Just yesterday as I was having lunch in the Malay restaurant we frequent for lunch, there was this song playing on the radio. Sounds rather familiar. One of the waiters increased the volume a little bit more. Wow. It was a song by the Malaysian rock group, Search. This was one of the songs I really dig during my early teenage years. I remember I bought the Fenomena album from a local open market back in Kudat, Sabah. Eventually I found out it was a pirated tape. (I never realize until years later) I did not know there was such thing as piracy then. So that was my first experience. The last song would just stop abruptly, probably due to the tape length.
I tried to do some search on Search today. Nothing came out of Google. What happened? I tried Malaysia+rock band+search, Amy search (who is the lead singer). Only when I typed ‘kumpulan search’ did a promising result displayed. Even that was a wikipedia in Bahasa Malaysia. Don’t they have an official website maintained? Aren’t there any super fans out there? That’s just sad. There was a site called duniasearch.com but seems like it’s a dead link now.
This was part of a scene taken from the Fenomena movie
However my search did open up some new and interesting info like this guy called Terry Thaddeus. Apparently he was one of the big names in the guitar world during the 60′s and 70′s. He even produced one of Search’ album called ‘Rampage’. Marshall Guitar Magazine (can’t find anything about that magazine) also dubbed him as “the Jimi Hendrix of the East”. I also tried to research about Terry online but there were not much info. But there were some interesting bits of information about him here or there.
However, there is a blog (a Sabahan) who wrote quite a good post about the Search rock group and it’s glory days. Not sure what his reference were, quite detail I might say. Well so much for my Saturday afternoon. Haven’t taken lunch yet. Anyway, keep on rockin’ people!
Here are the links:
Search Rock group on Wikipedia (Bahasa Malaysia)
Search Rock group post in Ahmad Mauluddin’s blog
Terry Thaddeus in MusicMoz
Terry Thaddeus mentioned in Jacques Nazaire’s website