90s OPM

Remembers 90s OPM hits like…

“Will I Ever Survive” by Introvoys

“Running Away” by Ang Tunay na Amo

“Perfect” by True Faith

“Cold Summer Nights” by Francis Magalona

While the lyrics are in English, these were OPM (Original Pilipino Music) hits and they all got a lot of radio airplay back in the day. I would listen to them together with R&B and Hip-Hop acts from the US and they could hold their own.

Listening to them now, they are still very good and they stood the test of time. It would be nice if they could be reproduced or re-recorded with today’s technology. It’s also amusing to see the visual aesthetics of that time in the music videos and see how young everyone looked.

Shakey’s Pizza Parlor

Ye Olde Public Place
Ye Olde Public Place

Remembers when Shakey’s Pizza Parlor was more like a saloon rather than a restaurant. They had this yellow and red wallpaper all around that had all sorts of graphics and text with “Ye Olde” written all over. The stools and tables were made of thick wood and painted dark brown, almost black.

The pizza was thin and dripping with oil and melted cheese. If you wanted to take them home, they were placed in this flimsy white box which the oil easily drenched. They also served Hero Sandwiches which were placed in plastic plates with a round cover that made them look like flying saucers.

They served beer in pitchers and mugs. I’m not actually certain but I bet you can smoke inside Shakey’s back in the day.

The waiters wore these styrofoam hats that the kids would ask for. By the end of the meal, the kids have punched through them already. There was also a period when Shakey’s gave away superhero masks to the kids. There was Superman, Batman, Aquaman, Green Lantern, and Wonder Woman. You poked holes on the eyes and put rubber bands in the ears so you can wear them.

Lastly, Shakey’s had bands or “combos” that would perform in the evenings. It got really loud and the smoke and the beer would all contribute to making Shakey’s a really hip place for people to enjoy delicious thin crust pizza and hang out.

Music Television

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Remembers “MV2”, Channel 2‘s version of MTV, hosted by Long Tall Howard. The music video show came on every morning on weekdays at 10:00 AM. This is where I first saw the music videos of bands like Duran Duran, Spandau Ballet, Tears For Fears, and the Eurythmics. When USA for Africa mania hit, “We Are the World” was always the last music video played. For some reason also, the show would always feature Al Corley’s “Square Rooms”.

On the weekends, it would be Video Hot Tracks on Saturdays and Video Hit Parade on Sundays. Of course, Sunday afternoon was “America’s Top 10” hosted by Casey Kasem on Channel 9.

The Dawn

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Remembers when everyone did that “look away into the horizon instead of directly into the camera” pose a la The Dawn. I don’t know where people saw this photo because I can’t find a single picture of the band members doing this. All I know is that people would say, “The Dawn, The Dawn” and then everyone would look to their left or right and up at the sky. Look at any class photo from the Philippines from the late 80s to the early 90s and you will see what I’m talking about.

Of course, while “The Dawn” is considered one of the most enduring and prolific bands in the country, everyone suddenly heard of them in the late ’80s due to the sudden death of their guitarist Teddy Diaz.