Chinese Solo Artist & Band: Wu Bai (伍佰)

Posted by Charlie @ Discovering Mandarin Thursday, 10 September 2009 4 comments

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.

Daily Chinese Proverb: First Step

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The people over at NiHao Hello posted this Chinese proverb yesterday and I thought I would re-post it as I really liked it. It is somewhat similiar to one I posted recently, 'The mightiest Oaks....'

I like this proverb to remind me that all of our plans, especially the biggest take a long time. They don't happen straight away. I must keep on reminding myself this, becuase it is often easy to be upset you haven't achieved goals that you have set yourself now. The journey to achieving your aspirations, dreams and goals is in taking the first steps with no fear.

Take a moment and think about what you want to achieve. Then take the plunge, take that first step the journey to your dreams.

qiānlǐ zhīháng, shǐyúzú xià
A thousand-mile journey begins with the first step

Variant: Even the longest journey must starts with a small step.

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