상상은 여권이 필요없는 여행이다
I decided I wanted Monkey Business exclusively dedicated to Korean music, so I won’t write a review for the delectable drama Reply 1994 here, although it is one of the few dramas I do recommend (and pretty much the only prequel/sequel drama I would ever recommend). And although there is an official OST, there were numerous songs used throughout the drama that didn’t get included in the OST.
With the glorious assistance of Shazam and despite much frustration with my listening skills, I managed to pick out several of the songs I enjoyed more. Here it is, a trip down k-pop history lane with the Reply 1994 Un-O(fficial)ST!
To start out, how about some old-skool hip hop with Seo TaeJi and Boys?! The very group that Jo Yoon Jin is obsessed with at the outset of the drama, only their “너에게 (To You)” was used in the OST. However, “우리들만의 추억 (Only Our Memories)” made my ears perk up when I heard it as Yoon Jin carefully rushed down the street with corn chips, bequeathed unto her by her holy savior, nestled in her hands.
Next is 015B’s “신 인류의 사랑 (New Humanity’s Love),” which I completely can’t understand why they didn’t include it on the OST. Everybody noticed the song since it was so crucial to the scene where it was played: Na Jeong was trying to help Sseuregi set up his voice mail. After multiple failures (Sseuregi has a hard time grasping the concept that he shouldn’t speak when they’re recording), Sam Cheon Po sauntered in, singing along to the music, and invited them down to dinner. It makes a reappearance (featuring Sam Cheon Po) in a later episode, as well.
“그대와 함께 (With You)” was technically included on the OST… if you consider B1A4’s cover the same thing. But here’s The Blue’s original version. I wanted to include it because one of the singers, Kim Min Jong, made quite a significant guest appearance during episode 13 (that was him singing at the wedding).
I don’t remember when “변해가네 (Changing)” made an appearance, although I remember Na Jeong and Sseuregi meeting outside the boarding house. I DO remember being absolutely flabbergasted that Shazam picked it up, because it went by really fast. It’s a nice little old folk-pop song, and can be slightly reminiscent of Sanullim.
Finally, a ballad from Park Ki Young. Go Ara covered Ki Young’s “시작 (Start)” for the OST, but the original version of “마지막 사랑 (Last Love)” was used briefly toward the end of the drama. One of those touching, emotional scenes that bore me.
There were many other songs used throughout Reply 1994, and several great songs included on the official OST (including my personal favorite, Kim Ye Rim’s “행복한 나를”). This is just a list that scratches the surface of k-pop history~