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Korea’s Two Sisters 한국의 둘씨스터즈

Master Lee doesn’t like Copyright issues (although he was a bit pissed off with Tony Jaa stealing his backward-looping double flip-kick), and so this video of ‘Arirang Moktong’ 아리랑목동 gets his full approval, even though the song is said to be composed by (the probably fairly lazy) Pak Chunsŏk 박준석 and not The Hague’s Shocking Blue, or even the later Bananarama. Read the rest of this entry »


Korean 7″ singles 한국의 7″ 싱글

1950s-single.jpgMaster Lee has noticed that it is common to use the word “single” when referring to a Korean hit song marketed separately. But is one such single actually brought out on vinyl or plastic? Nope, it isn’t. In fact all you will be able to purchase is an MP3-ed or MP4-ed audio or video file with the hit song. Read the rest of this entry »

The Korean Beatles: He5 or the Key Boys? 한국의 비틀즈: 히5 혹은 키보이스?

key-boys-k-apple-27-1971.jpgMaster Lee doesn’t care that much who the Korean Beatles were, but one thing is for sure: in the 1960s and early 1970s a few boy bands certainly tried to emulate the success of the British band (which certainly was great). Read the rest of this entry »

Koreans’ self-orientalism: The Kim Sisters 한국인의 자기화된 오리엔타리즘: 김씨스터즈

kim-sisters.jpgOkay, we know this is asking for trouble, but then even Chuck Norris apologizes to Master Lee, so I guess he doesn’t need to care… Now, what is a self-orientalising song? And why does Master Lee like to discuss them? Read the rest of this entry »

Recorded songs of the Korean War

Thank God for VictoryNope, there are no recordings of Korean songs directly dealing with the Korean War, so all that is left is a number of songs by cynical or optimistic Americans dealing with the horrors of the War. Read the rest of this entry »

He5 – ‘Merry Christmas Psychedelic Sound’ 사이키데릭 사운드

he5.jpg When Master Lee gets into the X-Mas spirit, this beauty by He5 (THL-80, 1969) – not to be confused with He6 – is among the albums he plays over and over. It contains mostly instrumental tracks, which is somewhat strange for a Christmas record, but it does allow the Master to sing along. Read the rest of this entry »

The Pearl Sisters 펄씨스터즈

pearl-sisters-1971.jpgIn the late 1960s and early 1970s the Pearl Sisters were fairly popular, partly because they had the genius of composer – and Korea’s granddaddy of Rock ‘n Roll – Shin Chunghyŏn (of Add 4 fame) behind them, but also because they looked much better than the competition and were often duly complimented on their legs. Read the rest of this entry »