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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 think I understand Narsha’s scene. The chairs, I believe, represent an audience, and always being watched. There are even flashes of light later on from cameras, signifying paparazzi. Well, that’s what I think is going on. I could be completely wrong. <3

    4 years ago
  2. I saw a music video by them on accident, and im glad i did, awesome beat, great voice and great danceing.

    4 years ago
  3. I really want that BEG album but more so I want to win that BEG album from all the other YouTube subscribers. Am I too late?

    4 years ago

    4 years ago
  5. My favourite part it’s the part when a kitty passes.They are in the middle of a fight then a cat passes. i was like . . . ok a cat.it’s a cat in the middle of a fight.go kitty go

    4 years ago
  6. lol omigosh simon’s snape just killed me i was watching this at like 11 at night and i was giggling so much that my dad just came down and was like “what is wrong with you?! why are you laughing?!” hahaha

    4 years ago
  7. you reignited my love for german music with that peter fox reference :)

    4 years ago
  8. Really cool blog (in korean) talking about BEG’s “Sixth Sense”
    Even if you don’t understand korean, there’s A LOT of cool pics of the making of
    Just sharing, not a spam ^^: eanakim.egloos.com/page/2

    4 years ago
  9. I think I get your point. I love classical music, I love metal, I love k-pop, actually I like every genre in itself. Comparisions between them should never EVER be done. 

    4 years ago
  10. How come I totally love BEG and I totally don’t like 2NE1? 

    I think the reason for it is similar as the reason for my voting: 2NE1’s “rebellion” seems kinda fake to me, while BEG is giving more mature impression on strength and sexiness. So I vote for BEG.Thanks for the review ^^ I had a huge laugh, again in the middle of the night, so I had to keep quiet – in case of your videos, it’s really hard to accomplish xD Especially Ga In / director convo made me ROTFL – Martina’s expression while “It’ll be GREAT!” was priceless xD One of the best scenes of MM EVERRRRRR~!<3<3<3

    4 years ago
  11. My vote goes to 2NE1 – Im the best

    4 years ago
  12. hi;D YT:MrBuka44
    i come from Poland;dSorry,but i love all the parts on this video;ddI like Ga-in and her wet hair, sexi and predatory image,and really like the scenery behind her.the tunnel looks amazing.Then Jea.She is gorgeous! i love moment when she was in water among branches.it was that they want entwine her.Narsha is sexi cat and “meooooow” is cool xD ow and i like when she turns her hair;d Miryo with gorgeous make-up *.*.i love make-up and clothes in this video.i like when the soldiers walk straight.Sorry for my english xdd i don’t like english tenses xdd it;s hard for me but i will learn this Xd

    4 years ago
  13. Youtube Username: tintan121

    I think the part that I liked most in the video is at the end when the soldiers finally realized the oppression of freedom and decided to go rebel against their controlling leader. And they are also tired of being controlled doing the wrong things.

    In many ways, this video did make a great way to deliver a message. I agree with you guys that it’s like a mini movie. I got the whole point of the video (Except for Narsha and the cat). How a lot of people are actually being used, controlled, beaten up and used as a pet??? Sorry. I’m really confused with Narsha.

    Anyway, it’s like showing the facts that, just because I’m a politician/spokeperson I’m already powerful, I’m actually being used for corruption and how much I want to just end it. Or in Ga-In’s case, I maybe pretty and have all the riches in the world but you don’t actually see what behind the world you all wanted.

    This video actually encourages not only the women but men too that we should stopped being controlled. It’s to fight your right. Rebel if it would do you good.

    These are all my insights. Hahaha. Way too long. But I’m really glad I watched this video. I don’t care if I won’t be choosen but I hoped a lot would read my thoughts and you guys too. I hope you got my point.

