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! - [read story]
- 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.
[view a Red Rocks ad that listed "Curfew", c/o Josh Sistemio of "Cassette Tape Nation" on facebook.com]
- 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 CCP - [watch videos: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7]
- At a Valentine's show, College of Engineering. They met Jett
Pangan of The Dawn & Jett advised them to audition at Red
Rocks (Club Dredd's old name).
28 Sat - performed at the show, "Para Sa
'Yo Bagong Isko", opening for The Dawn, at Melchor Hall (College of Engineering), UP
Diliman, Q.C. - [download audio]
- failed auditions at Mayric's, Espana,
Manila & Anthem, Tandang Sora, Q.C.
- TJ Besa, a schoolmate & friend of the band, took them to perform once at The Wall, in Balara. They didn't even get paid for the gig.
- 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
26 Sat - 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
pop enough". - [read
- performed at the "UP Fair '91"
26 Tue & 27 Wed - The Eraserheads' 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. - [download album] / [view details]
- In late June, the Eraserheads performed at "Freshman Linggo", Palma Hall (lobby), U.P. Diliman, Q.C.; 8 PM - [read story]
- 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!"
13 Sat - performed at "Love Buzz: The Alternative Valentine Concert", Skate Town, Ali Mall, Cubao, Quezon City.; 6 PM (with: Athena's Curse, Philippine Violators, Color It Red, Feet Like Fins, The Youth) (Presented by Rock N' Rhythm) - [view show ad c/o Alkaline Ron]
27 Sat - performed at "The Great Inter-Campus Band Showdown", U.P. Film Center, Diliman, Quezon City; 7:30 PM (with: Lee (The Wild Man From Diliman), Tropical Depression, Athena's Curse, Kelts Cross, Teen Town & other special guests) (Presented by The U.P. Kappa Epsilon Fraternity) - [view ticket c/o Gilbert Labo Obal]
- the first "major label" album, "Ultraelectromagneticpop!" is released.
- "Ultraelectromagneticpop!" album launch at Makati Skyline
17 Sun - gig at Farmer's Plaza, Cubao, Q.C.
20 Wed - performed on the "RX Concert Series", RX 93.1 FM...their debut appearance on this radio show! - [download audio]
22 Fri - gig at Atrium, Makati
23 Sat - gigs at SM Centerpoint, Sta. Mesa, Manila & at Star City, Pasay City
24 Sun - the Eraserheads' first ever
TV appearance on "Sa Linggo nAPO Sila" (ABS-CBN). They performed
7 Sun - gig at Ozone Disco, Q.C.
3 Fri - performed at "Ligaya Sa L.B.", D.L. Umali Hall, U.P. Los Banos, Laguna; 7:30 PM (Presented by UPLP DeMolay Club) - [view ticket c/o Nielsen Oliva]
17 Fri - performed at the 12-hour music
festival called, "Bistro Sa Amoranto: Tugtugan PaMorningan",
Amoranto Football Stadium, Roces Ave., Q.C.; 6 PM to 6 AM (Presented by The '70s Bistro) - [view poster c/o Dave Daguino]
- At the 1994 NU Rock Awards, they won
the "Album of the Year" for "Ultraelectromagneticpop!"
5 Sat - "Ultraelectromagneticpop!"
concert at UST Auditorium, University of Santo Tomas, Manila
26 Sat - "Ultraelectromagnetic Tour" @ Cainta Gym, Cainta, Rizal; 7 PM (Presented by Samahang Alpha Phi Omega ng Cainta - SAPOC) - [view ticket c/o Alimaye Bacani]
- performed at Ateneo De Manila, Q.C. - [watch videos: 1 / 2]
14 Sat - performed at the "Puerto Azul Music
Fest", Puerto Azul Beach Club, Cavite
18 Wed - gig at Montano Hall, Cavite
21 Sat - gig at Jose Rizal High School,
27 Fri - gig at Royal Subic, Subic, Zambales; broadcast on Campus Radio WLS-FM 97.1 - [download audio]
28 Sat - performed at a benefit show called "Si Toyang Sa Pasay", Pasay Sports Complex, Pasay (or Pasay
City East High School Gym?)
7 Wed - gig at Club Dredd, KM 19, EDSA, Cubao, Q.C. (with: Alamid / The Youth) - [view venue flyer]
- the 2nd album, "Circus" is released.
