Welcome to our third K Crunch playlist! On Saturday we did our K Crunch Update, Sunday we introduced our K Crunch Indie Playlist, and today we’re introducing our K Crunch Cocktail.

This playlist isn’t about introducing what’s brand new in pop or cool in indie, this is a mixed bag, a cocktail concoction, if you will. Is there a common theme? Yes: older Korean songs that we like, and it might be pop, or rap, or indie, or crazy. Hopefully you’ll discover some songs that you can’t believe you’ve been living without!

Pop: Big Bang – Haru Haru
Who’s cutting all these onions near my laptops? Ugh, it’s making my eyes all watery. Gosh.

Pop: Baek Ji Young ft Taecyeon – My Ear Candy
One of the catchiest kpop songs we’ve ever heard, yet it didn’t get a lot of attention. Also, love Taecyeon’s serious “in pain” expression throughout this video.

Rap: Red Roc ft TOP – Hello
This rapper is so underground that we can’t find any of his albums or an official YouTube channel, if you’ve got any info about it, let us know!

Indie: GOGOSTAR 고고스타 – Champagne
We love love love GOGOSTAR! Expect a couple more songs by them to pop up on these playlists. If you like them and you live in Korea, you can catch them playing in small clubs in Hongdae! They’re crazy!

  1. You guys should review Heart2heart’s facebook official :P

  2. I totally LOVE that you guys are talking about some of these “old” songs! I feel like they’re not that old (I’m only 18 :P) but alot of my friends who are crazy about K-Pop don’t really know anything other than the Hits and stuff like early 2010+.  Heck, I remember when super junior debuted (yay! pre-historic YouTube!) and am an origonal Primadonna. I really appreciate these flashbacks. I still have BB’s LaLaLa and and 2PM’s 10 out of 10 on my iPod.  Makes me feel out of it?  BB’s Alive FIGHTING!!!

  3. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TTuTTvLSRrs&feature=related Can you Pretty please with Spudgy on top review this for K Crunch: Cocktail?!!

  4. oh yes Haru Haru my introduction into the Big Bang world… definitely my favourite of all of their songs, I can listen to it over and over and never get tired of it. 

  5. Haru Haru…how I love that song 

  6. Pretty sure they say wo ai ni and not what i need in’my ear candy’ o-o

  7. I tried to make a gif of your fanciful movement. I ended up making you look crazy sorry. 

  8. Maybe you find a place for Leessang in your playlist~ I would really love to know your opinion on them.

  9. T________________________T haru haru~
    their best song and mv
    that had 2 b the only drama mv i understood

  10.  I started to listen to Kpop Music thanks to My Ear’s Candy! Nostalgia =’D

    Also, I’m in love with the potato camera song, thank you! <3

  11. MY EAR’S CANDY!!!
    I LOVE that song. I need to redownload it. I always forget about it.

  12. This song was actually the reason why I started to hear k pop music, its an awesome song :)

  13. TaekYeon looks so orange in the video

  14. one of my faves i love haru haru…it would be cool to also see what u guys have to say about wedding dress by tae yang…i really like it

  15. Hi! I discovered K-pop with Haru Haru….still as awesome as the first time I listened to it! I was going to ask you to talk about Gogo Star, but it’s done ^^ It’s really one of my favorite indie band! The sound is so catchy and powerfull; and they always rock their concerts! ^^
    For better quality videos, check Show Window and Black Comedy.
    Thanks for your great videos!

  16. Haru Haru was the very first K-pop song I ever heard and to this day it’s still my favorite :)

  17. “My Ear’s Candy” was part of what I call my “first generation” k-pop songs, too! That one, Ring Ding Dong, Noona You’re So Pretty (Shinee), Only Look at Me (Taeyang), Anyway, I Like You (Vodka Rain) and I Don’t Care (2NE1) are the first songs I became suuuuper addicted to! 

