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.

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Just Bananas About: Week of 5/1/17

With the start of May, it’s also the start of family month in Korea.  With holidays such as Children’s Day (5/5) and Parent’s Day (5/8), May seems to be that time of year when families spend more quality time together.  However on Ugly Duckling, that may not be the case for these man-children.  Yoo Hee Yeol joins Shin Dong Yup and Seo Jang Hoon as the guest MC on the most recent episode.

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Just Bananas About: Week of 3/6/17

I am back!  Sort of.  I’ve never really been good at dealing with jetlag so on top of trying to catch up on shows, I’ve been trying to catch up on sleep.  New Zealand is certainly the land of vibrant colors, sheep and rainbows.  I wished I could have uploaded more pictures as I was traveling but outside of Auckland and Queenstown, I found their cell and wifi service to be really spotty.  Perhaps when I catch up to my shows, I’ll spend some time uploading more images.  However, the one show that I did keep up with while I was away was My Ugly Duckling, which was my favorite variety show pick of last year.

Sung Shi Kyung joined Shin Dong Yup and Seo Jang Hoon this week as the guest MC.  While the moms were delighted to see him, Kim Gun Mo’s mom couldn’t help but warn him that they are very good at getting guests to tell them their secrets.  Lol.

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Just Bananas About: Week of 8/15/16

It was one of the best episodes of Fantastic Duo ever that probably did not make you want to go outside.  Not that anyone would want to go outside.  I mean, seriously.  I made a big mistake in thinking I could handle going outdoors.

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Jive Monkey Playlist: 5/18/12

Feels like time to take a trip down old school lane.  There’s a myriad of reasons why I decided to write about Kim Gun Mo, one of my all-time favorite artists.  I have been following him for a long time and he’s quite the music prodigy.  I love that he understands a lot of genres of music and knows how to play a lot of instruments but I especially love to see him crooning at the piano.  His voice is truly unique and he’s known to be quite a jokester.

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Just Bananas About: Week of 8/1/11

This is another catching up post.  I’ve been raving about I am a Singer on my personal Facebook posts but thought I would rave again on a more wider forum.  It overtook my Glee obsession and I found myself liking the singer’s renditions of some of the songs over the original ones (plus, the fact that a lot of the songs are from my parent’s generation).  (FYI, I don’t watch American reality shows as I work in the industry so it reminds me of my every day grind.  So if you think about recommending the Voice to me don’t get mad if I turn you down flat.  Korean variety shows and the way they produce them are very different from American ones so I’m not reminded of work as I’m trying to mindlessly watch the tube.)

What first attracted me to this show was the cutthroat competitive format.  The show is comprised of 7 singers (singers who have been established in the music world for some time meaning no idols – if you want to go see idols go to the one of the many top 10 music shows or Immortal Song 2).  These 7 singers are given “managers” who are comedians, they often provide some witty commentary.  Then the singers are set to compete in two competitions: the first competition is a song of their choosing and the second competition is a random song selection from a list provided by suggestions from viewers.  An audience of 500 members split up into categories according to their age vote on their favorite 3 performances.  The votes are tallied and the singers are given the ranking at the end of each competition.  Then they take both competitions and the singer with the least amount of votes is booted off the show.

Cutthroat?  You bet.  Especially since the format for the show was changed from how the show started out.  You can look up information about the IAAS/Kim Gun Mo scandal but all in all I think the producers of this show learned a valuable lesson from that incident.  You best know what the rules are before you commit to doing a competitive show format because torch and pitchfork crowd will be eager to come after you.

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