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Ok! So time for the first and last Kpop Music Monday we’ll ever do with just one person! It was really difficult to do this all alone, not just for the filming and editing, but for the bouncing of ideas back and forth. This was very one sided, and maybe if Martina was here I’d be able to appreciate the song and video more. As of right now, though, I didn’t like it at all. Here it is. Let me know what you think of it:

 

You know, I’m not one for sugarcoating, but I actually tried to be as nice as possible while talking about this song. I just really didn’t see anything I liked about it. I also am at the disadvantage of viewing this within the context of B.A.P., who initially did thoroughly, really really REALLY impress me, but now, since Crash, Stop it, and now Rain Sound, I haven’t heard anything that I liked. Their first three songs and videos I liked. The last three, not so much my thing. Maybe people like both sides of B.A.P. I only like the first side.

I know that saying this will get a lot of people upset. Sorry! I can’t censor myself and give people the opinions they want to hear. I just think that it is really rare in this tidal wave of Kpop bands to have groups with their own distinct sound and style. Not every one of them is a special snowflake, and there are a bunch of songs that are interchangeable: some songs you can give to another band, and they’d perform it just fine, but there are other songs that can’t be performed by anyone BUT that band. I couldn’t hear Warrior or Power done by anyone else. Can’t say the same here…

B.A.P. were able to impress me at first with their sound and style, but now they’ve dropped it and are bouncing around from one style to another. Why? I’m not sure, but it doesn’t do it for me. I don’t want to hear PSY sing ballads about heartbreak, for example. I want him to do what they do best, and continue doing it.

Ah! I’m beating a dead horse here. Let me know what you think. Honestly: is this image of B.A.P. as impressive as their original image? Their first videos got something like 7 and 5 million views, right? Is this going to get the same response?

Also, sorry for not having any bloopers this week (I know some of you like watching them). Our bloopers are usually from us bouncing off each other, but with Martina not here, I couldn’t really laugh when I messed up. Oh man. Being without Martina for this long is hitting me SOOOO HARD guise. Really hard. I hope it didn’t affect this week’s video too much and made me look like a grumpy gus, but I definitely need that dynamic with Martina to be more playful.

On that note, I’ll just leave this here:

 

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  1. I watched this before but I have to say, after watching it again (because I wanted to show someone else the Music Monday for this MV) all I can say is “SIMON! YOU ARE SO RIGHT!!!!” Thank you!

  2. I haven’t watched a BAP mv in a while, but oh ho did I pick a good time to xD
    This was an awkward video…(for lack of better wording). I was a little disappointed and a little freaked out. What did that mannequin ever do to deserve to be fondled, set on fire, and then fly into the sands of spontaneous combustion? Why doesn’t BAP spontaneously combustion in the this mysterious sand? Are they all of a sudden immortal emo pyromaniacs? I mean obviously the bullets didn’t do anything (except make them more emo?). If I were shot I would be more concerned, or perhaps the better word is uncontrollably panicked. This whole mv is just a mystery. A mystery with too many questions :/

    Way to hold down the fort by yourself Simon! It’s always hard to be up there stating your opinions! I personally like Dancing in the Rain is better than Rain sound (both the song and the actual act). Mblaq totally has my vote for better emo crying(ness). If I were crying I would be all over the floor too ;.;

  3. I respect you for having the courage to say what you think Simon. I agree, this just isn’t as great as Warrior and Power. But it’s not that it doesn’t ‘suit’ them like what you’ve been saying all along though, they’re just … not doing it right imo. They’ve had some great other slower ballad-like songs on their albums before that I’ve loved but … not this. The song was ‘too’ mellow for me, and just came across as boring. I hate to compare but srsly, when SHINee drastically changed from Lucifer to Hello to Sherlock, I loved all three. I just feel like B.A.P aren’t doing something right.

    So yeah. I respect them for trying to change their image though. But this video clip was quite boring, pretty with the colours and the paint and crap … but boring (and Simon, your run down of the video was hilarious lol, I wish I found it funny when I watched the actual MV), and the song didn’t do it for me at all, but that is just me. I just think it would be nice if they improved upon what they create now and come out with something really amazing rather than coming out every 2 months with a bloody video. Srsly, there’s another one coming out already WTF B.A.P?!! You’re becoming worse than U-Kiss. =.=

    And lastly, on a brighter note, the Solid Snake quote made me die laughing. XD

  4. wow… this video got first place again. how did that happen?

  5. hhhhhhh….we want Martina back :P

  6. i really liked this song so i disagree with u simon(´・◡・`) hehe you did a great job on reviewing it in your opinion though! I agree that B.A.P should stay with their power/warrior type of songs but it is good to try new things. Love you guys, great interveiw!!!

