Nostaliga (#2) – Korean Madness
This popular video is apparently one of the first to be uploaded on Youtube when it started. Currently only known to Youtube dwellers as ‘Korean Madness’, this is actually a segment called 자아도취 노래방 (Narcissism Karaoke) in a TV show, ‘Choi Su Jong Show’, that aired for a few months way back in 2003. The segment is all about different teams competing for the goofiest act while singing karaoke.
Quite an interesting concept for a TV show, especially for a country famous for the Karaoke Rooms as part of their nightlife, it’s sad that the show didn’t air for long. It might have to do with the rest of the show. However, in the current scenario where K-pop idols can be as goofy as these two girls, a segment like this in a TV show can easily cut across outside Korea.
It has been difficult to adapt any karaoke based show in countries outside South East Asia. Clearly because of the lack of an interest in karaoke as a form of entertainment. ‘Killer Karaoke’, the only show in this genre is more of an obstacle tackling variety show than a singing one. Its adaptations across countries have failed to muster high engagement levels from viewers. Maybe a segment like this Korean Madness can help the shows gain more favor.
Here’s a playlist of some more clips of Korean Madness that are available on Youtube.http://subsplease.com/2015/03/korean-madness/http://subsplease.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Noraebang-Feature.pnghttp://subsplease.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Noraebang-Feature-300x300.pngKoreannostalgia