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Brown Eyed Girls Sixth Sense – Kpop Music Mondays

October 4, 2011

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FINALLY! Brown Eyed Girls have returned after a painfully long hiatus with Sixth Sense. If you haven’t checked out the video, here it is:

Wow. There was so much that we wanted to say about this song and video that we just didn’t have the time for. See, you saw some of my fanboying in our video, but we didn’t explain it all too well. I was the last between the two of us to be converted to Kpop. I stubbornly resisted it for as long as possible, would use it for classes when necessary (we still think that using Kpop is a great way for teachers to relate to their students), but I wouldn’t actually like it. Brown Eyed Girls’ “Abracadabra” changed that. It was an awesome song, and awesome video, and that’s what finally brought me over to the dark side. Couple that with Ga-In’s awesome “Irreversible” which we sadly didn’t get a chance to review, and you’ve got a fanboy in the making.

So yeah, I was happy for this video to come out, as was Martina. We’re both Brown Eyed Girls fans. When we first heard the song though, we were a bit disappointed that it didn’t rock our socks off like Abracadabra. It did grow on us, big time, though. Viewed in the Abracadabra light, it might be disappointing, but on it’s own, without any other context, it’s a pretty rocking song and video. Did anyone else think it sounded like Peter Fox’s “Alles Neu”? Tell me it doesn’t have a similar booming orchestra sound to it:

We also mentioned how this video seems to have been inspired by Trent Reznor’s “Art is Resistance” movement. If you check out the site and the stencils, you’ll see that the logo is similar to the one used in the posters here, as well as the same “You Have a Voice”.

Art is Resistance Brown Eyed Girls Sixth Sense

It does kinda look like Brown Eyed Girls were inspired by Trent Reznor's "Art is Resistance" movement, no?

Stuff like this makes us happy for Kpop videos. Sixth Sense isn’t easily dismissed as superficial fluff. It’s not a masterpiece that people will be studying for millennia, but it has a lot more thought put into it, than, say, Bilasa’s “Beautiful Target”, which doesn’t go much deeper than “OMG look at us we’re cute boyz!”

[incoming Martina rant]

Now the only problem we have with the message of “use your voice” and “rebellion” and “freedom of speech” is that BEG is still underneath a President who runs their label, and while they’re not under the 2 big labels in Korea (YG and SM) they are still not their own free band to act and say what they please. So is this video deeply, deeply ironic, in the sense that we’re praising BEG’s unique voice and call to freedom when this very video is being run by a secret man or women in a gold mask? How much influence do Brown Eyed Girls’ management have in their song and message?

Well regardless of the puppetry behind this video, at least it has a stronger message (or at least a message at all) in comparison to other kpop videos. Which is the other difficult position to deal with. We’ve taken a lot of flack from people who live in Korea and HATE kpop. They feel like they can only support everything which is Indie, and any support of a mainstream band is some kind of devil worship. We firmly disagree with this perspective and the snobby attitude towards kpop and anything mainstream. We, too, listen to many crazy Indie bands that are loved by a small groups of elite fans (do we announce that fact as if it’s some proud badge to be worn? No) but we also really love and respect kpop.

How can we come to grips with these two extreme positions regarding music and culture? To us, it’s the talent and passion of the members of the band that matter. Not everyone in the world can play an instrument, or sing, or dance, or write music. If you grow up playing the guitar and you form a rock band in your garage and fail for 10 years and make it in the 11th, we’re happy for you, but does that mean a kpop idol who trained to sing and dance for 10 years is any different? Yes, they have a label supporting them with money to get their names out there, but it doesn’t take away from the fact that kpop idols ARE talented. Opera singers don’t write their own music and are usually discovered only after appearing in many musicals backed by companies, but does that mean they’re not talented because they weren’t found singing Opera in a tiny university bar? Absolutely not. The same goes for many talented singers throughout the decades (even Elvis Presley).

I listen to bands that don't even exist yet

You saw Simon wear this shirt before. Ironic much?

The point of this long rant is that even though we can acknowledge that BEG and other kpop groups have big wig companies backing them, I’m tired of people immediately writing off kpop (and pop in general) because of that fact. I think the deepest irony in this whole situation is the very musician wants to be in the position of popularity that kpop bands have, but once they reach it (by their own means or via a record label) many fans will desert them, saying that they “sold out”. What you want to say is, “I’m jealous my special band no one knew is now know by many people. I’m sad they’re making money and supporting themselves.” So what do you guys think? Have you come across these kinds of people before, or do you hold a similar or differing opinion? I’d love to know!

