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Shut Up adds Loveholic rocker as music director, releases long preview

Two things have turned my interest from cautious to full-blown love regarding upcoming drama Shut Up: Flower Boy Band, and now I can safely say that I have super high hopes for this show. First, the long preview was released, and it’s pretty feckin’ awesome.

Sadly, the 10-minute teaser has since been taken down and I can’t find an additional link, so I’m just posting screencaps I’d grabbed when it was still live, as well as another (short) teaser video. I’m sad that I can’t show you how great that highlight preview was, but on the other hand it pretty much gave away most of Episode 1, and the drama’s premiering in days anyway.

Suffice to say that the highlight reel gave a taste of mood, story, conflict, and now I feel confident that the drama is as raw and heart-tugging and full of youthful fervor as I hoped it would be. It actually makes me feel an emotion that I can only describe as jjan: sad, a little bit painful, but in the best way.

Here’s the shorter preview:

As for the long trailer that is no longer available: It established a lot of the facts that you’ll already be familiar with, if you’ve been following the posts on this drama. The boys of the band Angujeonghwa (Eye Candy) are living rough lives: sorta cool, sorta lost. Lee Min-ki (in an extended cameo) is their charismatic but also crazy leader Byung-hee, who talks in grandiose speeches about art and muses and music and life. He describes the feeling of taking the mic to a screaming crowd, with his friends playing with him, and then dying right then and there: “Because I want to die in my happiest moment.” The sentiment is profound but also kind of absurd, and Ji-hyuk (Sung Joon) stares at him for a moment before scoffing, “Crazy bastard.”

The boys are hanging out around Jungsang High School — that’s the posh school on the other side of the figurative tracks — looking for Byung-hee’s new muse… and find it in Su-ah (Jo Boa), who has that aura that commands their attention. Byung-hee’s thrilled — but on the other hand, Su-ah’s like, “Who’s this weirdo?”

She happens to be “claimed” by the rich leader of their rival band (Jung Eui-chul), who looks after her protectively. But she also bonds with Ji-hyuk, who’s her new neighbor when she moves in to a small rooftop room; her bankrupt Dad tells her to lie low and live quietly while he’s on the run from debt collectors.

I love the moments of the boys bonding, as we see glimpses of the hard lives they lead at home — even as they put on carefree faces when they’re together, with the swagger of disaffected youth. The rich hotshots get to play at the cool venues, while the Eye Candy boys decide to screw the rules and play in the street. (Pissing off the rich boys, naturally.) Byung-hee suggests that they transfer schools to Jungsang anyway and shake things up.

Already I love the relationships, the tone, the music, the everything. Eeee! The drama premieres Monday, and I can’t wait.

Then for my Point Number 2: the music. It’s just been announced that the music director in charge of the show will be Lee Jae-hak, a well-known songwriter who has worked on movies like 200 Pound Beauty and Take Off, both movies that had great soundtracks.

You may better know Lee Jae-hak as one-third of the rock band Loveholic — and after their lead singer Jisun parted ways (amicably) with the group, he and remaining bandmate Kang Hyun-min reworked the band into a new incarnation, Loveholics. The music still showcases their catchy melodies and modern-rock sound, but they put out an album with a rotating roster of guest vocalists, rather than bringing in a new one.

I LOVE LOVEHOLIC(S). And I love dramas with great soundtracks. So as you can imagine, I am very excited about this announcement, and am no longer worried that Shut Up: Flower Boy Band will just be a poor excuse for drama producers to slap on the label “rock” while giving us manufactured idol-pop music instead, figuring we wouldn’t know or care about the difference.

This also gives me an excuse to post some of my favorite Loveholic/Loveholics tunes:

Loveholic – “Blue 923” [ Download ]

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Loveholic – “Bless You” which was featured in Que Sera Sera’s soundtrack. [ Download ]

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Loveholics – “아픔” (Pain). [ Download ]

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Loveholics – “Raining” [ Download ]

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Loveholics – “Butterfly” from the hit sports movie Take Off. [ Download ]

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If folks can't find the 10 minute preview, you can just go on tumblr and look at the gifs: it's like watching the video on repeat. (Gotta love tumblr.) I can already tell I'm going to fall hard for this show, and for the lead actors. Sung Joon! Jo Bo Ah! Lee Min Ki! I can't wait!

Here's the link to my fav gifset:

http://damianic.tumblr.com/post/16479265657/i-think-this-is-the-first-time-in-my-life-ive

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me gusta.

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OMG OMG OMG
I was waiting for ages to see Lee Min KI in a drama
Wish granted and looks so smoking hot!!!!!

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I forget if any of the Articles about his camoe tells what happens to his character. My best guess is he dies, because from the above description, I don't see his character as the kind to sell out and dump his friends for a chance at fame. I would be disappointed if that's the case.

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Tell me those aren't his actual cheekbones, and just spectacular lighting.

