Pop Nostalgia for Simpler Times Sweeps Korea, Japan

      March 21, 2018 13:25

      Korea and Japan are experiencing nostalgia for the pop music of an era of rapid economic growth, when the world was young and everything still seemed possible.

      R&B trio Solid are coming back with a new album 22 years after they disbanded. They announce their reunion in a press junket on Wednesday and reveal the music video of their new single.

      Solid made their debut in 1993, and disbanded in 1996. They will give their first reunion concerts in Seoul on May 19 and 20.

      Solid (file photo)

      In Japan, music from the bubble economy period in the 1980s and 90s is also currently enjoying revival. Maharaja, a disco club chain and a symbol of popular culture in the 1980s, is being revived in major cities across Japan including Nagoya, Osaka, and Tokyo.

      A music genre called City Pop, which was popular at the same time as Maharaja, has become part of hipster culture since last year. An increasing number of young Japanese people are looking for albums from the 1980s in bookstores which sell used LPs.

      Members of a dance club in 1980s outfits and makeup perform in Tomioka, Fukushima in Japan.

      Music critics attribute the revival to people's desire to find consolation for their tough present in nostalgia for the past. Kim Wang-bae, a professor at Yonsei University, said, "This reflects a desire to escape the current malaise."

      TV shows that feature oldies are getting popular and new programs under a similar theme have popped up.

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