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July 1, 2014

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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. I just watched the U-Kiss video. Whoa. I had only seen their live performances of the song and liked the song as well as the more mature image they were presenting. I didn’t know about the video. Well I did like the whole let’s share instead of fighting thing. hahaha! That’s a first. I like the song and I’m glad they’re able to due more mature themed videos. I don’t mean that they all have to be like that but they should be comfortable doing something like that because they are adults. It’s getting rid of the whole notion of guy groups (all k-idol groups actually – male & female) having to be cutesy or virgin-like all the time because that’s how their fans want them. Ummm no. So yay for U-Kiss sexing it up! lol.
    I saw Mamamoo on Inkigayo and the only thing I didn’t like was their name. lol. The song is really good! I see what you mean about the break in the video. Yeah totally takes away from the video. They could of had some shots of them dancing in those sparkly dresses or something else but not that break. Overall, two good songs from U-kiss and Mamamoo. :)

    2 years ago
  2. Just wondering if you guys have taken a look at History’s Psycho and Cross Gene’s Amazing-Bad Lady? They’re both my favorite songs at the moment, and they both have some naaasty moves you might enjoy x)

    2 years ago
  3. I’m seriously annoyed that because some people took it upon themselves to be police on all-things-offensive decided that your English ratings on Kpop Music Mondays was racist. I really enjoyed that part of KMM even though I didn’t always agree with you guys.

    2 years ago
  4. I like the ending sooooo much <3 Martina you are the best!!!

    2 years ago
  5. I know it isn’t Kpop as the song’s in English, but what did you guys think of Tablo’s cover of ‘Eyes Nose Lips’?

    I’m addicted to it and have been playing it pretty much nonstop since it was released a few days ago.

    2 years ago
  6. I really liked all of the songs except for AoA’s “Short Hair”! This is my first time listening to GOT7 too, they’re good!! Their MV was cute. (And ohh man there’s 7 of them. Got7, 7 members??? CLASSIC.)

    U-Kiss’s new MV was really surprising! I did NOT expect something like that. I liked it, though. U-Kiss has been grouped as a fairly cutesy and innocent group, and I think it’s great that they’re trying to re-invent their image! Like, I bet it gets boring being stagnant and marketing to only one audience. The MV itself is pretty tasteful too, and I like the song.

    When it comes to random English rap/singing in KPOP videos, I think it’s done because for Koreans, it sounds cool? I guess if one doesn’t grow up with English, or hasn’t been exposed to very much English spoken by native speakers, to Koreans, it sounds like normal English.
    A bad example is that “Hello Kitty” song by Avril Lavinge. I’ve been studying Japanese for two years, so because I know how Japanese should sound like, her “Minna saikō, arigatō” at the beginning sounds HIDEOUS and badly pronounced. But for someone who might not have been exposed to much Japanese, Avril could sound really cool to them! I do wish artists would stick to languages that they’re fluent in, or at least comfortable with saying. I feel like some KPOP artists who sing/rap in another language aren’t very comfortable with doing it and are forced into doing it by their higher-ups.

    2 years ago
  7. MAMAMOO! yay :3 I recommend you guys to check the full album out, it is GREAT! and also History’s new album “Desire” it’s really good~ ^^

    2 years ago
  8. Korean Jesus played by Junhyung or something, there was that blatant last supper reference and judas’ betrayal I think, Ive got no idea it was weird and probably kinda egotistical. Loved the song and ooooo that Mamamoo song is sahhhh good. I felt the same way about the AOA video. Sorta same with the UKiss video, like sure you can totally be all artsy sexy with the guys yea, but they were one move away from dry humping the female in the video.

    2 years ago
  9. Youtube recommended me this video and so I watched it. It was mind-blowing-ly good. You guys should check it out!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YPqKCnL8eJY

    Andddddd I have a confession to make. I emm…..actually wanted Eli’s part to continue. So smoking hot!

