This issue brings to you the photos and special interviews done for the songs that are included in their best album, [BEST SELECTION 2010], which will be released on 17 February!
Let’s look back on the candid interviews that were done with these regulars of PATI PATI.
This single was released in October 2008 as the title song, which is energetic and sexy, for their 4th Korean album.
During last year’s arena tour, they coordinated their dance moves with large screen LCDs and gave an exciting performance to the audience.
If one mentions 2008, one will definitely remember [PURPLE LINE], released in January that year, that allowed them to achieve their first Oricon Chart #1!
Through this single they also made a new record of number one singles and made that year an undeniable of number ones.
02. Share The World
This single was released in April 2009 as a double A-side single with the song [We Are!] and became the opening theme song for the popular anime [One Piece].
It can be said that this is a piece of work that shows of Tohoshinki’s open and bright personalities.
It also made all 5 members very happy as they are all fans of [One Piece]!
Also, not only did this song garner the support of music fans, it also received a lot of love from anime fans and children, achieving a breakthrough.
03. My Destiny
PP: In the lyrics of [My Destiny], there’s one line that goes “Even if I’m reborn again…” If you had a chance to be reborn again, what do you want to be?
Junsu: A soccer player. Because I love singing, so I eventually became a singer, but before that, I dreamed about becoming a soccer player. Even now, as long as there’s time, I’ll play soccer.
Jejung: Even if I’m reborn again, I still want to be a member of Tohoshinki. Also, I want to complete all my wishes which I didn’t have a chance to fulfil.
Changmin: I want to be a farmer.
PP: A farmer? (laugh)
Changmin: When I was studying Japanese I read a book which told a story about a farmer. I want to be like that farmer and live in a natural and quiet place.
Yunho: I want to become a bird because I really like to watch the sky. I must look at it at least 3 times a day. This allows me to regain my strength and I feel more calm within. So I want to become a bird who can soar freely in the sky.
Yuchun: I don’t want to be reborn again. But whatever the case, I wish I can be born somewhere else aside from Earth and I want a body free from allergies (laugh).
Junsu: Yuchun really loves dogs but he’s really pitiful as he can’t keep them due to his allergies.
04. Why did I fall in love with you?
(The topic moved on to the PV)
PP: What do you guys think? Just like in the drama, when the wedding has reached its climax and the church doors open to reveal her ex-lover… I feel like he would hold her hand and walk away… Like that, don’t you feel like experiencing that?
Junsu: Then I’ll become the third party (laugh).
Changmin: This is Junsu’s specialty.
Jejung: He’d do that even if it’s a complete stranger’s wedding.
Changmin: This is how he usually goes to a bunch of weddings and spoil them before returning.
PP: Ah, Junsu, you’ve done it again! (laugh) (Like the boy that cried wolf)
Changmin: Everyone escapes together.
Junsu: What are you saying? I definitely won’t do something like that! If I want to do it, I’ll create trouble during your honeymoon (laugh).
Changmin: You’re the worst.
Jejung: Although I won’t antagonize the other party so directly, but I’ll leave a note in the packet that contains the congratulatory money (t/n: as gifts to the wedding couple) and write the words “GIRLSCOUT” (laugh).
PP: What a careful method of showing your power.
Jejung: Then, when they’re on their honeymoon, beforehand I would have checked which hotel they’re staying in and leave another note on their pillow. On the note I’ll write the words “GIRLSCOUT”, and I’ll continue to do that everywhere.
Yunho: So despicable!
PP: In the beginning it might seem like a cute prank, but if you keep doing that, aren’t you afraid that they’ll hate you (laugh)?
Jejung: I’m joking. Then it’s better to wait 20 years after their marriage and then I’ll marry their daughter!
Yunho: Lame! (laugh)
05. Purple Line
PP: You started the year with [Purple Line] and I heard that this song is by the same composer for the songs [Rising Sun] and [O] which are both very popular during concerts.
Junsu: Yes, but the style is different from [Rising Sun]. That is to say, this song is not really Tohoshinki’s usual style.
Yunho: It’s a little different from our usual image.
Junsu: To be honest, after the firs recording, in order to have a higher level of perfection, they let us record it again.
Jejung: There are some parts that just don’t match.
Changmin: That’s why during the second recording, they increased two keys for the beginning portion.
