Total Score: 6.80
Sound Quality: 5
Singing Quality: 7
Contextual Fit: 5
Release Date: 05/05/2008
SUNNY SUNNY SUNNY I LOVE YOU I NEEEED YOU (I NEEEED YOOOOU)
Despite not being a single, and despite being by a subunit that only had five songs ever, this song is so associated with Super Junior that it pops up on non-Korean/non-ELF lyrics aggregator sites. I can’t say for sure that they’ve performed it at every Super Show, but probably most of them. It’s also one hell of an earworm.
I swear when Super Junior performs this live they do it at least 10 BPM faster. It is completely a run-around-the-stage-being-silly kind of song. This is actually possibly the first time I’ve ever heard the studio version outside of background music.
Something about the melody in the verses sounds vaguely traditional Japanese pop (or maybe Korean). Maybe it’s not even the melody; it’s how they’re singing it, like the amount of sliding up into pitches they do on lines like “nan neomu goonggeumhaeyo goongeumhae.” I’d say “trot” but it’s not that, it’s more disco-y. Sungmin gets the “I love you, I neeeed/waaant yoooou”s and imbues them with as much starry-eyed sincerity as he can muster. Whoever is doing that falsetto in the choruses sounds almost chipmunky; it makes me wonder if it was pitched up in post-production. Or if they got female backing singers, I guess.
And honestly as a song goes, the way this is written is pretty fillery, sparkly and twinkly in a sort of repetitively driving way, but it is performed so, um, “sunnily.” The quantity of backing vocals on “YES I LOVE YOU” and lines like “nan geudaeui noyega dwegopa!” helps with the party sound of the whole thing, but funnily enough, it also adds to the recurring issue I’ve been talking about, where it’s weird to have so many guys all dating the same girl; it now sounds like there’s 20-30 of them. Also, I’ve had this song stuck in my head for at least three days now.
Given that SJ-Happy and SJ-M came out so close together and were probably set up at around the same time, like “half of you are in one group and half in the other,” I wonder whether the emphasis was more on the M or on the Happy. It would make business sense for the emphasis to be on M and for Happy to be the leftovers, but putting Shindong, Sungmin in his mega-aegyo era, Leeteuk, and Eunhyuk in a group with a theme of “happy” was a brilliant idea because the four of them are so damn good at it.
One more SJ-Happy song to go, and then this surprisingly well-performing subunit is gone!