This is a 1996 documentary on Singapore’s indie alternative music scene. It’s the full monty, from rock ballads, punk / metal to experimental music.
Still relevant today, the film serves to highlight the dilemma of local talent being massively understated by their local population, in favor of foreign commercial acts.
Recognized anyone in the video?
This video is sadly low in quality and out of sync, because the S-VHS tape was badly preserved (e.g. fungus on tape), quickly digitized to VCD in early 2000, then uploaded online just moments ago. I was contemplating on sharing this, but figured it could be worth something to someone.
Ah those were the days… I remember when we stood in the rain at Substation, shooting The Padres performance with our big-ass video camera. Keeping the shot steady while getting electrocuted slowly was quite a way to go. The production team consisted of Rachel, Greg, Isaiah and me, and it was produced under our Mass Communication program at Ngee Ann Polytechnic.
If you want a blast from the past, check out our early web site about the Singapore alternative music scene at substitute.com. No updates since 1997, maintained as a digital artifact for all to see.
Update: This video is now available on Google Video as well.