  7. I have to agree with what you said, that they should stick to their original style, and develope it even further. but i think that crash and stop it still had somewhat of a b.a.p feel to it although it was cute. O.o is that just me? their cute songs weren’t soft, rainbow throw up, pretty boy songs, they still had some edge. was i the only one who thought that…? no………………..ok…..
    they should branch into different styles of music later on in their career, after they’ve gained more popularity, and established their main style of music.(like warrior) they’ve done rock, hip hop, pop, ballads, and cute songs in their ONE year of debut. calm down tsent. exo has released like three mvs in the same style of music, and their the most popular rookies of the year, no need to do that many mvs and mini albums.
    I actually like the song, but eh…..its probally my least favorite out of all of them, their other ballads like secret love were much better in my opinion.
    my main dissapointment.
    THE WHISTLE IS GONE. DDDDD: NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.

  8. i would see y u would think that Simon. but i still love B.A.P.

  9. Good job, Simon ;) I love this KMM!

    Also, as a new youtuber, I was wondering… what about the Youtube rights and rules in your videos ? I mean, how do you do ? For example, when you put short MV parts, aren’t you guys supposed NOT to have the rights ? Errrrmaaagawd, are you guys outlaw ? Or are you doing something for it ?
    Please, answer this, it’d actually help me a lot for my own videos… Thank you ! :)

  10. MBLAQ. Their “Cry” MV was so pretty with them doing water ballet and all.

  11. Actually.. i do like the song itself but i have to agree with you.. I would expect more from BAP, they really stood out for me last year and i was advocating for them as rookie of the year but.. not sure what happened. Then again, something similar happened with Secret too! After Music and Madonna, they came out with a couple of cutesy songs but after that it was poison and talk that.. so i’m gonna wait out as TS bring BAP on a ride through this phase of experimentation.

    As for the review of the video.. Kudos on having things to say about it!! Good job Simon LOL..
    Bunnies Are Puffy.. missing Martina’s interjection.. yay she’s back!!!

  12. I think the thing I love about Simon & Martina is that they’re not afraid to speak their minds. THey disagree with each other on opinions of songs ALL THE TIME, and they don’t let it stop them. See, I completely agree with Simon’s views about how a band should stay and evolve their style, as well as how there’s not symbolism in EVERYTHING. Yes, certain things stand for things. For example, in literature, “hope” is usually represented by kites. (Not a color, guise. Have any of you heard the quote “Colorless green ideas sleep furiously?” Think about it.) However, this one thing is not going to determine the course of the entire song or piece. You have to group everything together.
    I admit to being a sheeple sometimes. I get afraid to say some things because people already don’t like me enough, and I’m not going to alienate myself more.
    I’m not really sure where I was going with this. I guess, um, majormajormajor kudos to (in this video) Simon for being really honest and not letting other people affect what he says. I really enjoyed this, even with Simon’s sadness at no Martina.

  13. I enjoyed this review because Simon was completely honest! There are plenty of pretty boys in groups so focusing on the actual music is better!

  14. go Simon, i hope one day i can find a wife just as amazing as yours and have a marriage as sweet and unified as yours

  15. THEIR EMOTIONS NOT A COLORING BOOK…lol best line ever….lmfao

  16. Great review but I miss how you two used to actually show off the dance moves, why aren’t you two learning us how to dance kpop-style anymore?
    And here’s something completely different. Simon claims he’s not a girl and that he don’t go bananas when someone is rubbing their sexy lips etc, that last part might be true but he’s a girl alright! Exhibit A (and my only exhibit): Quoting Simon at around 1:34 “I just wanna have fun […]”. Now where have I heard that before??? Oh right, Cyndi Lauper! “Oh girls just wanna have fun”
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PIb6AZdTr-A
    And I rest my case.

  17. B.A.P: Damned if they do, damned if they don’t.

  18. I can feel your loneliness in the video. lol

  19. Simon, I enjoyed your review although it was slightly harsh. At least the video was visually stimulating! And I figured out why they have such weak reactions to being shot at–THEY’RE ZOMBIES WHO ARE UNDEAD AND THEREFORE DO NOT SUFFER PHYSICAL PAIN AND YET ARE TORMENTED BY THE LOSS OF THE HUMAN LIVES THEY ONCE ENJOYED. (sorry for the excessive use of CAPS) Love you!

  20. Simon, I have the perfect song for you and Martina to play when she gets back: Neon Tree’s “Mad Love.” It defines your guys’ relationship perfectly. (I just can’t believe it took me months to realize this)

  21. the fuzzy guy…. was youngjae -_-‘ ………..my jaejae TT

  22. This is now one of my favorite Kpop Music Monday!!! I agree with everything said. It was really hilarious and honest.

