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Music director defends Boys Before Flowers soundtrack
by | February 21, 2009 | 106 Comments

We’ve all griped (more or less) about the uber-cheesiness of the Boys Before Flowers soundtrack, and so have Korean viewers.

Complaints have mostly been leveled at the overuse of the songs, rather than the quality of the songs themselves. (In fact, the individual songs are enjoying great popularity on music charts, almost on par with the drama itself.)

But now the drama’s music director, Oh Joon-sung, is coming out to defend his work from detractors.

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Boys Before Flowers OST – “별빛눈물” (Starlight tears) sung by Kim Yoo-kyung. By the way, I hate this song. I hate how it’s used in the drama (angst! tragedy! Sturm und Drang galore!), and I hate it on its own. On the other hand, I did get repeated requests to upload it, and this post is as good a place to put it as any. [ Download ]

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For the record, Oh Joon-sung has worked on the following dramas: sageuk King and I (which also starred Gu Hye-sun), Get Karl Oh Su-jung, long-running historical Jumong, That Woman is Scary — and yes, as we suspected, PD Jeon Ki-sang’s previous projects Witch Amusement and My Girl. Yes, I think his choices have been awful in many of these shows, but I still have to have respect for anyone who has built up a career like that. Not all series can have stellar soundtracks like Soulmate or Coffee Prince. And yet, I really, really wish someone else had gotten his job.

Oh defends his choices, saying that inasmuch as scriptwriter Kim Soo-hyun uses dialogue to express the emotions of the main characters, the drama also uses its imagery to express its emotions. Okay, point taken, although I would advise Mr. Oh to think twice about using writer Kim as an example of something done right.

He continues: “In cases where the scenes show the characters’ sadness, we increase the gravity of the music.” He particularly addresses Episodes 13 and 14, which included lots of location filming in Macau and portrays the split between characters Jun-pyo and Jan-di: “The intention was to convey their feelings more through the imagery than dialogue.”

Criticism aside, perhaps the real proof is in the pudding — Oh adds, “It’s rare that an OST sees all of its songs becoming so popular. The Boys Before Flowers OST has found all of its songs entering the pop music charts. The soundtrack’s popularity is great, but the drama comes first. A drama soundtrack is just one way of expressing its emotions.”

Hey, nobody’s arguing with the principle of the matter — that a soundtrack enhances the viewing experience. It seems Oh skirts the issue at hand, though, because even if one agrees with everything he says, the fact remains that BBF’s soundtrack has been woefully overused and abused to the extent that it’s losing its punch. It does seem they’re adding a couple new songs into the rotation for Part 2, however, so there is that.

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106 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. Empress

    My biggest gripe if the over use of “ALMOST PARADIIIIISE”.

    Wish he would use more original scores than the pop songs.

  2. Sue

    sound=imagery?

  3. simi

    That’s still no excuse for sheer lameness and abuse of cutesy music. I swear, Almost Paradise is haunting me!! I cringe when I hear it.

  4. theedie

    i would say a good 80% of the time the music ruins it for me. I understand that OST songs tend to be repeated in Asian dramas as opposed to American shows that feature different music every episode, and usually that doesn’t bother me. For exmaple I loved the OSTs for Full House and Delightful Girl Choon-hyang, I ended up learning the lyrics to most songs. BOF on the otherhand didn’t have very good songs to begin with and the added repetition doesn’t help me to forget those songs. Here’s hoping that the new stuff is any good *crosses fingers*

  5. KTV

    Ha ha.. I don’t know if sound= imagination or sound= nightmare… for viewers

  6. Twilight_freak

    i think it’s an
    allright soundtrack

  7. me

    OMG if they play aaaalmost paaaaaaaradiiiiiise in a not-so-almost-paradise situation, i think i will scream….just…dont play the song again, Please? just leave it as the opening theme…PLEEEEEASE! *sigh*

  8. orr

    is that his (kim hyung joong’s) hand in the picture?

    yes the music sucks. yes it’s overplayed. but we continue to watch the drama and root for the characters. that ought to account for something… so music director Oh, please don’t complain about the complaining. perhaps even glean from the complaints? at least you know we (or at least i) will continue to watch whatever the music.

  9. Aye

    Initially, I had lots of problems with Boys Before Flowers (Lee Min-ho not included). The OST sounded awful, the acting was terrible. But I’ve grown to like the OST as I watched new episodes every week. And the cast has improved in their overall acting. So it has gotten to a point where I like almost everything about BBF.
    Even if there were better songs that could have been used, it all would not represent the BBF that we’ve come to love today so I wouldn’t change anything. My feelings could have gone the other way, but I’m glad I feel this way.

