I grew up listening mostly to Malay songs because I was educated in a 95% Malays primary school. In secondary school, I still stick to Malay friends. So, Alleycats was my staple diet back then.
Once, when I was about 18 years old, I have a male, married colleague (ooh lah lah) who is a Chinese but he can sing “Sekuntum Mawar Merah” like pro. One day, he had a singing competition and brought me to be there as his supporter. *faints with excitement* Now, he is an old ahpek already. Divorced once and remarried.
Then, we also used to go to *die, I cannot even remember the pub’s name* and listen to The Alleycats. I tell you, The Alleycats is probably one of the few non-Malay bands that garner both markets. It is a pity that they have not been given more recognition than they deserved.
Some of the songs that I really like are :
1) Sekuntum Mawar Merah, Sebuah Puisi
2) Senandung Malam
3) Andainya aku pergi dulu
4) Hingga Akhir Nanti
5) Seribu bintang
So, rest in peace, Loga. You may be gone but I will always have fond memories of those wickedly young times when I went there to sit there and be mesmerised by Alleycats’ song. My tribute came too late but nevertheless, I hope The Alleycats name will continue to be in our happy memories.
Andainya aku pergi dulu sebelummu
Janganlah kau bersedih hati
Andainya aku tiada lagi di sisimu
Janganlah kau memencil diri
Bayangkanlah masa-masa bahagia
Semasa engkau dan aku
Bermesra di langit biru
Di waktu kasih berpadu
Now, looking back at all the lyrics, those a very haunting words that foretold the truth.
Kini tinggal kenangan belaka
Di taburan bunga pusaramu
Ku berdoa agar dikau
Oh! kenangan tinggallah kenangan
Engkau pergi telah ditakdirkan
Diriku termenung menjauh
Bersama senandung semalam
Hey, let’s buy The Alleycats’ albums! Ingat, beli yang original, beb.
A song “Kasih Tak Kesampaian” included in the Alleycats’latest album, entitled “Rasa” was Loga’s last single.
May your siblings and family continue to mengharumkan nama mu sampai sedunia. Rest in peace, Loga.
Now, I think I want to perm my hair to be like Arumugam. How? Nice eh?