October 16, 2006
Prior to the mid-70s in Canada and Australia, local music was hardly played on their radio stations. Perception of domestic music was poor... The main plan was to work towards a minimum quota of local music that radio stations must have on their playlist.... When the idea was first mooted, there were heavy resistance against it. Radio stations and advertisers didn't warm to the idea, that the public is used to American Top 40. It's too much work. So why rock the boat? Even the masses would (I imagine) go "eeee local music sucks" (sounds familiar right?).... At end of the 4 or 5 year plan, it started to reap rewards, both countries saw real $$$$ growth in their domestic music industry.... Beyond all this, I reckon is the most important intangible...
P R I D E.
It's priceless. National pride is something you cannot tag a $ value to it. It gives a profound sense of meaning to every individual in relation to the geographical space they call home. So often I've seen/spoken to Canadians and Aussies whose eyes will have that extra gleam whenever the pub/club plays something from their country. This is the result of what happened in the mid to late 70s in their countries.
Recommended by rationalneurotic: "An established local musician talks about the lack of support for local music, by comparing it to similar waves of discontent in Australia and Canada in previous decades. His website also has many local pieces to be downloaded."
August 21, 2006
Rock in the Fine City gives reviews of albums long out of circulation - the golden era of local music then. Since Concave Scream (one of the top bands from then) has now made a terrific comeback after a long hiatus, it'll be interesting to see what we have missed out, or what we are missing out now.
A uniquely $ingaporean music website that still dwells in the past. What you get is a retrospective look at the tiny island music scene between the '80s to the'90s. That era had ethos and spirit. This era... a coffin wagon filled with great pretenders and opportunists. So, we don't bother about the future and superbands, hail the long dead homebaked. The author is a biased, opinionated old fogey who rock out like a chinese motorcycle.
October 27, 2005
Edmund Yeo said:
Forced Labour was originally meant to be a black action comedy when it was first developed. But after finishing its first version back in May, I decide that the humour and the action didn't really work that well, thus I started making a new, more serious and story-driven version of Forced Labour on July, and completed it a month later.
Recommended by virgin_undergrad: "A pretty cool short film shot by an Singapore-born Malaysian Edmund Yeo who's studying at Murdoch University. A very impressive effort for an amateur filmaker. And he's not even majoring in anything remotely related to films. "