Saturday, December 22, 2007

Dean's December "Chemical Wedding"

This next post is one of my favorite Pinoi bands. Eventhough it's not punk, this band realy knows how to rock. It's just sad that the cover of their cassette only release was already in bad shape that I wasn't able to scan it. Here's some info of the band from All Music Guide.

Dean's December only recorded one album, but their significance to Filipino rock & roll music transcends the quantity of their work. Formed in Manila, Philippines, on Nov. 5, 1985, Dean's December quickly established themselves within Manila's burgeoning underground music scene. Leader Binky Lampano (vocals) was a DJ at Manila's defunct, legendary new wave radio station DWXB, calling himself "Ikabod" and defiantly working without a play list. Not coincidentally, Dean's December resembled some of the artists Lampano played, namely the moody psychedelia of the Church and the atmospheric guitars and sullen keyboards of the Cure. Dean's December's only album, Chemical Wedding, was released independently in 1986. The anthemic "It Doesn't Snow in Manila" became a cult hit, but Dean's December struggled to land gigs. Nevertheless, the band helped to pioneer alternative rock in the Philippines as they absorbed European influences while retaining their Filipino roots. At a time when many mainstream Filipino artists performed torch songs on TV, Dean's December were among the groups that pioneered intelligent, cutting-edge rock & roll in the Philippines. Dean's December contributed a track to the 10 of Another Kind compilation in the early '90s, but lack of commercial success made the band grind to a halt. In 1992, Lampano rediscovered his passion for blues, forming the blues outfit the Newly Industrialized Combo. The N.I.C. was placed on hiatus when Lampano moved to the U.S. Lampano rejoined the N.I.C. when he returned to the Philippines in the mid-'90s; the group changed its name to Lampano Alley, backing Lampano on his blues album I Heard the News. ~ Michael Sutton, All Music Guide


Dean's December - Chemical Wedding

37 comments:

bongm said...

thanks for the upload but my wmp can't open the file .rar....can you help me please...salamat uli

Punk Rock Daddy said...

download a winrar software, it's free!

der_rabe said...
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der_rabe said...

it's definitely sad that they only released one album, and sadder still that i was too young to know any better at that time and was not able to grab a copy.

but i believe that "10 of another kind" was released sometime around 1987-88 and dean's december, together with the four other bands on the compilation, contributed two songs each.

G.A. said...

my dad Gregson was the guitarist for this band, and he also coined the name "Dean's December"!

masilog said...

hello. i was wondering if you could repost the album again.thank you very much.

james said...

hi, i'm james. i found your blog post thru google. i lived in manila between '83 and '90, and i used to own the cassette of the album and absolutely loved it. sadly i've lost the tape over the years. and i've arrived here too late for the download. would you be willing to upload the album again?

thanks for your time. i appreciate your help.

Anonymous said...

hello

the file isn't available anymore. can you share it again please. big fan here. i bought my cassette at shambhu in sm city north edsa then but lost it. grrrr

gio_apc2003@yahoo.com

crisibarra1 said...

Guys, huge favor please. Can you post again active links for chemical wedding, 10 of another kind and betrayed songs like Never Meant To Be This Way and Never Again. Thanks in advance!

Anonymous said...

the album is now available here:

http://anthemsfromthealleyways.blogspot.com/2009/03/deans-december-chemical-wedding.html

thanks punk rock daddy.

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