent in drawing and would spend time with Fine Arts students in PWU and would draw comic book characters and different electric guitar designs for relaxation. Hmmp? That's what you call great talent right? Just a proof of his willingness to improve his craft. Recently, THE DAWN just celebrated their 25th Anniversary and with this comes a Tribute Compilation CD for the band wherein 15 Pinoy Alternative Acts played their own renditions of 15 songs from the band. I'll feature this CD compilation too here in my blog "The Doctor Is In" in the future. There was also a T.V. special on "I-Witnesss" on GMA 7 hosted by Jay Taruc entitled "SALAMAT TEDDY" back in 2008 which I found very comprehensive review on the life of Teddy Diaz. I just do hope that GMA 7 would make this available on DVD package like some of their "I-Witness" episodes. That would be a cool material for every collectors like me. Btw KABAYANS, better also have a copy of "TULAD NG DATI" DVD because it's also very interesting. I definitely like the concept of the film.


"TED REMEMBERED: The Day The Music Died" was an article written by Manny Pagsuyuin aka. PAGZ and better known as DJ JIMMY JAM back in 1988 which was few weeks after the death of Teddy Diaz. The article was featured on a small student newspaper called "ISTUDYANTE". Well, it was a great piece of history I may say wherein Pagz wrote about his views and personal memories of Teddy Diaz as a Friend which he stated "Many people knew of him, but very few knew him." YUP!! Pagz knew Teddy well and his death really affected him too.

Here's a photo of a Young TEDDY DIAZ courtesy of Manny Pagsuyuin



Here's a great Video Clip of TEDDY DIAZ in action back in 1988:
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"He was almost like a myth to us. There’s this rocker who never smoked, never drank alcohol and was also very in touch with his spiritual side. Teddy heard mass and prayed the novena everyday. He was also friends with the Sisters of The Holy Spirit. These people gave him the book "The Dawning of The Holy Spirit" from where he lifted the name of our band."
— Jett Pangan, Lead Vocalist of THE DAWN

I hope you guys enjoyed this little tribute of mine to our IDOL "TEDDY DIAZ". THANKS for dropping by again!!



TEDDY DIAZ,
....A TRUE LEGEND!!

-DR. STIRRING RHOD

8/21/11

VINYL RECORDS still RULES!!

There is a resurgence of Vinyl Records last year 2010 and up to now so definitely collectors like me are very PROUD of these things. YUP!! VINYL still RULES!! So if you have no VINYL RECORDS on your music collection and worst you don't have a working TURNTABLE to use for your dusty records then you really lack something. Whatever the situation is, the sound of Vinyl brings back TRUE NOSTALGIA even though I have CDs in my music collection. Getting the ORIGINAL MATERIALS are still the best thing to do nowadays especially when mp3s and music files are all over the web and some sites even post things they don't personally have. So here it goes, another tribute of mine about VINYL RECORDS. Getting ready for my blog's FOURTH YEAR ANNIVERSARY!! YUP!! "The Doctor Is In" is turning 4 years old anytime and we will continue blogging on my free time. Of course, a little motivation would help don't you think? Ha Ha Ha!!

Here's a Video Clip about VINYL RECORDS:


VINYL RECORDS still RULES!!
-DR. STIRRING RHOD

8/20/11

Requiem Rising presents "REBEL YELL!!"

The Legendary Party of the 80s "REQUIEM" is back in MANILA. REQUIEM RISING Presents "REBEL YELL". Witness the return of IDENTITY CRISIS!! After 25 years, IT"S BACK! A new wave concert/dance party featuring the reunion of IDENTITY CRISIS. KUDOS LOVES 80s with special guests JETT PANGAN & NICOLE ASENSIO of General Luna. Music mixes by DJ JON TUPAZ, MODE ZERO, and guest DJs from popular 80s mobiles. This is on SEPTEMBER 9, 2011!! Btw, I have already featured REQUIEM, DJ JON TUPAZ IDENTITY CRISIS, and MODE ZERO here on "The Doctor Is In" before so just check out my archives. I guess It's about time to see IDENTITY CRISIS again in the music scene.


WATCH the TRAILER here:
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REBEL YELL!!
-DR. STIRRING RHOD

8/17/11

THE WILD SWANS LIVE in the PHILIPPINES!!

This is it!! THE WILD SWANS LIVE in the PHILIPPINES on SEPTEMBER 30 at the GRAND BALLROOM HOTEL, CEBU CITY and OCTOBER 1, 2011 at 1 ESPLANADE MALL OF ASIA, PASAY CITY!!

