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Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Sexuality tackled the wacky Jimmycycle way


JIMMELOU DACLISON. This bespectacled guy with a chick-sounding name will strum strings of a new guitar (yes, because he had his aged guitar smashed in a euphoric performance at a recent Bisrock concert in Minglanilla) to allow an audience the mouthing of wacky songs that already dominated Bisrock airwaves for quite a time. Jimmy is the voice behind “Bakasi”, a Sugbuano term for “eel”, its soup treated an aphrodisiac. The very reason why Jimmycycle got interested in writing how some men would want their virility sustained the cheapest way – a slurp of “sabaw sa bakasi”.

EXPEDITO SIABOC. This bassist refused, and begged and prayed never to have his true name revealed, but sorry Choyex Doyek we have to stick to basic facts. And standard operating procedure dictates that when your story takes to the paper, the national identifications system becomes unnecessary as there is Jimmy who can provide details a text away (what’s the use of the unlimited short message service, by the way, highway?). Choyex Doyek is another person fond of discussing his sexuality the funny way, and he has a mouthful of that literally (hee-hee!) that are compiled in the songs “Pilok sa Kanding”, a playful look at intimate adult toys and “Lansiao”, another soupy serving of double meanings, from erection to dereliction.

ARNIEL ONG. Okay he prefers to be called Potenciano, for whatever that means. And he strikes concave metal plates with a clanging gusto, you won’t ever question his obsession for products labeled with a shimmering Zildjian. He caps the foreplay in every jamming session to give audience a Bisrock orgasm that is beyond definition – it takes a Bisrocker to understand another Bisrocker, that’s what!

The trio reports to school at the Cebu Institute of Technology. Choyex in his architecture classes, Potenciano in tinkering with computers for his computer engineering projects and Jimmy in his electronics and communications engineering pursuits. Collectively, they are Jimmycycle.

It was on that very first night as an observer at the Handuraw Events Café that I came to appreciate a Jimmycycle performance. You can just imagine three rockers with the power twice the figure. Power play might have been triggered by the combined influences of Nirvana, Silverchair, Creed, Pearl Jam, Rivermaya and Eraserheads that fuel such a drive for an enthusiastic, ecstatic and explosive performance, every time!

Okay let’s start with Jimmy. Call him Grungechy Boy. What ever pushed him to sing? He said that when he was in grade school, a friend taught him to play the guitars. He was a member of a children’s choir back then, and his friend and him were focused on playing the guitar for good, fine-tuning and polishing and honing a talent that they consider a life.

In high school, he was a member of a band in their school. They played some covers of Radiohead and Eraserheads (what’s with the head, Grungechy Boy?). Though the E-heads were at the summit of popularity that time, his big interest in grunge music like that propagated by Nirvana, until now makes it his favorite type of music, he said.

Meanwhile, Choyex was from the band “No Earth” and started playing bass in college as a freshman. He says he loves the music of NOFX, MxPx, Green Day, and Blink 182. Choyex and the two crossed into each other’s paths in one of their gigs. Potenciano and Jimmy approached him to play for Jimmycycle. But owwwww this guy came late during a jamming session.

A sarcastic Potenciano blurted out: “Murag rockstar ang ani**l!” Jimmy on the other hand would comment, “What the heck! Mo-uli dayon inig human sa gigs kay nagdali sa chicks pero wala’y chicks nga ebidensya. Sige lag pa choy-choy.”
Meanwhile, Potenciano was from the band “5wounds” and started to play drums also in college as a freshman. He met Jimmy and formed a band with a certain Archie Bautista and Robert Luceno and thus the sound of the “blistering of wounds”. They mentioned of Chuck Wagon Grill where they played regularly as members of Scream of Cebu’s Underground Music (SCUM). Potenciano looks back at Blink 182, Green Day, and Wolfgang, aside from Nirvana, Rivermaya and Silverchair as influences.

Jimmycycle also hit it good with “Unsa Ning Tama-a?”, a sarcastic song on illegal drug use: “Unsa ning tamaa, Wa' ko kasabot, Gusto kong mo kaon, Di ko ka tulon, Gusto kong matulog, Di ko ka tulog, Unsa ning tamaa, Wa' ko kasabot….ngano mang ni-enter? Wa man tay apil?”

As soon as Jimmycycle was recognized for the amusing subjects in their sound, “Peling Gwapa” and “Kodigo” also started picking up. The former is about women getting the feel and the “poor assumption” of being physically attractive and adored and wanted, while the latter swats those involved in making “kodigos” just so to pass an examination and the like.

The smorgasbord of soupy songs dashed with spicy attacks on people's goofiness, is capped by a cornucopia of other songs that slap us with biting realities, like that in “Lostrid”, “Barako”, “Tomboy”, and “Emo Ako” of which Jimmycycle would want to be remembered for being downright honest on tackling subjects that remain taboo to a society shrouded by the veil of Christendom.

Delivered the wacky way, Jimmycycle upheld a radical stand that human sexuality should not be a topic that would continue to suffer from incredible ignorance, confusion and misinformation. Negative attitudes toward sex and sexuality have proven to be more potent than ignorance in stunting the sexual and emotional lives of so many of our youngsters, resulting instead to teen pregnancy, early parenthood, abortion, drug/substance abuse, sexually transmitted/venereal diseases, suicide, and population explosion. This has happened over and over in time – like a cycle - as young people are unfortunate to have entered into a critical period of their life ignorant about the purpose of sex, confused about sexuality and guilty about gender preference.

It is the hope of the group that matters of sex and sexuality could be discussed among family councils, so problems could be prevented by accurate information and the constructive and positive messages about sexuality and love that their funny yet honest-to-goodness songs try to convey.

For R18-rated lyrics and site that’s rated PG, I reckon that you get a personal copy of their CD available at Guerilla Wear Boutique, Mango Square Mall, Melrose Sports at Raintree Mall and A. Salonga Music Center at SM City Cebu Mall and check www.geocities.com/jimmycycle007 instead. For direct orders text 0917-6987722. Email or add them at friendster: jimmycycle007@yahoo.com.

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