Sugar Hiccup’s “Five Years” and the History Behind It

I had a conversation in Facebook with Ms. Jeanette Reyna-Jorge, the latest vocalist of Sugar Hiccup, the band from the 90’s that brought you indie rock classics such as “Five Years”, “Moden De”, “Bleed” and “Awa”. Everyone knows Sugar Hiccup’s “Five Years”. No one knows Sugar Hiccup without knowing that song. Back in 1995 upon the release of Five Years as Sugar Hiccup’s first single, mainstream radio stations in the Philippines were initially hesitant to play it. With its unintelligible, funereal wailing, thunderous drums, and doleful guitars, it was welcomed by Manila’s alternative scene before it was embraced by the masses. Like me, some of Sugar Hiccup fans out there want to know the story behind this hauntingly beautiful song. I accomplish that by asking Ms. Reyna-Jorge this several questions:

Ronald Cubelo (June 3 at 7:58am)
Good morning, Ms. Jing! I have this question. Alam kong wala pa kayo sa Sugar Hiccup at the time of  “Five Years” production, pero baka lang alam mo, or if not, you can ask fellow band members of this. Everybody knows “Five Years” has a haunting sound, kaya medyo naghesitate ang mga local radio stations na patugtugin yon. I want to know the history behind it; bakit ganoon ang kinalabasan ng kanta, halos one-line lyrics lang? Who wrote it and how did the band come up with the idea of making that? May gusto ba silang maachieve like sounding like a “goth” or something? And the title also, what does the “Five Years” mean? Anong significance ng title sa minimal lyrics, etc.? Hope you can quench my curiousity, Hehe.. Thanks, Ms. Jing! More power to your band 😉
[Good morning, Ms. Jing! I have this question. I know you weren’t still at Sugar Hiccup at the time of “Five Years” production, but maybe you knew, or if not, you can ask fellow band members of this. Everybody knows “Five Years” has a haunting sound, that why local radio stations slightly hesitated to play it. I want to know the history behind it; why is the song like that, almost one-line lyric only? Who wrote it and how did the band come up with the idea of making that? Did they wanted to achieve like sounding like a “goth” or something? And the title also, what does the “Five Years” mean? What is the significance of the title to the minimal lyrics, etc.? Hope you can quench my curiousity, Hehe.. Thanks, Ms. Jing! More power to your band ;)]

Jing Reyna-jorge (June 3 at 12:56pm)
One of sugar Hiccup’s major influences during that time was a British band called Cocteau Twins, if you’re familiar with their music, more of the ambient, sort of gothic, dark and haunting sound. And their lyrics are in gibberish or in tongues sometimes, and could be poetic with soaring vocals. The name Sugar Hiccup is actually a track from one of their albums. I think that’s where the band got it’s name and undoubtedly their haunting sound but of course there are other influences, but more of the new wave/dream pop/ambient genre. Well according to the bassist, he’s the only original member left, “Five Years” doesn’t have a title before, and the bassist actually thought of the main riff for the song, explaining the dominant bass part at the beginning of the song. They were just jamming it, no lyrics yet, whatsoever, the bassist wants it to be just a humming song; they usually performed it at the beginning of their gig, cause it’s meant to be a warm up for Melody, sort of vocalisation thing, explaining the crescendo patterns of the humming parts. I don’t know if this is accurate, but the title came in after as a suggestion. I think Melody has a story behind that lyrics which is ver apt.. Interesting no? It was an instant hit, I think they got signed because of it.

Jing Reyna-jorge (June 3 at 1:02pm)
Again the bassist shared a story behind that one liner lyrics of Melody, it’s meant for someone yata, and she is sort of frustrated or angry in a way with that someone, well I can only assume.
[Again the bassist shared a story behind that one liner lyrics of Melody, it’s meant for someone maybe, and she is sort of frustrated or angry in a way with that someone,well I can only assume.]

There you go. By Ms. Jing’s story, we can speculate that she (Melody del Mundo, the vocalist of Sugar Hiccup at the time of Five Years recording) and someone had been together for FIVE YEARS, broke up, and “He will never be back..” Well anyway, only Melody could clarify this.

Hope this will give some peace of mind to every Sugar Hiccup fan that are not yet breathless, senseless, or thoughtless* 🙂

— Written by Ronald Cubelo, (June 03, 2011 Fri 2:04pm UTC +8)

*lyrics from Sugar Hiccup’s song “Death”

originally written and posted here.

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