Fruitcake (album)

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Fruitcake
Studio album by Eraserheads
Released 1996
Recorded Tracks Studio
Cinema Audio (string section on Track 13)
Genre Rock, OPM, Band
Length 73:27
Label Greater East Asia Music
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Sony BMG Music Entertainment
Producer Rudy Tee (exec.), Robin Rivera
Eraserheads chronology
Fruitcake EP
(1996)
Fruitcake
(1996)
Bananatype
(1997)

Fruitcake is the fourth commercial and only concept album of the Filipino band Eraserheads, released in 1996 by Sony BMG Music Philippines Inc. (formerly BMG Records Pilipinas, Inc.) It is also the official Christmas album and was accompanied by a separate storybook, also called Fruitcake. It can be categorized as a musical itself and to date, there has only been one theater musical adaptation of it - the Eraserheads' Fruitcake Musical 2010.

The release of Fruitcake is preceded by the release of a limited cassette EP version which was later released as a CD, also called Fruitcake. The cassette and CD single version contains three songs, including a different version of the song "Fruitcake" and another song called "Christmas Alphabet" which is not found in the official Fruitcake album. The album is the band's longest in terms of duration, lasting 73 minutes.

Track listing[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[1]
# Title Writer/s Notes Length
1. Fruitcake Ely Buendia The song starts with the album's final track played in backwards masking. Fruitcake comes in two versions; the album version and the standard version The standard version, which is slightly shorter, is what's used in the band's compilations, radio broadcasts, and videoke entrees 5:00
2. Shadow E. Buendia 2:37
3. Flat Tire Raimund Marasigan, Jeng Tan 4:10
4. Shadow Boxes Accountants Hector Zabala Piano instrumental by Buddy Zabala 1:02
5. Gatekeeper R. Marasigan 2:43
6. Old Fashioned Christmas Carol E. Buendia Some lyrics borrowed from "Silver Bells", "Jingle Bells", "The Little Drummer Boy", "Joy to the World", "Silent Night", "Whispering Hope" and "Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer" 4:38
7. Styrosnow E. Buendia 2:15
8. Trip to Jerusalem E. Buendia In Philippine culture, "Trip to Jerusalem" is an alternative name to musical chairs.

This song has a music video

6:15
9. Shadow Reads the News Today, Oh Boy H. Zabala Second piano solo by Zabala. The title is a reference to a line from the Beatles song "A Day in the Life" 0:27
10. Fruit Fairy H. Zabala, Earnest Mangulabnan, R. Marasigan 2:49
11. The Fabulous Baker Boy H. Zabala 5:00
12. Lord of the Rhum Marcus Adoro The only song on the album written by Marcus Adoro. 4:02
13. Lightyears E. Buendia The words "north of nowhere" and "south of somewhere" in the lyrics are the names for the sides of the album's cassette 4:18
14. Christmas Ball R. Marasigan, J. Tan 3:19
15. Mono Virus R. Marasigan 4:28
16. shadow@buttholesurfs.com H. Zabala Third and last piano solo by Zabala. The melody was also used for the album filler "Small Room" in "Aloha Milkyway" 1:04
17. Rise and Shine E. Buendia 3:32
18. Santa Ain't Comin' No Mo' E. Buendia The idea of using "mo'" instead of "more" was probably inspired by "It Ain't Gonna Rain No Mo'", a 1930s American song 2:53
19. Christmas Party E. Buendia 4:04
20. Hitchin' a Ride R. Marasigan, J. Tan Contains a slight sample of Fruitcake near the end 3:38
21. Christmas Morning E. Buendia 4:06
22. Merry Christmas Everybody Happy New Year Too E. Buendia The album's closing track. Its title is also the chorus of the sixth track 0:57

Personnel[edit]

Eraserheads
  • Ely Buendia - lead, harmony and backing vocals, guitar, casiotone on "Styrosnow", handclaps on "The Fabulous Baker Boy" and "Christmas Party", bass on "Christmas Ball", and slide and tremolo guitar on "Hitchin' a Ride"
  • Buddy Zabala - harmony and backing vocals, bass guitar, keyboard, lead vocals on "Fruit Fairy", "The Fabulous Baker Boy" and "Christmas Ball", drum machine on "The Fabulous Baker Boy", and percussion on "Santa Ain't Comin' No Mo'"
  • Marcus Adoro - guitar, lead vocals on "Lord of the Rhum", lead, rhythm and slide guitar on "Mono Virus", fuzz and wah-wah guitar on "Christmas Party", and djembe and handclaps on "The Fabulous Baker Boy"
  • Raimund Marasigan - harmony and backing vocals, drums, lead vocals on "Flat Tire", "Gatekeeper", "Mono Virus" and "Hitchin' a Ride", guitar on "Flat Tire", "Gatekeeper", "Christmas Ball" and "Hitchin' a Ride", keyboard on "Styrosnow", "The Fabulous Baker Boy", "Mono Virus" and "Christmas Party", percussion on "Old Fashioned Christmas Carol", "Trip to Jerusalem", "Mono Virus" and "Hitchin' a Ride", drum machine on "Mono Virus", shaker on "The Fabulous Baker Boy" and "Christmas Ball", melodica on "Christmas Ball", and djembe on "Fruitcake" (?) and "The Fabulous Baker Boy"
Additional musicians