  10. 10 amanda

    The over-over-over use of almost paradise is giving me nightmares.
    At least i have someone to blame now

  11. 11 bethany

    he’s definitely not addressing the issue.

    but more than that, im impressed by the fact that he felt that he *had* to address the issue that so many people seem irked by. perhaps points to the rise of web2.0… and how the voices are actually being heard! (to the point where he has to address the press).

    yay!

  12. 12 kerik

    I so much cringe at almost paaaaradiiiiise too. Especially in that scene when the F4 sans Junpyo had a go at the thugs in Macau. So. Not. Appropriate.

  13. 13 fizzle

    I’m not even watching this show, but this guy’s “defense” is absolutely weak. Why bother trying to defend yourself if you’re not going to address the complaints?

    I’ve always wondered why Delightful Girl Choon-hyang’s soundtrack stood out compared to PD Jeon Ki Sang’s other works’. My Girl had a cheesy OST and Witch Yoo Hee was just lame in every sense (the music being one part of that lame-ness). So Oh Joon Sung didn’t work on DGCH? No wonder.

  14. 14 Sere

    Who is he kidding?!? As a general rule of thumb, dramas have repetitive OSTs, but there’s a BIG difference between a repetitive decent OST and an obsessively repetitive okaish one, don’t you think?

  15. 15 aibori

    The guy is pretty clueless isn’t he? Why did they even hire him? 😛 Music in movies and dramas should enhance a scene & do it QUIETLY. So that you almost don’t notice it (it just helps mold your emotions). This soundtrack is so gaudy that you end up focusing on the music (wondering why the hell they’re using this song lol) rather than the scene. :/ Maybe when they release it on dvd they’ll re-do it.

  16. 16 Annie

    aLMOSTTTT PARADIIIISSEEEEE lol

  17. 17 Andrea

    LOL @ kerik: really? wow I’d love to hear his reasoning behind that one. I’m glad I decided to stop watching BOF before it killed my love for that song.

  18. 18 EM

    I say what a poor defense

  19. 19 amktsy

    The sound track is nice.
    i love all the songs of it.
    But when i watch the drama,i feel that some of the parts should not put that song or should put other songs of should don’t even put songs.
    at first,i though i’m the only 1 feeling weird about it.
    luciky everyone also think so.
    hope they can find someone better who knows what is the right time to insert what song.
    REALLY HOPE.

  20. 20 Empress

    Actually, I went back and listened to the OST and the only 2 two songs that I can actually tolerate is Stand by Me by SHINee and Do You Know by Someday. The rest of the OST is intolerable. Like it makes me want to rip my hair off!

    I swear if he uses ALLLMOOOOST PAARADIIIIISE again in a scene where F4 has to save Jan-di or any other character, I will chuck my remote at the tv.

  21. 21 Marie

    the drama DOES come first…but how does that idea relate to the issue of ost songs being overplayed?!

    No offense to the director, but given the hype surrounding BBF/BOF, shouldn’t the selection of songs have a little more…depth?

  22. 22 bspanda

    Honestly has Oh Joon-sung actually READ the criticisms? Or has he just seen the sales figures for the OST as the sole gauge of it’s success? Hello perhaps it is due to people’s love for the DRAMA that they pick up the OST? Not cause the OST is an outstanding OST…

    “….the drama comes first. A drama soundtrack is just one way of expressing its emotions.”
    (That comment only makes sense if he thinks he is making an ironic statement….

    Mr Oh please explain how you are that is put into practise, when often the song used DISTRACTS from the emotions on screen. Due to blah song/repetition etc eg the numerous times that, on screen, there is some emotional scene which is then screwed by use of ‘Almost Parrridddissse’? It’s as if Oh is working from a completely different script!

    A good soundtrack is when you don’t notice the OST whilst it is being played. A great one compliments and enhances the scene. A OST is not suppose to make you reach for the remote control to turn the volume down.

    Mr Oh please practise what you preach ok?

  23. 23 Anonymous

    I am wondering why you dislike starlight tears?. I find the ballad really stirring (just the music), I am not sure about the words since I am not conversant with korean.

    My only rant on the show is with overuse/misuse of “almost paradise”.

  24. 24 Stella

    Almost Paradise should be sentenced to 20 yrs to life

  25. 25 lovenyc52

    i got the soundtrack right when this drama started airing and i really enjoyed it… but now i can’t really listen to it much.. especially ALMOST PARADIIIIIISE!!… and Lucky is getting overplayed as well. I think i’m echoing a lot of people’s feelings when I say that it’s not the SONGS that are intolerable… it’s just the total misuse and overuse of them that kills it.

    however, i am still enjoying the instrumental songs :)

  26. 26 Devi

    I honestly don’t think the BOF OST is that horrible. I mean songs like “One More Time” by tree bicycles and “A little” by Seo Ji Young, which IMO are probably the best songs on the ost, barely get much screen time in favor of the cheesier, teeny-bopper songs like “Stand by Me” and “Paradise.” But I’ve kind of grown to like “Paradise,” especially when it starts playing during the most absurdly non-paradise like situations, i.e., like the F3 rescue scene in episode 13…I start giggling for all the wrong reasons, lol. I’d totally be lmao off if they somehow managed to work “almost paradise” in any of the scenes between JP and the fiancee.

