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These Bands Are High (With Their Videos Taken From The Rooftop)

Does rooftop scenes make music videos cool? I guess it’s the bands who makes rooftop videos cool.

The Beatles started it on their concert in the Apple studio. It was said to be their last performance, just before they announced their breakup. Following this, I have listed 3 more music videos that was taken at the rooftop from the coolest bands in the world.

I experienced this once when me and my friend attended our friend’s birthday celebration. We jammed at the rooftop of his house (3rd floor) and we had a great night, it’s just, we didn’t had a scream from admiring fans like U2 does on their video here. Instead, we got angry looks from our friend’s old neighbors. We played from 9pm to 12am, anyway.


Although I have searched for more videos to add to this list but I couldn’t find bands that are equally awesome as these bands.

I would like to see more. If I missed something, please add up on the comment. You can also add bands with similar videos that are cool in your opinion. Thanks and happy viewing.


The Beatles – Get Back

U2 – Where The Streets Have No Name


Guns N’ Roses – Don’t Cry

Matchbox Twenty – If You’re Gone

Almost Famous

What Do You Love About Music?

Almost FamousFor movie fans, they would easily recognize the title. It is a line from one of my favorite movies Almost Famous. This movie has everything I like; good music, rock, the 70s, girls, writing, and of course, the movie itself. Billy Crudup did a great job on being a rock star here.

The movie will take you to the cool, laid-back 70s. It tells a great story about a kid writer (William) who was given an assignment by Rolling Stone magazine to write a story of a promising band Still Waters. While watching this movie, I can’t help but envy the characters of Russell (Billy Crudup), the band’s guitarist, and William (Patrick Fugit), the kid writer. Russell is everything I wanted to be: cool, guitarist of a rock band. On the other hand, if music wouldn’t work out, a rock n’ roll writer would also satisfy my soul. I can imagine how cool it is to go to the tour with the band and write everything about it. You also get to watch their gigs for free and you get to hang out with the band: instant fame!

Almost Famous

But aside from the movie’s settings and characters, it also has a cool story. It tells a story of a band struggling for fame, a story of lovers, friendship, and family.

There are also unforgettable words of wisdom from Russell: “I’m a golden god!”, “I’m on drugs!”, and the question William asked to Russell, “What do you like about music?”

If I’m going to answer the question, I would say that music is the expression of my soul. Music creates a place where I can call home. Whenever I play music, it is the time that I become myself; no inhibitions, no lies, no fear, no time. It’s just me and the music. Playing music is like my own Nirvana.

Almost Famous

Don’t You Forget About Us

On our way home, I was listening to my mp3s and one of my favorite song from one of my favorite movie played: Don’t You Forget About Me performed by the Simple Minds. The song is so cool as well as the movie. I’m still having goosebumps whenever I hear the song. It still sounds fresh even though it was released 27 years ago. This is one of the anthem of the 80’s and became immortal.

The movie The Breakfast Club is a teen movie in the 80’s. It is a John Hughes film which stars Emilio Estevez, Anthony Michael Hall, Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald and Ally Sheedy. The movie’s story happened within one day when the lead characters met the serve their detention that started on Saturday morning (7am) and stayed for 8 hours.

The story evolved in how they dealt with each other. Although they’re not totally stranger from each other, but they have their own peers; Andrew (Emilio Estevez) is a school athlete, Allison (Ally Sheedy) is a basket case, Claire (Molly Ringwald) is a pricess, John (Judd Nelson) is a criminal, and Brian (Anthony Michael Hall) is a brain. You can imagine how totally different personalities will mix inside detention within 8 hours.

This movie is full of entertainment and moral values. This makes you look back and reminisce how good are teen movies in the 80’s compare to teen movies of today where you can hear nothing but f*ck and sh*t and see nothing but naked teen agers.

I will never forget the song and the movie. They are both classic and marvelous.

Music That I’m Stuck With

Electric Guitar

I've always been a music lover and I'm a fan of rock music. I listen to different genres such as 70s rock (Led Zeppelin, The Eagles), 80s (U2, REM, The Cure), Glam Rock (Guns N Roses, Motley Crue), Thrash Metal (Metallica, Megadeth), 90s (Staind, The Cranberries, Smashing Pumpkins, The Offspring). Except lately that I haven't caught up with the current music genre such as Emo rocks and others.

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How Music Makes Me Better

Gibson SG with Amp

Actually, I work better when my music is on. It gives me a feeling of not working. It keeps me enjoy the moment and keeps me inspired.

I have been liking music my entire life and I could say that music has been my life. It is my field, my specialty, my passion. Everything I do, when it's done with music, it becomes enjoyable.

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My Most Memorable ‘Dawn Gig

My friend Ryan once invited me to watch The Dawn gig in a bar in Makati. It’s a free gig, you just have to sign in on their Yahoo group, so I did. The gig is on a bar named SaGuijo. It is located in Guijo street in Makati. It’s a small bar. I took time getting use to it knowing that The Dawn will play there. I used to watch the band playing on a large venue with thousands of screaming fans. But that time is different. I thought how would a crowd could fit in this small bar.

We arrived early. On the entrance, they’ll check if your name is on the list (that is what the Yahoo group is for. Your name on the list is a free entrance.) SaGuijo is a bar-former-house, as I saw it. They converted the house into a bar which gives it a unique and ‘homey’ appearance and ambience.

There are two front bands before The Dawn played. The Dawn entered the small stage with a small horizontal black paint on their eyes to give their performance an 80s setting. And the crowd gathered at the front, near the stage to get a closer look at the band. I can’t believe at that time that I’m watching them that close. I can even strum Francis’ guitar while he’s playing. It was like watching a practice or a garage jam. Those are the reason why I enjoyed the gig. I guest anyone inside the bar had the same experience as I did that night. The band even talk sometime and have fun with the fans like they’re just having a practice.

We also saw Raimund Marasigan, former drummer of the Eraserheads and current frontman of Sandwich, watching the gig from outside the bar, taking a peek.

The event also had a contest, on “the most 80s get-up/fashion” for the fans.

The band played songs from their album Tulad Ng Dati, which compiled classics with new arrangements and four new singles.

At the end of the night, we approached the band while packing up and asked to sign our just-bought-cd. I really wanted to have some pictures with Francis but I got really shy, hehe. And just as I thought the night was over, on our way to the parking, Ryan said we look for JB, the band’s drummer. He said JB promised to give him his old cymbals. And when we found him, JB, packing in his car and we approached him. Ryan introduced us and JB recalled him. He is friendly as he was before. We approached him before at the back stage of Earthwake concert. And at the SaGuijo night, we even had a chat with him.

That maybe the simplest ‘Dawn gig I’d watched, but it was the best. I will never forget the night, and the feeling.