Friday, May 31, 2024

Pop Tech | Top 5 OPM songs featuring obsolete technology

The songs we listen to have the power to blast us back to the past. The songs that mention specific technology, though, really date themselves. Here are five of our Original Pilipino Music (OPM) picks that feature gadgets or technology that are way past their prime.

5. “TORPEDO” by Eraserheads

This self-deprecating love song would really have aged better if not for its last two lines: “Puede bang umalis ka na/ Tumutunog na ang beeper mo (Can you just leave/ Your beeper is sounding off).” Now, what the heck is a beeper? Well, Mashable did a feaure on it titled “Beepers creepers: The ’90s pager is a millennial’s worst #TBT nightmare.” The title should speak for itself.

4. “SHOTGUN BABY BANG BANG!” by True Faith
If “Torpedo” at No. 5 mentioned a beeper, this otherwise sophisticated song goes one step further with this line: “Birth control, overhaul, beep ’em all through Easy Call.” Incidentally, Easy Call the company is still around, but, obviously, it is no longer in the beeper business.

3. “BETAMAX” by Sandwich

The song is a total nostalgia piece. It enumerates the things that didn’t exist in the Philippines during the time that the singer (the song’s main persona) was growing up such as cable TV, the Internet, and cellphones. Of course, it highlights the Betamax.

2. “KODAKER” by Max Surban

This cheeky Cebuano ditty is all about an Old School photographer. Hence, the Filipinism, “Kodaker,” which is wrought from the film brand “Kodak.” There was a time when it wasn’t so easy to have your photo taken anywhere you wished. There were actual men (and, perhaps, a few women) with cameras who would stalk strategic places where people were most likely to want to have their photos taken such as churches and parks.

1. “TATLONG BEINTE SINGKO” by Dingdong Avanzado

This 1988 song stands out because of the exuberance of the singer. Dingdong Avanzado is singing as if pay phones that were operated by putting in three 25-centavo coins would never go out of style. Of course, we don’t know if any of them continue to exist in the Philippines in 2018.


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