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. I’ve seen BoF 4 times…

  2. 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.

  3. 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…

  4. 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. 

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

  6. I love, love Boys Over Flowers, and I’m so glad that someone else get it besides just like me. I watch Kpop videos with my 10 year old son in MN and we are both are trying our best to learn everything about Korea. We love dancing to SuperJunior and listen to Mirotic almost everyday. Thank you for your posts!

  7. So, as soon as that Battle song started I thought New Kids on the Block. Just the first time they say ‘Step by Step’, its like the correct pitch and everything. Haha, it was a fun song though. ‘Bike’ was a lot of fun as well. 

    I was less annoyed by ‘Paradise’ and more…greatly amused?? It always sounds out of tune to me, and it is definitely used for the absolute wrong scenes in BOF. 

    And, “I’ve got you under my skin” is not profane in any way, shape, or form to me. 

  8. Oh, I forgot! I think that you definitely should have Rain’s Rainism in it (I was addicted to that song and Mirotic at the same time:P… thanks to your How to dance kpop style… 2008?) AND! Definitely Rain – Love song too… I don’t need to mention why (the “Rainroll” that suddenly appears out of nowhere after he tore his shirt off on a rooftop? His eyelashes?)

  9. HAHAHA and I thought I was the only one who shocked, paused and rewound when I heard naega for the first time. It was U-Kiss’s 0330 the first time I heard it and was like, did I just hear what I thought I heard. Then thought Kevin and Eli should know better. Was glad to find out it meant I.

    And T-Max Paradise holds that special place in my heart, being that it tortured me every episode of Boys Over Flowers I watched, got stuck in my head and thus I looked it up and found kpop. Because I’m Stupid by SS501 is how I feel in love with kpop however. 

  10. Dying laughing. Simon, your words are so true–when I watched BOF, I was shocked and awed by the constant use of “Almost Paradise”. At one point the main guys rushed into a room to beat up some thugs who had kidnapped Jandi and their manly, actiony, beatin’-up-thugs music of choice was? Allllmost paaaaaradise!

  11. Finding Mirotic on youtube randomly one day started my love of kpop music. I’ve been hooked ever since. The sad moment was realizing that TVXQ had already broken up a year before i discovered the group. QQ

  12. Yup, the Dong Bang boys confirmed it on a show that apparently Jaejoong came up with the word Mirotic deriving from “miro”.

  13. “Any Boys Over Flowers fans out there? If yes, then you already got the cold sweats and shivers from the title of this song.” – I had goosebumps reading this line! “Almost Paradise!!!” (start singing out laud!)

  14. they should totally do oh my friend by big bang. it had top as a cop!

  15. I prefer to call “Almost Paradise” “Almost Hades” cause that school was as far from paradise as it could be.

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