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Updated: 2018-01-18T01:13:17.324-05:00

 



This has been a wonderful series. It'll keep m...

2018-01-13T05:36:34.511-05:00

This has been a wonderful series. It'll keep me in listening for another couple of years at least.



Honestly, seeing the more clever topics replacing ...

2018-01-06T07:16:45.271-05:00

Honestly, seeing the more clever topics replacing the dating and fat loss ones in the top 5 gives me hope for the future.
Keep up the good work and 새해복많이받으세요~~~~ ♥



I have been waiting for thjs entry for half a deca...

2018-01-05T11:44:41.634-05:00

I have been waiting for thjs entry for half a decade.

H.O.T. was a revolution. They were the direct descendant of New Kids on the Block, and pre-dated the American descendant, Backstreet Boys. Their music was goofy and camp but infectiously catchy, and they taught my generation how to dance, or rather how to aspire to copy dance moves.

And the fans...I still remember the day H.O.T. broke up, not for my own interests but seeing my friends freaking out and bawling in tears.

Their representative song imo is "We are the future".



I love this write-up. Shin Joong-hyun is one of my...

2018-01-04T03:25:46.873-05:00

I love this write-up. Shin Joong-hyun is one of my favorite artists, and a worthy artist to hold your #1 spot.

For readers who want to read more about him, I wrote a blog post including links for more to read and learn (see the link below), with listening material, some stuff to download, and some thoughts about him as well.

The thing that tantalizes me about Shin is that I honestly believe he had the talent to become a global star on the level of Neil Young, perhaps as great as Jimi Hendrix, but things just kept going the wrong way for him. His manager hid from him an American record company's invitation for him to come to the US; he never found just the right singer to stay with and turn into a long-running band. He fell on the wrong side of the government censors juuuust as he was peaking as an artist and producer: everything that could go wrong did, and he STILL carved out a legacy as Korea's greatest musician of all time. IMAGINE if things had gone smoothly instead!


http://roboseyo.blogspot.kr/2018/01/more-about-shin-joong-hyun-1-korean.html



This made me teary-eyed! Thank you!!! I have all t...

2018-01-03T21:27:41.256-05:00

This made me teary-eyed! Thank you!!! I have all the feels up in my chest right now. Can't compose a proper comment, but thanks for putting a smile on my face and taking us way back. Oh god... the nostalgia is palpable.



I won't disagree with the bulk of what you'...

2017-12-29T06:53:56.961-05:00

I won't disagree with the bulk of what you've said (there are major problems with the idol system, the market is obviously oversaturated with too much emphasis on looks and personality) but I think you're being a little dismissive in terms of the quality of (some of) the music. Also, there's more than one way of measuring talent. There are some excellent idol dancers and some very good singers with distinctive voices. Some of their agencies do allow them to create their own music (eventually). They might not have made it as soloists but putting on a good group performance is a skill in itself. There are very few successful idols that I've come across who are there solely for their face with absolutely no dancing or singing talent.

I was in my mid 30s when I discovered K-pop and I had an immediate, visceral reaction to it. This is from someone who shunned and sneered at boybands as a teenager, although I always loved good pop music. The first kpop videos I saw were colourful (like watching a Pedro Almodovar film), the songs were hook-laden and the choreography was inventive and eye-catching. But I quickly discovered that there was more to a lot of the groups than the sugar-rush type songs. I don't think they were a bad introduction to Korean music including more 'organic' forms.

Very interesting post about STJ. The Korean music industry obviously owes him a huge debt, although I think some of his music might be an acquired taste. I'm a k-pop loving philistine though, so what do I know? I also looked up Sobangcha. They were fun! I came across a video of them singing live...let's just say they were struggling (but to be fair they had no vocal backing track like they seem to use nowadays).

I'll look forward to seeing which artist is no1.



Edit: thought he is no 1 though.. now im curious w...

2017-12-28T23:24:28.846-05:00

Edit:
thought he is no 1 though..
now im curious who is the no 1..
the MOST influential k pop artist..




