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Holy hell! How is it possible to keep up with all of the videos that come out! It seems like you gotta live on the internet to not miss out on all of the Kpop videos that are released. We were just gone for something like 10 days. We missed the first Music Monday on the 16th because it was our 7 year wedding anniversary. Yay! And then we missed the Music Monday on the 23rd because we were in an airplane. Eep! And so we came back to Korea and saw all that had happened. We talked about a few of those videos in our Music Monday, including Taeyang’s “Eyes, Nose, Lips,” GOT7’s “A,” U-Kiss’ “Quit Playing,” and B2ST’s “Good Luck” and “No More.” Quite surprisingly for us, GOT7’s was our favourite song and video combo of the bunch! What a nice surprise!

Also, you’ll have to watch the video to see Simon’s awesome reaction to watching UKISS’ video for the first time…it’s pretty great. I’m curious as to what you all thought about UKISS “controversial” video. I understand the shock for some people because they aren’t used to their male groups being so overtly sexual. Was it a shock to you? Were you okay with it? Did you hate it? Let us know in the comment section!

There are a couple of other videos we didn’t talk about but wanted to say some things about, from girl bands (yay!) starting with:

Ace of Angels “Short Hair”

 

First off, what the hell?! I didn’t know Ace of Angels were so popular that they’d get 2 million views on their vids. I just checked the rest of their vids on YouTube and all of them have many millions of views. Whuuuut? I’m not trying to be offensive here: I just thought those kinds of numbers were reserved for bigger Kpop bands, and I didn’t know that Ace of Angels was that kind of group. I’ve heard a lot more from G.Na, but her video’s been out longer and has only 1.2 million views. Hmm.

Well, that being said, we both disliked this video thoroughly. How are they depicting girls here? Oopsie: I can’t figure out how to serve ice cream! Oopsie pooh: I’m a sucky car mechanic! OH NOES! I’m a police officer but I can’t do my job! So scary~ I’ll just dance in my sexy uniforms, then! Does this video offer anything else? Martina was pretty annoyed when she watched this video. I heard her huffing and puffing the whole time yelling things like, “wut!?” and “seriously?!” It’s annoying because Kpop videos featuring men often have them depicted as either a cute guy who is wooing a girl or an aggressive male figure able to dominate the girl. We vented before briefly about the annoyance we have with all the wrist grabbing and dragging we see in Korean dramas and the girl is just totally unable to do anything. So why do girls and girl groups in Korea also get stuck in roles depicting them as helpless and weak? Seriously, there was nothing empowering or interesting about this video. I felt like I was watching an advertisement for sexy female Halloween costumes. Anyone else frustrated?

Verdict: Not Yay!

Mamamoo “Mr Ambiguous”

 

Now this is something MUUUCH more up our alley. Why doesn’t this have 2 million views?! We’re definitely liking this song a lot more than AOA’s song. It’s got a doowoppy swing feel to it that we miss from Wonder Girls. And the video’s SO MUCH BETTER. It’s all in black and white, while AOA’s version is all vibrant colours, but the editing here is stellar. It’s a great looking video, it’s fun, and I found myself smiling while watching it. The editing was awesome with a heavy emphasis on text on some added colour filters and masking. It was super cool and obviously took a lot of work. Even the shots in the video were clearly thought out in order to get all the different angles and the smooth transitions between the different sets. I also loved the clever way they added cameos by various famous people. My only complaint: I hate it when music videos get in the way of the song. There’s a cut from the song at around the 3 minute mark where a famous cameo trolls the girls in the band. It’s funny but I’d rather let the song run through. It’s a music video; not a video…music? There’s a clever line in there somewhere…

Verdict: Yay!

Jong Joon Young “Teenager”

 

So we mentioned how we didn’t know who this was, and it turns out he was one of the Top 10 final contestants in the Superstar K4 TV show which is like an American Idol reality show (and if you don’t know what that is, it’s like a reality show for people who are competing to be the next big singer). He was in a rock band when he auditioned for the show but the rest of his band dropped out so he entered the show as a solo artist. I guess that worked out well for him because even though he didn’t win the show (Roy Kim won) he still has had the chance to enter the music/acting scene. He was in Mamamoo’s music video and he’s also in a couple of Korean variety shows as well! I learned all this because you guys voted him to the top of the charts. It’s funny because some people complain that they wasted their time voting for something but the point of the kpop charts isn’t soloy for helping us decided on music monday; it’s also supposed to be a place for you to discover new groups and share them easily with friends! I’m happy to have discovered this husky voiced rocker because of you guise! WOOHOO!!!!

