I’m an avid fan of Eraserheads- the Beatles of the Philippines. I grew up with their music. I know most of their songs. And even though they’ve already disbanded, I’m still a fan. Their songs are still alive and their music is still a trend.
One of my favorite songs was SPOLARIUM. I keep on playing this song even though I totally do not understand the meaning of it or even the story behind this. Knowing Ely Buendia – the lead vocalist of Eraserheads, he’s smart enough to write a song with a very unsightly meaning from a very inexplicable story. I think Spolarium is one of the songs he wrote with a much unexplained lyrics and I’m not aware on that until I read a comment from a blog site.
While searching for the English translation of the song Spolarium (it was our project wayback in 1st year college), I accidentally read a comment from a blog site and I was SHOCKED. I don’t know if it’s true or not but there’s only one thing I proved…Ely Buendia is truly a master!
Here’s the comment:
If you wanna know what this song actually means, I could share it with you. Professors here in the University of the Philippines know about it and they share it in class whenever the song comes in discussions. It is actually the story of the rape victim Pepsi who were allegedly raped by Vic, Joey, and someone –I forgot the name. She was made to drink too much by the three (this is described in the first 3 stanzas of the song) and when she was unconscious, they raped her. Pepsi died when she was about to cry out for justice. There were rumors that Pepsi did not commit suicide but she was killed to stop her from testifying in court. So after knowing that, the song is pretty much direct except for some parts like “itigil muna ang pag-ikot ng mundo”. We can interpret this part differently. It can mean that the victim wanted her oppressors to stop their manipulations or she was just too tired of everything that’s happening that she wanted the world to just stop.
Pepsi was not able to receive justice. Until now, there is no closure to her case. And whether Vic and Joey were guilty, no one can prove it.
I assume Ely Buendia, who wrote the song, learned about Pepsi’s misery when he was still in the university. Maybe for him, even if Pepsi was not able to testify, the song would speak out the truth.