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2NE1 “Falling in Love” – Kpop Music Monday

July 16, 2013

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TOUCH ME OVER HERE TOUCH ME TOUCH ME OVER THERE! Over where? I’m not sure. The video isn’t showing us. If you haven’t seen 2NE1’s “Falling in Love” yet, you can check it out here and let us know the answer to CL’s riddle:

Ok: thoughts on the video? Did anyone find it a bit lacklustre in comparison to other 2NE1 videos? I didn’t feel any bambaratatata. The song’s fun and all, but the video just feels a bit uninspired. One of the things that we discussed amongst ourselves but didn’t include in our video is that we’re rather disappointed in this video. It’s rather boring. It points here and there to talk about, sure, but it was overall flat and…meh. I remember YG videos being something special, something different. Look at “I Am the Best.” Look at “Fantastic Baby.” Those were two amazing videos with exceptional sets. Things looked so different. You couldn’t stop talking about them. YG artists sang over bizarre, alien, colorful landscapes. GD is still doing that with his videos, but CL’s “The Baddest Female” and now “Falling in Love” are depicting North American urban culture, and I’ve seen that my entire life, so it bores me. There’s nothing special about it. YG created its own world before, rather than borrowing from someone else’s, and I’m finding it hard to be interested in these videos. It’s better to just play the music and turn the video off.

Another thing: I can’t really remember the last time Park Bom looked, umm, happy? We mentioned it in “Please Don’t Cry,” how she doesn’t really have any facial expressions, but now it really stuck out. Look at CL and Dara smiling and laughing and looking like they’re having fun. Park Bom doesn’t look like she’s ever enjoying herself. She looks like she’s singing a ballad about the death of a boyfriend rather than singing happily about falling in love. No?

Here’s something else, less a comment on the video and more about a trend in Kpop: I only noticed this at the end of my 5th watching of the video, but did anyone see anything special about anyone’s hair in this video? No? How about the fact that Minzy’s hair is pink. Still not special? See, THAT’S what’s surprising. It took me a while to register the fact, which is saying something about Kpop. Back when Miss A came out and Jia’s hair was pink, I remember people being very surprised about it. Now, everybody’s dying their hair, and it’s nothing special. Dyed hair is common now, and it’s just not a talking point anymore if someone dyes their hair.

Anyhow, we still are totally digging the song, even if the video’s a bit of a letdown. If you like it as much as we do, make sure you pick it up in iTunes. And, lastly, it’s felt a bit lonely for Fangurilla lately, with all the girl bands. She wanted to sing a song for you in the bloopers, and so she did. Check em out here!

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  1. My vote in the showdown is Sistar, they were on an actual beach not the backdrop for a themed high school dance XD

    Great review guys, Martina you were the prettiest Hulk Hogan impersonator evaaaa and I agree with Fangurilla, JUNSU! It’s just gold.

    Oh Simon! My cat allows me to do raspberries on her belly as well. I however do no enjoy the mouthful of fur, since she is ten times fluffier than Meemers.

    3 years ago
  2. Is it me or did simon drop the F-bomb in the bloopers during the fan-man part and it didn’t get bleeped out?

    3 years ago
  3. I love the addition of Fan Man! Maybe have FM and Seungrilla go together on a fan date? Also love how Simon stayed in char in the bloopers made it more amusing then normal!

    3 years ago
  4. My vote goes to SISTAR! :D

    I agree, the video was pretty boring. The only thing I found exciting about it was that the 2 guys were in the drama “White Christmas” and I was like “I know them!!” hahaha
    LOL! Your dancing!!! XD I couldn’t help but laugh when I first saw that dance in the music video too

    3 years ago
  5. 1. Ahhhh, I love FAN MAN. So… MANLY.
    2. Thank you so much for mentioning Dara’s crap stylist and that weirdo dance that came out of nowhere.
    3. Did anyone else notice that weird ripping/velcro sound every 5 seconds or so? It was way distracting and I kept wondering if they were tearing their tight dresses -.-
    4. My disappointment with this video actually just makes me look forward to the next one more, because YG specifically stated that their next MV would be going back to the style they’re more known for.

