Energy is a Taiwanese pop rock boy band formed in 2002. The original band consisted of five members, namely Milk, Ady, Toro, Penny and Joe. Toro and Milk left the band in 2003 and 2005 respectively. Xiao Gang joined the band in mid 2007. The band is now officially disbanded since 2009.
- Commonly known as: Niu Nai (牛奶|niú nǎi}})
- Stage Name: Ye Yi Hua ((葉毅華; yè yì huá}})
- Real Name: Ye Nai Wen ((葉乃文; yè nǎi wén}})
- Birth Date: September 2, 1979
- Left the band as of 10 October 2005
- Commonly known as: Shu Wei ((書偉; shū wěi}})
- Real Name: Zhang Shu Wei ((張書偉; zhāng shū wěi}})
- Birth Date: November 4, 1980
- Commonly known as: Toro
- Real Name: Alvan Guo Wei Yun ((郭葦昀; guō wěi yún}})
- Birth Date: October 2, 1981
- Left the band as of July 2003
Ken / PennyEdit
- Commonly known as: Kun Da ((坤達; kūn dá}})
- Real Name: Xie Kun Da ((謝坤達; xiè kūn dá}})
- Birth Date: March 18, 1982
- Commonly known as: A Di ((阿弟; ā dì}})
- Real Name: Xiao Jing Hong ((蕭景鴻; xiāo jǐng hóng}})
- Birth Date: July 21, 1982
- Commonly known as: Xiao Gang ((小剛; xiǎo gāng}})
- Real Name: Tang Zhen Gang ((唐振剛; táng zhèn gāng}})
- Birth Date: October 13, 1983
Five-member Energy had a distinctive Hip-Hop sound, which is sometimes mixed with electric guitars, like in their breakout hit "Let Go" (). Energy incorporates dance cheography to perform their up-tempo tracks, often compared to dance performances of Korean boy bands. Energy also has slow ballads like "Love Me for Another Day" () and "One Day" (). Energy's popularity grew at a time where other mainstream Taiwanese boy bands like 5566 and K One emerged. Energy had a fan base of mostly goth fans and people who liked Japanese rock, but also attracted a mainstream audience.
Energy's first studio album Energy! Come On! was released within the same year of the band's formation. The cover of Korean boyband Shinhwa's "Come On" had a huge publicity in Chinese pop culture, and caused controversy between Shinhwa's and Energy's fans. Shinhwa fans claimed that Energy copied Shinhwa's dance moves and musical style. The two bands themselves were not in conflict. This album contains mostly up-tempo songs, but also has ballads such as "Loving You the Second Time" () and "Never Say Goodbye" ().
Their second album, Invincible, features the title track "Invincible" (), which is a cover of JTL's "Enter The Dragon". This track continues the band's signature rapcore and dance style. The single "Love Me for Another Day" () is the best selling single throughout Energy's history, so much that Energy was labelled as a one-hit-wonder in view of this song. Other notable songs include "Boom", advertising Converse, which is a cover of metal band Saliva's song. "Ra-Men Song", advertising a brand of instant noodles features Singapore's Terry Lee rapping with Energy in English. Ady injured himself while filming a music video for the album, and had to give their Asian tour a miss. He also missed out on the filming of music videos and promotional videos for the album.
Their final album as a five member band, E3, was released shortly after. The single "Capturing Evil" (), a Triple 8 cover, is the theme song for an online computer game. Like the previous two albums, ballads were the minority of the tracks. The music video for "Only Me" () shows Toro behaving coldly towards the other bands members. Although the scenes in the video are obvious scripted acting, Toro left the band not long after this video was released. He formed a new trio called "Typhoon" ((台風}}), of similar musical style to Energy. This other band has only one album - titled Overflow (天大地大}}) - to date.
Without Toro, the band's popularity declined. The musical style of four-member Energy lacked the Rapcore sound which attracted most early fans. The remaining members continued their career with a Greatest Hits Collection entitled Energy 4 Ever, which contained four new tracks and two mash-ups of their previous songs. A limited edition of this album contains a VCD advertising Michael's Dance, a television drama Energy was shooting at the time. Touring by the band proved "tough" as Toro's lines had to be covered by the remaining members. Energy expressed that they were optimistic about the situation, and even joked about Toro's departure during public events.