    @ lovenyc52: i agree. the instrumentals are quite lovely. i wish they’d play the instrumental versions of “Lucky” and “Because I’m Stupid” instead.

  27. 27 lenrasoon

    “Almost paradise” is better (or less worse lol) than “Lucky” i can’t remember who sings this…but yeah Lucky is far more irritating to me….

    and i think that Oh Joon-sung won’t take these critics seriously ’cause of the popularity of the songs, so we’ll be hearing *and pulling our hair off* a lot of “Almost Paradise” in every single scene till the end.

  28. 28 lisa

    ALMOST PAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARADIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIISE

    I just wish there were more instrumental songs used. All of the pop songs sound the same; it’s hard to tell where one begins and one ends sometimes!

    btw, I think I also hate Lucky more than almost paradise. At least A.P. is laughable…I just cringe at Lucky.

    I love the F4 theme, the instrumental almost paradise, whatever they call it. It’s freaking awesome, I wish they had more like it. …But why isn’t that one on the soundtrack?

  29. 29 chasen8888

    A song is suppose to complement the scene is the drama not overshadow it or make it loses its depth. Thats what the overplaying of BBF OST is doing. We all like the music, but its usually played at the wrong scene in the show or overplayed or its the wrong song. BBF needs a new OST, not overplayed and at the right part in the show. Right now we are all getting tired of ALMOST PARADISE and LUCKY which is overplayed just as much. Sometimes you do not need music in the show to get the depth and story across, maybe at the end & the beginning. But I think the composer is either not listening to the fans, does not understand the reason for the complaints or is just plain tone deaf.

  30. 30 catherine

    i like the soundtrack, i dont LOVE it but it think it fits the korean version. and paradise, i like it, i think it makes it more…. laughable i guess you could say.

  31. 31 Mo108

    I can’t help but think that perhaps the musical director’s hand has been forced, to an extent, at least in the songs or groups of songs to choose from. I mean, what reason to choose SS501 and T-Max other than the fact that two of the main actors are in those groups: e.g. You can imagine KHJ’s Manager saying, “You can have KHJ in your show, on the condition that you play SS501 songs… etc.” That aside. I still don’t think there is any excuse or even any good reason for the songs to be overused as they are, or placed in inappropriate points.

    I totally agree with you, Empress, that there should be more musical scores… where the musical director can really spread out and get right into the heart and intensity of the scene–adding another dimension to whatever is happening ont he screen, rather than almost contradicting or negating it. There has been some ‘variation-on-a-theme’ type of thing in the show (e.g. the theme for Ji-hoo’s sad, brooding moments being the opening of that SS501 song, or a slow, introspective version of “Paradise”). But yeah, more original scores would be great too, especially if they are used to enhance the emotion, rather than provide a counterpoint to it.

    Still, there’s no reason why pop songs shouldn’t work as part of a soundtrack–I mean, from waaay back when, say, the soundtrack for the movie “Easy Rider” was one of the first (if notthe first) mainstream movie not to have a film score but just a collection of songs from the director’s record collection, and it seemed to work perfectly. Sometimes, hearing “aaalmost paaaradiiise” in this drama feels like the equivalent of having clown music during a violent mafia scene…

    Variety IS the spice of life… and knowing HOW and WHERE to use the materials you have (no matter how good or bad those materials may be in the eyes and ears of the audience) is the mark of a successful interpretation of an artistic vision into reality.

  32. 32 Mo108

    @ Stella: “Almost Paradise should be sentenced to 20 yrs to life.”

    HAHAHA! Genius! I would add “in solitary confinement” too. Maybe being isolated in total darkness it will have some kind of visionary moment or spiritual awakening, and emerge a totally different song. Kind of like a butterfly in a cocoon….

    …and then the musical director can find a new inappropriate point to use it 😛

  33. 33 anner

    i’m in love with the ending song though aka the theme song for Ji-Hoo.

  34. 34 iluvdramas

    i’m actually wondering how many songs they have in the soundtrack itself. because in my head i can only remember this song and allllllmooooostttttt paraaaaaaaadiiiiise!

    i agree almost paradise doesnt improve the fighting scenes with the thugs in the macau for the audience at all. its like ………..what?!!!

    why bother making the cd when there is only 2 songs?

  35. 35 Mo108

    On the bright side… maybe with the DVD release, the songs will be different (which often happens, due to copyrights, etc). Maybe they’ll get a new musical director to do it, or have something like an ‘alternate soundtrack’ option as a feature…. and then we all wake up, still singing “Paradise,” “Lucky,” and “Because I’m Dumb” 😛

  36. 36 Yin

    ALLLMOOSSST PARAAAADIIIIISE.

