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    Seo Tai Ji

    Post by Anca on Mon Nov 17, 2008 2:37 am


    born on 21.2.72, he's a legendary korean singer and musician. his popularity level in korea in 90 was comparable with michael's jackson in the middle of 80.

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    Re: Seo Tai Ji

    Post by Anca on Mon Dec 08, 2008 12:26 pm

    At the age of 15, after quitting 10th grade, after getting bad grades because of his obsession of music, and after a month of begging on his knees to his father to drop out of high school so that he could pursue his music career, Jung Hyun-Chul (Tai-ji) participated in several amateur rock bands. In 1990, at the age of 17, he was recruited into the metal band Sinawe (시나위 pronounced shee-nah-wee).


    'Seo Tai-ji & Boys' Explode
    After the break up of Sinawe in 1991, Tai-ji switched gears and formed the dance group Seo Tai-ji & Boys (서태지와 아이들) with dancers Lee Ju-no (이주노) and Yang Hyeon-seok (양현석).

    The introduction of the first Seo Tai-ji and Boys album announced a complete shift in the focus of popular Korean music that is still felt today. Their first single, "Nan Arayo" (난 알아요, "I Know") was a hugely successful hit, being one of the first songs in K-Pop to meld contemporary dance sounds with urban-influenced rap lyrics.

    The sound of Seo Tai-ji and Boys' albums was constantly evolving. The first album was very dance-oriented, while the second album began to display more hard rock and heavy metal influences, but still remaining mostly a dance album. The first single from their second album, "Hayeoga" (하여가), which means "Anyhow Song", combined heavy metal sounds with traditional sounds of the taepyeongso, a traditional Korean wind instrument.

    The third album switched gears to being much more heavy metal and rock driven. The danceable tunes are nearly non-existent. Instead, songs such as the extremely controversial Gyosil Idea (교실 이데아, Classroom Idea) with an impressive death grunt backvocal by Ahn Heung-Chan (안흥찬) of Crash took center stage. Gyosil Idea was extremely critical of the Korean education system and its brainwashing of the youth of Korea. Accusations began to fly about Seo Tai-ji and Boys. They were accused of backwards masking Satanist messages in their songs. Taiji said that when he listened to the parts of the songs that were seen as satanist messages in reverse, he noticed that the supposedly satanist messages were only little similar to what some people designated it as.

    Not backing down, Seo Tai-ji and Boys' fourth album exploded with more controversial songs. Come Back Home was a foray into Korean gangster rap. Shidaeyugam (시대유감, "Regret of the Times") was nearly banned by the Korean Performance Ethics Committee(한국공연윤리위원회, present is '한국영상물관리위원회'[Korean Video Management Committee]) for having lyrics that were considered not appropriate to the young listeners (at this moment, his fans were working hard to abolish the 'System of precensorship'(사전심의제), so this system was abolished on July 1996.)

    Seo Tai-ji and Boys broke up in 1996 after four wildly successful studio and two hugely popular live albums. Tai-ji disappeared from the music scene for the next two years, moving to New York City, living a low profile life, and working on his come-back.

    In 1998, Tai-ji returned to the music scene with his first solo album, Seo Tai-ji. His self-produced album continued with his long established sound of mixing contemporary American rock and pop music with Korean vocals. His comeback album was a huge success; he sold more than a million copies.

    In 2000, Tai-ji exploded with his another hugely popular sixth album, Ultramania (울트라맨이야). With his new band, he blasts out an album with hardcore, crashing metal tracks. "Ultramania (울트라맨이야)," "Internet War (인터넷 전쟁)," and "Tank" were all huge successes. With the release of his new album, Tai-ji embarked on his first Korean tour since 1996 playing to sold out crowds.

    Ultramania was re-released in 2002 with remastered tracks and featured live Tai-ji tracks from the 2002 ETPFEST.

    In early 2004, after almost four years, Tai-ji's first all new album, 7th Issue, was released.

    Early November 2007, Seo Taiji announced that he will release a commemorative 7-disc 15th anniversary limited edition album on the date of his first debut(11/29). The number of albums being sold is said to be 15000 exact. This announcement sparked massive pre-orders, and the album is said to have been sold out in one minute after online reservation was available. This special release is considered a lead up to his next much anticipated album which will be released in May 2008.

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