- performed at Campus Radio WLS-FM 97.1
19 Sat - "Eraserheads at Yano Sa Angeles City", a double-bill headline concert with Yano at NEPO Coliseum, Angeles City, Pampanga; 6 PM (guests: Alcoholica, Azure Heaven, Riot Mob) (Presented by Hertam Enterprise) - [view ticket c/o Dhaey De Vera]
3 Sat - Eraserheads' first major concert, "Eraserheads
Jamboree", Tanghalang Francisco Balagtas (Folk Arts Theater), Pasay City. 7:30 PM (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; There was also surprise jam with Yano; 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]
15 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)
18 Sat - gig at MPSC (Mindanao Polytechnic State College), Cagayan De Oro City
11 Thur - gig at Club Dredd, KM 19, EDSA, Cubao, Q.C. (with: Parokya Ni Edgar / Bill Cosme) - [view venue gig schedule]
17 Sat - "With A Smile Concert", Valenzuela Sports Complex, Maysan Rd., Valenzuela; 6 PM (with: Sonnet 58 / Iconoclast) (Presented by San Juan Dela Cruz Quasi-Parish / Parish Youth Council) - [view ticket c/o Sonnet 58 on facebook.com]
25 Sun - performed at "D'isko Fever" during
"Freshman Lingo", U.P. Diliman, Q.C. (with: UP Dance Company, UP Repertory Company, UP Concert Chorus, Kontragapi, Samaskom, Fatal Posporos, Acrylic Orange Afternoon, Hampas-Dugo, Burgundy, Agnus Day, CFK, Indio I, Tungaw) - [read review]
- the movie, "Run Barbi Run" is released
in theaters. Starring Joey De Leon & Maricel Laxa and introducing the Eraserheads as themselves. They wrote the theme song for
the movie of the same title & a song called "Policewoman". - [watch full-movie] / [view VHS box: Philippine release c/o Nohj Mercado / US release] [read article]
18 Tue - gig at Club Dredd, KM 19, EDSA, Cubao, 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]
- Performed "Alapaap" and got presented with the "Quadruple (4X) Platinum Award for Circus" on "'Sang Linggo nAPO Sila" (ABS-CBN) - [watch video]
9 Sat - gig in Del Monte, Bulaan
15 Fri - gig in Naga City
16 Sat - concert at Irosin Public Auditorium, Irosin, Sorsogon; 7 PM (with: The Jack Hammers, Rasca, Local Talents) (Presented by Irosin Town Fiesta '95) -
[view poster c/o Alkaline Ron]
22 Fri - gig in Iloilo City
29 Fri - gig at Heartbeat Mega Disco, Quezon Ave., Q.C.
21 Sat - "Rain Storm slams St. Benedict College", St. Benedict College Gymnasium; 7 PM (co-headline show with: Rivermaya) - [view ticket / poster c/o Erwin Solana]
25 Wed - gig at Pagadian City - [download soundcheck bootleg recorded by Redel Ramos; c/o Arvin Quilao]
- 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]
- performed "Alapaap" / "Tikman" on "M.A.D. (Martin After Dark)" (ABS-CBN); Jeng Tan (of Keltscross) filled-in for Buddy on bass (Marcus was also out) - [watch video]
- performed "Let It Snow" Christmas medley on "Sang Linggo nAPO Sila" (ABS-CBN) - [watch video]
29 Wed - gig at Philippine Christian University
5 Tue - performed "Tikman" & "Overdrive" on "'Sang Linggo nAPO Sila" (ABS-CBN) - [watch video]
7 Thur - performed "Overdrive" at "ASAP" (ABS-CBN) - [watch video]
8 Fri - the 3rd album, "Cutterpillow" is released. - [view details]
"Cutterpillow" launch at the UP Sunken
Garden, U.P. Diliman, Q.C.; 7 PM (Presented by BMG Records (Pilipinas), Inc.); Only 5,000 were expected to attend but 12,000 showed up! - [view ticket c/o Alimaye Bacani / privelege card/ticket c/o Ferdinand Calinog]
14 Thur - gig at Kampo, West Ave., Q.C.
15 Fri - gig at Chatterbox, Q.C.
16 Sat - gig in San Pablo, Laguna
19 Tue - gig in Lipa City, Batangas
20 Wed - gig at "Short Journey II", UST Med Auditorium, University of Santo Tomas, Manila; 7 PM (Presented by UST Scintilla Juris Fraternity / UST Faculty of Medicine & Surgery) - [view ticket c/o Alimaye Bacani]
22 Fri - gig in Baguio City
23 Sat - gig in Tarlac
- "Cutterpillow" 5x Platinum awarding at "GMA Supershow" (GMA) - [watch video]
- 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 guesting on "ASAP" (ABS-CBN); performed "Stars on 45: The Beatles Medley" - [watch video]
- Perfomed at Eric S. Caruncho's "Punks, Poets, Poseurs - Reportage on Pinoy Rock & Roll" book launch, Music Museum. Broadcast on NU107
- Performed at "Basta Tipar Party" (Chippy Ad Launch), Planet Mars, Q.C.
