Hello all, and welcome to another edition of the Azn Badger’s Top 5 Songs That Keep Him From Stabbing People!
Last time around we tackled the Top 5 Japanese songs, and in keeping with the “Azn” portion of the title of this blog; today we’ll be delving into the realm of Korean music!
Before we begin, let me just say this:
I don’t speak Korean.
I know how to answer a phone, say “thank you,” and rattle off a handful of ethnic slurs, but that’s just about all the Korean I know.
Huh, that’d be one hell of a phone conversation:
“Hello? You *bleepity bleepin’ BLEEP*! Thank you! *CLICK!*”
Anyway, my interest in Korean songs springs almost entirely from hanging out with my Korean (between the 2 of us, we refer to Koreans as “Krns” pronounced “Kerns”) buddy from up the street.
He used to have an extensive library of Krn music, much of which I acquired from him at one time or another.
As a result, much of my favorite Krn songs are slightly outdated, being that they’re from the early 2000′s.
That being said, let’s get to the music:
5. Freaky Game 108 – Soul Dive
This song was one I stumbled across about a year ago when I was perusing an Azn music forum for new tunes.
I got a lot of great music out of that forum, and Freaky Game 108 was one of my favorites.
The album as a whole was shitty, but the one song was pretty freakin’ sweet.
Regardless, I love the pumping, almost dance track-like beat of this song, coupled with the rap style lyrics.
Like every other song on this list, I don’t have a fuckin’ clue as to what the lyrics entail; however this has never been a problem for me as long as the tune is good.
Remember, I’m a hummer not a singer.
4. Get Them Hands Up – 1TYM
I fuckin’ love 1TYM.
Ever since my Krn buddy and I used to pretend we were cool by cruising around in high school blasting their music through the speakers of his Corolla, 1TYM has been one of my favorite Krn music groups.
Sure they’re “happy rappers.”
Sure they look ridiculous.
Sure they’re a shitty rap group that were popular for 5 minutes.
Despite all that, I’ve got more of their tracks in my library than any other Krn band, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Of those tracks, Get Them Hands Up is easily my favorite, right next to “Hello!”
It’s got an awesome and fairly intricate beat, a nice flow; and most important of all, one of the catchiest and most satisfying choruses I’ve ever heard.
Seriously, I can’t recite it worth shit, but you better believe I’ve caught myself trying to in the shower every now and again.
3. The Last Scene – Roller Coaster
This song is what my Krn buddy and I used to refer to as the “Abercrombie and Fitch” song.
I dare you to listen to this song without picturing, even for a moment; a fuckin’ clothing commercial or fashion exhibition.
It just fits too well.
Despite this, the toe-tapping, yet surprisingly mellow beat, coupled with the smooth, yet vaguely emotionless voice of the lead singer, make for a song that as easy to lounge to, as it is to cruise down the highway to.
It’s a wonderful song, and is actually one of the very few mellow tunes that I keep on my Ipod.
2. Jeez! – B2Y
Jeez! was another song that I acquired from that one Azn music forum awhile back.
As a 2 girl, 2 boy band, B2Y is just what you’d expect:
A generic Azn pop group.
Despite the stigma surrounding this, (one that I happen to subscribe to in most cases) I’ve gotta’ say, Jeez! is a really fun song.
Just like 175R’s Yume De Aeta Nara from the other day, Jeez! is very much a disco-pop song, although in this case the disco element is very much at the forefront of things.
In my book, that’s a very good thing.
The energy of this song is just so goddamn cotton candy sweet, that’s it hard for me to think of any legitimate reason why anyone wouldn’t like it.
Oh yeah, and did I mention is has a really fuckin’ catchy chorus?
1. Champion – PSY
Beverly Hills Cop beat + Silly Krn lyrics = KRN GOLD.
From what my Krn buddy told me, Champion was just about the biggest fuckin’ song EVER when it first came out in Korea.
Honestly, I forget how I ran across Champion, but boy am I glad I did.
It’s kind of funny though, my favorite version of this song is actually a sped-up remix, however I wasn’t able to find it to share with you guys.
Oh well, the original version is epic enough as is I suppose…
Let it be known:
Any home graced with the sounds of Champion, shall henceforth be known as a “stab-free zone.”