No Brain is a South Korean punk rock band that first began performing in 1996. Originally part of Korea's homegrown underground punk movement, known as Chosun punk (조선펑크), in recent years the group has enjoyed mainstream sucess both with their music and their emerging acting and hosting careers.
Lee Seongwoo (이성우) : Vocals
Jeong Minjun (정민준) : Guitar
Jeong Jaehwan (정재환) : Bass
Hwang Hyunseong (황현성) : Drums
Cha Seungwoo (차승우) : Guitar
Kim Jeongjun (김정준) : Bass
In October of 1996, No Brain first formed, and the band began playing in the Hongdae area of Seoul. The following year, the group released their first album, Our Nation Volume 2, a split album with the group Weeper. The band recorded a video for the song 바다사나이 off of this album. In addition, they contributed a cover of Lithium to the Nirvana tribute album Smells Like Nirvana and several tracks to the Korean punk compilation Here We Stand.
In 1999, the group released a single called, 靑春九十八. A music video was created for this song, and the group ended up receiving an award at the 1999 m-net Music Video Award show in the indie category.
In 2000, bassist Jeong Jaehwan left the group in order to carry out his mandatory military service, but the group pressed on without him, releasing their first full length album, 청년폭도맹진가. The album spawned several singles for which music videos were produced: 청년폭도 맹진가 and 성난젊음. In 2000 the group was again nominated in the indie category at the m-net Music Video Award Show. The same year the band dubbed itself the anti-Seo Taiji band and held a live event to commemorate the occasion.
April of 2001 found the group releasing a song for song cover of the Sex Pistols album Never Mind The Bollock Here's The Sex Pistols dubbed Never Mind The Sex Pistols Here's The No Brain. Several months later, the group released the album Viva No Brain. The group then performed at the 2001 Fuji Rock Festival in Japan. The group created something of international incident when Lee Seongwoo, the lead singer of the group ripped up the Japanese Imperial flag while singing the Korean national anthem.
The band re-released 靑春九十八 and contributed a track to the Red Devil 2002 World Cup album in 2002. The band also embarked on a national club tour in Korea and a tour of Japan. That same year, Cha Seungwoo left the group.
The group recruited Jeong Minjun, formerly of the bands Real Sshang Noms and Samchung, and recorded the album 안녕, Mary Poppins which was released in June of 2003. To promote the album the group appeared on numerous television music programs.
In December of 2004 the group released an EP called, Stand Up Again!
November of 2005 saw the band release their four full length album, Boys, Be Ambitious. The members of the band recorded the theme song for the KBS television program FC슛돌이.
In 2006, the band once again recorded a song to commemorate the World Cup, and they released the single 소리쳐라, 대한민국! in May. In the fall of 2006, the group appeared in the film Radio Star, portraying a garage band named East River.
The band claimed in an interview that the "No" in their name is not the English word, but rather the Romanization of the Chinese character 怒, which means anger.