I had been going to the Moon Night for three months. One day, a guy wearing a headband appeared with two Black guys at 4AM. All eyes were on them. They matched the music and their skills were different from the existing hip-hop style. They were so incredible that no comparison could be made.
Even the best dancers only made exclamations in front of them. About an hour later, the man who was with the Black guys stopped dancing for a while. He took off his headband and revealed his face. It was Seo Taiji & Boys’ member Yang Hyun Suk (Yang Goon).
Exciting and thrilling, these were the feelings his dancing gave off. Even the 1st generation dancers had reactions like “he can really dance”, “wow, fantastic”, “he’s the man”. Even after he had left, the cheers didn’t die.
After that, Yang Goon got nicknames such as “Dance Ghost”, “Kanji Man” [t/n: kanji is slang for “awesome”, “cool”], “Hip-hop Man of Death”, “Walking Material”.
It reached a point where no dancer could stand against him. He could be called “King Yang Goon”, pure and simple. Yang Goon didn’t come to the Moon Night every day. He’d come like once a week and each time he did, he’d dance, of course, but his skills and the feel he gave off were always different.
At that time, there was absolutely no place to learn how to dance. It was either self-training or following along dance-related data you could find. With the dancing style we knew, Yang Goon’s dancing style was very hard to keep up with. The stuff we knew was useless.
My friends such as Oh Yong Joo, Kang Min and I were like “Let’s wait for Hyun Suk-hyung. Let’s learn each one of Hyun Suk-hyung’s moves and practice.”
Once a week, I didn’t sleep at all and just waited to see Yang Goon. I would learn his moves from watching him and I used to practice at a club called “Lively” (?).
Yang Goon was this kind of spiritual presence to the Moon Night. He was the only dancer that would have people form a circle around him to watch him dance.