Jive Monkey Playlist: 5/12/17

I know that Psy just released his latest album this week, which I’m still listening to and processing, but I decided to dial it back to the 90’s for this week’s playlist.  It’s no secret that I was a K-Pop child of the 90’s and I still rock out to old school K-Pop.  However, there is something to be said for songs that are timeless and groups that can reunite and make new music that sounds fresh.

When Sechskies got back together last year, I was optimistically cautious.  I literally rolled on the floor laughing during the last season of New Journey to the West when Kang Ho Dong inquired about Sechskies latest title track and Eun Ji Won responded with a blank expression that the latest “커플 (Couple),” meaning a remake of their 1998 hit.

Off their latest album, I’m quite loving the title track, “슬픈 노래 (Sad Song),” which was written and co-composed by fellow labelmate, Tablo, and co-composed and arranged by FUTUREBOUNCE.  These team was also behind the group’s first digital single after their reunion.  The look of the “슬픈 노래 (Sad Song)” music video and its sound definitely has a YG feel.  I am actually quite pleased by how the track turned out because I have felt that a number of 90’s groups who have reunited have released songs that are reminiscent of the 90’s.  This track sounds modern and fresh, except for the brief homage to a popular 90’s track in the lyrics.

젝스키스 – 슬픈 노래

슬픈 노래

슬픈 노래 예 예
이별 노래 예 예
오늘만큼은 들려주지 마
네 생각에 슬픈 노래
참 지겹게도 들었지만
내가 기댈 곳 없을 때
내 마음을 아는 듯 했지만
이제는 잊을래
너의 기억에
그만 울고 웃고 싶어
(I don’t wanna cry)
아무 생각 없이
오늘 밤은 취하고
너를 잠시 잊고 싶어
슬픈 노래 예 예
(듣고 싶지 않아)
이별 노래 예 예
(부르고 싶지 않아)
오늘만큼은 들려주지 마
(아무 말도 하지 마)
밝은 노래 예 예
(웃고 싶단 말이야)
신나는 노래 예 예
(아프고 싶지 않아)
(DJ)
더 크게 틀고 멈추지 마
울고 싶지 않아
지겹도록 들은 슬픈 노래
술만 마시면 또 눈물이 두 볼에
거지 같은 미련 때문에
술기운을 빌려
너에게 동정을 구걸해
But no more
I’m sick of the love songs
오늘만큼은 so long
지금 제정신이 아냐
DJ don’t stop
슬픈 노랜 듣고 싶지 않아
괜찮냐고 내게 묻지도 마라
난 멀쩡하니까
네 생각은 어제가 마지막
내일 해와 함께 네가 떠올라도
오늘 밤은 웃고 싶어
(그래)
너를 잠시 잊고 싶어
슬픈 노래 예 예
(듣고 싶지 않아)
이별 노래 예 예
(부르고 싶지 않아)
오늘만큼은 들려주지 마
(아무 말도 하지 마)
오오
밝은 노래 예 예
(웃고 싶단 말이야)
신나는 노래 예 예
(아프고 싶지 않아)
(DJ)
더 크게 틀고 멈추지 마
울고 싶지 않아
내 걱정하지 마
나 잘 먹고 잘 살아*
오늘 밤은 제발
날 찾지 마
내 걱정하지 마
나 잘 먹고 잘 살아
오늘 밤은 제발
날 말리지 마
네가 내게 돌아올 때까지 Can’t stop DJ
너 없이 망가져가는** 날 봐 (Baby)
네가 내게 돌아올 때까지 Can’t stop DJ
끝없이 무너져가는 날 봐
오오 슬픈 노래 예 예
(웃고 싶단 말이야)
이별 노래 예 예
(아프고 싶지 않아)
(DJ)
더 크게 틀고 멈추지 마
울고 싶지 않아

Sad Song

Sad song, yeah yeah
Breakup song, yeah yeah
Don’t make me listen to it today
In your opinion, a sad song
Listened to it until it was tedious but
When I don’t have something to lean on
Thought you understood my feelings
Now I want to forget it
With thoughts of you,
I want to stop crying and want to smile
(I don’t wanna cry)
Without thinking
Get drunk tonight
Want to forget about you for a bit
Sad song, yeah yeah
(Don’t want to hear it)
Breakup song, yeah yeah
(Don’t want to sing it)
Don’t make me listen to it today
(Don’t say anything)
A bright song, yeah yeah
(I want to laugh)
An upbeat song, yeah yeah
(Don’t want to hurt)
(DJ)
Don’t make a bigger shift in direction and stop
Don’t want to cry
Tediously heard, the sad song
When I drink, again tears on my two cheeks
Because of my worthless foolishness
Relying on the strength of my drunkenness
I beg for your sympathy
But no more
I’m sick of the love songs
For today, so long
I’m outta my mind today
DJ don’t stop
Don’t want to hear a sad song
Don’t ask if I’m okay
Because I’m fine
Yesterday was the last time I thought of you
With tomorrow sun, even if I think of you
Tonight I want to smile
(Yeah)
Want to forget about you for a bit
Sad song, yeah yeah
(Don’t want to hear it)
Breakup song, yeah yeah
(Don’t want to sing it)
Don’t make me listen to it today
(Don’t say anything)
Oh oh
A bright song, yeah yeah
(I want to laugh)
An upbeat song, yeah yeah
(Don’t want to hurt)
(DJ)
Don’t make a bigger shift in direction and stop
Don’t want to cry
Don’t worry about me
I’m eating and living well*
For tonight, please
Don’t look for me
Don’t worry about me
I’m eating and living well
For tonight, please
Don’t stop me
Until you come back to me, Can’t stop DJ
Look at how lost** I am without you (Baby)
Until you come back to me, Can’t stop DJ
Look how it’s all breaking down, endlessly
Oh oh, sad song, yeah yeah
(I want to laugh)
Breakup song, yeah yeah
(Don’t want to hurt)
(DJ)
Don’t make a bigger shift in direction and stop
Don’t want to cry

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These days, Kim Gun Mo keeps audiences laughing with his antics on Our Ugly Duckling, to the dismay of his mom.

