March 9, 2012
1) MBLAQ – Y
Ah: MBLAQ’s “Y”. We love this song, and have lots of fond memories of it as teachers. One of our lessons while we were teaching English in Korea was discussing music videos. We’d give the students a sheet of paper that would have some phrases that could describe the beat of the song, the dancing, the video, etc. MBLAQ’s “Y” was always one of the videos we showed, partially because we’d ask our students what “Give it to my Y” means, to which they’d all laugh.
Side note: not sure how many of you noticed the waffle in the bottom left corner, or if you’d understand why it’s there. It was no accident: it’s a reference to one of our favorite MBLAQ moments. Check it out if you haven’t already
2) Park Myungsoo, G Dragon, Park Bom – I Cheated
Perhaps the best song last year that didn’t have an official music video. Can we say that? I’m not sure if that’s fair, because we mostly just listen to songs that have videos. This song, though, is too freaking RAWESOME to not listen to. Anyhow, we mentioned how this song has a bunch of fancams of the actual performance. This is the most popular one we found so far. There was a really clear one online before, but it’s been taken down, and we can’t find a better version. If you know of one, send it this way!
3) Idiotape – 0805
Ok, so our description of this video is a bit bizarre: 70s Pimp Mario backslaps Bowser, because a) He’s got a star and he’s invincible and b) he’s such a badass. If you were to ask us for a better description than that then we’d probably just describe the instruments and what they sound like, but I think bizarre symbolism works just as well. I think that’s why we focus so much on music video analysis: because we always imagine what the videos would be like if we directed them. It’s probably a good thing that we’re not given control over directing Kpop music videos: we’d bring the Hallyu wave to a screeching halt. Ha!
4) Turtles – Bingo
Now, this is a song that we couldn’t really say that much about, because it’s pretty new to us, and it’s part of a genre that we’re not really familiar with. We know of Korean Trot music. This sounds like it. It could technically not be trot for all we know, but it sure does have that trot aesthetic to it. Now, while we’re not opposed to trot music: whenever we hear it we don’t have convulsive reactions. It sounds fun! We just don’t know it all too well. Also, it seems like only old people like Trot music. REALLY SORRY IF YOU’RE NOT OLD BUT YOU LIKE TROT MUSIC!
Ahem: point being, Turtles’ “Bingo” was a fun song for us to hear for the first time, and I hope that you feel the same way about it. Yeah!