The soundtrack of my senior year in high school and the rest of my college years are sung by the Eraserheads. Ely’s unique voice, the relate-able lyrics, the easy to hum along with melody and even their fashion were what got me hooked. For me, they were the vanguards of the Philippine alternative music scene. I remember wanting (and dying) to enter UP because I was so in love with Ely Buendia. I even sent them fanmail. They sent me a postcard with a simple: “Dear Jill, Where’s Jack?” If I could do cartwheels, I would have made hundreds at that time.
Well, I managed to pass the UPCAT but what the seventeen year-old me didn’t know was that the four of them already dropped out (dang!). It was not a futile effort though because they sung during our freshman orientation. And the years that followed were full of mini concerts and such. I only watched the free ones though, I really can’t afford to buy tickets. Among their albums, my favorites are Ultraelectromagneticpop, Circus and Cutterpillow.
They have disbanded a long time ago and had a reunion concert and tour not so long ago. I lost the postcard during Ondoy and my heart is still aching for the songhits and cassette tapes I wasn’t able to save. The Eraserheads occupies a very special place in my heart simply because they remind me of my tumultuous adolescence with a smile.
Lift your head,
Baby don’t be scared
Of the things that could go wrong along the way.
You’ll get by, with a smile.
You can’t win at everything
But you can try.
–With a Smile