August 30, 2011
We’re not really sure if this qualifies for Kpop. Bang Yong Gook’s “I Remember” is more a blend of rock and rap than it is pop, but we think “kpop” is starting to be the umbrella term for any type of Korean music that can make it mainstream. Compared to the current releases in kpop, it does stand out by having a grungy and dark feel to it, but it also reminds us of that old TVXQ’s song Tri-angle…without the epic Cosplay…
Anyways, it’s nice to have a video that holds clear meaning and relation to the lyrics of the musician. It seems that lately a lot of music directors are trying to come up with a deep and complicated video that requires a lot of analyzation to fully grasp, like Infinite’s “Be Mine”. We absolutely loved that song – we stated so explicitly – but we watched that video a million times and still we could only come up with “I guess that’s what it means” or “yeah man, don’t you see the symbolism in that crouch?!” arguments. Even after that, we got a lot of emails from Infinite fans explaining their takes on the video. Now, it’s not that we’re against this type of symbolism (English majors here; we’re all about symbolism); it’s just that the meanings of some videos seem so incredibly convoluted and difficult to get to that – instead of being profound – they become bizarre guessing games.
This video, though, wasn’t perfect; it still was a bit confusing, but not impossible to understand. The flashbacks when he’s walking towards the final gunfight suggest that he’s remembering being shot up, which suggests that he’s a ghost, which would explain why he doesn’t get affected by the bullets shot by everyone. This would all tie into the lyrics of the song, which – we think – are saying that he’s reliving past memories, right? So it all makes sense, right! That wasn’t too difficult to understand, and felt rewarding after discovering. YEAH!
Another thing: STOP USING THE BRICK ROOM ALREADY! It’s U-Kiss’ room!. Mr.Brohoho has been made a millionaire off of Flaxton Street being passed around between 2NE1, F.T. Island and a bunch of other kpop bands recently a Pizza Etang Ad. And now he’s selling U-Kiss’ Brick room to both Teen Top and now Bang Yong Gook. And at first, we thought it wasn’t the same room because of the large brick pillar in the middle, but when we watched it slowly, we could see the “brick wall” shake from the impact of his fist. It’s just a prop brick wall! *strokes invisible beard…notes the hidden raptor…* CLEVER GIRL!!!!! BUUUUUUT we still caught it. So…there.
So that’s it for this week. Next week is our one year Kpop Music Mondays anniversary! Woohoo! We can’t believe we’ve been reviewing for so long! Don’t bother voting for a video next week. We’re choosing our own. And we’re not telling what it is, so don’t ask! *shifty eyes* We’re having an awesome giveaway (including CDs and k-pop paraphernalia) for our faithful YouTube subscribers as a thanks to all of you for sticking by us, so make sure to subscribe if you haven’t done so already. Boom!
And, on that note, here are this week’s bloopers. It was really difficult keeping that Brohoho moustache on. Ha!