In 1997, Hasnol (guitar) and Congo (bass) decided to form a band. Short of
a drummer, Hasnol invited Bum to fill in on the drums and shortly after
that Hasnol called on Magoo to be the voice of the band. At the time, both
Magoo and Bum had other commitments. Magoo was still with his band
Invidious while Bum was playing with Lollypop. Both Invidious and Lollypop
collapsed and that caused both Magoo and Bum to give their all to The
The four of them started to work hard for a month until they decided that
they were ready to hit the recording studio. The Official recorded 5 songs
for Strange Culture Records (now known as Clockwork Records). Their first
EP JB Riot Skins was born. The EP received outstanding reception from all
over the Peninsula including Sabah, Sarawak and Singapore. This was an
great achievement. But this was only the start.
About a year later, armed with newer and better music, The Official
produced their first album entitled Remember Yesterday. Their music was a
far cry from what it had been on their first EP. All of them had been
practicing hard and the hard work paid off when the album emerged with
tight guitar sounds, unforgettable bass lines and catchy lyrics. Songs
like My Land, Proud To Be Malaysian and Remember Our Roots became instant
favorites with the crowds at gigs.
In late '99, Hasnol left the band and Sarah stepped in on guitars. They
still managed to play at a couple of gigs despite their own commitments.
They recorded their Live n' Loud album at the "This Is Oi!" gig in KL on
the 11th Nov' 00. But problems with the recording caused the plans for the
release of the Live n' Loud album to fall through.
The Official lapsed into a period of silence in early 2001 because of
personal reasons and commitments. However, after being constantly pestered
by friends, Magoo and Sarah decided to make a comeback near the end of
2001. They recruited Amir on lead guitars, Rizal on drums and Azim on
bass. After some time, they headed of to record The Officials' second EP
entitled A tribute To JB Riot.
After the release of their second EP, unforeseen problems forced Rizal and
Azim to leave the band. The Official recorded their 2nd album You'll Never
See The Last Of Us with the help of a close friend to cover on drums while
Amir covered two tasks playing both bass and lead guitars.
The Official is now a three-piece band relying on close friends for their
contributions on drum and bass.