During my last year of high school, most of my friends when on a ‘kpop’ frenzy.
I, at the time, thought that kpop was a band. K. pop. Kpop. Like NSYNC. But foreign.
It sounds like it could be a band, right? Well, to everyone who also thought that it sounded like a possible band name, it apparently isn’t.
Kpop, is Korean pop.
My friends also mentioned a number of different bands, suggested for me to look up and listen to since I wasn’t nearly as enthusiastic about Blah and Blahdeblah and Bloodegit and Bleesh and Young Blearggy as well as the other Gibberish names that burst from their mouths too quickly.
One band, which I remember because I could actually remember the name back then enough to look it up (and be disappointed), was SHINee.
Well, the difference between back then and now is that this time my friend sent me a number of links to look at and click at my leisure, and got to listen to actual music and not think my friends were crazy for a bit.
Back then, since nothing was turning up when I searched “Shiny music” other than glittery sounds. There was also “calming soothing music” that sounded like the composer was trying to make sounds that might sooth my fluctuating aura.
I was unimpressed with my friends and their taste in music for a little while before deciding I have better taste in friends than that, and therefore was probably looking up the wrong “Shiny” than their “SHINee”.
So I was that quiet person at the table when that conversation topic came up.
Oh yeah, sure I heard that one song, didn’t much like it as that other song you were talking about earlier… yeah, that one. No wait, or was it another one? I don’t know, I listened to it on a playlist, and it was labeled useful things like “Track 01” and “Track 02”.
What? No I’m not lying… I really do like Shiny. That is how you pronounce it right? Yeah, see?
So yeah, I went out of my way to make sure my friends just wouldn’t ask about it, mainly by lying with ignorance, but they were worse than when I was much younger and everyone else was going gaga (a funny term to use nowadays) over the Backstreet Boys.
Or was it Boyz?
Whatever, I missed out on THAT fad by not being interested in much any kind of music and listening to Queen’s greatest hits…
I think this is Karma or something. Everyone lacking the y-chromosome must have a band crush, an most get it over with when they’re young. They are smart even as they squeal and ask each other which one they like more. The cute one? The smart one? What do you mean they’re all ‘gay’ dad? You heard it from Weird Al?
But I missed out on getting the embarrassment out. I missed the deadline, and now life is smacking me in the face with something more than Backstreet Boys. More than NSYNC. Something I don’t even understand!
And now I have a band crush.
I’m in love with SHINee…
Perhaps, when Life was trying to decide what I would get my band crush on, it wondered what kind of music, what genre… and then it saw that I like anime and manga and most things foreign… and decided kpop was the one.
Well, she watches shows with subtitles anyway, so lets throw korean pop at her!
At 1:45 or so that thing is really cool, and the guy in front makes a funny face 😀
They also, if you’re interested, make japanese versions of a good deal of their songs… HERE for the same song, in Japanese. Same dancing, different outfits, and that scene where the one guy makes a funny face is gone, but instead he gets a funny hat 😀
*sigh*… and they’re all so cute too…
At least Life hit me with a band full of eye candy 😛
RESPONSIBLE eye candy as well.
SHINee gets pulled into doing a show, called “Hello Baby”… They get a kid and have to take care of it. That’s the point of the show… It’s REALLY FRIGGING ADDICTING TO WATCH! Watch it HERE
*sigh*… This is mainly just to lament the fact that I no longer have a life, and am now very close to remembering each of their names, and knowing the general sounds and sort-of-recognizable words from some of their songs…
To prove that I’m not in a dying little musical circle, here’s a chart that has probably been updated to show how many more people know about and like kpop.
Other examples of kpop, that I like or have heard of are:
Troublemaker : This song I’ve listened to many MANY times… Makes me want to whistle along 😀 Fun song as well.. Lexy, click the link. Seriously. You’ll be jamming along with it 😀
4minute Ft. Beast/ B2ST – HuH (Hit Your Heart) : This may help some people who like more popular rap/pop because it sounds like a foreign version of a number of hits 😀 This link cuts off at the end though, still good though
I am the best by 2NE1 : This one is funny and may have bum bratatata tata tata ta stuck in your head for a bit 😀 Fun video as well… not my fav, but it’s impressive what they do in such high heels… also funny horn hair at the end 😄
PONPONPON : You will think that the person who made the video was on crack, but honestly as soon as you get past the bizarrenness, you will be giggling up a fit at the ridiculousness of it all 😀 So funny 😀
I also heard that Super Junior is good, but I’ve been trying to limit my band crushes for this next while.
So there’s a huge burst of Kpop for your system, if anyone has suggestions for me, SUGGEST THEM!
Also, if your excuse to not watching or listening is lack of understanding, I mentioned my watching series with subtitles for a reason. You CAN get subtitles, or even look up translated lyrics 😉