Jive Monkey Playlist: 6/30/14

Though it’s been summer for over a week, it’s feeling like that the weather is finally catching on. In honor of the warm weather, here are some summer songs that’s worked their way on my playlists. I feel like these two idol groups don’t get as much play as the better known artists but they are groups that have their charms and catchy tunes.

After watching the last episode of Stargazing, it dawned on me how much I don’t know about ZE:A. (Frankly, there are many of the newer idols who just seem to blend together.) I always assumed Kwang Hee was the leader of the group. In fact, it was ZE:A superfan Jo Min Joo who edumacated me that Jun Young is the group’s leader.

It was Kwang Hee that introduced me to the group because he did so many variety shows.  That lead me to notice Im Shi Wan in The Moon that Embraces the Sun, Hyung Shik on Real Men, and Dong Jun on Mandate of Heaven.

I slowly started to appreciate their music. From their last album, I absolutely loved “바람의유령 (Ghost in the Wind)”. There’s this classical operatic section of the track that sounded so fresh and suited the pop track so well that I would keep listening to the song over and over again just so I listen to that section.

The song that I really like from their latest release, “First Homme,” may be a ballad track but it’s immediately catchy. Because they have so many members, they can harmonize and there are a lot of layers to this song. The harmony seems to match the drunken confessions of the brokenhearted. It’s not a unique song but it is catchy.

ZE:A – 비틀비틀 (Stagger)

제국의아이들(ZE:A) – 비틀비틀

비틀비틀

Baby come back to my arms

혼자 밥을 먹는 게 이렇게 서러운지 몰랐어
내 곁에서 시끄럽도록 수다 떨어주던 너,
혼자 잠이 드는 게 이렇게 외로운지 몰랐어
같은 침대가 왜 이렇게도 넓게 느껴지는지

그땐 왜 몰랐을까,
너 아니면 안 된다는 걸,
모든 걸 알면서
왜 떠나 보냈을까요
그러지 말걸 이제 나 후회뿐인걸,

오늘도 비틀비틀 거리다,
거리를 휘청휘청 거닐다
네 생각에 주저앉아
나 눈물로 밤을 지새우네,
오늘도 비틀비틀 거리다,
거리를 휘청휘청 거닐다
넌 절대 내 맘 알지 못해요
이제 난 어떡할까요

대답도 없는
네 사진만 바라봐, 불러봐,
비틀비틀 거리는 우리 추억이 안쓰러워,
우리만큼이나 좋았잖아
한 번도 지우려고 해본 적 없어,
너도 나와 같잖아 제발 Babe

그땐 왜 몰랐을까,
너 아니면 안 된다는 걸,
모든 걸 알면서
왜 떠나 보냈을까요
그러지 말걸 이제 나 후회뿐인걸,

오늘도 비틀비틀 거리다,
거리를 휘청휘청 거닐다,
네 생각에 주저앉아
나 눈물로 밤을 지새우네,
오늘도 비틀비틀 거리다,
거리를 휘청휘청 거닐다,
넌 절대 내 맘 알지 못해요
이제 난 어떡할까요

너무나 벅차 네가 떠나간 빈자리가,
너 왜 나 왜 혼자 두려고만 하니 왜,
모든 게 겁나 너 없는 하루하루가,
나 왜 너 왜 떠나 보내야만 하니 왜,
난 여기 그대로 언제든 넌 돌아와도 돼,
너의 뒤에서 있을게,
힘이 들 땐 나 돌아봐도 돼,
비틀비틀 거리는, 휘청휘청 거리는,
나를 다시 꽉 안아줘 잡아줘
너무 늦지 않게,

오늘도 비틀비틀 거리다,
거리를 휘청휘청 거닐다
네 생각에 주저앉아
나 눈물로 밤을 지새우네,
오늘도 비틀비틀 거리다,
거리를 휘청휘청 거닐다
넌 절대 내 맘 알지 못해요
이제 난 어떡할까요

Stagger

Baby come back to my arms

Didn’t know eating alone was this sad
The noisily chatting you beside me
Didn’t know that sleeping alone was this lonely
Why does this same bed feel so big?

Why didn’t I know it then,
that there can’t be anyone else but you
Though I knew everything,
why did I send you away?
Shouldn’t have done it, now all I have are regrets,

Even today I stagger,
walking shakily on the streets
The thought of you makes me crumble
Stay up all night crying
Even today I stagger,
walking shakily on the streets
You don’t understand how I feel
Now what am I supposed to do?

Not responding back,
just keep staring at your picture, call for you,
Our wavering memories seems tragic,
No one liked each other more than us
Have not tried to erase us even once,
You’re like me, Please Babe

Why didn’t I know it then,
that there can’t be anyone else but you
Though I knew everything,
why did I send you away?
Shouldn’t have done it, now all I have are regrets,

Even today I stagger,
walking shakily on the streets
The thought of you makes me crumble
Stay up all night crying
Even today I stagger,
walking shakily on the streets
You don’t understand how I feel
Now what am I supposed to do?