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Hej, I found the long preview on youtube. If you want to watch it, just copy 'TvN Drama 꽃미남 밴드 : 안구정화 Highlight PV' into google search engine

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OK. This looks COOL and fantastic and it's mind blowing. Perfect to neutralize the What's up ? mourning. Lee Min Ki alien's face is so... out of this world. The soundtrack ( rock and ballads ) is wow !! Future hits. I think i'm slowly abandoning standard ( bad ) rom / coms for music dramas. And i'm not a teenager. What's happening to me ? For now, the changes in k dramaland landscape bring a lot of good stuff. :)

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Thanks 4 sharing and it looks to have a lot of cool/fun angst elements! Will be waiting 4 subs ^^.

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I don't know if I can post it but here is a direct link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KDHzvCOQZM0

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Ooooh! Looks cool! Can't wait till Monday :)

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Thanks for the link! I wasn't planning on watching this drama, but Lee Min-ki is too good to resist.

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OMG! I can't wait!!!!! ;_; I still wanna see the long teaser though. I can't believe I'm saying this but, damn it weekend! Pass by already!

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Thanks for posting this JB! are you and GF going to be recapping this show? :)

on a side note, I hope Dramafever also simulcasts this when its released! :)

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Oh wow...never heard of Loveholic(s), but I really like the songs you've posted. I remember enjoying 'Bless You' in Que Sera Sera. Thanks for the heads up on some new music.

I was going to watch this no matter what because I'm partial to pretty,bad boys (add a band to that and I'm pretty much sold), but now that there is the promise of good music I'm really excited. I hope I'm not disappointed.

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Oh wow, can they walk any sexier ***melts ***

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Lee Min-ki: is his character going to OD or something? Because he looks so... well, 'rock star druggie' is what comes to mind.

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Sweet. Thanks for the Loveholic(s) music links. Getting cautiously more excited for this. I'm really distracted though by the odd mushroom cloud hair plus the make up their sporting during the teasers. Hopefully I'll get use to it, especially when on super-skinny skinny What'sHisFace. If this also takes off then this channel is going to start getting known for putting out solid dramas at this rate and be a regular contender against the Big Three eventually.

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10 minute preview reposted under another username. Your welcome. ;-)

http://youtu.be/KDHzvCOQZM0

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BTW, I just listened to these Loveaholic tracks you posted, JB, and they are awesome!

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I can't wait to watch Shut Up Flower Boy Band & DH2! And I definitely have my hopes up for SUFBB esp. if loveholic(s) is part of this. Hehe...I love loveholic~

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Thanks for the links, all!

For the lazy, like me:

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Looks so good! Thank you everyone!

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The little shortie looks adorbs haha.
I'm going to love this, I know.

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Lee Min-ki and eyeliner were made for each other.

*swoon*

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omg! This might be a little random, but the song they used from 2:01-2:21 is from the My Boss My Hero OST! aka One of my favorite jdramas! *spazz*

Link to the song:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9dn-R3zI14I

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Hello Lee Min Ki!

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Wow, Loveholic too??!! I was already excited but this? Totally blows my mind. And I think Lee Min-ki's cameo looks ridiculously awesome. I think this fits him a lot better than being a pretty boy (a la Dal Ja's Spring -- which he was adorable in) but please, bring on the insane!

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SHUT UP! No way! OMG! *full throttle fangirl spazz!!!!*

Excuse me, my anticipation for this drama just shot through the roof. This is beyond awesome. This drama is officially in my list of awesome. They had me at Lee Min-ki. And now the deal is sealed with the Loveholic approval stamp. Loveholic is my favourite band, Loveholics I adore too! Is it Monday yet?

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Looks like they are filming a music video...oh well, still going to watch it though!!

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For once I want to skip the weekends and go to the weekday...o.O

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hmmm seems very interesting!! ^^

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아픔 is my favorite Loveholics track. I will watch this just for Lee Min Ki. I hope he comes back to dramaland soon.

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seems interesting , from the long preview , it's all about youth's passion , doesnt matter what the hell is going on in the world , as long as we get to do what we want to do
the theme is already attractive as it is , but if only they would keep lee min ki , i'm such a big fan of him , this rocker look suits him perfectly !

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WOWZA! So excited for this drama. I love the feel of it. Dark, emotional, but still funny.
I wonder what happens to Lee Minki's character?

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I already pretty much love this drama's guts and it hasn't even started yet!!! SOOO excited for monday!

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Okay, I am officially SOLD! Not only the pretty, but there's good chemistry between the leads that I can already see it play out, and the bond between the band is fun to watch! It seems like the music is gonna be to-die-for too!

Arghh too many, Dream High 2, Operation Proposol, and this?! Okay, my winter is booked and say goodbye to school homeworks, am in!

