Wanna know what’s up today? Nothing. Felt like writing, so I’m going to regurgitate an old email I sent to a friend of mine in the hopes of ‘converting’ her into a K-pop listener. *proud smiles*
I myself only recently started listening to Korean music. First I’d just download the soundtracks from the dramas I watched when they appealed to me (obviously they’d appeal to me. When you keep hearing the same songs throughout a piece you love, you inevitably end up forming an emotional attachment to the song as well) then I gradually started looking up other songs by singers/bands that I noticed frequently appeared on my downloaded songs list. I used to think that Korean music was all about slow ballads and overly cutsey-fied ‘idols’. Imagine my surprise when I discovered that they actually made GOOD music, off the drama soundtracks. I eagerly looked up the previously-unknown-to-me stuff and from there on out I was pretty much lost. The music videos! The dances! The outrageous costumes! Oh my. I found SO MUCH stuff, and I have to admit I’ve barely sampled what’s out there. Seems like there’s a never-ending list of songs by so-and-so and such-and-such that I’ll never be able to finish, SO I don’t bother.I find little bite-sized pieces of music, and enjoy them to within an inch of their lives. Then I move on and find fresh meat…I mean songs.
I think I may be committing voluntary ‘credibility suicide’ by putting up this post, especially after all the purist hullabaloo in my last post. =) BUT I’d be lying if I said I didn’t listen to pop…K-pop, that is. And one of the first commandments I came up with while going into this blog thing was ‘ Thou art to be true unto yourself’…or something like that. Therefore I shall write this whole thing as best as I can, and when the time comes to click ‘Publish’, I shall clench my fist (my left one, because my right one will have the mouse in it. LOL) and after an undoubtedly dramatic pause, click it.
This was actually an old email, as I have mentioned above, to a friend, and looking back, I think I may have been a little high when I wrote it. I’ve only given it some superficial ‘tweaks’, fixing punctuation and such, as opposed to plastic surgery, because I was feeling lazy. But now, having written so much on the topic, I feel kinda weird pasting the whole thing as-is. Heh. Plus I kinda want to change the songs…Also, I didn’t write much on each song, in the hopes of not scaring her off. Oh well.
NOTE: These songs are supposed to be watched with their videos ONLY. I believe I’m onto something when I say this, because the songs are good, but with the videos? They’re entertaining as Hell, and never fail to make me feel better. Seriously, I don’t bother putting the songs on my iPod (My iPod’s nickname is Ancient iPod. It doesn’t support video. GASP), instead I just have a nifty file hidden somewhere on my computer filled with downloaded music videos. And they NEVER fail to lighten up my mood and make me smile. I think the Koreans may have invented a form of mind control or mental crack that they’re propagating through their music videos. Who cares, honestly? Gimme the cute guys, catchy beats and DANCES and I will be yours. I’m cheap that way.
Here it is:
THE MUSIC VIDEOS I TOLD YOU ABOUT!! (I’d given her prior warning before sending it out)
Get ready, fasten your seltbelts, It’s gonna be an awesome ride through modern Korean music. I’ll write little introductions here and there wherever I see fit.
First off, here’s the song called Go! by the band Big Bang, that I told you about. They’re a kind of hip-hop/popish band, and less girly than other ‘idols’. Only 5 members, all hot, except for one, whom you shall figure out for yourself after watching this video. (Yes, I didn’t like Daesung at first, just because he was less gorgeous than the rest. I’m ashamed of it now. :))
Catchy, aint it? Did you spot the tall wicked-looking one TOP? And the guy with the ahjumma hair GD? And the cute younger looking one Seungri? And the dancer dude in red pants, Taeyang? You didn’t? *sigh* Then watch it again…or better yet, download it like I did.
How do you like em so far?
Here’s the video for ‘Haru Haru’. The girl in it is the girl playing LEE MIN HO’s love interest in City Hunter. The song is really good, but I don’t really get the story of the video. GD is her friend who loves her from afar, and TOP is the girl’s boyfriend, who seems like a douche and somehow keeps them apart. Watch for yourself.
Moving on, we have a band called SHINee, pronounced ‘shiny’. (Weird, I know. I only found out about it recently). THEY’RE ALL REALLY YOUNG. Here’s their song called ‘Lucifer’. I don’t get the song’s lyrics, like what they mean and all, BUT I LOVE IT REGARDLESS. OMG, the dance will BLOW YOU AWAY. I found out about them through *Mutual Friend*, who’s a HUGE fan. They did a reality show a few years back, and I watched a few episodes. DUDE, they’re AWESOME. Funny as hell, competitive, always making fun of and/or ganging up on each other. I know all of their names and personalities. Who’s petty, who’s innocent, who’s the guy who always does ‘the right thing’, who’s the most ‘diva’ of them all. The show’s worth checking out, called Hello Baby. Watch this video for Lucifer, keeping in mind that the youngest guy is 17 and the oldest is 21, DURING THE TIME THE VIDEO WAS TAKEN.
What did you think of THAT? Bet you HAD to watch it more than once. Here’s their first ever single that got them famous. The youngest guy was ONLY 14 and the oldest was 19 at the time this was shot.
EEEEEEEEEEE!!! The video isn’t that special, but the song is surprisingly nice. THEY LOOK LIKE BABIES IN IT! Here’s their song called ‘Ring Ding Dong’. YOU WILL LIKE THIS VERY MUCHO. (Yes, I sometimes talk weird with my close friends.)
You diggin’ it yet? I don’t expect you to be able to identify any of them or tell them apart right now, but after watching these videos a few million times, you will. I just know it.
Now for an honorable mention. I’m only including this song because *Mutual Friend 2* liked it. I like it OK, but I don’t love it. The video is…interesting. I like the whole song except for the chorus, which I found annoying as hell. This is mblaq’s song, ‘Y’.
Lastly, I’d like to wrap this up with a song by Kim Hyun Joong’s band SS501. (Kim Hyun Joong as in that guy from Boys Over Flowers who doesn’t get the girl) This is the only song of theirs I’ve heard. It’s pretty decent, though I wish KHJ had gotten more screen time. As much as I hate to admit it, he looks good. Older, but good. Its surprising to see EXPRESSIONS on his face. Its surprising to see him DANCING, MOVING AROUND, and not just standing ram-rod straight or sleeping like he always is during dramas.
And we have reached the end of our journey. Hoped you liked the songs, or at least were entertained. DO TELL ME WHATCHU THINK!!!!
*End of email*
People, if you were persuaded by my incessant babble on the songs, and you liked the songs themselves and want to ‘convert’ others, feel free to share this post. No really, I’m not asking you. GO DO IT, or I will feed you to the rabid fangirl masses. Trust me, they can be scary.