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‘Why hate on people who want to tell the truth?’: Ely Buendia on reactions to revelation about former band Eraserheads

Ely Buendia has broken his silence over his surprising revelation about his former band Eraserheads that drew mixed reactions from their fans.

BY
Pau Benoza

Twitter: @pauleaaa

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05/28/2021 12:19 PM
‘Why hate on people who want to tell the truth?’: Ely Buendia on reactions to revelation about former band Eraserheads
Photo Credit: @eraserheads_official Instagram

Ely Buendia has broken his silence over his surprising revelation about his former band Eraserheads that drew mixed reactions from their fans.

In a recent episode of the Spotify podcast Wake Up with Jim and Saab—hosted by musician couple Jim Bacarro and Saab Magalona, Ely admitted that he was "never" really friends with his fellow Eraserheads members Buddy Zabala, Marcus Adoro, and Raimund Marasigan, as he explained why their song "Minsan" from their second studio album Circus makes him "cringe".

 


 

"It’s one of those songs… There are some songs, when you mature as a songwriter, [you hear] lyrics na medyo cringe-worthy. It’s not a specific line, but the whole sentimentality of it," he said.

"Baka I can explain why I feel that way. May pinanggagalingan ‘yun, e,” he continued. "It’s about fans… I was kind of sick of fans saying, when the Eheads broke up, ‘You’re friends, you shouldn’t have [broken] up. You made us feel bad.’ I was sick of that. I think everything points to that song. That’s what they reference all the time."

“What fans didn’t know, what the public didn’t know [is] we were never — okay, I don’t want to break any hearts again… We were never close, we were never friends, as in tight friends. That’s why we broke up," he added.

The original Eraserheads was the most successful Filipino band of the 1990s. 

They broke up in 2002, after Ely departed from the group.

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According to Ely, who wrote "Minsan", the fan-favorite Eraserheads tune about friendship was never about his former bandmates, but about his actual friends outside of the group.

“That song is actually about my actual friends, the friends that were with me during my stay at Kalayaan. It wasn’t about the Eraserheads; it was about my friends,” he said.

In a series of tweets on Thursday, May 27, Ely said he has been receiving "hate" from Eraserheads fans over his recent revelation. 

 

 

 

 

 

After he left Eraserheads, Ely, 50, became part of bands The Mongols, Pupils, and Oktaves. Currently, he is the guitarist and singer-songwriter of the band Apartel.