Throwback Thursday: SuperM Edition
Earlier this week saw the much anticipated debut of K-Pop’s newest super group SuperM, and it’s no surprise that the members are drawn from some of the most successful powerhouse groups in the industry. With countless accolades to their names, this week’s Throwback Thursday takes a look back at the roots of SuperM: SHINee, EXO, NCT 127, and WayV!
“Replay” - SHINee
Released all the way back in 2008 is one of the most quintessential K-Pop tracks, SHINee’s debut song “Replay.” Chances are, if you identify as a K-Pop fan, you’ve heard this song. Though they were young—and the sounds of the times were much different than today—SHINee’s star appeal was evident from the start. One thing’s for sure, the then 14-year-old maknae Taemin sure does hit differently from his present-day “Jopping” counterpart.
“MAMA” - EXO
Back in 2012, the ever-popular EXO had just debuted with their joint single “MAMA” released in Korean under EXO-K and Chinese under EXO-M. The epic “Tree of Life” narration at the beginning of the music video is particularly iconic, with the introduction of EXO’s supernatural group concept taking up almost a third of the video. Despite being a debut track, EXO doesn’t hold back with their token explosive vocals in either sub-unit—something that has been a staple for the group to this day.
“Fire Truck” - NCT 127
Relatively newer than their company-mates, NCT 127 hit the scene in 2016 with their debut track “Fire Truck.” Consisting of members Jaehyun, Taeil, Yuta, Haechan, WinWin, and current SuperM members Taeyong and Mark, the debut song from this sub-unit of SM Entertainment’s ground-breaking boy group NCT is just as in-your-face as one would expect. It’s been years, but the chorus still hasn’t left our heads.
“Take Off” - WayV
Though not technically a Korean group, the China-based unit of NCT, WayV, debuted with a Chinese version of NCT 127’s “Regular” earlier this year. The group then returned in May with their first mini-album titled Take Off, featuring a title track of the same name. “Take Off” is slinky while still being upbeat, but also a little gritty. With its urban beats set against a raging guitar, “Take Off” offers one of the most mature sounds from NCT yet.