CNBLUE: rock stars, aspiring dancers, budding florists
Text and photos: Tammi Tan
Video: Teng Siew Eng & Fiona Lin
The last time CNBLUE bassist and maknae (youngest member) Lee Jung Shin was in town, he reduced local reporters into a puddle of “awwws” when he shared about his close relationship with Jung Yong Hwa, the South Korean band’s leader and main vocalist.
But the twosome was anything but affectionate towards each other during our interview in a Valley Wing Suite at the Shangri-La Hotel yesterday afternoon – but don’t worry; things weren’t sour between them either.
It all started when we asked if the quartet, famed for their distinct indie rock sound, if they’d like to experiment with different music styles such as hip hop or techno.
Lead guitarist Lee Jong Hyun was telling us about how they’re already starting to try new things at the moment when Yong Hwa eagerly cut in, “Why don’t we try dance next time?”, and proceeded to demonstrate a stiff robot dance complete with mechanical sound effects (let’s just say CNBLUE is more known for chords than choreography).
This led us to ask the boys: who’s the best dancer in the group?
L-R: Jung Shin, Jong Hyun, Yong Hwa, Min Hyuk.
Without hesitation, both Jung Shin and Yong Hwa unabashedly raised their hands. Yong Hwa, upon noticing that his junior was vying for the self-imposed title of CNBLUE Dance King, immediately protested in English, “Hey. It’s me!”
Unmoved, Jung Shin stood his ground with a confident “No”, prompting Yong Hwa to play things a little more on the offensive: “I’m better than you.” (You can watch their brief bickering unfold here.)
When Jung Shin gave up (guess this unofficially makes Yong Hwa CNBLUE’s best dancer), we moved on to finding out who was the worst among the bunch.
Poor Kang Min Hyuk was volunteered by Yong Hwa with a forced raised arm, but the drummer did not protest, explaining, “I’m not that flexible, but I’m good with rhythm.”
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