Uhm Jung Hwa – D.I.S.C.O.

About Disco…

I had always disliked disco/house/techno music because of the artificial electronic sounds and its lack of fullness which just sounds ugly to me ^^” … until Big Bang came along =) To my surprise, disco, when it first appeared in the early 1970s, was characterized as having a lush background sound and employing various instruments [ See the live performance of the Sunshine Band’s “That’s the way (I like it)” (1975) – I only first heard of this song in one of the PlayStation’s dance mat games ^^”””]. 

Having branched out to become House and Techno in the 1980s and 1990s, there was a revival of Disco from the 1990s till the present. With electronic dance music so well-developed, Disco came back to the stage very different from its original form in the 1970s, yet in a variety of styles, which has become all the more interesting.

The Spice Girls’ “Never give up on the good times” (1997) has a prominent syncopated bassline played by the bass guitar and employs various orchestral instruments like the flute (playing some jazzy melodies) and an extensive saxophone solo, which is close to the original disco style, though synthesizer strings sound is used instead of real strings. Another happy, upbeat song from this disco revival period is Jamiroquai’s “Canned Heat” (1999), which is also my personal favourite. The sounds of real instruments are often more appealing to me, and the exciting rhythms of the bass guitar are just irresistable ^-^  Madonna’s “Hung Up” (2005), to the other extreme, employs all artificial sounds including thumping electronic bass and drum beat. It’s pretty dull in terms of harmony (plus it’s in a minor key…) though the sound engineering does give some interest to the song. Still the simple, repetitive chorus is there to stay in your head.

Some youtubers have called Uhm Jung Hwa the Madonna in Korea.  I can’t tell whether it’s a positive or negative comment though, but it must be hard pursuing a sexy image with growing age in a society where youth and beauty can’t be overemphasized. Speaking of their music, I appreciate the fact that they’re constantly searching for new sounds and musical styles by collaborating with young artistes and producers. In fact, I think Uhm Jung Hwa has got a very pretty and pure singing voice. She should do well singing ballads too ^^”

Uhm Jung Hwa’s “D.I.S.C.O.” is an enjoyable song with its own merit, the dancing definitely helps as well =)  It’s got catchy tunes, a complex song structure which gives variety, reminiscence of 80s’ electronic sounds and the classic clapping on the offbeats, a delicious combination of various sounds including background vocals, bass guitar, electronic drum beat and real cymbal sounds, and an interesting, syncopated bassline. “D.I.S.C.O.” is surely a strong track. T.O.P.’s rapping helps bring Disco music to a younger audience as well.

Reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disco

Updated 23 Jul 2008

 

 

 

엄정화 – D.I.S.C.O. (Feat. T.O.P.)
Uhm Jung Hwa – D.I.S.C.O. (feat. T.O.P. of Big Bang)

Track 3 / Mini-album “D.I.S.C.O.” / Released 1 Jul 2008

Live on YDH Love Letter (11 Jul 2008)

MV

LYRICS

Chorus
D.I.S.C.O 미친 듯이 춤추고
D.I.S.C.O mi chin deushi chum chu go
네 멋대로 Do the disco
Ne meod dae lo Do the disco
D.I.S.C.O 모두같이 뛰놀고
D.I.S.C.O mo du gati ddwi nol go
제 멋대로 LET’S go disco
Je meod dae lo Let’s go disco

Post-chorus
D.d.d.d.i.e-.e-.e-.e-.e-s.c.o.
D.d.d.d.i.e-.e-.e-.e-s.c.c.o.

Verse
방법 따윈 필요 없어
Bang beob dda win pilyo eobseo
심장소리로 날 느낄 수 있어
Shim jang so li lo nal neu ggil su isseo
첫 키스와 같이 달콤한 이 설렘 속에
Cheod ki su wa gati dal komhan i seol lem soge
시끄러운 음악 속에 이제 날 던져볼래
Shi ggeu leo da un eum ag soge i je nal deon jyeo bol lae

Pre-chorus
(리듬 속에 갇혀버린 I feel beautiful)
(Li deum soge gadhyeo beo lin I feel beautiful)
sexy 한 멜로디가 귓가에 속삭일 때
Sexy han mel lo di ga gwid ga e sog sagil ddae
(기쁨속에 갇혀버린 I feel wonderful)
(Gi bbeum soge gadheo beo lin I feel wonderful)
멈추지마 지금이 마지막일지도 몰라
Meom chu ji man ji geumi ma ji magil ji do mol la

Chorus
D.I.S.C.O 미친 듯이 춤추고
D.I.S.C.O mi chin deushi chum chu go
네 멋대로 Do the disco
Ne meod dae lo Do the disco
D.I.S.C.O 모두같이 뛰놀고
D.I.S.C.O mo du gati ddwi nol go
제 멋대로 LET’S go disco
Je meod dae lo Let’s go disco

Post-chorus
D.d.d.d.i.e-.e-.e-.e-.e-s.c.o.
D.d.d.d.i.e-.e-.e-.e-s.c.c.o.