2017-12-28T22:07:50.761-05:00

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You will be tired of seeing how your efforts do no...

2017-12-28T16:28:40.741-05:00

You will be tired of seeing how your efforts do not lead you to anything, how the promise of a better life after your sacrifices of youth were wrong.
It's not your fault. Look around.
There are millionaires enriching themselves while you and yours do not arrive at the end of the month.
They tell you that you can not change anything because they are afraid, it is a lie, changing this system is possible and you can do it, you do not need millions of people or dollars, you just need to make them see their lies and you will be the spark that ignites the fire .
Throw light to the world. Participate with us forming a web that is critical, independent and helps to uncover lies. A space where political news and citizenship come together again. A critical corner, full of opinions of people like you and me.
Everything has a beginning, be part of it. https://chat.whatsapp.com/Goe2AmUD83j57GaqRriyR9



STJ to me represent the last breed of artists that...

2017-12-28T03:54:15.831-05:00

STJ to me represent the last breed of artists that actually have legitimate talent and unlike some of the respected indie artists he can still sell out stadiums far beyond his prime. I've been sick and tired of seeing the K-pop factories churning out the flavor of the month boyband/girlband who individually wouldn't have been able to being a singer on their own 50 years ago. The girls and boys who are strictly being hired for the certain "look" that fits the demo the company wants to target. They have average to above average vocals, can't write their own songs, can't compose their own music, have professionals that tells them what to wear, how to apply make up, image consultants that tells them what to say, where to go to get exposure, dance instructors that shows them the moves, music video producers that make up everything for their single and the younger generation just can't get enough of them. Until their contract is up and they get into their heads that they are actually talented and demand more money upon which the industry labels them as "unworkable" and tosses them to the curb for the new shiny boyband/girlband of the month and repeat the cycle.

Just to be clear, I do realize these "artists" work themselves like slave labour for 16/hours a day trying to become a star but that doesn't make them talented. STJ might not have been the most innovative but the range on his music is impressive, not to mention the lyrics are profoundly deep and unlike these fake kpop stars he actually wrote and composed his own material.



I had been waiting for this post for years! And, I...

2017-12-28T00:15:56.234-05:00

I had been waiting for this post for years! And, I'm very glad you put him at the second spot. His existence redeemed a whole culture in my eyes, because if there was someone like Seo Taiji in a place like South Korea at such a crucial time in society, then I thought progress would be possible. Thank you The Korean. This reader has been an avid fan of your blog since she found it one random day back in university, close to to a decade ago :) The span of the subject matter you cover is impressive. Throughout the years, I have truly found myself drawn to your way of thinking, to your perspectives and found far too many similarities in our affinities. Music is one of my biggest passions, if not the biggest, and I've really enjoyed this in-depth labor of love. I also look forward No. 1 and to the book. Once again, thank you for your dedication to AAK. Now, this reader shall go back to her dull work in front of a computer screen while reflecting on the state of the world.



Last I heard through the fandom, Kangta owned a bi...

2017-12-25T18:16:31.716-05:00

Last I heard through the fandom, Kangta owned a big chunk of SM? He was also on The Voice Korea as a judge for quite a while. So he doesn't really need to have too much of a singing career.

Was also wondering when H.O.T. would show up, am a sufficiently invested Kangta fan that I went to his military release in 2010 (and was in various media outlets for it, as there were only two non-Asian fans present at that, me and a girl from Germany who was on a semester abroad at E-dae. We got photographed.)



I my opinion, simply one of top 5 best singer in t...

2017-12-24T12:59:40.096-05:00

I my opinion, simply one of top 5 best singer in the world.



I've always had a sneaking affection for trot....

2017-12-23T13:46:35.715-05:00

I've always had a sneaking affection for trot. it's odd, but it reminds me of English florid song of the 18th century. All that ornamentation! Lee Mi-ja is certainly an improvement on some of the excesses one hears. And look - lots of albums on Google Play! Thanks, this is a fun addition to my listening.



