Limited edition vinyl of Eraserheads’ ‘Ultraelectromagneticpop’ to be released

Photo: Screenshot from Ely Buendia’s Instagram account

Is this the 1990s all over again?

Fans of the iconic Filipino band Eraserheads will be stoked to know that a vinyl edition of the band’s debut album Ultraelectromagneticpop will be released by Sony Music Philippines and Offshore Music. This was announced earlier today by Sony and Ely Buendia, the band’s former vocalist and founder of Offshore.

The vinyl album will feature all songs from the original album that were mastered by Grammy award-winning audio engineer Bernie Grundman. But the album, which will be on 180-gram vinyl, will only have 2,500 copies.

Buendia wrote that it will “ship early next year.”

A digital version of the remastered album was made available on Spotify and other digital platforms last month to celebrate its 25th anniversary.

Buendia wrote in his post: “Offshore Music and Sony Music Philippines is (sic) proud to bring you, for the first time ever, Ultraelectromagneticpop! on 180g vinyl. Mastered by Bernie Grundman in all its analog glory. Limited to only 2,500 copies, expect it to ship early next year. Enough time to set up your hi-fi, if you haven’t already. Stay tuned for more details on Offshore and Sony’s social media. In the meantime, have you heard the difference on Spotify yet?”

Ultraelectromagneticpop, named after a weapon in the anime series Voltes V, includes hits that featured prominently in the lives of Filipino Gen Xers and older millennials such as Toyang, Pare Ko, and Ligaya.   

The Eraserheads came into prominence in the early 1990s. Aside from Buendia, the band was composed of Raymund Marasigan, Buddy Zabala, and Marcus Adoro.

They’re so iconic that some critics have even likened them to The Beatles and called them the “Filipino Fab Four.”

The band broke up in 2002 due to internal conflict but reunited for a 2008 concert. However, the performance was cut short when Buendia had a heart attack. The band staged another concert in 2009 and embarked on a world tour in 2012.

A few days ago, Buendia denied that he was in a viral video which showed Marasigan, Zabala, and Adoro playing the hit song Minsan. A newspaper mistakenly identified the blonde man who appeared in the video as Buendia.

Earlier this year, a musical featuring the band’s songs titled Ang Huling El Bimbo was staged. However, the band was not involved in the production.

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