Singer, songwriter and Music Bugs owner Thaneth Warakulnukroh is back with a new album and a concert
IT’S BEEN a long 23 years since Thaneth Warakulnukroh released “Rock Krathop Mai” but now the popular ’80s star is back with a new album titled “Phloe” and a star-studded concert to promote it.
“There are many reasons why I’ve come back but the only one that’s worth mentioning is that I think people might enjoy listening to my music,” the 57-year-old tells XP.
“I wanted my new album to feel like my first two releases – 1985’s ‘Dan Siwilai’ and the follow up ‘Khon Khien Phleng Banleng Cheewit’ with Nite Spot Production – but with more experience, more emotion and more audience participation.”
Thaneth then joined GMM Grammy and released “Kod Poom” in 1989 and “Rock Krathop Mai” in 1992 before leaving the industry giant as alternative sounds came into fashion to set up his own label. Music Bugs went into operation in 1996 and Thaneth was quick to sign La-On (Atiwara “Toon” Kongmalai and Thanadol “Pid” Changsawek, both of Bodyslam), Big Ass and Labanoon.
“I had reached saturation point and was no longer interested in making music for the masses,” he says of his decision to quit Grammy.
After 10 years of running Music Bugs, he decided the time had come to spend more time with his family.
“It wasn’t easy to manage Music Bugs alone and I had no time to work on my own songs. But I did take notes, which I later developed into scripts. I showed them to my friends, film-makers Jira ‘Keng’ Maligool and Prachya Pinkaew as well as concert promoter Yuthana ‘Ted’ Boonorm, who thought my movie scripts were interesting but needed further development. But when I got back home, I did nothing about them but wrote new plots instead!”
Two cuts from the new album have already been released, “Wang” and “Dee Jai”, a track that appeared on his first album “Dan Siwilai” but has been reinterpreted and rearranged, with Thaneth joined on the vocals by Thanachai “Pod” Ujjin of Moderndog.
“It doesn’t mean emptiness or even loss but acceptance, sympathy, happiness and freedom from memories,” he says of “Wang”.
“The lyrics are about being stuck to something that had so much meaning in our lives that we can’t forget it. I’ve turned that something into the love for a woman so that people will understand the words. To me, though, it’s something more, something intangible.
“‘Dee Jai’ defines my return, both for me and for my fans.”
Thaneth will perform his new songs in addition to his old hits at “Phloe the Concert”, which is being staged at the Thailand Cultural next weekend. His guests include Pod Moderndog, Apiwat “Stamp” Eurthavornsuk, Tul Waitoonkiat of Apartment Khunpa, Suthita “Image The Voice” Chanachaisuwan, Labanoon, Big Ass, Toon Bodyslam, Popetorn “Two” Soonthornyanakij, and Aritach “Boy” Poltan of Lomosonic.
“I am celebrating my comeback with friends in the music circle. It’s a welcome party,” says Thaneth, who recently set up the new label Rock Opera House Records.
Thaneth Warakulnukroh’s “Phloe the Concert” takes place at Thailand Cultural Centre on Friday and Saturday (October 23-24). The curtain rises at 7
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