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MP3 Various Artists - The Underground: Something Alternative, Vol. 1

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Eleven of Hong Kong's best bands showcase their songs from alternative to soupy-punk to easy listening to eccentric jazz

22 MP3 Songs in this album (93:18) !
Related styles: ROCK: Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, ROCK: Rock & Roll

People who are interested in Queens of the Stone Age The Jam should consider this download.


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showcasing live original music in Hong Kong since 2004.

Here is the list of bands who are on the CD and their two songs specially recorded for this Compilation CD:

1. VELVETTE VENDETTA
Night Before the Snow Storm

2. VELVETTE VENDETTA
This is Our Rotten Love

3. BORN TO HULA
Goner

4. BORN TO HULA
Satellites

5. THE SINISTER LEFT
Caped Carnival

6. THE SINISTER LEFT
The Faux King

7. F.B.I.
Man Love!

8. F.B.I.
Don't Quit Your Day Job

9. VIOLENT JOKES
Broken Carillon

10. VIOLENT JOKES
Glows Like Jellygum

11. LAZY SUSANS
Let it Roll

12. LAZY SUSANS
Steel Wall

13. TAI TAI ALIBI
Cycle

14. TAI TAI ALIBI
Autocrat

15. 22CATS
Queen of Diamond Hill (Koya Session)

16. 22CATS
Dickless

17. SEA MONSTERS
Improvisation 01

18. SEA MONSTERS
Improvisation 02

19. FORGOT
Come To Me

20. FORGOT
Anymore

21. CHOCHUKMO
Number One

22. CHOCHUKMO
Head to Toe

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Chris B wants the compilation to show off the originality and talents of Hong Kongâs many under-appreciated bands. âI donât think people realise how good they are,â she says. âWe want the rest of the world to know.â

Hong Kong, a former British colony, now a 'special administrative region of mainland China'.

Descriptions of the bands contained in this box set:
Their soaring, Queens of the Stone Age-esque Night Before the Snow Storm kicks off the two-disc compilation, which brings together aspiring rock stars of varying colours. There are the hard rock acts (the nu-metalish FBI, Hisakuzaâs improv-driven Sea Monsters, classic rockers Tai Tai Alibi), melodic rockers (Vendetta, The Sinister Left, Forgot, Lazy Susans), and the more experimental acts (trip-hop trio Violent Jokes, double-bass-led punk-lite Born to Hula, and the ska-, Latin-, and even dub-influenced Cho Chuk Mo).

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The Underground - Something Alternative Compilation #1

For better or worse, the Underground showcase has dragged indie rock out of the band rooms of Mong Kok and Kwun Tong, and onto the stages of venues such as the now-defunct Edge and Les Visages, and the alive-and-kicking Cavern and Club Cixi. In its four and a half-year history, it has never laid claim to showing off the worldâs best music; rather, it has offered a leg-up for bands looking for ladders to climb.

That supportive strain is reflected in the release of this compilation (see Feature, p87), in which eleven bands are allowed two tracks each to show off their wares. Thatâs a policy with a pro and a con. The pro is that is that the two tracks provide room to be more representational of the bandsâ music; but the con is that it stretches the compilation to a two-CD, 92-minute affair that asks a lot of the listener. Itâs a big gamble on what is, really, a bunch of unknown bands with promise.

Speaking of which, there are two great reasons to pick up a copy of this CD right now: Velvette Vendetta, and Chochukmo. The glam-rockers Vendetta kick off the album with a soaring rock number (Night Before the Snow Storm) that evokes Queens of the Stone Age and features impressive ululating, falsetto vocals and a great instrumental break down, with some big metal-esque riffs and symphonic electric organ working at full tilt. At the albumâs tail-end, Chochukmo tears the lid off the staid-rock conventions that plague our indie scene with two tracks (Number One and Head to Toe) that meld Latin-influenced guitar leads with dub-like use of the waa waa pedal and off-beat, multi-layered vocals. File these guys away under âmust-seeâ.

The rest of the album offers flashes of excellence (The Jam-like understatement of Born to Hulaâs Goner; the psychedelic lead guitar in Sinister Leftâs Caped Carnival; the foot-to-floor electric wailing in The Sea Monstersâ Improvisation 1), and moments of dullness in equal measure. All in all, itâs a fair reflection of where our indie scene is at today: immature but growing and diversifying, with a few, distinct, high points.
Hamish McKenzie
(Time Out Magazine HK September 10th 2008 edition)

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THIS TWO-CD BOX SET IS A FIRST FOR HONG KONG MUSICIANS!
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