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Kpop Music Monday: I Forgot How to Kpop

February 3, 2014

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So, it feels like we’ve been totally out of the Kpop loop, even though we’ve been off the internet for only a month or so. We looked at our KpopCharts and realized, holy shaboly, there’s a lot of stuff that came out. Seriously. Does Kpop ever take a break? It’s an endless stream of videos and debuts and comebacks and scandals and teasers and concepts and whatnot.

We decided to have a look at what came out recently and to talk about the videos that interested us. Here’s our list of Kpop videos thus far for 2014:

TVXQ “Something”

Well well well! Look at this! TVXQ in a somewhat regular human role! They’re usually superhuman angel mutant deities that teleport and explode as they condescend to us humans as the deities they are. Any fans of Marvel comics? I imagine TVXQ being like Namor and constantly judging people and shouting “IMPERIUS REX!” Orrr…if you don’t get that reference that’s fine. Not like it wasn’t super nerdy for a second *fixes glasses and pulls out retainer*

In this video, there’s a bit of that superhuman element still, with the magic aspect of it all, but for the most part TVXQ seem like, for once, dudes. Though they’re really classy and have hoards of women around them. They’re still somewhat relatable in this video. Great! Because we were getting a bit bored of the superhuman element.

And it was all jazzy and funky and fun for a song. Really quite enjoyable! It’s not as good as Keep Your Head Down, IMO, but we liked it more than Catch Me and Humanoids, that’s for sure. Soo Zee’s not too fond of it, though, so don’t sing it around her :D

Rain “30Sexy”

Best song on the list. Hands down. If you have a hand up to object, put your hand down. PUT YOR HAND DOWNNNN BYUP BYUP BYUUUP BYUP BYUP BYUPBYUP. This song is great and I will not stand any objections. IMPERIOUS REX!!!

This is the kind of Kpop we missed. Sure, the beat is a bit repetitive, and the falsetto and monochrome seem a bit too heavily inspired by Justin Timberlake, as does every mature male concept for a kpop video lately, but it’s still so fun. SO FUN! We’ve been singing it non stop. We don’t even know the hand waving dance, but we know what it kinda looks like, and it’s a great fit for the video and the song and everything. Snap. We totally missed Rain being around, and this is so tremendously kickass, and we hope that he keeps on making music like this, though he’ll probably go back to doing Hollywood movies. Let’s enjoy Rain the singer while we can, before Rain the actor comes back (side note: Ninja Assassin was laugh out loud bad). This is where my HRRRRRT IS SUPPRRRSD TRRR BEEEE. Whoa that movie was not good.

Bilasa “Lonely”

So, our commentary on this video is gonna peeve off people for a few reasons for sure. #1, we found this song and video boring. It’s not our style. Not that it’s bad, but it’s not for us. We like Bilasa when they’re batshit crazy. This is meh. Where’s all the color? I know that Kpop is oftentimes music for eyes rather than just music for ears, and though we’re not impressed by pretty boys and girls and try to be more focused on the music itself, we’ve grown to like the colorful vibe of Bilasa’s videos. This really lost out on, to us, what was their most charming aspect.

And #2 the whole scandal and accusations of falsified album sales, though we have no proof on the matter, we can say that it’s mighty suspicious for us that B1A4 sold so many albums in one week. B1A4 fans might say “Oh no my babies are srsly that popular,” and we know someone who personally bought 20 Bilasa albums herself, but we’re still not convinced that Bilasa are on that big of a level that they can sell more albums than GD and SNSD. Sorry. Not buying it, figuratively and literally.

Royal Pirates “Drawing the Line”

We like Royal Pirates. We liked them before they became popular, before they were in Korea. WE’RE SO HIPSTERISH YO! And James is a nice guy and we speak with him from time to time. So we’d like to promote this song and video, because we like the band and we like the people and we like the video. And it seems like a lot of people are digging Royal Pirates here on the KpopCharts as well. I remember them getting pretty high up there, and I constantly see a stream of Tweets voting for them. We’re also in talks to do something with Royal Pirates as well. If our schedules line up, then hopefully you’ll see that video soon. Woot!

