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.
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.
Big deal, still? Why hate on people who want to tell the truth? I didn’t ask to be interviewed, nanahimik na nga ko dito eh living a happy life kayo yung makulit about the eheads. The music is all that matters, have you forgotten about that, and who wrote most of it?😎just sayin.— Ely Buendia (@elybuendia9001) May 27, 2021
Lol it’s also weird that I have more Ehead fans who hate me than DDS. Priorities, I guess.— Ely Buendia (@elybuendia9001) May 27, 2021
If it helps, the other guys are best buds so you can follow them if you like that. Anyway I’m gonna try and keep this day positive.. so here’s a picture of my cat not giving a sh*t pic.twitter.com/BK3iFhVOcT— Ely Buendia (@elybuendia9001) May 27, 2021
Lessons from the whole “not friends”— Ely Buendia (@elybuendia9001) May 27, 2021
Bruhaha: your statements will be taken out of context to fit people’s prejudices. Never talked shit about anyone during Jim and Saab’s podcast, I can even say I was gracious. But websites need clickbait, and unfortunately people don’t read...
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.