Jive Monkey Playlist: 3/1/13

A lot of artists seem to be taking a look back at old styles of music to create their own fusion of old sounds with the new.  Today’s playlist will feature recent releases that highlight that concept of retro pop.

I have mixed feelings about Kim Tae Woo’s latest album titled “T-Love”.  I could listen to it once and hate all the songs on it.  Then I listen to it again and find that I like the songs or at least tolerate them.  I’m not exactly sure how to explain the bi-polar of emotions.  The entire album contains songs about love and follows that retro pop concept.  However, some of the songs sound extremely outdated.  “Cosmic Girl” sounds a little like a mix of early Britney Spears.  And the melody doesn’t seem to suit his voice.  Not to mention the music video is super cheesy (Sorry, Lee Dong Wook.)

Then there’s “또또 (Again Again)” whose hook drew me in.  I couldn’t quite pinpoint that hook until just now.  Is it just me or does the song’s chorus sound a lot like Cee Lo Green’s “Fuck You”?  It sounds like the similarities doesn’t extend over enough bars of music to call it plagiarism but that should have turned me off the song.

I almost wasn’t going to post about this song but I did end up liking the lyrics which plays with the word 또 (Again) and then using the sound of the word as a beat.  The song is about a how a guy crushes on a girl who doesn’t seem very interested in him and it’s driving him crazy.  But this is not just a passing crush, this is the real thing so he’s not going to give up so easily.

Kim Tae Woo – 또또 (Again Again)

김태우 – 또또

또또

You’re bad girl
이럴 때면 항상 비가 내리죠
마치 약속이나 한 것처럼 그쵸
Oh 맞죠

Oh 누군 말했죠 사랑비 내린다고
난 이별비가 내려와 또또

그대를 이제는 잊겠다고 수백번 다짐해도
또 다시 하루 지나면
내 마음속 주인은 바로 그대
벌써 열세번째

그대 모습에 내가 그대 맘 속에 나 타들어가
또로또로 또또
내 머리 속엔 온통 내 마음속엔
또 니 모습만
또로또로 또또
왜 또 내가 왜 또 내가 그대 그대가 why
또로또로 또또
왜 또 내가 왜 또 내가 그대 그대가 why
또로또로 또또

하루하루 지나 벌써 한달째
내 머리와 내 심장은 또 싸워 Oh no
제발 그만하라고 아니 계속하라고
You do it do it do it again 또또

옛말에 틀린 말이 없다고
용기를 내보라고
수백번 찍고 또 찍고 찍으면
언젠간 넘어질거라고 넘어질거라고

그대 모습에 내가 그대 맘 속에 나 타들어가
또로또로 또또
내 머리 속엔 온통 내 마음속엔
또 니 모습만
또로또로 또또
왜 또 내가 왜 또 내가 그대 그대가
why 또
또로또로 또또
왜 또 내가 왜 또 내가 그대 그대가 why
또로또로 또또

Oh 그대가 나에게 사랑한다고 말해
매일 상상 속에서만
제발 정신차려 정신차려 정신차려
신이시여 날 제발 도와주소서
제발 제발 제발 그대 제발

그대 모습에 내가 그대 맘 속에 나 타들어가
또로또로 또또
내 머리 속엔 온통 내 마음속엔
또 니 모습만
또로또로 또또
왜 또 내가 왜 또 내가 그대 그대가
why 또
또로또로 또또
왜 또 내가 왜 또 내가 그대 그대가 why
또로또로 또또

Again Again

You’re bad girl
At times like this, it always rains
Like a promise has been made, right?
Oh, is that right?

Oh someone said that a love rain is falling
Breakup rain is falling for me, again again

Promising hundred times over to forget her
Again when another day passes
she takes over my heart
Already the thirteenth time

With her image, in her heart, I ride in
Ddo-ro-ddo-ro Again Again
In my head, in all my heart
Again just your image
Ddo-ro-ddo-ro Again Again
Why again, I, why again do I to her, her, why
Ddo-ro-ddo-ro Again Again
Why again, I, why again do I to her, her, why
Ddo-ro-ddo-ro Again Again

Day after day, already one month
My head and my heart fight again, Oh no
Please stop, no keep it up
You do it do it do it again, Again Again

Saying there’s no wrong words in old sayings
And to find courage
Stick it hundreds of times, again stick it, stick it
Someday you’ll trip up, trip up

With her image, in her heart, I ride in
Ddo-ro-ddo-ro Again Again
In my head, in all my heart
Again just your image
Ddo-ro-ddo-ro Again Again
Why again, I, why again do I to her, her,
why again
Ddo-ro-ddo-ro Again Again
Why again, I, why again do I to her, her, why
Ddo-ro-ddo-ro Again Again

Oh she says to me that she loves me
Every day in my imagination
Please come out of it, come out, come out
Good Lord, please help me,
please, please, please, would you please

With her image, in her heart, I ride in
Ddo-ro-ddo-ro Again Again
In my head, in all my heart
Again just your image
Ddo-ro-ddo-ro Again Again
Why again, I, why again do I to her, her,
why again
Ddo-ro-ddo-ro Again Again
Why again, I, why again do I to her, her, why
Ddo-ro-ddo-ro Again Again

“오빠 (Oppa)” featueres YouTube star Megan Lee. This is another song I was hesitant about posting. I went back and forth about it. At first glance, the duet’s pretty cute. A younger female wants to date an older guy. He doesn’t understand her at first but he admits he’s attracted to her too.

