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To My Boyfriend

To my boyfriend – Fin.K.L

Part of me wishes i had relented and gotten more into Starcraft in school because then i might have had a head start on this stuff. The name Fin.K.L seemed so recognisable to me when i heard it jumping into this when i did, and i think it’s because of pop up ads and other mess found at internet cafes, Korean-run as they all seem to be. Forever Love seemed like the most familiar song in the world when i heard it (again?). But would have i been ready for it back then? I say yes, and possibly more fanatically. Though the paths of fan subtitling and streaming video weren’t open then, and still barely are for K-pop pre-2009. I guess i just would have spent a lot of time in internet cafes. A lot more time in internet cafes.

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Forever Love

Forever love – Fin.K.L

Fin.K.L JJANG!! Korean pop groups do have a certain way with naming themselves. At least the English iterations of their names. Abbreviations that unbundle into capsules of such strong, concentrated, impassioned meaning that attain a perfection unreachable by a native English speaker, and the barriers they would put up to what sense would deem inappropriate and maybe a little crazy. Fin.K.L means “Fin Killing Liberty”, meaning “end those who oppress all freedom.” Wow.

How perfect is that? Who gives if certain stretches have to be made to get logic out of it – it is cool. It sounds cool, it carries something cool, it gives that cool to the fans who imbue themselves with that meaning and who believe in it. Some people cringe at these names, and would never want any meaning to be read into them. What empty, restrained lives. Fin.K.L may be the best pop group name ever, though “High-five of Teenagers” is up there.

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To My Boyfriend

To my boyfriend – Fin.K.L

I wonder about the correlation of this early wave of K-pop coming out after the Asian Financial Crisis, and the explosive international success of K-pop after the Global Financial Crisis and Asia’s relative, moderate safety during the latter after the lessons learned of the former. And the music and the larger Hallyu Wave’s small part in South Korean recovery and economic growth; it’s place and success firstly in Asia, and the boldness with which it is now being pushed beyond. This is ripe. It’s probably well researched and academia-ed. If so, can someone direct me to some publications.

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To My Boyfriend

To my boyfriend – Fin.K.L

The genesis. Not alone, and there was teen-directed pop music in Korea before this, but Fin.K.L and other groups like them born from a similar time and similar commercial urgency were really the first wave of K-pop. And it so evidently was. It’s so amazing to see now how ingrained to memory these groups and these songs are among Korean people today.* – how important they were, and how much of an arrival it was and the sense of identity it brought.

It seems so quaint to look at it now, everything not as perfected, the simple dances, the outfits, etc. It goes to show how long ago the late 90’s/early 00’s were. A generation ago. Really. And that generation grew up and became today’s stars. It is a little more polished now, many lessons have been learned, but the same impetus and effect drives it. See how dated everything here looks in 2020, and the groups then who are only children now – dreams shaped, lives changed, hearts struck by today’s.

* this is gleaned from the many videos of this song and others of this wave i’ve seen performed now and what they trigger in the audience and performers alike. Of course not every Korean person, but there is a palpable sense of the meaning and effect this met with many a person’s youth.

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