Korean Rock – Music History

Korean Rock, the genre that is not often talked about among Hallyu fans. Now you may have heard a few of these names or heard some of these songs, but lets get into other groups and how it all started.

shin_jung_hyun_webAccording to wikipedia, Korean Rock music started back in the 1950s with Shin Jung Hyun aka Korea’s “The Godfather of Rock”. So Shin Jung Hyun, set out to make music, and created a very distinct style of Rock music. To a lot of people, his style was very similar to the American Rock group, The Doors. In the 1970s, Shin was arrested on drug charges and the Government was censoring a lot of music, which put Rock music on a huge hold in Korea.
Listen to Beautiful Rivers and Mountains

the-brothers-of-sanulrimSo in the late 1970s a trio by Sanulrim made their debut saving Rock before the Pop wave came. Their songs were all over the place, some being children songs to some more 70s – 80s psychedelic rock. The group was actually all blood brothers, Kim Chang-wan, Kim Chang-hoon, and Kim Chang-ik. They started in University, and have released 13 albums. The group broke up in 2008 when the maknae of the group, Chang-ik died in an accident. The eldest brother, Chang-wan, went on into do other work, such as acting, and was in the popular drama, Coffee Price as Hong Gae-shik.
Listen to Will You Arrive in Autumn

1980s rolled around and Rock music got a bit heavy! With 3 major rock groups, Boohwal, Beakdoosan, and Sinawe.
Boohwal was 22005-boohwal-teuzsaid to have more Korean-style melodic rock ballads, than the other two groups. Throughout the years they have had many group member changes. They produced 13 albums and won Best Rock Performance in 2009.
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Beakdoosan, may sound similar due to the Japanese fighter game, built by Namco, Tekken 2. Unfortunately that isn’t the person we are talking about. Beakdoosan came out with 9 albums. They are very similar in sound to American Glam Rock, not so much style. When listening to them, my mind went straight to Motley Crue and KISS.
Listen to The Moon on BeakDoo Mountain
hqdefaultSinawe is your Korean Glam Rock. I do find them a lot more similar to Beakdoosan than to Boohwal, but I also see why these were the 1980s big 3. Sinawe is considered to be the first heavy rock group in South Korea. Shin Daechul is actually Shin Jung Hyun’s son, and formed Sinawe in 1986. Just like Boohwal, they also had a LOT of members leave and go. The released 12 albums, and also was featured on several albums.
Listen to 희망가

In the early 1990s Korea took a change in leadership and Korean youths discovered more
and more music from around the world. This is the first time Punk music was fully introduced in Korea. Our first couple groups were, Crying Nut and No Brain. Around the time we had Sum 41 and Blink-182.
Listen to 넌 내게 반했어 by No Brain
crying-nut-2013-2Crying Nut has been around since 1995, but didn’t get famous till 1998 with their debut album Speed Up Losers. They are considered the Godfathers of Korean Punk music, A lot of Godfathers of music here! They also recorded 2002’s Fifa World Cup‘s Song for Team Korea. Which is actually, according to my mother, was my second World Cup. Korea and Japan hosted this World Cup, making it the first time in Asia, and Brazil one that year. Later Crying Nut was in a law suit against CNblue for the song Deadly Offside. Since then, as of 2014, they have 7 full length Albums!
Listen to Speed Up Losers

23326-lazybone-cmkqLate 1990s Ska Punk was really pushing forward. For those who don’t know, Ska is a type of Jamaican music, Similar in sound to Sublime. So Ska Punk is just a fusion of the two, and this produced Lazybone. Debuting in 1997. Due to their Ska sound they were very popular with TV commercials.
Listen to SanoRamen 

