2015

More music! Three upbeat songs from Kim Bum Soo

Korean singer Kim Bum Soo in a screen grab from a 1995 video for Happy End.

Korean singer Kim Bum Soo in a screen grab from a 1995 video for Happy End.

I hereby declare today to be “Musical Monday,” so I can share more songs. These are from Kim Bum Soo (김범수). From what I can see on the Internet, he is a very popular guy who has recorded many, many songs, mostly slow, sad ballads for TV dramas or films. They have names like Song of Sorrow, I Miss You, Lonely, Sun Sets In My Heart. Oh, dear!

Now and then I might be in the mood for that kind of thing, but I prefer his more upbeat tunes. I assume that they have a happy message, but who knows, really? There are a lot of salsa songs out there with melodies that sound happy – but the lyrics say something like “You broke my heart and I feel so sad, so bad.”

Anyway, I like this video for Happy End because it has a catchy, propulsive beat that really pulls me in, even though I have no idea what the song is about. (Korean-speaking readers, please feel free to tell me! And please send links to lyrics – hangul, romanized or translated, if you know of any. Thanks!)

In terms of visual quality, the video leaves something to be desired, but what can you do? It was made way back in 1995, though I’m wondering if it might have been doctored to look older on purpose.

I can’t make up my mind if the way Kim Bum Soo plays around with the old fashioned microphone is a good thing or a bad thing. Somehow, it’s both hypnotic and distracting for me. Nice suit he’s wearing, don’t you think?

I bet this is a great car radio song! But since I don’t have a car, I’ll have to wait until the next time I’m out with friends or family members who do have a vehicle and are willing to let me play this.

There are two versions of Happy End on Kim Bum Soo’s album Guardian Angel, which was released in the 1990s. You can find them on iTunes. “Edit version” of Happy End here, and the, um, regular version of Happy End here.

Kim Bum Soo Guardian Angel at iTunes
I also like this song, 너의 시작으로, which does not seem to have an “official” English name. I’ve seen it translated as Start With Your in one place, and Starting With Yours elsewhere.

Finally, here’s Kim Bum Soo and Park Hyo Shin trying to prove who has the bigger range while they have fun with a song called Muje (Untitled). Really.

If you want to know more about Kim Bum Soo, you could read this Wikipedia entry. It’s far from comprehensive though, since it does not even mention the Guardian Angel album, and claims that he has been “active” starting in 1999.

Korean singer Kim Bum Soo has made many records.

Korean singer Kim Bum Soo has made many records.

2 replies »

  1. Thanks, Jessica! It did tale me a VERY long time to find Happy End. The fact tha it was mispelled didn’t help either! Yeah, I think his voice is great, too. I wish he would record some more ” lively” tunes, for lack of a better word, as opposed to concentrating on the ones that sound so very depressing (to my ears).

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