    4 years ago
  14. I agree with you Martina ! Despite singing and wishing very much to be inedpendent and involve in a revolution against all restraint, BEG – and all bands in Korea at least – are bound by what they can and can’t sing. It may sound like an ignorant generalisation but (and this is your second point) they have to conform to a certain extent to be able to become somebody and support themselves. This is quite different to, say, the Western world – where in artists have “more” freedom to express themselves, like Eminem, although I really don’t listen to all his songs.

    With that said, BEG is pushing the limits, and other artists have voiced their concerns out but not all are regarded as anything more than PR or idols’ talks. The fact that BEG belongs to a smaller company greatly disadvantage their fan groups (top 3 Daum fan cafe in Oct are TVXQ, Big Bang and SNSD), but it’s also a chance for them to show themselves more. They don’t have the cutesy image that the company has to uphold, and they’re tend to be more fluid and experimental with their music, which popular companies can’t – too much are at stakes for them to change.

    If they were to be independent, then they have to weight it up between being indie for a niche market or become popular conformist but being heard by many – so maybe when they really have something to say, they can reach out to more people.

    Anyway, that’s my 5 cents worth of procrastination on a friday night. Keep going guys ~~

    PS: Irreversible next ?  *puppy eyes*

    4 years ago
  15. Though I love both bands, I’d have to say 2NE1. Where ase BEG used “sexiness” as their main source of power 2ne1 showed you don’t have to be sexy, just confident. 

    4 years ago
  16. Youtubeuser: StarZReader

    My favorite part of the video was when it seemes that Ga-in is saying ‘b*tch b*tch guilt guilt’  instead of ‘bichi bich guilt guilt’. it ads the supersexiness tot the video.This MV on it’s one is magnificent, it has so many hidden messages. Who ever directed that video was a genius.

    for the countdown i chose BEG, they pull this confidentness and sexines so much better than 2ne1 (for my opninion) 2Ne1 tries sometimes to hard in being different then others.

    4 years ago
  17. youtube:mojorolls

    my favorite part was showing where they are in the beginning! jea and miryo’s scene was osm! i also love gain’s grind after the first chorus..

    4 years ago
  18. Youtube: birdbrain800

    My favorite part of the video was during the bridge when Miryo raps.
    She’s frozen in place by shackles, surrounded by microphones, and the
    only thing that really moves is her mouth. This could be possible
    commentary on both an idol’s life as well as any other influential
    figure. For both cases, they are under constant pressure to look perfect
    in front of the camera, turning them into frozen dolls. On the other
    hand, they can be very influential with only their words. For example,
    someone running for political office will often say that they’ll do
    something positive like promote education if they can receive a
    citizen’s vote. As Miryo raps in front of the mics, they go back to the
    scene of the resistance where the soldiers that were about to take down
    the resistance turn around and attack their leader, as if spurred on by
    Miryo’s words. This accents the power of the media, as well as the
    illusion that many idols seem to have power, though behind the scenes
    they’re normal people trapped by the paparazzi.

    Also, the lyrics at this point read “Can you follow? You won’t be able
    to forget this after hearing it. Other music will get boring” right as
    Miryo casts off her shackles. This is a really exciting moment
    considering it is the climax of the music and it seems to promise more
    new, innovative music from BEG.
    I think it’s extremely important for a musician to create something
    that breaks the mold and makes them unforgettable, thus the symbol of
    breaking the bonds of both themselves and the music industry.

    Putting aside all video analysis, I really like the beat of the bridge.
    The atmosphere is the most charismatic and powerful at this point, in my

    4 years ago
  19. Try iTunes 

    4 years ago
  20. ^^ BEG “< 0:00-4:39 

    4 years ago
  21. Best part is right at the end on Miryos rap and when she throws
    something on the soldiers, Miryo tries to escape, so that she’s free
    from those microphones.  Communism is so sad and so cruel, they try to
    show it by a musicvideo how badly you just want to get away from it. I
    actually got goosebumps and tears in my eyes, because I can only imagine
    how people in North Korea feel, and BEG is trying to show how it is by
    awesome music. Good job Brown Eyed girls!

