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2PM – Hands Up: Kpop Music Mondays

June 28, 2011


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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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