  18. I LOVED THE LAST SONG!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I was totally dancing in my room while listening to it.
    I’m a gogostar fan now c:

  19. I don’t have to say anything about Haru Haru, great video, great song, great band ^^

    About My Ears Candy, I watched a “better” version with a “better” singer than Taecyeon XD look look: 
    http://youtu.be/KkLgh3YaQc0 (you have to watch till the end xDD)
    sorry that I couldn’t find a video with subtitles, the lyrics were EPIC (Kang Ho Dong Epic)

    Red Roc was great, liked the video and the song, though the Hello Ello ello.. reminded me of a certain other song… *whisper* umbrella ella ella ee ee …*awkward*

    About Champagne… sorry… had to… I mean HAD to.. I mean HAD TO (!) skip that one <_<'''

    Thanks for bringing up "old" songs^^ 

  20. not saying that ur choice in music sucks but that gogostar song really does (its just my opinion so plz dnt take it 2 hrt)

  21. does anyone realize that haru haru isn’t their debut song

  22. omg haru haru after all this time I still cry watching this MV D: and I haven’t seen it in such a long time, I realized it feat. Park Min Young wowMy Ears Candy <333 forever amused by Taec's lipstic, but song is good :)
    Hello sounds good, and I think I've watched this MV (probably for T.O.P…..)
    GOGOSTAR video was just artsy I belive XD 

  23. GoGoStar is very awesome. My only regret about watching the video is that now I am sad that I can’t find any of their music T_T Need moar!

  24. How can someone not have seen or like Haru Haru!! I really like Park Min Young too!! They all acted really well in this MV. It makes me sad every time I see it!

  25. Red Roc had an album under YG entertainment
    I recommend Along My Way featuring Park Bom of 2NE1

    Its also my 22ND b-day today :)

  26. I love Big Bangs Haru Haru! I played it out back in 09 nd 10 lol and GoGoStar is pretty good..its different, i like the song way more than the mv tho lol. I also really liked RedRoc’s Hello nd I think Top’s acting was badass in it nd I think my ear candy had a really good beat to dance to lol

  27. Um……the GOGOStar was……different. Thanks…….I guess. *shrugs*

  28. Couldn’t find a gogostar album on yesasia. Where can we buy one internationally with the Champagne song? Thanks.

  29. Gogostar blindsided me. Spent the rest of the night watching their videos. Thank you so much for this revamped series. Never would have heard of this indie group otherwise. Wished the playlists would work on a tablet but thankfully you have links on YouTube and here.

  30. Haru Haru is my all-time favorite kpop mv. no question about it.

  31. Taecyeon is using WHITE LIPSTICK ?????

    OH GOD WHY ??!

    You NEED to feature Buzz’s songs from 2005… they are d best :D 

  33. GOGOSTAR?  I think that’s Flock Of Seegoeuls…

  34. Great Job! New kpoppers has a good oportunity to know the greatest old kpop hits
    I love Haru Haru. And My Ear’s Candy is one of the first Kpop songs I heard. I didn’t know Hello. I liked it a lot. Thanks. And I loved T.O.P’s acting.
    Guys, do you like D.I.S.C.O? *Top-biased detected*
    And I’d like to see you talking about something from Hyorish or Lee Minwoo’s solo work…

  35. You should include Outsider’s Loner on the next K-Crunch! It’s different, he’s exceptional and the song is brilliant. And there’s a really killer live performance that he does with K. WIll (I couldn’t be the only one who didn’t know K. Will could rap semi-decently). 

  36. I absolutely love Haru Haru!!! It was the first Big Bang song i listened to, it made me totally fall in love with these guys! the acoustic version is really good as well.

  37. i <3 how the lyrics say "what i need" when its really "
    Wǒ ài nǐ"… which is chinese 4 i <3 you same for te quiero that is spainish, <3 the many languages in this song!

  38. My friend and I were looking for more Krock (other then F.T. Island and CN Blue) and she came across GOGO Star. Needless to say I listen to them on a daily basis and I can’t wait for the day I see them live. 

  39. Thank you. This was amazing playlist ;) I really like red roc’s voice, aside from hello i like – along my way ft park bom. GOGOSTAR song was suprising and interesting, i think it will be my top song for weeks now….

    p.s. You should (IF you haven’t already) listen to W&Whale – Moonrise, I also like Bye bye sea – the starlight is falling and Rude Paper – Your’re not loser

  40. You should talk about Clover’s La Vida Loca. If you don’t, I’ll cry forever and never watch your videos again! (Complete lie, I will continue to watch, but I might bug you until you review La Vida Loca.)

  41. You should talk about Clover’s La Vida Loca. If you don’t, I’ll cry forever and never watch your videos again! (Complete lie, I will continue to watch, but I might bug you until you review La Vida Loca.)