    4 years ago
  22. rj

    Although this BEG video is full of great moments, like the “we shall punish you” stance at 00:53 or, the “super sonic shoe attack” at 3:37. My favorite part is when the soldier reacts to the BEG girls teasing, around 2:43 into the video. I love it how subtle the action was, and how it just made me ask “what took you so long?” The perfect “vive le resistance” moment, as BEG showed how to use one’s womanly wiles to recruit another minion for their revolution.

    4 years ago
  23. Martina’s rant.. Lol.
    Do any of you know a Kpop group called The BOSS? Dae Guk Nam Ah?
    I doubt so.. I live in Singapore and the fangirls here only know groups like SHINee, SNSD, Super Junior, 2NE1, 2PM, Big Bang etc. I hardly anyone here are fans of The BOSS except for my friends and I. They are very talented, but no one appreciates it. Just like U-Kiss, no one know them when they debut, except for some. But now, you see U-Kiss. They are popular right now, locally and internationally… If in the future, The BOSS gained popularity. My friends and I will be like ‘hey, we know them before they exist yet.’

    4 years ago
  24. I’d say BEG. The evidence is there, they made a whole troop of soldiers turn their backs on their ridiculous ruler and all. Also, although 2NE1 were obviously strong and powerful, violence is not the only way to show dominance or whatnot. Plus the intelligence, courage and charisma of BEG was much more strong, powerful, pretty much overwhelming and obviously eyebrow-raising (in a good way) than the fancy clothes (real fancy!) and interesting hair and dance styles and the breaking of glass of 2NE1.

    My favourite part is when the black cat pops up from nowhere because I LOVE ME SOME KITTEHS!!!1!11!
    I didn’t like the paparazzi scene for Miryo’s rap where she just stands still. Her hand was chained down, she looked really forced and you could see the suppressed emotions and desire to break free in her eyes, not some sexy aura radiating all around. I loved her eye makeup though, it really re-enforced the charismatic theme and such. Instead of that bit where she just stands still, I loved it when she broke free, releasing herself from one of the restraints. Although it could have been stronger (instead of cut into two parts with her kicking the mic stands down later, a bit laggy D: ), it’s good to see suppressed emotions released, no?

    I could name all the times Ga-in’s expression and the look in her eye killed me, especially at 1:57 when her expression changes from that scheming, in-control look or something to that fierce, raw-ish anger in that split second (or rather, beat). However my ultimate favourite is the very last scene, with the soldiers running towards the rebellious group with their batons raised.
    During the part when the soldiers turned around and rebelled, it was in slow-mo with a black background, powder or dust everywhere and the movie-like camera angles AND THE RAIN (oh you ever emotional and artistic fake rain), in contrast to the normal broad daylight background and the normal speed of the final scene, it makes the success of the rebellion seem like it was just a dream, imagined and didn’t really happen. Especially when you see Ga-in back in her chair, Jea looking like she’s going to drown and Narsha stuck in that position (she’s so flexible), both never having broken free in the first place, it makes you realise that the rebellion could have been unsuccessful. Despite BEG’s charisma and strong emotions and desires to gain freedom and have a successful revolution etc., in the end the horribly corrupt government still could’ve won. Just like the entertainment industry and the overworking and the facades, in the end it’s either you try and try again with the hopes and desires to make a change or you dutifully work, cooperating with your label/boss/whatnot. Or you quit. This song and MV really reflected these contradicting and powerful emotions and situations, especially in relation to the entertainment industry. WAR CRY, “SPARTAAAAAAAAAA!!!!111!!”

    my youtube username is xinxinlai, I’m so glad I could finally form and input my opinion about the MV (:
    btw THE BLOOPERS AHAHAHHAHHAHAHAH /dead (youtube is being such a jerk rn D: )

