With over 2,600 songs on my iPhone’s “K-Pop Singles” playlist, I thought it would be fun to add a bit of unpredictability to my song review posts. So as a result, we have the “Random Shuffle Review” feature.
The rules are simple. I fire up my playlist, press “shuffle,” and whatever song plays first gets the full Bias List treatment!
Year Released: 2007
Before NCT, there was Super Junior. That might sound odd, given the two groups’ contrasting sound, but Super Junior were first conceived as the kind of rotational, unit-friendly act that NCT is now. SM Entertainment didn’t quite know how to handle this back in the 2000’s, which led the group to more-or-less settle on the configuration they have today. But during those first few years of existence, there were no less than five sub-units under the Super Junior umbrella — some including members who weren’t even part of the core group.
Unlike NCT, these sub-units came with drastically different sounds. Super Junior-T was probably the wackiest of the bunch. Not only did they perform trot music, but they specialized in the kind of energetic, over-the-top trot that is probably better suited for noraebangs than everyday listening. Rokkugo (로꾸거!!!) is their first (and only) Korean single, and a pretty sizable hit in its day. It’s an aggressive little beast, hitting you over the head with its incessant, shout-sung hook until you’re forced to surrender.
The track is played for laughs, as the members adopt the goofiest delivery they can muster over an instrumental that repeats the same blaring synth loop over and over. I’m sure it’s fun at parties and a blast at concerts, but a little of this goes a long way. Rokkugo‘s hyper beat and chant-heavy structure echo the kind of sound a meme group like Norazo is finding success with today, but this was released before “meme” was really a thing. Ultimately, It’s little more than a curiosity within the mammoth, mostly-strong Super Junior discography.
On a related note, I will die if an NCT unit ever comes out with a song like this. NCTrot, anyone?
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