Junsu: The way we vocalised also changed. So the final result was very different.
Yunho: This song will allow you to feel a new Tohoshinki, and we’ll become even better in the new album, so I hope everyone won’t forget this single too quickly when the new album is released!
PP: So, it’s disheartening right from the beginning of the year. Are the oyaji gags from Junsu, which healed these 4 people, finally coming to an end?
Junsu: (cracks an oyaji gag)
Junsu: Then, “If you keep eating a little, how much is a little?” (another oyaji gag)
All: Thank you for your hard work! (laugh)
06. Stand by U
Changmin: The lyrics are very honest. Although I don’t have that kind of experience, but I think as long as you’re a man, you can develop this kind of feelings.
Jejung: I can also relate to the lyrics “Everytime the phone rings I hope to see your name appear”.
Yunho: I can relate to “I remember your back, your tied up hair”. I’ve also had an experience when I was on the streets and thought that I recognised someone I used to date.
PP: Could it be a miraculous coincidence?
Yunho: No it’s not! It’s the exact opposite. It turned out to be a complete stranger. Although I was really disappointed but thank goodness I didn’t have the courage to go up to her (laugh).
Jejung: Ah, that happened to me many times.
Yunho: At that moment, although you thought you forgot it all, the memories just come rushing back.
PP: After that, even if you just smell the perfume that she used to use, it will be like that, right?
Yuchun: Ah~ that’s right! You really will think “it’s that person’s smell”.
Jejung: The memories that have been absorbed, even if you forget it for a moment, they will not completely disappear.
Yunho: How a man feels about these kind of things, I think any man will understand. But I hope that through this songs, females will understand the men who continue to miss them even after the break up, and to treasure these memories.
Honest & Personal Question: What kind of family do you want to create?
PP: Jejung, how many kids do you want to have in future?
Jejung: For this, any number is fine. I also have to consider my wife’s health (laugh). It would be nice if I can have many kids but if there are too many, my strength would not be sufficient and my wife would feel burdened. So, I think the most would be 3 kids.
PP: If the members’ kids are all about the same age and if they are all boys, what do you think about forming a little Tohoshinki?
Changmin: Ah, better not. Junsu’s kid will definitely be very ‘free’, my child won’t be able to stand that guy. Before this happens, I’lll encourage him to withdraw (laughs).
PP: Yunho’s ideal family is?
Yunho: Me and my wife. As for kids, 2 sons and a daughter would be nice.
PP: Yunho seems to require looking after, but after you become a parent, it seems like you’ll spoil your kids a lot. Especially the girl.
Yunho: That’s right. I’ll keep thinking so cute, so cute, why are they so cute (laugh). (He laughs in a silly manner.)
PP: But I think there are times when you are stern too.
Yunho: I think I’ll definitely spoil her a little, but not to the extent that she becomes a nuisance for others. I’ll be firm and educate her about basic manners and values.
PP: Yuchun’s ideal family is?
Yuchun: I just want a cute wife and a cute daughther. If possible, I just want one.
PP: Eh? Is that so? Are you saying you just want to have one child and give her all your love?
Yuchun: There’s also that thought. But isn’t it true that when there’s lesser people, you understand each other better. Even if I have a child, I can’t place all my attention on her. I think it is better to have a good relationship with my wife. If there are too many kids, wouldn’t it become a hindrance when it’s love love time with my wife (laughs). (t/n: he said ‘love love’ XD)
PP: Do you want a son or daughter?
Junsu: I want 2 sons and I think one daughter would be best.
PP: And the order of birth?
Junsu: First I’ll have a son, followed by another son. After that I’ll have a daughter. But if I haven’t become an adult by then, then I can’t do this (laugh).
07. Stay With Me Tonight
PP: The lyrics talk about a guy who fell in love with his friend’s girlfriend. When you saw the lyrics, did you see any similarities with yourself?
Junsu: Yes. Although I’ve not experienced it, but I can more or less understand how the lead feels.
PP: Even though you secretly love her, you can’t confess.
Junsu: It’s really hard.
Yuchun: I think it should be the girl that finds it hard.
PP: That’s true. Not only are you unable to express those thoughts but you have to treat her in a cold manner as well.
Yunho: For me, no matter what, I want to become someone like that.
