Sunday, November 7, 2010

107 for 107: The CelPrev Tribute to the "Home of Nu Rock"

(Posted previously on my Facebook Page last November 6, 2010)

-=-=-=-=-Incoming CelPrev Official Transmission...-=-=-=-=-=-=-

With just more or less 24 Hours before the revered "Home of Nu Rock" NU 107.5 finally gets the tug in its plug, I figured I put my Pre-Christmas Rant Frenzy on hold in order to compile 100 songs out of the 160 tracks I have in my Cellular Phone-slash-Music Player. But in order to make it a real 107 Tribute, I wish to introduce along my own version of the station's "Stairway to Seven" - the final 7 songs which made a true mark not just to me but also throughout the Rock culture, here in the Philippines and around the World.

Before I give the Stairway to Seven, here's the rundown on the 100 from my phone (as listed alphabetically by Song Title):

  1. 3 Stars and a Sun – Francis Magalona
  2. Accross the Line (Unreleased 2007 Demo) – Linkin Park
  3. All Nightmare Long – Metallica
  4. Ash Like Snow – The Brilliant Green
  5. Balita (Feat. Gabby Alipe) – Gloc 9
  6. Bangon – Rico Blanco
  7. Battle Cry – Greyhoundz
  8. Birthright – Loquy
  9. Blackbirds – Linkin Park
  10. Bleed it Out – Linkin Park
  11. Blinded in Chains – Avenged Sevenfold
  12. Blow Me Away – Breaking Benjamin
  13. Bodies (Chris Vrenna Remix) – Drowning Pool
  14. Breaking the Habit – Linkin Park
  15. Bring Me Down – Pillar
  16. Bring the Hammer Down – HammerFall
  17. B. Y. O. B. – System of a Down
  18. Cariño Brutal – Slapshock
  19. Cold – Crossfade
  20. Crimson Thunder – HammerFall
  21. Critical Acclaim – Avenged Sevenfold
  22. Dani California – Red Hot Chili Peppers
  23. Daybreak’s Bell – L`Arc~En~Ciel
  24. Decadence – Disturbed
  25. Doon – Kapatid
  26. Down with the Sickness – Disturbed
  27. Edge of the Earth – 30 Seconds to Mars
  28. Empire Accretia – Razorback
  29. Engel – Rammstein
  30. Enter Sandman – Metallica
  31. Faint – Linkin Park
  32. Feuer Frei – Rammstein
  33. Fortress Europe – Asian Dub Foundation
  34. Getting Away with Murder – Papa Roach
  35. Go!!! (Fighting Dreamers) – Flow
  36. Going Through Changes – Army of Me
  37. Halik ni Hudas – Wolfgang
  38. Hearts on Fire – HammerFall
  39. Hero’s Return – HammerFall
  40. Higante – Francis Magalona & Ely Buendia
  41. Isang Bandila – Rivermaya
  42. I Stand Alone – Godsmack
  43. It’s Going Down (Feat. Mike Shinoda and Mr.Hahn) – X-ecutioners
  44. John of the Cross – Wolfgang
  45. Kaidoku Funou – Jinn
  46. Killing in the Name – Rage Against the Machine
  47. Ladies and Gentlemen – Saliva
  48. Last man Standing – HammerFall
  49. Let Down – Dead by Sunrise
  50. Line in the Sand – Mötörhead
  51. Lying from You – Linkin Park
  52. Megalomaniac – Incubus
  53. Misterio – Slapshock
  54. Move – Thousand Foot Krutch
  55. My Way – Limp Bizkit
  56. New Divide – Linkin Park
  57. No More Sorrow - Linkin Park
  58. No Roads Left (B-Side Bonus Track) - Linkin Park
  59. Nothing Else Matters – Metallica
  60. Novus is Burning – Wolfgang
  61. No Way but the Hard Way – Airbourne
  62. One Step Closer – Linkin Park
  63. Out of Control – Hoobastank
  64. Papercut - Linkin Park
  65. Paradise City – Guns N’ Roses
  66. Phenomenon – Thousand Foot Krutch
  67. Pride – High and Mighty Color
  68. Pts.of.Athrty (Feat. Jay Gordon) - Linkin Park
  69. Punish and Enslave – HammerFall
  70. Question! – System of a Down
  71. Rawkfist – Thousand Foot Krutch
  72. Scream – Avenged Sevenfold
  73. Scream Aim Fire – Bullet for my Valentine
  74. Seize the Day – Avenged Sevenfold
  75. Set me Apart – Pupil
  76. Sidewalks – Story of the Year
  77. Smooth Criminal (Michael Jackson Cover) – Alien Ant Farm
  78. Somewhere I Belong - Linkin Park
  79. Straight Out of Line – Godsmack
  80. Super Proxy 2k6 (Feat. Ely Buendia and Hardware Syndrome) – Francis Magalona
  81. Tatsulok – Bamboo
  82. Ten Thousand Fists – Disturbed
  83. The Catalyst - Linkin Park
  84. The Game – Mötörhead
  85. The Ghost of You – My Chemical Romance
  86. The Only – Static-X
  87. The River (Feat. M. Shadows and Synyster Gates) – Good Charlotte
  88. The Transformers – Lion
  89. The Way of the Warrior – HammerFall
  90. Through the Fire and Flames – DragonForce
  91. Too Much, Too Young, Too Fast – Airbourne
  92. Viva Rock – Orange Range
  93. Waiting for the End – Linkin Park
  94. Wake Up – Slapshock
  95. Waking the Demon – Bullet for my Valentine
  96. Whatever – Our Lady Peace
  97. What I’ve Done – Linkin Park
  98. Without You – Slapshock
  99. Wretches and Kings – Linkin Park
  100. Yugto – Rico Blanco