They say that age doesn’t really matter when it comes to love but I guess there’s a line in this song that rubbed me the wrong way.  They admit that there is a mutual attraction but then she’s got a year to go before she’s an adult so they’re gonna wait.  It kinda makes it sound like the gap in their ages is much larger than I initially thought it would be but I guess there is something to be said for trying to do the right thing.

Kim Tae Woo – 오빠 (With Megan Lee) (Oppa (With Megan Lee))

김태우 – 오빠 (With Megan Lee)

오빠 (With Megan Lee)

H: 나처럼 나이 많은 남자가 좋아
S: 그럼요 아빠 같은 오빠라서 좋아
H: 머리가 아파
S: 마음이 아파
B: 내 맘을 모르는 그대 너무 나빠

H: 대학을 졸업할 때
너는 중학생
S: 나 첨으로 걸을 때
오빠도 중학생
H: 기억이 생생
S: 기억이 생생
B: 첨부터 엇갈린 슬픈 우리 인생

H: 말이 안돼 하면서도 잊질 못해
S: 보고싶다 보고싶다
B: 이럼 안 되는데

B: Falling in love
오빠 우리는 오빠 사랑은 오빠
이렇게 시작됐죠
오빠 우리는 오빠 사랑은 오빠
이렇게 시작됐죠

H: 아직도 일년이란 시간이 남아
S: 아직도 일년이나 기다려야 하나
H: 너무나 멀다
S: 너무나 길다
B: 오빠라 불러도 아무 문제 없나

H: 소녀에서 여자로 변한
널 생각해
S: 오빠에서 남자로 변한
널 생각해
H: 상상이 안돼
S: 너무 기대돼
B: 조금만 있으면 우리 사랑 시작돼

H: 하루하루 흐를수록 보고싶어
S: 그 하루가 느리게만
B: 느껴지는데

B: Falling in love
오빠 우리는 오빠 사랑은 오빠
이렇게 시작됐죠
오빠 우리는 오빠 사랑은 오빠
이렇게 시작됐죠

H: 기다렸던 그 말
S: 기다렸던 말
B: 사랑해 힘들었던 시작만큼
더 행복한 사랑 만들어 Ma Love

My Love You’re my love
My Love You’re my love
My Love 절대 다른 사랑 보지마
My Love 오 내 사랑
My Love My Love
My Love 다른 사랑 보지마
My Love 다른 사랑 보지마
My Love 다른 사랑 보지마

Oppa (With Megan Lee)

H: You like a man that’s as old as me?
S: Of course, I like an father-like Oppa
H: My head hurts,
S: My heart hurts
B: You’re bad for not knowing my feelings

H: When I graduated college,
you were a junior high school student
S: When I first learn how to walk,
Oppa was also a junior high school student
H: Vivid memories
S: Vivid memories
B: From the start our sad lives that crossed paths

H: Don’t make sense, but yet I can’t forget
S: Miss you, miss you
B: Shouldn’t be doing this

B: Falling in love
Oppa We Oppa Love is Oppa
This is how it started
Oppa We Oppa Love is Oppa
This is how it started

H: Still got a year left
S: Do we still have to wait a year?
H: It’s so far away
S: It’s too long
B: Any problems with saying Oppa?

H: Changed from a girl to a woman,
I think of you
S: Changed from an oppa to a man,
I think of you
H: Can’t imagine it
S: Looking forward to it
B: In a little while, our love can begin

H: Day after day passes, I miss you
S: Just slow is what that day
B: feels like

B: Falling in love
Oppa We Oppa Love is Oppa
This is how it started
Oppa We Oppa Love is Oppa
This is how it started

H: Those words I waited for
S: Words you waited for
B: I love you, though the start was rough
Let’s make our love life happier, Ma Love

My Love You’re my love
My Love You’re my love
My Love Don’t ever look for another love
My Love Oh my love
My Love My Love
My Love Don’t ever look for another love
My Love Don’t ever look for another love
My Love Don’t ever look for another love

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Did you know that SHINee’s back… and they’ve brought a miniature pony into their living room?  It may be their attempt to play miniature polo.  Anyways, I have to say that I don’t like the new album.  Most of the songs have that usual SHINee sound to it but I just couldn’t get excited about it.  It feels like been there, done that.  And I just don’t really like their new title song, “Dream Girl”.  It’s weird.  I could hear the same trite K-pop melodies and lyrics and get excited about it but not this album.