    3 years ago
  6. I was laughing hard at the basketball comments, I hadn’t really noticed that. I totally do now, then Fan Man showed up and all the water I was drinking spewed out. LMAO.

    3 years ago
  7. Fangurilla, you just made me look up this song in soooo long!!! lol!!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FRkev5Aooms

    I don’t know about the production value of the video but I just enjoy them dancing, looking awesome, and having fun which it looks that way to me. I love the song!! :)

    3 years ago
    • Whoa mama, it has been a while since I’ve heard from Missy XD I must agree that this song pretty much goes in line with what I think about Junsu :3

      3 years ago
  8. It would be a bit weird to have some funky crazy video for a song thats supposed to be relaxed, laid back and summer-time happy. It isn’t a beat stomper so the video isn’t a crazy alien dress up party.
    I think the colours and gold match the summer theme and I’m sorry but where else have you seen gold painted living nearly naked man statues?
    No where… thats right!

    Also I think Bom looked about as happy as she has in any 2NE1 video.

    3 years ago
    • It Hurts was a ballad song that still looked weird but very cool. This song is fun and the video didn’t do a great job of capturing that feeling.

      3 years ago
    • It can be laid back all it wants and it will still lack that unfness that is so unique to 2NE1. What S&M mean by all those crazy things lacking in the video doesn’t mean they actually expected those things, but that unf factor that 2NE1 had always managed to have in their material. UNF doesn’t necessarily have to be aggressive or strong, but compelling. Their ballads had that unf factor, and this didn’t.

      3 years ago
    • the beach looks very fake. first thing i noticed. the least they could do was fly out to juju island and film on a real beach…

      3 years ago
  9. All I can say is that Fan Man is the Boss, like, seriously.

    3 years ago
  10. as much as i am not really a fan of Sistar and i love way more 2NE1 and their song, video wise, my vote goes for Sistar.

    3 years ago
  11. Fanguerilla vs FanMan!! Make it happen~! XD

    3 years ago
  12. I’m surprised about what you guys said about the music videos! I personally was getting bored with the videos, because even though there were all in these epic settings, they still all felt the same when compered other YG videos. It was getting to the point where YG had a white box, like SM and their oddly lite (lite? lit? light? English, why are you doing this to me!) room. I’m just glad that they are doing something new. It may not be perfect, but I think it’s great that they are freshening things up!

    3 years ago
  13. P.S. Simon, I want that hat. Will it be in the store? :O

    3 years ago
    • that’s the first thing i noticed too ^_^ a definite WANT

      3 years ago
      • For reals! The second the vid was finished, I bounced over to the EYK store to look for it! But alas! :O

        3 years ago
        • check again ^_^ you probably already know this (its been a few days) but there is a hats tab now :D enjoy your hat!

          3 years ago
  14. I died from Fan Man. Absolutely hilarious!

    3 years ago
  15. You guise, the video you put up at the end isn’t the bloopers but the MV again! :)

    3 years ago
  16. FAN MAN!!!! That was awesome!!! For some reason, it felt like you were channeling Amanda Bynes in “She’s the Man”. And that “Here’s a bear eating a beer!!!” was BRILLIANT!!! And yes, the Junsu must win!!!

    3 years ago
  17. Except that 2NE1 performed a snippet of the rap part on Inkygayo which had the whole “let them haters sit and stare” back when they released I Love You… Far before 4minute… But anyway, I’m sure you know that. XD

    News says they’re having the same team work on their next video; I am not looking forward to that if it’s as blah as this one. But I DO LOVE the song! And Minzy really glows in this vid!

    3 years ago
    • No news said that the person who did the dance is the same but for the mv seo hyun seung is directing it and he’s the one that did fantastic baby I am the best and I love you. He basically directed all the wacky yg music videos like crayon, heartbreaker, fire, and many more. We still don’t know who directed this music video.

      3 years ago
      • Ah! Thanks for clearing that up for me! I guess I read it, like, while I was dying from this heat, and therefore misunderstood it! XD

        3 years ago
  18. the song is daebak but the dance looks kinda akward :P and yeah the camerman seemed kinda confused to me. I wish they woud have hired the people who did Lee Hi’s “Rose” that was awesome

    3 years ago
  19. I love Fan Man! :D The bg is also awesome! haha
    But um yeah… I guess 2NE1 is trying to target to the US market. PSY conquered the world with his mv so I don’t see why the change…

    3 years ago
  20. Its official, we need a Fan Man Vs Fan Guerrilla battle

    3 years ago
  21. I agree about the lackluster video, but the song is great! good summer fun!

