Sunday, December 13, 2009

A S-ROCK compilation? Who'd thunk it, eh? In this day and age of falling CD sales and lukewarm mainstream interest in S-ROCK, you just have to hand it to the folks at Universal (especially Kheng) for having the kahunas to release this labour of love.

Compiling some of the best S-ROCK tracks from the mid-80s (Zircon Lounge) to the new generation (B-Quartet), with a major focus on the 90s S-ROCK revival (Oddfellows, Padres, Humpback Oak, Pagans et al), +65 Indie Underground is a timely collection of the finest Singaporean music of the last twenty years or so.

All well & good. My hope for this compilation is not only that it sells in phenomenal numbers and justifies a second edition but that Universal will be able to distribute into the region as well e.g. into Malaysia, Thailand, Philippines and even Japan as a showcase of Singapore music. I think it is a excellent opportunity for the "powers-that-be" to get behind this compilation to promote Singapore music overseas.

Of course, I must qualify that I am - as Watchmen - featured on this compilation so take my comments with a pinch of salt. If you wish...

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