Most fans would agree that the ability of K-pop to reduce English to a nursery-school level is one of the most criticised elements of the genre. However, no one can deny that we all very much enjoy these WTF moments and, most of the time, in spite of their English snafus, we end up singing along with our favorite K-pop idols anyway.
The list of such songs is, basically, never-ending. So, I have selected the top 10 songs that I think represent the ‘best of class’ English.
10. TVXQ – Purple Line
Purple Line includes probably one of the most amusing abuses of English ever, which is curious, because the best lines and worst abuses were given to Yoochun, who is supposed to be able to speak English reasonably well, because he lived in The States for quite some time.
“It’s looks like purple line,” would simply be given an F-grade for grammar, but the best line ever is, “really wanna touch myself.” (Yoochun, don’t you worry. A lot of us fan-girls really wanna touch yourself, too!) The line does make me wonder, though, if the lyricist somehow accidentally mixed up the lyrics with a porn movie script. Hm.
9. U-Kiss – Dancing Floor
One of the most amusing “techniques” found is when lyrics sound like English, but when you look closer, they’re total rubbish. U-KISS sings things like, “I’m a dancing floor,” “Hey everybody let’s keep a music on,” and most interestingly, “Can you feel the floor.” Well, maybe they mean you were dancing so hard you ended up on the floor, so you can feel it? Erm…
8. Beast - Shock
I love this song, but some of the lyrics look like a first-grade rhyming lesson.
“I can’t breath, like freeze / hey dear, stay here.”
Best of all, though, is the chorus.
“Every day I shock (Shock! ), every night I shock (Shock! )”. Wow! I shock, too!
7. Kara - Pretty Girl
Some lyricists obviously need to take an English Grammar 101 class.
“If you want a pretty, every wanna pretty.” Um. No.
6. SHINee - Ring Ding Dong
Even the title sounds hilarious. Okay, yes, I know it’s supposed to be onomatopoeia, but these lyrics make me fall out of my chair every time I hear them:
“We gonna go Rocka Rocka Rocka Rocka Rocka Rock
We gonna go Rocka Rocka Rocka Rocka Rocka Rock
I get that it rhymes, but what does it mean?! Not to mention the rocka-rocka part sounds like ‘cola cola’ to me.
5. Super Junior - Mr. Simple
Actually, we could pick any Super Junior song, because all of them are filled with nonsensical English, but I particularly like Mr. Simple:
“Because I naughty, naughty,
Hey! I’m Mr. Simple
Because I naughty, naughty(…)
Just Grab It Grab It”
Based on word choice, it really does seem like SM lyricists get some kind of inspiration from erotic movies, doesn’t it?
4. ZE:A - Mazeltov
I cannot figure out why any Korean band would want to sing about good luck in Hebrew. I mean, they might as well sing in Russian next time. But hey, to each his own. Even when seasoned with bad grammar, WTF moments, the names of the days, and a hilarious list of girls from different countries, I still find myself singing along.
“It shut it down, Love
It shut it down, Blind
It shut it down, Passion
Break it down, Red beat down, Knock you down, Here we go.
Latin girl, Mexican girl, Korean girl, Japan girl.
Mazeltov, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday”
3. EXO - Mama
In the most notorious abuse of English, this little gem, again by SM Entertainment, attempts to sell us nonsensical sentences as–Latin? Well, you know you could have just used a real Latin text, right? Really.
No one who care about me
2. T-ara - Yayaya
Next, is a textbook example of how NOT to sing in English. The lyrics to T-ara’s Yayaya mixes random English words with “sounds” that are supposed to mimic–what exactly? Native Americans? Something. Poor No Min-woo, he probably went through hell at the music video shooting. To top it off, the Korean lyrics don’t seem to make all that much sense, either.
“Yo ma Yo ma Lova Lova
Yo ma Yo ma Supa Nova
U Hee U U Hee
Oh Go it Go it Go it Go Go it Go Go it Go”
1. JYJ - Mission
The ‘Number One Abuse of English Award’ goes to one of my favourite bands, JYJ. As much as I love these guys for their vocal talents, their English lyrics writing skills are terribly lacking. While Mission’s main lyrics were written by JUNO (Kim Junsu‘s twin brother), the rap section was penned by Yoochun who, again, is supposed to speak English well. Really? In any case, I am just unable to make any sense of these lines at all. Some of them actually seem to suggest the use of Google Translate.
