SEPTEMBER FEATURE STORIES
Before it was hip to be unhip, a band of UCLA undergrads had already
decided on the sound of the future. Savage Republic's Bruce Licher,
Jeff Long, Mark Erskine, Jackson Del Ray, and independently Ethan
Port and Greg Grunke, had come up with the sound of "rage" one long
hot summer in the subterranean utility tunnels of the University
of California in Los Angeles. That sound led to four albums over
a span of seven years - experimenting with noise, industrial, hardcore
with a North African-Mediterranean flavour. It was like an underground
attack on the effeminate '80s. Savage Republic were uncompromising.
Irregular releases and infrequent performances removed them from
the public eye. But through word of mouth, the band's cool album
covers and "unhip" music built a loyal audience. Now in 2002, the
band is reforming to play The Beyond the Pale Festival in San Francisco
with Neurosis, Low, and Steel Pole Bathtub. All their albums have
been remastered and are issued once again on CDs. Michael Cheah
talks to Bruce Licher and Ethan Port about building a band just
for the music. Now in the new millennium, it's hip to be unhip.
DO YOU REMEMBER?
BigO's 17th ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL
Do you remember all the concerts you went to, your favourite bands
whom you swore allegiance to, how young you were and all the hopes
you had for the Singapore music scene? In this photo special, we
celebrate BigO's 17 years and the people and music we cared for.
THE MAN FROM HONG KONG DVD
Long before Jackie Chan crossed the waters for greener pastures,
Jimmy Wang Yu already made the crossing in this Hong Kong-Australian
production. A veteran Shaw Bros/Golden Harvest kung fu star by then,
Wang was the leading action hero and was poised to look for a bigger
market... Of course, it was the action that mattered... choreographed
by a 22-year-old Sumo Hung. And while the latter-day Jackie Chan
and even Chow Yun Fat (in Replacement Killers) never got the gals,
Wang bedded not one but two Australian honeys...
Pick up September's BigO and you might win a DVD of this cult classic.
For more... check out the hard copy