    I laughed a lot!!! Thanks…and no offense to any hard fan, please…just a comment here ^^

  23. Thank you Simon for this video. Even though I disagree with you, I am still glad you gave your brutally honest opinion. What bothers me most is how people rank k-pop songs as the top 40 and such (especially at the end of the year) and people go on rants on how this song should be first or why didn’t this song come first. What a lot of k-pop fans need to realize is that everyone has different opinions and just because you are biased to one group doesn’t mean everyone else has to like it. I love this coming from both you, Simon and Martina.

    As for the video, it was okay, and I do really like the song. Especially because Himchan sings more. And I do agree with other people have posted. It’s okay for a group to experiment a bit, especially since they are still rookies, but I agree with Simon that they should stick to the rock/bombastic side/image. That is what brought me to like the band because they were different and exciting. I will still support B.A.P and I’m proud to be a BABY.

    Also I will still support Simon and Martina and Eat Your Kimchi. I enjoy what you guys do and I assume many others as well, appreciate the time and effort you guys take to make these videos for us to enjoy. Keep your head up and there can be no rainbow unless there is some rain. ;D Thank you so much! ^_^

  24. I understand what you mean about B.A.P’s style because while i appreciate all their styles from to warriors to balladeers to aegyo devils i would much rather they be warriors who sang about meaningful things than aegyo devils or whiny sissy babies lol. i’ve loved all of B.A.Ps r&b songs so i’m happy they are promoting one finally but MBLAQ did the whiny sissy baby better because they had a better choreography, better acting from anger to sadness. And i prefer their kicking and punching puddles to B.A.P’s nickelodeon rain scene. And MBLAQ’s video was gorgeous. the dancing dropping down into the water scene that was cool. B.A.Ps vid looked like a bunch of random things that didn’t tie to each other.And the dancing was awkward “lets Jesus pose and spin”.but i love both songs. G.O’s passionate singing gets me everytime(OH! no no no don’t make me cry) but i also love Zelo’s verse from quiet rapping to normal and Himchans deep voice. Though Cry is one of my fave MBLAQ songs, Rain Sound doesnt stick out as a favorite B.A.P r&b song that is still Its all Lies. So yea MBLAQ gets my vote but love them both and can’t wait to hear more from them both. though both B.A.P and Joon need some rest as busy as they’ve been

  25. “…and cry in slowmotion at the end of a nickelodeon game show” AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA I laughed so hard at this, omg Simon xD

    Actually I have mixed opinions about this.
    First, since Warrior I don’t find any video of B.A.P interesting, this one included. But I do appreciate the effort of try something different and more intense?
    The song is not that bad, it’s better than what they released before. But doesn’t do anything for me.
    Warrior still is the best track they have… the thing I don’t like about the songs that came up later on is that they did the exact same formula… c’mon… you can develop that *as Simon said* and go the next level. Make something equally as good and powerfull but not necessarily do the EXACT SAME THING. That’s why I don’t like B.A.P. I would love for Bang Yong Guk to go back and being solo, honestly, he did a much better job back then.

    MBLAQ’S CRY definetly, that’s the best video MBLAQ has done so far… great song, great dance, great boys… :D *i’m a little biased, yeah xD*

  26. I don’t hate your opinions, I won’t ever hate them. I rather find your reviews more hilarious when you are giving strong negative comments about a song/video, or making fun of them. This review was no difference. I absolutely LOVED this review, even though I liked this song, video, and Zelo’s “not-so-powerful-rap”.

    Oh, BTW, the thought about the green being symbolic didn’t strike me at ALL. All I thought was: “Oh, green rain to red (complementary colors!) – AWESOME!!” (I used to study graphic design)

    I find it cute that you miss your wife! I like married couples who are attached to each other. If people want a lasting relationship, it is important to find a best friend. And people complain about being friend zoned…

    Voting for B.A.P

  27. I do miss Martina today LOL I do really love this song. I found myself keep on clicking the replay button when I first listened to the song. Anyway, good job Simon (even though I don’t agree 100%, but it was a fun review)

  28. I share most of the same views as Simon. Thought I didn’t like stop it and crush. One thing is it wasnt really B.A.P. a big thing is Rain sound would have been more like them if they didnt do thoughts fun concepts. Because what B.A.P could have had was a powerful sound and then more of a darker sound. But sadly there company went to far in the fact that they made them Agioo and now when B.A.P does different music it’s weird. There company should have stuck to powerful and when they did slower sounds something like this. Either way I liked all off B.A.P music but I understand where Simon is coming from. As for the green in the video. What the hell does it symbolize? My view stays the same as Simon. Personally I don’t know what the heck the Green means and I really don’t care. Led Apple was the same when they first came out with Dash and started injecting Red stuff in to Apples. It’s random it’s dumb. B.A.P should have just had white suits and there body’s exploding.