Gary ft LeeSSang “Shower Later

We laughed so profusely at this video. Are people supposed to laugh at this video? Or are they just supposed to drool? I don’t know. It’s so bad that it’s good. It’s like, Ballistic: Ecks vs Sever bad. Has anyone ever seen that video? It’s with Lucy Liu and Antonio Banderas, and it’s so exceptionally cheesy and ridiculous and illogical that you can’t help but laugh. It’s like a high school video project kind of bad, but with a much higher budget. Oh man. Side note: we always pronounce his name as Antonio Bander-ass. Don’t judge me!

Gary’s video isn’t on the same level of illogical ridiculousness, but it’s so over the top that you can’t help but laugh. It’s not witty funny, not awkward funny. It just smacks of “yo take dis money and buy as many haf-nekkid hunnies as you can” kinda thing. Watch it yourself and tell me if you’re more amused by the audacity of it or offended by it.

So, yeah! That’s it for this week’s Music Monday. I now feel like we are somewhat caught up? Maybe? It’s impossible to be up to date with Kpop. Too much comes out, man. Too much. Anyhow, subscribe for more videos just in case you haven’t yet. We’re getting somewhat close to 500,000 subscribers! Woot woot!

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  1. please talk about got7 girl’s girl’s next time on music monday !!

    3 years ago
  2. So I presume you haven’t been very impressed with female artists? …ok, neither have I. But I hope you can talk about Spica at some point :)

    3 years ago
  3. Good call doing a full recap, now no fans need to have a little cry about anything. Except Nu’est fans. But today is just a normal day for them I guess. And that Rain track is a jam.

    PERSONALLY I thought this might be another excuse to watch 9muses – Glue, on top of the 5 times I day I’ve been watching it for the last few weeks, but no dice. Pervert and proud, ladies and gentlemen. Probably gonna go watch it again now. Maybe I’ll get out my chainsaw and blast my way through a table without turning it on. Yeah, 9muses, yeeeeah.

    3 years ago
  4. Yahhhhhh…..you said the first Music Monday would be Nu’est when you came back. D:

    3 years ago
  5. It made me sad that you guys hated Ninja Assassin. It is one of my favorite movies. Of course, I love cheesy martial arts movies filled with unrealistic action sequences, massive amounts of fake blood, one or more hot guys, with a cute yet sad story line on the side…soooooo…our tastes might differ a bit. *fangirl mode* I really loved the end where Raizo climbs the wall that his dead girlfriend had climbed when she tried to escape and sees the beautiful landscape that had been there the whole time. It was like he could finally break free and let go of his past and move on with his life into a bright future. *sigh* I feel like such a dork right now.

    3 years ago
  6. I’m surprised that it wasn’t mentioned that Gary’s Music video is the same as Benny Benassi’s “Satisfaction” music video. Gary’s is just comedic while the other is more for sexiness.

    3 years ago
  7. Welcome back. I think you shared that weather with Colorado ’cause now we’re freezing and icy and cold and BS! In any case, I actually loved the Bilasa video because of the simplicity. And did you watch the dance? So cool! My favorite video had to be TVQX and favorite song was the Royal Pirates. Gary = boobs. Like whoa. I’m a straight female and all I could see was BOOBS. …

    3 years ago
  8. So this was basically just the male idol version? Apart from Dal Shabet’s honorable mention it was ALL males. Will there be a ladies version too? x x x

    3 years ago
    • Great idea! We’ll do that for a Kpop Music Monday soon :D

      3 years ago
    • Or as the video says, “honourable METIONS”.
      Are you sure you guys are entirely back from vacation? Lol :P

      3 years ago
  9. We missed yooouuuu :D Did you see Ga In’s “Fxxk U” ? It’s verrrry good as usual, too bad you did not include it in this kpop music monday :/ About “Shower Later”… Well, I was torn between my feminist side and the urge to laugh, but as a whole I like Gary anyway.
    And Martina ? The reading fanfiction all night ? Yeah, we all lived that. Be brave ^^

    3 years ago
  10. AAHHHH I TOTALLY WANTED TO ASK WHAT FANFIC’S MARTINA WAS UP LATE READING because i totally do the same thing and would not mind at all some other good fics to read. ^^

    3 years ago
  11. I love Rain. Hands down. I totally do. But… did anyone else notice the serious cuban heels he’s wearing??! not cool.

