In the midst of rigorous SG50 celebrations, there was also the retrospective exhibition So Happy: 50 Years of Singapore Rock.
An inside look into the growth and progress of Singaporean independent rock music — starting from its halcyon days of the 60s, where a vibrant and exciting scene took place, and its sudden demise in the 70s, and how bands like Zircon Lounge and The Oddfellows fought against a cessation of original rock music, giving birth to a generation of Singaporean bands that continue till today.
“I want people to come and learn from it,” Little explains, “to realise that we have this amazing past in rock music, to inspire people to take note of the past and present.”
— On Oddfellows, Zircon Lounges and Stompin' Grounds: Singapore's Rock Music
The exhibition gave lots of insight, from its extensive gallery to video interviews, and during its run last year, they also held performances by old and new acts. As the exhibition reaches a year since its debut, the team behind it are currently releasing recordings of the sets that were held at The Substation.
Now, you can download the first two available sets, performed by electronic band Riot !n Magenta and alt-rock group The Oddfellows. Other bands that performed include The Pinholes, Plainsunset, Rudra and hardcore "supergroup" LC93.