    2 years ago
  10. Wait, whaaaaat? U-KISS’s MV had a plot? WAE DIDN’T YOU TALK ABOUT IT?
    Ahem. Going on, YAY! MAMAMOO is being recognized. YAY! Joon Jooyoung is being recognized! -Next, let’s get Yoo Seung Woo recognized…

    2 years ago
    • I wanted them to explain it!!…. unless! Unless they were being sarcastic -.-

      2 years ago
    • I really loved coming by the charts yesterday and seeing that Jong Joon Young was in first place. It blew my mind. I’m so glad it got S&M to take notice of him. I’ve always liked when artists climb up the charts, I think it helps introduce people to artists they haven’t heard before. Mamamoo and Joon Young seriously deserve tons of attention. :)

      2 years ago
  11. ahaha Martina, is your fave SHINee song Juliette or something? i was actually excepting that sudden “Juliette~” from you as soon as the word ‘shiny’ came out of Simon’s mouth!!
    i loved Taeyang’s new album!! so gooooood!!
    YES!!! Mamamoo!!! i freakin’ love them!!!

    okay! have you guys heard Crush’s ‘Hug Me’ video??? that song is AWESOME!!!! i just love his new album it’s just abgarbhoaurhbaourehbvkjadbj!! so amazing!!!

    2 years ago
  12. I’m so glad you’re back! I’ve been missing my KMM’s, ya know?

    As for the videos:

    GOT7:I really liked GOT7’s song and video too. I have the exact same opinion as you guise, so I’m not gonna be babbling about it.
    UKISS: Oh UKISS, did you blow my mind in this video! haha
    It was kind of a shock because the threesome thing was a slap in the face in the beggining. In my head I was like “Oh, ok…that’s where we’re going!”. But definitely in a good way! As you said, it was tastefully done. I liked it! And that song is a TUNE!
    BEAST: I totally agree with you on both Beast comebacks, too.
    MAMAMOO: They’re growing to be one of the best girl groups out there! They don’t look like rookies at all. Kind of like when BAP debuted. They are so great, stylewise and talentwise. Really great comeback!
    TAEYANG: I honestly have never been much into his stuff. His style of music just doesn’t get me. Except for maybe Ringa Linga. So this video, althou kind of interesting, I’ve seen before. The song was not for me. And, quite frankly, a hot shirtless guy is not enough to keep me interested. I just watched until the end because I wanted to see if anything happend later. Not impressed.
    AOA: Well, let’s just say that the video looked really nice but that’s about it. The song was ok, the dancing was ok. And I TOTALLY agree with you about the “oh my god I’m so innocent and weak that I can’t even do my job” concept. Totally offputting.
    JONG JOON YOUNG: I didn’t know who he was either. This song is not my kind of song at all so…nothing much to say!

    Welcome back! =D

    2 years ago
  13. Totally agree on AoA and Mamamoo. I prefer girls group so i won’t comment on the boys songs.
    But for me AoA, while being my favorite group, didn’t impress me on this one. I like the song, but the MV… I wish they would go back to doing songs like Get Out and Elvis.

    As for Mamamoo, when i saw the MV i was amazed! The song is really good, and the MV felt refreshing. Those girls got talent and they are showing it! And yea that bit about trolling the girls… really?

    2 years ago
  14. I guess I’m very much in the minority in this, but I actually really like AOA’s MV. Certainly it’s not very empowering to women, but, I’m also someone who can see what’s problematic with something and set that aside in order to enjoy it. (Unfortunately, with the way the media is, especially in K-POP, you kind of have to do that.) The ladies do get their ‘revenge’ on the guy in the video at the end, too, and Hyejeong did not put up with ANY of his mess on that ‘airplane,’ LOL. I think it’s cute and I adore AOA’s sound… even though I wish they’d go back to the band concept. Pleeeeease go back to the band concept soon!

    MAMAMOO is fabulous though. One of the best new groups I’ve seen in ages.

    2 years ago
  15. Apparently a bunch of fans dislike the new GOT7 song, but I love it! It’s really fun and perfect for the summer!

    Also yesssss! Normal fashion <3

    2 years ago
  16. A was definitely much much better than Girls Girls Girls, the video was so much fun! (So were the teasers, mostly because maknae line (and Jinyoung) are adorable…) Eyes Nose Lips is such a pretty song as well :3 I think the only reason I reacted the way I did to U-KISS’ video was because I didn’t know what to expect (watched it like five minutes after it came out) and because… well… I’m kind of innocent for a seventeen year old. So, loved the song, feel uncomfortable watching the video (except Jun’s parts. Those I’m okay with)

    2 years ago
  17. ohmygod, I also disliked AOA’s video, but since everyone else liked it, I was afraid to admit it. But I don’t think the intention was to show girls as silly, I think it was just a failed attempt at being cute and funny.

    2 years ago
  18. I just wanted to let you know that Mama Mu is actually a female cow, when I was little(ish) I had Mama Mu story books http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rDuqjqXNgQw

    2 years ago
  19. I’ve been following AOA since their debut, and I have to say that “Short Hair” really disappointed me. What I like the most about them is that AOA, at first, combined group and band at the same time (check “Elvis” & “Get Out”). But then, sadly, FNC decided to give the group/band a new turn,and decided to promote the group and the band seperately, giving the group more limelight and the band some cheesy songs that don’t really match the style of the first 2 songs.

