Julia's Club Eighties
Monday, July 9, 2007
The Station That Dares To Be Different...
Nicknamed as "The Station That Dares To Be Different", DWXB-FM was the first all-New Wave music radio station in the Philippines. Broadcasting at 102.7 MHz (initially at 102.5 MHz) on the FM dial and from inside a house in Pasay City, Philippines, DWXB-FM, also referred to as WXB-102, acquired legendary status since it vanished from the airwaves on June 9, 1987. DWXB-FM captured the imaginations of Manila youth in the '80s, bringing New Wave music to the Philippine mainstream and inspiring regional rock artists such as The Dawn, The Identity Crisis, and Violent Playground, all of whom were championed by the station at a time when guitar-based OPM was ignored by the other local outlets with the exception of a weekly show on DZRJ-AM in the early '80s.
Prior to switching to New Wave, the DWXB-FM management flirted with disco in the late '70s and then adopted the American Top Forty format in 1982, dubbing itself Cute 102. By 1983, WXB 102 started including New Wave bands from the UK such as Duran Duran, Spandau Ballet, Devo, and Culture Club into the Top Forty mix, due to the influence of DJ Mark Fournier, known over his broadcasts as Magic. In 1984, New Wave began erupting in Manila's dance clubs thanks to the city's mobile discos, who often spun records imported from Europe, and the proliferation of New Wave music videos on Philippine TV. WXB 102 gradually evolved into a New Wave/disco radio station with the late Fournier; The Unbeatable, the alias of Dave Ryan; and Rico Severino, known as J.J.Michaels. WXB 102 briefly competed with another New Wave/disco radio station in Manila, DWBM-FM 105.1 MHz (dubbed as Power 105 FM), in 1985. But this was just the beginning.
Then the peak came. It was only in 1986 when the station went full-blown "new music" in format with the now-immortal line-up of The Morning Man or Inggo & his Request Round-Up at sign-on; Cool Carla; Julius Caesar; George Frederick, who was also the Program Director; Fat Albert & his program Rock Wave; and The Ghost. A pair of blocktime shows that caught the youth market by the neck back then were Radio Manila and Capital Radio, specializing in local underground punk like The Dead Ends and Urban Bandits and U.K. and U.S. imports that characterized a harsher or more avant-garde side to alternative music such as records from Hüsker Dü, Bad Brains, and Half-Man Half-Biscuit. At this point, "The Station That Dares to be Different" became officially known as WXB 102.
Despite its relatively low power of less than 1 kilowatt, WXB 102 developed a huge following in places where its signal could be picked up, creating mainstream hits such as "State of the Nation" by Industry, "The Ghost in You" by The Psychedelic Furs, "Feels Like (Heaven)" by Fiction Factory, and "People Are People" by Depeche Mode.
In 1986, WXB 102 was the Philippines' most influential music station, its popularity putting pressure on regional labels to belatedly release the entire discographies of The Cure, Depeche Mode, Aztec Camera, and U2 and hard-to-find LPs from The Lotus Eaters, China Crisis, Orange Juice, and The Church. On the surface, their New Wave format could be compared to overseas stations like KROQ-FM and CFNY-FM, but WXB 102 probed the genre for deeper cuts and more obscure acts, giving massive exposure to little-known or forgotten New Wave artists from the UK such as The Pale Fountains, Care, Friends Again, Fiat Lux, Martin Ansell, and Private Lives. Unable to compete, Power 105 FM switched to mainstream pop.
The competition between WXB 102 and Power 105 FM had perished by 1986, the latter shelving much of its New Wave music for pop. WXB 102, with the New Wave market to itself and surprising Top Ten ratings, concentrated on pleasing its followers and instead of trying to the masses. The station developed a certain sound - a combination of jangly, romantic pop (Jimmy Jimmy, The Lotus Eaters, Aztec Camera); ethereal, shimmering rock (Care, Echo & the Bunnymen, U2); Gothic dance (The Sisters of Mercy, Siouxsie & the Banshees, Xmal Deutschland); synthesized European disco (Yaz, Depeche Mode, New Order); punk (The Sex Pistols, The Clash, The Dead Kennedys); and an array of spellbinding and undiscovered local talent (The Dawn, Introvoys, Deans December).
While the New Wave era was already pronounced dead in America in 1987, the genre had not even yet peaked in Manila. Albums once unavailable were continuing to be licensed to Philippine labels, thanks to the tastemaking punch of WXB 102. However, 1987 would be its final year. The new Cory Aquino-led government began sequestering properties owned by her predecessor Ferdinand Marcos and his cronies, including the home studio that WXB FM beamed from. At this point, the DJs - including The Morning Man, George Frederick, Fat Albert, Julius Caesar, The Ghost, and Cool Carla - were working for free, spinning New Wave records from 6 a.m. to midnight. On June 9, 1987, despite attempts to keep it on the air, WXB 102, with DJ Allan K. on board, signed off after The Alarm's "Walk Forever By My Side."
