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KBS trots out trot drama Trot Lovers

javabeans: Wow, Big Man hasn’t even aired yet and already KBS has confirmed the schedule for its successor drama to take over in mid-June, which is titled Trot Lovers. Er, Trot Couple? Trot Paramours?

girlfriday: I like Trot Lovers. It sounds more chocolate-lover, less lovers-who-meet-through-the-wonders-of-trot-music.

javabeans: It sure is a… special premise. It’s a romantic comedy about a twentysomething woman with trot skills…

girlfriday: Dirty!

javabeans: …and the geeeeeeeenius songwriter she falls in love with, who helps turn her into a singer.

girlfriday: In 1960?

javabeans: It certainly doesn’t sound like the most au courant setup, that’s for certain. I mean, I know trot still has its fanbase… most of them still clinging to their vinyl from the 1960s… but maybe they’re making trot hip again? Or for the first time?

girlfriday: I feel like in order for trot to be hip in the drama, it has to be set at least in 1980. Unless we’re dealing with an alternate universe and trot is the new idol.

javabeans: Okay, now I want to see the idols they cast in this, giving it the full-on trot warble and hip-shake.

girlfriday: I’m curious who they’ll cast, because you need a heroine who can belt out trot.

javabeans: Or lip-sync really well, in which case, we’re back to the idol thing.

girlfriday: If it’s being helmed by the PD of Pretty Man (as some sources say), then maybe IU can do it.

javabeans: Oh, she might actually be really good for it. And then Jang Geun-seok can play the genius songwriter, and, oh waaaait.

girlfriday: I would guess it’s something like Light and Shadow, the trot version, but this one is clearly labeled a comedy. So… Banga-banga? Or Born to Sing? (Coincidentally both starring the same guy, hm.)

javabeans: And now you’ve tapped out my knowledge of trot. Although I could probably sing a bunch of them if you played them for me, like a Pavlovian response to hearing those tunes.

girlfriday: I know. I always think I don’t know trot, but then whenever they do those song festivals on variety shows, I can always sing along. So apparently I DO know them.

javabeans: “Cha! Cha! Cha!”

girlfriday: Bae-ho jjang!

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Isn't trot a kind of music that nobody admits to like but somehow everybody is able to sing it and that can revive lamest parties? :)
While I was completely new to K-entertainment and still thought that idols might actually sing, I watched some showcases on YT. Only later, as I learned more about Korean music, did I realize that what I liked about idols were their renditions of trot hits... I really find it more catchy than the typical kpop fare.

Actually, I think there quite a lot of singing actors and musical actors around to make it enjoyable without relying on idols. My hopes are for Lee Ji Hoon - he's a singer and he would be soooo good as the lead here.

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I have just watched Tone Deaf Clinic..I love the voice of the main lead there. I think Yoon Sang Hyun is suited for the role of a genius songwriter.

While for the heroine, IU can do it. Or maybe, Ham Eun Jung? I haven't seen her since the bully scandal took place. I wish to see her again on a drama.

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I can honestly say i have no idea what trot is...so looking forward to finding out from this drama...looks fun...and i do hope IU starts a new drama cause i really like her and one where she sings as well....대박!

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I just watched some trot videos on youtube because I also didn't know about trot. I realized after listening that we do sometimes hear trot in contemporary kdramas...usually sung by older people of course!

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haa haaaa haaa "Bae-ho jjang"
You guys crack me up every time

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I really don`t have a clue what trot is. Music trot?!... The only ”trot” I know is foxtrot, the Ballroom dance. LOL.

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I read somewhere that "trot" is actually an abbreviation of "foxtrot" and that the original trot music, from back in the first half of the 20th century, wasinfluenced by foxtrot rhythms or had beats that were good to do the foxtrot to, or something like that. Honestly, I know nothing about ballroom dancing so I wouldn't know a foxtrot if I saw it, but the point is that trot the music and foxtrot the dance are actually somehow kind of loosely related.

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Jang Yoon Jung 4evah

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Do Min Joon would be happy, LOL

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"Bae-ho jjang" indeed, LOL.

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OMG This comment is just daebak! hahaha

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Except for OSTs, I don't really listen to K-Pop (except for IU, ha!), but everytime they play some trot songs on variety shows or so, I find myself thinking "Well, that stuff sure is catchy!"
So while I'm probably not the intended audience at all, I'm surely interested! xD

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I want to see these people for cameo. Park Hyun Bin the trot prince must be in this and also Jang Yoon Jung the trot queen. Then let's have veterans Tae Jin Ah and Song Dae Kwan do cameo. Their battle sure fierce.

And Hong Jin Young too.

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A few idols can pull off trot skills. The first name that comes to mind is SHINee's Onew, however his casting is highly improbable. Instead this drama some of the currently hip kpop idols or better yet, Park Hyun Bin? *shabang shabang*

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*shabang shabang* :) :) :)

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"highly improbable"

T_T

cameo please

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Doesn't DaeSung from BigBang sing trot every now and then?

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come2noona ~

Yes, there are videos on YouTube.

Also, someone uploaded scenes from Sungkyunkwan Scandal with trot music as the background music to YouTube.

