• WBW: My Top 20 Old School K-pop Songs

    December 11, 2013 @ 2:05 pm

    It's a sad day here in Way Back Wednesday land as today is my final column on a subject I hold very near and dear to my heart: old school K-pop. I've been writing this column for nearly two years and it's been an absolute pleasure because I never get tired talking about the subject. Unfortunately, the rest of my life doesn't agree with me and I won't be able to write on a regular basis anymore. So like all good things, my run with the column is c

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  • WBW: Top 10 Songs from 10 Years Ago (December 2003)

    December 4, 2013 @ 2:06 pm

    It's about that time when Way Back Wednesday takes a look back at the top 10 songs that were at the top of the K-pop charts 10 years ago this month. You'll see a few familiar songs and hopefully some that are new to you. This is also a bittersweet list because it'll be the second to last one that I'll be writing but more on that later. For now, let's enjoy the old school jams from December 2003.Turtles - "Come On"An underrated and often forgotten

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  • WBW: 10 Things I'm Thankful for as an Old School K-pop Fan

    November 20, 2013 @ 2:13 pm

    Regular readers of Way Back Wednesday know that I like to try and match the theme of my articles to holidays throughout the year and it just so happens that Thanksgiving is probably my favorite holiday of them all. Since I'm taking a break next week, I thought I'd get a head start to the festivities.Whether a new fan or an older one, we're all here because we enjoy K-pop in our own way but there are some things that only the older heads can appre

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  • WBW: Top 10 Songs from 10 Years Ago (November 2003)

    November 13, 2013 @ 2:11 pm

    Happy Wednesday K-pop fans. Today is our monthly look back at the K-pop classics that were topping the charts back in November of 2003. When I was looking back at some of the movies and shows that were popular back then, I was shocked. Not because everything was so old but because to me, everything seemed so recent (time flies by fast)! For instance, movies like 'Matrix Revolutions' and 'Elf'  (one of the really underrated comedies by the wa

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  • WBW: The Dream Roster for the Ultimate Old School Girl Group

    November 6, 2013 @ 2:08 pm

    Last week I did a fun little project of constructing the ultimate boy band featuring members of old school groups. I think for the most part readers at least understood the final choices and some were kind enough to post lineups of their own. This week we'll take a crack at building the ultimate girl group.The thing about a girl group is, it doesn't necessarily have the same structure as a boy band. I was pretty clear that my boy band would have

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  • WBW: The Dream Roster for the Ultimate Old School Boy Band

    October 30, 2013 @ 2:25 pm

    This past week I started playing the latest Madden football video game and one of the options is the ability to construct the "Ultimate Team" using players from throughout the history of the NFL. Well, after hours of careful consideration and much internal debate (seriously, I spent a sizable chunk of my life that I'll never get back), I finally was able to create the Uncle Fan Dream Team. As I was building my squad, I thought that this would be

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  • WBW: 15 Old School Fall Classics (Part 2)

    October 23, 2013 @ 2:08 pm

    Last year I wrote a Way Back Wednesday featuring some of the great old school songs that were popular during the Fall season. There was no way that list could cover all of the great music so I thought I'd extend that theme into this year with a Part 2. Today's article will take a look back at 15 more songs that were at the top of the charts during the Autumn back in the day. You may notice a slight lean to slower ballads and that was, to an exten

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  • WBW: Top 10 Songs from 10 Years Ago (October 2003 edition)

    October 16, 2013 @ 2:10 pm

    This week's Way Back Wednesday will be my monthly look back at the Top 10 Songs from 10 Years Ago. We'll be visiting the songs that were at the top of the K-pop charts way back in October 2003 and the cool thing is, all of the singers on the list are still performing today in some form or another. There were some repeats from the September list but also some fresh additions which sound as good today as they did back then. Sit back and enjoy the t

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  • WBW: 10 Cool Old School Album Covers

    October 9, 2013 @ 2:03 pm

    Before the Internet allowed us to download our favorite songs onto magical music machines from the comfort of our homes, K-pop fans used have to run to their local Morning Glory / Korean music / book / Sanrio products store and peruse the latest offerings from their favorite groups. With so many choices and without being able to actually hear the songs (yeah... "teasers" didn't exist), very often the final decision on what to buy came down to who

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  • WBW: TVXQ Revisited

    October 2, 2013 @ 2:00 pm

    "Yunho, Jaejoong, Yoochun, Junsu, and Changmin comprised one of the most successful groups in K-pop history"The one thing I've learned in the year and a half that I've been writing these Way Back Wednesday columns is that if I want to elicit the largest reaction from readers, all I need to do is mention TVXQ. Members Yunho, Jaejoong, Yoochun, Junsu, and Changmin comprised one of the most successful groups in K-pop history and the mere mention of

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