>Punk becomes a profitable business for T-shirt and RTW manufacturers based in Cartimar, Recto. Shops like Shambhu [no, not shabu], Khumbmela, Hard Stuff, Arte Linea, and High Adventure among others made a killing in selling punk and new wave gear and clothing. Likewise, the stairways of Tandem Cinema became the favorite hangout of punks and hardcores, and the nearby Dapitan Sports Complex, the favorite concert place.
>Imported vinyls and cassettes of locally unreleased punk and new wave albums, as well as their pirated pre-recorded counterparts, proliferated in the underground market. The most notable distros then were A2Z Records along Anonas St., Q.C. and Third Mind Rare Tapes. Tape piracy was born.
>DWXB-102 FM, the “Capital Radio”, became the “station that dares to be different”. Located along Donada St. in Pasay City, “102 Music” to the station’s listeners meant the music of New Order, Joy Division, The Cure, the Sex Pistols, The Clash, and occasionally Betrayed, Urban Bandits, and Private Stock.
>Rock critic and punk photographer Didits Gonzales organized weekly punk gigs at Katrina’s, a pub operated by his family at Mabini St., Malate. Slamdancing was allowed during “hardcore Saturday nights” but only when a “referee” was around.
>Violence erupted from slamdancing during a guest performance of Betrayed at the recognition night of the “1st Independent Film and Video Festival” at the Wave Cinema in Cubao.
>Betrayed played their last gig at the “World Annihilation” concert at Ortañez University and called it quits permanently. Vocalist Dominic Gamboa, a prime mover of the International Music Workers Union and the War Resisters League then, founded the first generation of reggae group Tropical Depression. The line-up consisted of The Jerks’ Chicoy Pura on guitars, ex-Betrayed Je Bautista on bass, and ex-Dead Ends Harley Alarcon on drums. The same group later formed a ska outfit called the SkaVengers for fun. SkaLawags, another pioneer ska band, also graced the scene. Ska would eventually gain more local adherents in the 90s, particularly its bastard child “ska-punk”, thanks to its American proponents like Operation Ivy and the rest of the “California sunshine” punks.
>DWNU-107 FM, the “Home of New Rock”, and DWBM-105 FM, the “Power Station”, hit the new music airwaves. Though NU would carry on into the next decade’s alternative rock scene, BM wouldn’t be as lucky.