However, and it’s a big HOWEVER, I do love “Punch Drunk Love”.  It’s got this 80’s synth pop sound to it.  Sometimes I really appreciate when SHINee does retro pop because I think when they do it well, they do it differently than other idols.  I typically hear retro sounds in their songs that other idol groups don’t do.  With this track, I immediately thought of Prince.  It’s got that repetitive guitar riff that’s attributed to him.

This song equates the feeling of love to a boxing match.  How it can be so overwhelming and awesome that you are almost knocked out by it.  The lyrics were written very, very well and it’s just a lot of fun.

SHINee– Punch Drunk Love

샤이니(SHINee) – Punch Drunk Love

Punch Drunk Love

Wo wo~ One! 눈에 별이 반짝!
Two! 난 네 미소에 깜짝! Wo~
마치 Punch에 맞은 듯 정신 차릴 수가 없어
난 쓰러질 것만 같아
(난 숨이 멎을 것 같아,
숨이 멎을 것 같아)

난! 슬쩍 너를 엿봐
넌! 살짝 거리를 좁혀 Wo~
훅! 하고 어느새
내 맘을 파고 들어

*Wo oh oh oh
Punch! One Two!
난 정신 차릴 수가 없어
No no 정신을 못 차려
Punch! Knock Down!
난 네 사랑에 쓰러진 걸
Punch! One Two!
난 너를 피할 수가 없어
No no 날 코너로 몰아
Punch! Knock Down!
난 네 사랑에 쓰러진 걸

넌! 빈틈이 없어
난! 허공에 주먹을 뻗어 Wo~
마치 한 마리 나비처럼 너는 날 사뿐히 피해
난 너를 계속 쫓아가
(난 네게 홀린 것 같아,
나를 홀린 것 같아)

이제 난! 수건을 던져
그래도 넌! 가드를 올려 Wo~
정신 차릴 틈도 없이
넌 또 내 빈 곳을 파고 들어

*Repeat

Oh! Punch! Knock Down!
난 사랑에 푹 빠졌나 봐
(난 또다시 쓰러진 걸)
No no (또다시 쓰러진 걸)
사랑에 빠졌나 봐
Punch Drunk Love
네 사랑에 취했나 봐

Wo oh oh oh Punch!
아무리 쓰러져도 나는 좋아
나는 계속 네게 잽을 날려 좋아
언제가 될지 아직 모르지만
너도 언젠가 결국 내게 한 번 쓰러지게 될 걸
Punch! Knock Down!
난 네 사랑에 쓰러진 걸
Punch! One Two!
난 너를 피할 수가 없어
No no 날 코너로 몰아
Punch! Knock Down!
난 네 사랑에 쓰러진 걸

No no 네 사랑에 취했나 봐
난 네 사랑에 취했나 봐
No no 네 사랑에 KO!

Punch! Knock Down!
난 네 사랑에 쓰러진 걸

Punch Drunk Love

Wo wo~ One! Stars in your eyes!
Two! I’m started by your smile! Wo~
Like I’ve been Punched, I can’t focus
Feel like I’m going to faint
(Like my breath has been taken away,
breath has been taken away)

I! Take a sly peek at you
You! Slightly narrow the gap Wo~
Go! And before I knew it
you dug your way into my heart

*Wo oh oh oh
Punch! One Two!
I can’t focus
No no, can’t focus
Punch! Knock Down!
I’ve fallen over from your love
Punch! One Two!
I can’t escape you
No no, pushed into the corner
Punch! Knock Down!
I’ve fallen over from your love

You! Don’t have any flaws
I! punch the air Wo~
Like a butterfly you daintily avoid me
I still chase after you
(Think I’m bewitched by you,
bewitched by you)

Now I! Throw in the towel
But still you! Raise your guard Wo~
Don’t have a chance to focus
You again pick at my hollow parts

*Repeat

Oh! Punch! Knock Down!
Must have fallen deeply in love
(I’ve been knocked down again)
No no (knocked down again)
Must have fallen in love
Punch Drunk Love
Must be drunk on your love

Wo oh oh oh Punch!
No matter how I’ve fallen, I like it
I’ll like it if you continue to throw jabs
Someday it’ll be, though I don’t know it yet
You too eventually will be fall once for me
Punch! Knock Down!
I’ve fallen over from your love
Punch! One Two!
I can’t escape you
No no, pushed into the corner
Punch! Knock Down!
I’ve fallen over from your love

No no, Must be drunk on your love
Must be drunk on your love
No no, With your love KO!

Punch! Knock Down!
I’ve fallen over from your love

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