Posts Tagged ‘After School’


ShockedFan’s 30 Most Recommended Kpop Songs

December 23, 2010

I have only a week left of blogging. And before I go, I would like to share to the new Kpop enthusiasts, 30 of what I feel the most well written songs in Kpop. These songs have remained in my playlist for quite some time and I hope you guys will take some time and listen and appreciate them.

01.) 2AM – 이 노래 (This Song)
02.) 2pm – Angel
03.) 2pm – Tik Tok
04.) 4Minute – What a Girl Wants
05.) After School – Because of You
06.) B2ST – Oasis
07.) Big Bang – 멍청한 사랑 (Foolish Love)
08.) Big Bang – Always
09.) Big Bang – haru Haru (Acoustic Version)
10.) DBSK – 넌 나의 노래 (You’re My Melody)
11.) F.Cuz – 친구졸업 (Friends Graduation)
12.) Fly to the Sky – Sea of Love
13.) g.o.d. – 길 (Road)
14.) g.o.d. – 헤어짐보다 아픈 그리움 (Longing is More Painful than Break Up)
15.) Hot Potato – Confession
16.) Jisun – Rollercoaster Love
17.) Kara – Lupin
18.) Kim Hyung Seob – 사랑해요 (Sassy Girl Chun Hyang OST)
19.) Lee Hyori – U Go Girl
20.) MBLAQ – Good Luv
21.) Nell – 기억을 걷는 시간 (Time Spent Walking through Memories)
22.) NRG – 친구 (Friend)
23.) SHINee – JoJo
24.) SHINee – Replay
25.) Supernova & T-ara – TTL 2 Listen
26.) Sweet Reira Lee Ssang & Lee Hyori – The Girl Who Can’t Break Up, The Boy Who Can’t Leave
27.) Rain – Rainism
28.) T-Max – 나쁜 마음을 먹게해 (Fight the Bad Feeling)
29.) Wonder Girls – 미안한 마음 (A Sorry Heart)
30.) Wonder Girls – So Hot

It’s been a long 3 years since I got into Kpop. And now, I’m leaving for good. No regrets. This must happen.


6th Most Talented Idol Group: After School

December 21, 2010

After School is the 6th Most Talented Idol Group in Korea today. And yes, they are the most talented female idol group in Korea. I hope SONEs, Black Jacks, and Wonderfuls won’t take this hardly. But you have to admit, After School is in a different league than other girl groups out there.

When After School debuted, they were depicted as the Korean Pussycat Dolls. But their debut was actually a failure. No offense, “Ah!” was the least successful of all the debut songs of female groups that year. Well, least successful of all the girl groups that have established a name for themselves now. Remember, 2009 was the year where girl groups were debuting left and right. Also, the timing was unfortunate as well for After School. Their debut coincided with SNSD’s “Gee” promotion. But little by little, After School started establishing themselves as one of top idol group of Korea and they did that with “Because of You”.

After School style is more on western. And you have to admit that their very keen on details. The angles of the edges of the routine are on the mark. No offense intended to the other groups, I don’t think any of them can do After School. But After School can do their songs. It’s actually very puzzling why elite companies pass on these women when these girls are very discipline on their craft. To go further as an artist, it is no longer about talent, it’s about discipline. And I can name a few who I think should not have debuted because of their lack of character. Cough Krystal cough. Cough Sulli cough.

I know some of you might be wondering why AS became 6th when majority of the song is sang by Kahi. But as I said before. This ranking is not about equal distribution of the song but how well the song is performed. And though After School make Nana and Lizzy share their lines, the point is the performance is still grandeur. But this is also one of the reasons why they just finished 6th.

When you go up this high in the ranking, it’s no longer who’s better than who, it’s about who can do more. And because of the group’s dependence on Kahi and Raina, their possibilities gets limited. I’m astonished actually why they leave out the other members with little parts. I thought first that maybe it’s because they can’t sing, but hearing Nana in Orange Caramel made me think otherwise. She has a nice tone. Or maybe After School’s songs are more fitting Kahi’s voice. Right now, I think AS’s weakness is Jooyeon. She can keep up with the dancing but her vocals are not as powerful.

Another reason why After School landed on 6th is because they’re up against male groups that have a lot to offer. It’s not that I’m being sexist, but it is a proven fact that guys can do more than women. And as I said, it’s not about who’s better than who, but who can do more.

I’ll leave you with my favorite performances of After School. A few more days left but I think the remaining 5 are a bit predictable. But let’s see if you guys can determine the ranking of 2pm, Big Bang, DBSK, MBLAQ and SHINee.

After School – Because of You

After School – Sway




ShockedFan’s 10 Most Recommended Routines

December 18, 2010

As some of you might know, I’m a dancer. And one thing that kept me in Kpop was the undeniably amazing routines. In my departure, I want to share the ten routines that I seriously adore. I hope in the future, Korea will show more quality music and performance. If you think about it, a lot of performance today are banking on the fan service factor which I’m not holding them against. That is what their fans want. But if they’re not cute or pretty or handsome, will the routine work? Anyway, here are the ten routines I wished will still be recognize after my departure.

Again, this article is about the routine, not the artist.

2pm – Again and Again

After School – Bang

B2ST – Shock


SHINee – Lucifer

SHINee – Replay

Super Junior U

Wonder Girls – Irony

Wonder Girls – So Hot

U-Kiss – Bingeul Bingeul