Radiodiffusion Internasionaal Annexe

Moon Stars
January 8, 2011, 11:12 pm
Filed under: Hong Kong



Wait. Where was I? Oh yeah… I was going to make some kind of tenuous connection between studio musicians and elevator music and tie in the fact that I just started reading Joseph Lanza’s “Elevator Music: A Surreal History of Muzak, Easy-Listening, and Other Moodsong” (Which, so far, is much more entertaining than the last book I read: Simon Reynolds’ “Rip It Up and Start Again: Postpunk 1978-1984” [Spoiler Alert: Gang of Four were apparently responsible for everything] and way more enjoyable than anything by the coma inducing Peter Manuel¹ {Sorry to wander off in to Rev. Nørb territory here… (And yes, I do realize that 98% of the people who are reading this will not get that reference [And for that 2% of you who were reading MMR in the early 90s – Huzzah and kudos to you.].).}.). But instead, you get this:

Moon Stars were – like their label mates The New Wave – most likely a studio creation of their record label – New Wave Recording Company. If you have any further information, please contact me or leave a comment.

Catalog number NWLP 9, released by the New Wave Recording Company of Hong Kong. No other information available.

¹ Please see Mack Hagood’s comment regarding Peter Manuel below.

May 2, 2010, 5:04 am
Filed under: Hong Kong


I have come across many songs that pay tribute to Western songs – especially in South East Asia. The Cambodian Rocks, Thai Beat A Go Go and Thai Funk series are littered with songs that sound a whole lot like songs you’ve heard before. What you think might be a version of Ray Charles‘s “What’d I Say” is actually called “Why Do You Walk Like A Drunkard”. But an outright parody is something I had never really seen before I got my hands on this single.

The name of the band is The Four Dummies, which was comprised of four comedians from Hong Kong. The person who sold me this single told me that one of them was Chen Kwan Min and another was Sai Kua Bao, but he could not remember the names of the other two. Beyond that, I have not been able to find anything further.

If you have any further information on the band, please contact me or leave a comment.

Catalog number YE 202 on Beauty Records or Malaysia. No release date given.

The Apollo Guitar Band
December 27, 2009, 6:09 am
Filed under: Hong Kong



There were two different music scenes in Hong Kong in the late Sixties. First were the garage bands like Teddy Robin & The Playboys, The Mystics, Joe Jr. & The Side Effects, Menace, Lotus, and the like. These bands generally sung in English and covered the latest songs from the UK or the US. And then there were recording artists from the Shaw Brothers film studio, like Nancy Sit and Chan Po Chu (a. k. a. Connie Chan) who recorded Chinese versions of international hits. At the same time, there were also a handful of studio musicians churning out instrumental versions of not only Western songs, but Westernized Chinese songs as well.

Much like their label mates The New Wave, The Apollo Guitar Band were apparently one of these studio bands. I have seen a few other releases by the band, but none of them feature any pictures or credits of musicians. The band’s name may have been taken from the Teisco / Kawai manufactured Apollo model guitar from that time period.

If you have any further information on the band, please contact me or leave a comment.

Thanks to Mack Hagood for translating the titles for me.

Catalog number NWLP 8035 on New Wave Record of Hong Kong, manufactured in Malaysia by Life Records. No release date listed.

Philippines Five Sisters
June 24, 2008, 7:25 pm
Filed under: Hong Kong

Happy Dance

One would assume that the Philippines Five Sisters were from the Philippines

But if you listen to the track, they say that they are The Blue Star Sisters… And they were from Hong Kong, which probably explains why this is in English. Also, it appears that they are still active today, in Thailand

As for the two comedians, Ya Fong and Wong Sa, they were popular throughout Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong and Taiwan during the 1960’s and into the 1970’s.

Catalog number RTC 88 on Rockson Record. The only other information is that the cover was printed by Chiyo Printing Ltd. of Singapore.

The New Wave
June 20, 2008, 1:33 pm
Filed under: Hong Kong

China Night


The New Wave were from Hong Kong.

After the First Opium War, Hong Kong became a crown colony in 1843. The first urban settlement was named Victoria City. The Kowloon Peninsula south of Boundary Street and Stonecutter’s Island was ceded to the British in 1860 under the Convention of Peking after the Second Opium War. Various adjacent lands, known as the New Territories (including New Kowloon and Lantau Island), were then leased by Britain for 99 years, from 1 July 1898 to 30 June 1997.

The New Wave were apparently a creation of their record label, New Wave Record Company, were most likely comprised of studio musicians. I have not been able to find other information about this recording.

Thanks to Mack at Far East Audio for translating the titles for me.

If you have any information, please contact me.

Catalog number NWLP 5, released by the New Wave Recording Company of Hong Kong. No date given.