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  1. Roboseyo
    Roboseyo September 3, 2011 at 12:32 am . Reply

    Another singer who can also dance up a storm is Janelle Monae – her video for “tightrope” and her performance on letterman are awesome. Go youtube it.

    Meanwhile, thinking about the cookie cutter nature of kpop bands, a parallel came to mind — the similarities between a kpop band and those mass-produced formula young adult fiction series, like Animorphs and The Hardy Boys and Babysitters’ Clubs, where page 8=15 always introduces the characters, you always find out the bad guy on page 118 and somebody saves the hero’s life on page 132.

  2. Mat
    Mat September 5, 2011 at 1:25 pm . Reply

    Why – when making otherwise relatively sound observations – does authors so often have to adapt a wilfully ignorant position to try and hammer their point in? Lie a little to make their argument more ‘true’, if you will.

    Because whenever I read these articles they’re all the same – they start with a bit of general media studies and sociology and then turn towards just slinging dirt at the performers and the business in a generalized way that helps no one, and certainly not the author.

    There are many questionable sides to k-pop and its fan culture, but really: Their talent, without quotation marks, is absolutely scrutinized. Indeed, what’s marked k-pop as different from other markets is the extensive training and ‘quality’ control that’s put into the dancing and singing, because fans are so ruthless, using digital tools to remove backing tracks from live performance recordings to see if the performer ACTUALLY sung well. And if not, they get an article in the tabloid with displeased comments from netizens.

    The fact that so many of the k-pop artists play instruments and contribute to the writing and composition of songs is also very easily ignored when making cheap points. But I wish that someday, someone who’s outside the fan communities would take the time to actually get to know what they’re talking about and not be so enamoured with their epiphany of allegory that they’ll spout any random nonsense.

    In k-pop, like any other scene, there’s the good, the bad and the ugly. Easy generalization is always bad.

  3. Gag Halfrunt
    Gag Halfrunt September 5, 2011 at 7:01 pm . Reply

    I hate to point out something so obvious, but your “video from 1974” is no such thing. The song evidently dates back to then, but your clip is widescreen high definition (watchable on YouTube in 720p) and, while I don’t speak Korean, I can understand “2010.07.26”.

    Since this is a modern (as in last year) performance, the choreography could obviously be influenced by K-Pop dance routines rather than the other way round – and perhaps there wouldn’t have been any dancers at all back in 1974.

    P.S. The video title, as translated for me by Google, suggests that Seo Jio is covering a song originally sung by Patti Kim.

  4. Scott
    Scott September 15, 2011 at 12:36 am . Reply

    Mat, you got nothing. Maybe you’ve realized that by now, but you really don’t. K-pop performers play music instruments? Very few do, and not one that I’m aware of has displayed even a mediocre level of talent. And songwriting? Are you serious? Nearly all the songs are purchased from professional songwriters (most of whom are overseas). If we go back to the mid-nineties, that was a bit different, but since the manufacturing of H.O.T., the music industry in Korea went in a very depressing direction.

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