Verdict: Voice YAY, Video So So

We’ve got some extra scenes that didn’t make it to the final cut, simply because we were being a bit too silly and giggly. Check it out if you feel like having a laugh!

 

And lastly, don’t forget to click on this pretty button below for more vids. Side note: I hope you like how nicely edited the thumbnail is for this vid. It took a lot of work :D

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  1. mimaja

    I love all your segments, and I like how you guise are reviewing more than one music video at once, but I miss fan girilla xD

  2. Ok, I know now it’s probably too late to say this but I just got time to watch Got7 A Mv…
    For me, I think it’s nice and vibrant! Perfect for summer! Owh and I LOVEEEEE the song too…..
    HOWEVEEEEEERRRR…… since it was made in MALAYSIA….. its a shame that it didn’t portrayed the country in any way… Dun get me wrong here… Im truly appreciates Kpop making MV in my country… its really rare and I never thought it would happen… so when it happens, I would want to see how they present Malaysia…
    But all I got was an obviously setup coffee shop with KOREAN girl as the waitress, the ‘foreigners’ who acts as extra in the mv isn’t Malaysians and no Malaysian culture can be seen too… really, what’s the point of making it here if you didn’t really want to show it…? Watching it, I remember S&M’s complaints about ‘faking’ the interaction with local in Beast-Beautiful Night MV…

    well, hopes I didn’t make anyone mad… just saying my opinion… :)

    ps: why the heaven i didnt knew they were making mv near me sooner!!!! T.T could have been there, showing my ultimate support… :p

  3. Did anyone else get really confused by Simon and Martina singing “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes” to the tune of “London Bridge is Falling Down”? lol My inner child was like, “Wait… something is very very wrong here….”

    So I found this creepy video of the real song for your reference.

  4. Got 7’s A is kinda creepy and stalkerish. The lyrics also scream mysogyny. Is it just me? Am I being too much of a feminist right now? Also, if cat-calling was followed by song and dance, I don’t think it would be so bad. Sorry guys, I’m american so I automatically think negatively about these things.

  5. menzognero
    menzognero

    The beginning of Beast’s Good Luck was a shout-out to Wong Kar-Wai’s style of film making aesthetic. I actually found it to be very well done. The bit where Junhyung gets stabbed by the girl is straight out of Da Vinci’s Last Supper painting. It is a bit odd that they mirrored the image, as Judas traditionally sits to the left of the Christ figure, but in the video, the girl is supposed to represent Judas and Junhyung Jesus. The falling coins also allude to the whole Judas selling Jesus out and leading to his death business.

  6. butterfly

    I love your Music Monday!! Is also thinks your very awesome and funny videos that I started to love kpop and notice many talented people!!! thank you so much, keep up the awesome work <3 <3 <3

  7. springclover802

    Have you guys seen any of the covers for 눈, 코, 입 (eyes, nose, mouth) yet? Akdong Musician did a guitar acoustic-ey one, and so did Eric Nam. I really liked Tablo’s though. It’s in English, it’s been “rap-ified”, and it’s SO deep. Honestly, I teared up when watching it.

  8. pinktokkimin

    My favorite part about this video was (obviously) when Simon reacted to U-Kiss’ mv but idk if you guys knew/remembered but Jun is 97 line and it would’ve been both interesting and funny if you guys addressed that (I noticed it a lot because I’m 97 line like Jun)

    OMFG I’m so glad that you mentioned AOA’s new mv, it really bothered me like all of them were super ditzy and it didn’t sit well with me. On top of that, I personally thought that their dances are becoming consistently more on the shaking butt at camera side and I felt like that was something that is similar to girl groups having a certain niche to fill in kpop about being helpless and being an attractive piece of meat to look at.

  9. CosmicCat

    I love that Martina is fanning herself. I am the same when I watch the mv. Daaaaayyyyyyyyyyyymmmmmmmmmmmm!!!

