dont worry kids you arent missing out anything important they broke up anyways
I don’t know what is worse. The disregard or the ignorance.
let’s take out TVXQ of KPOP history for a few seconds and try to imagine what were all the other KPOP groups without what TVXQ did for KPOP.
So yeah, everyone at least should know their names.
they literally introduced kpop to japan and the world OK??? they started from scratch with a little perfomrance in Japan with just merely 100 people. and they worked their way up to have a concert in tokyo dome!!!
nowadays any new kpop group can go and promote in Japan and have thousands of fans gathered
I will say THEY STARTED ALL ok??
I usually just let this post past by and went about my business. But its constant appearance on my dash broke my proverbial camel back.
No disregard to TVXQ and their fans, I think the group worked hard and deserved their success, I myself was also a big fan back then. I had closely engaged with their fan communities and immersed in the fandom for a good 5-6 years after their success with “Tri-Angle”. So nobody can tell me I’m a hater.
The thing is they weren’t the first big thing in the history of K-pop. Seo Taiji & Boys introduced broader music genres and trends into Korean pop culture, and H.O.T took it to the next level. Before their time, Kpop wasn’t even a mainstream entertainment for the youth, with its oppressive and rigid regulations. There are reasons why Seo Taiji & Boys, H.O.T, Sechs Skies were a significant part in the backdrop of successful slice-of-life Kdrama such as Reply 1994, ‘97. But how many contemporary Kpop fans would know about them if not for those dramas?
I ain’t see any of their fans fuming about that.
Let’s talk a bit more about H.O.T since I knew them better than Seo Taiji & co. My first foray into Kpop was through H.O.T and they. Blew. Me. Away. Completely. They were really unique for their time. They were among the first one who broke the traditional rules of Korean boy groups by dying and styling their hair crazy; donning unconventional (read bizarre and controversial) costumes; writing their own lyrics, speaking of real struggles of the youth at the time — bullying, violence, oppression, hopelessness, depression, etc. All that themes were simultaneously reflected in their music videos. I remember they were once dubbed the voice of their generation for such resonance. It’s pretty sad the way SM broke them up when they were at the peak of the success because, as speculation went, they hold too much power as a unit. Despite knowing H.O.T two years after their disband, I instantly developed a strong respect and affection for the group that remain vivid until now. Only to H.O.T (and the Japanese group W-inds) that I have ever truly felt what it means to be “a fan.” That says a lot if you take into account the years I spent with TVXQ, who I willingly gave up when they started their Japan conquering. I just couldn’t care for either their music or achievement anymore; everything about Kpop has become so saturated for me around that point.
Anyway, in a nutshell, H.O.T was THE formula that bred generations of future kpop boybands, including TVXQ. If you took them out of Kpop timeline, where would that leave TVXQ? Again, maybe they would have taken the place of H.O.T, or maybe not—they couldn’t have if you were to ask for my opinion. The same logic applies to the question “What were all the other Kpop groups without TVXQ?”
Be proud of your TVXQ, but they aren’t everything in Kpop like you made them into. Moreover, really, it’s POP CULTURE for crying out loud. You ain’t missing out anything important if you don’t take them seriously. Okay, that was a precarious statement because pop culture is a powerful social device. My point is it is not a crime if one don’t care for a Korean boy group in the past.
A veteran Kpop fan
Well since everyone seems to be speaking their mind I’d like to do so as well..
First of all I’d like to make clear the point that the reason I got into kpop has been TVXQ. I believe that for the younger generations that missed the 90s kpop groups due to age reasons Dbsk has been the reason they got into kpop.Furthermore this band is a very important part of the kpop music industry and it has aided its spreading across the world. I mean if you look at it dbsk has had millions of fans from literally anywhere in the world and we should acknowledge their success during the years it lasted. Moreover right now as an old DBSK fan I still love and respect each and every member of the group and I wish they could be as happy and successful they can be in the future as well(either as a duo or trio/jyj).
I personally don’t give a fucking damn if newer generations know of their existences and their fucking names or not. HOT was one hell of a group at its time, maybe one of the most important aspects of kpop even till these days and I don’t really know neither the names of the member nor more than one or two songs. No one can judge me for that. I don’t feel like listening to a group that does not exist anymore or whose music does not appeal to me. I bet something like that is what people from other kpop fandoms feel about DBSK. So I just hope we could all agree to respect each and every kpop group’s effort and successful or not past but also to respect other people’s option not to be interested in what we seem to worship that much. This comes from a fan that after DBSK disbanded or at least was dismembered got so heartbroken so as not to be able to listen to any kpop from then on.