The lighting is hot, almost about to go deaf with the shouts from the fans, is singing, drinking water, the thirst does not go away, the performance is over. An empty stage. It feels empty. Came home, lied down on the bed, is lonely, lights up an incense, mind gets calm. Turns on the laptop, insert a DVD, it is The Simpsons. I get consoled by Homer Simpson’s stupid behaviors today also.
Jung Yong Hwa, the leader of the flowery handsome men rock band CNBLUE. As he made himself famous for the first time with TV drama ‘You’re Beautiful’, Jung Yong Hwa is a handsome man acknowledged by both himself and other people. He is The Simpsons Mania. It does not match. CNBLUE Jung Yong Hwa has a neat image but he happens to like the naughty family The Simpsons, who are good enough to be called mean and evil family. It is same as saying a cool church boy who has good grades, good at sports and even good at singing happens to be a porn mania.
What kind of family is The Simpsons? Homer Simpson, a dad who likes doughnuts and is representative of stupidity but can never be hated, Marge Simpson, who can be said as the only normal member in the family in which her widely stretched out hair and husky voice is charming (She is sophisticated but sometimes has a tendency to fall for beer and gambling), the oldest son Bart Simpson, who is the most naughty kid out of all naughty kids, sister Lisa Simpson, who is so smart as her IQ exceeds 150 and is herbivore and a baby Maggie Simpson, who always have rubber pacifier in her mouth. Isn’t this the animation that is about absurd troubles that this family causes?
The Simpsons was inserted as a 30 second long short story on America’s Fox TV variety show ‘The Tracey Ullman Show’ on April 19th, 1987. Its time of airing increased as it received such positive reactions and the season 1 officially launched after Christmas special production interview on December 17th, 1989 and it is the longest living animation in the world that is continuing until season 25. It looks like it is worth something as it received 27 Emmy Awards and 27 Annie Awards but people who know will know, the loveliness of The Simpsons that only pretends to be bad. It is like smelling your underwear that you have just taken off. The Simpsons is like that.
Can it be that the reason Jung Yong Hwa always looks for The Simpsons is because he might think of himself as a rocker trapped in a cage?
A rock & roll star must get drunk in beer and inspiration and run as if about to explode and has to oxidize. People like Freddy Mercury from Queen, John Lennon from The Beatles and Kurt Cobain from Nirvana lived with beer, who would by now at the pantheon of rock & roll. There were times when those were thought of as the characteristics of people who make a living with inspiration.
Homer Simpson, the dad of The Simpsons, resembles a rock star. He get caught by his wife when he went wildly excited upon seeing a strip girl at his friend’s bachelor party, and a man who fell in love with a baby pig but breaks up because the pig pooped so much. Elvis Presley must have been like Homer Simpson if he became a dad. Out of The Simpsons, Jung Yong Hwa loves Homer Simpson the most.
Jung Yong Hwa said “Homer Simpson is like a rock star. He is a man who breaks the frame or rules we typically think of”. A man who breaks the frame or rules. That is right. A rock star was like this from earlier times. Jung Yong Hwa said “There are times things that Homer or Bart says unclogs my mind”. There are lots of things he want to express but cannot while living in tough entertainment industry but when hearing Homer going “D’oh”, it is exciting. (“D’oh’” is something that Homer Simpson says whenever things don’t work out and it means something like ‘Damn it’. It is even listed in Oxford English dictionary)
Because of his brother worked in animation dubbing, Jung Yong Hwa started to get to know The Simpsons since he was little. He got to know the music through his brother also. To Jung Yong Hwa, The Simpsons and rock & roll naturally came closer at the same time. The sleepless night after he records, performs, sometimes acts and feels like that he used up all of the fuel, The Simpsons consoles Jung Yong Hwa. Like the best friend who grew up together since little, Jung Yong Hwa gets consoled while watching The Simpsons, who freely does things they want to do but still cheerful.
Jung Yong Hwa collects lots of The Simpsons characters. Sometimes, the fans even send it to him. The Simpsons t-shirt, blanket, many dolls, pillow and since he enjoys snowboarding, there is even The Simpsons snowboard. There is also even the Simpsons underwear. Jung Yong Hwa wearing The Simpsons underwear, it makes us to have imaginations for no reason.
We will let imaginations be just imaginations and asked why he likes the incense. Jung Yong Hwa said that he liked and took care of The Simpsons since he was little but started collecting incenses after making a debut. 80% of the things that cover his room are The Simpsons and 20% is the incense.
He said “I coincidentally found an incense with strawberry smell when I went to perform in America” and added “It felt like the feeling of loneliness is decreasing a little when I smelled an incense. No, I am not lonely but I guess it is the empty feeling? When light up incense in times like that, the mind gets calm.”
Jung Yong Hwa uses the king size bed. When he used energy more than he can, whether it is happy thing, sad thing or annoying thing, the smell from the incenses completely fill the bed when he used way too much energy. On a bed soaked with the smell, he watches The Simpsons DVD. It would be better to turn the lights off. Jung Yong Hwa said “There are times I want to go to a quiet place when I used way too much energy. That is when I light up incense, sit on the bed and watch The Simpson”.
Jung Yong Hwa said “I did not get to sleep well while preparing for the fifth mini album ‘Can’t Stop’ that was released on February 24th. (This interview took place in the end of January in which he was busy working on the final part of the album) Jung Yong Hwa said “Since my real job is singer, it looked like my nerve reached its climax” and described.
That is possible as Jung Yong Hwa wrote the lyrics and produced the songs for 5 songs out of 6 songs in mini album. He said “Experiences can be contained in the song, but also might not be in the song” and made a mysterious facial expression. It looked like he had to run a little more to be wild and honest like Homer Simpson.
The Simpsons live in a village called Springfield. At that place, they cry, laugh and make troubles. They love, fight and make troubles. Where could Springfield be to Jung Yong Hwa? Jung Yong Hwa said “My hometown is Busan. I go to hometown whenever I have time and meet with the friends that I grew up together since I was little. That is truly my Springfield”.
Jung Yong Hwa also said that he was granted a vacation an before starting to prepare for the album and went to Busan but did not stay long and came back right away. Jung Yong Hwa said “Taking a break made me anxious even more. That is why I came back right away and started to prepare for an album”. It looks like the stage is more and more and slowly becoming his Springfield.
Jung Yong Hwa said “I want to live according to inspiration”. He said “It is really hard to get agreement while living according to inspiration”. So, he prepares the song, plays the guitar and stays up all night with the colleagues. He goes up on the stage and sings with all his power. On the night in which he feels empty, he meets The Simpsons. While dreaming of the life of the rocker in which he wants to live but cannot yet.
In The Simpsons, lots of stars appeared as cameos. Pop stars such as Michael Jackson and Lady Gaga, and a band Green Day also appeared. Jimmy Carter, the former president of the United States, and George Bush, Clinton and Obama, the current president, appeared. Even Kim Jung Il, the chairman of North Korea’s national defense, appeared so it can be confidently said that someone is a famous figure by at least appearing on The Simpsons. Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, appeared also and has a case of falling down as he tripped over Lisa Simpson’s legs.
Will Jung Yong Hwa be able to appear on The Simpsons also one day? Jung Yong Hwa answers “If that comes true, I will be so happy”. He says that he wants to live through inspiration and if he gets widely agreed, leave us and ascend to the pantheon of the rockers, it will be made possible. Run Jung Yong Hwa, for that very day.
*Note: Is anyone excited to see how Yonghwa’s room is? Then the photo above will do :)))
Written by : Star News Jeon Hyung Hwa firstname.lastname@example.org
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