Norazo VS DJ Ozma
October 10, 2009 7:56 PM   Subscribe

In this corner, Norazo from Korea, singing about Superman, risking one's life, and that wonderful fish the mackerel (sung in an actual fish market). And in the other, DJ Ozma from Japan, singing about Spiderman, drinking, and Age Age Every Night (videos may be NSFW). posted by needled (10 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Norazo's Superman with English subtitles.
posted by needled at 8:22 PM on October 10, 2009

NSFW would stand for Nice Shoes, Fans & WHAAAAA?!?
posted by wendell at 8:29 PM on October 10, 2009


You didn't say "FIGHT!"
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 8:57 PM on October 10, 2009

When I was a kid, I was obsessed why movies never showed anyone taking a shit. Given that everyone does it, fairly often, why is it that they never do it on film or TV?

A few years ago, I started watching Korean movies and I don't think I've ever seen one that doesn't show someone taking a shit -- often numerous times. Usually with comic facial expressions and sound effects.

It seems this interest is so great that people think it's a good idea to include a good dump in the Korean music videos. Presumably it's all the Kimchee? I guess it my main dietary item consisted of fermented cabbage, I'd be obsessed with the state of my bowels as well?
posted by PeterMcDermott at 11:53 PM on October 10, 2009

Yay, another needled kpop post!

Although this time for this post, I can't say that any of the music fits my ears. It all sounds like disco/techno-ed up massive-entertainment-company-funded stuff to me, unfortunately, and it's not even catchy. Norazo's songs seem to all be channeling Coyote's Soonjung (코요테 - 순정) in some way or another -- try humming the main chorus of Soonjung on top of one of Norazo's songs and it all seems to fit together. That song was from 1996, mind you!

Also, just wanted to point out that the 'Age Age Every Night' by DJ Ozuma is a straight-up cover of DJ DOC's Run to You.

Regardless, thanks for the post, needled. I'm lookin' forward to your next one!
posted by suedehead at 12:39 AM on October 11, 2009

Both Norazo and DJ Ozma are making fun of the "massive-entertainment-company-funded stuff" by attaching ridiculous lyrics, visuals, or both, to music that sounds like the entertainment company stuff. In DJ Ozma's case he does this while signed to a major label, Avex. Norazo was eking out a living in the fringes of the Korean entertainment scene until hitting it big with "Superman" last year - the song has also been a tremendous hit in the Korean karakoke charts.

DJ Ozma has covered a couple of DJ DOC songs, including "Run to You" as pointed out. The "Age Age Every Night" performance linked to is the infamous Uta Gassen one (think the whole family gathered round to watch a New Year's countdown special, like they've been doing for years, and then encountering this performance - many Japanese viewers were not amused).

And the common thread between Norazo and Coyote - Trot!!! (Seriously, Korean trot music deserves a post all its own but I feel it's too big a subject for me)
posted by needled at 7:09 AM on October 11, 2009

I think Ozmo might be some kinda genius. The other guy, not so much.
posted by empath at 10:45 AM on October 11, 2009

Go Reds!!!
posted by cazoo at 6:20 PM on October 11, 2009

Ah, okay. So was Norazo initially not-signed and independant? Or were they just part of a small entertainment company?

And you're absolutely right, Trot does deserve a post, and it is a pretty damn big/complicated subject, especially if you end up connecting Enka to it...
posted by suedehead at 11:11 PM on October 11, 2009

Norazo was part of a small entertainment company. And they're not singing dancing pretty boys, so no fangirl attention either. The two Norazo members seem to be using Norazo as a way to fund their other musical pursuits, such as emo rock ballads in the case of the guitarist dude.

(If you can read Korean, check out their replies to internet hate mail they received, attached towards the end of this video. The replies are humorous but give you some insight into being a struggling musician in Korea.)
posted by needled at 8:22 AM on October 12, 2009

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