    3 years ago
  12. I MISSED YOU GUUYYYYSSSSSS~ This totally made my night. I’m never not gonna hear “she’s up all night to get Loki” when I hear that song now LOL. Awww man, I love Loki so much.

    Anyway, gonna state my opinions cos why not:

    Firstly, totally love TVXQ’s Something. I agree, it’s fun and the choreo is amazing and I just love how fresh and different it is for a k-pop song. Not enough jazz in kpop, probably cos it’s technically a separate genre but yeah. Loved it so much, was so happy they did something different from the whole ‘I am a god’ shiz. I like them being more human.

    30Sexy was … I’ll just … not say anything. (Lets say it’s no where near as bad as La Song at least)

    As for B1A4, I thought the song was boring but I actually really enjoyed the video. It wasn’t as pretty as Tried To Walk, but it was still kinda nice. Tbh I just really loved the whole ‘chick being made out of helium’ part. I thought it was cute and creative how he had to tie her down and stuff cos he’d miss her if she left and in the end he flies up too. Cute video but I agree, the song was very bland.

    Royal Pirates was great, loved it. Not really much to add to that.

    Gary’s video … well … I could hardly sit through the first time I watched it. Ngl, I too cracked up at them using the drill/chainsaw when they weren’t on and were just shaking their bodies, that cracked me up so much. But the rest … no thanks. It was hard to watch.

    Also, Girl’s Day’s Something. Best song of the year so far imo, video is meh but Girl’s Day are on a roll when it comes to their music! Surprised they didn’t get mentioned. D:

    3 years ago
    • Girl’s Day – Something is a jam. Furthermore, there is no way that any video that has Girl’s Day in it can be just ‘meh’. Purely based on the opportunity to look at them, it’s a 7/10 by default.

      3 years ago
      • Well as a female who isn’t sexually attracted to other women, I think I can say it’s nothing special. I do love their outfits though and I think the choreography is quite fitting, since the song sounds quite sexy. It works. But it’s not an amazing MV.

        3 years ago
  13. Oh please review Donghae and Eunhyuk’s MOTORCYCLE :D :D

    3 years ago
  14. Aah, Monday morning breakfast with KMM – all is right in the world! ;) The beauty of being on EST.

    You guise were really funny today (even beyond total overuse of Siri). I didn’t even mind the multiple video format today, your high energy helped to sell it. I will say though, this video would have KILLED it in re-watchability (is that even a word?) if you had added in a little Spudgy or Fangurilla short at the very end. Even a few random mustaches or something.

    I get your Namor reference for TVXQ! but I’m surprised that you missed the even more obvious reference – “Q” from Star Trek TNG – TVXQ! = Q – get it?

    Cyber_3 – Martina, I don’t read fanfics but I read lots of manga and marathon tv shows – I know that feelz………

    3 years ago
  15. mayb u can do KMM-sexy edition….simon will like to review it…. girls day, aoa, rainbow blaxx, ga in, spica…. it will b perfectttttt…

    3 years ago
  16. I’m into fanfics lately… would you mind telling us what you read? :)

    3 years ago
  17. i just can watch the vid… if u had a review for japanese mv…i wish u review donghae&eunhyuk motorcycle mv… it has engrish n fun mv…(even i just watch the short preview mv)… sj sub unit has actual girl n not just a boring in the box mv…

    3 years ago
    • Oh yeahhh please yesss!! :D And also there is a special appearance :P :P :D

      3 years ago
  18. I think they shot outside though (Donghae and Eunhyuk) because there’s bts footage of them in England, if I’m not mistaking though. That would be awkward

    3 years ago
  19. I didn’t hear about that B1A4 scandal before! :o Well I don’t know what’s the truth but since they have a different version of each member and the whole group version of the album I’m pretty sure that makes the sales bigger (since fans like to buy many versions)… But since I don’t know what kind of sale difference we’re talking about that might not be the reason. Oh and I also heard “Lonely” being played everywhere in Seoul when it was released! O_O I was so surprised…
    Anyways, I’m totally gonna link Gary’s mv to my big brother since he likes Gary… and boobs! haha

    3 years ago
  20. Martinaaa can u review TOP’s DOOM DADA T__T i ws waiting for u guys to review it..but it never happened..makes me sad :'(

