I distinctly remember when Twice’s first single “Like OOH-AHH(OOH-AHH하게)” was unleashed upon Earth.
I guess I should write this review a few months ago, shouldn’t I? Anyway, in our mapping out the (not so comprehensive) history of boybands (and girlbands), and particularly the history of NKOTB, i. e. New Kids On The Block (for those of you born too late to register them), we’re coming to the now usual staple of modern mainstream music – Christmas album.
Red Velvet – you know, I come from the heavy metal scene. I totally never heard of Red Velvet until today because I am only into extreme underground raw metal. I would never listen to Korean pop music. I’m just too cool for that. I would rather sit and talk about black metal bands with other agoraphobic rejects on the internet. Wahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! Music that sounds different than muh precious! My guys wearing makeup and leather pants going “goo goo” into a microphone with limited talents! My precious ooga-booga banging on pots n’ pans and shit!
It’s funny when you think about how NKOTB could end up as one of the many groups who simply didn’t make it. The debut album was viewed as a failure, but they were given one more chance…how they fared?
Today we‘re going to make a very big step, nah, a gigantic leap from the domain of mostly underground extreme music (and ocassional peek into the mainstream) and land in the territory of boybands. Yes, I‘ve said it – boybands. Hated by majority of male music enthusiasts, loved, adored and idolized by tens of thousands mostly teenage girls, one can‘t argue the commercial success of the big ones warrants our attention. The Rubber Axe is dedicated to all kinds of music, so obviously, we‘ll cover this one as well, but we will try to notice also the „mechanics“ beyond those bands too. And, frankly speaking, growing older, some of the songs just fill me with a good dose of nostalgia (because I‘ve never dated a girl who was listening to „Spiritual Healing“, you know).
First off let me say that I have never heard Korean pop music, but someone gifted me this album and I decided to review it.
There might be other albums to start Bubble-gums & Lollipops section in the Rubber Axe webzine‘s music reviews, but one thing is for sure – with an exception of the undiscovered and uncontacted tribes from the jungle, I think almost everyone on the planet Earth is aware of Britney Spears. Nope, we can‘t start with anyone else.