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

  1. 300,000 subscribers?? o_O Y U SO NASTYYY?!! I never dreamt of having subscribers on my YT acc coz I only post random vids of my fave groups. That’s indeed weird seeing how they’re increasing time by time. ^^’ But having 300 k subs?? That shows more fantastic baby supportive Nasties are getting interested in rolling down your sexy windows. :p Put your hands up yo!! PPPPPrepare for 1 million party~ !!!

    YT: Veilleina12

  2. came here and got all confused cos the posts were dated 2 years ago
    anyways, just wanna congratulate EYK for getting 300-THOUSAND SUBSCRIBERS.
    wish you guise all the best


  4. Come on Nasties, PUT YOUR HANDS UP! Time for a party with 300,000 other rabid fans. Just one question – where will we find a space big enough to hold this shindig?

  5. Congratulations on 300.000 subscribers! *givescake*

    (Youtube nick: NoireYume)

  6. 300,000 subscribers and 2PM album~

  7. One year later, after watching countless concerts of 2PM with Hands Up, including attending one of their concerts, I’d say Hands Up will rock any audience. Kudos 2PM ^^

  8. You guys did not mention the awesome camera work. I really liked the work with the steady cam and how the entire screen moves based on the dance moves.

  9. actually.. i thought i’m the only one that realized junho can’t really dance with girls.. he seem really awkward with a girl dancer.. hehehehe… =p

  10. f(x)” Hot Summer” Win!! and  is no surprise to me as Kara’s  “Go Go Summer” is a Japanese song!! Moreover, the style of the song is what so called “Super Eurobeat” that Avex Trax Japan used to promote a lot with the “Para Para” dance, and I can see a few familiar Para Para move from Kara’s dance in the MV!! (so if the poll is in Japan only, Kara may win easily, but not for K-POP fans!!)

  11. Great review, as always!!!!

  12. Aaaw <3 Martina is so sweet.^^

  13. i kno u guys didnt like the finger snapping but that was actually my favorite part. the whole chorus (chansung and junho’s parts) where the finger snapping and putting their hands up part

    id vote for 2pm cuz g6, even tho i love it, doesnt make me put my hands up XD

  14. ohh!! mama and papa in the video right? yeahhhh  ajajajajaja love your make up Martina. love your wife’s make up Simon. =)

  15. I prefer 2pm’s hands up 

  16. they look.. they look.. They look DRUNKKKKKK . ahhaha

  17. I’m really surprised you guys didn’t face off 2pm’s hands up against Big Bang’s hands up for the k-pop battle. After all, I do like Like a G-6, but it isn’t k-pop. Which is fine, but, you know…k-pop music Mondays…yeah. Song-wise, I do prefer G-6 overall. (But I would’ve voted for Big Bang had I been given the chance, just fyi)

  18. Before I vote, I must say that I actually quite enjoyed the finger snapping. But then again I’m super nerdy. Most music that my parents would let me listen to growing up was oldies (Beach Boys, Beatles, Rolling Stones etc.). Since then I have (obviously) branched out. Still the finger snapping is pretty nostalgic.

    I loved the scene you guys threw in about the rich people club. I just got done taking a super hard math final for my graduate studies (it’s likely I bombed it) and I needed a super good laugh. That scene did the trick.

    And now for my vote: What song makes me most want to put my hands up?  2pm’s “Hands Up”.

    I originally thought I’d go for Far East Movement’s song (mostly because I seem to hear it everywhere and it gets stuck in my head (in fact it’s stuck there now as I just watched the video to make the comparisson)), but after watching the video I didn’t feel the need to put my hands up. I did feel like it was appropriate to do so for 2pm’s song. So there you have it.

