A K-pop act’s title track isn’t always the best song on their album, even if it’s the one most people will hear. Sometimes, b-sides deserve recognition too. In the singles-oriented world of K-pop, I want to spotlight some of these buried treasures and give them the props they deserve.
I don’t want to jinx it, but so far July has been K-pop’s strongest month of 2022 so far. It hasn’t yet borne the kind of 9+ standouts that have me thinking “year-end top ten,” but we’ve gotten a constant stream of solid albums and a few (ENHYPEN, Viviz) that have really grown on me. Super Junior’s The Road: Keep On Going is among these releases, even if it’s only half of a bigger project yet to be completed.
This being Super Junior, we have the expected ballad and groovy mid-tempo. But, the upbeat Everyday is the song that immediately caught my attention. Its blend of gritty power pop guitar and refreshing synths is right up my alley, offering a blast of energy perfect for the summer. Super Junior have always been reliable party masters, bringing heaps of personality to this style of track. Everyday shifts between fast-moving rap verses and anthemic chorus with ease. It’s not some huge artistic statement, but it sure is a lot of fun.
More than anything, Everyday feels like a K-pop track we might have heard back in 2011 or 2012, when maximalist choruses and bright, silly energy trumped the kind of murky mythology we often see today. As members of the K-pop’s older guard, this nostalgic sound suits Super Junior to a tee. It’s satisfying to hear them remain in their element after all these years.
Uncomplicated pop music, well-delivered.
Super Junior put out a b-side like this on almost all their albums, like they can’t resist a happy clappy sing-a-long song like this when it comes along. It is what makes their body of work so solid and consistent. Some examples: “Don’t Wake Me up” from the Magic/Devil album. “Runaway” from the album with Black Suit. “Spotlight” from the Japanese version of the I Think I album.
And “Come a Little Closer” from some special travel show ft TVXQ.
suju are truly the last man standing when it comes to shameless silliness in kpop. the new kids are pushed either to try too hard or to stay as discreet and reserved as possible, but suju have the most genuine chaotic energy that they completely embrace!
after so many years of cries from elf asking them to perform spy once again, they yielded to the pressure… but there’s no way they would have given it to us so easily and without putting a twist on it. lo and behold – operatic version of spy (followed by mamacita and rokkuko)
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For sake of completion, here is the Mamacita over the top opera-style.
They did Spy?
THEY DID SPY!!!!!