Give Me A Taiwanese Boyband To Idolize

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This topic came forward because of how I had this conversation with Vanadia about the recently popular boyband “Super 131.” She was saying how they seemed to have dropped off the radar or disband or possibly just moved on to other things. She was really getting unease with not having a boyband to chase after. She wants me to give her a band? I’ll not only give her one but many more to think over! In an attempt to bring forth the right atmosphere to discuss this topic, I decided to use JPM’s catchy song “365 Days” to emphasize my point. (Go here for lyrics translation.) Anyway, without further ado, here are the Taiwanese boybands worth mentioning:

First off?

Mayday (五月天). Probably one of the longest formed bands and still active to this day. Ah Xin’s really talented with his songwriting and I really love his style. Although ironically, I like it more when Ah Xin writes songs for other singers, lol. But I must admit, they’re a strong band. With all the awards and recognitions they received, I don’t think they need me to praise them, lol. So yeah, they’re one of the coolest bands around.

F4/JVKV. Although they have sort of scattered in the previous years to do their own thing, they still haven’t officially disbanded yet. Their last performance together was in 2013 for the Spring Festival. Who knows? Maybe they will get together again to bring out another album, if not another round of performances.

5566. They’re still around. Even if they are not as active together. They’re actually quite strong during their more active years so they still have a solid fanbase regardless.

Chemical Monkey. I will say that I’m not really a big fan of them, because I have my weird moments, lol. But I think that they’re a genuine, artistic band. Indeed very talented in their own way.

SpeXial. The ten-male members’ band. YES, there are ten members in this band. All male. What’s amazing about them is the ability to harmonize so well. You could get addicted to them by listening to just one song. They bring a refreshing feeling to the pop genre. (And yes, there are two members missing from the picture, because they’re busy right now so can’t join in with the recent album.)

831 (八三夭). Another band that brings forth a refreshing feeling to their music. I especially love their “Why I Cried” song. They lean toward the rock and roll path more than the usual pop so it might take getting used to. But they have their own uniqueness.

io Band (io樂團). Rock band. They sure have style. If you like rock, it’s a must check out.

Gentleman. Their name tripped me since it’s more than one person so it should be “Gentlemen.” But other than that, I guess I’ll live, lol. Seriously though, they could be fun to listen to.

MIXION. Max and Steven. Looks and voice. Nice? They do have some fun songs as well.

Last but not least?

JPM. Yup, I saved them last on purpose. I will tell you that I’m already past the age that I could listen to loud music and enjoy it. LOL! But JPM’s one of those bands that I could enjoy both heartwarming songs and at times, like the song at the beginning of this post–upbeat, uplifting, energetic ones. I will also say that I wasn’t into their previous bands that much, mostly because of the number of bands within the industry so it was SO hard to keep up. But what got me into listening to them was none other than the drama I had followed for several months and fell in love with, True Love 365. If you want to get a sample, you could go hunt them down on YouTube (i.e. click on the credit and it should take you to their official channel) or check out my review of their second album.

Okay, SO not all of them are eye candies, considering some of the new bands. But they make up in talents and variety. Some of the coolest bands out there aren’t considered all that “hot” either but are known for their music.

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Just Singing And Dancing OST

1. One Road To Achieve (一路發威) by Super Seed (Super Seed樂團). Indeed a very powerful song and suitable for the main theme of the drama. Very engaging and lively. It’s also very inspiring for those with dreams, encouraging them to keep fighting till reaching the ultimate. There will be lots of hurdles but perseverance will prevail over all difficulties. Awesome song overall.

2. Who Am I? (我是誰) by Van Fan (范逸臣). A soft yet powerful song. Just right for the ending theme. Sad but not too pitiful.

3. Just Enough Happiness (剛好的幸福) by Nicholas Teo (張棟樑). Soft, sad ballad. Suitable for Nic and the story involved.

4. FIGHTING by Super131. I swear I couldn’t get into Super 131 no matter how hard I try. It’s not them, maybe it’s just me.

5. My Love (我的愛) by Van Fan and Evonne Hsu (范逸臣、許慧欣). A nice duet between the two of them. Their voices blend so well with one another and the music and lyrics flowed along nicely.

6. Rock for love by Van Fan, Evonne Hsu, Gabe Lan, and Ma Nian Xian (范逸臣、許慧欣、藍鈞天、馬念先). The opening song of the drama. It was where the four of them were still together as a band. It was a new beginning of them yet also marked the end of their friendships. At least for some of them. While YesAsia’s version had followed the TV version with listing both Gabe and Ma Nian Xian, but the album credited only it to Van and Evonne. It made sense since only their voices were heard in here. Another nice duet, totally gangster feeling, lol.

7. Too Serious (太認真) by Evonne Hsu (許慧欣). A very nice ballad by Evonne. Her voice is indeed quite clear and unique. The way she sang it and how the music flowed, it created a very mystical feeling.

8. Change Face (變臉) by Dou Hua Mei (豆花妹). Upbeat and lively. It gets really addicting after a while.

9. Long Road (長路) by Angel Chen (陳思函). A nice song, but not really my favorite. It’s just me, not the song itself.

10. The Light of the Firefly (螢火) by Super Seed (Super Seed樂團). Another upbeat song from Super Seed to finish up the album. Another lively and powerful song.

Almost all the songs in here were written and composed by Ian Chen. The man’s seriously a genius, providing a different feeling toward each song. Regarding this album, I swear it’s too short. Maybe it was because I greedily wanted them to place all the songs they performed into the album, like packaging it as a 2-discs set or something. Even if I have to pay $40+, I wouldn’t mind. ‘Cause I seriously loved their cover of different songs and how the musicians had rehashed and remixed the songs, making it different and refreshing. At least I really, really enjoyed all the performances by the main cast.

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