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Album Ketiga Koes Plus, Album yang Terlewat(?)

Album: Koes Plus Volume III (Volume 3) Tanggal rilis: Januari 1971 Artis: Koes Plus Personel: Tonny Koeswojo: gitar listrik utama, gitar akustik utama, vokal utama dan vokal latarJon Koeswojo: vokal utama, vokal latar, gitar listrik pengiring, gitar akustik pengiringJok Koeswojo: gitar bas, vokal latar, vokal utama (lagu “Kasih jang Sutji)Murry: dram, vokal latar (lagu “Doa […]

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Album Kenangan Akhir Tahun Ini: Bimbo – Indonesia Antik vol. 3

Di saat saya tengah menulis sejarah Bimbo dalam bahasa Inggris (bagian pertama bisa dibaca di sini), saya terkenang sebuah album Bimbo yang sering saya sengaja putar sewaktu saya masih punya Sony Walkman (kaset tentunya) yang saya warisi dari almarhum bapak. Selain pertimbangan lagu-lagunya yang ciamik, album ini sering saya pilih untuk diputar dalam perjalanan di […]

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Bimbo: An Evolution of Pop Music Success Story (1)

If you are a current speaker of English as the first language, being named “bimbo” or having your band or business entity named “bimbo” may be one of the most insulting things ever happening to you. It might also be the case even fifty years ago. However, for an Indonesian pop music group that has […]

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The Favourite’s Group: The People’s Favourite’s Pre-formation and Early Days (1971-1975)

Composers, producers, arrangers, and session musicians are all crucial positions in a musical artist’s recording success. However, many of the people in these positions work in the studio behind the scene, with very few of them getting the fame that the artists enjoy. Among these few, there are those who decide to shift gears and […]

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Five Reasons Why You Should Listen to (and Possibly) Own Shark Move’s Ghede Chokra’s Album

Shark Move is that band in Indonesian rock music history, or perhaps in rock music history anywhere, that achieved so much by doing so little, but that little thing absolutely counts. They existed (initially) for a very short time and released only one album, Ghede Chokra’s, but that one album may be the one rock […]

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“Lagu Gembira”: Adikarya Pop A. Riyanto bersama The Favourite’s Group

Dalam sejarah musik populer di Indonesia, A(loysius). Riyanto (1943-1994) adalah salah satu pencipta lagu, produser, musisi, dan penemu bakat paling produktif. A. Riyanto pernah mengklaim bahwa ia telah menulis sekitar 1000 lagu. Sayangnya belum ada pangkalan data lengkap yang bisa mendukung klaim ini. Akan tetapi dengan melihat kredit A. Riyanto di direktori Irama Nusantara (iramanusantara.org) […]

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A Brief History of Seven Killer Songs: A Playlist

Last month, I found a Definitive Jimmy Cliff CD at a garage sale for only a dollar. As many ironically titled compilation albums often are, the CD is definitely a far cry from being definitive. The first half of the CD comprises Cliff’s newer stuff from the late 80s to the late 90s, opening with […]

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Lagu Bulan Ini: Ebiet G. Ade – Dia Lelaki Ilham dari Sorga

Lagu Bulan Ini: Ebiet G. Ade – Dia Lelaki Ilham dari Sorga

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Lagu Bulan Ini: Esek Esek Udug Udug (Nyanyian Ujung Gang) oleh Swami, juga tentang Bandung, dan Distopia

Beralih dari pembicaraan beberapa bulan lalu tentang lagu yang pertama saya nyanyikan ketika bapak saya merekam suara saya untuk kali pertama, kali ini saya akan bercerita tentang lagu yang pertama kali bikin saya merinding dan menitikkan air mata bahkan ketika saya belum sepenuhnya paham musik dan liriknya. Seiring saya bertambah tua, kemerindingan dan cercah air […]

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What I Miss, pt. 1

I have been away from Bandung, my hometown, for almost two years now. Within the last three months, I have been having the most serious homesickness I have ever had. I’ll tell you what I am missing. This area around the city square This is not exactly the city square, which is a sight of […]