[rant end…Martina gasps for air…]

Anyhow, since we do honestly dig this song and video, we decided to do another giveaway to show our support. Woot! We’re bought two copies of the new Brown Eyed Girls album. For our lovely YouTube subscribers (YOU GUISE ARE AWESOME!) all you gotta do is tell us what was your favourite part of the Sixth Sense music video. Oh, and since we love our blog readers as well, you can answer here, too :D. Just leave your YouTube username so that, in case we do pick you, we can make sure you’re a subscriber, of course!

Brown Eyed Girls Sixth Sense Album

Pick up the Brown Eyed Girls Album

If you don’t win the album, you definitely should still pick it up, because it rocks. Click on the picture to the right to get your copy. Get two copies. Get seven. And, as for the bloopers, you can see Spudgy’s terrible running skills when he encounters Simon’s raunchy kitty, as well as some terrible Snape impersonations. Poor Spudgy! His legs, as some of you may know, are pretty gimpy, so whenever he runs he moves faster than his legs can carry him, so he often falls over. What a dumb but sweet dog! Also, Martina’s a fan of the Tea Party. Not the American political movement thingy Tea Party, though. The dude with the pedophile moustache Tea Party. Yeah!

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  1. I like the part where one of the members is in the water and she looks like she is being pulled down but she fights it (maybe cuz im half mermaid and all for strong women ^o^) and i also like Gain standing up, like the strong and beautiful woman she is =3 oh btw i think they change sides not only cuz the B.E.G girls are hot but cuz they realized what they are fighting for is not right in any way *that is a reason why i liked this MV too*

    4 years ago
  2. I requested BEG and my name isn’t listed :<  That's okay, I know that you guys can't possibly put EVERYONE in who request..that would probably be a video in its self.
     I actually find the ending of the video very sad. You see the mask fall and the men begin changing sides, looking for "The Absolute", but then the dream ends and you see them charging the girls and realized that even with their strong will and efforts, it was not enough to change anything and they are about to be destroyed. 
    Also, I am going to have to vote for BEG for best sexy strong ladies. I love 2NE1 and their video (Learned the dance week it came out) and although they have a lot of confidence, I don't think that is the same thing as strength.

    4 years ago
    • Also the middle part was my favorite part of the video. I posted it before I saw about the contest but that is my favorite part, and my youtuber name is the EunFox

      4 years ago
  3. I responded to your question about what my favorite part of the video was on the YouTube Channel but I couldn’t paste a link to the picture that I am referencing that influenced the visuals in the BEG’s MV so I’m going to post it here.  Please look for my entry on the YouTube Channel…thanks!      
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/wesh/301909439/in/photostream/

    4 years ago
  4. My favorite part is at 4:05 when that police officer is totally freaking out. He throws his helmet to the ground and starts… crying? Yeah, I loved it. It was pretty funny… ehem.. but totally emotional!

    My Youtube username is miseriway.

    4 years ago
  5. Hm, I have to admit I somehow didn’t get this video.  I am new, really new to KPop (thanks to you guys actually) as of maybe 2 months ago, but somehow this video didn’t do it for me. Per your comments in the review, maybe I should watch it a few more times too.

    I have to agree that this was really well-produced (especially compared to other videos you’ve featured lately), but somehow the angry message felt forced or overkill. On the other hand, the girls are really hot of course, the music fierce and strong, so big props to BEG for sticking to their guns.  :)  As far as best-scene goes, when the one girl stalks up to the riot police, I did think that was pretty cool given that a) she was very sexy, but b) not going to give an inch either.  Girl power all the way.  Sorry I’ve never heard of BEG until today, so I gotta admit I don’t know their names.  Hopefully that made sense.

    I thought the microphone scenes were very clever too.  I wonder if any of this has to do with South Korea’s military-dictatorship past, or maybe with their neighbor to the North.  Just a guess.