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Listen to We Young

Let’s get into our FNC Rock groups, FTisland, and CNblue. FTisland debuted back in 2007, and 2008 in Japan! They have 6 Korean albums and 7 Japanese albums, along with Solo albums. ft-island_1465625286_af_orgThey are one of the bigger known groups, due to countless promotion idea FNC as thrown lead vocalist Lee Hongki into. Hongki has been on many TV shows, and acted in many dramas. He often talks about his members, sex and drinking, almost like your typical rock star, but stays humble to his true being. Compared to their brother group, CNblue, FTisland considers themselves the Companies guinea pig group; and rather not be compared to CNblue. Hongki has stepped forward and has said the Company puts FTisland through things they would never put CNblue or AOA through, making them FNC’s experimental group. With Lee Hongki acting in dramas such as You’re Beautiful as Jeremy, and being a guest star on We Got Married, the group has gained more popularity.
Listen to Take Me Now
A couple years later, CNblue was formed! CNblue has a more Jazz Pop feel than FTisland. Lead vocalist Jung Yonghwa, has done many duets with other artists and also acting! Releasing only 2 Korean albums, they have released 7 Japanese albums! Their CEO said he would most likely leave the company in the hands of Jung Yonghwa instead of Lee Hongki starting a controversy among the groups.
Listen to You’re So Fine

Rock music in Korea has gone a long way! There are still so many groups to talk about and so much history behind each group! I hope you learned something new today, I know I did. I’ll make a list below of some other groups you got to give a listen! Tell us your favorite Korean Rock Band!

-MinJoon~

Mistake by Drug Restaurant
Congratulations by DAY6
Cherry Blossom Ending by Busker Busker
Wiing Wiing by Hyukoh
Everything by The Black Skirts
The Ship Going Down by SkaSucks
Run Away by Royal Pirates

AOMG Follow The Movement Tour! – Las Vegas, NV

AOMG Follow The Movement Tour was on April 13th, 2016 at House of Blues inside the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, NV.

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Siva Group is the company who brought on this concert. They are very professional, kind and easy going people, they know exactly what they are doing and how to handle things. Though Vegas didn’t sell out, it was a great concert. Posting announcements and updates on an AOMG Follow The Movement facebook page and Instagram, PattScreenshot_145y had messaged them and we got on board and did all that we could to make it the best. We posted filers all around Las Vegas, along with many other amazing fans.

I volunteered for the concert, which honestly was the best. I meet the Siva staff which are amazing people, and they really do care about what they are doing. I got to see fans get excited, sell merch and see the overall joy on fans faces. I saw a few songs, which were amazing, the crowd was so energizing and hype it was amazing. The light sticks made an amazing light sea, which was beautiful. My all time favorite thing about concerts is feeling the good vibes, listening to fans sing songs back to artists, and the joy that comes from all that. I learned a lot about how Concerts work and I hope I can work with Siva again. I’m so glad to have met the other Volunteers and the Staff I got to work with, they are amazing people with positive vibes and that is the best.

For more photos check here

by: MinJoon

ADMIN SEARCH!

Hello Strangelings! We are looking for Admins! We have many positions open and many things to do! We are allowing people to apply mostly in Las Vegas, NV; but have positions open for those in Utah, Arizona, California, Oregon, Idaho, and Wyoming.

The positions that are open are listed below.

All Positions will have access to being a Facebook Admin, along with Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram and potentially The Unordinary Fans Website and Youtube.

Bloggers –

Anime/Anei Blogger: Being Anime Blogger is to watch Animes old or new all the way through, and then write a review on that anime without giving out spoilers or critical details to the anime. The blog post must include Main Characters, Genre of Anime, Family Rating (Fairly PG, PG-13, ect.), Your thoughts on the Series, and Information on who created the anime. Can blog about Manga/ManHwa. (ManHwa and Anei are the Korean equivalents)

J/K-Drama Blogger: Being a Drama Blogger is quite the same as the Anime Blogger, You are to watch a series all the way through and write your thoughts on it. The blog post must include Main Characters and their Actors who play them, Genre of Drama, Family Rating (Fairly PG, PG-13, ect.), Your thoughts on the Series, and Information on who created the Drama.

Beauty Blogger/Reviewer: This consists of reviewing Korean and Japanese products and rating them out of 10. 10 being the best, 0 being the worst. You are to provide the products to review on your own (Pay for them yourself). You can blog about the latest Korean/Japanese trends in Fashion or Beauty. You may also film your own K-Pop/J-Pop inspired looks with approval of head admins.

