- Title: USA: THE LATEST GIRL BAND, JUNGK, SET TO STORM THE CHARTS
- Date: 17th February 1998
- Summary: (SOUNDBITE ENGLISH) CELEST SAYING, "WE'RE JUST BASICALLY INTRODUCING MANDARIN AND CHINESE MUSIC CULTURE INTO EASTERN MUSIC CULTURE AND WE'RE ACTUALLY FORMING A MARRIAGE BETWEEN WESTERN AND CHINESE MUSIC AND IT'S SOMETHING DIFFERENT. IT'S SOMETHING NEW AND IT'S SOMETHING THAT WE BELIEVE IN TRULY AND WE THINK IT'S COMPLETELY BEAUTIFUL. WE'VE WORKED REALLY HARD AT IT SO WE HOPE EVERYBODY WILL LOVE IT TOO AND WE'RE COMPLETELY A UNIQUE AND ORIGINAL ACT."
- Embargoed: 4th March 1998 12:00
- Location: NEW YORK, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES
- Country: USA
- Topics: Entertainment
- Reuters ID: LVA431PTVQRQWLYESB5SC3BTC1JV
- Story Text: - Forget the Spice Girls - according to Malcolm McLaren, the latest girl band set to storm the charts is Jungk (pronounced Junk).
But the similarity between Jungk and the Spice Girls ends with their gender.The five-strong group are Asian models and kung-fu experts who are capable of physical 'girl power'.
McLaren, renowned for his alliance with designer Vivienne Westwood and his management of seventies punk rock band, the Sex Pistols has now taken Jungk under his wing.
The girls have a background in karaoke bars, an ability to sing in both Mandarin and English and say they're good enough to take on the Spice Girls.
There is one snag though, Jungk, who have only recorded 7 tracks to date, have yet to find a record company who'll sign them."Not a problem," insists McLaren, never one to shrink from a challenge.
McLaren first got his idea of forming a band made up of girls from the Far East whilst touring Asia a year ago.
He said initially he only wanted to return the hospitality the girls had shown him, as they were the ones who'd introduced him to their country's karaoke bars.It was there he first heard people mixing western pop with traditional Chinese music.
"I thought this is bladerunner territory, this is totally new.This is like an Asian invasion.Bells rang in my head, and I thought half the population of the planet is Chinese.Everybody knows the sound of Washington, nobody knows the sound of Beijing," McLaren said.
Having met five models, aged between 19 and 23 in cities like Singapore and Shanghai last summer, McLaren decided to invite them to London, together.
Although they originate from different parts of China and Australasia, Ling, Celest, Rosa, Ching and Sami already knew each other from modelling assignments in Hong Kong.
Several months later, having lived in the same house, writing music and hitting the London night scene, the girls confessed to seeing themselves as sisters now.
Though their beginning was manufactured, Jungk insist they are largely responsible for the band's sound.The girls have spent the last few months writing futuristic techno-pop with Mandarin melodies and developing their energetic Ninja-style live show.
Obviously pleased with their progress thus far, the group are keen to promote their new style of pop music.
"We're actually forming a marriage between western and Chinese music and it's something different," insisted Celest.
McLaren conceded it was thanks to the Spice Girls that Jungk are set for success though the girls themselves think differently.
"Asian Spice, hotter than Western Spice," Sam said.
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