Budak Pantai

(From left) Danny Lai, Gordon Ng, Joseph Wong, Ho Kah Keh, and Michael Loh

Budak Pantai can be summed up in one word: “fun”. The quintet, billed as “five men and a guitar” and hence not exactly a cappella, have a well-earned reputation for being ceaselessly entertaining and irreverent. With five albums, one EP and numerous gigs under their belt, they are a hit everywhere they go, making audiences reportedly swoon, sing along and laugh out loud. Always adaptable and giving their best every time they perform live, they can easily belt out Christmas humdingers and ABBA evergreens as well as original zingers in English and Mandarin.

Releases

CHRISTMAS IN APRIL DONE RIGHT, ACCORDING TO BUDAK PANTAI

Year of Release: 2022
Much merriment was had at their reunion-meets-incongruous Christmas gig in April this year – and this five-track EP, recorded live, is perfect for those who were there, as well as those who wished they were. It provides a taster of their unmistakable bonhomie that rang loud and clear throughout the cavernous Pasir Panjang Power Station. Relive audience faves such as Tom Jones’ ‘Delilah’ and their uproarious update of ‘Iko Iko’ with crypto-delusions. Still nothing compares to their take on Su Rui’s classic ‘Jiu Gang Tang Buay Bo’, a global cruise through the decades – a slab of weepy 1980s-styled Hokkien-Mandopop rock with an injection of Eurythmics’ ‘Sweet Dreams’ and Lady Gaga’s noughties hit ‘Bad Romance’. Budak to men indeed.

Best Ever Holidays E.P.

Year of Release: 2010
Herein Budak Pantai take the Christmas spirit and run away with it. Michael Jackson would moonwalk to the dudes’ reimagining of the King of Pop’s hit, with ‘Xmas Thriller’. It has the macabre intro down pat, and some spooky-funny lines and riffs. Best ever version, serious.

Nothing Also Happy

Year of Release: 2009
This is filled with irreverent songs about the recession and life in general that should strike a chord with most Singaporeans. Yet another bestseller, it’s packed with trademark Budak characteristics – a multilingual versatility (Mandarin, English, French, Cantonese!), and an irrepressible sense to keep your chin up, come what may.

Assorted Nuts

Year of Release: 2005
‘Don’t take them, and yourself too seriously when you hear this CD, and it’ll be a challenge not to let out a smile once you’re done,’ so says a reviewer. How true. It’s a mixed bag of your delicious favourites, from ‘Abuden’ to their perennial Fann obsession tune ‘Fann’s Song’ to ‘ABBA Medley’ but done with a Bollywood twist.

The Cattle are Lowing at Blue Moo (Budak Pantai Udderly Live)

Year of Release: 2004
You can hear the audience laughing and hooting every other minute in this uproarious set at Blue Moo. Nothing is too sacred for The Budak Pantai gang – exactly the correct approach to adopt as they run through pop hits from here to eternity. You’d chuckle at ‘Gor Liap’ and ‘Silent Night (Not)’, and marvel at their Elvis/U2 mash-up of ‘Can’t Help Falling In Love With or Without You’.

Budakumentary

Year of Release: 2003
In Budak Pantai’s world, more is more, with versions of the same songs aplenty. As usual, there’re spades of charm and humour as they roam around the world, singing Mandarin, English and Hokkien ditties without missing a beat. Look out for the bilingual doozie ‘The Moon Dai Biao Wo De Heart’ and a ‘Tribute to Titanic’.

Nearly ‘Live’ at Blue Moo

Year of Release: 2000
Produced, mixed and mastered by the members of Budak Pantai themselves, they have done it again, cranking up the entertainment quotient to 100. Belting out pop classics such as ‘Can’t Take My Eyes Off You’ and ‘Sukiyaki’, the fun-loving lot takes what they call the ‘concept’ album to the extreme.

Budak Pantai

(From left) Danny Lai, Gordon Ng, Joseph Wong, Ho Kah Keh, and Michael Loh

Budak Pantai can be summed up in one word: “fun”. The quintet, billed as “five men and a guitar” and hence not exactly a cappella, have a well-earned reputation for being ceaselessly entertaining and irreverent. With five albums, one EP and numerous gigs under their belt, they are a hit everywhere they go, making audiences reportedly swoon, sing along and laugh out loud. Always adaptable and giving their best every time they perform live, they can easily belt out Christmas humdingers and ABBA evergreens as well as original zingers in English and Mandarin.

Releases

CHRISTMAS IN APRIL DONE RIGHT, ACCORDING TO BUDAK PANTAI

Year of Release: 2022
Much merriment was had at their reunion-meets-incongruous Christmas gig in April this year – and this five-track EP, recorded live, is perfect for those who were there, as well as those who wished they were. It provides a taster of their unmistakable bonhomie that rang loud and clear throughout the cavernous Pasir Panjang Power Station. Relive audience faves such as Tom Jones’ ‘Delilah’ and their uproarious update of ‘Iko Iko’ with crypto-delusions. Still nothing compares to their take on Su Rui’s classic ‘Jiu Gang Tang Buay Bo’, a global cruise through the decades – a slab of weepy 1980s-styled Hokkien-Mandopop rock with an injection of Eurythmics’ ‘Sweet Dreams’ and Lady Gaga’s noughties hit ‘Bad Romance’. Budak to men indeed.

Best Ever Holidays E.P.

Year of Release: 2010
Herein Budak Pantai take the Christmas spirit and run away with it. Michael Jackson would moonwalk to the dudes’ reimagining of the King of Pop’s hit, with ‘Xmas Thriller’. It has the macabre intro down pat, and some spooky-funny lines and riffs. Best ever version, serious.

Nothing Also Happy

Year of Release: 2009
This is filled with irreverent songs about the recession and life in general that should strike a chord with most Singaporeans. Yet another bestseller, it’s packed with trademark Budak characteristics – a multilingual versatility (Mandarin, English, French, Cantonese!), and an irrepressible sense to keep your chin up, come what may.

Assorted Nuts

Year of Release: 2005
‘Don’t take them, and yourself too seriously when you hear this CD, and it’ll be a challenge not to let out a smile once you’re done,’ so says a reviewer. How true. It’s a mixed bag of your delicious favourites, from ‘Abuden’ to their perennial Fann obsession tune ‘Fann’s Song’ to ‘ABBA Medley’ but done with a Bollywood twist.

The Cattle are Lowing at Blue Moo (Budak Pantai Udderly Live)

Year of Release: 2004
You can hear the audience laughing and hooting every other minute in this uproarious set at Blue Moo. Nothing is too sacred for The Budak Pantai gang – exactly the correct approach to adopt as they run through pop hits from here to eternity. You’d chuckle at ‘Gor Liap’ and ‘Silent Night (Not)’, and marvel at their Elvis/U2 mash-up of ‘Can’t Help Falling In Love With or Without You’.

Budakumentary

Year of Release: 2003
In Budak Pantai’s world, more is more, with versions of the same songs aplenty. As usual, there’re spades of charm and humour as they roam around the world, singing Mandarin, English and Hokkien ditties without missing a beat. Look out for the bilingual doozie ‘The Moon Dai Biao Wo De Heart’ and a ‘Tribute to Titanic’.

Nearly ‘Live’ at Blue Moo

Year of Release: 2000
Produced, mixed and mastered by the members of Budak Pantai themselves, they have done it again, cranking up the entertainment quotient to 100. Belting out pop classics such as ‘Can’t Take My Eyes Off You’ and ‘Sukiyaki’, the fun-loving lot takes what they call the ‘concept’ album to the extreme.

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