    Now forgive me for this non-2NE1 related comment, but DID YOU SEE THE DRAMA VERSION FOR EXO’s WOLF??? A-wooooo~~~~

    3 years ago
    • omg do not get me started on that!
      i donno if i could bare to watch Simon and Martina review it

      3 years ago
      • Oh snickerdoodles that drama version was horrendous. I’m glad they reviewed the dance version.

        3 years ago
        • gosh i wanna talk about it so much but this just isn’t the place.
          but before i go…
          SO
          MUCH
          UNNECESSARY
          PARKOUR >:T

          3 years ago
        • I thought the parkour was one of the better parts of the video. And I think featuring some of the better songs in the video was counter productive because it shows how weak Wolf is. I honestly wish they promoted Black Pearl or one of the RnB mid-tempos; Black Pear is a superior dubstep/pop song and dem RnB numbers would have lit fangirl hearts on fiya!!

          3 years ago
        • the only good thing that came from the drama version is that it showcased a little bit about xoxo’s obviously better songs. i want people to listen to black pearl and heart attack, awesomely produced by the way.

          oh an luhan’s acting wasn’t half bad considering he is an idol not a rookie actor. and kai’s too. that guy could look sizzling wearing a giant paper bag as clothing.

          3 years ago
        • My thoughts exactly! I think it was meant to be more involved but they made a lot of cuts (Kai’s love story for example, probably to spare the most insane of Kai’s fans from harming themselves). As a Luhan stan you know I loved it! But, sorry again–I know we’re here to discuss 2NE1 XD

          3 years ago
  22. LMAOO….I’m going to admit that I not only screamed eww but also squirmed away at the motion of Simon throwing ball sweat at the camera.. Makes me kinda happy that I wasn’t watching it in 3D, LoL!!!

    Things I loved about this KMM:
    1. Fan Man has the prettiest eye makeup, ever!
    2. Nothing’s more manly that Chuck Norris, beers, a shark, and a cutey-pie kitty cat.
    3.Simon’s cap = Me like-y and me want-y!!!

    3 years ago
    • Don’t forget Taeman in the lower right corner. Taeman may be the manliest of them all.

      3 years ago
    • lmd

      I’m pretty sure she was going for Hulk Hogan, not Chuck Norris, but Chuck would have been even more manly. XD

      3 years ago
      • No, I know Fan Man was Hulk Hogan’s way prettier younger brother! But the indestructible Sir Norris was graced ever so manly on the wall next to a can of Canadian Light with a face that seemed to read, “Disagree with his K-pop observations, I dare you, punk….and don’t touch my beer” LoL.

        3 years ago
  23. Cat

    Everytime I see blonde Dara, she reminds me of Luna Lovegood!
    DAT SMILE

    3 years ago
  24. I still notice when people color their hair. I remember that I was surpised at seeing A-JAX’s “Hot game” because they were one of the first videos I saw with people dying their hair. It has always stood out to me since I have colored hair myself ^^ I really like the fact that it is getting trendy in K-pop ^^

    3 years ago
  25. In the bloopers, that was the most adorable Spudgey tummy touching EVER!

    3 years ago
  26. Can you please talk about palstic surgery in Korea in yout TL:DR? Since there’s been a lot of talk about Bom’s face and body…

    3 years ago
  27. I would agree and say that the video was lackluster, but their smiles seemed genuine and they all seemed genuinely happy.

    3 years ago
  28. Guys, Where did your ‘Keep calm and get your NASTY on’? its looks great

    3 years ago
    • That was the shirt I sent in. So happy that it came in handy to take care of the blue shirt on a blue screen issue.
      That shirt was made to reference the San Antonio Spurs of the NBA. During a game of the 2012 playoffs, coach Popovich called a timeout and told the players “I want some nasty!”, the microphones picked it up and a catch phrase was born. I got it at a local grocery store here in San Antonio, probably pretty hard to find outside of here.