    FAIL. EPIC FAIL.

    The use of adagio in with amusement WAS FAIL TOO.

    The Man needs to be shot.

  37. 37 Anonymous

    it is for that exact same excuse that everybody’s been complaining about the music. we all know the significance/importance of the song to the drama. korea has tons of songs.he doesn’t even need to turn to american music to find songs that would better suit the drama.

    he is just oh so fortunate that the drama’s a hit.

  38. 38 ...

    i can take the other songs, its just almost paaaaaaaaaradise is sooooooo annoying!!!! it will be good to hear/see new songs… thank god!

  39. 39 lyn

    this is the first time ever, I have not downloaded the Ost of a Kdrama that I’m watching. BOF ost is just downright awful. It’s even painful to listen to. I’m sorry, he should be fired by now.

  40. 40 Bisquit

    Apparently the tracklist is:

    Tracklist:

    01 파라다이스(꽃보다 남자OST 메인 테마) – 티맥스(T-Max)
    02 내 머리가 나빠서 – SS501
    03 알고있나요 – Someday
    04 Stand By Me – 샤이니(SHINee)
    05 Lucky – Ashily
    06 별빛눈물 – 김유경(Kim Yoo Kyung)
    07 조금은(꽃보다 남자OST 삽입곡) – 서진영(Seo Jin Young)
    08 One More Time – 나무자전거(Tree Bicycle)
    09 I Know (Saxophone Inst.) – 이정식(Lee Jung Sik)
    10 Dance with me (Inst.)
    11 Blue Flower (Inst.)
    12 So sad (Inst.)
    13 Opening Title(파라다이스 intro) – 티맥스(T-Max)

    I only recognize one and that Almost Paradise (….) and to be honest, I HATE LUCKY >:O
    I mean, Almost Paradise is just annoying overplayed, but just listening to it alone other than watching BOF is okay……
    But lucky is purely horrid X___X

  41. 41 hjkomo

    Sarah, let’s send Mr. Oh the Return of Iljimae OST and some pointers on the appropriate use of musical score. Buahaha… 😛

  42. 42 lmh

    there is one song played….i don’t know the title…but it just reminds me of MY GIRL every time i hear it! it goes like, “I’LL BE WAITING FOR YOU…..” and it was played a lot in episode 14.
    the melody is almost exactly like the song in my girl…….i mean, really! has anyone else noticed this? however, i LUVED the music in my girl…everything fit really well and the story was so cute.

  43. 43 lmh

    ahh never mind…it is the one played above…..just listen to it.
    “별빛눈물” (Starlight tears)

    it sounds like this song from my girl: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ErAzCznGEKk

    the music from my girl was soo good tho, i thought.

  44. 44 mehreen

    i wish they would stick to instrumentals….because if you’re going to have horrible lyrics, then at least soften the blow by just putting on the music..quietly…

  45. 45 reverie

    almost suck is more appropriate…..LOL…
    no matter what he said, well…..we knew it’s reaaaaalllyyy unenjoyable
    (have anyone see the preview of eps.15 yet? where Junpyo mistook his ‘fiance’ for jandi? the BGM…….hilarious…… he did it again, totally unfit for the scene)

    I learn to ignore the music, mostly just enjoying Minhoo and Kibum act. ^_^

  46. 46 Kimche

    The fact that Oh needs to explain his music choices should clue him in that he made the wrong choices.

  47. 47 ann

    I actually think the song starlight tears is a pretty nice song, but it does not go at all with the main couple. The song is perfect for a more dramatic/tragedy drama. I understand his got to defend his side, but the choice of music and when to use it its terrible. It almost seems like the songs are played randomly at whatever time in whatever scene. Usually songs enhance scenes/ relationships and on BFF it seems to hurt the story. Im not even going to mention Paradise, we all know what catastrophe that has been for the drama. The only downside to My girl, was the music and here we have it again.
    If only we had the music director from que sera sera/ soulmate.

  48. 48 Lorie

    I actually like the song Starlight Tears..

    it is so sad that’s why I like it…

    but for the rest of the songs, blegh~ I can’t stand to listen to it..

    I downloaded the OST and it is nice to listen~just once…I’ll listen to it once and I’ll never listen to it again (particularly paradise)

    I even hate it more when it is used in the drama..blegh!

    @43. lmh
    hmmm….at some points probably they are somewhat similar..and that is also my favorite song in my girl..^_^

  49. 49 Mrs Su Iskandar

    The OST just debuted in Singapore yesterday and I had to go to a local korean radio to get my hand on it! Viola…. Despite the language barrier, understanding the tunes and what they are trying to express, I kindda like the sountrack b’coz of Starlight Tears…. As for the rest of the tracks, there are a couple exceptional ones….. Agreed! Almost Paradise is really sickening when we hear it for more than twice. Love the freebies tooo!
    It would be great if they have some scene of the cast voices sync to some of the tracks just to make it more interesting for example the Coffee Prince OST… That is another of my important possession!
    I appreciate anything that comes out of BOF! Thank you so much

    Merci!