In November 1987, seeing that the absence of WXB 102 left a void on Manila radio that could be capitalized upon, NU 107 debuted at 107.5 MHz on the dial with a series of test broadcasts that resurrected 102 staples such as Wire Train, INXS, Echo & the Bunnymen, Depeche Mode, The Pale Fountains, The Housemartins, and Icehouse in what was termed a "New Rock" format. It essentially picked up where WXB 102 left off, debuting late '80s New Wave acts like Black, Crowded House, and Johnny Hates Jazz. However, NU 107 wasn't considered as adventuresome as its predecessor. In late 1987, Power 105 FM had returned to its short-lived New Wave format from the mid-'80s. Power 105 FM, plunged further into the New Wave waters that WXB 102 once swam in. Just as WXB 102 did, it bravely paraded the most rare New Wave records they could find, carving a fanbase for virtually unknown artists such as Eyeless in Gaza, Fruits of Passion, The Explorers, The Room, and White China.
In 1988, Mickey the Clown from WXB 102 reappeared on DWBC-AM as Mick Flame and hosted a 102-styled show often featuring former WXB 102 DJs as guests.
Except for NU 107, which continued to tweak its format and became an alternative rock powerhouse in the '90s, none of it lasted as Manila entered another decade. In the late 1990s, tribute sites to WXB 102 started appearing on the Internet from fans. Moreover, various radio shows began debuting in the Philippines that paid homage to the quirky and colorful music of the former FM station and its successors brought to an entire generation of teenagers in the country.
On 10 September 2005, lifelong fan and New Wave historian Michael Sutton, CEO of the independent label Sutton Records, along with Seattle-based DJ Brent Sanders and Los Angeles-based DJ Klyde, revived WXB 102 in cyberspace. Sutton proceeded to recruit some of XB's original staff, including Mick Flame, The Morning Man, and Cool Carla, to record their first XB shows in 18 years.
Listeners can now hear WXB 102 through webstreaming powered by Live365. According to the latest internet radio survey, WXB 102 is currently #2 in the ratings for New Wave internet radio stations. In 2006, WXB 102 started playing the most recent songs from new wave legends, current indie and alternative acts such as Bloc Party, Franz Ferdinand, Kaiser Chiefs and The Killers, as well as reggae and ska.
Current WXB 102 Staff
* George Frederick, DJ/Programme Director
* Cool Carla, DJ
* The Ghost, DJ
* The Morning Man, DJ
* Allan K., DJ
* Julius Caesar, DJ
* Mick Flame, DJ
* Tiny Tina, VJ
* Naughty Natty, DJ
* Janice Roasa, VJ
* Drumboy Joe, VJ
* Rommie Ramos, VJ
* Polo Kid Paolo, VJ
* DJ Hilary, DJ
* The Sandman, DJ
* DJ Klyde, DJ
* Michael Sutton, General Manager/Assistant Programme Director/Current Owner
* WXB 102 was the first FM station simulcast on the AM band in the Philippines.
* The first 102 party was called "SHADOW CABINET of WXB 102."
* When George Frederick took over PD duties in 1986, he threw away the pop records from Madonna, Rod Stewart, and Michael Jackson, among others, that the station was still playing.
* "Enveloped Ideas" by the Filipino New Wave group The Dawn was voted as the greatest 102 song of all time by listeners in 2006.
* DJ Ben Hitler died from a heart attack in 2005.
* Although known as a New Wave radio station, WXB 102 wasn't afraid to bend the format by surprising fans with the non-punk likes of Richie Valens ("La Bamba"), Nancy Sinatra ("These Boots Are Made for Walkin'"), and Frank Sinatra ("My Way"). Cheech & Chong were also staples. It's a spirit that continues with the station's online revival.
* The first record played by George Frederick on WXB 102 was "Seven Seas" by Echo & the Bunnymen.
* The female voice in The Morning Man's Request Round-Up stinger was none other than his wife.
* When Allan K. returned to WXB 102 in 2006 after 19 years, he opened his first show with a sample from his final goodbye on June 9, 1987.
* Mick Flame is short for Michael Flameno.
* The Morning Man brought the reggae to WXB 102, including Bob Marley, Aswad, Black Uhuru, and Laid Back.
* Contrary to myth, WXB 102 DJs worked with a playlist in 1986-1987. They were produced by programme director George Frederick.
* The OPM pop song "Pain" by Martin Nievera was once played on WXB 102 to fulfill KBP regulations for playing local Philippine music. When George Frederick celebrated his birthday on the air in 2006, owner Michael Sutton dedicated the song to him.
* Mark Fournier † died in 2000. The resurrection of WXB 102 is dedicated to his memory.
WXB102 TOP 102 MOST SEQUESTERED SONGS
Last July 2006, Mike Sutton and the rest of the 102 family conducted a poll for the TOP WXB102 MOST SEQUESTERED SONGS. The official results of the poll, based from the votes of 800 listeners of the station, was published a month later. The countdown was finally broadcasted worldwide last October 2006.
1. ENVELOPED IDEAS - the Dawn
2. TWO RIVERS - the Adventures
3. TEARS - the Chameleons
4. I MELT WITH YOU - Modern English
5. EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD - Tears for Fears
6. LOVE WILL TEAR US APART - Joy Division
7. FRIDAY I’M IN LOVE - the Cure
8. STATE OF THE NATION - Industry
9. THE KILLING MOON - Echo & the Bunnymen
10. MORE TO LOSE - Seona Dancing /NO PROMISES - Icehouse [T]
11. ABSOLUTE REALITY - the Alarm
12. EVERYTIME I SEE YOU - Fra Lippo Lippi /MY EVER CHANGING MOODS - the Style Council [T]
13. INBETWEEN DAYS - the Cure/COME WITH ME - Translator [T]
14. MATADOR - Xmal Deutschland
15. UPSIDE DOWN - Two Min102ds Crack/UNCERTAIN SMILE - The The [T]
16. BURNING FLAME - Vitamin Z/SMALLTOWN BOY - Bronski Beat [T]
17. I GO CRAZY - Flesh for Lulu
18. GERMAN GIRL - the Lotus Eaters/JUST LIKE HEAVEN - the Cure [T]
19. DON’T YOU (FORGET ABOUT ME) - Simple Minds
20. THINKING OF YOU - the Colourfield/HANDS ACROSS THE SEA - Modern English [T]
21. A WAY - the Bolshoi
22. DESIRE - Gene Loves Jezebel/PALE SHELTER - Tears for Fears [T]
23. HEAVEN KNOWS I’M MISERABLE NOW - the Smiths
24. THE GHOST IN YOU - the Psychedelic Furs/DUEL - Propaganda [T]
25. CHAMBER OF HELLOS - Wire Train/THE METRO - Berlin [T]
26. WISHFUL THINKING - China Crisis/OUR HOUSE - Madness [T]
27. LOVE MOVES IN STRANGE WAYS - Blue Zoo
28. STATE OF ART - Friends Again/A GIRL IN TROUBLE - Romeo Void [T]
29. BIRDS FLY (WHISPER TO A SCREAM) - the Icicle Works/SEND ME AN ANGEL - Real Life [T]
30. THE UNGUARDED MOMENT - the Church
31. TOTAL RECALL - the Sound/YOU’RE THE BEST THING - the Style Council [T]
32. THE PAN WITHIN - the Waterboys
33. CITIES IN DUST - Siouxsie & the Banshees
34. SUNDAY MORNING - the Bolshoi
35. ENOLA GAY - O.M.D./I MET HER IN PARIS - Jimmy Jimmy [T]
36. WHEN ALL'S WELL - Everything But the Girl/SHOUT TO THE TOP! - the Style Council [T]
37. BRINGING HOME THE ASHES - the Wild Swans
38. AFRICAN AND WHITE - China Crisis/ANGEL - Fra Lippo Lippi [T]
39. FLAMING SWORD - Care/SALAMAT - the Dawn [T]
40. BROKEN LAND - the Adventures
41. FOREVER YOUNG - Alphaville
42. ALWAYS SOMETHING THERE TO REMIND ME - Naked Eyes
43. THE FIRST PICTURE OF YOU - the Lotus Eaters
44. (FEELS LIKE) HEAVEN - Fiction Factory/HEARTACHE - Gene Loves Jezebel [T]
45. SO IN LOVE - O.M.D./ELECTRIC BLUE - Icehouse [T]
46. PURE - the Lightning Seeds
47. THE PROMISE - When In Rome/EVERYWHERE I GO - the Call [T]
48. BUILD - the Housemartins
49. STILL ON FIRE - Aztec Camera/I SEND A MESSAGE - INXS [T]
50. SOMEBODY - Depeche Mode
51. THANK YOU - the Pale Fountains/CUTS YOU UP - Peter Murphy [T]
52. PRIDE (IN THE NAME OF LOVE) - U2
53. MY SANCTUARY - the Identity Crisis
54. LOVE VIGILANTES - New Order/THIS IS THE DAY - The The [T]
55. WHEN LOVE BREAKS DOWN - Prefab Sprout
56. PEOPLE ARE PEOPLE - Depeche Mode/THE MODEL - Kraftwerk [T]
57. SAVE A PRAYER - Duran Duran/CARS - Gary Numan [T]
58. WORLDS APART - Cactus World News/A NIGHT LIKE THIS - the Cure [T]
59. ANY COLOUR - Cutting Crew
60. SHE SELLS SANCTUARY - the Cult
61. BRIGHTER - the Railway Children/HERE’S WHERE THE STORY ENDS - the Sundays [T]
62. DON’T DREAM IT’S OVER - Crowded House
63. UNDER THE MILKY WAY - the Church
64. IT’S MY LIFE - Talk Talk/BIG IN JAPAN - Alphaville [T]
65. HEAVEN (MUST BE THERE) - the Eurogliders
67. WHATEVER POSSESSED YOU - Care/CRAZY - Icehouse [T]
68. JENNIFER SHE SAID - Lloyd Cole & the Commotions/PLASTIC FLOWERS - the Wake [T]
69. LEAVE ME ALONE - New Order/HOW SOON IS NOW? - the Smiths [T]
70. GOLD - Spandau Ballet
71. EVERYTHING COUNTS - Depeche Mode
72. CAREER OPPORTUNITIES (BABY VERSION) - the Clash
73. C.R.E.E.P. - the Fall/MODERN INDUSTRY - Fishbone [T]
74. LIPS LIKE SUGAR - Echo & the Bunnymen/WELCOME NOW - Eyeless in Gaza [T]
75. MY BOYISH DAYS - Care
76. HONEY BE GOOD - the Bible/EVEN NOW - the Call [T]
77. TAINTED LOVE/WHERE DID OUR LOVE GO? - Soft Cell
78. IT HURTS - the Lotus Eaters
79. WALK AWAY - the Sisters of Mercy/FINAL SOLUTION - Peter Murphy [T]
80. SOMEWHERE IN MY HEART - Aztec Camera
81. LIVING IN A WORLD (TURNED UPSIDE DOWN) - Private Lives
82. TURN BACK THE CLOCK - Johnny Hates Jazz/THROW YOUR ARMS AROUND ME - Hunters & Collectors [T]
83. THE GREAT COMMANDMENT - Camouflage/SHE’S IN PARTIES - Bauhaus [T]
84. ORIGINAL SIN - INXS/PLEASURE LITTLE TREASURE - Depeche Mode [T]
85. EVERYDAY IS LIKE SUNDAY - Morrissey/WHO KNOWS WHAT LOVE IS? - Strawberry Switchblade [T]
86. …FROM ACROSS THE KITCHEN TABLE - the Pale Fountains/CRASH - the Primitives [T]
87. THE WORST YEAR OF MY LIFE - the Wild Swans/INSIDE OUT - the Mighty Lemon Drops [T]
88. THE LEBANON - the Human League
89. KITCHEN SINK DRAMA - Soft Cell/WATCH ME BLEED - Tears for Fears [T]
90. RED SKIES - the Fixx
91. THE BRIDGE - Cactus World News
92. I DON’T LIKE MONDAYS - the Boomtown Rats
93. TENDERNESS - General Public
94. WALK OUT TO WINTER - Aztec Camera
95. THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US - Fra Lippo Lippi
96. THE WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND - the Colourfield/COME BACK AND STAY - Paul Young [T]
97. NEW YEAR’S DAY - U2/PANIC - the Smiths [T]
98. EVERY BEAT OF THE HEART - the Railway Children
99. IT DOESN'T SNOW IN MANILA - Deans December/DAMAGED GOODS - Gang of Four [T]
100. TOMORROW I SET SAIL - the Wedding/INCUBUS SUCCUBUS - Xmal Deutschland [T]
101. LADY - Jimmy Jimmy/LEAN PERIOD - Orange Juice [T]
102. KILLING AN ARAB - the Cure
Note: [T] - tie
Listen to these excellent tracks now!
WXB artcicle taken from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WXB_102
Top102 taken from: http://www.nwoutpost.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=15913
WXB 102 Forever
WXB 102 on Live365
It took me 7 hours to compile these songs, some are album versions only. I would suggest that you download all the songs, play it on your ipod/mp3 player/pc without skipping to the next track and relive the "102 magical experience" (well sort of :). Enjoy and reminisce the good 'ol days of pinoy 80s newwave. Big thanks to 102 people for putting up a comprehensive information about WXB102 and the 2006 TOP 102 poll. - julia