  10. taminabox

    OMFG OMFG OMFG OMFG
    MAMAMOO YASSSSS YAAAAAAAAAAAAASSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS <3 <3 <3

  11. Dramafreak1234

    Love this Music Monday!!! You guys are DA BEST!!!! Keep it up!!1<3 Okay now onto a full sentence …I really love Simon reaction to UKISS and Martina i see you fanning yourself ..was the MV too "HOT" for you hmmmmmmmmmm….Anyways it would be fun for you guys to have Leigh and SOOOOOOOOZEEEEEEEEE do a Reaction MV!! 1)Since Soozee is Korean we will be able to see from her perspective point of view and 2) Since Leigh isn't into Kpop, i like to see her reaction to KPOP!! Just a sugges!! lOVE YOU GUYS and *pssssttt* Simon i think you have ummmm something on your face..yeah….

  12. Cyber_3

    A few random thoughts:
    1. U-KISS -> U-SEX : Yeah, it was a bit of a shock for me but not so much because they are being sexy(er?) but more because the video was so sensual that its ecchi nature made me squirm rather than want to dance and I usually rely on U-KISS for dancing. While the content isn’t R-rated or anything, it was definitely too suggestive/sexy for PG. I’m on the fence – while I like it, it’s not what I was expecting or hoping for from them and well, it throws U-KISS into a completely different bucket of what I like.
    2. I pretty much agreed with all of your views on the songs/vids you mentioned in the KMM and I was also pleasantly surprised by GOT7 (GotChill? Love it!) because their name alone had me skipping their video in the kpopcharts as yet another lame newbie. Really dancin’ song!
    3. AoA – very extremely frustrating group/song/video. Seriously, if all the girl group music videos are purely fap material, what is there for me (as a straight woman) to enjoy or look up to in the artists? If I can’t respect them, it’s seriously hard to enjoy their music/videos. AoA is one of the worst offenders IMHO, I just can’t get into them no matter how good a lot of the songs are on their own. While they are definitely catering (heavily) to a certain demographic, they are chopping their potential audience in half by going too too far down the p0rn road. It’s also like their are selling their girls in the back streets and this is the advertisement for it, I feel bad for them.
    4. MamaMOO – seriously great! I hope they don’t change up their musical style for the next song/album. As for the cameo during the video, the mistake there was to keep the background silent, which totally blows the flow of the music/video. If they had kept the song going in the background (this is what bridges and solos are for), it would have seriously helped.
    5. I kind of miss trying to find/hear the “J-Y-P” in videos but it’s like a tip of the hat to the artists that he is stepping back. Maybe he has to find another fun method to insert himself, he certainly seems to be a guy who can laugh at himself and take a joke. :)
    6. While this was not a normal KMM, I did like it a lot, even with no skits, and even though it talked about several songs. I think it helped me (personally) that you didn’t present it in a list format (per se), that you still took the time to make jokes with some visual help and THANK DA LORDZ OF MUSIC that you have backed up the shot. It was the absolute first thing I noticed. While the desk is still maybe about 2 inches too high, having the toys to look at was a nice touch, and the audience didn’t feel like you were squished nor overflowing the screen with wild arm movements at any time. I’m not going to say it’s perfect but it’s a 200% improvement, the video totally exceeded my expectations! ^_^v

    Cyber_3 – melting in this heat wave, air too hot, lakes too cold, where be ma sprinkler at?

  13. Bluemoonbutterfly

    I loved Mamamoo’s song Peppermint Chocolate featuring K.will and I loved them purely for their vocals, and I like their new song as well.
    P.s.-Martina, even I watched the U kiss video while holding the hand-fan incidentally and I too was excessively fanning myself( obviously while screaming and shouting and watching it all over again.)

  14. LindseyMiller
    LindseyMiller

    I absolutely love Jung Joon Young. I’ve been following him as an artist since his last mini album release. His voice is amazing and I’m a huge fan. Hopefully one day soon Ill be able to see him in concert, I’m sure his voice will sound even more amazing LIVE. I watched some clips of him during the competition and he was amazing as well. Due to his father being a businessman he traveled the world as a kid and can speak English, Chinese, and Korean as well as some Japanese and Tagalog. His english really shows when hes singing. I hope he releases more in the future! I’m glad you know about him now too!