I'd wondered where they would rank - I fell in...

2017-12-23T13:32:22.742-05:00

I'd wondered where they would rank - I fell in love with the Kim Chang Wan Band's album and then tracked down Sanullim, but it was hard to find anything outside of YouTube. I'm happy to say that most, if not all, the albums are now available on Google Play. Do you have any albums you especially recommend? My budget won't go to all of them! But sadly the Music for Children albums remain elusive. Are they available in S. Korea?



Wow! An entry every day?! Given that the first po...

2017-12-22T13:26:50.218-05:00

Wow! An entry every day?!

Given that the first post was written seven years ago, if The Korean were to redo the rankings right now would there be any changes?



https://www.reddit.com/r/Korean/

2017-12-22T08:57:29.549-05:00

https://www.reddit.com/r/Korean/



안녕하세요. 한국인 고등학생입니다. 미국인들과 영어로 소통을 하고 싶어서 블로그를 시작했는...

2017-12-22T05:02:46.874-05:00

안녕하세요. 한국인 고등학생입니다.
미국인들과 영어로 소통을 하고 싶어서 블로그를 시작했는데, 교류가 쉽지 않습니다.
소통 방법에 대해 조언해주시면 감사하겠습니다..!



A Christmas miracle indeed! Way better than six g...

2017-12-21T11:07:24.315-05:00

A Christmas miracle indeed! Way better than six geese a-laying, five golden rings, four calling birds, three French hens, two turtledoves, and a partridge in a pear tree!
I wondered when H.O.T. would show up - I have about 70 of their songs, but they haven't really grabbed me. I do love how they show up in older dramas, usually as a symbol of rebellion in teenagers - posters on the walls, etc.
Looking forward to the rest of the series! Thanks!



A fact-free reply. Do you then think these right ...

2017-12-20T09:28:06.212-05:00

A fact-free reply.

Do you then think these right wing ilbe people were right to go on 'gluttony strike' in front of protesters who had lost their children? Or wrong?



Your post perfectly describes itself.

2017-12-20T09:25:59.337-05:00

Your post perfectly describes itself.



If you assume the good faith of our opponents (des...

2017-12-20T09:12:20.461-05:00

If you assume the good faith of our opponents (despite all The Korean revealed here about the government's role in setting up an anti-democratic movement in Korea, and despite what we know about the role of right-wing thinktanks, astroturfing, and fake internet comments), you must think they are misguided or mistaken. Some may be but it is a great mistake to assume that of right wing leaders. Michael Parenti said it best:

"Isn’t it time that liberal critics stop thinking that the people who own so much of the world---and want to own it all---are “incompetent” or “misguided” or “failing to see the unintended consequences of their policies”? You are not being very smart when you think your enemies are not as smart as you. They know where their interests lie, and so should we."

These people are not interested in having a rational debate about how best to serve the public interest. They are interested in looking out for their own interests. It all falls into place when you realise that.



I really like your last 3 points. The point about ...

2017-12-20T08:59:26.241-05:00

I really like your last 3 points. The point about assuming bad faith is very important and reminds me of Michael Parenti, who first opened my eyes to the fact that the leaders of the right are not causing us harm out of stupidity but deliberately; and that it is a great - and stupid - mistake to call the ones who are grinding us into the dirt 'stupid'.

I also appreciate your point about urgency. When are we finally, actually going to do something about global warming, and inequality?



I love this article but I find it laughable that y...

2017-12-20T08:23:08.348-05:00

I love this article but I find it laughable that you consider a site created in 1999 to be where "the earliest form of internet message board flamewar seen by the (sic) humankind" took place. For sure, South Korea had a thriving internet scene way ahead of the current western one, a reddit equivalent before reddit, mini homepis before facebook existed, multifunctional phones before the smartphone, all of that. But the internet was around long before 1999 and flame wars were big even in the days of alt.net message boards.



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