PP: Won’t it create a lot of misunderstandings?
Yunho: There’s no other choice.
Yuchun: Whether you say it or not, there will be regrets. In that case, you might as well tell her your true feelings. Isn’t that better?
Changmin: I think the same as Yuchun.
Jejung: I think in love, the order is very important.
PP: Jejung seems to be an expert in relationships.
Jejung: Ah, no. I’m just saying (laugh). But precisely because there are many different types of love, that’s why it becomes more interesting.
Junsu: He’s really just saying (laugh).
Jejung: I’m kidding (laugh).
08. Because Tomorrow Will Come
Changmin: We’re really nervous because it’s our first album in Japan. We’ve adapted to our new feelings, but we have to continue to work harder. Also, the single [Because Tomorrow Will Come], released on 8 March, will also be included in our new album.
All: Wow~~!! (claps)
Changmin: As this song will be the ending song for the anime [One Piece], so it’s a song that expresses courage and hope and I think it’s really not bad.
PP: As expected, you’re really candid (laugh). Up until now, your fans seem to be increasing and it seems like Japan has caught the Tohoshinki fever.
Junsu: Ah… it’s still too early to say. We still need to work harder.
Yunho: But, we’ll work towards that goal. We’ve debuted in Japan for almost a year and it’s because of everyone’s support that we’ve been able to grow little by little.
From Yunho’s cool rap onwards, [O-Jung.Ban.Hap] is an energetic dance song that will be released as a double A-side single with [miss you], on November 2006. There are no words to describe their performances for this song and their language skills are also flawless. Their perfect performances are a result of a lot of hard work and it can be said that it’s a piece of work that shows the core of Tohoshinki! It’s also unbelievable that at this time they are also able to hold a live tour!
Junsu: When we were rushing to complete our schedules everyone was so tired they fell asleep and only Yunho was left who felt so energized. Also, just before the airplane lifted off, he even asked for a drink. After this, there were a few occassions when I wanted to swop with him.
Jejung: Also, when the plane lands and the seat belt sign has not turned off yet, he’s the only one who will head out to grab his luggage (laugh).
Yuchun: To Yunho, the airplane is like his house (laugh).
Yunho: (Denying) But I’m only like this on the plane. When I get on the plane my spirits are high, once I get off I’ll fall asleep and keep sleeping (laugh).
Jejung: He is a free-spirited person.
All: (burst out laughing)
Yuchun: But in the recording studio, Junsu becomes a free-spirited person too (laugh).
Jejung: He’s like a lion, standing on a chair and singing (laugh).
Junsu: This… It’s easier to sing the high notes when I’m standing on a chair. But I definitely won’t do this for the recording this time round, so don’t worry! (laugh)
11. Somebody To Love
PP: The voices sound really sad, but one can still hear the strength of this man’s heart who is willing to accept everything.
Yunho: This song, the melody is quick but overall there’s this lonely feeling. It’s the same with vocalization. It’s really hard to express that feeling.
Changmin: Also, the lyrics also depict the feeling of wanting to have a summer love.
PP: Then, what is everyone’s ideal summer love scenario?
Yunho: My good friends, the person I like and I going on a holiday and while on the trip, I’ll confess as I play the piano.
Yuchun: On a programme that I’m on, I’ll play our song to relay my feelings.
12. Lovin’ You
Jejung: In the lyrics, the ending of the story is not very clear. But that’s where the charm of this song lies at as it allows to listener to consider different endings.
PP: The ending that Jejung imagines?
Jejung: The girlfriend is gone, that is to say, she dies…
PP: What a tragic end. So it’s impossible to meet the girl again.
Jejung: Also, in the lyrics, at the end there’s “I’ll see you in my dreams”. Because he can’t accept her death, is unwilling to believe and keeps thinking that this is just a dream.
Junsu: I really like this part.
Yuchun: I also love this phrase the most. Just through this one line, you can imagine so many different stories.
Jejung: Also, it feels like he can only see her in his dreams… (lowers head)… uh-oh, my tears are going to overflow (laugh).
Changmin: No matter what, anyone who listens to this song will find it easy to enter the world of this song. You only have to listen to it once to remember it. Among so many of Tohoshinki’s songs I think the lyrics for this song are most likely to occur in the real world.