  15. I can’t believe you guys didn’t mention U-Kiss’s new member. And that the video has a 19+ rating on it but Jun isn’t 19 yet, he is a 97-liner so he’s like 16 or 17. He’s in it but not old enough to watch it.

  16. I don’t really see the big deal with U-Kiss’s music video. Maybe Western music and music videos have desensitized me? I think my only problem with it is that sometimes the seem…rough with the girl and she’s acting like she doesn’t want them so it kinda sends mixed signals but I get that that’s kind of the point. But for me I just don’t really like that. Other than that I find the song catchy and enjoyable and I find the music video pretty PG-13 compared to some other’s I’ve seen (coughKanyecough). But I know that culturally it’s different.

    • Bethany

      I kinda know what you mean about Western music videos. My siblings are really into things like Nicki Minaj (sp?) and Drake and the whatnot and to me that casual, over-the-top, fake sex image is old and annoying. That’s one of the reasons I love Kpop so much because it’s a lot more innocent and it gives me the chance to actually enjoy what I’m listening and looking at. And for a long time I only liked Bigbang, until I learned about Ukiss, so Ukiss was the first group to break the bias circle for me and I guess I just feel really disappointed and let down that this was the direction they took with their video.

  17. silverukiss

    The first time I saw U-Kiss’s MV I screamed a lot, I loved it so much. And then I replayed it 20 times while chanting “take it all off!” at Hoon and Kiseop. :)

    I have to admit, I loved the threesome. Those scenes brought the MV right to the edge of dangerously sexy without actually going over it, I felt.

  18. This Music Monday was the most enjoyable in a long time! You guys were so hyper and funny and silly and I love seeing your interaction with each other!! You had me cracking up!

  19. sayapinky

    GUYS. DO YOURSELVES A GINORMOUS FAVOR AND LISTEN TO JUNG JOON YOUNG’S “SPOTLESS MIND”. It was nominated on your EYK awards for his vocals and it’s absolutely butt-kicking amazing. I kid you not, this tiny person has THE voice. Guys. Please.

  20. kimmilee

    what about zea

  21. Elsa Green

    Got7: Cool video and I had the same thought as you Martina; it’s so good to finally have people dress nicely, but quite normally, for a Kpop video!
    Beast: same thoughts. I love Good Luck, it’s been my jam since it came out.
    Ukiss: not very impressed, I was.
    Taeyang: very stripped down video (huehuehue), the simplicity of it highlighted the power and loveliness of the song, very well done.
    AOA: BOOOOORING
    Mamamoo: these girls have fantastic vocals but the song reminds me a bit too much of Lee Hi’s debut song 1234… Anyone else?
    Jung Joon Young: this guy is amazing! His voice and his looks don’t add up. The song is pretty good, It will probably grow on le.

  22. I have to say, Jong Joon Young’s voice was a total surprise. Did not expect a growly bass out of him…

  23. Mimi

    GOT7’s “A” is about 100x better than “Girls, Girls, Girls,” but it still took a while to grow on me. The MV is perfect though, and should have been their debut video. The rest of their current mini album, Got Love, is pretty darn good, and is definitely worth a listen. “Good Tonight” [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=umKUPs8L5ls] and “나쁜 짓” [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LJbSXg-_3RM] are standouts, but if you’ve ever thought, “gee, the word ‘shawty’ isn’t used nearly enough in K-Pop,” then Forever Young [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EXh1mBbyL9I] is probably what you’ve been waiting for.

    I’d never listened to Taeyang before “Eyes, Nose, Lips,” but I now know what a mistake that was. Akdong Musician’s cover [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DTl4Ib4qbzg] of his song is also really fantastic.

    I just recently found out about Jong Joon Young too and I’m totally impressed with his voice! This song deserves a better video.

  24. NewmusicLoveit13
    NewmusicLoveit13

    i thought that the ukiss video was a bit flashy . but like martina, said there adults . they can do this if they wanted to . i was prepared for that stuff when i saw the photos . i really didn’t think though that it would come out a three sum and stuff. i wonder what the concert is gonna be like ? O.O

  25. Kakapo

    Also wanted to add that my favorite song of the bunch is Eyes, Lips, Nose by far. Even aside from Taeyang, the song is an amazing song on its own. I’m loving all the covers, Tablo’s blew me away and I just listened to Eric Nam’s rendition, he’s got some music chops!

