Wednesday, January 16, 2008

A career, a Korea—

Who is Scrabbel? This winsome stop-motion video for their song "Emily, I"

led to this one, for "1909"—about the assassination of Japanese foreign minister Ito Hirobumi by Ahn Jung-geun.

Korean history as fodder for pop?! (The footage comes from the film 2009: Lost Memories.)

(My favorite song of theirs so far might be this one, "Chicago New York.")

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Blogger selfdivider said...

Hey, thanks for this link. What a find! It's bizarre to think, though, that Ahn Joong-geun's assassination plot is memorialized decades later as... a music video. Maybe Scrabbel can do a concept album in which each song is dedicated to a Korean suicide bomber/slain independence fighter.

9:56 AM  
Blogger Ed said...

I think it's clever how, aside from the date (1909), a lot of the lyrics can scan both ways — (1) for Korean history buffs, and (2) as vague moody indie pop ("a hero of the underground"....).

Did you see that movie, 2009? (I did not like it so much...)

10:32 AM  
Blogger selfdivider said...

Haven't seen 2009, but you must watch THE SECRET SUNSHINE! Go to Koryo Video inside the Korean bookstore on the 32nd St. Just rent it for 2 bucks. Most of the films are subtitled in English, but make sure to ask the clerk, just to be sure.

P.S. - I have this eerie sense that this baby is not coming.

7:21 PM  

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