K-Pop Retro-Throwback: Kim Chu Ja’s 1971 Track ‘Spring Rain’ Proves She Is More Than Just A Pretty Face
Kim Chu Ja is often referred to as Korean pop"s first sex symbol.
Emerging in the early "70s, she shimmied where other female singers stood stock still. Her flirtatious album covers brought an eroticism to Korean pop that still resonates today.
As one blogger once put it: "If you got into K-pop because of KARA"s butt dance, you have Kim Chu Ja to thank."
As female artists from Madonna to Beyoncé have discovered, if you are a sex symbol you are usually written about in extramusical terms. Kim is no exception; her body of work was often upstaged by her actual body.
But on songs like "Spring Rain," Kim demonstrates an artistry that goes far beyond image.
In fact, the song"s slinky, hypnotic groove reveals a sound that has very little to do with shaking hips; it"s positively apocalyptic