Foodie: FOOD FOOD FOOD! This is probably one of the most filling positions. Doing Reviews on Korean/Japanese dishes and restaurants. Cooking and Recipes. Write a blog on how you feel about that certain dish, restaurant, and/or recipe. Don’t limit yourself to trying the same dish at 4 different restaurants. Be open to try new things, even if they seem gross at first. Exploring the world via food is something a lot of people look forward too. ( Also must pay for meals on your own)

J/K-Pop Blogger: The Hallyu/Cool Japan wave has taken over, and we need someone’s help to control it! When Debuts and Comebacks happen, it’s hard to find out information on groups. Being a J/K-Pop blogger, you would give out all the details on new comebacks and debutes, also info on Concerts/tours that would be coming to the US.

Hip Hop Unit: Japanese and Korean Hip Hop is slowly coming to light, this also means the underground. This requires a lot of knowledge on underground music and learning to contact new artists in helps of spreading their music.

Album Reviews: Collecting Albums is a big part of the Hallyu/Cool Japan community. Reviewing these albums or filming Album unboxings is something a lot of fans look for before buying albums. You would be in charge of contacting Album merchants to get coupon codes, potential giveaway products, and in helps to find the best store to get albums.

Conventionist: Do you like to Cosplay or attend conventions? This is perfect for you. This group would be in charge of being press at a convention. Which means you get to enjoy all aspects of the con, view the panels and events you wish to see, but also potentially contact and talk with voice actors, con leaders and famous cosplayers about their work.

Concert Press: Unfortunately, Small groups like ourselves are likely to only get 1-2 press passes per concert. If the concert allows photography, you can do this from anywhere in the Venue. We would like our Press to have good cameras/photography skills. You would also need to talk with the rest of the group on which 1 or 2 get the pass. Write a blog about the concert, include set list.
LV Locals only –

Performance Unit: Is Performing your passion? We have a lot of events that LOVE to see performing arts. This includes Singing, Dancing, and story time acting. We prefer to stick to covering songs and dances. Story Time Acting is reading a story (i.e. Korean/Japanese History, Korean/Japanese Myths, and/or Korean/Japanese children stories) as the Narrator, and Characters. Think of it as voice acting a short story. This ranges from teaching classes, performing at events, covering dances, and blogging about them. Each performance will be recorded and uploaded to the youtube page. This group can also contact cover groups for interviews (i.e. Chad Future, Gemini, ect.)
You can have a group outside of UF, and upload your own content and be partnered with us. We would help you be able to do performances at events. If you partner with us, and say you wanna do an EXO dance, but only have 4 members, you would talk to the rest of the unit and see if anyone else would like to join in.

Event Volunteer: So you read through the list and don’t feel that you fit well into any of the groups. An Event Volunteer will help out with Events we host. This means helping setting up and packing up. You are also the groups Hype Man, you give the ques on went to clap, laugh or join it. You will also be in charge of taking photos of the other members, friends and fans at these public events. Remember each group as full access to being a Facebook Page Admin.

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Q&A: 

How many positions can I apply for?
As of right now, for people starting out, only two. We do not want you to feel overwhelmed and stuck doing something you don’t wanna do. 

Do you have an Age limit?
We prefer you to be over the age of 15, because most concerts are at night, and we don’t want your parents to worry, also you would need approval from Parents to post videos and to attend events. 

Do we get paid?
Sadly, no. We are working toward slowly making money to at least get concert/convention tickets for everyone in the group. 

Do I have to know how to speak Japanese or Korean? 
No! You only need to speak English, and if you do choose to do anything in Japanese and/or Korea, make sure it is correct. 

I wanna be a foodie, but I’m a picky eater.. 
That is totally okay! You can try foods and stuff that you are comfortable with! We won’t force you to eat meat if you are vegan, or eat something you think isn’t good.

You can apply here.

[Music] MinJoon’s Monthly Top 10 – March 2016

March was a bit slow now wasn’t it? We had a few events but the k-pop world has been quite quiet this month. So, let’s jump into this!

