The Blue: Kim Min-jong, Sohn Ji-chang
Okay, this one’s for us old fogeys out there, with some news about old (oooold)-school kpop.
The popular-in-the-’90s vocal duo The Blue — aka actors Kim Min-jong and Sohn Ji-chang — are reuniting.
*sound of crickets*
Yeah, I know most of you don’t know who they are or care, but back in the Internet-less Ages, aka the ’90s, these two were The Shiz. They were perhaps the original pretty boys, alongside newbie actors like Jang Dong-gun and Lee Jung-jae, with whom they starred in some very popular dramas. Their projects kicked off a couple trendy-drama trends, back before Hallyu was Hallyu.
SONG OF THE DAY
The Blue – “나의 곁엔 언제나” (Always By My Side). I can’t say that I was ever in love with their music, but they do bring back some very fond memories. [ Download ]
Kim Min-jong explained in a recent interview that the idea was first proposed by Sohn, who’d toyed with the idea of releasing a “best of” album for a while. When the two appeared together for an event in 2007, the positive response convinced them to get back together, so they’ve re-recorded some of their old hits.
They’ll be releasing a four-song single album and will begin official “The Blue” activities starting in April.
To get a sense of their popularity at the time, when Sohn Ji-chang starred in the (original?) sports drama in 1994, the basketball-themed The Last Match [마지막 승부], he was the huge star and a little-known Jang Dong-gun was just getting his start (who went on to uber-fame, as well you know) — alongside a little-known Shim Eun-ha (who went on to be regarded as perhaps the best Korean actress, like, evah).
Sohn followed that by taking a role with buddy Kim Min-jong in the fun, frothy romantic-comedy campus drama Feeling [느낌] — alongside a little-known Lee Jung-jae (who also went on to superstardom, as we know).
In fact, Kim and Sohn sang the theme song for Feeling, which also enjoyed some success on the mainstream pop charts:
Feeling OST – “그대와 함께” (With You) [ Download ]
Kim Min-jong is currently acting (very well, I might add) in MBC’s The Return of Iljimae, and has remained active in the entertainment industry since his debut nearly twenty years ago. (Kim is just a week shy of 38; his birthday falls on March 23.) Aside from his old-school drama hits, he has acted in last year’s popular series Woman of Matchless Beauty Park Jung-geum and the risqué cable drama Hyena.
Sohn Ji-chang, on the other hand, was the bigger name back in his heyday, the early-to-mid-1990s. However, he hasn’t been very active in the past decade, although he did resurface a few times for drama roles and CFs, such as MBC’s 2004 series Age of Heroes with Cha In-pyo and Kim Ji-soo. He’s 39, happily married with children.
A couple more:
The Blue – “친구를 위해” (For a friend), one of The Blue’s hits. [ Download ]
The Blue – “너를 사랑해” (I love you). Sohn Ji-chang has the deeper voice, while Kim Min-jong has the higher one, although I’ve always thought Kim was the stronger singer. (Sohn always struck me more as an actor who was able to leverage his fame into indulging his enjoyment of singing — he has a decent voice, but not really a great one.) [ Download ]
Via Yonhap News