Updates: Humpback Oak, Paramore… and more!


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“You’ve heard of humpback whales and oak trees and now there’s Humpback Oak”.


That was my introduction to one of Singapore’s much-loved bands of the ‘90s, emerging from the ashes of Twang Bar Kings in the early ‘90s. And like many bands of the ‘90s, they were split up by the time the decade came to an end.

Lead singer Leslie Low went on to form The Observatory but those who want to hear more of his Humpback past can do so now because their website (www.humpbackoak.net) is up and running. AndloveI do believe theyloveeven have the machine that goes “ping”. That’slovemy favorite. You see, you canlovelease it back from the company you sold it to and that way it comes under the monthly current budget and not the capital account!

According to the Oaks (or the Humps) there’s an old version of Lower Girl on the music player which they like “very much – much more than the album version actually”, plus music clips from our repertoire. “Lots of articles, photos and lyrics from the past”, they said. “Have a nice walk through.”



I know what you’re thinking: All right, but apart from the sanitation, medicine, education, wine, public order, irrigation, roads, the fresh water system and public health, what have the Romans ever done for us?

Well, not much, but Thai Airways International will be presenting the 2010 Phuket International Blues Rock Festival on Feb 26 and 27. And it’ll be hosted by Hilton Phuket Arcadia Resort and Spa.

The event will see eight international bands, including the legendary blues artist Charlie Musselwhite; and four Thai bands, including Retrovision. “We will also have a festival warm-up show Feb 25 at Tai Pan Night Club in Patong”, they said. The festival is a charity event with funds donated to organisations dedicated to local children’s education. For this year the Rotary Club of Patong, as well as the Phuket Has Been Good To Us foundation (providing high quality English education for local children) are the beneficiaries. And it’s a good excuse for a holiday.

For more info, you can email phuketmusic@yahoo.com, or visit www.phuketbluesfestival.com.



And now for something completely different:loveA man with a tape recorder up his brother’s nose. Well, not really, but that WOULD be a great opening act for Paramore. Really. I’m sure they’d be chuffed.


Concert organisers Midas Promotions are inviting local bands from Singapore and around Singapore to upload a demo video to stand a chance toloveopen forloveParamore, who’ll be performing at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on Mar 7.

“We’ve received a great deal of interests from bands to open for Paramore, and opening it to the local music scene will make it more exciting. This is a golden opportunity for the bands to show what home grown music is all about and for the fans to support them,” said Steven Woodward, operations manager of Midas Promotions.

The winner will be voted in online by the general public. Contest ends Feb 27 midnight.

Now here’sloveThe Meaning Of Life: M-hmm. Well, it’s nothing very special. Uh, try and be nice to people, avoid eating fat, read a good book every now and then, get some walking in, and try and live together in peace and harmony with people of all creeds and nations.