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.
“Sino Sa Atin”, Natin99 (1999)
There’s a lot more to discover in this 15-track album, beyond Maselang Bahaghari and Huwag Kang Matakot.
Sino Sa Atin resonates with us as well, and will, perhaps, with future generations. It could be taken as a song about a friendship gone dry or a love story where partners have grown apart.
“Butterscotch”, Circus (1994)
Alapaap and Sembreak gave us the escape, and let us dwell on that freeing, fleeting feeling we were addicted to in our early days.
Butterscotch, just the same, plays with our imagination and unapologetically takes us through the what-ifs and has-beens of our youth.
“Fill Her”, Cutterpillow (1995)
Fill Her could probably be a play on the word “filler”, and could be assumed as an album filler, being less than two minutes long. Whatever the purpose of the track, it is sweet and straightforward nonetheless, and is one of the band’s most romantic songs.
“Hitchin’ A Ride”, Fruitcake (1996)
From the official Christmas album, the song welcomes the adventure of joining Santa Claus on his sleigh ride. It could, however, imply a bevy of other things. But its magical melody is what we chose to focus on and it takes us through a merry time, no matter the season.
What are your favorite Eraserheads songs? Share them with us below!