Welcome back to our non-alcoholic K-Crunch Cocktail playlist for the week of February 16th 2012. Although beware, you might get drunk off of the sexy haiiiiii fumes coming from TVXQ’s Mirotic!!! *ahem* That was a bad joke. I am aware of this. I, Martina, promise never to make such bad jokes again…or do I? Anyways, today’s Cocktail mix is very sentimental, casting us back to our first few months living in Korea. I had just discovered Korean dramas with Boys Over Flowers with GOOOOOOO JUN PYOOOOOOOOOO, and I was still in that awkward new-to-Korean-boys phase where I mistook Jaejoong (TVXQ) and Jihoo (BOF) for women. Good times. I’m way over that now, I swear! Enjoy this happy and fizzy cocktail!

1. Mirotic TVXQ

Ah yes, Mirotic. Our theory, it’s a combination of “miro” which means maze in Korean, and “erotic” because…they’re all tied up and held captive in a maze. Yup, that sounds about right. I actually spent a good deal of time explaining to my students that “I’ve got you under my skin” was not profanity. Why? Because Mirotic was deemed inappropriate and banned because of that line. What do you think? Does that line hold some kind of hidden sexual agenda that we’re unaware of? Whatever, it’s one of the most awesome songs EVAAAARR!!!!!!!! And what about that chin rap dance? COME ON!

2. Bike – Peppertones

One of our Korean friends introduced us to this group, and we were surprised that this kind of music wasn’t being played on the radio in Korea. It’s really only kpop or trot music, unless there is some magical radio station we are unaware of which is possible since we don’t really listen to the radio outside of our taxi rides. Which might I add, are really funny because we know every single kpop song that comes on the radio so we end up singing, dancing, or Music Monday joking the whole way to our destination, much to the dismay of the confused taxi driver. It also feels perfect for Katamari Damacy. I feel like rolling something up right now! Wait…that didn’t sound right. DRUGS ARE BAD! Anyways, this is such an uppity song, and the Peppertones have a few albums out which are all pretty good. Enjoy the Peppertones!

3. Step by Step – Battle

The very first kpop song we ever heard, and supposedly (Martina changes into an old woman story telling voice)… Seungri from Big Bang was almost put in this group…Yup. Rumour has it that Battle was a group formed from a kind of kpop band battle show (maybe with Shinhwa, the legendary Korean boy group), and these guys were the winners, but I’m not totally sure, so don’t fire murder me. Anyways, great song, loved the dance for this video and I’m crushed that they’ve fallen off the planet. Also, when I first saw UKISS with “Manmanhani” I thought the blonde guy in Battle and Kevin were the same person.

4. Paradise – T-Max (BOF OST)

Any Boys Over Flowers fans out there? If yes, then you already got the cold sweats and shivers from the title of this song. Getting flashbacks are you? Of EVERY SINGLE MOMENT IN THE DRAMA THAT INVOLVED ENTERING A ROOM?? Since SImon and I are really huge fans of all types of music, the music being used in a movie or drama really affects us and this song did nothing but pull me out of the moment NON STOP. It was very appropriate for the first few scenes of BOF when Jandi was in shock from the sheer amount of wealth floating around her, but during the final scene of the whole drama? Really? I actually burst out loud laughing. If you haven’t heard this song before, let me know if it you get the cold sweats or if it’s only in relation to BOF watchers.

  1. it’s so true i should go skip around outside. I’ll make a fan MV for this song about skipping in parks for you simon :P

  2. Gah! I’m realizing just how much of a snob I am about my dramas. I really CANNOT watch the same drama done by other countries, and since I was really really into Hana Yori Dango first (Matsumoto Jun is my love, even though his character in that drama is a doofy idiot), the Korean Boys Over Flowers just seems… like a watered down version to me. I couldn’t even deal with it *hides*
    Ah! Please don’t kill me! =P

  3. I’ve seen BoF 4 times…

  4. “…and I was still in that awkward new-to-Korean-boys phase where I mistook Jaejoong (TVXQ) and Jihoo (BOF) for women. Good times. ”

    I have been reading your blog for over a year now, and never commented, but I laughed so hard at this line, I woke my husband up.  This is my exact reaction when I started watching K-dramas. 

  5. Starlight Tears by Kim Yu Kyung.  I haven’t gotten sick of that one yet.  
    ( ◠‿◠ )

  6. OMG OMG BATTLE!! I haven’t seen that in so dang long. I missed those guys!

  7. i know exactly what you mean for the paradise song!!!…lol

  8. Aw nice to see Mirotic…The song was popular my 1st year in Korea too!  I remember introducing my family to Korean music when I went to visit US and showing them some dance moves to this song >.<

  9. this was so funny…but i sure do love Mirotic still,and the BOF Does bring back the memories!!!!

  10. I liked the convenient store raids, so fun and interesting. You should do more of them. ;)  I remember that song from those videos, and was wondering where it came from. I haven’t seen Boys over Flowers yet, but that song did give me shivers.  I think that Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Henge is similar to Boys over Flowers based on the video.

  11. *shivers all over* I thought I had escaped this song forever, and now you come and play it here!
    I just wanted to say that I’d like to see SNSD for the next cocktail – I know you like Genie and Visual Dreams, Simon!

  12. I never watched BOF & hadn’t really been into the whole kpop scene for about 4 years {until recently when I found you guys, that is} long story short, somehow even I’ve somehow been worn down by that mother flippin’ song. so catchy, & by catchy, I mean “omg omg omg please get out of my head” mainly because all I can ever seem to remember is homeboy wailing ALMOST PAAARADISE! -__-

  13. i LOVE battle where are these people

  14. Step by Step really reminds me of Big Bang, especially the rapper guy 

  15. Battle  = Hipsters of the K-pop world.

    They were totally shuffling years before it was cool. Not to mention the glasses on Really Pretty Mr. Green Pants.