  50. 50 Kim

    oh geez…I thought that Starlight Tears is actually one of the better songs on the soundtrack…I LOVE IT!

  51. 51 Nicole

    The more i watch the more i get annoy wit the OST,it didnt go well wit the story.Why not ask the singers who can sing ballade well to ring the soundtrack?Boys before flower is indeed an enjoyment drama.If it work more on the music there wil be great.

  52. 52 Nicole

    The more i watch the more i get annoy wit the OST,it didnt go well wit the story.Why not ask the singers who can sing ballade well to sing the soundtrack?Boys before flower is indeed an enjoyment drama but If it work more on the music there wil be greater.

  53. 53 jac

    The soundtrack and the drama do compliment each other but they did abuse the use of music!
    hehe but the soundtrack is still a good one!
    I like the SS501 song >”<

  54. 54 MEeee

    I´m in love with this song <33

  55. 55 ellie

    Is this music director deaf or totally blind about the criticisms thrown at him, we just want an improved version of the musical score he will be using for the up coming series, he is definitely not mute in defending his usse of imagery=music, doesn’t work here.
    ALMOSTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT PARADDDDIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIISSSSSSSSSSEEEEEEEEEE!
    I was only appropriate once when they were in the southern islands..nowhere else.
    but kicking bad peolpe in Macau was totally unacceptable..
    on the other hand his hands may be tied due to certain circustances, having pop idols as part of the main characters…surely he might have been asked a favour to include other parts of the ost to be sung by the other bands.

  56. 56 Bogoshipda

    I couldn’t help but agree..BOF soundtrack is not great .. the japanese hana yori dongo has excellent songs in the drama…:)

  57. 57 anastassia

    When a people in any field can’t understand the art of understand people that he is facing with i.e politician, musician, actor or music director event and cant read the peoples interest than he is a failure no matter hard he tried.

  58. 58 julie

    i hate all the music in BBF.. such a shame

  59. 59 IheartBFF

    I just watched the two extended previews for 15 and 16, and OMG, even these short previews were dominated by the lousy soundtrack. If the PD thinks that he is conveying emotions through the songs, he is delusional. He is distracting emotions. The soundtrack is not just even background–it instead drowns out the actual dialogue at places. JEez. The worst use of music in a movie/show ever.

  60. 60 BBFan

    I’ve been substituting the BBF OST onto other dramas. This is nuts right?
    I’m currently watching a sad K Drama and when the female character was doing the “tears down one eye” thing, I fully expected to hear the beginnings of STARLIGHT TEARS. “I’ll be waiting for you…..”
    The power of this OST is unbelievable…I think they’ve embedded subliminal messages into these songs.

  61. 61 Vee

    this is my fav song in the drama!!! other than because i’m stupid of course. 😀

  62. 62 Seri

    LAME EXCUSE. If I were him I’d use nise bossa novan sounds and spicey songs and then some nice slow tunes in the sad moments. They just reuse reuse and reuse cause they cant afford to get permission from other songs ;~;

  63. 63 Swempy

    it’s already weird from the beginning I think….
    I mean…why it has to be Almoooost Paaraaaadise????
    I don’t get it…the songs is not that good compare to other kdramas
    but crazilly after serious intense use of the songs I begin to like stand by me, and the SS501 song..but the rest is idk…

  64. 64 Icyanne22

    Surprisingly, I dun have a prob with most of the songs. Its not great per say but still not overly bad. The only prob I have is like everyone else…ALMOST PARADISE! Good grief! Its soo overused and mostly in non-paradise situations! I used to cringe at it and pull down the volume tab. Now, I still cringe but I start laughing at the horrible choice of song, wondering how you’d comment on it. Lol.

  65. 65 Katie

    Stop giving poor excuses for overusing a terrible song at inappropriate scenes!

  66. 66 Artemis

    The music is the biggest drawback with this show, in my opinion. It could actually have been SO much better had it had better songs AND had they used what they’ve got better!

    The J-versions have soundtracks that I really like. They did have 2 different soundtracks for the 2 seasons. BOF really should have had a lot more songs to work with as the show progressed.

    And I absolutely HATE how they have used “Paradise”. Seriously, in episode 10 when JP comes out of the car and kisses JD – the fanmade version of that was so much better – as it used a different, and much better song!

