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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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K Crunch Cocktail: Haru Hello Ear Champagne


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  1. Rachel Leahu

    You guys should review Heart2heart’s facebook official :P

    3 years ago
  2. Ashley

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

    3 years ago
  3. Min

    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. 

    3 years ago
  4. Hipployta

    Haru Haru…how I love that song 

    3 years ago
  5. Endroine

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

    3 years ago
  6. Zelia Blaga

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

    3 years ago
  7. Crystal Daniels

    TaekYeon looks so orange in the video

    3 years ago
  8. Tamara Fairbanks

    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

    3 years ago
  9. Juliette Justine Legouy

    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!

    3 years ago
  10. Natlus Züdnüg

    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^^ 

    3 years ago
  11. jericho98

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

    3 years ago
  12. Caroline

    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 

    3 years ago
  13. Rukie Andrei

    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 :)

    3 years ago
  14. Katrina

    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

    3 years ago
  15. Katrina L Pleasant-Wheatley

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

    3 years ago
  16. 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.

    3 years ago
  17. Haru Haru is my all-time favorite kpop mv. no question about it.

    3 years ago
  18. Veronica Bautista

    I really like the last one :O

    3 years ago
  19. Isabella Scalabrin

    Taecyeon is using WHITE LIPSTICK ?????

    OH GOD WHY ??!

    3 years ago
  20. cho sungwanc

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

    3 years ago
  21. HughJorgan

    GOGOSTAR?  I think that’s Flock Of Seegoeuls…

    3 years ago
  22. Puhl

    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). 

    3 years ago
  23. dani robinson

    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.

    3 years ago
  24. Momo Cabrera

    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. 

    3 years ago
  25. Maritza Olvera

    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.)

    3 years ago
  26. Maritza Olvera

    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.)

    3 years ago
  27. Sharon Overlord

    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!

    3 years ago
  28. SM is Palpatine

    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) 

    3 years ago
  29. 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.  : }

    3 years ago
  30. I really ReAlLy REALLY think you guys should talk about  ‘A Boy” by GDragon. :) 

    3 years ago
  31. E. K.

    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.

    3 years ago
  32. Fatouma

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

    3 years ago
  33. Lauren Semple Stroman

    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….

    3 years ago
  34. Tiger Holland

    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*

    3 years ago
  35. Maren C

    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…

    3 years ago
  36. Natalie 'DSQ' B.

    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.

    3 years ago
  37. 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.

    3 years ago
    • Natalie 'DSQ' B.

      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.

      3 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.

        3 years ago
  38. loulou_v

    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)

    3 years ago
  39. 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!

    3 years ago
  40. 최엘라

    omg I LOVE Hello!!!!!

    3 years ago