So, Throwback Thursday didn’t happen on Thursday, but I still want to post it because we’re far behind on our schedule enough. Darice usually does Throwback Thursday, but she is unfortunately a bit too busy at the moment to do it, which gives me the opportunity to go back to my fan girl days of Shinhwa. Funny thing is, although I’ve heard Wild Eyes multiple times before, I’ve never actually watched the music video (no YouTube when I was a very young fan girl), so this is technically a first for me. If you haven’t guessed by now, this week’s Throwback Thursday is Shinhwa’s Wild Eyes.
I’m not going to say too much about this song because I’ve already heard it and so I’m kind of biased already in regards to it. However, I do want to say that, in my opinion, Shinhwa seems to be the group that SM bases all of its boy groups on. The concepts haven’t seemed to change despite 10 years. Every time I watch SJ or EXO, even SHINee sometimes, I still am reminded of Shinhwa in certain ways, especially when the suit concept comes out.
The song is simple, and seems very manly, which is definitely a plus in South Korea because there are a lot of girls who will list a manly man as their ideal type, and therefore, the song sells. A point that Darice often mentions in regards to songs is the use of English. Their English was so-so, but not on point. If you’re going to use a foreign language, please make sure it’s clear and understandable. But when I first heard this song, that was not on my mind. In fact, I was probably still learning how to properly use English despite being an American. Anyway,the vocals are also very clear. The song also has a beat that will make you want to get on your feet and move along to the rhythm and it is definitely easy on the ears.
Going back in time to Shinhwa’s Wild Eyes reminds me how big of a fan I was. I’m still a fan, but I think my hardcore fan girl days are over. Each member is doing their own thing now, but still coming together as a group often to keep promoting, which I think is awesome because it shows that they were in it for far more than just the money, and I know a lot of newly debuted groups look up to them in that respect. However, I hope these newly debuted groups know what it takes to maintain a bond like Shinhwa’s and they’re not just saying it because that’s what a rookie would say.
The music video started out really creepy, but I liked it. And who doesn’t like shirtless men with good looking bodies? I highly doubt my 9 year old mind then would have thought like that though (at least I hope so, otherwise something must have really gone wrong with me). Of course the chair dance was the highlight. There were parts of the video where the background noise for the music video overpowered the song, but this video was made back when technology was still evolving, so I’m not going to say much about that either.
Again, a lot of rookies do look up to Shinhwa, so this song has been covered multiple times. For example, B.A.P has covered this song. Teen Top is also managed by Shinhwa member Andy, the youngest of the group (and who was unfortunately not present during the promotions for this song). I also know that Minwoo (M) released an album not that long ago. It didn’t get a lot of attention (at least it didn’t seem like it to me) but I would recommend the song Kiss it Away. It was my favorite off the album.
I’m not going to rate this song because I am biased towards it already, but I do strongly recommend it and multiple Shinhwa songs from their debut days, as well as checking out their more recent activities just to see if any of it hits home with you.
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