  67. 67 vis

    Just as Kimche said in her post: the very fact that the music director is coming out to defend the soundtrack gives more weight to the point that it really IS that bad… jeez, what bigger wake-up call does that director need really? *shakes head in exasperation*

  68. 68 Bella

    I think I have to agree……but disagree with people here. Although the songs have been used so many times-and yes I would laugh manically when it came on AGAIN- but now it’s stuck to me like glue. I literally have that song ingrained in my head – my daughter loves it and I even have it as a ringtone. EMBRACE the music and the constant use-it IS the show’s soundtrack. This isn’t the first time a show used their soundtrack only…….I came to the realization you can be desensitized…lol

  69. 69 hmm

    i think they use “almost paradise” too much!i remember the scene where the F3 appear when jun pyo was kidnapped!i seriously was LOL.the song doesnt even match the situation!but again I STILL IN LOVE WITH BOF!hahaha.
    ps: almost paradise just appear in my dream yesterday!im not joking!its serious!

  70. 70 AnAn

    Hahahahaah this is so true.

    But I have to say, there is a such thing as an insert song done right, I can think of a few situations.

    One Litre of Tears’ use of March 9 and Konayuki, ESPECIALLY KONAYUKI, I cry when I hear it.

    And Hana Yori Dango 2’s use of Flavor of Life. They chose awesome moments every episode.

    However, a lot of it can be super cringe worthy. Even Hana Yori Dango’s use of Planetarium got a little over the top. I like Almost Paradise and Stand By Me (most of the songs actually) BUT STILL……wayyyyy too overused, and too many songs anyways.

  71. 71 Nila

    Off topic, but it seems like they are really milking the fiancee thing. I hope they don’t drag it out for too long because I am tired of aching for JP and JD. And I am a grown ass woman who cried during ep 14–AND I KNOW THE STORY ALREADY! I can just imagine the hell the younger fans are going through, especially if they have no idea where this story is headed.

    On topic–the soundtrack is not so much awful as it is awfully used. I have never seen a drama use its soundtrack so badly. It is almost always in the foreground not background, as it is supposed to be.

  72. 72 lucky_kiss

    For me OST makes the drama more enjoyable..

  73. 73 Suzy

    “…although I would advise Mr. Oh to think twice about using writer Kim as an example of something done right.” BAHA! THANK YOU!!!!

    I’ve never watched a show before where the background music absolutely RUINED the scene for me. And honestly, watching these last few episodes, they can’t afford to ruin anymore otherwise good scenes.

  74. 74 mulan

    Yeah! I know some of them are overused that why people already memorized the lyrics. But i really love this one…i know its cheesy!

  75. 75 Aleutia

    ALMOST PARADISSEEEEEEEE just totally kills a scene…They seriously put that song for almost every other scene whether it may be happy or just some random emotion… I think it’s so funny how he’s defending himself, which is basically like admitting that the song selections aren’t good. I find it kinda ironic though cause My Girl had a fairly decent OST that seemed to match the emotions and such but it just isn’t as happening for this drama. Like you said, I guess it’s just the overuse of the OST in general. On a side note, I absolutely abhor Starlight tears; it’s the only *sad* emotion song in the whole drama which makes it all the more depressing.

  76. 76 Mo108

    I have decided to convince myself of the following in order to be able to keep watching BBF without wanting to grab my TV by the collar and shake it violently whenever one of the songs comes on out of nowhere and for no apparent reason:

    Watching BBF is like working in a bell factory. Overall, a pretty rewarding experience after you get so used to being constantly surprised by the annoying ringing of the bells that you just don’t hear them anymore.

    From now on, I’m insterting my own musical choices as part of my brain’s soundtrack–if not for anything else, then for the sake of my own sanity… Just like an annoying younger sibling or a best friend that bugs the hell out of you sometimes, BBF is still lovable. I’d rather have it with all its faults, than not at all :)

  77. 77 jae

    The only songs I liked in the soundtrack was ‘Starlight Tears’ (not how it’s used in the drama though) and ‘I Know’ (the sax instrumental). All the other songs are quite tolerable, except ‘Almost Paradise’….. for some reason it just doesn’t belong, like it’s somehow out-of-place? And the songs in the soundtrack pretty much do good on their own than when they are incorporated in the drama. Oh well. Can’t have ’em all, ne? ^^

  78. 78 Dulguun

    ene unheer goe kino . Ter ahnarigee

  79. 79 Laura

    um, yeah, I hate the soundtrack. It’s obvious to me what sort of thing is going to happen next by the music.

    I’m so sick of Lucky and Almost Paradise.

    They ruin the show, a lot. Uh, thinking about it makes me annoyed.

    He obviously doesn’t take well to criticism. What a baby!

  80. 80 Maria

    Paradise – T-Max -> It’s a nice song, but T-Max have better songs! ‘Blooming’ of their latest single, is better than Paradise. And as someone said, ‘Paradise’ sounds nice listening on your ipod or your computer, but I don’t think the song suits the mood of the drama… it just doesn’t sound much as an OST song.