Now on to "Zeon's Stairway to Seven", starting from the bottom up:

No.7: Smoke 'Em if you got 'Em - Parkway Drive (From the album Killing with a Smile)

One of the rare songs sitting in my Laptop's hard drive for years, this song has quite a history as it was introduced to me by one of my schoolmates back in College (Thanks, Stib!). Despite having similarities in taste for rock, his was quite deeper and way more creatively distorted, much like the guitar shreds on this track. The reason it sits at 7 is that I found it hard to decipher the message of the lyrics and was instead focused on the intensity of the sounds.

No. 6: Ang Huling El Bimbo - The Eraserheads (From the album Cutterpillow) - Official NU 107 Requiem Anthem

As the signature song of the legendary quartet known as "The Philippine equivalent of The Beatles", I began singing this discreetly way before I entered High School. And it still plays occasionally on radio stations because of its trademark sounds and lyrics (Magkahawak ang ating kamay, at walang kamalay-malay...) that would make anyone dance the El Bimbo, even if they candidly do not know the dance itself...

No.5: Buloy - Parokya ni Edgar (From the album Kangkhungkernitz)

Who could forget this story of the old friend who, in the end of the song, and after having gone through countless drinking sessions, sadly decided to commit suicide? Despite being eclipsed by some of the band's later aural gimmicks, this barkada anthem shall always remain a classic among us Pre-Millenium babies - those who grew up with 90's stuff.

No.4: Master of Puppets - Metallica (From the album of the same name)

Considered not just by Metallica followers, but also by metal fans in general, as one of the greatest metal anthems of all time, I figured that it be fitting to be in my "Stairway to Seven" . One of the heaviest I've heard from the legends of Thrash Metal so far, aside from All Nightmare Long; the only difference would be the complexity of the former that remains implanted to every Metal fan.

No.3: Blaze of Glory - Jon Bon Jovi (Official soundtrack for the movie Young Guns II

Now, before people pelt me for putting this in the Stairway, let me clarify this: rock music spawned a lot of variants since time in memorial. One of them would be Slow Rock, on which this song falls into. Rock Legend Jeff beck's trademark guitar solo from the beginning, along with the lone gunslinger theme all throughout the lyrics - something that Bon Jovi (the lead singer) himself could ever muster - has thus made this a great anthem for those "Last Stand" moments...

No.2: In the End - Linkin Park (From the album Hybrid Theory)

Ah yes, who could forget what could be the greatest Nu-Metal anthem possibly ever conceived - courtesy of the decade-old, six-man group named after "Abraham Linkin"? Even some of us who never been a simple follower of the band, or of Nu metal for that matter, would end up singing the song's signature chorus with utter effort. That alone makes it a worthy anthem in itself.

The only reason why it seats at No. 2, despite the fact that I'm a fan of the band is the somewhat neutrally melancholic feel in the lyrics. The mere descriptions of one's failure, and the effect of broken relationships, makes up the majority of the slightly pessimistic aura of the song - something that could not be taken into consideration for this Stairway... 

No.1: Awit ng Kabataan - Rivermaya (From their self-titled album) 

Now this holds quite dear to me as this song was used as The Bedan Student Publication's official anthem, right when I started writing articles for them. Every moment I hear the chorus (as written and sung respectively by former members Rico Blanco and Francisco "Bamboo" Manalac), it makes me really proud to be an active member of the youth back in the days. (Hanggang sa kinabukasan, awitin natin ngayon!)


Well, that's about it for me, I've already mustered the effort to create whatever I can to honor the definitive radio authority for rock music. God Bless and God Speed to DWNU 107.5; your name may perish... but your 23-year legacy shall live on...

In Memoriam: DWNU FM Nu 107.5: "The Home of Nu Rock" (1987-2010)


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