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2008-01-13 Wang Feng
    2008-01-13 11:56:18     CRIENGLISH.com

Hello, and welcome to another edition of China Beat on China Radio International. This is Zhong Qiu. Wang Feng, the music poet, will hold his solo concert in Beijing next Sunday. Crowned the "godfather of the new generation of Chinese rock music," Wang Feng has conquered the country with his signature mainstream rock tunes. His songs are widely circulated and are chanted by everyone from rock fanatics to those who simply want to sing their dreams aloud. So with today's "China Beat," we will talk with Wang Feng and revisit some of his classic musical works.

Wang Feng [Photo: lib.verycd.com]

(Wang' s voice)

Wang Feng started his rock journey with the band "No. 43 in Baojiajie Street." As the lead singer of the band, Wang Feng made an impression on China's rock scene with his creative rock compilations

(Wang in Chinese)
"After many years of playing violin and viola at the Central Conservatory of Music, I finally gave up my study of classical music and converted to rock, because rock music was the only way for me to express who I am and what I believe in. You know, rock doesn't allow room for fabrication."

In his early years, Wang Feng wrote songs like "Good Night, Beijing" and "Birdies," which stirred the craze in China's rock scene in the late 1990s. The names of Wang Feng and his bandmates have become well-known among Chinese rock fans.

(Good Night, Beijing)

The song you are listening to is Wang Feng's famous "Good Night, Beijing," which touched many people struggling to make their own way in the city.

(Good Night, Beijing)

In 2000, Wang Feng reluctantly left his band and signed with Warner, a major record label. From that point on, he has worked to expand his methods, after forming his signature style.

"It was time of learning and growing for me. I think I matured more than when I was singing with the band. During the years with Warner, I released three albums, "Hua Huo," "Love Is A Happy Bullet" and "Crying with Smile." I especially liked "Hua Huo." It marks a beautiful full-stop to the chapter of my life as a young boy."

(Hua Huo)

The song you are hearing now is the titular song of the album "Hua Huo," which means "Flower in Flame." The lyrics go like this: This is a performance without end/ which is full of fictions and madness. Like an upset kid/ I lay on the street quietly. Now I've gotten bored/ like a withering flower/ by the blow of wind/ so I was going to change/ like a flower in flame. The lyrics expose the singer's simultaneously "complex and simple" inner world.

(Hua Huo)

(Flying Higher)

"Flying Higher" is another successful hit off Wang Feng's album "Crying with Smile," released in 2004. Literally translated as "Flying Higher," this song topped the charts for 8 weeks in 2004. The song could be heard on almost every corner of Beijing, as people raised their voices to sing - "I must fly higher."

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