“Mission make it mission lets go mission make it make it go~
I must go make it mission lets go mission make it go~
I must go make it mission lets go mission make it go~
I want u screaming JYJ verse2
What’s that baby what u baby
Probably you’re money is unpublic
Try to save my life like a puppy & cream
Another hot movie character bumble bee treat me
like a slave & I pray is it Halloween
Trick or treats oh please
don’t even try to pull my head own you’re way
Brand new person,
A man? So fuck off no more talk
Yeah no another sounds can’t make it your body mores
Just one truth is without you’re mind
and you heart there is no me”
So, which song with nonsensical English lyrics is your favourite? Come on. You know you’ve got one. Tell us all about it in the comment section below.
Note: The views and opinions expressed in this article are solely of the reviewer and not of hellokpop as a whole.
U-KISS‘ Hoon is confirmed to make an appearance in Korean musical, When a Man Loves.
It is revealed that Hoon will be playing the role of Eunsoo, the male protagonist of the musical. It is his first attempt at a musical, so he has been rehearsing in ‘crazy mode’, not taking a single day off. Hoon himself also announced the good news on his Twitter to share his happiness with the fans.
While Hoon is preparing for his musical in Korea, fellow group members, Kevin and Soohyun, are also preparing for their upcoming musical, Summer Snow, in Japan.
In addition, veteran artist Brian Joo was also cast as Eunsoo in When A Man Loves. Hoon and Brian, sharing the casting, will perform on different dates. This is common practice in Korean musicals as to add variety to the performances and to ensure that each artist have their well deserved time off.
U-KISS made their return with their third full-length album, Collage, and successfully promoted in Malaysia for Twin Towers Alive. Check out our event coverage here.
오늘 뮤지컬 <남자가 사랑할때> 첫공연이 시작됬어요!! 정말 우리최고의 배우님들께서~ 감동적인 무대를 선보이셧데요~!!>_< 아~ 부담되용~ 더 열심히 해야짓! 우리 <남.사.때> Fighting~! twitter.com/HooN91y/status…
— Hoon (@HooN91y) April 6, 2013
“The first show of the musical <When A Man Loves’> has started today!! to the amazing actors~ for showing such emotional performance~!! ah~ feeling the pressure~ I have to work ever harder!”
Source: News & Photo: 첫사랑의 기억을 담은, 로맨틱 뮤지컬_ 남사때
Allen Kibum has finally launched his solo career on his home soil after his successful solo efforts in Japan!
We at hellokpop welcome Kibum back to the Korean music scene and wish him all the best in his solo career!
Get ready everyone, because the lineup for the 2013 Dream Concert has now been revealed!
The Dream Concert is an annual event in South Korea, in which a lot of idol groups participate. This year’s dream concert will be held at the Seoul World Cup Stadium on May 11, at 6:30PM KST.
The concert lineup includes Girls’ Generation, KARA, BEAST, T-ARA, SECRET, SHINee, SISTAR, INFINITE, 4Minute, U-KISS, ZE:A, EXO, RAINBOW, BTOB, SPEED, B1A4, Girls’ Day, Evol and VIXX. Groups 2PM and 2AM are still adjusting their schedules for the event. So, it is possible that they will be included as well. Please note that the lineup may change, depending on the artists’ schedules.
Is your favorite group a part of this year’s Dream Concert? Stay tuned to hellokpop for more updates about the event.
Originally scheduled on 1 and 2 February, U-KISS activities in Jakarta were postponed due to the consideration of the bad weather. Instead, on 1 February, Soohyun and Kevin represented U-KISS, came to Jakarta personally for a conference to explain and apologize to the fans for the postponement, as well as to attend a charity session which saw the group generously donate their albums and personal belongings to raise funds to help the flood victims. The two members later on also visited refugees in post Penjaringan, North Jakarta, showing their concern to them.
U-KISS Showcase & Fan Party in Jakarta will be held at Britama Arena Sportsmall on 27 April. The event will feature a lot of interactive activities such as games, signing, high-5 and hugging sessions.
For ticket information, log on to: oppaoppalive.com
Watch U-KISS’ video greeting to Indonesia KissMes here: