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FUN MAGAZINE, September 2002. VOL.2 ISSUE 9
Grooves of the TK's
/ Translated by Blankie Hsu
The drama surrounding Hong Kong pop singer
William So and his arrest for alleged drug use at Texound
has brought considerable publicity to the pub. But Texound
has been a long standing favorite with dancers and techno
groupies well before the recent media attention. In fact,
regulars have nicknamed it "Tai-Ke-Sung" - a slang
expression that means "a place where Taiwanese Customers
can feel good". Together, the names Texound and Tai-Ke-Sung
shed some light on Rave culture and social attitudes in Taiwan
Texound, a slur of the words "Tech"
and "Sound", features electronically generated music
that's popular with "ravers". And while Tai-Ke-Sung
suggests a place where people can feel good, it also indicates
a distinct breed of clientele, the "TK's", who some
feel exhibit bad taste and/or behavior in public places.
What's it like when TK's take to the dance
floor? For one thing, their clothing is hard to miss - shirts
with bold floral patterns, formal suit trousers and sunglasses
set them apart. And, they dance alone or in groups with wild
gyrating movements not always in sync with the music. Clustered
together on a crowded dance floor, all violently shaking their
heads, TK's appear more like jellyfish swaying in the water.
More "fashionable" patrons do not
take kindly to TK's, claiming they are too local, vulgar or
tasteless. However, a pub is generally considered equal ground
for everyone; people are free to enjoy themselves as long
as they don't hurt others or abuse drugs. Actually, personal
styles clash in other places, too. Like the local KTV where
folks try to out sing each other, or Taiwanese wedding banquets
where raucous drinking games and poor manners are not uncommon.
In the end, it's differences in personal expression that make
life more fun.
Nowadays you'll rarely encounter TK's at Texound.
They prefer to party at other electronic music pubs that have
opened in the city since 1999. Pubs playing the Hong Kong
style electronics of Sammi Cheng and Kelly Chen are especially