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2PM – Hands Up: Kpop Music Mondays

June 28, 2011

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PUT YOUR HANDS UP PUT YOUR HANDS UP PPPPP.

Ok, now that we got that out of our system, let’s begin by saying this: we started doing our Kpop reviews back in 2008 as a guide for people teaching English in Korea. Korean students often refer to Kpop lines and dance moves during class, and – before we got into Kpop – we were totally confused by these references. Anyhow, long story short, THIS SONG IS PERFECT FOR TEACHERS. Got unenthusiastic students unwilling to participate? PUT YO HANDS UP PUT YO HANDS UP PPPPP. Say that in class and you’ll see an immediate reaction. You might even have some students putting their hands up. Great success!

As for the song and video itself, we do like noting similarities between videos, but we don’t really think it’s fair to compare this video to other club videos. We’ve heard people comparing them to GD&TOP’s “High High” and Far East Movement’s “Like a G6”, and we’d be tempted to do so as well, but what’s the point? They’re club videos! What do you expect? Are there really any revolutionary dance club videos, apart from Hot Chip’s? Doesn’t seem that way. You can probably accuse every other club video that’s ever gonna come out as copying some other club video.

With that being said, that doesn’t make this a perfect club video. For starters, that whole “look at me doing rich things” montage at the beginning was just a bit awkward, no? Pour me a drink in my private cabin on the airplane while I awkwardly look out the window! And then Taecyeon gets into a car while everyone else is in a limo, but were does he get that car? Looks like he gets into it right in the middle of the street. Did he steal that car? We’d understand if he got into it from his hotel or home or something…but the setting , to us, looks like he stole the car.

Anyhow, forget about the montage: shouldn’t clubs be a bit more packed and bumping? 2PM had a loooooot of room to dance, while the ten extras in the back look really bored. In fact, one of them seems so bored at 3:24 that they cut her out instantly the next second for the guy who’s taking off his jacket. Check it out:

2PM Hands Up Dancer

The backup dancers in this video are booooored.

But this is just one screencap. Watch the video and pause randomly. You’ll see plenty of bored people. We’re not saying that this in any way reflects 2PM. It’s just the movie making process. They probably did the same take 20 times, and it was probably reaaaaallllly late at night, and everybody was floored. We know this from our 2PM interview. All we’re saying is, next time, if you’re gonna shoot a music video, at a club, that late at night, when everyone’s exhausted…CALL US YO! We’d totally rock that club inside out! But it’s a good thing that they didn’t call us, because we’d steal the spotlight by rolling down our sexy windows.

2PM Hands Up Album

2PM Hands Up Album

On another, more important note, we mentioned this at the end of the video, but zombies put their hands up. And zombies are scary. Feel free to discuss the scariness of zombies. We’ve been discussing this recently: can zombies pull doors open? We know they have forward momentum, but do they have the motor skills to pull a door open? We don’t think so. Luckily, the stairwells to our new apartment have pull-doors, so we’re safe. Yes. Safe. Oh, and didn’t 2PM’s “Heartbeat” have a zombie dance in it? Coincidence, or have we just unraveled the biggest Kpop conspiracy out there? Nah…probably just coincidence.

Ok no, on a non-joking note, we’re happy that 2PM released a fun song. Heartbeat, Without U, and I’ll Be Back are all serious songs. Good songs, yes, but serious songs. Not really fun songs. This song was fun and lively, and we’re totally getting the new album, which we recommend as well. PUT YO HANDS UP PUT YO HANDS UP! You can buy the album by clicking on the image here :D

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  1. Like a G6!!

    5 years ago
  2. 2pm of course! besides no matter wat u say i still see that this MV is way better than like a G6~
    2PM is the boss of the club~♥
    Hands up~♥

    5 years ago
  3. I saw your tweet and if it helps, my roommate thought your T-shirt was awesome. So you have that going for you, which is nice.

    5 years ago
  4. 2pm ~ 

    5 years ago
  5. Vote -> Like a G6
    Now.. *puts on shades*
    CHEERS FOR CLUB MILK!!!!

    5 years ago
  6. like a g6……….better vid tbh

    5 years ago
  7. 2pm they make we wanna dance like im in a club lol
    i request b1a4 tell them please

    5 years ago
  8. I’m going to have to go with 2PM, just because I like their clubbin’ clothes better.

    5 years ago
  9. Like a G6 – Far East Movement~ I do love 2PM, but this song isn’t really into me, for now~ 

    5 years ago
  10. F-ART is my favourite character set that you guys play! This boyband has the cuteness of sad wet supple kittens, certainly a very … endearing concept.

    5 years ago
  11. HANDS UP ERRRRBODY!!!!!!! I am so glad that this is a happier image for 2PM. They deserve to show how happy they are after the craptastic stuff they’ve had to go thru in the last couple yrs. YAY 2PM!!!!!!! 

    5 years ago
  12. 2PM!!!……..Why am I the last one to know about this video?… :(

    5 years ago
  13. hands up!!!!, by the way, did you noticed that the girl that dissapear(now you see her, now you dont), she did not dissapear, she was in the right at first, but in the second image she is just in the left XD

    5 years ago
  14. Far East Movement! they did it first!

    5 years ago
  15. Far East Movement “Like a G6” is most Definitely better. However… How is it KPOP ?  Sure, there are Asians in it, but it isn’t KPOP, They are from KoreaTown in LA….

    5 years ago
  16. Re: Can zombies open doors?

