SBS held a special concert to celebrate some of the “guilty joys” of K-pop that were back in the spotlight recently!
On October 2nd, SBS broadcast a Chuseok special with the playful title “The Songs-That-You-Listen-To-In-Hiding Concert”. The show was dedicated to previous hits that have recently regained popularity in Korea – but are also notorious for being “guilty joys” that people are sometimes embarrassed to hear if caught listening.
Members of T-ara, SS501, U-KISS, and Teen Top encouraged people to “get out of hiding” and confidently enjoy these songs outdoors, and got together with Brown Eyed Girls. Narsha performing some of their old hits for the first time in years.
Narsha kicked off the show with her 2010 solo track “Bbi-Ri-Bop-A”, commenting, “I’m moved by the fact that I’m actually singing this song again. I’m playing this song for the first time in 10 years on the Stage. “
Teen Top then performed their 2011 hit “No More Perfume on You,” which features some crowning lyrics in which the narrator tells a woman not to use perfume because “my girlfriend may catch me”.
Changjo remembered with a laugh: “I’m the youngest member of the group and at the time I didn’t know what the lyrics meant. After I found out I was really embarrassed and ashamed.”
The group also performed their energetic dance track “Rocking” in 2013.
U-KISS was next with a performance of their 2009 breakthrough hit “Man Man Ha Ni”, which K-pop groups frequently feature. Soohyun commented, “Thank you [this show]I was able to perform with Kevin for the first time in a long time. To be honest, I was really moved to tears. “
The members of Teen Top and U-KISS then teamed up for an entertaining collaboration between U-KISS’s 2010 song “Shut Up” and SS501s Kim Kyu Jong admiringly commented: “They really seem like a group.”
T-ara played both her 2011 hit “Roly Poly” and her 2012 title track “Sexy Love” and was praised by choreographer Bae Yoon Jung (best known for her appearance on Mnet’s “Produce” series). The choreographer noted, “As always, you can’t talk about dancing without mentioning T-ara. Your songs are so great too.”
Finally, SS501 ended the show with a performance of their legendary 2008 hit “U R Man,” known in Korea as the catchy tune with a catchy hook that won’t get out of your head during exam time.
After discovering that many people mistakenly believe the song’s title was “I’m Your Man” (a phrase that is repeated in the choir several times), Heo Young Saeng revealed, “That’s what I told the composer of the song back then, Da if the lyrics are “I am your man” people will remember this song as “I am your man” so we have to choose “I am your man” for the title. But the composer always disagreed and said that the title had to be “U R Man”. “
“I always insisted on it, but he stubbornly stuck to ‘U R Man’ until the end,” lamented Heo Young Saeng.
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