Ely's first college band was called, Bluidie Tryste,
from the freshmen's dorm, Kalayaan Residence Hall at UP Diliman.
The line-up was: Raymund Dela Pena (aka "Luci") -
vocals, guitars / Ely Buendia - bass / Earl Pangilinan - keyboards
/ Drexis Tabiligan (?) - drums. Their first gig was in a "protest
concert" in the AS building lobby. A memorable gig!
- This band did covers by bands such as: The Cure,
The Smiths, U2, The Police, The Dawn, Van Halen
By this time, Raymund, Marcus and Buddy were freshmen at UP
- Ely and Raymund "Luci" wanted to form a new band
so they posted audition ads at Kalayaan dorm. Raymund (Marasigan)
was the first to respond. His piece was The Cure's "Hot
Hot Hot". He later invited Marcus and Buddy. They jammed
at Alberto's rehearsal studio behind the Nepa Q-Mart in Cubao,
Q.C. Nothing happened with that audition/jam.
- Raymund, Marcus and Buddy formed their own band
called, Curfew. They had a lady vocalist named
They covered bands such as: The Primitives, The Housemartins,
The Bolshoi, Gene Loves Jezebel, The Soup Dragons
- Ely and Raymund "Luci" formed a new band called,
Sunday School. They only had session drummers
and Raymund Marasigan would sometimes session for them.
- Wanting to focus on jazz, instead of "new wave",
"Luci" eventually left Sunday School. Raymund brought
in Marcus and Buddy from Curfew and joined Ely; hence the merge
gave birth to a new band called, Eraserheads.
- The "Eraserheads" combo was born out
of two bands: "Sunday School" (Ely) from Molave Residence Hall
& "Curfew" (Raymund, Buddy & Marcus) from Narra Residence
Hall; University of the Philippines, Diliman, Q.C.
- Raymund would usually get them gigs around the campus. However,
they'd usually play last when the crowd was almost gone!
- They did covers by bands such as: The Cure, Sex Pistols, The
- They had a small but loyal fanbase in the campus.
- the combo played their first ever gig at a variety show called
"Peace Lang Ha!", on the AS steps in UP. The show was sponsored
by the Sigma Delta Phi sorority.
- the Eheads were part of the musical,
"Manhid" at UP. The 2-hour musical is based on Salman Rushdie's
novel, "Midnight's Children" & "X-Men" comic books. The
Eheads were doing about 30 songs. The musical was later moved
to FAT (or CCP ???)
[watch videos: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7]
- Valentine show gig, College of Engineering. They met Jett
Pangan of The Dawn & Jett advised them to audition at Red
Rocks (Club Dredd's old name).
28th - performed at the show, "Para Sa
'Yo Bagong Isko", opening for The Dawn, Melchor Hall (College of Engineering), UP
- failed auditions at Mayric's, Espana,
Manila & Anthem, Tandang Sora, Q.C.
- auditioned & landed a bi-monthly gigs deal at Red Rocks
/ Club Dredd, Timog Ave., Q.C.
(They were paid P200 a night)
- performed at Aznar Stadium, Cebu with Introvoys & local
Cebu bands, The Monks & Ledgerline. At one point, they were
pelted with "otap" crackers (the Eheads' first ever out-of-town
26th - The Eraserheads recorded a 9-song
demo in Raymund's garage, Candelaria, Quezon...aka "garage jam"
tape, they shopped this demo around to various radio stations,
clubs & record labels including OctoArts & NU107...RJ
Recording Studios people said the demo was "not
- performed at the UP Fair '91
26th & 27th - This first "official demo" and/or "unofficial
album", "Pop-U!" was recorded & mixed on a 4-track
recorder by Sir Robin Rivera, a Humanities professor & formerly
of "Captain Bakal", in the makeshift, Faculty Studio, UP Faculty
Center, UP Diliman, Q.C.
- "Pop U!" is released. Limited copies
of about 20 cassette tapes were made & given to a handful
of fans & friends.
- struggling in his Calculus class, Buddy
quit the band; took a leave of absence & went back to his
hometown in Zamboanga...He was replaced by a session bassist,
Mally Paraguya (of The Skavengers; ex-Betrayed)
- The Eraserheads combo performed live
at DZUP, their college radio, in early 1992. Buddy was not in
the band that time (Raymund was a student DJ at this station)
- sometime this year at Club Dredd, Raymund walked out in the
middle of their set because Ely & Marcus were "tripping"
onstage. The club banned them for a month.
- performed at the UP Fair '92. (With
Mally Paraguya on bass, their set included cover versions of
The Knack's "My Sharona" and John Lennon's "Cold
- Buddy came back from Zamboanga &
re-joined the Eheads.
- recording for "Ultraelectromagneticpop!"
13th - performed at "Love Buzz: The Alternative Valentine Concert", Skate Town, Ali Mall, Cubao, Q.C. (with: Athena's Curse, Philippine Violators, Color It Red, Feet Like Fins, The Youth) [view flyer]
23 Sat - performed at "The Great Inter-Campus Band Showdown", U.P. Film Center, Diliman, Quezon City (with: Lee (The Wild Man From Diliman), Tropical Depression, Athena's Curse, Kelts Cross, Teen Town & other special guests) [view poster]
- the first "major label" album, "Ultraelectromagneticpop!"
album launch at Makati Skyline
17th Sun - gig at Farmer's Plaza, Cubao, Q.C.
20th Wed - performed on the "RX Concert Series", RX 93.1 FM...their debut appearance on this radio show!
22nd Fri - gig at Atrium, Makati
23rd Sat - gigs at SM Centerpoint, Sta. Mesa, Manila & at Star City, Pasay City
24th Sun - the Eraserheads' first ever
TV appearance on "Sa Linggo nAPO Sila" (ABS-CBN). They performed
7th Sun - gig at Ozone Disco, Q.C.
3rd Fri - performed at "Ligaya Sa L.B.", D.L. Umali Hall, U.P. Los Banos, Laguna
17th - performed at the 12-hour music
festival called, "Bistro Sa Amoranto: Tugtugan Pa-Morningan",
Amoranto Football Stadium, Roces Ave., Q.C.
- At the 1994 NU Rock Awards, they won
the "Album of the Year" for "Ultraelectromagneticpop!"
- Eraserheads performed at the Royal Subic, Subic, Zambales; broadcast on WLS-FM 97.1
5th - "Ultraelectromagneticpop!"
concert at UST Auditorium, University of Santo Tomas, Manila
- performed at Ateneo De Manila [watch videos: 1 / 2]
14th - performed at the "Puerto Azul Music
Fest", Puerto Azul Beach Club, Cavite
18th - gig at Montano Hall, Cavite
21st - gig at Jose Rizal High School,
27th - gig in Subic, Zambales
28th - performed at the benefit show called
"Si Toyang Sa Pasay", Pasay Sports Complex, Pasay (or Pasay
City East High School Gym?)
- the 2nd album, "Circus" is released.
- performed at WLS-FM 97.1
19th Sat - "Eraserheads at Yano Sa Angeles City", a double-bill headline concert with Yano at NEPO Coliseum, Angeles City, Pampanga; 6pm (guests: Alcoholica, Azure Heaven, Riot Mob)
3rd (Sat) - Eraserheads' first major concert, "Eraserheads
Jamboree", Tanghalang Francisco Balagtas (Folk Arts Theater), Pasay City. 7:30pm (guests: Mastaplann, Intermidya...with Sprocket Jockey (BMX riders), Inflatable Bars (skateboarders) & Hyperbladers (in-line skaters)); The first time sessionist,
Noel Garcia played with the Eheads...It was originally scheduled
for Nov. 24th [view poster]
- They won a "Guillermo Memorial Award"
for "Most Favorite Band"
- TV guesting on "Superstar" (RPN 9); performed "Magasin" [watch video]
- TV guesting on "ASAP" (ABS-CBN); performed "Alapaap" [watch video]
- TV guesting on "ASAP" (ABS-CBN); performed Engelbert Humperdick's "Am I That Easy To Forget" [watch video]
15th Wed - performed at "Handog ng mga Tubong UP" during the "U.P. Fair", U.P. Diliman, Q.C. (co-headline with Yano...also with: Dirt Orchids / Tungaw / DJ Alvaro) [read review]
18th Sat - gig at MPSC (Mindanao Polytechnic State College), Cagayan De Oro City
25th - performed at "D'isko Fever" during
"Freshman Lingo", UP Diliman, Q.C.
- the movie, "Run Barbi Run" is released
in theaters. The Eraserheads as themselves, co-starred with
Joey De Leon & Maricel Laxa. They wrote the theme song for
the movie of the same title & a song called "Policewoman".
(Tue) - gig at Club Dredd, EDSA, Q.C.
- Senate assistant majority leader Vicente
"Tito" Sotto's controversial call for a ban on the airplay &
sales of "Alapaap", Teeth's "Laklak" & Yano's "Iskolar Ng
the band's letter to the senator]
16th - concert at Irosin Public Auditorium, Irosin, Sorsogon; 7pm (with: The Jack Hammers, Rasca, Local Talents) [view poster]
21 Sat - "Rain Storm slams St. Benedict College", St. Benedict College Gymnasium; 7pm (with: Rivermaya) [view ticket / poster]
- performed "Alapaap" at the 1995 NU Rock
Awards. They won the "Listener's Choice Award", "Band of the
Year" & "Album of the Year" (Circus). [watch video]
- gig at Philippine Christian University
- performed "Overdrive" at "ASAP" (ABS-CBN) [watch video]
- "Cutterpillow" launch at the UP Sunken
Garden, UP Diliman, Q.C.
- the 3rd album, "Cutterpillow" is released.
- "Cutterpillow" 5x Platinum awarding at "GMA Supershow" (GMA) [watch video]
- At the 9th Awit Awards, they won the
"Album of the Year" (Cutterpillow)
- At the 2nd Katha Music Awards, they won "Best
Rock Album" (Cutterpillow), "Best Rock Song" (Ang Huling El
Bimbo) & Best Rock Group
- TV feature on "Probe presents Ang Himig Natin" (ABS-CBN) [watch video]
- TV show, "Magandang Gabi Bayan" aired
an episode, "Nakatagong Maskara sa Baligtad na Musika". It discussed
the puzzling phenomenon of "backmasking" & the controversial
episode featured songs from "Cutterpillow".
(Sat) - They opened for the MTV Alternative Nation Tour's "3
in 1 Rock Concert" featuring: Beastie Boys, Sonic Youth &
Foo Fighters; Araneta Coliseum, Q.C...The Eheads did four songs
off the album, "Cutterpillow". Rapper, FrancisM joined in during
2nd - concert at Perpetual Help College
Gym, Binan, Laguna
3rd - concert at Colegio De San Juan De
Letra Grounds, Calamba, Laguna
14th - performed at "Green Minded: A Concert for A Cause...Save Pampanga" (w/ Put3ska), NEPO Coliseum, Angeles City, Pampanga; 7pm
25 Sun - The music video for "Ang Huling El Bimbo" was premiered on "GMA Supershow", GMA
- performed "Ang Huling El Bimbo" at Club Dredd, EDSA, Q.C. [watch video]
1 Fri - "Overdrive Tour", a two-month concert tour, kicked off at U.P. Manila College of Medicine ground (Pedro Gil gate entrance) [read press]
9th (Sun) - 2nd major concert, "Electric
Fun", Folk Arts Theater, Manila. The sold-out show featured
guest appearances by the Apo Hiking Society, FrancisM &
Medwin Marfil (Truefaith).
- TV guesting at "ASAP" (ABS-CBN); performed "Torpedo" [watch video]
19 Fri - performed at "The NU Pocket Concerts", Greenhills Shopping Center parking lot, Greenhills, San Juan (with: Put3ska) [view ad]
18 Sat - "Las Pinas Overdrive", Italia Tennis Court, Las Pinas; 7pm [view ticket]
26th Mon - gig at "Karandol", Colegio dela Immaculate Concepcion [view ticket]
1st - TV
performance of "Huwag Mo Nang
Itanong" at "SangLinggo nAPO Sila"
[read story] [watch video]
12th Wed - performed at "1896 Ang Pagsilang", CCP Tanghalang Francisco Balagtas (Folk Arts Theatre); 7:30pm
15th - gig in Tagaytay, Batangas
16th - gigs in Pandi, Bulacan & Subic,
Zambales...Marcus & friend Vince got into a car accident
on Marcos Highway in Cogeo
30 Sun - Chippy Sweet Corn "Barkada Jam", Ever Gotesco, Ortigas [view poster]
1 Sun - Chippy Sweet Corn "Barkada Jam", Harrison Plaza, Pasay City [view poster]
7 Sun - Chippy Sweet Corn "Barkada Jam", Robinson's Galleria, Ortigas [view poster]
- They had a special show for the children
called "Eraserheads For The Kids", 70's Bistro, Q.C.
3 Sat - "Overdrive Tour '96", People's Quadrangle, Batangas City (with: AWOL Band) [view poster]
Sat -performed at "Pinoy Unplugged!" on 90.7 Love Radio, DZMB-FM...gig at Top40, Caloocan
11th Sun - Eraserheads had a special show, "Eraserheads for Kids" at 70's Bistro, Q.C.; 5pm
(Tue) - gig at Rocks Grove, Antipolo, Rizal
16th (Fri) - gig in Digos, Davao Del Sur
17th (Sat) - gig in Cotabato City
20th (Tue) - gig at Mayric's, Manila
27th (Tue) - gig at Club Dredd, EDSA,
30th (Fri) - gig in Surigao
31st (Sat) - gig in Butuan
7 Sat - Kalesa Kape Concert Hall, Santa Rosa, Laguna (with: The Street Boys) [view ticket]
17th (Tue) - concert at Guezz Artists' Hall, Pampanga (guest: The Great Divide)
24th (Tue) - gig at Club Dredd, EDSA,
11 Fri - CCP Grounds, Pasay City [view ticket]
- the 3-trk EP, "Fruitcake" is released.
14 Thur - performed "Fruitcake" at "The 1996 NU 107 Rock Awards", Limits Entertainment Hall, St. Francis Square, Ortigas Center...They won
"Album of the Year" (Cutterpillow), "Best Music Video" &
"Song of the Year" (Ang Huling El Bimbo) [view ad]
(Tue) - gig at Club Dredd, EDSA, Q.C.
6th - the christmas album, "Fruitcake"
9th - "Fruitcake" album launch, Hard Rock
17th Tue - "Fruitcake" album launching, B.C.F. Theater; 6:30pm [view poster]