Radiodiffusion Internasionaal Annexe


Kim Choo Ja

Most of Asia had an astonishing musical history throughout the 60s and 70s, producing mind boggling combinations of music that were the result of traditional and modern influences. And luckily, many of the fruits (i.e. – records) of these ‘chocolate-in-my-peanut-butter’ moments can readily found online. But of all of the countries of Asia, two drive me completely nuts – The Philippines and South Korea.

Both of these countries apparently got the worst music of the Western world. The Philippines got New Wave and South Korea got Heavy Metal. Now, don’t get me wrong, I loves me some cheesy synth pop or the occasional head banging… But the majority of what I see from both of these countries has been re-issues of stuff either like Gene Loves Jezebel or Helloween. Now both of these countries had amazing music histories, but finding copies of those records has been rough.

Kim Choo Ja (also seen as Kim Chu Ja and Kim Chooja) was born January 2nd, 1951. On her first album, she was backed up by Shin Joong Hyun (also seen as Shin Jung-hyeon and Shin Jung Hyun) and his band The Men. She went on to become one of the most popular vocalists of the 70s and recorded well into the late 80s. Unfortunately, I have not been able to translate her biography on her website (and online translators do very bizarre things with the Korean language).

Catalog number KLS-55 on Universal Record Co. of South Korea, released 1973.

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thanks for this, as always!
yeah that filipino new wave thing is so funny.. figures that metro manila is the only place in the world where ricky gervais’ “seona dancing” really took off! have you heard this story?

Comment by peter

Nope. Haven’t heard that one.

At least Thailand got Punk Rock. I’ve seen Sex Pistols, The Ramones, Television, Blondie, etc. singles that were released there…

Comment by radiodiffusion

Kim, Chu Ja’s voice is so hauntingly beautiful that I still remember some of her songs that I last heard 40 years ago. Noo-ni neh reeneh. Piga onandeh, he-eh-eh-eh piga onandeh; parampoonandeh…if I could find a copy of that album I’d buy it in a heartbeat.

Comment by James

I spent a year in Korea and was overwhelmed by the amount great music. You are correct that you have to dig and dig. I was able to collect many LPs, but it took getting to know someone who was into the “old” scene as the Koreans say. Also, check out for not only Kim Choo Ja, but a rundown of all Korean music worth a listen.

Comment by Chris Lowe

Here’s the missing link http://progressive.homestead.com/korea.html

Comment by Chris Lowe

FYI, I bought a Kim Chooja record on CD at a place called Purple Records in Hongdae (Seoul). album was released on CD by “PonyCanyon” Korea. came across this site doing a search for more info about her–loving her music! anyway, just wanted to let ya’all know that it seems to be a good place to get some popular (older) Korean music!

Comment by Melissa




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