- Radio guestings on DWKC, Magic 89.9
- Jack & Jill Chippy presents "Basta Mall Tour" featuring the Eraserheads - [view poster c/o Pharah Agang-Ang]
- 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".
20 Sat - Eraserheads opened for the MTV Alternative Nation Tour's "3
in 1 Rock Concert" featuring: Beastie Boys, Sonic Youth &
Foo Fighters; Araneta Coliseum, Cubao, Q.C.; 8 PM (Presented by MTV Alternative Nation in association with J.H. Imperial Organizations)...The Eheads did four songs
off the album, "Cutterpillow". Rapper, FrancisM joined in during
"Superproxy". - [view ad 1 c/o Cheryl "Dyeko" / ad 2 / ticket]
2 Fri - "Overdrive" @ Perpetual Help College
Gym, Binan, Laguna; 7:30 PM (with: Rizal Underground / Yuzz Band) - [view ticket by MarkieMac from sulit.com.ph]
3 Sat - concert at Colegio De San Juan De
Letran Grounds, Calamba, Laguna
14 Wed - performed at "Green Minded: A Concert for A Cause...Save Pampanga" (with: Put3ska), NEPO Coliseum, Angeles City, Pampanga; 7 PM (Presented by Basic Rock Productions) - [view ticket c/o Dhaey De Vera]
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]
9 Sun - Eraserheads' 2nd major concert, "Electric
Fun", Tanghalang Francisco Balagtas (Folk Arts Theater), Manila; 8 PM. The sold-out show featured
guest appearances by FrancisM, Medwin Marfil (of Truefaith), Sugar Hiccup & the Apo Hiking Society (Presented by TM Entertainment Production)
[view ad c/o Erwin Solana] [view ticket c/o Rody Cornejo]
23 Sat - "Overdrive Tour", Cebu (guest: Silent Publicity) - [read review: 1 / 2]
- TV guesting at "ASAP" (ABS-CBN); performed "Torpedo" - [watch video]
2 Tue - performed at "Help Zone" (A Benefit for the Ozone Victims), Tanghalang Francisco Balagtas (Folk Arts Theater), CCP Complex, Pasay City; 6 PM (with: After Image / Introvoys / Rivermaya / True Faith / FrancisM.) (Presented by TM Entertainment Promotion) - [view ticket c/o Rina Lerma]
19 Fri - performed at "The NU Pocket Concerts", Greenhills Shopping Center parking lot, Greenhills, San Juan (with: Put3ska) - [view ad c/o Erwin Solana]
"Live in Bulacan!" - [view poster c/o Bron Perez]
7 Tue - concert @ Puso Theater, Hagonoy, Bulacan; 7 PM (with: Ardourn Delirium)
10 Fri - concert @ Regina Carmeli College Gym, Catmon, Malolos, Bulacan; 7 PM (with: Ardourn Delirium) - [view ticket c/o Jaime Valencia]
17 Fri - concert @ Aliw Theater, Meycauayan, Bulacan; 7 PM (with: Ardourn Delirium)
18 Sat - "Las Pinas Overdrive", Italia Tennis Court, Las Pinas; 7 PM (Presented by M.B. Villar Foundation) - [view ticket c/o Erwin Solana]
27 Mon - "Karandol" @ Immaculate Conception Parish Grounds, Bulan, Sorsogon; 7:30 PM (Presented by Colegio dela Inmaculada Concepcion Alumni Association, Inc. & Batch '86) - [view ticket c/o EraserheadsCollector.blogspot.com]
1 Sat - TV performance of "Huwag Mo Nang
Itanong" at "SangLinggo nAPO Sila" - [read story] [watch video]
12 Wed - performed at "1896 Ang Pagsilang", CCP Tanghalang Francisco Balagtas (Folk Arts Theater); 7:30 PM (Presented by Greenwich & BMG Records (Pilipinas), Inc.) - [view ticket c/o Dhaey De Vera]
14 Fri - The Eraserheads won the
"Album of the Year" (Cutterpillow) award at the 9th Awit Awards, Meralco Theater, Pasig City
15 Sat - gig in Tagaytay, Batangas
16 Sun - gigs in Pandi, Bulacan & Subic,
