Welcome to ‘Spotlight on:’ In these segments here at HallyuNoona we will be putting the spotlight on any Kpop song past or present, breaking it down and hopefully introducing to new (or new old) music along the way!
All ‘Spotlight on:’ blogs will start with the video for you to watch, after the video we will cover our opinions on the song and video much like we do when we do a review. As always you will be able to use the tags at the bottom of the post to see all our posts (including artist profiles where we have them) relating to the artist or song featured. You’ll also see a bio of each song including links to romanised lyrics and Hangul lyrics where available.
There will recommendations on other songs you may like if you like this song, sometimes by the same artist and sometimes by others. You will also be able to see our posts on these related artists/songs by using the tags after the post.
Today’s video is a bit of a two-for-one as there were two versions of this video released – the “Space” and the “Street” versions.
Lyrics can be found here
Song Name: Fire
Released: 6th May 2009
Label: YG Entertainment
EP/LP name: N/A
Other interesting Info:
- Written and produced by Teddy Park
- 2ne1’s debut song (but second release after Lollipop)
- The music video features a cameo from label mate G Dragon of Big Bang.
I love CL’s intro to this song, she really was carving her niche in Kpop from day one!
Dara’s part is a nice catchy piece, though as usual overlayed with so much robot voice effect you can’t hear her. The whole song has that feel to it in this case but this is done far too often to Dara’s voice, which is a shame as Dara can really sing! She doesn’t have a typical kpop singer’s voice, but she does have beautiful soft lilt that is great on emotional songs!
Minzy is great, but it definitely feels like for the debut they were primarily pushing her dancing.
Park Bomb’s voice back then was astonishing, I do feel her voice has lost a little in recent times (or maybe the other girls have just caught up with her?) but in this song, it’s powerful, clear and perfect.
The song is so catchy I find myself even trying to sing along to Korean parts I don’t know the words to, however the audio effects are wayyyy over the top – even for this style of music.
It definitely has that ‘take it in turns’ style a lot of debuts have, but in Kpop, where your fandom can make or a break you, properly showcasing your members in a debut is actually quite an important thing, so it doesn’t feel weird.
Or should I say videos?
Lets start with the “Space” video, or as I like to call it the “Let’s-Play-in-the-YG-Dress-Up-Box” version. Unfortunately it does look to me like the girls were allowed to dress up and make their own stages and, just like kids in a drama lesson, completely ignored the original brief. Sorry but I don’t like it.
One of the positives of the “Space” version is that Bom looks fractionally less awkward than in the “Street” version. This could be because in the “Street” version she is wearing one of my much hated leotards or it could be because, despite all my love for Bommie, she cannot dance. (I apologise – I know some of her fans insist she can… but she can’t – she’s very awkward). She does have an amazing voice and a smoking hot bod though so I don’t think she’ll be heartbroken:P
In general I prefer the “Street” version by a lot, although never has a box set been more evident than it is here. Blink and you’ll miss G Dragon at 3:20…. still looks like he’s enjoying it mind!
I am also eternally grateful that they toned down on the fake tan/bronzer. It’s a brave new world but sponsorship form Tango would not have been far away.
All in all, the videos aren’t bad and are nice little intros to the members, but the standard we expect from both rookie groups and 2ne1 is now much higher so it can look a little dated to a newcomer.
Still a great song and fun video, and it certainly could have aged worse.
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Let me know in the comments below what you think of this song and video! Are you a veteran or newcomer to Kpop? Do you think this affects your view?