I never really paid attention to KPop until I met somebody who was so into it. I don’t get the fuss; it automatically comes with musicians with languages I can’t understand. And I had this stigma of Meteor Garden. While I watched the show on ABS-CBN 2, it failed to make me a fan of F4, and during those days I would scratch my head and say, “Seriously, 10K to watch 1/2 of the boy group live?” Good thing I wasn’t a fan, that sure is expensive!
I chanced upon Super Junior’s video on MYX called “It’s You” (Dance Version). Take note, Dance. Version. I let out a chuckle when the title of the song and the artist was displayed on the screen. All they did was dance, so yeah, I get it, dance version. The tune was so catchy, I knew I had to find it.
Our conversation went like this:
M: Anong album ng Super Junior andun yung “It’s You”? Gusto ko siya.
(What Super Junior album is “It’s You” in? I like the song)
A: I’ll find which album. May English lyrics ba? Baka may naaalala kang lines.
(Do you remember lines from the song?)
M: Meron (Yes). “Oh, oh”.
The first two KPop artists to ever be included on my playlist are Super Junior and SNSD/Girls’ Generation (I started listening to them in 2009). Despite the language barrier, I liked their songs because most of it are catchy, Europop-ish (which I like, by the way), which is no surprise because some songs are composed by non-Korean composers. “Tell Me Your Wish (Genie)”, for instance, is composed by a Norway-based songwriting team, Dsgn Music.
Anyway, enough of details overload. I just figured that it is time for me to discover new KPop artists (and I’m getting all impatient for a new SNSD single that is sung in Korean), so I asked the geek to fill me in with all the artists he knows and recommend. Only condition was the genre. It has to be similar to those two I have mentioned, and not much of rapping.
As of the moment, I like Kara. I found a new girl crush in Park Gyuri, but her height is a let-down compared to all my other girl crushes. Think Solenn Heussaff (I used to really like her pre-Survivor days) and Blake Lively. Also found out that Gyuri regards herself as a goddess, and while I hate over confidence most of the time, I have to agree wholeheartedly. And I still like her even after reading about that. Yup, she is that gorgeous.
Photo credits: SM Entertainment (Super Junior and Girls’ Generation) and DSP Media (Kara)