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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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I;m official HAPPY and overjoyed, not about the drama itself, but the music director and the song ! I LOVE LOVEHOLIC TOO!!! & ya know what, I;m ton of excitement here !!! <3

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Had no interest in this drama because "rock" usually never means what is should...but sounds like the OST is gonna be great and they certainly look the part. looking forward to this!

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ugh I can not wait for this. I'm not real thrill that they threw in the love triangle there. I REALLY REALLY HOPE IT DOES NOT take over the entire story. I want this more to be about the boys friendship and music, u know?

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I MIGHT just chuck my "only watch dramas when their finished" rule for this show. MAYBE. Still thinking...

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*fan girl mode* Lee Hyun Jae from Mate. That indie band is awesome, has cool songs, and he is adorably cute too.. But, he is just standing there like a picture... (He is with the long hair one)

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Lee Hyun Jae! (The guy with the long hair). He is from Mate. That indie band is awesome, has great songs,.. and he is super cute too xD.... He is kinda just standing there though.. like a pretty picture.
Anyways... I am back on Kdrama-land for this one!

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Ridiculously excited for this drama. I have a bad habit of waiting on a lot of shows to finish showing and then marathon my way through them, but this past season has had me running to Dramafever to catch the episodes as they're released. Shut Up! is bound to continue that trend.

Incidentally, my favorite Loveholic song is Crazy, which can be heard here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YOPkT1am31U&feature=results_video&playnext=1&list=PLDE1592FA051FCDAA

(Visuals from the fanvid don't hurt either.)

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I AM SO EXCITED! Why won't you come faster, Monday?!

My only problem here is that your recaps will be out faster than the English subbed episodes. And I might just not be able to stop myself from reading first before watching!

Recaps first? Or watch the Eng subbed first? Arrrrggghh. What a dilemma.

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Yay! I'm diggin the tone. And I am also a fan of Loveholic(s) so I'm looking forward to the music. I think music contributes a lot to any movie or drama, so I'm hoping for a great show.

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XD the hairdoooo's XD the LOLLY XD LEE MIN KI.. wish he was the lead thou.. I mean stick a little while more episode's..

WHAHAH.. LUCKY girl..^__^..Looking forward to this show..
LOVEHOLIC one of my fav ROCK BANDS...

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is Min Ki really only a cameo ? =( how come?

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Just wanted to say thanks for giving the links to that Loveholic song...it just made my 12 page paper ten times easier to write :)

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wow, i never heard of loveholic, or loveholics, but they are amazing love their music and have been looking for more of this type of music :D cant wait for the drama either :D

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