Crying Nut

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Crying Nut
Crying Nut at Festival in Hanyang University.jpg
Crying Nut at Hanyang University Festival
Background information
Origin Seoul, South Korea
Genres Punk rock
Years active 1993–present
Labels Drug Records
LOEN Entertainment
Members Lee Sang-myon
Lee Sang-hyok
Park Yun-shik
Han Kyung-rock
Kim In-soo

Crying Nut is an influential punk band from South Korea. They have performed together since 1995[1] and recorded their debut album called Crying Nut in 1998. They are Korea's best-selling independent rock band in South Korea.[2] In 2002 they recorded the official Team Korea song for the 2002 FIFA World Cup[3] which made them a household name in Korea.[4] They have released 7 full albums as of 2014.[5] Their most recent album is called Flaming Nuts. They are considered the godfathers of the Korean punk scene [6] and are most likely the first punk band in Korea.[7][8] Nowadays, their musical style is influenced by many different genres.[9]

Joseon Punk[edit]

In the 1990s, the Korean public was being exposed to many foreign musical styles for the first time, following new political freedom.[10] The early punk bands including Crying Nut incorporated foreign genres in new and unusual ways, while still reflecting their inherent Koreanness. They branded themselves Chosun Punk (now romanized as Joseon Punk) in light of this duality.[11] This tight-knit movement is credited with birthing independent music in Korea.[12]

Overseas Tours[edit]

Crying Nut has extensively toured outside of Korea, having been to Japan numerous times, as well as China, Germany, Singapore, the US, the UK, and Sweden. They played the Fuji Rock Festival in 2000, Trastock Festival in Sweden, and Singapore's Mosaic Music Festival in 2008. Following up on their fame from the 2002 World Cup, they performed at the welcoming ceremony of the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany. Their first concert in America was at the Seattle Korean Festival in 2006, and their first concert in the UK was the London Korean Festival in 2006.

They performed at SXSW in 2012 and toured North America as part of the Seoulsonic 2K12 tour funded by KOCCA alongside 3rd Line Butterfly and Yellow Monsters.[13] Reportedly the police came to their SXSW gig due to concerns the venue might collapse because of the audience jumping.[14] They also played at the Canadian Music Week for a special music showcase sponsored by Korea's Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.[15]

They returned to SXSW in 2014 with an unprecedented 13 other Korean bands, ranging from Jay Park and Hyuna to fellow punk band No Brain. An image of member Kim Insoo playing accordion was published on the Grammy website.[16]

Legal Dispute[edit]

Crying Nut sued CNBLUE and its agency FNC Entertainment for unauthorized use of their song “Pilsal Off-Side” on Mnet’s “M Countdown” in 2010. Crying Nut also charged that CNBLUE had released a DVD of the concert in Japan and profited from it.[17] Crying Nut claimed that not only did CNBLUE use the song without permission, but also lip-synced along with the original Crying Nut recording.[18] Crying Nut allegedly posted online that CNBLUE "must pay the penalties for intellectual property rights infringement".[17] CNBLUE later countersued Crying Nut for allegedly accusing CNBLUE of copyright infringement, filing an injunction against Crying Nut's online criticisms,[19] claiming that the intellectual property theft was the responsibility of CJ E&M and the unspecified company responsible for the DVD sales, and that Crying Nut's allegations may have permanently damaged CNBLUE's reputation as Hallyu stars.[17]

Band members[edit]

  • Sang Myeon Lee (이상면): Guitar
  • Sang Hyeok Lee (이상혁): Drums
  • Yun Sik Park (박윤식): Vocals
  • Gyeong Rok Han (한경록): Bass
  • In Su Kim (김인수): Accordion, keyboard

Sang Myeon Lee and Sang Hyeok Lee are twins.




  • [2005-11-02] The Hero
  • [2007] Hello Whale (안녕 고래)
  • [2007] Isn't That Good (좋지아니한가)

Live albums[edit]


Video Games[edit]

Their songs Circus Magic and Astral songs are featured in the arcade game Pump It Up.

Accomplishments & Awards[edit]

  • 1998 MNET Music Video Festival (Indie Music Video of the Year)
  • 1999 KMTV Korean Music Awards (Indie Artist of the Year)
  • 1999 MNET Music Video Festival (Indie Music Video of the Year)
  • 2000 MTV Asia Music Awards (Korean Artist of the Year—Nominee)
  • 2000 MNET Music Video Festival (Indie Music Video of the Year)
  • 2001 Mnet Asian Music Awards (Best Indie Performance for "Deep in the Night")[20]
  • 2007 한국대중음악상 Korean Music Awards (Musician of the Year - Nominee)
  • 2007 한국대중음악상 Korean Music Awards (Best Rock Album of the Year - Nominee)
  • 2007 한국대중음악상 Korean Music Awards (Best Rock Song of the Year - Nominee)
  • 2010 국내 2000년대 베스트 앨범 Top 100 Korean Albums of the Decade (#54 ‘하수연가 Poor Hand Love Song’)


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  3. ^ O Pilseung Korea Rock Version. FIFA Korea Retrieved 16 April 2014.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
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  13. ^ "Seoulsonic 2K12: Crying Nut, Yellow Monsters, 3rd Line Butterfly @ Pianos, NYC". MTV Iggy. 5 April 2012. Retrieved 16 April 2014. 
  14. ^ Au, Johnny (24 March 2014). "Hello Asia! @ SXSW 2014 Interview: Crying Nut (South Korea)". The AU Review. Retrieved 16 April 2014. 
  15. ^ Zimmer, Cindy (10 March 2014). "Interview: Crying Nut (at SXSW)". ATK Magazine. Retrieved 16 April 2014. 
  16. ^ Gianniny, Amanda (13 March 2014). "Crying Nut's Kim Insu". Grammy. Retrieved 16 April 2014. 
  17. ^ a b c Gil-dong, Hong (July 2, 2013). "CNBLUE, Crying Nut copyright spat gets nasty". The Korea Herald. Retrieved August 24, 2013. 
  18. ^ "Crying Nut releases an official statement in response to CNBLUE and FNC Entertainment's apology". allkpop. February 18, 2013. Retrieved August 24, 2013. 
  19. ^ "CNBLUE files injunction against Crying Nut for spreading false information". allkpop. July 1, 2013. Retrieved August 24, 2013. 
  20. ^ "2001 Korean Music Festival Winners list". MAMA. Retrieved 2014-07-22.