Verse
정답 따윈 여긴 없어
Cheong dab dda win yeo gin eobseo
몸짓 하나로 충분히 알 수 있어
Mom jitha na lo chung bunhi al su isseo
너의 사랑 이별 외로움 아픔 다 잊은 채
Neo ui sa lang i byeol woe lo um a peum da ijeun chae
따스한 조명아래 이젠 널 던져줄래
Dda seu han jo myeong a lae i jen neol deon jyeo jul lae

Pre-chorus
(리듬 속에 갇혀버린 I feel beautiful)
(Li deum soge gadhyeo beo lin I feel beautiful)
sexy 한 내 body가 널 향해 춤을 출때
Sexy han nae body ga neol hyang hae chumeul chul ddae
(기쁨속에 갇혀버린 I feel wonderful)
(Gi bbeum soge gadhyeo beo lin I feel wonderful)
멈추지마 지금이 마지막일지도 몰라
Meom chu ji ma ji geumi ma ji magil ji do mol la

Chorus
D.I.S.C.O 미친 듯이 춤추고
D.I.S.C.O mi chin deushi chum chu go
네 멋대로 Do the disco
Ne meod dae lo Do the disco
D.I.S.C.O 모두같이 뛰놀고
D.I.S.C.O mo du gati ddwi nol go
제 멋대로 LET’S go disco
Je meod dae lo Let’s go disco

Rap
T.t.t.o.p. oh the micro
이곳에 여성들은 내 제스처를 보며 끈적함을 느껴, 진리가 어디가겠나
I gose yeo seong deuleun nae je seu cheo leul bo myeo kkeun jeog hameul neu ggyeo
Jin li ga eo di ga gedd na
커피 한잔 마실까 저기 top & top 때론 이끌려 가다 보면 자신을 잃는 법
Coffee han jan ma shil gga jeo gi top & top
ddae lon i ggeul lyeo ka da bo myeon ja shin eul ilh neun beob
순탄한 삶이 어디 있는가 인생 한방 바로 오늘밤
Sun tan han salmi eo di idd neun ga in saeng han bang ba lo o neul bam

Bridge
한 순간도 놓치지마 가슴 벅찬 이 느낌을
Han sun gan do noh chi ji ma ga seum beog chan i neu ggimeul
노래 속에 널 맡겨봐
No lae soge neol mat gyeo bwa
지금 이순간 모든걸 잊을 수 있게
Ji geum i sun gan mo deu geol ijeul su idd ge

Chorus
D.I.S.C.O 미친 듯이 춤추고
D.I.S.C.O mi chin deushi chum chu go
네 멋대로 Do the disco
Ne meod dae lo Do the disco
D.I.S.C.O 모두같이 뛰놀고
D.I.S.C.O mo du gati ddwi nol go
제 멋대로 LET’S go disco
Je meod dae lo Let’s go disco

Post-chorus
D.d.d.d.i.e-.e-.e-.e-.e-s.c.o.
D.d.d.d.i.e-.e-.e-.e-s.c.c.o.

Hangul taken from http://music.mnet.com/Lyrics/LyricsView.asp?SongID=1733833
Romanization by kw02@wordpress.com
 
*D.I.S.C.O. We dance ’cause we’re crazy
However you want to, Do to the disco
D.I.S.C.O Everyone dancing around
However I please (or want to), LET’S go disco

We don’t need something like a method
By the sound of my heartbeat, you can feel me
With our first kiss and inside our sweet excitement,
I want to toss myself inside the blaring music

(Inside the rhythm, I feel beautiful)
When the sexy melody whispers into my ear
(Surrounded by happiness, I feel wonderful)
Don’t stop, this might be our last, you never know

*repeat

The right answers don’t exist here
I know just by the movement of your body
Your breakup, your loneliness, your pain
the moment you’ve forgotten everything
I want to throw you under the warm spotlight

(Inside the rhythm, I feel beautiful)
When my sexy body dances towards you
(Surrounded by happiness, I feel wonderful)
Don’t stop, this might be our last, you never know

*repeat

In the midst of it all, when the ladies here see my gestures
They can feel the sweat stick to their bodies,
there’s nowhere the truth can be hidden
Should I drink one cup of coffee, there’s top&top
But given the situation, while being led along, your lose yourself
Where can you find a balanced and favorable life
Life as it’s meant to be, in one room, tonight’s the night

Don’t lose another moment, take that overwhelming feeling
and just leave it to the music
So you can forget about everything else right now

*repeat

Translation by ix3sk8rboiz @ soompi.com

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