  42. Gogostar is amazing!!!!!

    Oh I watched ear candy before, but I didnt watch the one with TOP in it. I was almost mgonna scream STOp when I saw TOP shaving his head, but I stopped when I saw how sexy he looked. He can pull anything off except corn rolls. Worst hairstyle he ever had!

  43. Red Roc has released the first single “Hello” that can found in yesasia and also another single called “I Believe” back in 2010. Both singles have just 4 songs… I think those are the only two things he has released? Both were apparently produced by YG since they feature a lot of YG artists.

  44. Definitely love Red Roc. Too bad it’s difficult to find his work and get it…
    Anyhow, how about talking about Romantic Punch? I really like the band x) 

  45. Oh And I liked all the songs except the last one with the really bad camera. I don’t know, maybe it was just the lead singer and the 80′s feel. But love this new segement cause I never heard of Red Roc and I really liked the song. No simon it wasn’t just TOP.  : }

  46. I really ReAlLy REALLY think you guys should talk about  ‘A Boy” by GDragon. :) 

  47. Wow, I liked haru haru and gogostar the best :) sankyu guise

  48. There is a single “Hello” by Red Roc for sure. There you can find a song “Along my way” with Park Bom as well. You can buy it by yesasia. Official channel – I coudn’t find it anywhere either. Not in english; I don’t know if there is a korean site about him.

  49. Here’s some trivia: For all you City Hunter fans, the girl in Haru Haru is Park Min Young!

  50. loved LOOOVEEEDDD gogostar! I didn’t know them, so I was a little affraid after watching the intro, but oh boy! a-ma-zing! super catchy! AWESOME!! (them, you, spudgy, everybody! my mood is up today because of this hehehe) thanks!

  51. wow!!! Ear Candy takes me back to, say, 1996 in America!  think: Aqua, Drew Barrymore (for Never Been Kissed), The Spice Girls!  Everyone looked like that with the pink lips–idk, I think Taecyeon is maybe not the first guy to rock it, just can’t think of any right now….

  52. Haru Haru is one of my favorite older songs. It has some of the best over-the-top emotions ever put into a K-pop video. But what I want to know is why Taeyang is wearing a party hat during the later singing scenes. The girlfriend is dying! And then we see…a party hat.

    It’s also sad the G-Dragon’s entire crew has to witness his repeated humiliation. And they know more about the situation thasn he does! *sniffle*

  53. Before TOP’s hair turned grey x)

    I LOVE THAT SONG AND VIDEO! I can’t believe that some people haven’t watched it. It was one of the videos/songs that got me into kpop..

    My Ears Candy – I love that song as well! I found it thanks to Secret Garden:P But it frustrates me that in the video, the person subbed “What I need” instead of “Wo ai ni”…

    The Hello Song MV – I’VE SEEN IT! I somehow thought it wasn’t a real music video, so I didn’t care much about it, though… But I guess it is, after all?

    I liked the last song! Gogo star? The name? Hmmm… Why do I suddenly think of the A Go Go Clubs in Pattaya? Hmm…

  54. Hey so I found a link to buy his first single (http://www.yesasia.com/us/red-roc-1st-single-hello/1004920176-0-0-0-en/info.html), a pv for another of his singles I believe (www.youtube.com/watch?v=J8V0XSNcMgc) and another song he did with TOP and Park Bom (http://allegrezza.tumblr.com/post/15876602185) but other than that I can’t find anything.

    He aparentley has an album out that this TY user has uploaded (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4UhlA2Htv6c) but I can’t find any buy links other than that first one ANYWHERE.

    This really sucks because I would buy his album in a heartbeat, his mellow style is my kinda thing.

    Oh well.

  55. Sorry guise, but I still can’t consider Haru Haru as reviewed… With a friend, we spent hours discussing the plot (cuz the 15 first times we watched the video we couldn’t get it), and all the tiny details of the videos, from the number of layers of make-up they were wearing to GD’s ridiculousely huge camera, and here you didn’t even make the slightest reference to the plot.

    Really, I love the new K-Crunch because you can introduce us indie and not-so-well-known videos, but what the point of introducing videos that everybody knows? If more than 2000 people voted for Haru Haru, it’s probably because they already knew it.

    I know you’re doing all that because viewers have demanded it, but it seems like you’re trying to do too much at the same time. It’s ok to introduce “Hello” in one minute, because a lot of people don’t know it and because there’s not so much to say about it (btw I love how the song and video don’t match at all, although they’re both awesome!), but Haru Haru in one minute is… sad.