    3 years ago
  21. I don’t think you’ll get around to reviewing them for KMM since they’re just a rookie group,
    but I’m curious about your first impression/thoughts on

    Kiss&Cry – Domino Game

    And also,

    Mamamoo ft Bumkey – Don’t Be Happy (This is not their debut song though, just a pre-release, kinda like exo with “What is love”. Really love the song!~)

    3 years ago
  22. “30Sexy” is awesome, I couldn’t agree more, I still don’t know how “LA song” is charting better than it -_-
    TVXQ’s Something is song I totally loved on the first listen, the performance is beyond awesome. They really know how to work the stage (/ladies lol) but somehow I got tired of it easily. Its a song i rather watch than listen too. Whenever I hear “Something” I just think of Girls Day’s Something lol. BTW what did you guys think of that song? I personally liked it. Not their best, but it worked.

    3 years ago
  23. Holy rusted metal Batman! Thank the gods you’re back! I so needed this early Monday morning pick me up. I found myself laughing, grinning, and commiserating with Martina about her not enough sleep (too much reading *cough cough*) issues.

    3 years ago
  24. Kim

    Is it just me or is the Shower Later MV really similar to Benny Bennassi’s ‘Satisfaction’?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V5bYDhZBFLA

    3 years ago
  25. i went to fb firts then click on this link directly tou your website and i have been able to watch it.

    3 years ago
  26. btw you guys need to update the dead blog post link in the yt description box :)

    3 years ago
    • Ooh! Good eye! I totally forgot about that. I generally just forgot how to do internet stuff as a whole :/

      3 years ago
  27. Royal Pirates is totally cool! Been listening to their mini album for a month already. XD
    Despite the horrible video, I think Gary’s Shower Later is good. LOL. Not the video, just the music. Kinda nice for a background song.
    The one that I always thought every time I watch TVXQ!’s Something: how could they aren’t getting tangled up? It’s kinda superhuman-ly for me. XD

    3 years ago
  28. y no review for got7?

    3 years ago
  29. Really happy you guys did this, it’s a nice little recap and fans aren’t gonna be completely angry. I’m happy that you guys liked Something and 30 Sexy and Drawing the Line, though who doesn’t like it? January was a good start off to kpop.
    Hearing what happened with Lonely, makes me sad. I really didn’t know that was it and as much as they do deserve to win, cheating isn’t the way to do it. And you’re right about that, it took us FOREVER just to get to 2 million views. Can totally understand why you don’t like Lonely, it took me like 3 listens to like the song. And I mainly have it stuck in my head because I watched it like 300 times to help get it to 2 million.
    Also question: so because of this video will it take off some of the videos from the kpop chart like it does with a normal KMM?

    3 years ago
  30. Oh Rain is he saying he’s 30 and sexy? or play on words like “dirty” sexy. Will have to look up lyrics, i like the beat. btw i’m in my 30’s. Simon and Martina I’m so happy to see this Kpop Music Monday. Yesterday i was bummed because i knew the weekend was almost over then, i remebered youise guys would be back! :) Still watching right now!

    3 years ago
    • just watched Gary’s “shower later” lol, yuck. reminded me of the 80’s hair band videos with the cheap video modals, you know the giant boobie girls with big hair leotards and sledgehamers. lol

      3 years ago
  31. ahahahahahaha ah god i missed you guys and hilarious videos!!!!
    hehe good to know i’m not the only who heard Rain’s song as dirty sexy!! have you heard his ‘LA Song’?
    Eunhyuk and Donghae’s mv was definitely filmed in London!

    3 years ago
  32. I’m glad yall did a kind of over view of the videos you missed. So glad to have KMM back.

    3 years ago
  33. So…I can’t watch the video. This happening for other people, too? YARGH!

    3 years ago
    • Simon & Martina! yet again, Running Man rise in viewers’ rating for last week episode, and Baro + Son Ho Jun (both of them starred in “Reply 1994”) is the guest of the show, of course there are 3 more guests, but still i think B1A4 did sell that much since Baro is in the group! and also , just like other people saying, they had 6 different coverssssss

      3 years ago
    • I can’t watch it either. But only because of the shitty broadband in these rural farmlands -_-.
      I so envy you guys. I envy anyone who can watch videos in higher than 240p.
      Can’t wait to move back to the city where the internet source isn’t one phone line that stretches across the valley to serve about 50 people (which regularly breaks because of trees falling on top of it).
      Anyway, enough moaning. I MISSED YOU GUYS SOOO MUCH!

