A while back, I randomly reminisced about a K-pop group, UP, who was immensely popular in the summer of 1997 when I visited Korea. It is… well, kinda stupid music, but it’s harmless and hilarious and sounds like Sesame Street. I decided I would like those songs because of their happy-sounding ridiculousness and the fact that it reminded me of my childhood. It’s even more funny that somebody I know used to be in the group and is now masquerading as a 22 year old even though she’s around 30:
Yep, same person. Also, I got a couple of other people to translate the song, where we found out what we already knew: It is a very cheesy song.
In any case, even though I spent two whole months in Korea that summer, I do not remember any other artist besides them. However, I have been recently introduced to a few more gems from that time period, and we shall discuss their unique contribution to music.
Apparently, there was a very popular boy band called H.O.T. that was considered awesome from 1996-2001 (so they were popular when I was there in ’97, but I have no memory of them). We can already laugh at a couple of things:
-I mean, come on, it spells out “hot.” Like, really? How corny is that?
-It’s even funnier when you realize that the name is an acronym for “High-Five of Teenagers.” Not only is that awkward English, it implies that cool (or hot?) teenagers high five each other… or other people. Or that their group symbolizes a collective high five to society. Whatever it means, it’s goofy.
Of course, one cannot fully appreciate them without listening to their music. Behold, their famous song “Candy,” which is about as manly a title as one can come up with, for sure. Continue reading