Category Archives: Block B

The things you discover….

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My sister was wondering why, in the Bastarz cover of “An Alley,” U-Kwon pulls out a lint roller and rolls himself. I was like, Well, I know he says “cat” in there, but I don’t know what the rest of it is–maybe I’ll get around to translating it one day, but probably someone else will translate it first.

And low and behold, JBTC did translate it–but the translation makes it sound like U-Kwon is singing complete nonsense.

Now, it certainly wouldn’t too shocking if U-Kwon just decided to do something like that, but YDG was singing along during the broadcast, and he’s totally the kind of guy to do that sort of thing, too, so I looked up the 2002 version of the song and found that part.

Then I Googled “Kim SuHan Moo” (and lets just be grateful I didn’t start with “Yang SuHan Moo,” otherwise I’d still be lost) and discovered what is actually going on–it’s a tongue twister!

Awesome!

You want to know something: Stuff like this is exactly what sucked me into Korean entertainment in the first place.

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Of course I love this too

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And once again we see Bastarz, a unit with two rappers and two dancers, magically showmanship itself into a unit with three rappers and three dancers!

There’s also just a lot to be learned here about doing a cover performance. For starters, they took a solo song and very naturally made it into a song for three people–so much so that I was wondering if YDG had other people on the original song. He didn’t. (I should note in the interest of accuracy that YDG’s song is a remake of this song–which is really old skool.):

Giving the bridge to B-Bomb lets P.O back him up, which both works with the original sound and covers for B-Bomb’s soft voice and limited experience as a rapper.

And they don’t just play up the whole retro-80s thing in the choreography, they actually reference some of YDG’s performances:

So they did a really good job on a lot of levels!

ETA: I have to add that I have often wondered if U-Kwon can still do this:

And you can see that he doesn’t get down quite as far these days–but then again, he’s doing it as part of a choreography where he has to get back up out of it (with P.O’s help) very quickly. So…maybe age is taking a toll on our favorite mutant, or maybe it’s just that it wasn’t practical for him to go down all the way. Hard to say. (Yeah, he’s probably just getting old. I can dream, though.)

EATA: You can get the song on iTunes! (How am I supposed to fit that onto BlockB.com when Taeil’s song just came out? Everyone’s being too industrious!)

E(one more time!)TA: I thought P.O’s rap at the 1:50 mark rang a bell:

Still love this song!

(This post is like a Festival of Tangents, isn’t it?)

Burning down Yonsei University

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Zico had an awesome set there, and a fan cammer was in a good position to catch it–definitely check it out, there’s a lot more than I’m putting here.

It actually started as the sort of performance Sponsored by Technical Difficulties.

Then they moved that computer!

The whole performance is great, but what’s really cool is that there were different cammers, so you can see Zico have the audience practice The Wave here:

And then do it during “Boys and Girls” here:

And watch the audience singing along to “Turtle Ship”:

Hee!

ETA: Ooh! Someone has a half-hour version here; I haven’t watched it through yet, but I would think that would be the entire set!

EATA: I watched it, and it was awesome. Also, this:

Whee!

Cool performances

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Whoo! I really like this one, I think because they all have the skills and experience to play off each other in performance. It’s that exact quality that I think is missing from your standard idol-group performance, so it was nice to see it on a television broadcast. There’s a lot of good musicianship out there!

(Plus, hee:

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That’s the kind of honeywand I have! Minis forever!)

And as I was poking through the Mnet YouTube channel, I realized that Penomeco has been hitting it out of the park lately!

Wow! Remember back when nobody would bother to credit him on fancams? Go boy!

ETA: Oh, well, this one REALLY takes the cake!

So much is going on….

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I’ve been very busy, and the members of Block B are very busy, so I feel like I’m constantly a half-step behind.

They finally put out the cover art for the new Japanese best-of album, so that’s up on Blockb.com now.

Taeil is doing a TV show:

Zico is doing a TV show, performing at about a million university festivals, and showing up at Swing’s concert unannounced:

(Although when it comes to surprise appearances, he’ll never really top this:

If you didn’t know, Zico did the “Mallow-Mallow-Mallow-yeah” bit in the original song–although be warned that the video came out back when IU had the incredibly creepy Sexy Baby image.)

U-Kwon is getting ready for his musical, Park Kyung is about to start a new season of his TV show, B-Bomb is doing his play, T2U’s second Japanese tour is coming right up, and P.O is doing whatever the fuck this is:

Seriously, I have no idea….