Leaving Normal: Howlin’ Dave 1955-2008
Here’s the man who introduced punk rock to the Phillipines via his radioshow in the late 70s, he went on to inspire people like Tommy Tachango to form his band (Third World) Chaos and set-up Twisted Red Cross tape label introducing Betrayed, Phil Violators, Wuds, The Dead Ends etc. Howlin’ Dave also set up the Brave New World gigs, filling it up with Pinoy hardcore-punk bands that have become legendary in the Pinoy and also the whole Southeast Asian Punk history.
Younger scenesters of the punk persuasion may have forgotten the role played by this great man, but the legacy is all there for all who bothered to see. The Ricecooker would like to extend our utmost respect and gratitude to the Howler. Rest in Peace.
Howlin’ Dave was also credited with introducing Filipino radio listeners to punk rock and new wave music beginning in the late 1970s, through his program New Wave Nights. His choice to promote punk music was controversial among his fellow deejays and with his station, but his program developed a following, with spikey-haired teens soon showing up at the radio station, drinking gin and breaking bottles. Between 1980 to 1985, Howlin’ Dave would host the annual Brave New World punk concert, which he would close himself with his take on Sid Vicious’s version of My Way. – from Wikipedia
a comprehensive write-up about Dave:
The Last of the Singing Cowboys
by Eric S. Caruncho