In 2004, Energy launched their first idol drama serial titled "Michael's Dance" (米迦勒之舞}}). This was seen by the media as an attempt to revive their popularity. Its original soundtrack (OST) released contains songs recorded by them, including "Hey You" and "I Hear the Angels Sing" (). "Hey You" contains heavy rapping while the latter track was a melodic ballad. Both songs, and "Dark Times" () has slight Biblical references. The soundtrack also contained songs by other artistes like Sugababes and DMX. A notable track is "Let's Go" (), which is performed by Energy and Show Luo (). Penny sang a solo track for this show titled It Isn't Raining ((天空沒有下雨}}). This song is not included in the soundtrack, nor released on any other CD. This song was performed by Penny himself in Energy's FINAL FANTASY concert.
The album FINAL FANTASY (), released in 2005, signaled the end of a four member band. The singles "Heaven and Earth" ( and "Taste of Tears" () had a more pop sound compared to early Energy music. This album FINAL FANTASY was criticised for using an excess of freestyle battle. The music video for Heaven and Earth has Ady trapped in a castle, and the other three members saving him. This seemed to allude Only Me and Toro's departure, telling fans that Ady was leaving the band. During Energy's Asian tour, fans tried to persuade the band to not disband. A documentary of this effort is released in the second edition of "FINAL FANTASY". After a series of FINAL FANTASY concerts, Milk turned to his solo career, which included hosting, advertising, and recording his first EP, titled "Puppet", which was released in 2006. Milk released his first solo album in 2008.
After the four man split, Energy attended several award ceremonies without Milk. They only performed their award winning hit "We" (). The announcement of a new album New Generation () with a new line-up confirmed that Milk was no longer in Energy.
2006 to PresentEdit
After a year of inactivity, the three-member Energy released an album titled New Generation () in mid-2006. This album has a more rock sound, slightly different from what Energy had always been. The cover song "New Generation" () features them dancing with extended arms, matching the ape-man theme of the album. The hit ballad, "Love Went Out of Control" (), is a cover of "One" by Korean boy bandTVXQ. The lyrics for Love Went Out of Control is written by Penny. This fact was emphasized by the band during live performances because Energy was criticised for not writing their own songs, and repeatedly covering other band's singles. The most notable track, "Quick Kill" () is written by Taiwanese rock band MayDay (五月天}}). The two bands met in a charity drive in Singapore, and MayDay agreed to compose a song for Energy. MayDay sings in the song and appears in the music video. The last song of the album, "Defeat" () is written by well known songwriter Chou Chuan-huing ((周傳雄}}). He, too, lends his voice. In this album, Energy distinctively dropped the rapcore style they had in their previous albums. However, Penny still gets to show off his rap vocals, at a time where rap was decreasing in popularity in Taiwanese music. The band's logo is revised, despite having an iconic logo for five years. China's release of this album has two songs taken out because of "inappropriate content". One of the removed songs was Quick Kill, Energy's collaboration with MayDay. The band remarked in an interview that it was a "pity that the China audience don't get to enjoy the full album".
In mid-2007, Xiao Gang came as an addition to three-member Energy. Xiao Gang had helped Energy and K ONE to come up with dance moves, and reportedly is Penny's close friend. On tour, Energy described the addition as a move to make the band "more complete".
Energy's latest 2007 album, Born To Be Bad () was released on 22 October 2007. The album received generally positive reviews. Energy was praised for being 'more vocally sound', and having 'unique musical ideas'. The title track "Born To Be Bad" () received huge radio play and publicity because of its unique mix of hip-hop and rock. Energy's recording company initially didn't want the band to incorporate dance for this song, but Energy managed to convince them otherwise. To train their dancing skills, Energy came up with an exercise routine called the "Requires three thousand lives" (要你三千命}}) "Too Much Freedom, Save Me" (), a track similar to Born To Be Bad contains heavy drum beats and guitar riffs. The lyrics of the single "Stars" () are entirely written by Joe and Ady. Another melodic ballad, "Promise Me" () had a musical style that was similar to that of their earlier ballads.