It’s too consuming, the empty space that you left
Why did you, why did I keep leaving us alone, why,
Scared of everything, each and every day without you,
Why did you, why did I have to send us away, why,
I’m here always, you can come back,
I’ll be right behind you,
when you’re strong I can turn away,
Staggering, shakily
Hold me again, hold on,
so that it’s not too late,

Even today I stagger,
walking shakily on the streets
The thought of you makes me crumble
Stay up all night crying
Even today I stagger,
walking shakily on the streets
You don’t understand how I feel
Now what am I supposed to do?

_____________________________________________________

AOA is another group that doesn’t get a lot of attention. I initially liked them because they were part girl group, part girl band. The number of girl bands are severely limited not only in the Korean music industry but worldwide.

With various commercial campaigns in the U.S. focusing on changing the way women view themselves, Korea still seems to be lacking on that feministic front. I don’t love the way women are depicted in “단발머리 (Short Hair)” because their dance comes off looking oxymoronic with the message in the song. However, I did find it to be pretty catchy.

I think all women have been there. Feeling unconfident and just a change of wardrobe or a different haircut can make you feel like you’re conquering the world. I don’t find anything wrong with women wearing high heels or makeup to make themselves feel better. We all need a little armor sometimes. And if that armor gives you a half glass full outlook on life, all the better. Here’s hoping that they get back to picking up their instruments to show the boys that they aren’t the only ones that can rock the band scene.

에이오에이(AOA) – 단발머리 (Short Hair)

단발머리 (Short Hair)

짧은 치말 입어볼까
아님 반바질 입을까
이것 저것 고민하다 시간만 가
분홍 립스틱을 바를까
살이 좀 찐 것 같아
옷 입는 맵시가 나질 않아

오늘따라 머리가 맘에 안 들어
투덜투덜 대요 오오오오오
거울 앞에 하루 종일 새로운 사랑하긴
아직 준비가 안됐나 봐요 이제 어떡해요

단발머리 하고 그댈 만나러 가
뭔가 좀 자꾸 어색해요 오오
단발머리 하고 지난 날은 잊고
나 새롭게 태어날 거예요
It’s gonna be fine
우우우우우우
날씨 참 좋아요 분위기 참 좋아요
우우우우우우
날씨 참 좋아요 I’m sure it’s gonna be fine
짧은 단발머리를 하고 고민
고민 끝에 고른 옷을 빼입고
오늘따라 조금 높은 하이힐
어색하지만 들떠버린 걸음걸이
점점 다가갈수록
눈치도 없는 내 마음은 떨고
어느새 저기 너 환히 웃으며
내게 손 흔들고

오늘따라 머리가 맘에 안 들어
투덜투덜 대요 오오오오오
거울 앞에 하루 종일 새로운 사랑하긴
아직 준비가 안됐나 봐요 이제 어떡해요

단발머리 하고 그댈 만나러 가
뭔가 좀 자꾸 어색해요 오오
단발머리 하고 지난 날은 잊고
나 새롭게 태어날 거예요
It’s gonna be fine
우우우우우우
날씨 참 좋아요 분위기 참 좋아요
우우우우우우
날씨 참 좋아요 I’m sure it’s gonna be fine

이젠 눈물 흘리지 않아
(너 밖에 몰랐던 내가
니 말만 들었던 내가)
절대 두 번 다시 상처 받을 일 없을 거예요
날 울리지 마요

단발머리 하고 그댈 만나러 가
뭔가 좀 자꾸 어색해요 오오
단발머리 하고 지난날은 잊고
나 새롭게 태어날 거예요
It’s gonna be fine
Gonna be alright right right
Gonna be alright right right
I’m sure it’s gonna be alright

Short Hair

Should I wear a short skirt?
Or should I wear shorts?
Worrying about this or that and time just passes
Should I wear red lipstick?
Seems like I’ve gained some weight
The ill-fitting clothes doesn’t seem be fitting better

Today of all days, I don’t like my hair
Just keep mumbling, oh oh oh oh oh
In front of the mirror all day, to find a new love
I must not be ready yet, now what am I to do?

Wear my hair short and go out to meet you
Something still feels awkward, oh oh
Wear my hair short and forget about yesterday
I’ll be reborn
It’s gonna be fine
Woo woo woo woo woo woo
The weather’s great, feeling great
Woo woo woo woo woo woo
The weather’s great, I’m sure it’s gonna be fine
Wear my hair short and worry
After worrying, select an outfit and get dressed
Today of all days, a bit high my heels
Though it’s awkward, enthusiastically walking
As I slowly get closer,
my tactless heart flutters
Before I know it, there you are smiling broadly
and wave your hand to me

Today of all days, I don’t like my hair
Just keep mumbling, oh oh oh oh oh
In front of the mirror all day, to find a new love
I must not be ready yet, now what am I to do?

Wear my hair short and go out to meet you
Something still feels awkward, oh oh
Wear my hair short and forget about yesterday
I’ll be reborn
It’s gonna be fine
Woo woo woo woo woo woo
The weather’s great, feeling great
Woo woo woo woo woo woo
The weather’s great, I’m sure it’s gonna be fine

Now I’m not gonna cry anymore
(The me that only you knew
the fact that I only listened to you)
Never will there be an instance where I get hurt again
Don’t make me cry

Wear my hair short and go out to meet you
Something still feels awkward, oh oh
Wear my hair short and forget about yesterday
I’ll be reborn
It’s gonna be fine
Gonna be alright right right
Gonna be alright right right
I’m sure it’s gonna be alright

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