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Yes so does Minzy

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Yeah, he's probably the best k-idol to sing trot :-)

Here's Fantanstic Baby Trot ver. ^^
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=orVVJ20UegM&feature=youtube_gdata_player

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HAHAHAHA just watched this! Funny how he immediately regretted his trot version of Fantastic Baby and asked for it to be edited out. Thanks for sharing the link.

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Wow! I didn't know! I've just fallen in love, this is hilarious. And actually, this song gives him a chance to show off his voice quite well.
http://youtu.be/L_HF7SsSnHE

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Shabang Shabang is my fave trot song! Park Hyun Bin better be in this! Even for just a cameo. :)

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Onew, yes! Boy has mad trot skills... cameo pls!

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Saw the pic. Loved the movie and could love Trot since I already kinda sorta like good Country and Western music. Hope it's a good drama but would be so good if it was set in modern times. Thanks for the notification.

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.... I want this!
Love trot, love rom-coms, if they don't mess up, I wll love this drama too! Even more so if it's set in the 60s~ Now I have a reason to want Big Man to air I guess :p
And if I had a way to make the casting people from KBS listen to me, I'd totally suggest Jo Jung Seok. I know he'd be a songwriter, but surely he'd sing a little too? I like his voice and the words "Jo Jung Seok" and "trot" just sound so well put together. At least to me.
Yay, hope this drama happens, thanks for the news!

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Oh I never thought of him, but Jo Jong-suk would be so amazing in something like this. I second! But I do honestly want him to do a sageuk soon. Dilemma, dilemma :P

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A sageuk would be a nice addition to his "dramagraphy", that's true =) He can still do one afterwards! I would say "he can do both" but... he needs to sleep and being in one drama is already hard enough!

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oooOoo jo jung seok
and then maybe IU can be the female lead so they can finally reunite for another drama...
my wishful thinking? maybe so..sobs :[

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Kekeke, JoUers are truly everywhere, aren't they?

But obviously I'd be in heaven if JJS did this - apart from the fact I'd watch everything he did, how could they NOT let him sing in a trot drama?!

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Had to look it up on YouTube, (there's plenty of videos).

Also, Wikipedia's take on it.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trot_%28music%29

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YOU GUYS GOT ME EXCITED THINKING CHA TAEHYUN IS PLAYING A TROT NERD IN A NEW DRAMA

(where is that picture from by the way)

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If I'm not mistaken, it's from the movie "Highway Star" which is quite a nice movie with a very cool OST ~

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Yes! I watched Highway Star cause I love Cha Tae-Hyun and he sang that song in an early epsode of 1N2D season2. He's so adorable belting it out. I Like trot in dramas and movies but I finally figured out what it is. :) I'd watch this drama!

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Lmao the first name that came in my mind while reading the premise was JGS! I'm still waiting for him to do something that worth his talent, and he seems to be less co-operating in that department since forever. But I'll keep everything crossed it happens soon since the next drama he does is probably his last before enlisting.

This drama sounds... Interesting. And different... Which is saying a long in this day and age where everything is recycled. I thought PM's PD was good, I had more issues with the writing even if even that was still decent. So I'll look forward to how this shapes up.

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I don't mind Jo Jung Suk and IU reunite for this drama. I think Jo Jung Suk can do trot well and its exciting to hear IU sing some trot song LOL

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IU's rendition of "Men Are Boats, Women Are Harbors" on Immortal Song was amazing, despite the mishap at the end.

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I wouldn't mind them 2 reuniting lol its would be awesome hopefully lol ? I love JGS hehehe

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2NE1 Minzy is a good trot singer I hope she get a role in this (even tho I know it's impossible)

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Joowon should be in this drama, what with his trot performances in 1n2d (when it was still tolerable :p).

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Oh, that's the BEST suggestion yet. He sings so well! I hope someone offers him the role. :)

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"When it was still tolerable" ... What chyou talkin bout Willis?!?

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I remember he really appeared to enjoy it when he sang to the villagers and they all sang along. He would be great

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Oh, I would love it if it's JooWon. :-) <3<3<3

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Yes! Joo Won would be perfect for the role! I first found out about trot from his 2D1N "Shabang shabang". Loved the genre since! Hope they cast him... will probably be one of his last projects before going off to the army *sobs* Definitely looking forward to this!

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He's going to army already? When? :-(

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I thought of Joo Won for the role too. I don't know trot but I think he was singing one in this video.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iElbE9VddGg
He's a good actor and very talented so I hope he gets an offer. Will surely watch it!

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it's me or every day has a lot of dramas than before....

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I got familiar with trots because of a 1 contestant in "K-popstar". It sounds different, but i think a real talented signer can do it like a pro! :)

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I seriously don't know a thing about trot music.
But if IU is in, I'm in too....

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When I hear about trot music I imagine Lee Seunggi in those glittery jackets right away.

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lee seunggi dosen't do trot...but ohmygodYESH! i want a lee seunggi in a glitter jacket..LOL

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LOL...seeing tae-hyun oppa I got so excited that it might be him...but guess not. but this sounds like so much fun...just imagine all the trot songs... ^^ i actually like trot..and I'm not even korean or old.

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