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I Am Legend’s band performs live at Jecheon
by | August 14, 2010 | 20 Comments

The drama I Am Legend has made it a point to feature real musical performances from its lead actresses, who comprise the Comeback Madonna Band in the show. The foursome rocked out again in a live stage performance on August 12, at the Jecheon International Music Film Festival’s opening ceremony.

The band members are Kim Jung-eun on vocals and rhythm guitar, Juni on lead guitar, Hong Ji-min on bass, and Jang Shin-young behind the drumset. They’ve performed live before, at the Pentaport Rock Festival, footage from which was used in the drama. At Jecheon, they performed the songs “Comeback Madonna,” “Killing Me Softly,” “Love Love Love,” “A Million Roses,” and “A Fine Day.”

One thing I particularly like about the drama is its use of the music; it doesn’t merely form a background score, but often echoes an emotional beat. It’s why I think Kim Jung-eun’s voice works really well for the part; it’s a little rough, but she’s not supposed to be a polished idol star and she has a great ability to convey her character’s emotions while performing, which isn’t an easy feat.

The song selections are mostly modernized rock versions of famous old pop songs from the ’80s or ’90s, which makes sense if the band was popular in their high school days. One example is “A Fine Day” (or “A Day I Feel Great”), which was prominently featured in Episode 4, sung by Kim Wan-sun in 1989. (The drama’s rendition seems to be borrowing Loveholic’s remake, however, down to the guitar riffs.)

The tune that the band played in Episode 1 at the outdoor stage is “황홀한 고백” (A Blissful Confession) by Yoon Su-il, also from the ’80s. “백만송이 장미” (A Million Roses) (below) is another old pop hit, which ended Episode 4:

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“A Million Roses” has been redone numerous times, and for another example, here’s a classical-pop fusion version from a group I’ve posted about before, I.S. (Infinite of Spring):

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I Am Legend has performed solidly in its first two weeks, and with the ratings increasing with each episode, it looks poised to become a hit. Personally, I’m really enjoying the story and the acting (and the music), so I look forward to what the new episodes bring.





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20 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. xiaoSxin

    fantastic!! i am loving I AM LEGEND!!

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  2. sarah

    i just love love love their version of million roses :)

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  3. lixin64

    I love how the band performs their own songs; it definitely takes dedication as actresses and I respect them that much more for it.

    Does anyone know if Lee Jun-hyuk does his own performances too? If he does, I absolutely LOVE his voice =]

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  4. Amg1

    I must say that I am happy with their musical direction, “A million Roses” one of my favorite Korean songs, I hope they eventually show a proper performance of the band live!!

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  5. Buki

    I wonder if they will perform on any of the weekend music programs, which in my opinion, could use a bit rock .

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  6. anon

    yeah i love korean drama but i’ve always somehow felt that kpop was lacking..i just dont feel connected to SNSD OR SUJU
    theres no originality: i dont think they even write their own music..its like they’ve all been cast from the same plastic surgery enhanced double eye lidded autotuned mold
    i wish java beans would do a piece on the prominence of IDOL GROUPS on the kpop scene

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    • 6.1 anon

      having said that i do enjoy some kpop (2pm,DBSK…etc)
      and i have a huge crush on siwon <3 but i'm confused by idol system…training vs raw talent

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  7. chodaddy

    Can you post the links to these two songs? pretty please?

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  8. hannahber

    i dont understand the song cause its in korean but im lovin it (a million roses). can i download this please? ^__^

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  9. kara elayne

    Did Lee Jun Hyuk had his own number too? I saw him in the pics above. He should have, I bet a lot of hearts would melt hearing him sing.

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  10. 10 Dara

    I seriously want the stylish to do something with KJE hair style, it’s a rock band the hair should go with it too.

    And the name of the band is just….I don’t know, just wish they could use a better name.

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  11. 11 berrymonster

    where can i download “백만송이 장미” (A Million Roses)

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  12. 12 doublen

    “A million roses” was originally sang by Russian singer Alla Pugacheva. I’ve never known they have Korean version of the song ;)

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    • 12.1 movall

      :) I know, I was quite surprised a few years back when first listened to Korean version of this song.
      Well, “A million roses” is also popular in Vietnam, the lyrics has almost the same meaning.

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  13. 13 saranga

    this drama was such a nice surprise! when i first heard about it kim sunah was attached to the project but when they made the switch to KJE i was interested. i thought she was a much better fit and i think i was right :)

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  14. 14 Yoojin

    i think i’m gonna cry….i was at jecheon for 4 days…i got back 1 day before this performance T____T why does my timing suck??? i was wondering why they were setting the stage up for…why me?? T^T

    great drama though and the songs are amazing :D

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  15. 15 Georgie

    So, I looked up “백만송이 장미” on YouTube and it came up with a Russian version! Apparently, that’s the original! I don’t know why, but I find that so astounding. But, here it is:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oIFmhye6fqw

    This song (in Korean) has been on repeat in my head since I heard it on the show. I couldn’t, for the life of me, remember the title, though, so thanks!

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  16. 16 moonrevenge

    @11, i’m the same, so eager to get million roses the korean version which performed by i.s. i will be happy if i get it.

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  17. 17 jed

    i really love the songs used in this drama I AM LEGEND, especially their version of “million roses” and “feel good day”…
    love this korean drama so much….
    KJE rocks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  18. 18 Jade

    I am curious about how the show got rights to the song Million Roses. It was written and composed in Russia in early 1980s. does anyone know the answer to that?

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