K-pop 101: #16 retro edition

by: Jeffrey posted: 3 years ago



Wonder girls – I feel you

Let’s start with the queens of the retro concept: Wonder girls. There is no group that does the retro concept as well as them. They have released songs that sound like they came straight from the 60s, 70s and 80s. Not saying they release old music, because the quality still sounds like it’s from our own era. Wonder Girls are one of the few groups to have major success in the United States. They released several English versions of their songs and toured with the Jonas Brothers, back in 2009, for a total of 45 concerts. Afterwards they had their own tour in 2010 through the US and Canada with a total of 20 shows. After a haitus since February 2013 the girls returned in August 2015 with the single “I feel you”.


JYP – Still alive

If Wonder Girls are the queens of the retro concept, then JYP is the king. He’s been around for a long time and debuted back in 1992 with Park Jin-Young and the new Generation. This lasted only for two years and didn’t see much success. Afterwards he debuted as a solo artist and he was successful. With a total of 24 years of experience in the music industry and his own entertainment company you could say he is one of the most successful artists in K-pop. The funny thing is, is that he confessed to auditioning for SM entertainment and he didn’t make it. What would have happened if he did join the company? I can only imagine.


Spica – You don’t love me

I have mentioned Spica before and said they are quite underrated. This is still true in my opinion and they deserve much more attention, as their vocals are amazing. Not only that, but their music videos are visually very stimulating. The camerawork and editing are top notch. The music videos grab your attention and don’t let you go until they are over. Their music often has that retro vibe, but not as much as “You don’t love me” has. The song is inspired by 60s soul music and was a collaboration with Lee Hyori, just like their previous music video “Tonight”. The lyrics were written by one of the members hersel, Kim Boa, together with Lee Hyori.


Topp Dogg – Annie

I can tell you that it is very difficult to find a male group that has done a retro concept. It’s a concept mostly done by girl groups. Eventually I found one and although it doesn’t sound very retro, it definitely looks retro, because of the style and outfits. The music video is “Annie” by Topp Dogg. The song was released for their first anniversary and that’s also what Annie stands for. The group currently has their own web series through Soompi called Topp Dogg All-kill. They also collaborated for quite a few videos with Youtubers like ChoNunMigookSaram, and Bapmokja and Haeppy.


Mamamoo, eSNa – AHH OOP!

There are no suitable words to express how much I love Mamamoo. Their vocals are one of the best in the entire K-pop industry. Visually they are pretty good looking as well and top that of with a dorkiness that is not seen in any other group and you have one of my favourite girl groups. The thing about them is they don’t take themselves too seriously and they know how to have fun. This shines through in everything they do. Their music has a style that is also not done by any other group. I dare you to find a group or some songs that have a similar style as them. I can’t find any.


Next time will be the last in the music genres of K-pop series. I will prove to you that almost any music style can fall under K-pop.


Yours sincerely,


Dr. Hallyu

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