KOREAN ROCK: Jaurim (1997~Present) (1)

헤이 헤이 헤이 (Hey, Hey, Hey)


Jaurim: Images from 1997 MV

Yesterday (Jan. 8) Jaurim opened the show NAGASU1, not with their performance but with their afterthoughts on the show – how much they were appreciative of the way the audience had embraced and received their music and how they had enjoyed each and every moment throughout the fourteen rounds of competitions.  NAGASU is a survival show airing on MBC, where established, professional musicians perform in a competitive setting.  And Jaurim survived all along, with fourteen great legendary renditions of great legendary Korean music – some are their own and some are others’, and graduated with honors a week ago yesterday.  Well-deserved, they were simply awesome.  And I was happy especially for Kim Yoonah (or Kim Yuna), lead vocalist and songwriter of the band, whose genius I feel incredibly fortunate to have witnessed anew every Sunday. 

I’ve been such a loyal, faithful NAGASU fan.  I just loved to watch the show in spite of all those controversies.  But without Jaurim, an honor graduate, and my Bobby (Kim) who was eliminated a week ago yesterday, the show suddenly seemed completely insignificant and void.  So I clicked off the video immediately after Park Wan Kyu’s performance since he was the reason I clicked on the show in the first place.  That was my first time ever to do so ever since the show’s debut, and my killer instinct tells me that now is the show’s first “real” crisis. 

....... Uh...... where was I?  Okay, let me get back to Jaurim. 

Although the movie Man with Flowers (1997) was a box office flop, that summer Jaurim had made a jump from the indie scene to the mainstream with their first single “Hey, Hey, Hey,” released from the soundtrack of the movie.  They looked like an overnight sensation, but they’d actually been kicking around – Kim Jinman (bass) and Lee Sunkyu (lead guitar and vocalist) formed the indie band, the Choco2 Cream Rolls (CCR), in 1995, and Kim Yoonah and Goo Taehoon (drums and percussion) had encountered each other in the indie scene since 1993. In March of 1997, Kim Yoonah joined the CCR and they renamed the band the Ugly Ducks3 (UD), then Goo joined back up with Kim Yoonah in the UD.  When asked to participate in the soundtrack of the upcoming movie, Man with Flowers, they ditched the name Ugly Ducks (which they thought was too amateurish) and renamed the band Jaurim (자우림 紫雨林, which means Purple Rain Forest).

The Ugly Ducks (1997): 
Lee Sunkyu, Kim Jinman, and Kim Yoonah (left to right)
Image downloaded from Kim Yoonah's Twitter 

In no time, Jaurim became the standard bearer of mid 90’s Korean modern rock, along with the Ju Ju Club (or Juju Club, 1996~2002).  Both bands are among many artists influenced by the Cranberries, the Cardigans, and Alanis Morissette, especially by Dolores O’Riordan’s vocal styles (yodeling and keening).  Jaurim received criticism, the moment they surged into the limelight, that they were just copycatting the Cranberries.  However, they have come of age and evolved along their own lines way over a decade and proved themselves to be the cream of the crop.  Over the past 15 years, the band has never taken a hiatus or experienced a change in orientation.  They are the longest-running current band with all four original members surviving in Korean music history.


1. NAGASU is an acronym of Naneun Gasuda ( 가수) which means “I’m a singer.”
2. Choco is a Koreanized word of chocolate-covered.  Choco Cream Rolls (CCR) was intentionally meant to be a cover band of Sanullim as both Kim Jinman and Lee Sunkyu are die-hard fans of the band. 
3. The band name Ugly Ducks was chosen on a whim just because the members didn’t want to bother.


(If you want to watch the following video clips in HD full screen, click on the titles on screen or double-click the clips.)


[MV-1] Jaurim - Hey, Hey, Hey (1997)


[MV-2] Jaurim - Hey, Hey, Hey (1997)


[LIVE] Jaurim - Hey, Hey, Hey (2011)




Lyrics:  Hey, Hey, Hey                                                            Translated by ONSEMIRO


hei   hei   hei    (x6)


Hey!  Hey!  Hey!

haessari   hangadeuk   paran   haneureul   chaeugo

The blue skies are filled with sunshine to the brim and

nunbusin   geudaega   nae   maeumeul   chaeugo

My heart is filled by dazzling you and

eoduun   naldeuriyeo   annyeong

Goodbye, gloomy days!

oeroun   nunmuriyeo   annyeong

Goodbye, lonely tears!

ijeneun   naraoreul   siganirago   saenggakhae

I think now is my time to soar.


ggoddaun   naega   geudaee   maeumeul    chaeu-go
Your heart is filled by me who is blooming and
hyangiga   hangadeuk   hayan   dosireul   chaeugo
The white city is filled with fragrances to the brim and
eoduun   naldeuriyeo   annyeong
Goodbye, gloomy days!
oeroun   nunmuriyeo   annyeong
Goodbye, lonely tears!
ijeneun   naraoreul   siganirago   saenggakhae
I think now is your time to soar.

yeongweoni   nae   gyeote   nun   ddeumyeon   eonjena
Forever by my side, whenever I open my eyes
geudaee   misoga   nareul   utgehaji
Your smile makes me smile
yeongweoni   nae   gyeote   nun   ddeumyeon   eonjena
Forever by my side, whenever I open my eyes
geudaee   misoga   nareul   utgehaji
Your smile makes me smile

haessari   hangadeuk    paran   haneureul   chaeugo

The blue skies are filled with sunshine to the brim and

ggocheul deun   geudaega   nae   maeumeul   chaeugo

My heart is filled by you holding flowers and

eoduun   naldeuriyeo   annyeong

Goodbye, gloomy days!

oeroun   nunmuriyeo   annyeong

Goodbye, lonely tears!

ijeneun   haengbokhaejil   siganirago   saenggakhae
I think now is our time to be happy.