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Friday, February 12, 2010
Slamming Body and More
It's been almost a week since Big Mountain Music Festival closed its first curtain successfully, but the rage is still going on strongly in the media and, especially, across social networking sites.
All right, I am not gonna beat around the bush now. The "rage" is mostly stemmed from Bodyslam's performance and lead singer Athiwara "Toon" Kongmalai's ripped body.
I'm not going to pretend that I've risen above all the vanity affairs as I've succumbed to this new Toon and Bodyslam fever as well. It's hard not to rave about his new improved physiques, clearly a compliment of many, many gym hours, along with his loveable persona backstage and the band's strong performance as well as thier dance antics late at night. Bodyslam has definitely emerged as the most obvious winner out of all the Big Mountain ballyhoo.
Bodyslam is possibly the biggest rock band in Thailand now, and with that notion comes a lot of fun poking and snickering as is ritual to and consequence of a massive mainstream success. But thier performance at BMMF has won many indie darlings and so called hipsters over. Call me a sellout or a traitor to independent music ideology, I don't really mind, but they were skillfully powerful and theaterically successful.
I first sat down with Bodyslam when they came out as an indie band with a small indie label in 2002. My article stated: "the reception [Bodyslam] has been accorded is surprising given these blokes' lack of conventional star qualities and typical Greek God looks".
What was I thinking? Why did I use the word "blokes"?
As of February 2010, Bodyslam is nothing but full of mega star qualities, and for the looks department, Toon, or endearingly referred to as Phi Toon or Nong Toon, has gotten everyone, especially females and gay men, flipping over his still and moving images from BMMF with a lasting hangover that still continues as I type in my dark and dusty office. His image (seen here) is a bright, shining torch that allows us girls to express ourselves explicitly and shamelessly on social networking sites.
A close friend of mine posted this particular image on her private Facebook, and the naughty comments keep pouring. I posted a VDO on mine for a, ahem, personal reminder. My baby sister thinks I should behave more maturely, but what does she know? The comments garnerd are quite strong sexual, horndog expressions in this semi public domain--the kinds that you don't usually witness when the male populations lust after a busty woman performer. The boys I know and love dearly offer comical comments with a bit of snide as expected. Green eyed monsters much, babe?
But all these vivid outbursts are not just nonsense. They might just be that my circle of friends and acquaintances (as well as others out there) are just self realised women and gay men who feel free to let it all hang out? As ladies, we're often told not to say this and do that. But we're empowered, and we'll say what we want to say ... on Facebook.
Then again, if you really think about it; it's not all about his toned body, intriguing tattoos and bodysuit of a pair of pants. It's also about an awe inspiring performance, crafty frontmanship and band synergy that feed off from the frantic crowd. It's everything combined into one gigantic ball of energy that happens to take shape in a shirtless man with a microphone down his pocket when he claps.
This also goes without yelling "Thailand, Thailand, Thailand" over and over again that music, as much as I don't like it, is not just about music anymore if you want to take it to the next level. It's about a sharp presentation and a complete "package"--granted that you don't overdo it. It's about many other things. Looks, styles, chances, acceptance, being shirtless and amicability...and being shirtless
We are not ashamed to express our love for you, Bodyslam. We love your "package", Bodyslam. We love you, Bodyslam.
Well, I love you the more than the rest...
For a full review of BMMF, visit http://bangkokpost.com/entertainment/music/32650/big-mountain-high
Photo (Toon from Bodyslam) Courtesy of Overconda.
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