we have always been taking bee gees for granted, saying that beatles is the best band in the world and bee gees is a distant behind but truth be told, we can relate more to the gibb brothers than the beatles. Without bee gees' immense contributions, the 60s, 70s and 80s pop would be colorless. as a mark of respect, we would dedicate the next 3 blog articles on the bee gees, starting with this one. -------------------------------------- the year was 1980, we were in the top class class in ACS, ipoh. there was a very naughty fella in the class by the name of kusu. kusu was the kind who always got punishment from the teachers for all the naughty pranks he did in the class.
kusu is good in caricaturing. one of his fave caricatures is the gibb brothers. he likes to draw on whichever table he sat on. so when you see a table with bee gees caricatures, you know kusu had sat on it. besides that, he could imitate robin gibbs very well, singing in high-pitched falsetto, with the agonized and tightened-muscle look on his face.
practically the whole class loved bee gees and we could sing their songs as familiar as our morning assembly song of "negaraku". yes, as the 80s kids, we practically lived thru the bee gees era, the rise and fall of their long-spanning career.
there was another a very cool guy by the name of kc, who was the prince among us nerds. A1 class being the top class in ACS, it was full of nerds and kc was simply the best looking and best liked guy by female students from MGS.
kc always played "i started a joke", "words", "massachussetts" on his guitar whenever there were gatherings. and we would singalong like there was no tomorrow. the girls were particulatry impressed with kc's guitar skills. with his guitar, kc stole the hearts of many girls.
even until now, when the old classmates gather at karaoke lounges, "i started a joke", "words", "massachusetts" are still being sung with such gutso and passion.
today, we mourn the passing of robin gibb. we know barry gibb would be heartbtroken because when maurice gibb passed away, barry broke down and shut himself from the outside world.
we are all saddened because bee gees have given us so much good times and good music. the gibb brothers' music was a big part of our salad days.