    But to contrast it, I like Girl’s Generation’s “Run, Devil, Run” a lot more than this video only because it has that same sense of Girl Power, sex-appeal, and not letting mean push them around, but in a more stylish, subtle and “cool” way.  BEG’s Sixth-Sense is focused more on society, but GG’s Run Devel Run is more at a personal level, so maybe it’s not fair to compare the two.

    Great pick in any case.  I wonder if that Fabio fellow is available for tours or other poetry readings.  I like the cut of his jib.

    P.S.  I gotta admit I go for the aegyo/bubblegum pop a little.  It’s easier to listen to a work, whereas BEG’s Sixth Sense would make me want to punch my boss for no good reason.  On the other hand, aegyo stuff can really get cliched as you guys pointed out, so maybe it’s nice to break out of that from time to time.  Just thinking out loud. :)

    4 years ago
  6. For the showdown, you asked for the video then I’m saying Brown Eyed Girls. (If you ask about the song then it has to be 2NE1!)

    For my favorite part, I like the part where all the soldier changed their side. They fought and finally brought down “the man”. And by “Won” I meant won over whatever restriction “the man” caused (eg. forced Miryo to say the message that’s not hers, etc.) Suddenly,  the scene changed to when the rebels are still facing with the army with a total overwhelmed force. The reason I like it is because I can’t help but imagine every time I watch the music video like: are the rebels going to win? what if they lose? etc. And I think it has a meaning as well. It’s not wrong to dream about something you wish you could do. I’m sure all the rebels wish they could won in their fight, but reality is another story. For example, if you say that “the man” are the big companies, rebels are the indies. All of them sure want to be able to fight with those giants but reality is reality. It’s not impossible, but it’s just going to be hard.

    and my youtube username is BlackyberriE :D
    (sorry guise if it’s longgg x))

    4 years ago
  7. I actually recently comment on a video that talked about how kpop sucked. He explained and said he hated all pop music because it was based not on talent but on sex, gimmicks, and other looks. That is true, but that doesnt mean all artists are not talented. There are some great artists in mainstream kpop.

    Hey I love idie bands. Plus I listen to Opera and classical music but i dont go around saying all pop music sucks. Unless if it has anything to do with Ke$sha. Sorry, but I heard her live and the girl cant sing to save her life. It was like watching a train wreck. Anyways, I actually respect kpop artists bc they work hard!! That’s why I never bash a kpop artist. They work too hard. I may not think their very talented or that they suck at dancing, But i know how hard it is to be an idol. I respect their hard work too much.

    4 years ago
  8. Tough showdown… but I’m going to go with Brown Eyed Girls.

    4 years ago
  9. Sweeeet, you guys have a Last.fm account! Our compatibility is “very high”. 8D

    4 years ago
  10. the 3one you was talking was good but they waered and actsoo i think ill put 2 ne 1 bec they pash they dont even talk about love and stuff that smush and goo crazzy

    4 years ago
  11. BEG Sixth sense:] 

    4 years ago
  12. Simon i totally agree with you!!! BEG is my favorite girl group too they are mature, daring and diffrent from other girl groups, in my opinion when it comes to the music itself BEG never stuck in their place and always challange themselves. for my fav part: it was difiicult to choose between narsha’s “meow” and miryo being her”powerful”self so i had to go with something else *drums*2:43 the officers are stiff but apperently they are quite turned on, a second that says it all

    4 years ago
  13. it is sounded like Peter Fox’s “Alles Neu”!
    I like your new friend ^^
    Poor Spudgy..I can understand him.. when we put linoleum on a floor my dog was just flying in corridor ^^ He often bumped into the door too ^^

    4 years ago
  14. 2n1 :) 

    4 years ago
  15. My all time favorite part is the part where at 3:35 “hell breaks loose” and Ga-In’s very long and very high note is gving me goosebumps. Fierceness at its best.

    My YT username is MMathelisa.

    4 years ago
  16. Couldn’t watch the Peter Fox one soon as I saw the monkey people things. Something about that creeps me out like no one’s business. Rats. If I had fully read commentary I could’ve avoided YouTube’s friggin’ word limit. So much to say, but such a small character amount! *waves* I’m TheClutzy over there. So much love for this video with lack of men dominating the women or verse domination, but instead active resistance by instead just being themselves and not willing to be tamed, stay in their place, or be content with their cage. Instead it’s stifling and drowning to show off they’d be dead anyways. Men actually joining by willingness instead of any kind of force. Solo shots that are *actually* solo shots and not the singer with some random guy that’s there to continue the relationship of dominance. So yeah, really fond of this (with exception of the random crotch grabbing dance, ’cause huh?) mv compared to so many others. Wishin more music videos were of this quality.