    How about reviewing one video in 4 minute rather than 4 in one minute? Ok, because then it’s not a playlist anymore. But I still think it was crazy ambitious to suddently review 13 videos per week instead of one, and that people don’t have the same expectations whether they knew the video before or not.

    • But in the intro to the new KCrunch they said that this isn’t for reviewing songs but merely letting viewers discover new stuff that they might not have heard of before.

      If people want any of the songs on KCruch reviewed they still have to vote for them on the Kpop Charts.

      This playlist (the cocktail one) isn’t for stuff they are gonna review (since it is almost all old releases) but just stuff that Simon and Martina like and wanna share. I really like it since I had never heard of Haru Haru before today.

      • Ok thanks, it’s clearer like that…

        I thought K-Crunch was supposed to compensate the fact that we can’t vote for oldies on the charts but, well, it’s fine like that too.

  56. Thank you for “Red Roc feat Top”! TOP is so badass in it <3 ^^
    Martina often says "T.O.P" but aren't you supposed to say "TOP"? At least that's what I hear in variety shows, and even between Big Bang's members. (actually, it sounds more like Tabi than Top lol)

  57. Haru Haru!!! My first ever K-pop song! I was completely drawn in by the MV….and of course the awesome song. Loved it then and still love it now!

  58. Can’t wait to see what else you put on it 

    Ahh haru haru…I don’t have any memories of it but its a good song :)

  59. LOVE YOUR LIST! It’s exactly how my list would look like! XD

    I don’t know much about Red Roc (레드락) but I LOVE his voice! And what I know he has made two albums, the first one called “Hello” just as the title track and the second album “I Believe” which came out a 2010.  

    Some links: 
    I Believe MV http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J8V0XSNcMgc 
    Oh Yun Hye ft. Red Roc http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sWbH2Mizbwk 
    Red Roc preforming with some other dudes 
    Gummy ft Red Roc 
    Red Roc ft Gummy 

  60. would love to see some Brian Joo on here… if you guys could interview him i think it would be awesome…. Simon Martina funny+Brain Joo funny= Crazy funny

  61. OK so I’ve been wondering for a few years now but can anyone tell me what TOP says to GD at 4.20 onwards? PLEASE??

    Wow! In Hello, TOP looks like a baby with his hair long like that!!GOGOSTAR’s song sounds like something Yosuke Sakanoue from Japan would sing. I love him he’s so adorable. If anyone liked GOGOSTAR check out Yosuke’s songs. Super Drive and Lavender are my favourites.

  62. GOGOSTAR seems like they would really fit in Japan. Probably cause of their crazy costumes… xD And really? I thought BIGBANG became huge in late 2007 because of Lies… :o

  63. Ear Candy is super catchy. Gogostar is weird and slightly creepy in the best of ways. Awesome playlist, can’t wait for more!

  64. The guys in Haru Haru were wearing all kinds of eyeliner. The girl- not really anything. I appreciate that they aren’t saying that girls need makeup to be pretty, but it’s a bit awkward/amusing.

  65. oh my god, the ear candy song was used on the we got married episode that was the part 2 of the fighting junior group date!! one of the girls danced to it! i knew i’d heard it before O_O

    and omg TOP!!! *FLAILS* ANGRY SMASHING SHIT TOP! *FLAILS MORE* (but wait… so he was made at her for cheating, but were those pictures of him cheating on her? or wtf happened in the end? ehh?)

    I’ll definitely have to check out gogostar live when i’m in seoul for the next 6 months! yay hongdae indie clubs!

    as far as MVs that should be featured… um… Jibe Kajima! (still bitter about that one lol), for indie, I love Walrus’s Seoul Witch (Kim Jaewook!)…I thought Fat Cat’s song Is Being Pretty Everything? had a really cool MV and I doubt it’s going to get to music monday, so that too. 

  66. I’m surprised people wouldn’t know Haru Haru.  Big Bang blew up with Lies…but I guess  have listened to kpop for too long that I remember when JYP DIDN’T whisper his name in songs XD e.g. g.o.d.’s Lies and Rain’s How to Avoid the Sun.

