Needles To Say

by Village Idiots

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I used to have this CD back then, and I can't remember who borrowed or took this from my rack, One of my fave local pop punk band back in the days together with the likes of Richard Collier and Batangas' One Sweet Day and Settle Down. Thanks to Jade of Walk Me Home for sharing this to us.

Here's a little bio from their old Myspace page, probably outdated as well;

Started out doing Descendents and Greenday covers during their high school years around ‘95, Village Idiots became San Pablo’s premier punk band until their breakup last year 2003. Jade (main chief songwriter), RJ (bass), Delfin (guitars) and Alex (drums) spent countless weekend mornings in basement to write their early pop punk songs about school, teenage love and mainly about growing up. Their main influence during that time includes Descendents, Greenday, Goo Goo Dolls, Bad Religion and The Lemonheads. But after graduation from highschool (March ’96), three fourth of the band went separate ways and Jade is the only member left to continue the band. Now Jade’s first move is to find replacements. Luckily, he recruited Ebong from hardcore band Balance on guitars, Topet another highschool mate on bass and Jhay from post-hardcore outfit Thinline on drums. After completing the band line up once again, Village Idiots became much better, tighter and gaining more attention from the local San Pablo scene. And eventually from neighboring towns and cities sharing stages with Strap On Seven Inch, Goo, Mindrape from Manila, Feud, Hollywood from Cavite, Aunt Audrey, S.A.W., On A Day Like Today from Laguna and One Against All, Settled Down from Batangas are among their contemporaries. Year 2001, they released their parent’s produced demo cassette tape entitled “1-800-DIETSODA” which includes early songs like “cram”, “diet soda”, “hotshot”. 2 years later with more budget, they went inside Sound Creation to record their first and only full length cd entitled “Needles To Say” with Shinji Tanaka behind the glass. Before launching “Needles To Say” some of the songs was initially released on “Split Ends”, a cd split with Batangas’ punk friends Settled Down. The band played their final show in their hometown San Pablo City last 2003 in the Earth Decay show against US President Bush. Currently: -Jade is writing for his zine Coffeemug and playing bass for an indie rock band Walk Me Home. Also a proud father. -Ebong is proud father too and taking care of his pregnant wife for their second baby. -Jhay is a proud father too and also plays drums for Walk Me Home. -Topet is pursuing a career as a computer hacker.


Lorenzo Reyes
Batangas Hardcore Punk Blog
April 13, 2011


released March 13, 2003

Written & Produced by: Village Idiots
except lyrics on Track 7 & 10 by: Agee Linan

Recorded @ Sound Creation Studios
Tandang Sora, Quezon City
Mixed by: Shinji Tanaka

Cover Art Work/Photo by: Jade Fandino

Track 3,4,5 & 7 also appeared in "Split Ends" - cd split with Settled Down

Jade Fandino - Guitar / Vocals
Ebong Linan - Guitar Vocals
Topet Armiendo - Bass
Jhay Villegas - Drums

Radio Off Project 2003



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