Ely Buendia shares story behind ‘Spoliarium’

Published March 11, 2021, 12:14 PM

by Stephanie Bernardino

Ely Buendia

Ely Buendia has ended the myth that the track “Spoliarium” is related to the case of the late sexy star, Pepsi Paloma.

During an interview with Saab Magalona and Jim Bacarro, Buendia has revealed the meaning behind the track which was released more than two decades ago.

“Spoliarium is one of those cases where really the myth has sort of taken over the facts and I kinda like it. I kinda like the myth,” said the former lead singer of the band Eraserheads.

“Because the actual meaning of the song is also again, just really mundane… Alam niyo ‘yung drink na Goldshläger? So we were drinking that, and that ‘gintong alak,’ that’s what it meant. It’s all about getting pissed drunk.”

Buendia also noted that the names Enteng and Joey were actually the names of their road managers.

“They were our roadies. Kaya first time ko nabasa ‘yun, that urban legend, sabi ko, ‘Wow, okay ‘to ah.’ There really is, sometimes, ‘yung mga coincidence like that, you have no power over that. It just happens,” he said.

“It’s about the hangover. But you know, whatever people wanna think about that song, it’s fine. That’s the beauty of it.”

Despite his revelation, Buendia believes that some people will not accept his explanation.


 
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