    Actually, I feel way more inclined to put my hands up for Se7en’s “Digital Bounce”. The fact that it features TOP has *nothing* to do with that though :D

  19. Umm…I have to say, I’m a tad shocked you consider this video perfect for teachers, considering the blatant use of alcohol. I mean seriously, unless you’re teaching college students, your kids are underage. Is it appropriate for a teacher to promote alcohol use and club culture in a country that already has issues of unrecognized alcoholism, binge drinking, and prevalent underage drinking? Just because these problems are common, doesn’t mean it’s ok to go along with them-especially as teachers. I really love your videos, but I do ask that you think about their impact a bit more, especially as you grow in popularity with foreign teachers here.  

    • Did we say the video was perfect for teachers, or the song was perfect for teachers?

      • While you did say the song is perfect, you certainly did not say anything about the video being inappropriate. Considering the summary was in regards to the video for the song, its easy to take your suggestion to imply both. Second, I would suggest the song’s lyrics are still inappropriate. “Get your drinks up” hardly refers to Coke, and I doubt any of the students hearing it would think it does. Please understand, I don’t want to be a big downer on you guys, it’s just a concern of mine and perhaps food for thought. 

        • Idk, I teach 3rd graders (elementary) just outside Seoul, and they’re
          the ones singing it to me. It’s not like the NETs will be introducing
          the songs to these kids and they’ll never hear it otherwise. And it does
          work. I used it to get the kids attention when they had to put their
          hands on their head, and they both did what I said right away, and did
          it with a giant grin on their face. They’re kids. They’re not thinking
          about binge drinking when hearing the song. And if they ARE, they’re
          going to think it whether or not the NET mentions the song. The Korean government does a good enough job of censoring the media here, there’s no need to censor it even further.

  20. Well, 2pm, because it’s the first EVER club video that actually made me put my hands up! No, seriously, I usually really don’t like club videos. Usually people in such are too drunk and hyper, I get a „dirty” impression, if you know what I mean. This party reminds me of a good club party with SOME drinking (of course I got that impression before reading translation xD) and dancing. I don’t see people in trance, doing strange things, excessively touching each other and so on – like on usual American videos. Here’s just fun. And finger snapping part is my second fav after Wooyoungs… hips^^

  21. 2pm is better cause this is the first mv that i’ve seen a black girl in at 1:41 and thats a big up and like some other race i meean usually i just see asian girls 

  22. 2PM is better….it’s their first club song plus they still tried to do their dance moves, if the club would be packed all they would do is “put their hands up” and 2PM always does their dances so i’m glad they went with that instead of a packed club where they’d barely move. plus that way they are less like FEM and GD&TOP and more like 2PM…..so yeay for 2PM!!!!

  23. 2PM’s song is really catchy! I’m definitely going with 2PM Hands Up! I love FEM, but 2PM definitely stole my heart with their comeback song!! 2PM FIGHTING!!

  24. 2pm´s got the melody, FEM got the beat perfect for clubbing. It´s hard but i go with like a G6.

  25. far east movement definitely, went to their concert here and it was awesome

  26. i’m gonna have to go with 2pm for this one… ^-^

  27. Like a G6… because every time we blast it in the car, my friends and I have to fist pump without being told to put our hands up.

  28. I love 2PM. I’m not getting defensive or anything but there’s a reason why they didn’t have enough ppl in the club. As compared to High High, they had an open invitation thing, or idk some high high party they call it where they allow fans and dancers alike to join into their mv. and as for 2PM, they filmed everything is 2 days 1 night, at singapore, The Cove, not everyone is allowed to enter, (at the mean time opening for Rain’s concert there.) it’s prolly cuz JYP entertainment didn’t fly in as many peeps as they should have if it was filmed in korea.

  29. I love 2PM doing songs like this yey! but G6 definitely made me “put my hands up” more though.. but high high made me do it the most kyaaaa! :p

  30. Far East Movement’s Like a G6 for sure! 

  31. 2pm – put your hands up

    but what happens if their running zombies!!?!?!?!  O.O *panics*

  32. 2pm – put your hands up

    but what happens if their running zombies!!?!?!?!  O.O *panics*

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