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Apps-Google-Music-Metro-iconSong: Director’s Cut by Kamikazee (2006) from the album Maharot. Visitors can listen to the Featured Song by clicking the play button above.

Kamikazee is a Filipino pop punk band formed in 2000. The band is composed of Jay Contreras, Jomal Linao, Led Tuyay, Puto Astete and Bords Burdeos.

The band is composed of five members who met in college at the College of Fine Arts of the University of the Philippines, Diliman. Kamikazee’s early gigs were mostly on-campus events in UP Diliman like the annual UP Fair. Before they were signed to a major label, they went by the name “Kamikazee Cornflakes”, eventually shortened to the current name “Kamikazee” for easier memory. Their early shows included renditions of the songs “Mmm Sarap”, “Tsinelas”, a cover of Ariel Rivera’s “Sana Kahit Minsan”, and Britney Spears’ Lucky. Their live performances have since been known for using expletives, sexually suggestive dances, and references to genitalia.

Kamikazee released their first album in 2002. The album’s carrier single was a heavy cover version of Britney Spears’ “Lucky”. Other notable songs include “Girlfriend”, “Ung Tagalog”, “Tsinelas” and their cover of Ariel Rivera’s “Sana Kahit Minsan”. In 2005, the band released “Chiksilog” as part of the compilation album Rok On! and in 2006, they released their second album, Maharot. The carrier single of the album was “Narda”, which is about the fictional Filipina heroine Darna. “Narda” was a popular hit in 2006, and gained constant radio airplay in the same year, eventually becoming the band’s signature song. The song was inspired by GMA Network’s primetime show Darna which starred Angel Locsin. Later in 2009, “Narda” was used for GMA Network’s primetime show Darna with Marian Rivera playing the title role.

The band maintains close ties with another popular Filipino band, Parokya ni Edgar (PNE). Chito Miranda, PNE’s vocalist, met the band members in college. In concert events with Parokya ni Edgar in the line-up, one band’s singer would normally jam with the other band. During Parokya ni Edgar’s live sessions, Contreras frequently joined Miranda in performing songs such as “Okatokat”, “Chikinini” and “The Yes Yes Show.” In 2005, Contreras provided back-up vocals for PNE’s hit song “The Order Taker” while co-member Linao provided lead guitar. In turn, Kaye Abad, Miranda’s former girlfriend, provided back-up vocals for Kamikazee’s song “Martyr Nyebera”. Jay later married Kaye Abad’s sister, Sarah, on February 12, 2009 at Paco Park.

Kamikazee’s 3rd Album “Long Time Noisy” took the band three years to put together as the band balanced out their tough schedules. The album was recorded at Tower of Doom Studios with producer Eric Perlas. “Unang Tikim,” one of the album’s singles, was used in the TV Ad of RC Cola in 2011. –

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