This isn’t a recap or review post. Instead I just wanted to pause and appreciate the awesome that is Shut Up Flower Boy Band. I’m really late in coming to this show. It’s been out for months, and has been on my “to watch” list since I read the recap of the first episode over at dramabeans. However, for some reason, I kept forgetting to start it until this week. After watching White Christmas, my love for Sung Joon was sparked into full gear, and when I looked him up, I saw he was in SUFBB with Lee Min Ki, who is one of my all time favorite Korean actors. So, after a small amount of denial, and a couple of hours spent watching fanvids, I gave in and watched the first episode.
Now, I’m still only on the ninth episode, but so far I love this drama to little heart-shaped bits. I want to embody the drama into a little thumb-sized person and bring it around with me at all times so I can look at the cute whenever I want to. If you’ve read my other posts, you’ll know I’m a sucker for delinquent boys and bromance dramas, so there was no way I wouldn’t like this show. On top of that, I love musical and rock dramas, so this show is pretty much just my brand of awesome.
The thing that really makes it or breaks it for these shows, however, is the OST. Without a good soundtrack, these shows are nothing. A lot of my favorite musical dramas have been hurt by bad music and the characters’ inabilities to perform the songs well. That creates a massive disconnect where I’m supposed to be happy for the characters’ success but honestly can’t, because the songs suck. On the other hand, if the song is good, and the characters own it, then a drama, which might have only been decent, gets sky-rocketed up to FRIKKIN AWESOME level.
This drama, on the other hand, was already awesome, and the OST made it even better. I love the way this drama feels, with its slightly fantastical coloring, and grungy dirtiness. I love the characters, who all feel very real, and despite their prettiness (the band’s called Eye Candy for a reason) their blasé anti-establishment rebelliousness. I love all the heart the guys have, and how much they miss their dead friend Byung Hee (played by the awesomely dynamic Lee Min Ki). And on top of everything, I LOVE this OST. I love that they sing it live, that you can hear the rough parts and mistakes when they’re practicing, and the more polished but still very live feeling of the real performances.
First, here’s Lee Min Ki’s song “Not in Love,” which isn’t played very often, but is still absolutely beautiful.
Next, Jaywalking, sung by Sung Joon. Oh dear God, I LOVE this song. So much. It feels rough around the edges, and just really full of life and energy. So much awesome.
Today, also sung by Sung Joon. This song really showcases how gorgeous his voice is, which I was NOT expecting (and has seriously not helped me in curbing my love for him). It’s a really beautiful, simple, sad song that makes me want to give the boy a huge hug and tell him everything’s going to be ok.
Wake Up. Ok, so I’ve not actually gotten to the episode where they play this song. I *maybe* cheated and looked up some of the other songs on youtube. I don’t know when this song gets played or why, but I’m really looking forward to it, because it feels a lot more raw, angsty, and even angry. That really excites me for what is to come in the future episodes!
Besides the music, the boys and their relationships absolutely make this world one that I want to live in. Here’s a small breakdown of the characters, and why I love them!
First of all, Lee Min Ki, you complete me. If I was Korean and a star, you’re one of the few people I’d want to call oppa, and I’d follow you around like a little lost puppy until you picked me up and made me your pet. He’s such a great actor, and he showcases that by the two episode cameo he has. His character, Byung Hee, is dynamic, magnetic, and I was SO not happy when they killed him off. Min Ki absolutely nailed his performance as the slightly crazy, intensely charismatic leader of Eye Candy.
Sung Joon. *giggle. Hi!! Ok, well, I probably don’t need to heap any more praise on this guy, but I DON’T CARE I’M GONG TO DO IT ANYWAY. He plays Ji Hyuk, the adorably gruff, silent, and intimidating replacement leader, who is actually all bark and no bite, and has a soft mushy marshmallow core. He’s got one of the sexiest stare downs ever, but then the next moment he’s grinning like a little boy on Christmas morning because his crush likes his voice and songs. SO CUTE!! I want him. So badly! I totally MINE this actor. I’ll say it right here, right now, he is MINE!!
Infinite’s L as Hyun Soo. Ok, I love Infinite, and while L is not my favorite member, I’ve always liked him well enough. I wasn’t really expecting much from him as an actor but he surprised me with his talent. He’s doing a really great job. At first I didn’t like his character, because he seemed like the more selfish, douchey guy. However, that changed after their performance episode. He messed up, got hurt, and got kicked off the stage. Rather than being angry at Ji Hyuk, however, his reaction was fear that Ji Hyuk would be upset with him. I was crying at that moment, because he seemed so scared and vulnerable. He’s a wonderfully layered character who actually cares more about his friends than possibly any of the other members besides Ji Hyuk.
Lee Hyun Jae as Do Il. This is actually one of my favorite characters. He provides a lot of silent support to both Ji Hyuk as the leader, and the rest of the band. He’s kind of like the silent glue that holds all the different personalities together. I’ve never heard of Hyun Jae before this. From my cursory google search it seems like he’s a *very pretty** drummer in real life. I’ve also heard he’s not full Korean, and has some European blood in him, however I kind of think it’s a shame people are focusing on his race rather than his acting. He’s doing a really great job so far, and I hope he gets together with the groupy girl.
Then Kim Min Suk and Yoo Min Kyu. These two characters really need to go together, because they’re in the most adorably bromantic relationship ever. So much cute!!!
Anyways, this post turned into a longer one than I was originally planning, but I couldn’t say no to the ridiculously cute guys and awesome music! Do you guys like this show? Any thoughts? Comments are loved!
Also, here’s a fanvid I absolutely adore for this show.