Dusting Off “Old” Tracks To Start The New Year

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K-Pop tracks seem to roar into existence and fade into the internet ether faster than the blink of an eye. So, rather than do the usual thing and talk about an upcoming comeback that will be eagerly anticipated for about a month before being summarily forgotten in a few days, this post will serve as a trip down memory lane to past releases that I’m giving a semi-regular spin now. The only criteria that I’ve set up is to not list anything released within the past year. Feel free to add your own suggestions below because lord knows that I don’t catch everything that K-Pop spits out every other minute.

JYP and Ga In – “Someone Else”

While JYP’s eye for, uh, female determination and talent, may be unrivaled in K-Pop, the man can also put out a decent track or two himself. “Someone Else,” a duet with Brown Eyed Girls’ Ga-In, is a pretty great R&B track that features some all-too-fleeting glimpses of smooth choreography and some great JYP anguish-face.

KARA – “Lupin”

Simply KARA at the peak of their game.

Big Bang – “Haru Haru”

You know something is old when Big Bang’s fashion choices look out of date. Still, if anything in K-Pop counts as a classic, “Haru Haru” definitely deserves to be on that list (Also, I hadn’t listened to it in ages).

SPICA – Potently

So, yeah. SPICA. Great singers. Just a reminder to the universe that this group exists.

Son Dam Bi Featuring Park Kahi – “Bad Boy”

Weirdly, I think I enjoy this a lot more now than when it first came out, simply because of the slower disco-style that has fallen out of style in K-Pop recently (Back then, I would have probably labelled this as uncreative and boring). Also, any Kahi sighting is welcomed.

Seungri – “Gotta Talk To U”

HUSTLIN’ HUSTLIN, I’M HUSTLIN’ HUSTLIN. Try not having that stuck in your head for hours. I’m on Hour 4 right now and I regret nothing.

Leessang Featuring Jung In – “Girl Who Can’t Break Up, Boy Who Can’t Leave”

I am starting to believe that this post doubles as a not-so-subtle reminder that Lee Hyori is a goddess. The interplay of Gary’s every-man rap, Gil’s throaty serenade and Jung In’s delicate delivery is ~perfect in every way~.

Lee Hyori – 10 Minutes

More early-2000’s than debates over weapons of mass destruction. More eternal than heaven’s gates.

So, yeah. Not sure if this was worth the time but any excuse to coincidentally bask in the glory of Lee Hyori is worth it (I had forgotten about her appearances in “Potently” and “Girl Who Cant’ Break Up, Boy Who Can’t Leave”). If you have some older tracks to recommend, toss em below.

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11 comments

  1. SES. Dreams Come True. I believe all the girls have now reunited for a charity concert or album.

    1. Even if it was long before my interested for Kpop started, it’s hard not to respect the quality groups like S.E.S. and Fin.K.L had, they had some really great songs.

  2. God, Lupin was the best.

  3. ‘someone else’ is classic R&B, irrespective of language or era

    1. Agreed, the beat and vocals are so on freaking point.

  4. Kpoptartsarebestpoptarts · · Reply

    Here’s one from a group that had two pretty solid hits and then fell off of the face of the planet: Two X with Ring Ma Bell

    Jiyou is just too cute.

  5. So many songs that are worth more than just a short span of attention after their released. I still think Hair Short (WINGS) from 2014 is one of the best K-Pop songs ever.

    Also, I always get a chuckle when I see G-Dragon impersonating Pat Benatar in the Haru Haru music video.

    Thank goodness his fashion sense has evolved tremendously since.

    1. Kpoptartsarebestpoptarts · · Reply

      You are correct about Hair Short. Great song, great MV, and even a great dance practice vid:

      I hope we hear more from those two soon.

  6. Voting for my gateway drug SNSD Oh!

    1. Oh! has always been that SNSD single that slips my mind when I think of the group. Which is funny because as soon as someone mentions it, it’s stuck in my head for days.

      1. Whats also funny is immediately after mentioning it I watched the damn thing on youtube for an hour, hooked again.

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