to Add to Your Playlist
By Patti Sunio
Eraserheads is the one band we could listen to forever–no matter the age, gender, and economic differences, the influence of Western hip-hop or South Korean pop in our lives, and whether we’re dealing with adulting or going through a quarter-life crisis–the band will always be a great part of our lives.
We’ve known them for the great, great hits that are played everywhere until today; from the neighborhood karaoke to our jeepney rides, and being covered, performed live, or given tribute to by today’s local artists.
As we just cannot get enough of their songs, we round up 8 of their lesser known hits per album:
“Easy Ka Lang”, Ultraelectromagneticpop! (1993)
The album’s wealth of hits are inspired by storytelling and folk songs, as in Pare Ko, Toyang, Tindahan Ni Aling Nena, and Ligaya, which revolve around themes of the simple Pinoy way of life, beautiful Filipina maidens, and courtship.
Easy Ka Lang fits right into the mix, a song that reminds us to keep our spirits up and find humor in our everyday.
“Saturn Return”, Aloha Milkyway (1998)
Saturn Return, as its title suggests, sounds like a trip to the otherworldly: venturing into the unknown, and then coming back. Pay attention to its lyrics, like poetry that’s hard to interpret, but with a melody that hits all the right notes. Similar to With A Smile and Ang Huling El Bimbo, it feels nostalgic, waiting, hopeful.
“How Far Will U Go”, Carbon Steroxide (1991)
While other tracks in the album are said to be of darker themes, How Far Will U Go brings light into the room. Give it a chance and make it your go-to summer song—one that reminds you to relish the break, the freedom, and the fleeting moments.
“Everything They Say”, Sticker Happy (1997)
Probably the band’s most controversial album, from its cover photo to Spolarium, Hard To Believe, and Para Sa Masa, songs that still speak to us today.
Likewise, Everything They Say feels like an upfront response to all that’s been said and done, and might as well be the band’s anthem.