    내 머리가 나빠서 – SS501 -> I like this song and I think it sounds good when played in the drama.

    알고있나요 – Someday -> My top fav song of the ‘Boys Over Flowers’ Soundtrack!

    Stand By Me – 샤이니(SHINee) -> Also very nice song.

    ^The songs above are the only ones I like of the OST. But unfortunelly, I think the music director doesn’t know when to play it. He plays the songs in weird moments and in scenes that doesn’t match with the song. If he knew when to play the song properly, it would be way better.

    The rest of the songs I don’t like and I also hate how most of the intrumentals have solos played with saxophone. Saxophone sounds too cheesy. -_-‘

  81. 81 Saa

    I hated this soundtrack, besides four songs: “Because I’m Stupid” by SS501, “Stand By Me” by SHINee, “Do You Know?” by Someday, and “Lucky” by Ashily. Even then, the last two selections weren’t all that great.
    My worst gripe? “PARIDISE” by T-Max. The song itself is annoying itself, but the compiler HAD to blast it in the drama OVER and OVER and OVER AGAIN. I can’t help but cringe every single darn time they play it. DAMNIT.
    I also hated that Starry-something song for the sad scenes. Annoyed the crap out of me.

    Witch Yoo Hee had one or two good songs, but the rest of it sucked. Overused, annoying, horrible sounding selections.

    My Girl was okay, I suppose.
    Then again, I wasn’t really paying attention to the OST that much. x]

    That, and I hated the 1st Shop of Coffee Prince OST.
    Loathed it and hated it.
    Didn’t like the drama itself and didn’t like the OST.

    The best Korean OST mentioned thusfar that I have had the experience of listening to is Delightful Girl Choon-Hyang, especially that one song that mixed traditional with modern rhythms. Awesome indeed.

  82. 82 Mo108

    The fusion of traditional and modern sounds, at least in some points, like it would be right what the doctor ordered for this OST–something distinctly Korean rather than generic pop music that sounds the same no matter what language it’s sung in. If it was the director’s and the producers’ intention to distinguish the Korean version from all the other manifestations of the manga story (and there are some hints in that direction with the stfonger emphasis on family ties, etc.), they’ve totally missed the train with the OST. A great opportunity to do something totally orignal and creative just gone begging… I think trying to please too many different groups of people has led to the show having a very incoherent, mix-and-match and lacklustre artistic vision behind it, driven more my commercial appeal than striking a chord with the popular imagination…

  83. 83 Leslee

    Almost Paradise is just regular strength bad. It is tolerable if you just let your mind go a happy place while they play it, But Lucky? That song is so bad. The girl is off key and cannot sing. It is weird. I have never been into Kpop, but I have never doubted that they could sing. Where did they find this girl and why must we be subjected to her wretched, mind numbingly bad singing ad naseum? I love Starlight Tears though :)

  84. 84 kimchii

    I agree. The whole OST is being overused.
    I mean seriously, we’re at Episode 16 now.
    How many more times must we hear “Alllmost Paaaaradise”?

    But what can we do? We watch anyways (:

  85. 85 cheerybell

    Hey..this is an Asian drama ok…
    so stop bashing….
    I’m an Asian…
    I’m proud of my roots and i think the songs are great…
    it gives the drama more feel….
    if you understand the songs you will know what I mean…
    Thank God I’m Asian….

  86. 86 Meela

    Yes I have to agree with cheerybell.. If you could recall the few first episodes were quite plain and there were lack of background sounds.. I find myself more interested after next episodes, thanks to the music which supports emotions.. I begin to like most of the songs although I dont not understand the meaning of the lyrics..
    Maybe it is overused, but it does not bother me at all.. I like everything about this drama even though at first I hated it (I was HYD fan)..

  87. 87 belleza

    I’m in the minority opinion here, but I actually liked how the PD used the songs here. It kind of enhances Boys Before Flowers’s postmodern stake as an ultimate teen romance fantasy, hovering between the pomp and circumstance of 80s John Hughes and the overload of post-Clueless 90s teen flicks. Many of the songs seem like they could have come between 1979 and 1985, straight out of Footloose. But the way the music is “always on” throughout the show, that’s how late-90s teen flicks and Dawson’s Creek were done. The Soundtrack of Our Lives, or something like that.

    Having said that, he’s pretty much using the songs in standard K-drama style. Every pairing gets a song; the main couples gets multiple songs to match different “light” and “heavy” situations. The difference here is the storyline. It’s so loaded with these situations that the songs end up getting “activated” more often than they would in most K-drama romances. J-drama works somewhat differently. Usually there’s only one insert song that’s featured inside the actual show, and that’s often narrative formality (i.e. nothing to do with the actual couples, but where the climax is about to hit.) In a big drama, usually each main character gets a main score theme. Often there isn’t a theme that’s necessarily “shared” by a couple. Rather, that theme (in a romance) is that of the female heroine and her emotional state relative to the male character. In other words, the film score is often treated as a private rather than shared experience. Sometimes, this is also done in K-drama. For example, in “I’m Sorry I Love You”, because Moo Hyuk is enigmatic and a silent joe, the film composer would use droning motifs (what I call the “Ave Maria” music of MiSa) to convey his emotions, whether the actual situation was happy or sad. When it’s done right, it creates an intimate, emotional connection between the audience and the heroine, where you feel like you’re right there with them.