    2 years ago
    • Yeah, weren’t AOA supposed to be kind of a musical band, in that some of the members played instruments and stuff? At least, I think that’s what I remember about them…

      2 years ago
  20. Around 5:26 when Simon mimics Kiseop’s “I’m trying not to fall on this couch” dance in the UKISS video…oh man. When I first watched the video I actually thought that was an editing error (hey it happened before with another of their videos where they accidentally included a shot of one of the members hitting another while they were dancing). It wasn’t until I saw them perform the song live and saw them ALL do the dance that I realized it was intentional and apparently a dance move. By the way, if you haven’t seen them all do that in unison, go do that. It makes me giggle every time.

    Also just wanted to say that I love when you guys do these videos where you comment a little on multiple videos. It kind of reminds of when you used to do the chart updates (which I always loved because I found out about a lot of groups I really like from those).

    2 years ago
  21. I’m not one to instantly love a group of one video but Mamamoo changed that. When they came out with Don’t be happy, I install fell in love with the song and the group they are so different. They have a classy retro vibe to them and I love anything retro, plus their vocals are off the charts. Love Mamamoo I’m definitely a dedicated fan and hope they get lots of attention and love.

    2 years ago
  22. How did you guys miss the awesomeness that is Jong Joon Young before this video? He was even nominated for Best Rookie on the EYKA’s last year… Sorry, I’m just very passionate about his music. Spotless Mind still blows me the hell away every time I hear it.

    Mamamoo! They are currently my favorite girl group out there. Their vocals and style are no joke, even live. They hold their own singing with K.Will for Peppermint Chocolate, that’s very impressive. I agree with you on the video. I love everything about it except for that stupid stopping point where they get trolled. It kills the flow of the song and video. They could have waited to do it at the end of video like a lot of videos are doing lately.

    Quit Playing, I think the first time I watched it I reacted a lot like Martina was. I was expecting sexy, but they pushed it to a higher level, but as you said kept it classy. For myself, the fact that they did a sexy concept wasn’t too shocking, they’ve been pushing a bit in that direction with their Japanese videos, however I was not expecting a three-some to start off the video. I personally really love the song and album.

    Taeyang, gosh, I love Eyes, Nose, Lips. I make the same gestures when listening to it. Simon, I thought of De Angelo’s video also, until Taeyang proved he was wearing pants.

    2 years ago
    • My exact thoughts about Joon Young! I was like, but he was nominated last year!?! O_O I thought SM check their lists… XD Anyway, he needs more love! He has amazing voice and I love his debut album! Especially “아는 번호” is beautiful! <3 I think the new album was a great comeback from him! :D

      2 years ago
  23. I’m so happy that you’re back! I always feel like something was missing in my Monday when I don’t watch KMM. And it was a very funny episode :)

    2 years ago
  24. Junhyung was fully responsible for 5/6 of the songs on the album (and History is Kikwang’s/Junhyung’s and another composer’s I believe) so I’d say the English is his choice. They’ve gotten better at it, actually. We Up is kind of a step back in that department but the rest of the album has decent English, although I have to say I don’t think people should mention elevators in their rapping and it took me a second listen to get that last part of his rap in Good Luck. /end obligatory comments about bias group

    2 years ago
  25. I agree with the AOA thing. Even though I mostly like them. So, this was the best video (that has to do with “Quit playing”) I have seen, since “Quit playing” itself. I liked the video, but as a shy person, I felt like melting into a puddle. I internally screamed at first, because I was so surprised. And that rarely happens. I don’t get surprised, I just don’t. I survive K-Pop on a daily basis and I have to say, at least U-KISS’ video was tastefully done (IMO). Even though the girl was pretty annoying at first, like, don’t play hard to get. That’s so 2008. (AKA Before U-KISS, SHINee Etc. debuted.)

    I can’t say how much I liked the “No more” video. It was as if the person who had directed it had consulted the director for Yoseob’s “Caffeine” first. The colourscheme was so comfortable and calm and the effects… Man. Eeeeeven though, “Caffeine” is a way more beautiful song that I, to this day, see as one of my favourites. Ever. In ballads especially. Mamamoo keeps surprising me with good music and I have to say, I’ve like every song Bumkey has made/sung in so far. Yeah! I really liked the sound of “A” and it seems I agree with most of what you guys said. Joonyoung wasn’t for me though.

