Trackbacks, Influences and Paying Homage

Album cover for Strontium 90/Police Academy, eventually became The Police.

Usually on weekends, I would either line up a few movies in digital format, or set a playlist of my favorite music, or an audiobook  to get me through with my weekend chores, the laundry and house cleaning, or maybe doodle some drawings.

Now, I just completed my collection of  The Police ,that band composed of  Stewart Copeland, Andy Summers and Sting which is really Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner, and the last cd in that collection was a recording of their earliest performances as a quartet with Mike Howlett, another gifted musician whom, after the gig as Strontium 90, became  a prolific producer for such acts as A flock of Seagulls and OMD, among others.

There’s a track here, recorded live with the title “3 o’clock Shot” and I can’t help but smile, because now I know where The Dawn got their inspiration and influence. The Dawn, whom I also blogged about somewhere in this blogsite of mine, is a local band that was originally, as they appeared on Concert at The Park, hosted by Tina Monson-Palma, a quartet – Jett Pangan, Caloy Balcells, Jun Boy Leonor III and Teddy Diaz.

From top: JB Leonor III, Caloy Balcells, Teddy Diaz, Jett Pangan

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Another Dawn For The Dawn

Clockwise from top : JB Drums, Caloy Bass, Jet Vocals, Teddy Guitars

Clockwise from top : JB Drums, Caloy Bass, Jet Vocals, Teddy Guitars

I first saw The Dawn on Channel 4, Tina Monson-Palma hosted Concert at The Park, and was just sinking into a new wave of music that is not Menudo or Air Supply. On stage was a strange quartet, with marginal makeup and wild hairdos.

The Dawn played Enveloped Ideas as I stood fixed in front of the TV trying to turn the volume a bit more, whispering to the Radiowealth not to bust down at that exact time.

After that it was an affair that went on and on. Like a girl turning up every now and then in my life, The Dawn never really went away. When Teddy was murdered on some dark alley, we all mourned and moved on.

Several axe wielders filled Teddy’s shoes in short bursts. Atsushi did some wild times with the boys. But Francis filled the void. Francis Reyes never really filled Teddy’s shoes. He wore his own. Took the music a bit further. Made the journey as enjoyable as we all expected it to be.

From Left: JB, Jet, Francis, Buddy

From Left: JB, Jet, Francis, Buddy

Even the songwriting and the technical stuff that went with the studio recording was better, thicker, has more oomph.

And Francis has  left the building.

Onstage: Buddy, Jet, JB, Kenneth

Onstage: Buddy, Jet, JB, Kenneth

We all choose a different path at some point in our lives. Francis chose his own.

Kenneth Ilagan, now plays with the band. Listening from the CD the guys brought home to the studio ( ours, not theirs) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .The Dawn still has it!  Sound The Alarm is a must.

Looks like we are in for another musical trip with Kenneth adding another flavor to the concoction that is The Dawn.

Kenneth The Next

Kenneth The Next

Matibay ang The Dawn.