Current Obsession: Eric Nam Ooh Ooh

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Just take one look at this cutie (and a listen to his singing voice), and I guarantee that Eric Nam will be the most adorable guy you’ve ever across in the Kpop industry in the past few years. That smirk is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the charming personality of this up and coming singer, and his latest single  “Ooh Ooh” has an upbeat melody that will make you want to get up and dance. Like right now.

Eric Nam – “우우 (Ooh Ooh)” [ Download ]

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The Singer: Eric Nam  (Korean name: Nam Yoon-do)

The Backstory: What more could I say about Eric Nam besides: ADORABLE. Okay, I could say a few more words. Dedicated fans will recognize Eric Nam from his appearance on MBC’s talent search show Birth of a Great Star 2 and the few covers the singer made on Youtube.  For myself, I first took notice of the singer with his debut single “Heaven’s Door” in 2013, and generally heard of his quirky and fun-loving personality thanks to the occasional  news article or Instagram updates.

One random day, I was flipping through the channels and caught the tail-end of the show “After School Club,” which he hosts (and more recently, with other English-speaking Kpop idols as well) and found him the cutest thing ever with his hilarious asides and charming smile. He was reviewing Twitter responses in one particular episode, and called out one student for tweeting during class: “Why you be tweetin’, girl?!” was his reply. How could you not love this kid?

There’s something nice about seeing a Korean-American solo singer gain recognition in the Korean entertainment industry, not only for his great singing talents but also for that down-to-earth and “boy next door” personality. Becoming a successful singer is no easy feat in general, but it’s great to see someone go through the grind every day with a huge smile on his face.

The Song: That being said, I would have followed the singer’s career regardless of whatever his next single would be. So I was pleasantly surprised to find that this song was the perfect blend of funky and colorful swing music to pick up my spirits from a dreary winter. The icing on the cake? My favorite from INFINITE (Hoya) is also featured on the track. Moar, please and thank you.

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The Lyrics: (Korean from ColorCodedLyrics and English from Popgasa)

이렇게 빠질 줄 상상도 못해봤어
넌 누구니 넌 대체 뭐니
메마른 마음에 단비처럼
니가 내려와 처음 느껴 이런 기분
니 눈짓 몸짓 하나 하나 날 유혹해
(Baby come, baby come with me)
심장과 눈과 머리가 다 멈춰 섰어

우우우우 Oh, pretty baby
우우우우 취한 것 같아
우우우우 Making me crazy
우우우우 내 손 잡아줘

OK! 말 안 해도 알지 내가 누군지
먼저 다가가는 경우, 극히 드물지
달이 저물기 전에
번호 아닌 주소를 난 묻지
딱 좋은 키 차이 좀 더 가까이
천천히 알아가자는 말 따윈
내일 아침 침대 위
날 깨우며 속삭여 달콤히

뭐라도 좋으니 니 얘기를 해줄래
난 궁금해 널 알고 싶어
잔잔한 가슴에 바람처럼 니가 불어와
나 원랜 안이랬어

목소리 향기 하나 하나 날 자극해
(Baby you, baby you so sweet)
숨결이 촉이 감각이 다 마비됐어

우우우우 Oh, pretty baby
우우우우 데인 것 같아
우우우우 Making me crazy
우우우우 널 보고 있어

네게 가는 길을 열어줘
나를 허락해줘
후회하지 않을 거야
내게 널 맡겨줘 Oh baby

무슨 말을 뱉은 지 몰라
입안엔 감탄만 맴돌아
넌 마치 톡 쏘는 콜라처럼
잘 빠진 라인 매일 놀라
널 위해 노래할게 라라라 도레미파솔라
돼 줄게 니 등뒤의 날개
내게 올라타 말해 너밖에 몰라

우우우우 Oh, pretty baby
우우우우 데인 것 같아
우우우우 Making me crazy
우우우우 널 보고 있어

 

I never imagined I’d fall for you this much
Who are you? What are you?
You fell down like sweet rain on my dry heart
I’ve never felt this way before

Each look, body movement you make tempts me
(Baby come, baby come with me)
My heart, eyes and head have all stopped

Ooh ooh ooh ooh oh pretty baby
Ooh ooh ooh ooh I think I’m drunk
Ooh ooh ooh ooh making me crazy
Ooh ooh ooh ooh hold my hand

OK! I don’t need to tell you, you know who I am
It’s really rare for me to approach someone first
Before the moon goes away, I ask for your address not your number
Our height difference is perfect, there’s no need to say let’s get closer or take it slower
Sweetly whisper to me after you wake me up tomorrow morning on the bed

I don’t care what it is so tell me about yourself
I’m curious, I want to know you
In my calm heart, you blew like the wind
I wasn’t like this before

Your voice, your scent, each of them stimulates me
(Baby you, baby you so sweet)
My breath, touch, senses have all frozen

Ooh ooh ooh ooh oh pretty baby
Ooh ooh ooh ooh I think I’m burned
Ooh ooh ooh ooh making me crazy
Ooh ooh ooh ooh I’m looking at you

Open the way to you, allow me
You won’t regret it, trust yourself to me, oh baby

I don’t know what to say, there’s only sounds of awe in my mouth
Like fizzing cola, you surprise me with your beautiful body
I’ll sing for you lalala doremifasolla
I’ll be the wings on your back, climb on me and tell me, I only know you

Ooh ooh ooh ooh oh pretty baby
Ooh ooh ooh ooh I think I’m burned
Ooh ooh ooh ooh making me crazy
Ooh ooh ooh ooh I’m looking at you

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