Welcome to week 2 of the Halloween K-pop countdown! Rather than going with another typical boy band, I bring you Seo Taiji and the song Christmalo.win.
The first time I heard this song, I definitely thought he might be saying, “Christmas wine,” and that might have happened because I DO love me some Christmas and some wine… don’t judge me!
I think the setup for this video is perfect for the Halloween theme, and the dance, video game feel was both surprising, and yet so refreshing at the same time. Overall, this video is fun and perfectly creepy for the season. I did read an article that mentioned it IS in fact supposed to be the combination of Halloween and Christmas – so my joke at the beginning wasn’t actually too far off the mark.
In fact, the video I posted is the easiest one to simply listen to the song, but there is a 9 minute cinematic version, that tells the whole story and has a very distinct Tim Burton and The Nightmare Before Christmas vibe – since I love that movie, I really enjoyed this (though, it felt a little bit more like a made-for-TV-movie haha).
Also, there’s nothing like adding the common horror trope of kids eerily singing to make you feel uneasy, so I think you can see why they deserve their place on my countdown.
A little bit more about Seo Taiji….born in 1972 (can you believe he looks the way he does!?!?), Seo Taiji is a South Korean singer, songwriter and record producer.
To my surprise, one of the other members of Seo Taiji and Boys was Yang Hyun-Suk, who is the founder of YG Entertainment. In his time there, he’s produced some of the biggest names in Kpop today, including but not limited to: Big Bang, 2NE1, Psy, Tablo, Epik High, WINNER, iKON and BLACKPINK (so, basically, he’s a big deal).
Here is a photo of the group while they were active in the ‘90s – members from left to right: Lee Juno, Seo Taiji and Yang Hyun-Suk.
Playing together until the group was disbanded in 1996, the group was known for incorporating aspects of American music with their own unique sound.
Several years later, Seo Taiji started his solo career, and is often considered one of the most influential cultural icons in South Korea.