Suddenly (with Choi Yooha)

Total Score: 3.20

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MV: n/a
Sound Quality: 3
Singing Quality: 3 (this is Kangin only, not Choi Yoonha, who is like a 7-8)
Contextual Fit: 2

Lyrics Only

Release Date: 10/15/2008

In late 2008, Kangin and Heechul both appeared in a South Korean stage production of Xanadu. Both of them alternated playing the protagonist, Sonny, who falls in love with Clio/Kira, played by Olivia Newton-John, I mean Choi Yooha. And as such, both of them put out songs on the official Xanadu OST; Kangin gets “Suddenly” (in which Sonny and Clio fawn about each other) (also, I have not seen the movie Xanadu but apparently Sonny was CLIFF RICHARD ughghghghghg), and Heechul gets “Don’t Walk Away”, which we’ll talk about tomorrow.

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사랑 참 아프다 (Love Really Hurts)

Total Score: 5.20

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MV: n/a
Sound Quality: 4
Singing Quality: 4
Contextual Fit: 5

Audio OnlyLyrics Only (the lyrics one is super low bitrate unfortunately)

Release Date: 09/30/2008

I said back on *shudder* “Are You Ready” that I thought Yesung might be the first solo artist from the group, but that wasn’t it because of TRAX. Turns out, yes, he really is. This is from the soundtrack to Tazza, a 2008 TV series based on a manhwa that also has had movies based on it. It’s about a good guy who is forced to become a successful gambler in order to clear his name, I think. Unfortunately, I don’t know enough about Tazza beyond the Wikipedia synopsis to have any idea what this song specifically is in reference to. But, let’s assume aforementioned good-guy protagonist has some sort of drama-filled romance and this song is for that. Continue reading

꿀단지 (Sunny)

Total Score: 6.80

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no, not that Sunny!

MV: n/a
Sound Quality: 5
Singing Quality: 7
Contextual Fit: 5

Lyrics Only

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.

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둘이 (You & I)

Total Score: 6.40

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MV: n/a
Sound Quality: 6
Singing Quality: 4
Contextual Fit: 5

Lyrics Only

Release Date: 05/05/2008

Oh hey it’s this song! I didn’t realize what song this was going to be, or even that this song was an SJ-Happy song; I just knew it as “the song that they taught the dance to the audience in one of the Super Shows, and it’s ‘ooo-eeeee, da da da da da ooo-eeee'”, haha. OK, so on “Cooking? Cooking!” when I said one of the non-single songs on this EP was a tour standard, I actually DIDN’T mean this one.  Continue reading

요리왕 (Cooking? Cooking!)

Total Score: 7.14

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MV: 7
Sound Quality: 7
Singing Quality: 6
Contextual Fit: 5

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Release Date: 05/05/2008

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Ileohge maseobseodo– (aniji!) Ileohge masisseodo– (geuleoji!)

Right on the heels of Super Junior-M’s debut album is Super Junior Happy’s debut (and only) EP, Cooking? Cooking! While Super Junior Happy only put out five songs ever–even SJ-T had a few songs later–two of them got music videos, and a third song became a tour standard. Super Junior Happy consists of Leeteuk, Kangin, Eunhyuk, Yesung, Sungmin, and Shindong. (So, assuming that SJ-M and SJ-Happy were recording at roughly the same time, since their debuts were a month apart, that means that Heechul and Kibum are the only two who didn’t participate in any of this. I’ll assume it’s because ACTING!) The entire premise of Super Junior Happy is CUTE AND BOUNCY AND HAPPY. If you missed Silly Super Junior, it’s back with a vengeance! And luckily for me, unlike the “Me” album, there were a CRAPTON of promo photos from this group! Continue reading

The One

Total Score: 2.40

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MV: n/a
Sound Quality: 3
Singing Quality: 3
Contextual Fit: 0

Release Date: 04/23/2008

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This song has nothing to do with “You Are The One”, despite reusing the phrase in the chorus, and instead is for the Beijing Olympics! Having trouble figuring out if this was an official song or not – it wasn’t THE official song, but if it’s anything like any other major sporting event there’s a whole album’s worth of official songs. Continue reading

这一秒 (The Moment)

Total Score: 4.80

me

no h8

 

MV: n/a
Sound Quality: 5
Singing Quality: 4
Contextual Fit: 3

Release Date: 04/23/2008

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I’ve kind of been in a writing rut lately, pushing myself forward due to “can’t give up on ANOTHER project” and also because I can see that songs I already have half-written posts in my head about are not that far off if I can just. get. there.!!! But here, as if to break my fall, is a song with PROBLEMS! Continue reading