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Plagiarism accusations surrounding Eraserheads’ classic ‘Alapaap’ resurface

A video posted by user @overthinkingpinoy has reignited discussions about the similarities between Eraserheads’ iconic song ‘Alapaap’ and The Pale Fountains’ ‘Reach’ from 1994. This issue, which had previously been addressed in past interviews with Ely Buendia, the frontman of Eraserheads, has resurfaced once again, prompting a closer examination of the musical similarities between the two tracks.

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The video highlighted specific musical elements in ‘Alapaap’ that bear striking similarities to ‘Reach’ by The Pale Fountains. This unexpected revisit to the topic has brought attention back to a debate that had seemingly been put to rest.

People who grew up listening to the song took to the comment section to defend the band.

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Interestingly, in an interview, Ely Buendia discussed the similarities between ‘Alapaap’ and ‘Reach,’ making a candid admission that differed from his previous statements. Buendia acknowledged the resemblance, stating, “It is similar to the Pale Fountains’ ‘Reach.’ Yes, I admit. I think this is the first time I will admit that. I’ve never admitted it before.”

This admission from Buendia marks a significant shift from earlier denials regarding the similarities between the songs. He further elaborated, “Just the first few measures, and after that it’s a different song. I wasn’t comfortable with that. Kaya sabi ko sa’yo, ngayon ko lang iaadmit yan. [So, that’s why I’m telling you, I’m admitting it just now.] (But) I think it’s the way you appropriate it.”

The acknowledgment of the similarities between ‘Alapaap’ and ‘Reach’ adds a new layer to the discussion surrounding musical inspiration and appropriation in the music industry. It invites reflection on how artists navigate creative influences and reinterpretations within their work.

As discussions continue to unfold on social media platforms like TikTok, this revisit to the Alapaap-Reach comparison underscores the enduring impact and intrigue of musical connections that span decades.


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