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Old 02-17-2011, 08:30 PM   #1
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Asian Pop/Rock (And Connections to U2)

I've been reading interference for a while and been dying to ask if anyone here listens to any Asian
pop music, be it KPop, JPop, CPop, etc.

maybe names like Wonder Girls, Utada Hikaru, Jay Chou, Seo Taiji, DBSK, Girls' Generation, Leehom Wang,
Rain, Koda Kumi or KARA sound familiar?

U2 is my favorite artist but sometimes I need some grooves like Big Bang and 2NE1 to get me goin'.
It would be so wild to see if there are others who can make the U2 and Asian Pop connection.

It's an odd but fair question in the spirit of "beaming across borders," as Bono once said in a ZooTV interview.
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And some connections between Asian artists and U2 that I've dug up over some time.
(I'm Korean so most of these are Korean artists, if anyone knows more please add!):

Kang Hyun Min of Korean rock band Loveholic, Teru of Japanese Rock Band GLAY and KPop singer Lena Park all list U2 as influences.

• People probably know about Sunhwa Jung (the little kid) playing With or Without You fingerpicked.

Faye Chan of Taiwanese Band FIR is a huge U2 fan.

• Popular Korean Actress Kim Hye Soo is a fan, and named one of her dogs The Edge! (Link is in Korean)

• Will.i.Am is producing the international debut album of Korean girl group 2NE1, probably at the same time he's working on U2's new album. (Link)

Jaeson Ma, a pastor/rapper who is involved in the Asian Pop Scene, is a fan and went to the Soldier Field Chicago U2360 show.

• Korean Band Cherry Filter once had a website link to U2.com, and they have one song, "Touch The Ruins Inside Me", that has an undeniably Edge-style delay riff: link

• Covers: Some are pretty decent, it's def. interesting to hear.
Utada Hikaru's Cover of With Or Without YouYoon Do Hyun and Kim Sarang GLAY Korean Singer Yi Sung Yol's Cover of One
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No need to be intimidated

I'm not familiar with any of the bands you mentioned. The last Asian band that I've ever listened to was Shonen Knife and even then, I only knew a couple songs.
Oh, theres also that song that goes "Woohooo woo hoo hoooo wooohooo woo hoo hoo". I think they're Japanese.

Anyway, maybe post some Youtube links or something to the bands you mentioned
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Thanks for your kind reply! Makes me feel at ease. Shonen Knife have got some good stuff, I'll be adding Youtube links any minute.
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Shonen Knife was awesome (I saw them back in the early 90's), but you never got into Pizzicato Five?

YouTube - Pizzicato 5 "Baby Portable Rock" (Mexican Rock Mix) HD 1996


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^I've never heard that, but I like it
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Shonen Knife was awesome (I saw them back in the early 90's), but you never got into Pizzicato Five?

YouTube - Pizzicato 5 "Baby Portable Rock" (Mexican Rock Mix) HD 1996


I've never heard of them but this is pretty sweet!
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I also like these guys

YouTube - U900 -Walk Don't Run (Isogabamaware)

again, I only know a couple songs
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YouTube - U900 -Diamond Head
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Those two music videos sum up so much about Asia to me: you've gotta have your cute animal characters!
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Utada Hikaru did a fantastic cover of With or Without You years back (which I guarantee Glay were trying to capitalize on). This is the only decent video link I can find of it, just wait for it to start.

With Or Without You (Live)_在线视频观看_土豆网视频 With Or Without You 宇多田光
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Utada Hikaru did a fantastic cover of With or Without You years back (which I guarantee Glay were trying to capitalize on). This is the only decent video link I can find of it, just wait for it to start.

With Or Without You (Live)_在线视频观看_土豆网视频 With Or Without You 宇多田光
Thank you so much for finding that, I'll add it to the list if you don't mind. I can't find this on YouTube anymore.
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I believe it was pulled for copyright reasons, you can only find audio links on Youtube now.

Completely unrelated to U2 wise.... While I suppose they could have been considered an American group, even though their singers were Japanese, I remember thinking this was one of the funniest things ever when I first saw it on 120 Minutes back in the day:

YouTube - Cibo Matto - Know Your Chicken (Video)
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I believe it was pulled for copyright reasons, you can only find audio links on Youtube now.

Completely unrelated to U2 wise.... While I suppose they could have been considered an American group, even though their singers were Japanese, I remember thinking this was one of the funniest things ever when I first saw it on 120 Minutes back in the day:
Just from looking at the awful font of those titles, I knew this was going to
be the most surreal thing I've seen all day. Totally fits with the videos Jive Turkey posted.
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Cibo Matto were actually relatively "popular", at least in the then alternative / indie circles.

I lived in Japan for a few years in the late '90's. I admittedly didn't listen to a ton of J-pop though, so I really only knew what was on the radio at the moment. Not surprisingly, essentially none of those groups are still popular. This song was literally on the radio constantly, and you heard it every where you went for half a year. It's actually sorta hard to listen to for me because of that, as it brings back weird memories:

Kiroro - 'Nagai Aida'
YouTube - 長い間/KIRORO

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