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"...but there isn't anything in this album that your kids haven't heard before!"

Ultraelectromagenticpop! is The Eraserheads debut studio album. Released in 1993, the album launched the Filipino version of Beatlemania, "Eraserheadsmania". This album had Silly Love Songs ("Toyang" and "Ligaya"), some rather moral songs ("Maling Akala"), and some more. It was the typical album of a pop rock band, but, this being The Eraserheads, this was just the start.

Most of the songs in this album were old songs made during and since the band's college years. In 1991, the band made a demo tape and brought it to various radio stations and record labels, but they got rejected every time. A professor and a friend from the band's college helped them in recording a better demo tape. Eventually, BMG Records got it, and they signed a three-year contract with the band, beginning the Eraserheads' music career as the Eraserheads.

Not to be confused with ultraelectromagnetic tops, by which the band got the name for their album.

  1. "Easy Ka Lang"
  2. "Maling Akala"
  3. "Pare Ko"
  4. "Shake Yer Head"
  5. "Ganjazz"
  6. "Toyang"
  7. "Ligaya"
  8. "Tindahan Ni Aling Nena"
  9. "Hoinky-Toinks Granny"
  10. "Shirley"
  11. "Walang Hiyang Pare Ko"
  12. "Combo on the Run"

Ultraelectromagneticpop! provides examples of:

  • all lowercase letters: The album title and the band name appear this way on the album cover.
  • Bilingual Bonus: Kudos to you if you understand both Filipino and English.
  • Bowdlerise: "Walang Hiyang Pare Ko" is basically "Pare Ko" with two female-unfriendly words changed to more tame words; this is the version used for radio broadcasting. The censorship is actually a hit-and-miss, if you consider the irreverent use of "O, Diyos ko" as something that needs to be bowdlerised, too.
  • Careful with That Axe: In the Studio Chatter opening of "Combo on the Run." "Viktor, Viktor, Adam, uno, dos, tres.....WAAAAAAAAHHHHHHH!!"
  • Face on the Cover: A group shot of the band.
  • Fake-Out Fade-Out: "Shirley". Two-thirds of the song in, the sound of an electric guitar riff ends the chorus and some more electric guitar sounds are what's left for the next few seconds. You would probably think that this is where the song fades out. Then, the sound of a hi-hat intrudes and Ely continues the song.
  • Miniscule Rocking: "Hoinky-Toinks Granny". It's 1 minute and 11 seconds long. Making a sandwich could probably take more time.
    • And then there's "Ganjazz". 41 seconds long.
  • Morality Ballad: "Maling Akala" (in English, "Wrong Assumption") tells the listener to think very hard when he hears of gossip, because many died because of wrong assumptions/gossip.
  • Ode to Sobriety: "Hoinky-Toinks Granny", of the Drugs Are Bad type, although the singer admits that it's because his grandparents told him not to smoke drugs. (And, he only "promised to [himself].") It's sort of ironic when the writer/singer, Marcus, is holding a cigarette on the album cover.
  • One-Woman Song: "Toyang", "Ligaya" and "Shirley".
  • One-Word Title: "Ganjazz", "Toyang" and "Ligaya"
  • Pun: The titular woman of the song "Toyang" and the singer can't be together because, as the singer goes, "They try to tell us we're too young..."
    • It doesn't help that "Toyang" is rather a common name in the Philippines.
  • Sampling: "Toyang" samples "Silly Love Songs" by Paul McCartney and "Too Young" by Sylvia Dee and Sidney Lippman.
  • Scatting: In "Ganjazz". Almost the entire lyrics are this, but a "Baby, baby, baby; I love you baby" is there. Otherwise, that's what the song's lyrics are made of.
  • "Shaggy Dog" Story: The story of "Tindahan ni Aling Nena" follows the protagonist as he tries to date the only daughter of "Aling Nena." Later on, it turns out that the daughter would leave for Canada in three days. His money is even gone as the song repeats the chorus one final time; he even begs "Aling Nena" for her daughter. Then, by the end of the song..."Alam mong nangyari? (Do you want to know happened?)...Wala...Wala...(Nothing...Nothing...)
  • Studio Chatter: "Combo on the Run". Complete with one of the band members repeating the word "Victor" and the others laughing at it.