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10. GoyardLoopy
At first, I didn’t enjoy this song. Till I found myself saying “I’m ballin, I’m ballin so hard!” The mv is very simple, and I like that.

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9. Good For YouEric Nam
Good for you Eric, finally having a comeback! Eric has such an amazing voice, but he’s so dorky! Haha, if you don’t follow him on snapchat, you should! This song is your typical Eric Nam, the vibe is very Eric Nam. Just use Eric Nam to describe things now! Do you think Eric Name would be good for you?

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8. Hold My Hand – Lee Hi
This is a very fun song. I really love the album’s name Seoulite. This MV is cute, I love the 8-bit look of it all, though, I don’t like how her ‘friends/backup singers’ are made to look super dorky, but I think it kind of adds to the fact of “I am dorky, but you make me feel pretty” kinda vibe. This song is very different from BREATHE on the same album, completely different vibes. BREATHE gives me some serious chills though.

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7. One Of These NightsRed Velvet
This MV is similar to Dumb Dumb, with each action leading to/into a different scene. It keeps the mv constantly moving, and is probably hell to edit. It’s nice to see Red Velvet step away from the comical cutsy look and into a more subtle innocent look. It also looked like they weren’t following there normal color coded member look either.

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6. I Used ToHanHae
This MV looks like tumblr.. and I like it. The song has a nice beat that keeps you moving, and the lyrics are flawless. I feel this song strongly, it reminds me of a lot haha, not sure if that is good or bad yet! The dancer in the MV is amazing, and very pretty, but I haven’t found any info on her yet!

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5. R.EBIRTH Ravi
I’ma put the whole Mixtape here, instead of talking on one song. Before, I was kind of upset about the songs he was releasing, they weren’t all that great, but I still listened to support Ravi, but once the whole mixtape dropped, I was shocked. It was great! My favorite songs off this mixtape is R.EBIRTH, Lean on Me, and 끄덕끄덕. I sing 끄덕끄덕(nod nod) way way too often.

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4. FlyGot7
Now, I will admit, at first, this song was kinda eh to me. but after watching the video a second time, I realized it really was lacking on YoungJae and JR, which was really sad since YoungJae is my bias in the group; but I also noticed that this song is super catchy and I find myself singing it!

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3. Letting Go – Day6
Day6 has some of the most understanding break up songs ever. They really put a lot of time into their songs. It’s never just “I hate you now, we are over” they pretty much are saying “We have grown apart, and you are no longer happy, so I am letting you go, so someday, you can be happy.” So, breaking up with a member of Day6 seems to be fairly easy, in the terms of no ill feelings in the end.

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2. A Few Years Later Block B
This is quite different than most Block B songs, but I heard that they are going to have another song come out soon. I love this song, it has a lot of meaning. One of the reasons I love Block B is because they never fail to impress me. The MV isn’t crazy, and is pretty well explained as well.

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1. Excessive LoveJessi
This song was fire, no pun intended. Jessi has mad skills and I love LOVE her voice. She is a huge inspiration to me, and her song was perfectly done. I loved it. Her voice as just the right tone for the song and it’s amazing. 10 out of 10. The MV is simple and meaningful, which seem to be my favorite kind of MVs.

 

[Music] MinJoon’s Mothly Top 10 – February 2016

It is now the end of February, which means another Top 10!  A lot of comebacks this month, and they are all amazing!

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10. MoMoMo Cosmic Girls
Happy Debut! Cosmic Girls is a 12 member group, of 10 Koreans and 2 Chinese girls, from Starship, With Sistar and Monsta X. I just hope they don’t pull a B.A.P or EXO and decide to have a concept of all looking alike. I have a feeling that the Astronaut is MPD! Kwang Soo looks adorable as always! It is fun how they took the twist to make all the girls seem like they where aliens being visited by a stranger.