  16. I’m a little put off by you two right now, because you introduced me to BOF and I ended up watching the whole series in the span of a few days, being hyper-vigilant to the excess use of “Stand by me” (that one was even more overplayed than Almost Paradise!!), and getting TOTALLY invested in the pairing that did NOT work out! I was screaming at the screen for it to be the guy that Jan Di didn’t end up with!

    Seriously love you guys, but I’m in such a foul mood now thanks to this K-Crunch Cocktail. :pout: ;)

  17. paradise just showed up in the most inappropriate times towards the end…jandi getting beaten up? ALMOST PARADIIIIIIIISE!! :D
    this song makes me LOL so much now xD

  18. I lol-ed so hard when Simon is talking about “Paradise” ! XD This song sure brings back lots of memories ~ 

  19. Hahahahaha oh my god, I burst out laughing when you guys started talking about Almost Paradise!! That song…just oh my. It’ll randomly pop into my head in the most bizarre and inappropriate times and I can’t help but smile to myself looking like a crazy >.< oh nostalgia. 

  20. Aww~ reminded me of when I watched BOF!!! and yaaah you guys make me feel like watching that drama again; however, it has soo many episodes I don’t really have time to watch dramas anymore since I’m a busy girl!

  21. Hey, I like Almost Paradise! Actually, I’m going to play that song as soon as I touch down in Korea. It’s my go to song when I need to get to my “happy place” lol.

  22. step by step and bike have become two of my favourite songs (right now) thanks to you guys! when bike started playing I immediately thought back to all your old videos I watched so many months ago. definitely a cocktail full of nostalgia! 

  23. I wove (love) mirotic (and I was so devastated that they split up that I had to buy their album) and I cant find rising sun in itunes :'( but what i WAS THINKING IS MAYBE for your next coctail video how about Amiericano by 10cm? love you Martina!!!!

  24. My favorite flash back so far. ^-^

  25. I remember hearing bike in a lot of your videos and I was trying to find out about the title and who sing this song. Thanks for mentioned it! :D

  26. why did my brain subconciously read the k-crunch as k-crotch doubled with mirotic XD hahaha!!

  27. why wasn’t rainism included in this 

  28. PLEASE DO ShinHwa’s T.O.P…You guys will love the engrish in that music video…and the dance…easy to learn, but epic!

  29. You guys should do G-Dragon’s “A Boy” :) Grrrreat song!

  30. Ahhh BOF, such good memories….of almost breaking my computer from screaming at Geum Jan Di for being soooo…argh!! And my first tattoo is the word MIRotic (it’s a play on the name of the song AND how i’m a fan of Mir-Go MBLAQ!)

  31. Almost Paradise….it made me skip the montages in Boys Before Flowers…I’ve never actually heard the whole song except for Almost Paahhhhhhhhhh- before. Yup. Still terrible.

  32. My all time fave song too!!! Never tire of the live performance ever!

  33. they probably just ran out of ideas when they got to max and xiah
    maybe the lady was trying to drown max
    and maybe tried to zap junsu
    jaejoon, I dont even know how that lady got him up der
    cause she was like
    im a magical witch doin the moon walk on the side of a clifff with jaejoon stuck on it, jaejoon unnie how did i get up here?
    max, i know you can swim but i rean out of ideas for you so im just going to drown you .
    junsu, im just goin to zap your cute little tushy with my lazers,
    i dont have enough money for lazers so i just bought club lights….
    they look alike
    omg i forgot yuchun, just put him in a box, he’l live.
    yunho, you are the leader so you are mine!!!!!
    haha so i am just going to tie you up
    but not with ropes that are more sturdy
    i will tie you up with wimsical magical fluffy cloth strips that probably fel of my dress that i got from a basket that just had words that said
    isnt this a wonderful time?
    wait where you guys going
    TVXQ: * old ladies these days*

  34. Also, I totally thought I heard the same thing (the n-bomb) in Big Bang’s Stupid Liar. Its a shame, cause that song is awesome, but I can’t recommend it to any of my kpop newbie friends because, well…

  35. Mirotic=Best Thing EVAH! I freakin’ love that song, its great.
    I love Battle doing the Melbourne Shuffle, they’re pretty awesome at it, I must say.
    And Bike is so much fun! I thought the PowerPoint was fitting enough. I have to get that Dolphin F-3 Bike! That is the most win I’ve ever seen on 2 wheels.

    I have nothing to say about Almost Paradise. Absolutely nothing. 

    of course MIROTIC!!!!! the first song that i knew from DBSK

  37. I watched BoF when I was first discovered Korean Dramas and Kpop and then I watched it a second time with my mom and dad.
    Every time the song would play in the drama, which is every episode, all three of us would sing along.
    After BoF, my dad got the song as his ringtone and would sing it constantly!
    I had gotten the song on my ipod the very first time I heard the song and now, since it’s lost in my millions of other kpop songs and I don’t delete it, whenever the song plays in the car, my mom and I freak out and change songs as quickly as possible.

    Once you watch BoF, you will never be able to listen to Almost Paradise ever again.

  38. I’ve realized that Junsu exudes sexuality and damn, it can’t be ignored! 

  39. I only got as far as Mirotic…oh the memories.  The more I see that video the more I’m convinced it’s just so Junsu can shake his ass. Shake it Junsu. I have a tendency to watch the dance version or lives though…

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