    4 years ago
  17. My favourite part is most definetly Miryo’s rap and the after effects :D The kicking of the mics and that one guy’s face at 4:09 sums up the awesomeness of the video! + I absolutely love that BEG “returned to their roots”. They really bring back their vocals from 1st album and brush off the 2010 autotuning frenzy with style only BEG can pull off  :D They’re seriously my idols! <3 ….. aaaand I'm GgongMinkki @ youtube & Lotta_somthin @ twitter (follow you guise there as well! ;] and in facebook of course) You can now join the English version of me2day as well! :DD

    4 years ago
  18. 2NE1…Hands down!   And I love the t-shirt, Simon!!!

    4 years ago
  19. Kal

    Spazzing much, fanboy & girl?  I didn’t think this MV was all that.  The attempt to grasp for that Trent Reznor reference was a bit much.  I think 2NE1’s representation of strong women was better (even though they seem more like girls) because none of them are Narsha writhing and meowing.

    4 years ago
  20. While Abracadabra and Sign were really good songs, I’m glad to see BEG return to their older style of music. I think it really suits their voices and personalitys well. It really reminds me of their old R&B songs that were just overflowing with emotion. 다가와서 (Dagawasuh) is still one of my favorite songs. If you havn’t heard it yet, you ought to check it out.

    *On an aside note: there are actually 3 major pop record labels in Korea. You forgot JYP

    4 years ago
  21. My favourite part is when Ga-In is sitting in the chair, wearing (what was explained to me as) her dead lover’s military jacket. She looks like she’s been through hell and has just… snapped. The evil look to it, her ‘insanity,’ it just draws me in. The whole video is amazing though, especially seeing how used to videos with no plot we are. I think this is one of my favourite videos so far this year, and it definitely has me more interested in Brown Eyed Girls as a whole. 
    Oh, and my youtube username is sshiel94. 

    4 years ago
  22. I don’t want to be mean, but I replayed the part with spudgy
    falling and each time I laughed harder! :) awww poor spudgy !

    4 years ago
  23. And I am voting for Brown Eyed Girls, even though I am a huge 2ne1 fan! Brown Eyed Girls: Much more powerful!

    4 years ago
  24. I vote for 2NE1 -I’m the best ! <3

    4 years ago
  25. I like your new wig, Simon

    4 years ago
  26. The entire video was amazing but I would have to say that the part where the chick raps! For some reason when she kicks the mics made me want to get up and kick something… She inspired me!

    So I did. And it hurt… :)

    ladyrose1993 : Youtube username

    4 years ago
  27. Well, the best part for me is the one when Miryo is rapping in front of
    all those microphones! Maybe I’m biased because she’s my favourite
    member, but my son agrees that Miryo gets the best parts in MVs and her
    raps are always awesome! Apart from saying “Gracias”, is very common for
    kpop groups to add English to their songs, but when I hear some
    Spanish I get all hyped, since it’s my first language.

    Youtube username: SistinasD

    4 years ago
  28. Worst. Snape. Evah. :p

    4 years ago
  29. Oh yes, I’ve come across the people you describe Martina.  In particular, musicians themselves can be their own worst enemy because often I find they are not open to embracing other, vastly different genres.  I think it was Soulwax who said it best, something along the lines that punk bands should learn how to DJ and DJs should listen to rock/ punk music.

    4 years ago
  30. I like this as a “good listening” song. I finally watched the video all the way yesterday after reading through a lengthy explanation of the girls’ roles. If I hadn’t read that, the message would definitely have been lost on me. To be honest, I still didn’t quite get the message, but I loved the cinematography of it all.

    In regards to liking KPop and other mainstream music, I always think, “You like what you like.” I agree and also find it amusing when formerly Indie bands get popular and their fans call them sell outs. Did their music change because of it? No, of course not. How dare any of these bands try to make a living doing what they love? Come on now. Can’t we just love the music we are all drawn to without conflict? Music is supposed to be something wonderful and enjoyable that can bring people together~

    Well, anyway, my favorite part of the video is when the soldiers turn against the golden mask person in such a passionate, powerful display, despite it not being what really happens at the end. YT username: MamushiLove.

