Cutterpillow

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Cutterpillow
Studio album by Eraserheads
Released December 8, 1995 (1995-12-08)
Recorded 1995
Genre OPM, Rock
Length 63:52
Language English, Filipino
Label Musiko, Sony BMG Music Entertainment
Producer Robin Rivera
Eraserheads chronology
CiRcuS
(1994)
Cutterpillow
(1995)
Fruitcake EP
(1996)

Cutterpillow is the third studio album by Filipino alternative rock group Eraserheads. It was released in the Philippines on December 8, 1995 by Sony BMG Music. The album became a highlight in Pinoy music as it introduced classic songs such as "Huwag Mo Nang Itanong", "Overdrive", and the popular "Ang Huling El Bimbo".[1] It was both critically and commercially successful, certifying 11× Platinum by the Philippine Association of the Record Industry (PARI).[1] To date, the album has sold over 400,000 units in the country, becoming the third biggest-selling album in OPM history.[2]

The album was re-issued in 2006 and 2008, just before the legendary band's reunion concert. On September 7, 2010, the album was released on digital download through iTunes and Amazon.com MP3 Download.[3][4]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[5]

Upon release, Cutterpillow received positive reviews from music critics, most of them pointing out the more mature and cohesive, brimming with enjoyable, substantive songs.

In retrospect, David Gonzales of Allmusic gave the album four and a half out of five stars, noticing the more substantive sound with only a touch of "kiddie pop", where he described their previous record Circus as "lightweight and superficial". He applauded the song "Back2Me", saying "[the song] moves on a punkish vibe, the reverb-drenched guitars overlaid with the vocalist singing a catchy, snappy melody reminiscent of Green Day. He further described the opening reverb-edged guitar figure of "Waiting for the Bus" as "enchanting, as is the song itself, highlighted by a rapturous chorus". He likened the song "Poorman's Grave" and stated "In fact, there isn't a bad song on the album". He also compared "Ang Huling El Bimbo" to that of The Beatles, and added "This is a fine, enjoyable album, one of the best ever made in the Philippines.[6]

Cultural impact[edit]

Most of the songs became common staples in video bars, and some were used in advertisements in the Philippines, most notably Overdrive, used by Universal Robina for one of their products, and Ang Huling El Bimbo, which was featured in a McDonald's commercial.

Commercial performance[edit]

The album debuted at number one on the Philippines nationwide album chart, with first-week sales of more than 125,000 copies sold. Sales figures for the first week are the highest of the band's career. The album was certified quadruple platinum in 1996, having shipped more than 175,000 copies in just under a month after its release, becoming the fastest selling album in '90s era. In 2012 this album accredited eleven times platinum by the Philippine Association of the Record Industry (PARI). This album holds the record for the most number of copies sold by a Filipino band of all times and second to Westlife self-titled album for best selling album by a band in the Philippines.

Track listing[edit]

Standard edition[7]
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Superproxy"   Ely Buendia, Francis Magalona 5:45
2. "Back2Me"   Buendia, Marcus Adoro, Raimund Marasigan 2:14
3. "Waiting for the Bus"   Buendia 3:27
4. "Fine Time"   Raimund Marasigan 3:01
5. "Kama Supra"   Buendia 4:36
6. "Overdrive"   Buendia, Marasigan 5:05
7. "Slo Mo"   Buendia, Marasigan, Adoro, Buddy Zabala 3:24
8. "Torpedo"   Buendia 4:17
9. "Huwag Mo Nang Itanong"   Buendia 4:11
10. "Paru-Parong Ningning"   Buendia, Adoro, Marasigan 2:47
11. "Walang Nagbago"   Buendia 3:24
12. "Poorman's Grave"   Buendia 4:36
13. "Yoko"   Marasigan 3:10
14. "Fill Her"   Buendia, Marasigan 1:47
15. "Ang Huling El Bimbo"   Buendia 7:29
Re-release edition
No. Title Writer(s) Length
16. "Cutterpillow" (hidden track) Buendia 2:31
17. "Overdrive (Finale)"   Buendia, Marasigan 3:02

Notes

  • Track 16 wasn't part of the album's initial release. It was added a few years later as a hidden track.
  • Track 17 is another extra track that was added years later. This one is a sequel to "Overdrive" but isn't a song. It is entirely a conversation between Buendia and an unidentified woman.

Chart Performance[edit]

Charts (1995–96) Peak
position
Philippines(Over-all Album Chart) 1
Philippines (OPM Album Chart) 1

Certifications[edit]

Country Provider Certification Sales
Philippines PARI 11× Platinum (Diamond)[2] 400,000+[2]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Luis Katigbak (March 18, 2011). "So that was 1996". The Philippine Star. Retrieved 2011-04-20. 
  2. ^ a b c Rodelito Mamuad (23 September 2009). "20 to try: Filipino albums". timeoutbahrain.com. Retrieved 2011-04-20. 
  3. ^ "Eraserheads - Cutterpillow". iTunes. Retrieved 2011-04-20. 
  4. ^ "Eraserheads - Cutterpillow". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2011-04-20. 
  5. ^ Allmusic review
  6. ^ David Gonzales. "Eraserheads - Cutterpillow album review". Allmusic. Retrieved 2011-04-20. 
  7. ^ "Eraseheads - Cutterpillow". Titik Pilipino. Retrieved 2011-04-20.