Sunday, February 13, 2005

Big in The Phillippines

Reading, England's Seona Dancing released just two 7" singles and 12" remixes in the U.K. in the early 80's on London Records. Neither were hits but two years later they were big in the Phillippines.

According to All Music Guide: "DWRTFM in Manila started spinning a dreamy ballad called "Fade," by Medium. The song title and artist name were completely bogus, created so that their competitors wouldn't be able to find the record and play it themselves; a station I.D. was even inserted midway through the track, making it impossible for other DJs to record it and spin it on their own stations. A year later, its true identity was revealed on Manila's now legendary New Wave powerhouse DWXB102"

That song was Seona Dancing's "More To Lose". Seona Dancing were keyboardist Bill Macrae and vocalist Ricky Gervais who went on to manage Suede before they broke big and also wrote and starred in The Office on the BBC.

Seona Dancing have been blogged about before here and by Wily the Filipino where you can find the 12" mix of "More To Lose". You can also find a page dedicated to the band here.

Go to the download page to get Seona Dancing - "More To Lose" (7" version)


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank You for this post.
I love the 2 songs ont his 7" but really had no frame of reference as to who these guys were and who they became.
On My Side is a great track too.

12:36 PM  
Anonymous EJ said...

Their songs really left good memories of my highschool days. I listen to those tracks from time to time when I feel like listening to new wave songs.
My buddies back in highschool ('80's) had to buy their mixd version at Raon or Subic Base just to have the latest mixed lp's. And Seona Dancing was always one of our favorites.

12:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

there are still new wave bands in the philippines.. mostly tribute bands.. they play regularly at Mayric's every 3rd saturday of the month.. called "Back to the Edge"
they are even selling New Wave 80's shirts... they just can't take the spirit away!

-grabbing hand

2:39 PM  
Blogger nobodysdiary said...

nice to know there are still people like me are still stuck on the 80's, i really love the song and missed it so much..... :)

7:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

heard the song when i was in pi in 91...loved bought the remix version with kalapana the hurt and came back to the us and searched and found it the new wave

4:35 PM  
Anonymous emmanuel of cebu said...

Its great to know that there is still some responsible people that tells what new wave music is all about,I salute you bro'.These groups reminds me of all music that I grow up then all of a sudden they just wiretrain,pleasure thieves and other groups that when you hear their music you it comes from their heart what their singing about to(seona dancings intro "we used to cry about the day when one of us might fall weak and blinded into anothers arms"; i can relate to that!!) ...I miss all of you great poets but your memory lives on through your music..LONG LIVE NEW WAVE MUSIC....

3:13 AM  
Blogger eLf ideas said...

Fellow Seona fan...

Half Life Half Death's lead guitarist (in the Philippines) and I, vocalist, (in Canada) collaborated through sending music files via the Internet to finish an album of New Wave covers. "More to Lose" is one of these.

Visit MySpace to listen to the draft mix of our version of "More to Lose." We might release this, along with other New Wave covers, under the name haLf man haLf eLf.

2:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was looking for more to lose tabs but was unfortunate to find one. But I was lucky to see this. I love that song so much and it gives me a really nice feeling. I am pretty young at 17 but I love new wave so much...

1:17 AM  
Blogger PleasureThief said...

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11:11 PM  
Blogger PleasureThief said...

Pleasure Thieves...Where are they now?

11:15 PM  
Anonymous friarminor said...

Still big when played on the Philippine airwaves!

1:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another lost band:

white glove test


Blanket of Secrecy / "Say you will"

6:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anyone knows where to get a MIDI file of Seona Dancings Songs? any leads pls e-mail me at thanks!

5:15 AM  
Anonymous Wavers Phils said...

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9:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My band Super 8 Cynics have covered the Seona Dancing track Bitter Heart. Check it out here:

4:05 AM  

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