we’re so young, we have no more time

Until the day I actually produce fruit from my loins, the thing I’m most proud of is still “Radio Station Forgot To Play My Favourite Song“, my FYP about Singapore rock music from my halcyon NTU years. People seemed to dig it a fair bit back in the day, which was really just the cherry on top for us as Gavin, Jason and I had a fucking blast making the thing. We were/are MoreBetter Produktions (to be spoken in a Malay accent, please) and the coolest kids in town (read: Jalan Bahar Live Firing Area) for awhile after making our beloved rockumentary.

We even managed to score a short trip to NYC (sans Gav, sorry Gav) for the New York Expo in 2003 (incidentally its last year – our fault?). It still gets an occasional screening now and then at a couple local film or music events here and there, which is always lovely.

A couple days back, Willy alerted me to the fact that Sean from Black Isle Studios seems to have unearthed it somehow and posted it on Youtube, at the same time giving us great props on SOFT. Thanks, Sean.

The 3 of us have always enjoyed the compliments over the years but its also a little sad that none of us are within even sniffing distance of the hotshit rockumentarians we were 5 years ago – in fact we’ve all joined the SYSTEM and are civil servants now. If there were still anything remotely creative and edgy left in us, it probably would’ve been shat out of us by now. Sadly, we’re fading away instead of burning out. At least we still try to have our weekly beer sessions, which had its beginnings in RSFTPMFS’s preproduction stages.

In any case, at the risk of seeming irredeemably gauche, I’m posting our one and only rockumentary in its triptych’ed, flickery-texted, FLV’ed glory here.

Radio Station Forgot To Play My Favourite Song – Part 1

Radio Station Forgot To Play My Favourite Song – Part 2

Radio Station Forgot To Play My Favourite Song – Part 3

Great times, those.

P.S.
Just in case you skip the credits, here’re the songs so generously loaned to us to score our rockumentary, all great songs from great Singapore bands.

“Never Be Alone”Chou Pi Jiang

“Spacemen Over Malaysia”, “Last Nite I Said Goodbye”, “Siti”, “Liberator”Force Vomit

“Sad But True”Rudra

“Losing You”Astreal

“One Big Happy Family”Humpback Oak

“Radio Station” – The Padres

P.P.S.
Incidentally, social media ace Kevin Lim posted his own Singapore rockumentary just a month ago. Good shit but pity bout the quality loss. Also, Joe Ng is freaking Peter Pan, man.

P.P.P.S.
Need to shout out to Willyour very own Stu Sutcliffe – for letting us bounce ideas off him during our many many brainstorming beer binges at Holland Village and still got left out of the credits.

Also to Don Bosco, who shot the Force Vomit video “(Are You) My Number One”, but whom we unfortunately left out of the credits. Sorry, Don.

update:
Grace has very kindly uploaded RSFTPMFS on Vimeo here, so you can enjoy it in a single chunk.

10 Responses to “we’re so young, we have no more time”


  1. 1 Kevin January 29, 2008 at 8:31

    Woah, your rockumentary is even more power! Love the visual and narrative composition. Oh how I do miss those carefree days…

  2. 2 Lounge Lizard January 29, 2008 at 10:02

    Finally, all these years!!! I’ve gotten my credits due! Now, let’s drink that beer!!!

    Btw, we is still needs to re-record the song.

  3. 3 billy January 29, 2008 at 19:18

    Kevin:
    Thanks, but notice how things have stayed the same between yours and mine? I think its slightly better nowadays though with gigs almost every weekend, which is really nice.

    Willy:
    Wednesday?

  4. 4 jason siau January 30, 2008 at 16:12

    yo boss

    i hear you man, i do.

    sniff.

  5. 5 Lounge Lizard February 3, 2008 at 20:00

    Check with WY on Tuesday.

  6. 6 Ivan Chew February 27, 2008 at 19:43

    Wow. Very very very nice documentary! Loved all 20+ minutes of it. Billy, I can see this being aired at the library@esplanade gallery. It would complement the “On The Record” documentary that was produced by Ngee Ann Poly. That documentary covers the 60s to current. Your video focused on the rock scene. It would be a great complement. Oh, absolutely loved the closing song by the Padres. Goosebumps man!

  7. 7 Jeremy Hu July 18, 2012 at 18:53

    Hi Billy!
    Great documentary you got here; a great complementary piece to The Local Alternative, I feel. Anyway, is there any way I can get in touch with you? I’m planning to do a video project on the local music scene, and I was wondering if you’d be free to meet up for a chat.

    Let me know!


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