In order of appearance

  • Robin Rivera - backing vocals on "Fruitcake", "Old Fashioned Christmas Carol" and "Hitchin' a Ride", the words dig and smoke'm on "Fruit Fairy", Pepe Le Jaques on "The Fabulous Baker Boy", the mantra on "Rise and Shine", percussion on "Fruitcake", "Styrosnow", "Trip to Jerusalem", "Mono Virus", "Santa Ain't Comin' No Mo'" and "Hitchin' a Ride", recorder on "Shadow" and "Christmas Ball", drums (similar to what marching bands use) on "Old Fashioned Christmas Carol", bongos on "The Fabulous Baker Boy", drum machine on "Christmas Party" and "Christmas Morning", and keyboard on "Christmas Morning"
  • Rico Blanco - backing vocals on "Gatekeeper" and "Trip to Jerusalem", guest "caroler" on "Merry Christmas Everybody Happy New Year Too", and keyboard on "Christmas Ball"
  • Lally Buendia - harmony on "Styrosnow" and guest "caroler" on "Merry Christmas Everybody Happy New Year Too"
  • Lyra Buendia - harmony on "Styrosnow" and guest "caroler" on "Merry Christmas Everybody Happy New Year Too"
  • Richard Gonzaga - trumpet on "Fruit Fairy"
  • Enteng - handclaps on "The Fabulous Baker Boy"
  • Earnest Mangulabnan - harmony on "The Fabulous Baker Boy" and "Lord of the Rhum" and guest "caroler" on "Merry Christmas Everybody Happy New Year Too"
  • Pia Arroyo - harmony on "The Fabulous Baker Boy" and guest "caroler" on "Merry Christmas Everybody Happy New Year Too"
  • Myla - harmony on "The Fabulous Baker Boy" and guest "caroler" on "Merry Christmas Everybody Happy New Year Too"
  • Jeng Tan - lead vocals on "Christmas Ball", harmony on "The Fabulous Baker Boy" and guest "caroler" on "Merry Christmas Everybody Happy New Year Too"
  • Jojo Bacasmas - Town Crier on "The Fabulous Baker Boy"
  • Ona Medina - harmony on "Lord of the Rhum" and guest "caroler" on "Merry Christmas Everybody Happy New Year Too"
  • Pia Reloj - harmony on "Lord of the Rhum" and guest "caroler" on "Merry Christmas Everybody Happy New Year Too"
  • Estelle Custodio - harmony on "Lord of the Rhum" and guest "caroler" on "Merry Christmas Everybody Happy New Year Too"
  • Shiela Sta. Ana - harmony on "Lord of the Rhum" and guest "caroler" on "Merry Christmas Everybody Happy New Year Too"
  • Benjie Bautista, Proceso Yusi, Liza Lopez, Bernadette Cadomiga - 1st violins; Rosario Molina, Nile Mendoza, Ricky Imperial, Jemay Dadap - 2nd violins; Angelito Molina, Cecille Noble - violas; Tina Pasamba, Tess Ibero - cellos: string section on "Lightyears", orchestrated and conducted by Mel Villena
  • Michael Guevarra - saxophone on "Santa Ain't Comin' No Mo'"
  • Francis Magalona (as FranscisM) - lead vocals on "Christmas Party" and guest "caroler" on "Merry Christmas Everybody Happy New Year Too"
  • Robert Javier - guest "caroler" on "Merry Christmas Everybody Happy New Year Too"
  • Agot Isidro - guest "caroler" on "Merry Christmas Everybody Happy New Year Too"
  • Tina Tybong-Banua - guest "caroler" on "Merry Christmas Everybody Happy New Year Too"
  • Karina Araneta - guest "caroler" on "Merry Christmas Everybody Happy New Year Too"
  • She Asignacion - guest "caroler" on "Merry Christmas Everybody Happy New Year Too"
  • Sancho - guest "caroler" on "Merry Christmas Everybody Happy New Year Too"
Production staff

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