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Onsiri Pravattiyagul is popular with students visiting the Bangkok Post because she has met so many top pop stars. Her job is to be truthful, however, and she has both good things and bad things to say about the recent Bangkok K-pop concert. 

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Onsiri Pravattiyagul is the Bangkok Post's top reviewer for the pop music scene. She is very popular with students visiting the company because she has met and interviewed so many of the world's most popular pop stars. Her job is to be truthful, however, and you'll notice she has both good things and bad things to say about the recent K-pop concert here in Bangkok.


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K-pop mega gig demands stamina


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Korean concerts are definitely more strenuous that the most hardcore of metal concerts. They require stamina, crowdhandling skills and a lot of patience because the die-hard fans don’t let up for one second.

True to K-pop tradition, lip-synching, synchronised movements and outrageous concept outfits were compulsory for all performers. There isn’t any point in criticising their musicality because, as far as manufactured Korean music goes, most fans got what they’d paid for.

With the sole exception of SG Wannabe, all the groups relied heavily on lip-synching, although a few performed in ‘‘half-vocal’’ style — which didn’t seem to dampen the crowd’s spirits.

Then again, there’s a technique to this whole fake-singing charade. How well you carry it off usually depends on how much of a showman/woman you are. The experts can pull this stunt off with so much conviction and with such a high level of performance that all is forgiven. They also make up for this lack of vocalisation with their dance moves, stage presence and their natural charm.

Off the 20 groups present, CN Blue and FT Island have always billed themselves as ‘‘real bands’’ since each member can play an instrument to some extent. But that evening both groups mimed their entire set, going through a series of not-so-spot-on stage moves. It was really quite infuriating to see such sloppiness, but then again no one really gave a toss what they were playing, anyway.

The most surprising disappointment was the Wonder Girls, possibly the biggest Asian girl group to emerge in the past few years. Since they’ve toured the US practically non-stop, and done opening slots for the Jonas Brothers, one would have expected them to tear the house down. But they looked exhausted, worn out — the freshness was simply not there — and that was why Girls Generation was able to swoop in so effortlessly and court the crowd with their cuteness.

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Production costs for this event must have been quite high, for it was clear that a lot of thought had gone into the graphics and high-definition screens. Not that anyone cared, though. Stadium staffers were also very strict about keeping everyone in their allocated seats, and came off as rather rude in the process.

The organisational and promotional aspects of this concert were abysmal. But anything even vaguely Korean can get away with murder these days.

Adapted from a story by Onsiri Pravattiyagul in the Bangkok Post's Life section

mega – very large or great ยิ่งใหญ่
gig – a performance by musicians playing popular music or jazz in front of an audience การแสดงดนตรี
stamina – the physical or mental strength that enables you to do something difficult for long periods of time ความทรหด,ความแข็งแรง,ความแข็งแกร่ง
strenuous – using a lot of effort, energy or strength ด้วยความมานะ บากบั่น
hardcore – loyal and willing to give your time and energy to something that you believe in อุทิศตัวเพื่อ
patience – the ability to wait for a long time without becoming angry or upset  ความอดทน
die-hard – strongly opposing change and new ideas, in this case remaining loyal to their favourite musicians หัวดื้อ, หัวรั้น, ซึ่งไม่ยอมเปลี่ยนแปลง
let up – to make less effort; to become less strong พยายามน้อยลง, เหนื่อยน้อยลง
tradition –a custom, a way of doing something that has not changed for a long time ตามธรรมเนียม, ประเพณี ดั้งเดิม ตามที่ปฏิบัติกันมา
lip-sync – to move your mouth, without speaking or singing, so that its movements match the sound on a recorded song, etc
synchronise – to happen at the same time or to make something do this ทำให้พร้อมกัน, ทำให้เป็นจังหวะเดียวกัน
outrageous – very unusual and slightly shocking  ซึ่งกระตือรือร้น
concept – an idea ความคิด
outfit - clothes เสื้อผ้าทั้งชุด
compulsory - if something is compulsory, you must do it because of a rule or law ที่จำเป็นต้องทำ
musicality – skill and understanding in performing music
manufactured – invented, but not original
sole – only เดี่ยวๆ
exception – someone or something that is different in some way from other people or things and so cannot be included in a general statement เป็นที่แตกต่าง ที่พิเศษออกไปจากกลุ่ม
rely on – to depend on or trust พึ่งพา  เชื่อถือ ไว้ใจ
dampen – to make something less strong, large, etc.  ทำให้อ่อนกำลังลง
spirits – mood, feelings อารมณ์
technique – a method of doing something using a special skill that you have developed เทคนิค,  กลวิธี (เฉพาะด้าน)
fake – made to look like something real in order to trick people ปลอมแปลง
charade – a situation in which people pretend that something is true or real when it clearly is not
carry off – to succeed in doing something that most people would find difficult ทำได้สำเร็จ
showman – a person who does things in an entertaining way and is good at getting people's attention นักแสดงที่มีพรสวรรค์
pull off – to succeed in doing something difficult ทำได้สำเร็จ
stunt – something silly or unusual to which is done to get public attention
conviction – a strong opinion or belief ความเชื่อมั่น, ความเชื่ออย่างแรงกล้า
performance – the act of carrying out some time of entertainment or sport การแสดง
forgive – to stop feeling angry with somebody who has done something to harm, annoy or upset you ยกโทษให้, อภัยให้
vocalisation – the process of producing a word or sound with the voice การเปล่งเสียง
stage presence – the quality a good performers has of making a strong impression on other people by the way they talk or behave การประพฤติตัวซึ่งน่าประทับใจ, กิริยาท่าทางซึ่งน่าประทับใจ
charm – the power of pleasing or attracting people เสน่ห์
bill – to advertise or describe somebody/something in a particular way
to some extent – somewhat ในระดับหนึ่ง
mime – the use of only the movements of your body and face to tell a story or express yourself การแสดงโดยไม่ใช้คำพูด
spot on – exactly right ถูกต้อง
infuriating – making someone angry or annoyed ทำให้โกรธ
sloppy – that shows a lack of care, thought or effort ยุ่งเหยิง, รกรุงรัง, ซึ่งไม่เป็นระเบียบ
not give a toss – to not care at all about somebody/something ไม่สนใจ
disappointment – the feeling of being unhappy because something that you hoped for or expected did not happen or because someone or something was not as good as you expected ความผิดหวัง
emerge – to appear ปรากฏออกมา
slot – a time for somebody/something in a list, a programme of events or a series of broadcasts เวลาซึ่งกำหนดในตาราง
tear the house down – (of a show or performance) to be very popular with an audience
exhausted – extremely tired เหน็ดเหนื่อย
worn out – extremely tired เหน็ดเหนื่อย
swoop in – to come in very quickly
strict – very careful and exact เข้มงวด
allocate – to officially give something to someone  จัดสรร, จัดแบ่ง
rude – not polite; having or showing a lack of respect for other people and their feelings ไม่สุภาพ
process – a series of actions that you take in order to achieve a result แนวทางปฏิบัติ, กระบวน, วิธีการ
promotional aspects – involving advertising or making a new product, service, show known to the public
abysmal – extremely bad or low in quality แย่สุดๆ, เลวร้ายมาก, ที่มีมาตรฐานต่ำมาก
vague – not complete or fully formed อย่างไม่ชัดเจน
get away with murder – to be able to do anything you want, even if it is not proper

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