Super Show 1: Part 4 of 5

Liveblogging Super Junior’s first concert tour! Follow along here. Parts 1, 2 and 3 are linked.

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Super Show 1: Part 1 of 5

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Hello all! (Yes, I recycled that header image from “Marry U” – it really is a SS1 promo image, but the white suits seemed appropriate for that song/video.) This week, we’re going to cover Super Show 1, the first tour that Super Junior did, stopping in Seoul, Bangkok, Shanghai, Nanjing, and Chengdu, from February 2008 through March 2009. (There’s a huge gap in there – the second half of the tour is the Chinese part and two subunits debuted during the gap. This was only a total of 10 tour dates.)

My copy of Super Show 1 is about 2 hrs 40 minutes long, so I’m going to split it up into 5 chunks of 30-ish minutes and review/commentate across 5 days. It nicely works out this week to be Monday-Friday, though I’m planning on doing all six Super Shows and it’s not likely that’ll happen that way in the future.

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갈증 (A Man In Love) (with bonus remix)

Total Score: 7.60

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

Lyrics Only | Remix Lyrics OnlyLive (lipsynced, remix, SS1 2008)

Release Date: 11/05/2007

Hey, remember when we listened to “Dancing Out” and I went “hey holy crap, this is the first SJ song that actively sounds like a good song?” Here’s the next one! “A Man In Love” was released as one of the four (?) new tracks from the Don’t Don repackage, which had softer, more friendly cover art. Four with a question mark because it sort of depends on how you count it: it’s the “Marry U” remix that is identical to the album original but with new vocals for Shindong and Hangeng, this song, a remix of this (which I’ll discuss briefly here but which I won’t score), and “The Girl Is Mine” (up next). And also, if it was the Japanese edition, it has the Japanese version of “Marry U” tacked on the end. Check out that cover art with KANGIN PECS up there, why don’t ya. Continue reading

You’re My Endless Love (말하자면)

Total Score: 6.80

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MV: n/a
Sound Quality: 7
Singing Quality: 7
Contextual Fit: 3

Lyrics Only (using an old pre-Kyuhyun pic, grr) | Live (from SS1, really live)

Release Date: 09/20/2007

“You’re My Endless Love” is a song that is not entirely sure what it is. First verse, pretty straightforward ballad with a little kick. First chorus and onward, UK 2-step, or something like it (that’s what the drum pattern reminds me of). Kibum/Eunhyuk rap break, guitar riffs lifted out of “Happiness.”

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소원이 있나요 (Sapphire Blue)

Total Score: 3.60 (because I’m mad at it)

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MV: n/a
Sound Quality: 3
Singing Quality: 4
Contextual Fit: 2

Lyrics Only | Live (From SS2, actually live and featuring silly hats)

Release Date: 09/20/2007

The second track off Don’t Don is, drumroll please, the first ELF tribute song they ever did, I think. It’s a love song, that has nothing to do with blue or explicitly with ELF anywhere in it, but that’s clearly what the title was meant to imply. Yes, this cheerful, smiley pop song immediately follows “Don’t Don” on the track listing, which is befuddling, but I am not reviewing Don’t Don as an album, so that’s just an aside. But hey – another day, another SJ song that actually audibly has everyone on it! Wooo!

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돈돈 (Don’t Don)

Total Score: 6.28

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

MV | Live (Kyuhyun’s live comeback, sort of)

Release Date: 09/20/2007

“Don’t Don” is the lead single from Super Junior’s second album, also called Don’t Don. The album featured alternate cover art of Kangin’s artistically buzzed head and as a whole aimed for a manlier, more aggressive sound. In terms of sound, the song “Don’t Don” has more in common with the rock-rap of “Twins” than with the cheerful pop of “Dancing Out” or any of the songs that have gotten higher scores here, but it’s a bit better than “Twins”, and sure as hell better than Yesung’s sad solo attempt at rock.

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Wonder Boy

Total Score: 5.14

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MV: 6
Sound Quality: 4
Singing Quality: 5
Contextual Fit: 3

Release Date: 07/26/2007

MV | Live (not good, with Leeteuk in place of Hangeng and Donghae (who already sings a lot of this) replacing Heechul)

I am convinced, given how much Attack on the Pin-Up Boys seemed to actively resent its target audience, that this came from some alternate universe where that movie wasn’t terrible. Is it an amazing song? No. But it absolutely nails the “teen/high school movie soundtrack” sound. The lyrics on the other hand probably make sense from a general Korean cultural standpoint (they seem to place much less value than we do on hypermasculinity in the American sense), but do not make any sense in the context of the movie this came from.

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FILM: Attack on the Pin-Up Boys

Total Score: No Score Because Not A Song But Trust Me It’s Bad

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In an effort to pad out the number of posts, since songs that I thought were SJ solo songs, or SJ feat. Other Person, are turning out to be Other Person feat. SJ, I decided to write up Super Junior’s movie, Attack on the Pin-Up Boys. This was produced by Lee Soo Man (of course) and written by Park Yeonseon, who has written several other K-dramas and movies. Why would Super Junior get their own non-documentary feature film, you might ask, when they had not even existed for two full years yet and they weren’t even up to their second album? How exactly short was the production time on this, given that it was released July 2007, Kyuhyun’s accident was in April 2007, and Kyuhyun isn’t in this due to accident? These are all damn good questions! Because this movie is fucking awful! Spoilers under the cut. (It’s a ten year old movie, but you never know.)

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