    4 years ago
  31. thanks … Stalingrad omg, how could i did that wrong…

    4 years ago
  32. I know some of those people. The ones that listen to “indie” and “rock” and feel the need to proclaim it to the world and bash everything else, as well as judging people for what music tastes they have. It goes for the same, people bashing heavy metal or rap saying it’s “not music”. I like every genre of music and I don’t give a damn about how cool it makes me.

    4 years ago
  33. I feel like some international kpop fans (especially those who aren’t of asian descent) are a little snobby about kpop, the same way in which people are about indie groups, like you’ve mentioned in your post. I’m a little guilty of this, but im not saying every other kpop fan is like this. In many countries kpop is unknown by the majority of people and it can be like a personal pleasure, a secret world. I think that’s why some people hate it when american producers (eg. teddy riley) work with their favourite idols or are actually upset that kpop is only becoming more popular worldwide. They enjoy being the only international fan and feel cool to have discovered something on their own that no one else they know can possibly understand without being immersed in the kpop world for a significant period of time. it’s like an elite thing, and new fans are often bashed for not knowing things about members of groups, or for not being a fan of someone since their debut, like “hey i’ve supported suju since don’t don, you’ve only known about them for a few months”, that type of thing, or people are laughed at for not knowing how to pronounce something in korean or how to read hangul. This is only relevant to the international kpop community of course. so it’s kind of reverse of what korean people think because to foreigners, kpop is far from mainstream.
    just a thought i wanted to get out there! :) i love everything you guys do!

    4 years ago
  34. Peter Fox….. well yes, but Mr Fox got it from Dimitri Shostakovich, I think its from  something with Stalingrad… i think its good when classic inspierd =)

    But for me, the first minute  also sound like i know it from somewhere (like come with me-Puff Daddy or deeper underground – jamiroquai) But i do not know and it drives me craaaaaaaazzzzzyyyyyyy^^

    4 years ago
  35. Since the meaning behind this video is so deep and every second is packed with symbols, with no doubt, my favorite part is when the golden mask drops. It’s like, the whole world turns upside down. The policemen then turn to their side and makes it look like the whole World is in BeG’s hands *o* All the symbolism in the video, it’s killing me <3 (By the way, I'm xDigitalxLolitax on YouTube ^^)

    4 years ago
  36. i love Miryo’s super hyper fantastical awesome-mous rap that made the army tremble in fear!!!
    want their cd, want their cd, want their cd……

    @cutiecs1988:disqus 

    4 years ago
  37. I vote for 2NE1 – I am the best!

    4 years ago
  38. BEG is awesome…and the question arose about their own Golden Mask in discussion I had with others but concurred that if that person was willing to let BEG scrap two entire albums before this one he does support their “vision”

    You guys have watched the live performances right? The one on Inki this weekend was awesome though they skipped the last two parts of the three step high note because of their health. They were the best on the episode…that episode was terrible. Step Up and So Cool are meh songs for me. *karate chops SuJu for that A-Cha hot mess*

    The best part of the video is when they begin breaking free from the bonds that lock them in their specified roles.

    4 years ago
  39. I’m a big BEG fan, as well as a super big (BIG BANG fan *hi Martina!* 2NE1 and 2AM fan) first all thanks for reviewing Sixth Sense, I’m one of those who really ranted and everything. I love the video and its message of course who would argue that the BEG girls are talented? Compared to abracadabra, this song showcased their natural vocal prowess.
    I reviewed the album and here is the link to it. :) http://adglibrary.blogspot.com/2011/09/feelwatchp-l-u-ssixth-sense.html

    Thanks so much for reviewing. I’m a fan of music mondays ^^

    4 years ago
  40. My favorite part of “Sixth Sense” has definitely got to be the transition from the rap solo to the three note rise. It’s something I overlooked on a first listen but stood out when I watched the MV. It really showcases  all four members well and the “breaking free” that happens at that point in the video is a good visual representation of it. The song had great vocal talent and a very fun and good video to back it up. I’m somewhat new to kpop and didn’t know about BEG, but know I’m a fan!
    *Youtube name is Velociraptor027

    4 years ago
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