Zambales...Marcus & friend Vince got into a car accident
on Marcos Highway in Cogeo
23 Sun - TV performance (lipsynched) of "Huwag Mo Nang
Itanong" at "SangLinggo nAPO Sila" - [watch video]
24 Mon - gig at Kampo, West Ave., Q.C. (with: Rivermaya)
Fri - gig at Top 40, Caloocan
30 Sun - Chippy Sweet Corn "Barkada Jam", Ever Gotesco, Ortigas, Q.C.; 5 PM - [view poster c/o Erwin Solana]
7 Sun - Chippy Sweet Corn "Barkada Jam", Harrison Plaza, Pasay City; 5 PM - [view poster c/o Erwin Solana]
20 Sat - "Megadrive", ULTRA, Pasig City - [view teaser c/o Erwin Solana]
21 Sun - Chippy Sweet Corn "Barkada Jam", Robinson's Galleria, Ortigas, Q.C.; 5 PM - [view poster c/o Erwin Solana]
24 Wed - gig at Club Dredd, KM 19 EDSA, Cubao, Q.C. (with: Annointed Cherubs / Bell's Palsy / Distraught / Intermidya / Mang Temi's Canteen) - [view venue gig schedule]
3 Sat - "Overdrive Tour '96", People's Quadrangle, Batangas City; 7:30 PM (with: AWOL Band) (Presented by Levi's) - [view poster c/o Kath Panganiban on facebook.com]
10 Sat -performed at "Pinoy Unplugged!" on 90.7 Love Radio, DZMB-FM...gig at Top40, Caloocan City
11 Sun - Eraserheads had a special show for the children, "Eraserheads For The Kids" at 70's Bistro, Q.C.; 5 PM
13 Tue - gig at Rocks Grove, Antipolo, Rizal
16 Fri - gig in Digos, Davao Del Sur
17 Sat - gig in Cotabato City
20 Tue - gig at Mayric's, Manila
27 Tue - gig at Club Dredd, KM19, EDSA,
Cubao, Q.C. (with: Citric Maple / Half Life Half Death / Little Boys / Collage / Cyco Chix / Intermidya) - [view venue gig schedule]
30 Fri - gig in Surigao
31 Sat - gig in Butuan
7 Sat - "Eraserheads In Santa Rosa" @ Kalesa Kape Concert Hall, Santa Rosa, Laguna; 7:30 PM (with: The Street Boys) (Presented by MaryLouise Production) -
[view ticket c/o Baddieverse]
12 Thur - "Fruitcake" recording session @ Tracks Studio - [listen to a recording session bootleg recorded by Redel Ramos; c/o Arvin Quilao]
17 Tue - concert at Guezz Artists' Hall, Pampanga (guest: The Great Divide); 9 PM - [view ticket c/o Dhaey De Vera]
24 Tue - gig at Club Dredd, KM 19, EDSA,
Cubao, Q.C. (with: Mind Rape / Little Boys / Teresa's Hi Fi / Sharksfin Siomai / Orphan Lily / Gitaw 1463) - [view venue gig schedule]
11 Fri - gig at Central Colleges of the Philippines (CCP) Grounds, Pasay City; 7 PM (Presented by Faculty & Employees Association - CCP) - [view ticket c/o Erwin Solana]
- 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; 9 PM (Presented by NU 107)...They won
"Album of the Year" (Cutterpillow), "Best Music Video" &
"Song of the Year" (Ang Huling El Bimbo)...This was broadcast live on NU 107 FM and had a TV broadcast later.
[watch video] [view ad 1 / ad 2 c/o Erwin Solana]
19 Tue - gig at Club Dredd, KM 19, EDSA, Cubao, Q.C. (with: Carol Affection / Orphan Lily) - [view venue gig schedule]
6 Fri - the Christmas album, "Fruitcake" is released.
9 Mon - "Fruitcake" album launch, Hard Rock
17 Tue - "Fruitcake" album launch, B.C.F. Theater, U.P. Diliman, Q.C.; 6:30 PM (Presented by U.P. Orienteers) - [view poster c/o Erwin Solana]
19 Thur - gig at Pampanga Sports Complex, San Fernando, Pampanga; 7 PM - [view ticket c/o Dhaey]
26 Thur - Eraserheads' feature on "Assignment" (ABS-CBN), a current affairs news special hosted by Teddy Locsin, Jr. was aired. - [watch videos: 1 / 2]