Jaebeom’s departure, Kim Hyun Joong’s H1N1 scare, Daesung’s accident, Kang-In’s assault case, DBSK’s court dilemma—everyone’s going Nostradamus about how 2009 seems like a bad year for male idols. What the hell is going on?! But let’s try to put these issues on hold, even for just a day. It’s been hard enough already, so I thought about reminiscing the good old days when Kpop was not as complicated as it is today.
Hello people of the world!
Been out of it for a while. To tell you the truth I’ve been staring at my laptop screen for a long time, deleting and re-typing like a fool. I just dunno how to begin. I mentioned in my very first post that I had another blog once, Xanga to be exact. It wasn’t anything like this one, everything in it were my random rantings, articles and it’s where I posted photos, sketches and doodles. But that blog DIED A NATURAL DEATH. I don’t even remember the url! It must be floating around in webspace right now, and is probably in a better place. So I realized I didn’t want the same thing to happen to Floatingstars, much less become its murderer! Dun dun dun!!!
Anyways, since we’re talking about beginnings, let me tell you a little bit about how I got into Kpop (Jpop, Twpop are stories for another day).
Handsome, wealthy, snobbish male lead? Check
Beautiful, spunky female lead? Check
Adorably wonky supporting cast? Check
Insanely attractive male rival? Check
Loan sharks/debt? Check!
Incest love stories, rich-boy-poor-girl, incurable disease, evil step mothers, bitchy ex-girlfriends, desperate good looking male doormats and drunken soju confessions…
I don’t exactly remember which artist I first became a fan of, but definitely I got into Kpop because of afternoon Kdramas. I remember watching “Bright Girl” with Jang Nara (she was the princess of dramas back then) and several of Eugene’s dramas. I grew up watching Lee Byung Hun, the quintessential suave and brave leading man. He starred in “Beautiful Days” with Choi Ji Woo, Ryu Shi Won and a verrrry young Shin Min Ah. I watched all of the season-themed dramas Autumn Story (with Song Hye Kyo, Song Seung Hoon and Won Bin), Winter Sonata (with CJW and Bae Yong Joon), Summer Scent (with Son Yeh Jin) and Spring Waltz (with Han Hyo Joo). My Girl, Sam Soon, Lovers in Paris, Full House, Goong, you name it! Sometimes I even wonder how I even finished school! This is why I was able to make a whole compilation post here: Kdrama and Jdrama moments: Cliches or Must haves? LOL so yeah now you can point, laugh hysterically at me and tell me that I have no life.
When it comes to music, I loved the old school! S.E.S., G.O.D., F.I.N.K.L., Yang Pa, J. Lim (where IS she anyways?), and Shinhwa (are they old school?) but Rain and Se7en really plugged me into the fandom.
Se7en, 1TYM and Big Bang
Asking me to choose between Se7en and Rain is like asking me which came first, chicken or the egg? I have all of his albums! My fave would have to be Just Listen and Must Listen, with singles Come back to me and Once, just once, Passion, Tattoo. Man, why don’t they make songs like these anymore!!! Nowadays YG is all synth and techno! I love YG but sometimes their songs can get a little OVERPRODUCED, it’s like they’re going for wham bam in your face RAWR shock factor—that the music gets lost somewhere in between. Anyways, Se7olution was great, it showed Se7en’s more mature side. I mean, in Lalala mv Se7en was making out and groping a girl inside a limo! LOL. If one of the Big Bang members ever do that, fangirls will throw into a fit and launch World War III!! Speaking of Lalala, I got to know Big Bang accidentally because I was looking for Se7en’s Lalala, when I clicked Big Bang’s Lalala.
Honestly, my first impression of Big Bang wasn’t too good. Their debut was a bit so-so, and they kinda looked like wannabe gangstas and GD was just too cute to be acting like that. Just sayin’. But no one can overpower the lure of T.O.P.!! I actually like the old school Big Bang (pre-Haru Haru era) more now.
Before DARAgon, there was uhh, GD-BOM… Here are some old pics from Big Bang’s video where Bom played GD’s lady love.
Rain (Bi) and JYP tandem
Before they were all smiles.. Now…
Nah, Bi and JYP are both in good terms. No matter what people say about JYP, he’s truly a star maker, hands down. He sees something in young hopefuls that we would normally not see. He’s got a super trained eye, more amazing than all the netizens combined. But more than that he’s got an ear that detects what will be the next big hit. He creates a “brand” for an artist. Creepy as he is (with his goal of bringing sexual revolution to Korea and all). I actually liked some of his own singles like Kiss and Come to my House.
Did you know that JYP was once awarded Model Line’s Best Dressed of the Year in 1997 and 2007? LOLWHUTT.
Leaving all his creepiness and controversies aside, you gotta give where credit is due. Much respect to him and his eye for talent. He knows what he’s doing.