-DR. STIRRING RHOD


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8/11/11

ALL ABOUT EVE

ALL ABOUT EVE formerly called "The Swarm" is a British rock/pop band composed of Coventry-born JULIANNE REGAN on vocals and ANDY COUSIN on bass guitar, with an ever changing line-up over the years of the band's existence. These two members together with guitarist TIM BRICHENO were the initial core of the band which was formed back in 1984. Julianne was a former journalist and have played bass in the early line-up of previous MANILA visitor Gene Loves Jezebel before joining All About Eve. She also sang back-up vocals on THE MISSION's classic album "GOD'S OWN MEDICINE" which gave the band a little boost of attention thus they were signed up by Phonogram to release their self titled debut album in 1988 wherein they were joined by drummer MARK PRICE in the line-up. ALL ABOUT EVE was introduced here in MANILA by POWER 105 DZBM-FM back in 1988 with their classic song "FLOWERS IN OUR HAIR" from the band's self titled "All About Eve" album. This song is a classic for PINOY NEW WAVERS back then and was included on one of the "THIRD WAVE" series which was a Legendary Philippine Vinyl New Wave Compilation. YUP!! It's on the "THIRD WAVE FINAL CHAPTER" Vinyl Record which I will feature here in my little blog "The Doctor Is In" in the future. "FLOWERS IN OUR HAIR" was the main song of ALL ABOUT EVE here in MANILA back on those days. Their self-titled album peaked at #7 in the U.K. chart but their U.K. hit single "MARTHA'S HARBOUR" didn't really made any impact here in MANILA. The band had Four Studio Albums namely All About Eve(1988), Scarlet And Other Stories(1989), Touched By Jesus(1991), and Ultraviolet(1992). They had also produced a couple of Live Albums in their career. Marty Wilson-Piper which came from another New Wave band "THE CHURCH" also popular among PINOY NEW WAVERS even had a stint in the band when they made the "Touched By Jesus" album back in 1991. Their self-titled "All About Eve" album is still the only album from the band that became popular here in MANILA back then.



I bought the band's 1988 self-titled "ALL ABOUT EVE" album both on Vinyl and CD formats just to remember the band and of course both formats have different tracklists.YUP!! The Vinyl Record contains only 11 Tracks while the CD includes 3 bonus tracks giving you a total of 14 songs. It's the only album that every PINOY NEW WAVE collectors should have in their music collection among the band's releases. Aside from "FLOWERS IN OUR HAIR", three more songs in the album got a little airplay in POWER 105 back in 1989-1990 and these were "WILD HEARTED WOMAN", "SHELTER FROM THE RAIN", and "EVERY ANGEL" which I bought the 12 inch Vinyl shown in the photo along side their self-titled album. Well, these three songs didn't really became popular back then comparing with "FLOWERS IN OUR HAIR" that made massive radio airplay back in the 80s and of course it also invaded the playlists of other Legendary MANILA NEW WAVE Radio shows in the 90s and the millennium like WAVE 180, CLUB RETRO, and LITEWAVE. Definitely, this album is worth having on your collection so just in case you wanna have a copy of it then I uploaded my CD that contains 3 bonus tracks for your listening pleasure. What kind of music ALL ABOUT EVE presents to us? Hmmmp!! I consider the blending of Gothic Rock with Traditional Folk infusion in their music.


LISTEN TO "FLOWERS IN OUR HAIR" Here:



DOWNLOAD THE SONG HERE:




ALL ABOUT EVE
(Self-Titled)

TRACKLIST:
1.Flowers in Our Hair

2.Gypsy Dance
3. In the Clouds
4.Martha's Harbour

5.Every Angel

6.Like Emily - (bonus track)
7.Shelter From the Rain
8.She Moves Through the Fair

9.Wild Hearted Woman
10.Never Promise (Anyone Forever)

11.Apple Tree Man - (bonus track)

12.What Kind of Fool

13.In the Meadow

14.Lady Moonlight - (bonus track)



CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD MY CD:
DOWNLOAD LINK Removed due to DMCA



Well, if you ask the common Filipino people(MASANG PINOY) nowadays regarding "All About Eve", then they will mention to you the KOREAN TELENOBELA which was dubbed in Pilipino entitled "All About Eve" that was shown on GMA7 back in 2008. That's not all!! They will also mention the Pilipino Version of this Telenobela starred by Filipina Actresses IZA CALZADO and SUNSHINE DIZON last year 2009 also shown on GMA7. Both versions made it big in Philippine Television. Wheeew!! How did this topic got into this blogpost? Ha Ha Ha!! Do you wanna include Sandra Bullock's "All About Steve" movie? Naaah!! It's not about Steve, It's about Eve!!

I hope you enjoyed another trip down memory lane with my blogpost regarding "ALL ABOUT EVE". It's not about Adam and Eve's explosion on New Year's Eve okay. He He He!! It's about a band that didn't quite made it big in the Pop Charts but will still be remembered with the kind of music they made.

I'll leave you with the controversial TOP OF THE POPS appearance of "ALL ABOUT EVE" performing "MARTHA'S HARBOUR" uploaded by "aliveinsound" on You Tube. As you will notice, Julianne Regan and Tim Bricheno can't hear the backing track for the first half of the song and so they were caught live on camera just sitting on the stage while the track was already playing to TV viewers. That's all folks!! THANKS for dropping by again!!

WATCH "ALL ABOUT EVE" on TOP OF THE POPS:




This Blogpost is
ALL ABOUT EVE!!

-DR. STIRRING RHOD