Jun Palencia started his career in 1964 with the Technocrats. He later affiliated himself with several bands such as The Psychedelics and Spice of Life. When he was in the US, he joined The Flashback Band. Returning in his hometown in Passi City, he found himself united again with the band that honed him. Jun incredibly played with the new incarnation of the band right up until his death in 2012.
The Technocrats founding members conceptualized the idea of forming a band after drawing an inspiration from The Beatles. The year 1964 marked the birth of the one-of-a-kind band at the campus of the University of San Agustin, Iloilo. The first two syllables (Techno) was derived from one of the many colleges in the university. The College of Technology was a common denominator to the band members since the it was composed of students and affiliates of the Technology Department.
The Technocrats played in almost every part of Iloilo ever since it was founded. In 1975, Technocrats hit the road with a tour in Manila including the famous Manila Hotel, Westin Philippine Plaza, and Tropical Palace Hotel. They are still active till this day with two of the original members still playing Alfredo B. Panelo and Sonny Omega. Another original member Butch Bautista is also still playing and living in Boracay.
Here we have a cover of “Land of a Thousand Dances” a song written and first recorded by Chris Kenner in 1962. The song is famous for its “na na na na na” hook, which Cannibal & the Headhunters added in their 1965 version and we all know the Wilson Pickett version. We also have a cover of “A Well Respected Man” a song by the British band The Kinks, written by the group’s lead singer and rhythm guitarist Ray Davies, and originally released in the United Kingdom on the EP “Kwyet Kinks” in September 1965.