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K Crunch Cocktail: Haru Hello Ear Champagne

February 9, 2012

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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!

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  1. 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…

    4 years ago
  2. 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.

    4 years ago
  3. 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.

    4 years ago
    • 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.

      4 years ago
      • 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.

        4 years ago
  4. 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)

    4 years ago
  5. 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!

    4 years ago
  6. omg I LOVE Hello!!!!!

    4 years ago
  7. 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 :)

    4 years ago
  8. 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 
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=th8Hlssbn5A 
    Gummy ft Red Roc 
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nlzV8fUb2m0 
    Red Roc ft Gummy 
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YtwVi-kC3zc 

    4 years ago
  9. 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

    4 years ago
  10. 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.

    4 years ago
  11. 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

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

    4 years ago
  13. 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.

    4 years ago
  14. 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. 

    4 years ago
  15. LJ

    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

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

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

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

    4 years ago
  19. Big Bang’s Oh Ma Baby is still first on my list. ^.^

    4 years ago
  20. 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.

    4 years ago
  21. 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.)

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

    4 years ago
  23. i love the gogostar,,!!!sounds like some of the jpop i listen too..but love the sound

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

    4 years ago
  25. 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.

    4 years ago
    • 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.

      4 years ago
      •  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.

        4 years ago
  26. 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 :) 

    4 years ago
  27. 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

    4 years ago
  28. 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

    4 years ago
  29. 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.

    4 years ago
  30. 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.

    4 years ago
  31. 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!!!

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

    4 years ago
  33. You guys…. Thank you for all this knowledge <3

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

    4 years ago
  35. 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…

    4 years ago
    • 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

      4 years ago
  36. 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-

    4 years ago
  37. SKS

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

    4 years ago
  38. 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….

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

    4 years ago
  40. 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!

    4 years ago
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