Friday, July 14, 2006

The Krush - Flashback

One of the most successful bands to come out of Hawaii was the Krush. From their humble Wailua roots back in the early 70s as the Exotic 5, then becoming the New Experience, the Fabulous Krush and then to simply the Krush, the band is still active performing at various venues. Former members have gone on to gigs in Las Vegas and to form other successful groups but in their heyday nobody could touch the Krush. They were a cool group to watch and listen to. Here's something written a little while back by John Berger. Cool reading!!COURTESY OF TIHATI
Friday, August 12, 2005

Krush rises again for 1-night club show

By John Berger

The Krush is back! Edwin Ramones, the leader of the three previous generations of the group, has resurrected the act once again for a one-nighter Saturday at the Esprit Nightclub in the Sheraton Waikiki. Ramones, whose primary instrument over the years has been keyboards, is the only member of any of the three previous versions of the Krush that is participating in what might be dubbed "The Krush 4.0."

The Krush
Where: Esprit Nightclub, Sheraton Waikiki Hotel
When: 7:45 p.m. Saturday

Cover: $15

Call: 545-3642

The other members of the new lineup are Aaron Kaleo Agsalda (lead vocals), Robin Canencia (guitar/vocals), Annamarie Love (lead vocals), Jorell Nacapuy (keyboards/vocals), Michael Nacapuy (bass/vocals) and Alvin Paguio (drums).

The Krush will take the stage starting at 7:45 to do a floor show. They'll switch over to being a club band at 9:30 for your dancing pleasure until 2 in the morning.

With the addition of a female vocalist to what has been an all-male act for 28 years, the Krush is again following in the footsteps of the Society Of Seven. (The SOS was an all-male act for over 30 years -- longer if you trace the SOS' history back to its origins as The Fabulous Echoes -- before it added Philippine concert star Lani Misalucha to its lineup in Las Vegas).

The story of Ramones and the Krush began in 1977 when Yemun Chung, one of the top talent managers and booking agents of the day, took several members of a marginally successful cover band named New Experience, added dynamic Bobby Gonzales of Glass Candle, and announced the debut of a new show band, the Fabulous Krush.

Chung ran a tight ship. Members came and went -- not always leaving on good terms with Chung and the group -- but careerwise, the Fabulous Krush went straight up.

Their self-titled debut album won three Na Hoku Hanohano Awards back in 1981. It took them less than five years to go from nothing to being a headliner attraction at the Outrigger Hotel's main showroom, where they split the year with the SOS.

THINGS changed after Chung resigned as manager and announced he was retiring from show business. Free for the first time to chart their own destiny, the group moved away from light pop material and got into a louder and more rock-oriented sound that eventually didn't fit the showroom formula perfected for the Outrigger.

The now-named Krush ("Fabulous" had been dropped several years earlier) lost the steady Outrigger gig and had to spend more time touring on the mainland. Ramones quit the group in 1987, saying that he planned to remain on the mainland with his wife and sons. The group subsequently dissolved without public announcement.

By the middle of 1991, however, Ramones was back in Hawaii. He resurrected the Krush around a core group of veterans -- founding member Gonzales, plus two of the guys who had come and gone between 1977 and 1985, Hal Bradbury and Jesse Gamiao. Wes Aoki, Hemingway Jasmin and Lucky Salvador completed the new Krush. The group worked with Don Ho at the Polynesian Palace but disbanded after Ho moved to the Waikiki Beachcomber Hotel.

Ramones resurrected the group for a third time in 1997 and the band opened as the headliners at the then-named Esprit Lounge. Ramones, Gamiao and Salvador were the veterans this time, joined by new members Darryl Anguay, William Daquioag, Tino Ibach and Richard Natto.

The Krush headlined the Esprit for several years, with Ibach emerging as the charismatic front man of the group, but eventually broke up after Natto was invited to join the SOS Las Vegas band. Ibach and Salvador then founded Tino & The Rhythm Klub and stayed on at the Esprit for several years.

And now, Ramones is back with a new version of the Krush for 2005. As some of our readers may remember, Ramones sang lead on the Krush's popular cover of the Rascals' "My Hawaii" back in the day.

Saturday's audience can look forward to a night of nostalgia at the Esprit.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

What about a Fabulous Krush reunion??

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A reunion would be great, with the core members: Wade, Bucci, Macky, Bobby, Hal & Freddie. Where are they all now??

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Blogger Satchel Pooch said...

I had the pleasure of experiencing The Krush in May, 2001 by "happy accident" when I wandered into the Sheraton's lounge after hearing great music while passing by the hotel on my nightly music-hunting jaunts. They were great, and the Japanese-American guitarist smoothly switched from Latin jazz to hard rock riffs, and back again, much to my delight. His playing reminded me of Kazumi Watanabe's. The charismatic lead singer, who strongly resembled Jimmy Smits, really got the audience involved. Too bad that incarnation of the band has dissolved, but I was priviliged to have heard them on my one visit to Hawaii.

Does anyone have any videos of them, or of earlier incarnations of the band, playing together?

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