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  1. Gum
    April 22, 2010 @ 9:23 am

    I do not want to sound as if I’m generalizing but I think that most haters are the younger people who had no idea that pop music in the Philippines existed. To most OPM = rock and power ballads(which ironically are so influenced by American and British music yet they call it very OPM while they insult this new boy group, calling them copycats and go to the point of even pointing out their acne from a pic two years ago).

    And the Taglish issue is just funny and “H”. Those who criticize the Taglish songs speak Taglish themselves.

    I don’t have any problem if they don’t like XLR8 but the haters go beyond etiquette and ethics. They were even suggesting that the throw tomatoes at one of their mall shows. Not only that, in one of their appearances in PP, haters really went to watch them just too ‘boo’. How low is that? if you don’t want an artist, the natural reaction, pay no attention yet these haters pay too much attention. Funny how they are more updated than fans.

    If you actually listen to the whole album, you mirrors the kind of OPM pop way back. The haters only base XLR8’s music on YSH.

    You can check out the teasers pala on If they don’t have the CD at Filipino stores, maybe you could get someone from the Philippines to send you one. I had my best friend send me my CD


    • Adrimarie
      April 22, 2010 @ 6:38 pm

      Kamusta Gum~! :)

      I would agree with you with the general younger generation being the haters of this group. I’m not being prejudiced or anything, but as adults, heck we’ve been there. ;-)

      In today’s music industry it’s very difficult to become “purely original”, creating a brand-new sound that people would like. Music today had become “divided” in to different genres now to suit the individualism of the music lovers out there. Back in the old days, there was only one genre of music where the old and the young listen at the same time. The division began in the ’50s with rock & roll as well as teen rebellion. It still continued to divide in the ’60s, the ’70s, the ’80s, the ’90s, and most especially this century. Since I grew up in the ’80s, I’ve noticed the major changes and evolving of pop music from the past and then. As a teenager in the ’90s, it was the same thing. 2000s? I didn’t see much change, except there have been some revivals and “recyclables” among pop music, not necessarily here in the U.S. or in UK or wherever, but other countries too (like Japan and Korea).

      I took History of Rock & Roll humanities class in college, which was why I know so much LOL.

      There has always been TAGLISH in OPM. My parents (who grew up in the ’50s and ’60s) admitted they learned a lot of English from old OPM songs and Taglish already existed in those lyrics already, just before they got in to Elvis, The Beatles, etc. when they started high school (’60s). Taglish became a lot more prominent in the ’70s and the ’80s, and being a kid growing up in 1980s Philippines, I’ve experienced the prominence of Taglish LOL. So all those haters who don’t know what the word research means should seriously start researching before they start claiming that XLR8 are copycats from K-Pop (K-Pop as well as J-Pop aren’t exactly purely original either).

      As I mentioned, there’s always going to be haters in every fandom, but my worries are, like you mentioned, the ethics. On the other hand, I do have a feeling most are just hating because they’re jealous. At the same time, this is a good test for our boys to endure as rising stars. Many fresh celebs do get intimidated by the haters in general, but I do believe that our boys can pull it off together. I’m assuming they’ve been in the industry for quite awhile now so they should be okay.

      I’m not expecting people to like XLR8 or become a fan of XLR8. I just want these haters to actually give valid reasons and concrete backup as to why they hatin’. YSH is just one song. What about the other songs they have in their album? I’ve listened to some of the other songs on YouTube, so that prompted me to follow them (and it’s a good opportunity since they only debuted a few months ago). :)

      If I can’t find a copy of the CD, I’ll just ask my teenage nephews & nieces in the old country to fetch me one. :lol:


  2. Yui
    April 25, 2010 @ 4:58 am

    LOL. Remember when you always say you don’t like obsessed fan girls who’s actions towards others are really scary and a turn-off? I do understand you know. I get how it is.

    Know what? Instead of influencing me to love K-pop, those fans are just scaring me away. And because of them, I am regrettably kinda hating k-pop. Everytime I see or hear them on television or radio I just get irritated. But of course, I still kinda like K-pop. But I just don’t get these fangirls who are “too much… too much.” :sad:


    • Adrimarie
      April 26, 2010 @ 6:37 am

      I’ve been quite involved w/ the XLR8 forums lately (they’re actually planning on moving to a more secured system, I’m hosting it ^^), gotten to meet so many people… my “kinakapatid” and all LOL. I really like this fandom, it’s so different and so diverse (mainly because we got an equal amount of fanboys to the fangirls :P ). Many of these are K-Pop fans, though it seems a lot more are J-Pop fans. There are even some who are “converts” (they were haters before but now they can’t get enough of XLR8 LOL).

      Hopefully the community will go through a smoother run in the near future. :)


      • Yui
        May 3, 2010 @ 5:51 am

        Yes, quite true. And they seem to be very open, too. Not discriminating at all.

        Me, I never became a hater, just criticizing these and that in an accepting and “don’t really mind that about them” way. It’s probably because I’m not a SuJu fan and I didn’t even know that it sounded like sorry sorry in the first place! That’s why I had no hard feelings then and got even excited! :grin: So, the moment I saw them on tv I already loved these guys and immediately searched the internet.


        • Adrimarie
          May 7, 2010 @ 6:09 am

          I agree with you. I actually had my first TinyChat meeting (first time EVER that is LOL) with some friends in the A.FM and I had my super luck when I first met Kiko and Tita Cris on webcam. It was a pretty awesome experience. Hopefully one day I get to meet the rest of the group. :up:

          I’m not a fan of SuJu either but I knew the song “Sorry Sorry.” Having songs with the same beat as each other is nothing new to me. It’s an old practice in pop music in general (starting here in the U.S. obviously) anyway, so those in the industry are already familiar with the practice and pretty much no point in suing one another.

          I am very disappointed with the Filipinos over there though (no offense of course). They look down on our “sariling atin” while they support foreign-imported entertainment. I just don’t see the point why they would do that. Why not appreciate our “sariling atin” at the same time as appreciating all the imported stuff, you know?

          K-Dog and my sister’s Korean boyfriend (who’s a major K-Pop fan himself) are quite disappointed with the Filipinos’ behavior towards XLR8, if not the general “sariling atin.” They came to like XLR8 too. ^^;


          • Gum
            May 8, 2010 @ 8:37 am

            It’s the long-term colonial mentality, I guess? Yknow it’s been a ‘practice’ back home where local products/services/etc(anything local) are automatically seen as ‘cheap’.

            Yknow what I got to appreciate Filipino products even more when I came here to the US.

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