  26. Welcome back! Quick note: Simon, the beard looks great! 멋있는데요!

  27. mirmoulou

    I really like MAMAMOO’s song.
    I suggest you to watch k.will feat mamamoo “peppermint chocolate” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R0W-voiYpQk
    and bumkey feat mamamoo “don’t be happy” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mMYDxR26970
    Thanks to the videos I like so much mamamoo’s style

    The MV I dislike the most was GOT7 “A” . Actually before watching the mv I watch the live performance and I was like : “WTF!!” and the MV didn’t my thoughts

  28. musicmiss18

    I have to say that U-Kiss’ mv surprised me only because it was kind of out there for a kpop video, in terms of the interactions between the guys and the girls in it. I wasn’t expecting that threesome scene either :o Overall though I really enjoyed both the song and the video, and even if I can’t take the video completely seriously it’s still entertaining to watch^^

  29. mikoyukira

    OMG I’m so happy that you guys wrote about Jung Joon Young! He’s worked his way right into my favourites list and is probably staying there for a very very long time. His debut song was amazing and I also really loved his collaboration song with Younha “Just the way we are”, you guys should really go check it out. I’ve shown it to my friends and they all love the music video even if none of them know who he is.

    Also, totally did the head shoulders knees and toes thing when I first saw the track listing for Taeyang’s new song on instagram XD

    And by the way, U-Kiss’ new member is my age… He’s 17… I kinda wonder how he feels about being in a video that’s rated 19+ in Korea :X

  30. I LOVE… MAMAMOO!!! i think is one of the rookie female group i’ve listen… so far..!! LOVE IT!!

  31. RudeMinnesotan
    RudeMinnesotan

    Jung joon young!! I love him so much. Not at all ashamed of the fact that he is the loser, loner gamer type lol. I watched half of his We Got Married episodes and loved ‘em. Plus his voice is just nom.
    Glad you finally got introduced to him.
    Also, I love that YOU introduced Mamamoo? to me. That song is amazing!!

    The U-Kiss reaction vid was amazing. I love the double addition of Martina’s, “ELI Nooooo~” at the end. Hysterical.

    As for AOA… /sigh…. I loved their first SONG. I love their leader’s rapping voice. SO cool. SO amazing. Loved the CONCEPT of them being a band and actually playing their instruments.
    clearly a lie. it’s all gone. bye bye. Sexy concept. men love it. So sad. :(

  32. style_to_be

    I wish you guys ca review history :)

  33. 100EMERALD

    Ok, I know this is a bit unrelated but I have to ask: what happened to AJ from U-kiss? He didn’t quit, did he?
    I’m not much of a U-Kiss fan or a huge Kpop enthusiast, but I’ve been hearing people and Nasties talk about him leaving. The gossipy part of my brain is just a tad bit curious to know what happened. He seemed like a cool person when you guys interviewed he, Eli, and Kevin a while back and I’m just wondering where he is.

  34. Lyca Wolfyre

    OMARGERSH!!! GOT7! I’m so glad you liked them Martina! I feel like you guys would totally become friends with Jackson the same way you guise are friends with amber, eric, kevin and so on~

  35. fellowshipofthefeels

    I had the giggles the whole of this video and then I went and watched the UKISS video and giggled the whole way through that. It was funny….

  36. yehetmyohorat
    yehetmyohorat

    even though i love ukiss /cough/ u-sex /cough/ I soooooo WAS NOT READY for that mv T^T cant un-see that one

  37. MarsyM

    I discovered Mamamoo not much time ago…I really really like their style! It is somehow similar to LeeHi style, but as a group…I like them both! Good voices!

  38. Oh nooooo, VIXX ‘Eternity’ wasn’t reviewed :( and the Starlights tried so hard to keep it in the top three for so long (I think intended up being there for like three or four weeks!). Oh well next time VIXX, next time.

  39. Vincent Vu
    Vincent Vu

    AOA is a great group in my eyes, I’m happy that they are popular but i agree that it wasn’t their best song i liked their songs like Elvis and get out because they had their ‘rocker chic’ concept but i don’t mined the new one…

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