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I love Loveholics too!!!!!!!!!!!...but this year no dramas for me during semester...so this is number one on my backburner

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Since everyone's spazzing over the guys I feel compelled to mention the actress. ;) When they're waiting for his muse and she runs towards them luscious hair and all I felt that she with her angelic look is in perfect harmony with the band mates' grunge rocker look! I don't think LMK's character will fall prey to drugs etc but from the long preview @ 2:17 it looks like he gets beaten up or something.

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Excited!!

The female lead seems ok so far... too bad her character is the drama cliched girl whose parent disappears because of debt collectors and living in a rooftop. At least she was once rich lol

I think this is one instance where the awful hair of the lead won't stop me from watching the drama, I guess I'm not so shallow in that regards after all.

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I actually like that they're taking the drama-girl cliche and playing it more straight and realistic and fresh. Or, at least I hope I like it and in the teaser I thought it worked.

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"Already I love the relationships, the tone, the music, the everything. Eeee!"

I'm just looking at your screenshots here, but, oh yeah, love the tone! Visually very striking! And these are just a handful of screen grabs!

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I agree wholeheartedly JB!!

It. Is. Awesome!
And I CANNOT wait! Super hyped! Thank you! :D

And Loveholics! YES!!

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This is so shallow but the I could not keeP my eyes off lee min ki.... I swear he was born with that guykiner and rocker look

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lol, this is just like BOF

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I don't get it.
How is it like BOF?

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Because of Jung Eui-chul, of course ;-) hehe...

Or maybe it's because of the all-boys-one-girl group posse thing like the pictures portray.

Other than that, I don't really see a similarity. All those BOF dudes were crazy rich, and these dudes are not. Still, I am sucked in by the hype...hey, there's another similarity with BOF. :-)

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Three words = Huh?

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YESSS! LOVEHOLICS! AND BROMANCE! heh hehe.

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Huh, you have to add Loveholics to "JYP" ?
Wawaw, I'm happy for this battle. Thanks God for the Net.

Looking good!

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Lee Min Ki only has an extended cameo? So he's not gonna be in it for the entire run? LAME!

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Well, uh, he's not the main character. That other kid from White Christmas is...no need to call a drama "lame" because it doesn't have your favorite actor in it, lol...

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Damn. Now I have to watch this. I thought I just watch the 1st episode since Minki in it and although I love Myungsoo/L as part of Infinite but Myungsoo as actor make me wary. But I L.O.V.E Loveholic(s) so much I guess I'm on board then. This is cheating you guise!!! Kekekeke

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Anticipating for the show to come by!!!!

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Jaysus, guyliner galore.

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I'm so excited for this to come out. I was really excited for Mary stayed out all Night because the music was supposed to be rock/metal. That among others epically failed for that drama. It looks like we have nothing to worry about on the soundtrack side for this drama coming up!!

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ahhh L!!!!!! i can't wait^^

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OH EMM. I love it already. So this drama will get recapped right? What about Dream High 2?

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Oh man, this is like taking all of the dramas I've ever watched, adding that element of "Rock Rock Rock" to it, and making it AWESOME!!!

I love how Jung Eui Chul is the typical chaebol type rich kid with issues.

I love how each of the characters have their own nuances, their own quirks, and ambitions. The heroine looks, and sounds and acts pretty awesome. Not grating at all from what could have been the typical Mary Sue type "harem" set-up.

And, the friendship... oh man, I was laughing and smiling watching it. Lee Min Ki jumping out of a window and wearing a skirt?! Please tell me he's in this for more than 1 or 2 episodes!! :D

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the music is just beautiful. I am SO HAPPY that they will live up to the hype in terms of music. Heartstrings failed miserably on that. And in character development. And in drama development, lol.
EXCITED!

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Is it the trend in Korea now that not only girls but boys also look cachectic as well? I love Lee Minki though I swear he looks skin and bones

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I love Lee Min-ki as much as the next person and perhaps some more, but anytime I see him lately I just want to force feed him Kalbi or something. When I saw the photos from his recent photo book it just made me feel sad.

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Okay after seeing the trailer here's my conclusion: Sung Joon looks like Oguri Shun, and Jo BoA looks like Tang Wei.
Myungsoo is cute but he looks so small standing with those giants boys. Lee Min Ki is yum~~~~~

This drama reminds me of BECK, a J Movie.

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thanks for the update and the Loveholics' tracks =)

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*reads* *mouth drops open* * squeals excitedly while jumping up and down*

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I hope they don't make the love triangle the central focus, but rather just use it as a catalyst to move the plot forward. For once, just ONCE, would like to see a youth drama where the lead character has a life, and aspirations ... and dream of things beyond just hooking up with the cute boy/girl.

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I agree with everything you just said.

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I can't wait!!!!!! this is hitting all the right spots for me.

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This looks awesome. Along with the new actors, are the scriptwriters for this whole Flower Boy franchise also new? They seem to know what girls love.

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I'm not the only one who thinks Lee Min Ki's character ACTUALLY dies right?

I remember that preview a while back with him on that pool table or whatever and I definitely thought he wasn't just laying there. That quote kinda makes me more inclined to think this.

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