    Case in point: In HYD-J, the “Blue Mind” instrumental is Makino’s theme. Most people associate it as the HanaDan love theme, but variations of that song are used whenever Makino is fighting the school or if she’s running off. The song itself represents her trials, which includes her relationship with Doumouji.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lt2ln9jhUJg

    The best music of all the HanaDan versions actually goes to the anime version (I actually have the original CDs too.) For example, for the famous scene between Makino and Rui at the beach, the anime used Mahler’s 5th Symphony. And the (massive!) orchestral score for the show Impressionism and Late Romantic-era composers.

    However, the best pop song from the HanaVerse is definitely the original Meteor Garden theme song. I’ve always felt that it best reflected the F4.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sli7T4VlHI0

    “That, and I hated the 1st Shop of Coffee Prince OST.
    Loathed it and hated it.
    Didn’t like the drama itself and didn’t like the OST.”

    Oh but 1st Shop’s second OST is the bomb, on par with Soulmate. There’s loads of sadcore and dreampop, the perfect music for late-20s romantic drift. At least to me! 😀

  88. 88 Asmaa

    Wonder why am I reading this now.. o.o

    Anyways,

    It’s a good thing that it skipped me for the most part that they OVER-used the songs [maybe it is because i don’t understand korean and that is really a bliss at this point?]

    But I sure can see my ears sharpening if I ever choose to watch the whole drama all over again.

  89. 89 Anonymous

    please help
    who knows what was the song in the last episode
    when Jandi fell into the swimpool???

  90. 90 jehess

    guys do you know the title of the song in episode 5 where gu jo pyo is treating jan di’s wounds?It is with a line ‘lucky in my life’.

  91. 91 smartchild

    anybody know where to find the background music (not songs like just instrumentals) i don’t think all of them were included in the OST

  92. 92 -NiK-

    actually this song makes me cry. And also I luv this song. I can’t help but reminisce jan-di’s sufferings and also my senti moments.

    And also mr.javabeans, can i ask you for a link exchange if you don’t mind?

  93. 93 kate

    the sound tracks are the best!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! it just makes me cry when i hear the fuckin best songs everI IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII LLLLLLLLLLLLLLUUUUUUUUUUVVVVVVVVVVV UUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU kim bum,kim huye joong my adress is 80 smith street rhode island(kim bum and kim huye joong here is my adress to vistits me)

  94. 94 DeutschlaNd24

    WTF!! fighting over soundtracks doesn’t make any sense…
    actually, i admire the songs even though I’m from Netherlands…
    i like the song tunes though i can’t understand the lyrics.,,
    i love watching asian tv shows…!!

    and to kate (#93 comment), you’re fucking right!!

  95. 95 phemphem

    OST is good!!! Same with the movie…

  96. 96 gerrel

    ooooooooooooohhhhhhhhhh wwwwoooooooooowwwwwwwww this is great

  97. 97 charlynn

    I absolutely love all the songs, get lost to all of you who are complaining about the ost. Some people enjoy watching the show more because of its music…..
    I love ‘because i’m stupid’, ‘stand by me’, ‘paradise’, making a lover, and other t-max songs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  98. 98 stephnay_k3

    HAHAHA

    i do have to admit they CAN be overplayed
    but i dont really have a problem with the music selection, they are all good ..
    except maybe almost paradise … a little bit too cheesy and joyous

    the only problem is that they use them at the wrong moments
    like when the scene was all serious when Ha Je was bashing up Jun Pyo
    and then the F4 came and “ALLLLLLMOSSTTT PARAAAADISEEEEEEEEE”
    T_T

    and now we can so tell what’s going to happen next in most scenes, for example if we see Jan Di walking and all of a sudden ‘Lucky’ comes on we know she’s probably going to cry, and if ‘stand by me’ comes on Jun Pyo is probably gonna pop out of nowhere D:

  99. 99 akiraa

    actually the other songs are great….,,, but its too (over) or too much songs they put in the bof,, cant u see in every scene they did not use it in a right moment…other songs are not actually related….im kinda dissapointed in it… but im not just looking in the wrong side…look on the brighter side other songs are great…
    almost paradise
    stand by me
    and othersss….and i really love the making a lover dbest of all!!!!>……

  100. 100 charlie

    hello can i get the track list of boys over flowers

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