Chinese Solo Artist & Band: Wu Bai (伍佰)

Posted by Charlie @ Discovering Mandarin Thursday, 10 September 2009
乐队(band): 伍佰 Wǔ Bǎi Wu Bai
国家(country): Taiwan

Wu Bai is a Taiwanese rock singer and songwriter. He formed the band Wu Bai & China Blue. Wu Bai has also appeared in films such as 'The Personals' (徵婚啟事), 'A Beautiful New World' (美麗新世界) and 'Time and Tide' (順流逆流) Making him a huge, huge star. Despite being one of the biggest rockstars in East and Southeast Asia this song is probably the cheesy equivalent of our Macarena. This song is horribly catchy, and I desperatley want to dislike the song, but am drawn to it like a moth to a lightbulb. The ensuing dance and catchy melody will stick in your head. I stop short of learning the dance though, I don’t think it would go down well at my local night club.

伍佰 - 你是我的花朵
Wu Bai - You are my flower

So that seems to be, a one of cheesy infectious dance hit, that has become a symbol of Taiwan. Now to give you a real show of what Wu Bai’s rock band sounds like. He grew up listening to the likes of Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple and other classic rock bands. This quite clearly shows in how different this song is to the one above. It is astonishing to me that a rockstar can indulge in cheesy pop. In the West there is a problem with the integrity and authenticity of an artist should they indulge in such activities. He seems to have reinvented himself any times, at times looking as wild s David Bowie in the glam rock era.

伍佰 - 挪威的森林
Wu Bai - My Lonely Life

Let me know what you think of Wu Bai below in the comments.
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  1. Jenny Says:
  2. You know Wu Bai much Than I do~haha...The most impressive part of him for me is his Taiwanese style and that famous dance...XD ... I like your post!^^

  3. Thank you for the reccomendation Jenny.

    His dance routine is pretty catchy can see exactly why he is a success in Taiwan.

  4. Grace Lee Says:
  5. I luv 挪威的森林 so much! he can be both a tendoer man and a rocker.

  6. He is pretty good, would be interested to know your favourite tracks Grace.


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