Look Up To First Generation of South Korean Boy Bands, Sechskies
Sechskies, who debuted on April 15, 1997, are considered as the most successful Korean boy-band at the beginning of K-pop culture. The group consists of Eun Ji-won, Lee Jai-jin, Kim Jae-duck, and Jang Su-won and Kang Sung-hoon. On May 20, 2000, Sechskies broke up. Surprisingly, after several years the boy-band reunited on April 14, 2016, and signed with YG Entertainment on May 10, 2016. Channel-Korea will tell you about Sechskies appearance on Knowing Brothers and more, so stay curious!
Sechskies’s Appearance in Knowing Brothers
Knowing Brothers is a reality show where the MCs and guest stars have conversation about various topics, including personal topics in a class room. Knowing Brothers (Hangul: 아는형님), which is lead by Kim Hee-Chul (Super Junior), Lee Sang-Min, Min Kyung-Hoon, Lee Soo-Geun, Kim Young-Chul, Kang Ho-Dong, and Seo Jang-Hoon was also called Ask Us Anything / Men on a Mission. This variety show featured Sechskies on episode 106, aired on JTBC at 08.50 KST.
When they were entering the studio/classroom of Knowing Brothers, Sechskies was greeted by Hee-chul with his dancing.
On this screencap, Comedian Lee Soo Geun said, “This game is amazing, in itself. How is Heechul playing a game with Sechskies where they guess which Sechskies song it is?“. Hee-chul, one of MCs on the show, remembered the details of every Sechskies performance, although they first debuted in 1997. Later, the audience found out it was because he was a huge fans of Sechskies.
Lee Jae Jin shared that his relationship with the other members of Sechskies was only business.
Some cuteness from the show between Hoony and Seo Jang Hoon Sechskies.
Hee-chul knew the dance moves from Sechskies performances and he pretended he was a member of Sechskies.
They all danced to Scheskies’ old track Reckless Love to wrap up the game.
Kang Sung Hoon from Sechskies revealed the secret to his young-looking face. He said, “I use baby lotion, so I can look younger. They say it helps sensitive skin if you use baby lotion.” Kim Young Chul added, “I also heard actress Go Hyun Jung uses baby lotion 3-4 times a week. Baby lotion supposedly gives your skin time to breathe.”
Eun Ji Won is getting panicked with Lee Jae Jin’s rebels.
Sechskies’ Reunion in 2016
On April 14, 2016, Sechskies was reunited through the reality show Infinite Challenge as part of a guerrilla reunion concert in Seoul World Stadium. At the time, YG Entertainment had contracted with them and they officially became active in the entertainment industry again on May 11, 2016. YG Entertainment announced that they given signed contracts only for five of the members, because Ko Ji-yong was now focusing on becoming a businessman and was no longer active in entertainment. Other than that, Lee Jai-jin and Kang Sung-hoon signed individual contracts with YG Entertainment. Sechskies also held concerts on September 10 and 11 at the Olympic Gymnastics Arena, which impressively sold out in just five minutes.
Here is the video from when they were involved in Infinite Challenge, which brought them to reunite.
After signing the new contract with YG, Sechskies released a new single, Three Words, which was a huge success on domestic music charts like Melon, Mnet, Genie, Naver Music, Bugs, etc. Next, on December 1, they also released their 2016 Re-ALBUM, which had ten new arrangements of their old songs and the bonus track Three Words.
Secshcskies’ Latest Album, Another Light
On September 21, Sechskies released their long-awaited fifth album, called Another Light. This album left them ranked at number 10 in the Billboard World Album chart. The title song, Something Special (Hangul: 특별해), hit the number one spot on the Gaon BGM Chart for six consecutive weeks. This song achieved a double crown on Gaon for the month of October and also hit number one on both the digital and BGM charts.
Sechskies also made their Japanese debut 20 years after debuting in South Korea. Some popular songs from the Japanese versions that released on July 19 were Be Well, Sad Song (Hangul: 슬픈 노래) and Three Words. They held a fan meeting in Yokohama Bay Hall in Kanagawa on July 23 and another at the Namba Hatch in Osaka on September 3.
They also did a 20th-anniversary concert on September 23 at the Seoul Gocheok Sky Dome.
Sechskies also performed at the annual music event at the Busan One Asia Festival (BOF) at the closing stage on October 22. At the Busan One Festival 2017, they received the Legend Star award, along with YellowKies.
On January 1, the sad news was heard from Sechskies. Kang Sung-hoon announced that he would be leaving both the group and YG Entertainment because of his recent controversies.
He has been hiatus from some group promotions because of several scandals, including canceling a fan meeting that scammed fans and his breaking into and entering an ex-manager’s apartment. On his Instagram account, he unfollowed some of his former bandmates. YG Entertainment chose not to address the controversies or his departure, nor did they mention his absence from the Season’s Greetings in 2019.
That’s what you need to know about Sechskies, the first-generation K-pop boy band. Keep inspiring and stay solid for the next album, we are rooting for you!