Jejung: In the real world I definitely don;t want this kind of thing happening to me (laugh).
Changmin: (Immediately) Me too (laugh). The ending depends on everyone, but meeting and parting is something that everyone has to exprience.
13. Rising Sun
PP: When I first heard [Rising Sun], the memory of the 5 members’ gentle harmony was completely blown away. It was manly and explosive.
Junsu: This song is the title song for our 2nd Korean album and it’s very popular in Korea. But from among our Japanese singles, it’s something that we never had before with very strong dance moves so we were very nervous.
Yunho: From the beginning, we were not just an acappella group. Whether it’s singing or dancing, we aimed to do our activities while showing our different sides. Therefore, in Korea, to us it’s natural to dance. But in Japan, for an energetic song like this where you can see explosive dance moves, this is a first. So we hope everyone will dance with us and continue to support us.
PP: So everyone is very good at dancing?
All: (silent smiles)
Yuchun: But Yunho is really very good at it.
Jejung: Aside from me, everyone is very good (laugh).
14. Summer Dream
(Talking about the PV)
PP: Jejung looked really thirsty from the way he drank the water.
Jejung: I just pretended so it’ll look that way.
Junsu: I think it looks like his saliva is flowing out (laugh).
Jejung: I’m sorry, this was an order from the director (laugh).
Junsu: Changmin tried to object against the director for the scene where he drinks from the tap. I want that kind of scene! (laugh)
PP: Only Changmin!?
Changmin: Do you believe that?
PP: No. Even if there’s a member that objects to the director, it won’t be Changmin (laugh).
Junsu: Didn’t you know that recently Changmin has become very hardheaded? It’s super scary (laugh).
Changmin: Because there are member that angers me, especially Junsu, he’s the worst (laugh).
Yunho: I think so too. Either Changmin doesn’t get angry, or when he does, he explodes (laugh).
Yunho: When it comes to summer, it’s a-nation! This year we must fulfil our wish for summer! That’s why we will perform [Summer Dream] during a-nation.
Junsu: Everyone, please listen to it (oyaji gag version)
Jejung: To translate, it means to please listen to it.
Junsu: That’s right, that’s what it means (laugh).
Jejung: When you listen to this song during summer, you’ll feel relaxed. (oyaji gag)
Yunho: Okay, you can stop now.
Junsu: Everyone is an adult, right? (continues)
Yuchun: I’m sorry (end of oyaji gag) (laughs)
Yunho: Bolero is a ballad that shows off a very real feeling. Also, the beat for this song is different from our previous ballads, the 6/8 beat for this song was a challenge. Because Tohoshinki has already grown up, we wanted to show everyone our point of view as an adult.
Junsu: Oh really? This is special songs. (with a weird English accent)
Yuchun: It’s ‘song’ (laugh).
Junsu: (Ignores) Lady plays ballet.
Yuchun: (bursts out laughing)
Junsu: Polaris bright…
Junsu: Oh my god! (all burst out laughing)
Yunho: To translate, he means that this is about a girl dancing the ballet in the moonlight. It depicts a man’s feelings and desire as the Northern Star protecting the girl who has a brilliant dream.
Changmin: It’s a song full of ups and downs. One of the highlights near the end of the second part, from Junsu’s falsetto onwards when it becomes higher and reaches the peak.
Yunho: Good song! (t/n: in English)
PP: Has Yunho fallen to that too? (laugh)
PP: The lyrics also have this. Is there anything that you want to bid farewell to right now?
Junsu: The memory of me losing to Changmin during a game last night (laugh). I’ve never lost before so I’m really surprised that he became so good so quickly.
Changmin: Because I worked hard (laugh)
Yunho: I caught a cold recently, so I want to say goodbye to my cold (laugh).
Changmin: I keep lazing in bed, I want to say goodbye to that.
Junsu: Please make sure you do it! (laugh)
Yunho: Also, I have a wish regarding Junsu. Please say goodbye to your habit of eating quickly.
Junsu: That’s very difficult… From last time, I’ve never been able to take my time and savour it (laugh).
Yunho: It’s twice as fast as my eating speed.
Junsu: In school, even if it’s just an extra minute to play soccer, I wanted to get it so I developed the habit of eating quickly. Instead of eating, it’s more like I drink it down (laugh).
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