      3 years ago
    • i actually think that B1A4 did sell that much, at least for now because Baro is so HOT as he starred in “Reply 1994”. In Korea, Running Man had been the last in viewers’ rating compare to 1N2D & Real Man. But it suddenly goes up to 15%++ last 2 weeks, Dohee is one of the guest and she also starred in “Reply 1994” And it’s rating also dropped back to the last the next week(which is yesterday). Sometimes actor’s song sell better than average kpop group when their HOT drama is still airing/just right after the drama finished. I don’t think they will manipulate the chart especially when Baro is quite a hot star now, why would they want to do this kind of “mistake” and ruin their own image

      3 years ago
      • Well, I live in Melbourne and I brought 5 albums (B1A4) plus an iTunes album as well. 5 album were $30 each and the iTunes one is $20. I’m not proud of what I did and I prob was high on sugar when I brought all this. (I personally don’t normally comments or reply anything, but with the amount of bashing b1a4 is (was) receiving from general public and dbsk fan sadden me. (Ps, I love “something” especially the first part *scream). ($200 is not cheap) but I did this to support them since there re too many k-pop bands right now (TOO MANY) I want them to do well. Now, I feel like ($200) have gone down the drain, since my support cause the public to lose trust on b1a4. I thought Martina and Simon would support Bilasa as well (then again their company wonderful handling skills re so good, that they cause this whole mess, wm! Do better….sigh). One last thing, since there are no evidence from both side, I don’t think dbsk fan should jump to the conclusion and bash Bilasa. From my point of view they look like sore loser (I meant the fan). And BANA FAN shouldn’t brag about Bilasa beating dbsk. Just be happy with b1a4 getting more famous. ~~

        3 years ago
      • I agree. Reply 1994 was HUGE! Jang Woo and Go Ara are big superstars now. I mean, I won’t know the truth and unless they do an investigation, no one will. I agree, though. I think that it had to do with the immense popularity of Reply 1994 that spiked their album sales.

        Was the spike after their album had been out a little bit? That would also make a difference.

        3 years ago
        • Also there’s like 6 different album covers. AND THE ALBUM PICS ARE ALL SO GOOD & PRETTY. I mean… if I was rich enough I would buy all six… so I don’t really think its impossible for them to sell that much. If each BANA bought 6 albums….. O3O that’s a lot.

          3 years ago
    • I was able to see it, and in HD, as well. I clicked on the link on your Twitter. Perhaps that made a difference?

      3 years ago
    • The video worked for me the first attempt? Maybe because it’s 43 minutes later?

      3 years ago
    • “an error occurred” noooo :'(

      I tried it via this blog post and directly from your channel

      3 years ago
      • it’s working! day saved! I just refreshed many many times

        3 years ago
    • It worked just fine for me, It lagged for the first 15 seconds, but then it was fine the rest of the time.

      I think it may just be getting to much love at once. : P

      3 years ago
    • It’s working for me, then again I did just go from Youtube and click on it

      3 years ago
  34. I can’t get the video to play… TRAGEDY! I shall now commence obsessively refreshing the page until I piss off YouTube so much that it’s forced to cooperate with me.

    Missed you guys! Can’t wait to see this KMM :)

    3 years ago
  35. I’ll watch this while gettiing ready to leave Buenos Aires to Seoul! I’ll leave a present at your Studio! I wish you where there! Do you have a mail box right? (mail box? cartero in Spanish jaejejeje)

    3 years ago
  36. Noooo I can’t play the video yet. Youtube!! Seriously, the website has been buggy ever since google plus was added. But glad to see you guys back! ^_^ *hugs all around*

    3 years ago
  37. Aw, you beat me to the first comment! I tried…

    3 years ago
  38. loved it! but you forgot all the sexy girl group comebacks :(

    3 years ago
  39. the video does not exist!! Waahhh I was so excited

    3 years ago
  40. glad to see you guys back!!

    3 years ago