However, I think a lot of old school K-Pop fans also remember him as this incredibly talented musician.  We certainly don’t take the status of veteran musician lightly but I’ll admit that it is sometimes hard to convince K-Pop newbies of this when they see him clowning around on television.

He was quite a hit right from the get-go with the release for his first album and its title track, “잠 못 드는 밤 비는 내리고 (Sleepless Night, Rain is Falling)”.  Even I’m not able to resist signing it when I go karaoke-ing as not only is the chorus passionate but the rap is catchy.  It’s always a struggle to remember the first line of songs versus the chorus but the first line of this song, or rap rather, not only leaves an impression but the flow is so catchy that you can’t help but memorizing the lyrics after listening to it a few times.  This is also the line that is repeated in Sechskies’ “슬픈 노래 (Sad Song)” above.  It was Kim Jae Duk’s rap that seemed to emulate Kim Gun Mo’s inflection and flow which is what made me think of this song.

김건모 – 잠못드는 밤 비는 내리고

*널 만나고 = Although it literally means “to meet you” or “to encounter you”, the intent here is in a figurative context in that he thinks of her when he misses her the most.

잠 못 드는 밤 비는 내리고

Rap)
슬픈 노래는 듣고 싶지않아
내 마음 속에 잠들어있는
네가 다시 나를 찾아와
나는 긴긴 밤을 잠 못들것 같아
창밖에 비가 내리면
우두커니 창가에 기대어 앉아
기타를 퉁기며 노래를 불렀지
네가 즐겨듣던 그 노래

창밖을 보면 비는 오는데
괜시리 마음만 울적해
울적한 마음을 달랠 수가 없네
잠도 오지 않는 밤에

Rap)
이젠 나의 희미한 기억 속에
너는 점점 더 멀어져가고
너의 슬픈 미소만이 나의 마음속에
가득 남아 흐르고 있어
이렇게 비가 오는 밤이면
너는 나를 더욱 슬프게해
언제나 즐겨듣던 그 노래가
내 귓가에 아직 남아있는데

이렇게 비가오는 밤이면
내 지친 그리움으로 널 만나고*
이 비가 그치고 나면
난 너를 찾아 떠날거야

Rap)
슬픈 노래는 듣고 싶지않아
내 마음 속에 잠들어있는
네가 다시 나를 찾아와
나는 긴긴 밤을 잠 못들것 같아
창밖에 비가 내리면
우두커니 창가에 기대어 앉아
기타를 퉁기며 노래를 불렀지
네가 즐겨듣던 그 노래

두눈을 감고 잠을 청해도
비오는 소리만 처량해
비오는 소리에 내 마음 젖었네
잠도 오지 않는 밤에

Rap)
이젠 나의 희미한 기억 속에
너는 점점 더 멀어져가고
너의 슬픈 미소만이 나의 마음속에
가득 남아 흐르고 있어
이렇게 비가 오는 밤이면
너는 나를 더욱 슬프게해
언제나 즐겨듣던 그 노래가
내 귓가에 아직 남아있는데

이렇게 비가오는 밤이면
내 지친 그리움으로 널 만나고
이 비가 그치고 나면
난 너를 찾아 떠날거야

이렇게 비가오는 밤이면
내 지친 그리움으로 널 만나고
이 비가 그치고 나면
난 너를 찾아 떠날거야

나~~~ 나~~~~ 디~~~~~ 디~~~~

Sleepless Night, Rain is Falling

Rap)
Don’t want to listen to a sad song
Asleep in my heart
You find me again
Don’t think I’ll be able to sleep this long, long night
Outside the window, the rain falls
Sit absent-mindedly, leaning on the window
Plucking the guitar, I sang a song
That song that you enjoyed

When I look out the window, the rain is falling
My heart feels gloomy
Unable to appease my gloomy heart
On this sleepless night

Rap)
Now within my faded memories
You keep getting farther away
Only your sad smile in my heart
Remnants of it fills it up
When it’s a rainy night like this
You make me even more sad
Always enjoyed listening to that song
It still rings in my ears

When it’s a rainy night like this
With my tired longingness, I see you*
When this rain stops,
I’ll go and look for you

Rap)
Don’t want to listen to a sad song
Asleep in my heart
You find me again
Don’t think I’ll be able to sleep this long, long night
Outside the window, the rain falls
Sit absent-mindedly, leaning on the window
Plucking the guitar, I sang a song
That song that you enjoyed

Even though I wish for sleep with both eyes closed
Only the wistful sounds of the rain
My heart is damp with the sound of the rain
On this sleepless, rainy night

Rap)
Now within my faded memories
You keep getting farther away
Only your sad smile in my heart
Remnants of it fills it up
When it’s a rainy night like this
You make me even more sad
Always enjoyed listening to that song
It still rings in my ears

When it’s a rainy night like this
With my tired longingness, I see you
When this rain stops,
I’ll go and look for you

When it’s a rainy night like this
With my tired longingness, I see you
When this rain stops,
I’ll go and look for you

Na~~~ Na~~~~ Dee~~~~~ Dee~~~~

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