Turbo were formed in October of 1994 to compete against the popular dance group Deux. The members included in Turbo at this time were DJ, Kim Jung Nam and vocalist, Kim Jong Kook.
280 km/h speed, released in 1995, was the group's first album. They debuted with the song Na Eoriljeok Kkum, which was very popular within the dance world. Deux, their rival dance group, broke up a month after this release which gave Turbo a chance at becoming the kings of dance. Following their first single, they released 2 songs called Geomeun Goyangi and Seontaek, which were both as popular as the first. The release of these songs and Deux's break up, made Turbo one of the most popular dance groups within 2 months of their debut.
Their second album, New Sensation, was realesed a year after the band's debut. In the first 2 months of the album's release, it sold 800,000 copies confirming that Turbo's popularity was consistant.
Turbo went into hiding and split up just a few months after the second album's release due to management problems. The public demanded Turbo's return although only half of the band did. Kim Jong Kook stayed with the band although Kim Jung Nam could not accept the managament's mistakes and left the group. Kim Jung Nam then went on to join Snap leaving Kim Jong Kook looking for a new partner.
Mikey audtioned for Turbo just 2 months after moving back to Korea from America. Mikey had wanted to be a singer from the age of 6 and pursued this dream by joining Turbo with his excellent rapping and English. Turbo made their comeback with their new member in October 1997 with their 3rd album named Born Again. With the songs Hoesang, Goodbye yesterday and Geumjidoen Jangnan, they regained their amazing reputation. At this time, they were offered a duet with Will Smith by making an Asian version of his song, Just the two of us.
Their fourth album, entitled Perfect Love, was released in October 1998, being delayed by Kim Jong Kook injuring his hip during preparations for the album. The new album introduced the influence of new genres of music including ballads, latin and techno. At the end of 1998, Turbo were invited to be a part of the Asia Superconcert which included major bands from all across Asia. Before the concert Kim Jong Kook had arguments with the company about his role and did not perform or take a bow when exiting. This lead to a TV ban for both Turbo and Kim Jong Kook.
In October 1999, this ban was eventually lifted and the group returned with their fifth album, Email my heart. Their upcoming release, Cyber Lover was both dramatic and focused on modern internet culture. With the millenium arriving, Turbo included a ticket in 2,000 copies of the album to recieve a free copy of all their albums from then on. Their music video to their upcoming single Tonight earned a lot of popularity. The video shows violence in a typically Korean form, although this video was banned along with Cyber lover for including inapproriate text language being shown.
With Kim Jong Kook being offered a solo career worth 7 hundred million won (more than $500,000) for 2 albums, he left Turbo leaving Mikey looking for another member in the United States although nothing was made certain. Turbo released a final album called History which contained many of their old songs and 3 new ones.
Turbo still remain ever popular today and every album released by the group sold at least 1 million copies. Kim Jong Kook has gone on to serve in the Korean military and Mikey joined a band called M3.
Turbo were a two man band from Korea consisting of Kim Jong Kook and Mikey. Turbo covered a large range of genres although they have mainly been recognised in the dance scene and because of the vocals of Kim Jong Kook.
They participated in the Asia Superconcert at the end of 1998 which was broadcast across many Asian countries. In total, Turbo have released 5 albums which have all been a success. Mikey has gone on to become a solo artist whilst Kim Jong Kook is serving in the Korean military.