It’s time for another round of Timeless Thoughts, a monthly blog link-up hosted by Georgie and me. This month is being hosted by Georgie, so head over to her blog and join up by submitting your post to the widget at the end of Georgie’s entry! This link-up is opened for two weeks, and your entry can be about anything you miss from your past! It can be an object, an event, a person — anything goes — and you can have more than one thing you miss. For this month, here’s what I’ve been missing lately!
Back in September I wrote about Backstreet Boys. This month, I’m going further into my past and talk about the K-pop band that started my love for boy bands — High-five Of Teenagers, otherwise known as H.O.T. (don’t ask about the name). Also, don’t mind their wacky appearance in the photo above — that’s how I vividly remember them. I assume it’s to make them look more . . . cute? Their style changed over the years, though, and they transformed from something found in Candy Land to something akin to what I’d find in a Tim Burton film. See below.
Crazy styles aside, I was obsessed with them back then. H.O.T. was the Korean Backstreet Boys for me. My best friend and I were all into these guys when they first came out and started the K-pop idol group trend. We loved their songs and we even tried to memorise their dances. I am no longer into K-music now, but these guys still hold a special place in my heart. I still listen to their songs with fondness. I do miss those simpler days when I cared nothing but for these guys and Moon Hee-jun in particular. Below, I’ve shared some of my favourite songs from them.
This song started it all for them, and it’s about the only song I like from their first album. It’s just too damn catchy! I listened to this song and album so much that I’m surprised my cassette tapes didn’t break on me!
“We Are the Future”
I generally gravitate towards their bubbly songs, but I really adore this song from their second album. Something about its tune and its dramatic feel appeals to me greatly.
This is also from their second album, and I compare its catchiness and bounciness to “Candy”.
From their third album, I only really remember this song because it’s what I watched and heard on the TV the most. This song is not as bouncy as “Candy” and “Happiness”, but it does have a “hopeful” feel to it. Heck, it even samples “Ode to Joy”, which is almost random, but it somehow works.
This is the last H.O.T. single I liked, and it’s from their fifth and last album. Somewhere between their third and fifth album is when they must’ve met up with X Japan because this song is totally different. It’s darker and moodier with a pretty epic classical music opening. By the time this song came out, my love for H.O.T. had died off, but I still ended up liking this song, thanks to one of my close friend’s influences, haha!
With that said, that’s my H.O.T. nostalgia. I hope you guys like listening to classic K-pop songs and enjoyed its super cheesy 90s videos XD Looking back now, I question my taste, but I can’t deny that these songs take me down memory lane. Let me know if you know or heard of H.O.T. in the comments!