    4 years ago
  25. I couldn’t comment on YT so. . .here’s my entry. :D
    MY FAVOURITE PART is the scene where Ga-in is sitting on a chair and zooming into her face. That was SEXY and FIERCE dude!!!! :D

    4 years ago
  26. My favorite part of the video is when the four try to get rid of the rebellion, for me the four have the meaning is they have their photos( Gain-resistence, Jea-music, Narsha-freedom, Miryo-expression ) when they are releasing ( after the rap ), and give this meaning to each and see how the four want to release from their chains and then pass the scene of the police, more high tones of Gain, Jea and Narsha and all combined.. this is my favorite part

    4 years ago
  27. I really love the whole MV so picking parts of it is really hard. Haha.  One of my favorite parts is when Ga-in sings the last line (better than the love motion) she looks so sinister and deranged, and then gave us a little smirk at the end.  Killed me. Haha.

    4 years ago
  28. My favorite part of the video (and the song) is when the three girls start singing the high note combo.  Jea goes in strong, Ga-in follows suit, then Narsha deals the final blow.  Goosebumps moment.  Plus Ga-in and Narsha’s looks in the video during that part were perfect.  (YT: mariolawpanda)

    4 years ago
  29. First of all, even if I’m a Blackjack, BEG totally takes the cake on this one.

    And yes, my favourite part is whenever Miryo appears on camera. She’s not my favourite, but the amount of power she shows during the MV, as well as their live comeback adds to the charisma, feel and style of their performances. Their comeback was absolutely bewitching. It felt more captivating than any 2NE1 performance I’ve seen so far.

    I also liked the symbolism of the MV and the ‘breaking free from the government’ vibe. So ‘V for Vendetta’. :)

    And here’s my Youtube username – wanderinfree. :) LOVE YOU GUYS! <3

    4 years ago
  30.  Vote for B.E.G.!
    Favorite part: the 3 high note part (Jea long high note + Narsha n Ga In whistle note) because at that part the troops changed to B.E.G. side ,,,
    youtube name: blu3sh

    4 years ago
  31. My favorite thing about the video is the beginning minute. Introducing the girls, their gorgeous styles and the wallpapering with the rebellious words, really sets the mood for the whole video

    4 years ago
  32. My favorite part was when Miryo and Gain broke their chains and freed themselves. Having them break the chains themselves represents (to me, anyway) that anyone who is trapped by Kpop norms CAN break away from them. It’s their own choice whether they want to or not. It just takes willpower, confidence, and a sense of self, which ALL of BEG possess. 
    Plus it was hot. ;)
    youtube: phaaaaaam

    4 years ago
  33. Spudgy got a haircut! (?)

    4 years ago
  34. Saw BEG on MBC Music Core Sep. 24, and thought to myself, “Simon and Martina should review this”. Sistar has had a great summer, but BEG are really coming on strong with Sixth Sense. In a  league of their own.

    4 years ago
  35. Combine this with C.N. Blue’s “Intuition” and I feel like there’s a lot of “rebellion” coming into music.

    4 years ago
  36. what is that intro song that Simon was dancing into?

    4 years ago
  37. And all i see is your laptop’s desktop. How do you find Ikemen desu ne ? After You’re beautiful i still can’t decide myself to watch it…!

    and also,

    4 years ago
  38. poooooooooor spudgy!! lol but it was so f’n funny lol

    4 years ago
  39. I even don’t know if this comment will go un-noticed (very most probably will but I’m still writing it as I don’t know an option of contacting you guys (yeah, to Simon and Martina)… anyway) I don’t know if you’ll do anything about this but your little video that’s the “already decided choice” for next week’s K-pop music mondays (the heart2heart video) has turned into a battlefield youtube page between k-pop antis and fans because a lot of k-pop fans got to know about it from you people and antis are fans of them… I ain’t complaining or anything, just letting you know…

    4 years ago
  40. BEG! I love 2ne1, but I think BEG are more mature about it XD

    4 years ago