In the 90s when the idols had many regulations [Happy Together/2020.02.13]On February 14, 2020 by Raul Dinwiddie
Jaeduck, I hear network regulations were torture for you. Well, if you think back about the old days, no one was able to dye their hair. – Right. / – Back then, there were those regulations. – We couldn’t wear earrings. / – Exactly. We weren’t allowed provocative dance moves either. There were regulations regarding choreography too. What I remember the most was one that prohibited me from speaking in a dialect on the radio. – What? / – What? – No way. / – This is news to me. We couldn’t believe it either. They didn’t want me instigating regionalism. It’s why I couldn’t say anything. Don’t be ridiculous. His memory seems a little bit off. It makes sense though. I was active around that time too, remember? I was told to keep our knees off the ground. (Singers should keep their knees off the ground?) Off where? – Your knees? / – They shouldn’t touch – the ground when dancing. / – Why not? (I was told to keep our knees off the ground.) (Why?) For your safety and protection? Because it seemed too aggressive. – Visually? / – Because it seemed violent. – Really? / – So I think the dialect regulation could be true. – That’s new to me too. / – It’s true. In the beginning, we weren’t able to dance at all. – What? / – From what I can gather… Are you sure you know what “regulations” mean? – Sorry? / – Do you know what it means? How much of what you’re saying today is true? You’re being too creative. Can you stick to the truth? Maybe he has a friend named Kim Regulation. Are you sure you know what it means? Myunghoon is here by himself today, so it’s hard to verify… From what I recall, NRG used to end their song in this pose. – What? / – You’re being ridiculous. After our backflip, we did this. After our backflip, we did this. – Was this allowed? / – Your knee is touching. – Your knee is on the ground. / – Look. We were asked not to do it. – It was suggested? / – It wasn’t banned. – You were asked not to do it? / – That’s right. To leave your knees off the ground? We weren’t told it wasn’t allowed. – But refrain from / – Due to the state of affairs, we were asked not to do it. – The state of affairs? / – What? How is that a reason for anything? (Due to the state of affairs?) (I remember now!) TV music shows were canceled. There was a time when dance music was banned. – For a while. / – When? (Dance music was banned?) (1997, Republic of Korea) (Bankruptcy was declared upon the nation.) (TV networks took action.) (Actual news footage from back in the day) (Drama series and variety shows to be restructured) (TV shows that targeted teens were canceled.) (“KBS Top 10 Songs” was canceled after 18 years.) When the nation was in despair… During the IMF crisis. We weren’t able to perform songs that were bright or upbeat. You couldn’t sing “I Can Do It” during the IMF crisis. So in a way… See? I was telling the truth! – But you mentioned your knees. / – Because you talked about certain dance moves being banned, we all thought that you meant dancing was banned. NRG debuted on October 28, 1997. What year? It’s why I remember it clearly. The moment we debuted, we almost immediately rose to stardom, but the crisis happened. Our song became the first place candidate, but the show was canceled. So my teammates and I… This seems believable to me. For us, it was as if someone put a damper – on our career. / – Back then, – the whole nation was in despair. / – That’s right. – Right. / – Singers were asked not to dance. I think I remember that too. There was a time when dance music was banned.