Artist of the week – MC The Max

2009-08-02 10:19:46 2010-11-24 11:11:59

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PROFILE
ISU (Jeon Kwang Cheol)
Position : Vocal & guitar
Date of Birth : April 22nd, 1982
Height : 177cm
Weight : 59kg
Education : Department of Digital Entertainment, Seoul Cyber University

J. Yoon
Position : Violin & bass guitar
Date of Birth : June 13th, 1982
Height : 175cm
Weight : 55kg
Education : English Literature, Hongik University

Jeon Min-hyuk
Position : Drums
Date of Birth : September 27th, 1983
Height : 174cm
Weight : 50kg
Education : Cheongun University

BIOGRAPHY

Our featured artist this week the rock ballad group MC The Max. The group started out as Moonchild, a four-member group. In 2002, 3 of the members formed MC The Max, thus their MC is referring to Moonchild. They specialized in rock ballads with a heavy Japanese influence. Their first hit “A Brief Goodbye” was a remake of a classic X-Japan song “Tears” (you may remember this song from Jang Hyuk and Jeon Ji Hyun’s movie “Windstruck”). For their 2nd album, they invited famous Japanese singer songwriter Kouji Tamaki (from the legendary group “Safety Zone”) to write their title song “Time of Love”. This song became their first No. 1 song.

From their 2nd album onwards, MC The Max also collaborated with Kohmi Hirose, a female Japanese singer songwriter. Hirose has written many hit songs for MC The Max over the years, including “You Make Me Cry”, “Don’t Be Happy”, “Sunflower Sometimes Have Neck Pain”, and “Love After the Pain”. Hirose also remade the song “Don’t Be Happy” on her own album after MC The Max made this song famous.

Since their 2nd album, all the title songs from MC The Max’s studio albums have reached the top 10 on the music chart, an accomplishment that can only be matched by top artistes. Yet, they are still very much underrated. One of the reasons is that MC The Max usually release their albums in November or December – the winter months fit their sad love songs the best. The songs usually reached its highest positions in January. However, this timing did not work well with all the year end awards taking place in December. That’s why MC The Max have not been nominated to many year-end awards despite the popularity of their songs.

In 2005, MC The Max released a remake album in the summer. This album is a salute to legendary Korean singer Cho Yong Pil. The title song “Goodbye in the Memory” also hit the top 10. That year, MC The Max participated on a project album “Somewhere Over The Rainbow Vol. 2”, with the hit song “Searching for Love”, producing yet another top 10 hit. They are certainly an underrated group that deserve more attention.

This year is perhaps the last time for a while we see this group performing because all three members set to begin their mandatory military service this summer. MC The Max bid farewell to fans and released their special album “Rewind & Remind.” Their last album before entering the army, “Rewind & Remind” is a testament to the trio’s ten years together as one of the most popular and consistent voices in K-pop. The title song “The Following Car Is Honking” is written by Jun Hae Sung. It has a strong and catchy repeating melody that stays with the listener.

Fans will miss MC The Max for their extended leave of absence. Let’s all hope that they will come back strong in 2 years and will continue to produce many many hit songs.

DISCOGRAPHY
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* 1st Album (2002) : A Brief Good-bye, I Wanted to Fall in Love, My Last Breath

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* Love Is Time Sixth Sense (2nd album, 2003) : You Make Me Cry, Time of Love, Sixth Sense

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* Solitude Love (3rd Album, 2004) : I Believe in Love, Still a Sad Love Song

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* Memory Traveler (2005)

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* Rusted Love (4th album, 2005) : Love is Pain, First Love, Rusted Love, X-Love, You Are My Destiny

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* Returns (5th album, 2007) :

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* M.C The Max Best – Curtain Call (2007)

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* M.C. The Max Vol. 5 – Returns: Part II (2007)

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* M.C The Max Vol. 5 Full Package + New Single – Fall… In Love

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* Via 6 (6th album, 2008)

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* Unlimited (2008)

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* M.C The Max – Live Concert (CD+DVD) (2009)

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* Rewind & Remind (Special, 2009) : Intro, Light Zone, The Following Car is Honking, Getting Further Away, Wait, Tears, I’m Like That, Fever (feat. Monotonik), So Many Times, Far Away, The Following Car is Honking (Piano Ver)


[other]
* Somewhere Over The RAINBOW Vol. 2 (2006.08) : Find Love

WATCH
뒤차가 경적을 (The Following Car Is Honking) [Music Video] [Performance]

LINK
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