Power Station (Taiwanese band)
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Yen (left) and Yu at a fundraising event for the 2014 Kaohsiung gas explosions.
|Chinese name||動力火車 (traditional)|
|Chinese name||动力火车 (simplified)|
|Pinyin||Dònglì Huǒchē (Mandarin)|
|Origin||Republic of China (Taiwan)|
|Genre(s)||Mandarin pop, rock|
|Label(s)||HIM International Music (2000 - Present)|
Power Station (traditional Chinese: 動力火車; simplified Chinese: 动力火车; pinyin: Dònglì Huǒchē) is a Taiwanese rock duo, composed of Yu Chiu-hsin and Yen Chih-lin, both of the Paiwan tribe of Taiwan's Pingtung County. Their music is characterized by their fast-paced rock ballads, as well as their electrifying rock anthems. Their looks and long hair stand out from the mainstream Chinese pop scene because of their resemblance to typical western Heavy Metal musicians. In 2001, Power Station released their first album on the Grand Music label (later known as HIM International Music), Walking along Jhonghsiao East Street Nine Times. The title track of that album (Chinese version of song from 1997 "Takie tango" by Budka Suflera) won the Silver Award for Best Mandarin Song at the 24th RTHK Top Ten Golden Song Awards.
Yu Chiu-hsin and Yen Chih-lin graduated from Taiwan Adventist College in Nantou County, and formed a band called "Virgin Choir" (處男合唱團) with some friends before changing to "Prominent Position" (突出部位) and disbanding. At the ages of 25, they formed Power Station through singing western rock songs. After the release of their first album, their fame spread within the Chinese music scene in the 1990s. In 1998, they sang the theme song "When" (當) from the drama My Fair Princess.
- (Chinese) 十大中文金曲揭晓 刘德华陈奕迅成大赢家(附名单). January 18, 2002. Retrieved May 3, 2008.
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