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9. Feel So GoodB.A.P
Holy Colorful sets! I FEEL SO GOOD! I kinda feel that the set paint spilled on Zelo and they just kinda went with it. “No Time to shower! We have to film!” This MV is very fun, and shows a soft teenage side of the boys. This song has grown on me, since I haven’t really listened to B.A.P before. (I’m sorry!) Now I’ve seen some people saying “This MV looks like BTS”, but there is absolutely nothing similar between the two. This song is a great party/road trip song.

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8. OvercomeNU’EST
I love this Post-Apocalyptic setting in this MV, the vagabond style really ties it all together as well. I am very excited over the small steampunkesque accessories, such as the jewelry the boys are wearing, the gears on the pocket watches, goggles and the hints of gold in their outfits. Ren’s hair extensions look great as well. (I feel like I’m making a habit of commenting on hair)

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7. Galaxy Ladies Code
After taking time away from their careers due to the tragedy that had taken the lives of two amazing members, Ladies Code comes back with Galaxy. The power of three seems to be the big concept here; triforces, triangles, three way chess. I’m not sure what the siscissors symbolizes, but this MV is great.

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6. Hide & Seek Astro
Happy Debut also! As someone who watched Astro grow into the group they are now, I am very proud of how well this debut is. This song is super fun and bubbly without it being an overly gushy cute concept. The opening and closing sounds remind me a lot of DMMD, a Japanese BL computer game.

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5. RainTaeyeon
I love this single album. Secret has become one of my favorite songs. I did like Taeyeon with her longer hair, but it’s understandable on why she cut it so short, but she still looks super adorable and childlike. The MV is simple, not too much going on, just you typical, it’s a rainy day and not much to do, and that Tae is reading Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix! The way the MV switches between the room scenes and the black and white solo stage shots are amazing. Soon the MV takes an unexpected turn and the objects in the room turn to water and soon the room is flooded, it almost reminds me of the scene in Hayao Miyazaki film Spirited Away, when the Water spirit comes and the bath house becomes flooded with random things and gold.

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4. 넌is뭔들 (You’re The Best)MAMAMOO
Hey! Mr. Ambiguous, Piano Man! MAMAMOO pulls my heart strings with their amazing soul voices! The MV gives a very flirty girlfriend vibe, which is adorable and fits the song amazingly. I love that MAMAMOO adds a lot of humor and old fashions into their MVs and songs, I also love that they hint to their other songs such as Mr. Ambiguous and Piano Man. MAMAMOO’s dances are defiantly dances you would want to learn.

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3. Drip DropTaemin
It was really hard to pick between Drip Drop and Press Your Number, since both are amazing; but I didn’t want the list to be the same couple artists, so I picked one. This song gets stuck in my head like no other. The dance is amazing, Ian Eastwood did an amazing job at the dance for this song. I love the color correction of the sky to make the scenery really pop. It also so filmed pretty close to home, so I am a little bias on the location. I recommend this album a thousand times over, the highlight medley had me sold. The album has more ballads than the last one, one of my favorite songs off the Album is Solider.

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2. SympathyJung JoonYoung ft. Suh YoungEun
This MV is quite sad. The song is very moving. The orchestra and the vocals tie in so well. The song is about losing love in a way you never expected, how there is no way to change how it ended. The female part of the song blames herself for everything getting hard and falling apart, while the male part starts off saying “At some point I stopped missing you”. In all it’s a very emotional song, and deserves a lot of love.

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1. Sentimental Winner
Now, I do realize I made Winner first on two months, but I do believe this Comeback is the best thing that has happened to Winner. With the comeback songs of SentimentalBaby Baby, and I’m Young. Each of these songs is beautiful and has a strong meaning. I’m Young had me in tears, the MV hit hard and crushed me. TaeHyun said that he had wrote that song when he was in love, so his heart is really in that song. YG had as all pretty pumped up for Sentimental and Baby Baby with all the covers from other Artists. I feel like Sentimental is a song we can all relate to. I enjoy how the MV flows from one room to the next, and the colors are amazing. Most of all, who wouldn’t love Mino’s ‘trucker’ look! I look forward to the next part of EXIT.

Don’t forget to check out other February comebacks and tell me what your top 10 are!