    I’m gonna go watch the reaction again :)

    2 years ago
  26. hahahaha best ending to KMM to date!!!!! XD

    2 years ago
  27. aaaa, omg U Kiss is not boys anymore! Congratulation

    2 years ago
  28. I love this Got7 song soo much! I had a little bit of doubts from their debut song, but they proved me oh so wrong!

    2 years ago
  29. reviews are spot on i totally agree with all of them

    2 years ago
  30. When you guys were talking about got7’s A I was like this is totally how I feel. I really love the song and the music video is so fun and interesting to watch. It also reminds me of summer. Funny story about the U-KISS video I was beginning to watch it in my livingroom and I immediately paused it but I landed on a bad scene where two members were shirtless so I got rid of the tab. Then my brother came up behind me and was like what was that? He shall NEVER find that out! NEVER!

    2 years ago
  31. Hmm, I agree with most of your article, but I don’t know what you were expecting with AoA. (Lately) They haven’t been a group that pushes ’empowerment of women.’ I mean they did try something different with their girl band concept during their first few releases, but I don’t think they sold as well with that (or gained enough popularity), so their management decided to pursue this direction after the greater popularity of Confused. Not saying this song is the best, but it shouldn’t surprise anyone with this concept; it’s typical K-pop. Maybe they will go back to the girl band group concept soon and it’ll be a better experience for you guys, since their band releases were pretty decent songs, in my opinion at least.

    2 years ago
  32. I consider myself a pretty strong feminist, and as such I couldn’t even finish that AOA video. It just made my nose scrunch up and made me feel icky >.>

    2 years ago
    • Also, Martina, I agree about the shocked feeling with UKISS…it was like: ?!!!?? INNOCENCE TAKEN!

      2 years ago
  33. Meg

    LOL to the commenting war between Simon and Martina on this.

    2 years ago
  34. …looking at the comments, you guys crack me up XD
    Got7’s song took me a bit to warm up with, but the mv had me rolling. I loved it so much.
    U-kiss. I was shocked, because one I hadn’t seen anything sexy wise from them, and I didn’t expect it. and two…whelp i forgot my two.
    I loved Taeyang’s song eyes nose lips, and i liked that it was simplistic and powerful. and while I love that song, Body is my favorite.
    B2st(batoooooost)’s song I liked but i didn’t pay much attention to the video, same with AOA. I like bits and pieces of both songs, but didn’t really care for them.
    and I liked Simon’s joke. MAMAMOOOOOOO~ x3

    2 years ago
  35. What I think the moral of the story for “Good Luck” is: that NEVER have a trunk of golden coins at a dinner party! lol!!!

    But from what I heard: the MV for “Good Luck” is actually inspired by a Chinese Movie called “2046”. Since I have never seen this movie, I am not sure how accurate this information is! But it makes sense since they had the # 2046 on the door right at the beginning of the MV.

    Forever Ba-toosty!!! @_@

    2 years ago
    • Yup, I noticed right away that “Good Luck” must be based on 2046. I thought it was pretty cool!

      2 years ago
  36. My favourite song from aaall of the ones you mentioned is Mamamoo’s Mr. Ambiguous. Actually, their whole album is pretty awesome. First rookie group I’ve been impressed with in aaaaaages.

    2 years ago
  37. Sooooo, I kinda like this format better *gets stoned by angry fans*. Hear me out! You guise get to talk about several music videos at once, avoid doing skits that might not be very good :/

    I couldn’t stop looking at Martina during the UKISS (USEX???) video. Simon’s reaction was meh, but Martina, fanning herself and going “OMG ELI!” ROFL. Martina, did you feel like you were watching your child do nasty things during Kevin’s part, cause all I could think while watching it was “Kevin wuut??” I definitely feel like it was very classy and sensual and I don’t get why people made such a fuss about it.

    and I liked GotChill’s new song more that the previous one actually. (seriously, that’s what I’m calling them from now on, GotChill hahahaha

    2 years ago
    • btw don’t you think it would be better to keep on using this format? I mean more videos talked about = less angry fangirls? No? *walks away*

      2 years ago
  38. I just want to say, Simon is a big fat copycat.

    2 years ago
  39. gotta love got7’s Aaaaaaaaaaa song !! haha fyi, got7’s MV was shot in Malaysia !!! and i totally agree with martina on aoa’s MV. makes me go ‘WHUT?”

    2 years ago
  40. What a naasty tumbnail :)

    2 years ago