My part of 2011

December 31, 2011 § 2 Comments

Kpop beyond my imagination.

Trying to remember how and with what 2011 started. As time goes by I clearly mix it all up in a big blend and 2011 has been a year with just so many different thoughts and and jesus christ, so many new tracks, looks and idols. Who were they all?

Heartbroken

As 2011 dawned up on us all, Dong Bang Shin Ki was on everyones mind and I was heartbroken because of this. What would happen? But I must say that I let them be quite soon, as the memory of them faded with the help of almost everything else. I really do love the magic that was DBSK, but I did not bear with it any more, even though I listen to Empty by JYJ on a regular basis. Maybe it is to painful and I try to save myself, maybe I’m not that big of a fan… And soon enough I found myself lost in another kpop break-up drama, as idol group U-kiss was bereaved two or at least one of it’s most important members. And I discovered again after being through the DBSK-hell during the autumn that Kpop for real had buried itself deep in my heart. Alexander of U-kiss and his future kind of scarred me during the spring of 2011. Kpop gives me scar tissue.

 

Unexpected and more unexpected

This track is the one i listened to over and over again the spring of 2011, who would have guessed? But it is truly an amazing track. The world turmoiled as I had to give Hyung Jun credits.

To my big surprise, the group that I did not understand at all to begin with turned out to be one of my most appriciated groups of this past year. The sub-group of After School that I had such a hard time accepting from the beginning kept it’s concept but changed the costumes for a “maturer” look and with Bangkok City, Shanghai Romance and most lately Funny Hunny they became one of my great joys. They went from hell, to being just Orange Caramel. sadly I must reprimand myself on this one. As they lost the crazy outfits they did not exactly put anything else on. Am I really just another one of those people…

anything goes, as long as it’s got just a little hint of sex?

 

Top of the year

As the summer came closer, the notion of a Super Junior comeback also emerged within their fans. They had to do it and they had to do it big time. The release of Mr Simple is for me the peak of the year, not that everything afterwards was bad, not at all. Just that this was my biggest anticipation of the year. When it later was revealed that Heechul was about to leave for the army, I was heartbroken once again. The pain that followed is not easy to describe and it felt like a break up. What the hell, my feelings, really… Kim Heechuls army enlistment marked the end of an era for me and many others, he is just to good to be true.

Top of the year could also be described as going to Seoul to visit your best friends, attend music programs and buy records in proper store. Yes, these things are top of the year.

Mr Simple, a track I’m not getting tired of.

 

Where I had my thoughts and do not fully understand.

Ok so really, AA, the new boyband, someone gave them a coreography for a girl group for their first MV. WHY? I really really like it, but can not understand how they were thinking. Most boybands want to go for the masculine charm, not the feminine beauty.

Below the two people I probably spent most time thinking of during 2011. Really, this year I fell hard, in love.

Besides all this, The very blog I write in and the new friendship with Mis, must be considered as something truly amazing from the year 2011.

Happy New Year!

/The Future is Idol

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Mis: 2011

December 30, 2011 § 2 Comments

What can I say? So many unexpected things have happened this year, both good and bad. Lots of stuff has happened in kpopverse as well, and I think other people are more suited for summing it all up than I am. This list doesn’t even mention a lot of stuff that has happened that I know have been extremely important for the k-pop scene as a whole, like DBSK’s return as a duo or the SM Town show in Paris. But I am going to pick a couple of things that have made an impression on me this year, should someone ever ask me what I’ll remember it by, k-popwise.

So! First things first.

Korean song of the year:

Despite the title, I can’t really say that this song was objectively the best song released this year. It’s not beautiful, the vocals are mostly auto tuned, and I guess a lot of people would say the entire sound is annoying. But for me it became something of an anthem. I danced to it in clubs in Seoul as well as in a washing room in Stockholm, I listened to it while riding my bike through the forest, through open landscapes, through the city and around campus. When all was grey, this gave me the kick to keep going.

Also, the video sure is glorious.

K-pop music video aesthetics of the year:

I loved this video so much. The colours remind me of the English TV show , if anyone knows it – the cold pastels and dreamy tones. Even people who didn’t like the song still loved the video. Also, in so many ways: INFINITE <3! And how come their videos have all been so good this year? This is still my favourite, though, and the song is pretty good as well. Nothing’s sober…

 

K-pop news of the year:

For me, it turned out to be the fact that Kim Heechul was entering the army. But though I did cry like a child in pain when the news reached me, I can’t help but wonder if this won’t actually do him good. He is one of the most curious people I’ve heard of, and I just don’t  understand what of what he shows that’s him, and what is not, and what he himself thinks is him even if it isn’t. Fame, himself, SME, his image – I can’t tell if he loves it, hates it, or both. I have absolutely no idea what’s actually going on with him.

