To celebrate the upcoming live showcase of their recent release Hobgoblin, we are excited to feature Sajama Cut’s frontman, Marcel Thee on our 5 Lagu series.
Marcel has been a prominent figure in the Indonesian independent music scene for years. While he is perhaps best known for being Sajama Cut’s vocalist since the band was formed in 1999, his other musical endeavours such as Strange Mountain, Roman Catholic Skulls, The House of Faith and Mirrors, The Knife Club andThe Bronze Medal Records also keep him busy the rest of the time. We found out the story behind the five meaningful songs in his life:
1. The song that first got you into music?
The first song that really “got” me was probably Faith No More’s “Epic”, which was a big hit in 1990 and was ubiquitous in Australia, where I lived then. I listened to a lot of music, in particular The Beatles’ “Love Songs” record before that, and a lot of 80s hit compilation from the west and Japan, but that was the song that got me into weirder music at age 9 and made me feel music was something more than mere entertainment. I started getting into metal and rock in general before Nirvana blasted onto the mainstream in 1991 – and then I went into the indie trip on which I guess I’m still on.
Off the top of my head, probably Sparks’ “When Do I get to Sing My Way”, which is one of their more immediate tracks. This was released in 1994, and I bought the CD “Gratuitous Sax and Senseless Violins” for my mother’s birthday then when we lived in the Netherlands – which I was not happy about as a teen but now see adds a nostalgic quality to songs released then. This is a dance song in some respect but humorously bitter and sad.