    Have you guys seen Return of the Living Dead?  There’s this one scene where zombies attack a group of EMT paramedics, and when the dispatcher tries to contact the paramedics’ ambulance, one of the zombies takes the hand mic and responds, “Send more paramedics.”  If zombies can master the fine art of ordering delivery, I’m sure that unraveling the mechanics of a door handle is for them mere child’s play.

    P.S.: Martina, how awesome are your parents?  Very!  Woot woot!

    5 years ago
  17. Great review as always…but more importantly, “can zombies pull doors open?” Typically …no. They amass in groups and use their undead bodies as a unified battering ram. However, a lone Zombie may be successful in scratching through screen doors, but are then thwarted by the solid door beyond that. I suspect that an actual living human opened the doors of the 2pm video Club so that the back-up Zombies could wander in freely without the impediment of ‘handles’. (hope this helps)

    5 years ago
  18. aww u didn’t mention the shot dance? Where they line up and pretend to drink shots? Anyways, good review, and u guys added your parents!!!!!

    Oh and my vote goes for 2pm, because I found the song for G6 very annoying. 

    5 years ago
  19. Like a G6 :D I mean, I like 2pm’s song, but it doesn’t do it for me haha

    5 years ago
  20. Wooow, if I go to Korea, can you guys show me the club on Flaxton Street? There seem to be many Kpop celebrities going around there! ;) tehe~

    5 years ago
  21. My parents would not do that :/
    So, because your parents did that scene i give them 5 out of 5 and they are now officially amazing.

    5 years ago
  22. why you didn’t paired it with highhigh? coz the winner is clear?

    5 years ago
  23. My vote goes to FM’s Like a G6. No offense to the Hottests though. I like 2pm but I’m not that into the song and video because there are so many artists who already did the whole ‘club type’ music videos (like FM, GD+TOP, and a bunch of rappers and hip hop stars outside of kpop..) This video actually reminds me of FM’s “Like a G6” i mean the song structure is the same…you know, the repetitive and chatchy chorus, “like a g6, like a g6..” and “put yo hands up 2x” so..I feel like that kind concept is pretty much used. just sayin’.

    ps. Is 2pm promoting Singapore’s tourism? cause the locations are all in Sg..lucky country ;)

    5 years ago
  24. My vote goes to FM’s Like a G6. No offense to the Hottests though. I like 2pm but I’m not that into the song and video because there are so many artists who already did the whole ‘club type’ music videos (like FM, GD+TOP, and a bunch of rappers and hip hop stars outside of kpop..) This video actually reminds me of FM’s “Like a G6” i mean the song structure is the same…you know, the repetitive and chatchy chorus, “like a g6, like a g6..” and “put yo hands up 2x” so..I feel like that kind concept is pretty much used. just sayin’.

    ps. Is 2pm promoting Singapore’s tourism? cause the locations are all in Sg..lucky country ;)

    5 years ago
  25. LOL Totally made me laugh for a good 15 minutes. 
    And then I saw at 2:40 te wrong text in the boxes. XD
    And then i remembered there was a green mask in the video,
    A hint for the Zombies?
    I thought so!

    And I choose Fly like a G6!!

    5 years ago
  26. LOL Totally made me laugh for a good 15 minutes. 
    And then I saw at 2:40 te wrong text in the boxes. XD
    And then i remembered there was a green mask in the video,
    A hint for the Zombies?
    I thought so!

    And I choose Fly like a G6!!

    5 years ago
  27. totally 2pm put your hands up. Like a g6 is an awesome song but i never put my hands up for it hahah.

    5 years ago
  28. totally 2pm put your hands up. Like a g6 is an awesome song but i never put my hands up for it hahah.

    5 years ago
  29. your parents are ADO-RA-BLE!!! (:

    ps my vote’s with 2pm…cause I’m biased that way ;D

    5 years ago
  30. omg i could never choose between 2PM and FEM! impossible, i have to pass on this one! xDDD

    5 years ago
  31. aww no mention of sohee’s part or the diq slapping move?

    5 years ago
  32. gee..u quite like summed up all that i wanted to say about this vid..thanks! nevertheless my votes go to 2PM..LOL

    5 years ago
  33. I agree with the zombie reasoning. After watching Walking Dead I have found that some of the finer points of Zombie behaviors have been revealed. Sexy windows no they can’t roll them down but they can bust them out and they can open door too, I think they start to regain some kind of intelligence over time, that or they just push so hard they eventually break down every obstacle they come across.

    I so agree about GTOP vs 2PM club atmosphere. GTOP was obviously real while 2PM was a club scene for a MV nothing wrong with either one of them different strokes for different CEOs.

    5 years ago
    • Omo I think in that Hot Chip MV the black guy is actually wearing the Dokko Jin scarf awesome.

      5 years ago
  34. AWESOME REVIEW I Enjoyed it as usual :D

    5 years ago
  35. 2PM FTW!!!!!!!!! :DDDDD

    5 years ago
  36. :( no showdown links.  Guess I’m voting for 2pm since i’ve seen and enjoyed that video :)

    5 years ago
  37. It’s hard to choose between the two…But I’ll vote for  2pm  !

    5 years ago
  38. oh! Martina~ ur dress looks so good on you!!
    thanks for the veido!~
    im voting for 2pm~

    5 years ago
  39. Awesome video.  Martina, your parents are so ADORABLE!!!

    5 years ago
  40. hahaha the boring backups… excatly! boreeeedd.

    p/s: question! why is martina’s laptop always at the back of music monday?

    5 years ago