But I can guess, and my guess is that taking some time off the spotlight was exactly what he needed. As much as I miss him, I’m glad I won’t have to think as hard about why he acts like he does and if I should actually laugh at his jokes. I hope some time off the spotlight will help him find a more real security.

Drama of the year:

I know this blog isn’t really about dramas, but I sure do love watching them and think that has had a great impact on my view of Korean culture. So I put this here anyways. And I say it’s. Also: hnnng Lee Minho. I was once promised that I’d get to trade Alexander Skarsgård for Lee Minho. One day, I’ll make it happen.

 

Word of the year:

헐.

 

A picture I’ve contemplated this year, without talking to anyone about it:

(And more from the same series, but I only allowed myself to save one of the pictures on my computer. And what did I save it as? I saved it as whatswrongwithme.jpg)

 

For me, personally:

I had kept some track on Korean contemporary culture before, and it started growing as an interest for me during last year. But 2011 was the year I got serious. I started learning more Korean than just the hangul alphabet and plunged deep enough into Korean pop culture to feel the need to question my interest in it – but also to start trying to get a grip on other parts of the culture as well.

I made friends with whom I shared this interest, most notable of all the owner of this blog, and as a consequence of my intense curiosity, I spent the summer in Seoul. And there, I got to know new people from all over the world, some of them interested in k-pop, some of them not. I even got myself a couple of really good friends. All and all, I’m really glad I actually did go, and I think it gave me some new perspectives.

On another, more serious note: So much has happened this year and I can honestly say that I have worked really hard, on some levels harder than ever before. But when it has all been way too much to handle, k-pop has cheered me up, distracted me or been something for me to project my own frustration on. And it has brought me experiences in a way I had never expected a couple of years ago.

Happy New Year, everyone

/Mis –  at The Future is Idol

Amber!!! & Henry

December 24, 2011 § Leave a comment

OMG OMG OMG OMG. When SME brings you a christmas gift they certainly do it with style.  So, I did not more then get home from my christmas family celebration before I found the MV with Amber and Henry playing a small and kind of cheesy holiday track on guitar and piano. I’m just so freaking fucking happy to see Amber play and sing, since I haven’t really heard her voice like that before. She should get more lines in the f(x) tracks, but I guess she is to butch to get any more lines then she has..

Fun to see Henry aswell, one of my Super Junior favourites who I am sure will finally get the spotlight he deserves, as so many other members of the group are about to leave for the army.

/The Future is Idol

메리 크리스마스!

December 24, 2011 § Leave a comment

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My Funny Hunny

December 24, 2011 § Leave a comment

Yesterday we had an editorial meeting, eating lunch and discussing the future for our blog with it’s upcoming one year celebration and with us trying to find focus as being hardworking students and teachers. The result? Well, at this moment nothing special, but we are awesome and happy about our friendship and this song is perhaps the best way to describe us writers and our realtionship of thoughts and ideas… No, but we both really like this song and it is a great theme for us and the holidays. Fighting!

메리 크리스!

/The Future is Idol

G.N.O.

December 20, 2011 § Leave a comment

Listening to G.N.O. (girls night out) from the latest album by Wonder Girls. Still baffled by the fact that this wasn’t released as a single. It is just to good.

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Key

December 18, 2011 § Leave a comment

The Kpop Christmas-craze is never really doing it for me.

The best groups turns into the worst (DBSK) and you might start to hate your favourite idols for a short little while. However, sometimes someone do actually make it beyond the total embarrassment and delivers something ok.

This clip below is not of an entire song, it starts when Key of SHINee is about to sing his part in Last Christmas from the SMTown Winter album. He sounds so incredibly good and this, my friends is what has kept me warm this Sunday before christmas. Stockholm is trying to adjust into the holiday mood and the rain is mixed with heavy snow. Two days left for us with work and studies. Then rest. Our Kpop Christmas will continue through out the week, we will try to get a grip on this year of 2011, and we will be doing it to the sound of Key doing it for us all.

“A crowded room, friends with tired eyes. I’m hiding from you, And your soul of ice. My god I thought you were someone to rely on. Me? I guess I was a shoulder to cry on.”

/The Future is Idol

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