Just finished watching the series “Inbound Troubles” recently and I must say that I actually quite liked the series – totally unexpected for me considering I wasn’t too fond of the cast or the storyline in the beginning. But after giving the series a chance, it turned out to be a pretty enjoyable series overall – one that kept me laughing from beginning to end while at the same time making me teary-eyed at certain points.
Since I might end up doing a review on this series later on (depends on my mood..LOL), I won’t go into too much detail right now. However one important aspect of the series that I did want to talk about with this post is the ‘music’ component, since this was one aspect that made the series so hugely enjoyable for me. The series actually incorporated a pretty good mix of songs throughout its 20 episode run – majority of the songs were ‘classics’ from the 80s and 90s era, however there were also a few newer songs interspersed throughout as well. Not only did all the songs match perfectly with the storyline in each episode, majority of the songs were also performed by the actors/actresses in the series themselves (which wasn’t surprising considering half the main cast consisted of professional singers) which was very refreshing to see. At certain points, I felt like I was watching a musical more than an actual comedy TV series (though of course it’s not that I’m complaining, since I love musicals!!).
Here I must give kudos to whomever it was (or were) that chose the songs to utilize in this series because they truly did a great job – all the songs were very relevant to the storyline and as an audience watching the series, the songs really did help draw me into the series more emotionally….though of course, it also helped that I was familiar with practically every song that came up in the series, since, as I mentioned earlier, majority of the songs were ‘classics’ from the 80s/90s era and so I grew up listening to all of those songs. Oh and yes, the ‘Jacky Cheung’ theme that they did for quite a few of the songs definitely helped as well…LOL!
In any case, here’s a recap of the songs that were sung (either partially or fully) in this series, including the official theme song and sub-theme song. Note that this is purely a list of the songs that came up in each of the episodes and is meant for reference only (which is why I didn’t include any direct links to the songs). Also, as much as I could, I tried to list out the song names in Chinese as well as English (loosely translated by me), the name of the original singer for the songs and also some background information as well, though of course this is not a ‘detailed’ list by any means.
Lastly, I went back and re-watched parts of certain episodes, however it’s highly possible that I missed a song or two somewhere, so please feel free to let me know if a particular song is missing.
TVB series Inbound Troubles (老表，你好嘢!)
Theme song: 大家 (‘Everyone’) – 王菀之 (Ivana Wong) and 王祖藍(Wong Cho Lam)
Episode 1: 那誰 (‘Someone’) -- 蘇永康 (William So)
** Sung by Wong Cho Lam’s character ‘Choi Sum’ during the singing competition tryouts scene
Episode 4: 哥歌 (‘Brother’s Song’) --王菀之 (Ivana Wong)
** Sung by Ivana’s character ‘Ching Ching’ while she is at Meng Lo’s house (this was the song that she wrote for her brother, Roger’s character Ka Yee).
Episode 7: 舞女 (‘Prostitute’) --陳小雲 (Chan Siu Wan)
** Taiwanese song that Choi Sum sang during the karaoke scene with his dad
Episode 8: 愛不疚 (‘Love Without Regrets’) -- 林峯 (Raymond Lam)
* *Background song played while Bob’s character ‘Siu San’ was walking dejectedly in the rain
李香蘭 (‘Lee Heung Lan’) -- 張學友 (Jacky Cheung)
** Sung by Corinna Chamberlain’s character during practice session at Meng Lo’s (Mimi Chu) place
餓狼傳說 (‘Born to be Wild’) -- 張學友 (Jacky Cheung)
** Sung by the ‘scalper’ during the scene where Ka Yee tries to buy ‘God of Song’ tickets
頭髮亂了 (‘Messed Up Hair’) -- 張學友 (Jacky Cheung)
** The dance song that the ‘Oh Baby’ group sang at the charity dinner for the kids
祝福 (‘Blessing’) -- 張學友 (Jacky Cheung)
** Farewell song that the ‘Oh Baby’ group sang at the charity dinner and also during the bus ride when the group sees the kids off
媽媽 I Love You (‘Ma Ma I Love You’) --瑪俐亞 (Maria Cordero) [sub-theme song for 1987 movie The Truth starring Andy Lau and Deannie Ip]
** The ‘demo’ song that Mimi Chu’s character Meng Lo sings during one of the practice sessions with ‘Oh Baby’
你的名字我的姓氏 (‘Your Name, My Surname’) -- 張學友 (Jacky Cheung)
** Sung by Ivana’s character Ching Ching (along with Oh Baby group) during the first round of the singing competition
Episode 13: 我真的受傷了 (‘I Am Truly Hurt’) --張學友 (Jacky Cheung) [Written by Ivana Wong – there’s also a version she sings as well]
** Sung by Choi Sum and Ching Ching (with Oh Baby group) during the second round of the singing competition
Episode 14: 對不起我愛你 (‘Sorry, I Love You) --黎明 (Leon Lai)
** The doctor ‘Chan Zhi Mei’ sings a few lines of this song when he’s trying to pursue Joey Meng’s character Yik Suet Fei
Episode 15: 吻別 (‘Kiss Goodbye’) -- 張學友 (Jacky Cheung)
** Sung by Choi Sum during Oh Baby practice session at Meng Lo’s house
傻癡癡 (‘Crazily Foolish’) -- 黎明 (Leon Lai) [Theme song for 1993 TVB series Romance Beyond starring Frankie Lam and Athena Chu]
** The song Choi Sum sings at the hospital when declaring his love for Ching Ching
星晴 (‘Clear Stars’) -- 周杰倫 (Jay Chou)
** Ending credits song (starts up during the last scene when Louis Cheung’s ‘Chiu Chiu’ sees Choi Sum and Ching Ching holding hands
Episode 18: 一段情 (‘A Relationship’) -- 鍾鎮濤 (Kenny Bee) and 彭健新 (Bennet Pang)
* *Sung by Oh Baby and Meng Lo at the hospital to encourage Yat Kit (Wong Gwong Leung) after his surgery
友誼之光 (‘The Light of Friendship’) -- 瑪俐亞 (Maria Cordero) [Theme song to the 1987 movie Prison on Fire (監獄風雲) starring Chow Yun Fat]
** Sung by Meng Lo (Mimi Chu) and Yat Kit (Wong Gwong Leung) during their charity outreach at the prison (note the reference to the movie itself with the ‘cameo’ of Wong Gwong Leung’s character ‘Sa Biu’)
但願人長久 (‘If Only We Never Part’) -- 鄧麗君 (Teresa Teng)
** Sung by Ching Ching (Ivana Wong) during the last singing competition; also the ending segment for the series finale