T-Rush, a hip-hop girl group is featured in two of Energy's songs, namely "You Better Not Come Home" and "Live It Up". This group toured with Energy during their first Asian tour and made a guest appearance in Energy's first concert in Taiwan.
Energy performed a song with Show Luo in the "Michael's Dance OST" called Let's Go. This song makes use of 'Freestyle battle', where Energy and Show taunts one another in rapcore. The music video for this song has Energy and Show outwitting each other in breakdance, which takes place in what seems like a concert hall filled with fans of both artists. The video ends with the two sides becoming friends, referencing the real life situation. There is an interesting mention of 'U2' in this song, whether it refers to the Irish rock band is not clear.
Energy has been on Anthony Bourdaine's No Reservation on television numerous times.
Other Featured Artists
- Terry Lee in Ra-Men Song
- MayDay in Quick Kill
- Vanessa in Got to be Real
- Chou Chuan-huing in Defeat
- Wilber Pan & Evonne Hsu in Universal Love
Toro has been a great influence on Energy's music in their early years. He wrote a few songs for the band and was the rap firepower for most of the fast numbers and power ballads. Shortly after the release of Energy's 3rd album E3, Toro left the band. This caused Energy to have two unfinished music videos, and rumors that a heated argument took place within the band. Nevertheless, the band finished filming the two videos without Toro, and even toured as a four member group. This took place at a time where boybands rarely had members leaving them.
In a solo career, Toro had several low profile gigs where he performed Energy's hit songs like Invulnerable. He also recorded a single called Give It Up. Toro had several major acts in his new management company, including writing songs for other boybands like 5566 or K ONE, which were portrayed by the media as rivals of Energy. However, he is reportedly still friends with his ex-bandmates.
In 2004, Toro formed the Hip Hop boy band "Typhoon", together with Darren () & Xiao Chun (). This band's music style is similar to early Energy's, and has only one album to date - Overflow. Although Typhoon's popularity peak wasn't as high as Energy's, the trio gained recognition through variety programmes and acts with 5566.
Ady, the lead singer of the band, suffered a major back injury while filming a video for the album Invulnerable. It was in the middle of an outdoor dance sequence when Ady fell to the floor in pain. He was rushed to the hospital immediately. Because of this, he was unable to tour and promote that album with the rest of the band. He also couldn't dance in the music video of Boom, but appears in some scenes.
The album FINAL FANTASY was announced when Ady's back injury started to worsen. This spawned rumors that Ady was leaving the band for good, and Energy was disbanding. In their FINAL FANTASY LIVE concert, Ady only danced sparingly and couldn't take part in most dance sequences. At no time during the whole concert did the band mention anything about disbanding.
The ballad "We" () is the third single from Energy's Final Fantasy album. The lyrics of this ballad is made up of 15 Energy song titles stringed together. These titles are chosen by Energy themselves, and the tune is composed by Singapore's JJ Lin.
The music video of this song is released in 2 versions, one with more footage of the band members. Energy's 6 albums are featured throughout the video in order of release. The last part of the video shows Energy looking to a screen where their first concert in Taiwan is being shown.
Both versions of We is in the bonus DVD of Final Fantasy [4th Ed.], which is the very last release of four-member Energy.
Chinese Covers Edit
Energy is known to perform many Chinese versions of other songs, and has been criticised for this fact.
|Energy Title||Original Title||Original Artiste|
|无懈可击 Invincible||Enter the Dragon||JTL|
|Missing You||Missing You||Fly to the Sky|
|Come On||Hey, Come On||Shinhwa|
|Boom||Click Click Boom||Saliva|
|我會回來 I Will Return||Outside Castle||H.O.T.|
|Everything in My Heart||I Swear||S|
|Ra-Men Song||That Booty Song|
|愛失控 Love Went Out of Control||One||TVXQ|
|Capturing Evil 退魔錄||Knockout||Triple 8|
|We Are Family||We Are Family|
|我聽見天使歌唱 I Hear the Angels Sing||I Can Hear the Heavens Sing|
|某年某月某一天 One Day||Come Back To Me||SE7EN|
|1 Time||1 Tym||1TYM|
|One Love||On Love||S'MAX|