There is something about the fall and early winter that makes me feel nostalgic. I think it has to do with the school year starting up and remembering all of the changes we all went through settling into a new routine, reacquainting ourselves with old friends, making new friends. I have so many memories and strong emotions tied to this time of year. And for me, nostalgia is angsty. It feels like a fist in the gut, jittery limbs, and brewing rebellion. It sounds like guitars and kind of shouty lyrics.
Shut Up Flower Boy Band (A.K.A. Shut Up, Let’s Go!) is the epitome of high school angst drama. I absolutely fell in love with everything about this show when I first saw it. But what I really glommed on to was the OST. I was familiar with idols taking a turn at acting, but I wasn’t so familiar with actors trying their hands at singing (or models turned actors with a talent for slaying me with song)…and we have all types in this show. I had also, prior to seeing this drama, mistakenly thought that female Kpop stars were all pretty much cute and innocent types with perky little voices. Thank all that is good and pure for this show…Lim Kim (Kim Yerim). She is, along with champagne, my spirit animal.
There are so many good songs on this OST and I have spent many, many hours walking my (now, sadly departed) dog listening to it over and over and over. It is so specific. It feels exactly like a super talented (and well produced) high school rock band. I have whole storylines (fantasies?) developed based almost solely on each song. But one of my favorites, one that hits me right where it counts, is Wake Up sung by Sung Jun.
The song starts a little slow and with a touch of longing…this lasts for approximately ten seconds before picking up tempo and pleading with the listener (I am pretty sure he is singing directly to me) to understand that he is doing everything for her (me). The song slows down, speeds up, slows down, etc. Sung Jun’s voice sounds like cigarettes and booze consumed behind an abandoned building with his collar flipped up to protect him from the December wind. There is so much earnest there.
I have never found any sort of official video for the songs in the OST, so unfortunately, this is a fan made version…which is kind of fitting, right? Didn’t we fan-make all sort of tributes to the things we loved when we were angsty high schoolers?
Sung Jun, Wake Up