Rain. Bad Guy, How to avoid the sun, It’s Raining, I Do, With U, Sad Tango, Freeway, Move on, Instead of saying goodbye—again, why don’t they make songs like these anymore??? And why aren’t there enough solo acts around? It’s totally a risk being solo, and unless you’ve got mad talent and charisma like Rain, you won’t be able to make it. He’s like an all around guy: singing, acting, dancing, producing, designing, modeling, whew! It’s amazing how he’s able to keep up with the things that he does click HERE to see what his day looks like. Some people are saying that his fame is waning, but I think it’s only because he’s been working behind the scenes a lot lately. I wish I could see him in a drama similar to Full House. He’s such an amazing actor, he’s not afraid to make fun and show different sides of himself, and when he cries, you can almost feel his pain (A Love to Kill). What’s funny is that his fanbase even extends to grannies and moms. I watched his CNN documentary when he went back to his hometown. Students flocked around him and there was this passerby ahjumma who called someone on the phone spazzing, “Omo!! Rain is here! He’s like a statue! His face is so small… *pause* No, it’s not raining! I meant Rain the celebrity!” LOL.
I miss BoA’s old music style: No. 1, Listen to my heart, Atlantis Princess, Girls on Top, etc. I’m not saying artists should always stick to one style and I’m all for adopting change but there was something in the music of yesteryears (which was not too long ago) that was different from today’s Kpop. Today is still good and enjoyable, but old school pop is in a different league. Kinda like the 90’s Britney-N’SYNC-BSB era. You can’t find that kind of music or image anymore in the US. Maybe you can, but they’re either Disney or considered just plain lame. LOL. Anyways, BoA’s English album seems to have blurred the old singing BoA with synths and techno effects. Sigh.
This post will go on an on if I go into detail for every Kpop artist. So here’s a rundown of my first impressions on some of my faves:
DBSK debut with “Hug:” I was only looking at Jaejoong the whole time and wondering if he was a guy or a girl. LOL. But damn can they sing! And how random is Yunho wearing a football player uniform?!!
Super Junior with “U,” “Miss You” and “Don’t Don:” I’ve been hearing a lot about them (lots of protests/controversies/spazzing), but I didn’t really care. I watched their vid Don’t Don and ended up having a headache trying to find out who the real members of the group are and who are the backup dancers. And goodness, were they having bad bleaching hair day or whut? But “Marry U” changed all that. I think Heechul stood out for me the most back then, probably because he looked more like he would fit in JE/Jpop. Then of course, there was the lovely Donghae. *sings* ‘Coz I can’t stop thinking ’bout chuu girl!
They’re known for their mega-hit songs “Tell Me,” “So Hot” and “Nobody,” all of which I think are catchy, with their simple and easy dance steps, they were bound to get famous. But I think they’d also do well had they maintained their fierce image in “Irony.” They also have other more edgy songs like “Bad Guy,” “This fool,” Move (feat. Min Woo), and “I wanna.” Sometimes their easy choreography does not show their full potential. Sun Ye can do so much more! But I guess they wouldn’t be Korea’s national sisters if they went the fierce route. Luckily Yoobin’s there to level up the fierceness. While So Hee is everyone’s fave, I like Ye Eun because I think she’s the most confident of them all (imho).
I wasn’t hooked into them the first time I watched them. I liked their debut song “Into the New World,” Yoona and Yuri stood out for me, because they looked so much alike and SeoHyun, because she was so cool doing a ballet dance. I was also curious about Sooyeong because she’s one of the gorgeous ones and she didn’t look Korean (more like hmm, Thai or Filipino?). They were kinda annoying especially when they came out with “Kissing You.” LOL as if too much sugar wasn’t enough, they were bopping around, dancing and waving lollipops to your face! I only watched the vid because of Donghae. It was cute, but TOO cute for my taste. Their high skirts and leg kicks concept in their song “Girls Generation” was okay. Ironically I found their less popular songs so much better, like “Baby Baby” and “Honey.” It wasn’t until “Gee” that I became a fan. Couldn’t help it.
Cute girls Taeyon and SeoHyun
When they came out with “Noona Neomu Yeppo” I was like, “Awww. How cute! Look at these kids tryin’ to be all gangsta with their Jersey Jackets, pretending to play basketball wearing gold chains and doing finger motions spelling ‘MVP’!” LOL. But at the end of the vid I realized they weren’t going for the gangsta style, Taemin came out in a fierce solo dance wearing skinny jeans and a tank top. I loved him from the start! I have to say, for me, at least, I think SHINee has the best songs in their albums, Suju’s 3rd album comes in close, but SHINee is consistent—you can listen to their albums from start to finish and like every single song!
Let’s do these old polls one last time. Se7en or Rain?
Wondergirls vs Girls Generation
Here’s to looking forward to more good times with you guys!