BUZZ’s Career Journey
Buzz is a 5-member South Korean male band that debuted in 2003. Originally formed in 2000 as an indie rock band, they were replaced by Min Kyung-hoon in 2002 and then made their major debut in 2003.
The initial members consisted of a total of 5 members: Min Kyung-hoon (vocals), Yun Woo-hyeon (guitar), Son Sung-hee (guitar), Shin Jun-ki (bass), and Kim Ye-jun (drums).
After temporary disbandment in 2007 due to the members’ enlistment issues, in November 2010, they made a comeback as a duo consisting of former member Yoon Woo-hyeon (guitar) and a new vocalist named Na-yul, forming the second group of Buzz. After completing military service down to the youngest member, Min Kyung-hoon, on August 8, 2014, they reunited with the release of a pre-release song titled “Summer” for the first time in eight years.
It received a lot of love as a rock ballad-type song and enjoyed a syndrome-like popularity, such as taking the triple crown with three number-one songs in a row from one album.
In 2005 and 2006, when they were at their peak, their hit songs took the top spot in karaoke all over the country, and some songs are still in the middle and high places on the karaoke list. Buzz’s hit songs in the 2020s are also characterized by being sung by the public for a long time, if not as much as they were in their heyday.
Buzz became a band that was very active at that time releasing several singles and albums. The songs they created are very well known among the public and teenagers around the mid-2000s with their singles entitled “A Poor Love” (Hangul: 가난한 사랑) (2004), “Love Comes From the Heart” (Hangul: 사랑은 가슴이 시킨다) (2005), “Don’t Cry” (Hangul: 울지마) (2006), and “Love Comes From the Heart 2” (2007).
Then, Buzz made their comeback after the members returned from military service with the release of singles such as “My Heart Is Crying” (Hangul: 가슴이 운다) (2012), “The First Summer in 8 Years” (Hangul: 8년만의 여름) (2014), “Train” (2014), “If You’re a Man” (Hangul: 남자라면) (2015), “Forever Love” (2015), “Love Comes From the Heart 3” (2015), “Still With You” (Hangul: 넌 살아있다) (2015), and “The Love” (Hangul: 사랑하지 않은 것처럼) (2015).
Some of the latest singles released by Buzz such as “Missing You” (Hangul:척) (2018), “Christmas Song” (Hangul: 크리스마스의밤) (2019), “Analogue” (Hangul: 아날로그), and “Dreaming” (2021) are still well remembered by Buzz’s fans until now.
BUZZ’s Debut Era
Buzz is a South Korean band that gained popularity in the early to mid-2000s along with SG Wannabe and others. Generations who experienced the heyday of Buzz in the mid-2000s often feel special nostalgia for them. In particular, the loyalty of the fans is absolutely big, especially the teenagers who spent their school days listening to them. Not only in 2005 and 2006, when they were at their peak, but also in the late 2010s, 10 years later, Buzz’s songs were ranked in the karaoke charts.
This can be seen as the beginning of idol concept bands in the current music industry, and they performed about 200 performances before their debut. Until the time of their first album, they weren’t treated like an idol.
However, after the 2nd album, idolization due to other intentions took place, and they were recognized as idols by the public to the extent that they were nicknamed the handsome boy band. Afterward, Buzz gained syndrome popularity for a short period in 2005 and 2006 until the disbandment due to the members enlisting in the military in 2007.
There are some things that have improved now, but when Buzz was active, the collective fandom culture of handsome male singers was only regarded as exclusive to female fans, so the fact that men like handsome singers cannot be boasted anywhere. It was a time when the shape was missing and the dignity was low. However, Buzz was a group that was recognized as the best not only for women but also for many men even though they had the modifier of a handsome band group.
Most of the hit songs from them are title songs and the b-side songs didn’t go well, but Buzz was a hit around men. Regarding if the Buzz members were aware of this, Min Kyung-hoon appeared on the radio and mentioned the hit songs, saying, “There are a lot of hit songs, so it’s good for concerts.”
At the time when Buzz was active during their promotion days, which was strong with rock ballads that had been popular with men since the late 1990s, they gained a lot of popularity and the group was called the karaoke president by occupying the top of the karaoke list. Compared to the recent songs that were released and started trending, songs that were released more than 10 years ago are in the Top Ten.
After Buzz’s disbandment, Min Kyung-hoon worked as a solo artist but did not achieve as big a hit as in the past. There was also a story that his singing ability at the time when he was promoting with the song “It’s Love” because it hurt his image due to the change in the singing method that had declined. As other Buzz members started making their own music and making a living, the group called Buzz began to be forgotten.
This is also due to the fact that the members of Buzz were active in entertainment programs, etc., and did not want to leave a memory in the public. They were quiet personalities who only engaged in music activities. The only place where they could meet a lot of young singers was on entertainment programs, but Buzz hardly appeared on variety shows
Moreover, the mid-2000s was a period when the ratings of music programs began to drop sharply, unlike the 1990s. At that time, the popularity of Buzz was explosive among men and women in their 10s and 20s, but it was a rather unfamiliar band to the older generation. Buzz’s songs became steady sellers from the mid-2000s to the 2010s, and they became a popular band that encompassed all generations.
Well, that was all of the information about the South Korean rock-ballad band Buzz that you should know. Let’s give support to Buzz and every member so that they can stay solid so that they can release new songs and appear on TV programs together more often. If you like this article, don’t forget to share it on your social media and wait for another upcoming article from Channel-Korea!