    Great playlist!! <3 Baek Ji Young

  67. My recomendation to you is EE(Total Art) – High Color …. which can be found HERE http://youtu.be/bLwaZcrf8Gg 

  68. Oh my goodness ! GOGOSTAR is awesome ! And of course Haru haru… what can I say? Perfect? : D

  69. Oh, good old days…Haru Haru made me a fan of Big Bang and Red Roc’s Hello made me love TOP even more.

  70. Big Bang’s Oh Ma Baby is still first on my list. ^.^

  71. the subber for the ear candy video subbed wo ai ni as i need you- i don’t know if this is korean, but since right after they say te quiero, which is i love you in spanish, than i’m gonna have to point out, that wo ai ni is i love you…in mandarin chinese. um, don’t meen to be rude and/or insulting, but…fail.

  72. omg, i love “hello”. i watched it a while ago and became an instant red roc fan. he also has other songs, such as “lonely” and “butterfly” (a favorite!), that people have uploaded onto youtube. you might be able to find his mini-album online somewhere but any other info is also beyond me. xD has eatyourkimchi heard “my friend’s girlfriend” by nom nom nom (guy guy guy) yet? another worthy hip hop/r&b song. (sorry martina! i swear it’s good though.)

  73. definitely going to listen to red roc from now on XD
    but that gogostar…..not my cup of tea.

  74. i love the gogostar,,!!!sounds like some of the jpop i listen too..but love the sound

  75. OH BIG BANG! HARU HARU the 2nd kpop song i learned to play on the piano…the first was “WEDDING DRESS”

  76. OMG. The candy song has been blocked. :c But I searched it and found it, I like it. :D

    Also, I’m pretty sure everyone’s seen Haru Haru!! xD It’ll be interesting to see more songs you like.

    • I totally don’t understand why companies block their songs in other countries.  Don’t they want the exposure?  Don’t they want the ad revenue?  It’s beyond me.

      •  It is usually because they bought the beat off a producer from overseas and only got the rights to make money off it in Korea so the producers can sell the beat again to another singer.

        Either that or they want to limate their matirial to Korea so if anyone steals it or whatever they can easily go after them unlike in, say, China.

  77. Haru Haru the first song i listened to by Big Bang I love that song the only thing  i hate is that every time i watch it i cry >.< Anyways I liked all the song even the last song :) 

  78. gogostar were awesome but the video kinda scared me….lol……i loved the olds fashion 70-80′s feel to it with the electronic piano efect ^____^ and the female/male vocie combination :) that is going to be in my ipod right away

  79. OMG these are some awesome blasts from the past! I thought I was forever alone in listening to Baek Ji Young… what a relief haha

  80. Chanpagne is a great song.  i really love the sound because i’m a huge fan of 80′s music … and the visuals .. its like Jrock… meets The Cure … meets acid … in the best way possible.

  81. I love Hello…I was totally in love with TOP when I saw this video for the first time..I watched it for him but became a fan of the song too.

  82. when I first saw the Haru Haru video when it came out, I was crying so much. The song paired with the story was so sad!!!

  83. Hello is where I feel utterly in love with Actor!TOP  he was just too amazing. Plus the song is awesome.

  84. You guys…. Thank you for all this knowledge <3

  85. U just talked about haru haru… it is now officially impossible to love you any more than i do now <3 stay OSM <3 

  86. I think your description for Haru Haru is for the other Big Bang MV: Lies….I could be wrong….but i missed the pineapple in this MV…someone give me the time if I missed it…

    • wait.. yeah, i’m quite sure you’re right. Lies is the one with the pinneapple and GD running and going to jail, yeah i remember.. Haru Haru is the girl with cancer… made me cry when i first saw it ^^ fell in love with the song immediately. maybe next week they’ll do Lies!! :D

  87. OH MY GOOOOOOOOOOOOD!! YES!! I’ve been listening to this song since forever and seeing that you guys -coughMARTINAcough- did a review/video on it is so amazing!! 

    I LOVE YOU GUYS!! -coughMARTINAcough-

  88. My Ear Candy did pretty well, chart-wise.  Promotion just got halted when 2PM had their leadership crisis. :T

  89. you should change the link to the original mv of haru haru which is on YGEntertainment channel! it has over 24 million views and the one on Big Bang’s channel is just a re-upload….

  90. I WILL ALWAYS LOVE HARU HARU :) Big Bang is what got me into k-pop in the first place.

  91. If someone who calls themselves a kpop fan has never seen Haru Haru that’s just…that’s just a crime against kpop dude. They should be arrest!

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