    As for the acting its worries then Lee hi lee. She is new and still learning. B.a.p I love you but you don’t get that sympathy. You where amazing in warrior and power with your acting. You at least showed a side of acting in crash and stop it that was good. But wtf happen in this video. Seriously did someone talk over your body to be terrible because I can do better then that. Yong guk your my bias and that was worse then I remember and your acting was great for I Remember. This song also had more the same feel as that song too. I just shake my head….

    Disappointed because all of B.A.P (all of you) have proven to be great actors and now your show use that you suck. I am big B.A.P fan I won’t stop listening to your music. But if you keep acting like you don’t know how to act and stand there motionless I am going to have say your no better then a the manakin that randomly when flying and burst into flames. If anything was symbolistic in that video the manakin said it all.

    It should how lifeless, emotionless you where and when it burst in to flames that symbolizes how terrible of acting was done.

  29. IDK I <3 Simon's opinion but I disagree with it, because even though I do like Bap's bombastic singles like warrior and power I think it would be lame to continue on the same routine forever. Simon even said that he didn't like it when SNSD went back to doing aegyo after they broke away from that image to have a more mature look. I feel that if BAP were to remain the same then where is the entertainment. I want groups to grow and be able to connect more to their audiences, because lets face it who is ever really all the time feeling powerful and in control, who is ever always feeling like they are on top of the world, everyone has emotional days where you just want to sit down and cry because of a break up or other issues. So I like this song because it can relate to certain parts of my life and I find music to be a healing remedy to me. So even though I respect Simon I think BAP changing to a more emotional band isn't bad but good because from that they can grow as individuals and then from that make more concepts which can relate to more fans.

  30. Cool review. Thank you Simon for so much laugh ^-^

    My vote goes for MBLAQ :)

  31. I agree that their first three songs were much better than their latest three songs. I have to admit that at first I hated No Mercy because to me it sounded a lot like We Will Rock You but after hearing Crash and later Hajima, I began to appreciate No Mercy even more. About Rain Sound, I actually liked the song. It’s not all that cutesy like Crash and Hajima and it makes me hope that their tittle track would be something like Warrior, Power or No Mercy was. The video I found to be very creepy and not the good creepy like Xia’s Tarantallegra and Jaejoong’s Mine were.

    About the review, I am one of those people that get butthurt very easily so I did found some parts of this review upsetting. But, I have to admit I did appreciate your honesty. It was very interesting to see how this video was from male perspective. Like I said before, I am one of those people who gets butthurt easily so my only critique would be that you were too honest.Honestly hope you guys won’t have to do Music Mondays like this ever again because like you have said yourself there is no balance this way.

    Btw, thanks for pointing out the boob touching. Now I am even more creeped out by this MV.

  32. i have never ever liked B.A.P at all. I have been really trying hard to join their bandwagon but no success. I thought this new song was just up my alley but as soon as the song started I got distracted and found the song boring

  33. A mannequin with no feelings?! You obviously don’t remember this bad-boy of a show from your (and my) childhood!

    http://youtu.be/Cs7tt-2WmcI

  34. just remember people are allowed to express their opinions. Its your choice to ignore it or agree with it…

  35. LOL, simon leaves a video of 2NE1’s Lonely xD oh, so funny! you crack me up! and finally, someone who gets me, i agree with you about the whole video and everything! one of the BEST KMM ever!!! made me laugh xD this review, Simon was SO HONEST! i give him full respect! i think what he said was SUPER TRUE! i would say all of that too and i know people will say i’m a hater and dont like B.A.P, but i do like them & i like the song but the MV and all was just STUPID!!! but yeah! Simon, YOU DID GOOD!!! @simonandmartina:disqus

  36. LOL, simon leaves a video of 2NE1’s Lonely xD oh, so funny! you crack me up! and finally, someone who gets me, i agree with you about the whole video and everything! one of the BEST KMM ever!!! made me laugh xD

  37. Seeeeriously, I adore Simon and value his opinion–completely agree that B.A.P. should stick to their more BAMF* roots–but this video kills me for one reason. The editing! The constant cuts in-between Simon’s monologue are soooo distracting. Sometimes it’s even one word cut in-between two phrases! Really?? I’m going to need you to get better at getting things out in one smooth take my friend. The constant little pauses in-between phrases and words is making me a teeny bit bananas. I had to stop the video to complain. My bad ya’ll. I’m not a hater I swear, but I had to say something…. to end on a positive note, KITTENS!! :-) See, I’m not all bad.

    *BAMF = bad ass mother f&%ker.

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