      3 years ago
  29. I get what Simon and Martina are saying about the recent 2ne1 videos (CL’s solo project and the Falling in Love video) being very American looking. But I wonder if it is just YG trying to make a transition to the US market? I know they were planning on debuting 2ne1 in the US, making some music with Will.i.am. Maybe they are trying to make videos that more compatible with American?

    3 years ago
    • lmd

      Based off Black Eyed Peas’ most recent single, I hope to God that 2NE1 stops working with him.

      3 years ago
    • If they get rid of what make them unique just to enter the US market, it’s very sad and I’m afraid it won’t even work! If they debute there, I hope they do it as themselves.

      3 years ago
      • I agree, but I applaud 2ne1 and YG trying to get American culture. When Girls Generation debuted in the US, I KNEW they would fail. There are too many members. American’s would never go for it. Other groups tried coming to the US, and it felt forced. And after the debuted in the US, their old music was too foreign. Like BoA. I remember they had a hype building video of her career building up to her US debut. Watching all the videos I just was thinking about how an American that wasn’t into kpop would then think BoA was lame. Having something that an American could watch in Korean and still can relate to is important to release before debuting.

        That said, I hope 2ne1 doesn’t try to change too much. I think if they do, it will feel weird. They have a style, unlike most kpop groups. They should stick to it.

        3 years ago
        • I think 2ne1’s original style with songs like I AM THE BEST and Can’t Nobody would suit North American audiences nicely. Being a California girl and living here my whole life, I can honestly say Americans love their divas/girl groups (think TLC and Destiny’s Child). 2NE1 is an awesome combination of 4 amazingly talented women singing about female empowerment. That would work over here, if they produced more songs in English like Can’t Nobody or at least had the chorus in English. I loved I LOVE YOU, and the video was awesome, but the language barrier wouldn’t help them win over Americans.

          Since they’re already working with Will.i.am. , I think if they stick to their roots, they could find success over here. But who know how much longer Bom and Dara are going to want to stay with the group. It looks like CL wants a solo career, and maybe Dara and Bom want to settle down and get married? IDK, they look bored to me, especially Bom like Simon said.

          3 years ago
    • Oh and how come nobody has mentioned Park Bom’s dresses yet? The YG stylist really needs to put her in something else. She looks a little too much like a drag queen.

      3 years ago
      • what bothers me most about those dresses is that bom is a capable dancer; the dance practice video for falling in love clearly showed that. however in videos and on stage, those dresses of hers severely limit her motion so she comes off looking like mediocre.

        3 years ago
  30. LOL simon’s nasty hat and shirt
    LMAO YOUR DANCE AT 4:02 MADE ME CHOKE ON MY WATER AHAHAHAHA

    3 years ago
    • I totally just about choked on my soda while watching that dance. lmao I think some disclaimers are needed.

      3 years ago
  31. I want more Fangurilla~! I miss her catch phrase, “I’m not ugly; I’m exotic!” But hilarious to see a new addition with Martina’s FanMan! xDDDD

    3 years ago
  32. Was the subtle 4minute diss not made up last year though? As in when she rapped for the intro for their inkigayo stage it was a reference to their songs…or am I missing something?

    3 years ago
  33. Yg has said that the next song 2ne1 releases will be ‘very 2ne1’ so don’t worry :D

    3 years ago
  34. Excellent job done guys. I loved it from the start til the end

    3 years ago
  35. FanMan is my spirit animal!

    3 years ago
  36. Oh,oh can I please ask a question????
    Oh, and thanks a lot for the video.
    My question is where does Simon buy his t-shirts?? They’re soooo funny! ¨
    Oh, and I’m going to buy your shirts as soon as I get some money! I’ve been wanting to do that for a long time!
    Oooooh, you so nasty >_<

    3 years ago
  37. Touch over here, touch me touch me over there……It’s a pretty good song to be honest

    3 years ago
  38. Fan Man martina looks like hulk hogan. A super cute hulkhogann

    3 years ago
  39. The first thing that came in my mind while watching the mv was basically the awkward basketball clothes. Leather pants and and a no shirt taeyang in the making.

    3 years ago
  40. I want that snap back Simon!!!!

    3 years ago
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