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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

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

    5 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?

    5 years ago
  4. kekeke! Your DOG ALWAYS LOOKS SO ANNOYED WITH YOU. He/She is like ლ(ಠ_ಠლ) “I DIDN’T SIGN UP FOR THIS! CHOCOLATEEE!

    5 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

    5 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

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

    5 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

    5 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. 

    5 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

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

    5 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

    5 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.

    5 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*

    5 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. 

    5 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.

    5 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..

    5 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
    opinion.

    5 years ago
  19. Try iTunes 

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

    5 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!

    5 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.

    5 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.’

    5 years ago
    • I’m from Singapore too and many of my friends and I know and like them, don’t worry!

      5 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!
    Kidding.
    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: )

    5 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

    5 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

    5 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.

    5 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)

    5 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

    5 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

    5 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

    5 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

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

    5 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.

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

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

    5 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,
    2NE1

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

    5 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…

    5 years ago
    • Sad but true, i know its getting crazy! Im sure they will see it soon enough.

      5 years ago
      • thank you for noticing… I hope it finished already… Last night I was very sad and hurt seeing such an awkward situation

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

    5 years ago
  41. BEG beats 2ne1 hands down. They are more badass and have always had a cool mature side that beats outs 2ne1’s just trying to be a different kinda girl group vibe. I vote BEG!

    5 years ago
  42. 2NE1 I AM THE BEST!!!!

    5 years ago
  43. First of all I vote 2ne1 in I am the best!!! I have to say guys I think this is one of the BEST music mondays you have done in terms of humour, I was on the floor laughing. I am afraid like you I hated the song on the first listen and it has not grown on me. But I actually like the video a lot and the ladies have amazing voices :)

    5 years ago
  44. I’m somewhat like this. I liked a youtube boy once (aka J.B– yes Justin). I really liked him to the point that I almost forgot kpop but then he suddenly got famous and I lost interest. -.-‘ I I just want to have those non mainstream artists–hmmm I think that was the reason that I didn’t support him anymore. Well I’ve changed now, I guess. I’m a fan of Betooost and I still LOVE them even if they have gazillion(exaggerated) fans! Holla to all B2utys! ♥

    LOL TBH i was so conscious that my brother would go into my room while I watch Sixth Sense — felt like I was watching porn. Blame it all on Narsha with her ‘meow’ HAHAHA 

    What really go my attention in this MV was 3 notes. People were telling me that BEG has low quality vocals and they are not really good singers. Well this should really prove them wrong. I love how the pitch escalates from one person to another. Gotta love the live performances too. It was something new to me plus the MV itself was really fresh and I bet only BEG can pull it off with all their sexiness and badass confidence. — it was really my favorite part of the video :)

    5 years ago
  45. Ent. companies just want the money. Kpop idols want fame and recognition(most of them). So it’s a win-win solution (Y)

    5 years ago
  46. Brown Eyed Girls for sure. They are in a class all of their own, and I’m not putting down any other idol groups by saying that, and that’s coz these girls are artistes not idols. I honestly thought they could not top Abracadabra and wasn’t expecting too much from their new ablum, but these four ladies just proved me so wrong. They are absolutely the BEST. And if they don’t win any awards, or even the triple crown, then we can be sure something is seriously and terminally wrong with the Kpop industry.

    5 years ago
  47. YouTube ID: ChriGod8

    First off……. BEST VIDEO YET! Simon’s dancing = Amazingness. Fabio’s Poetry = Amazingness. Martina’s Nighttime Terrors = Amazingness. The chemistry between you two is quite like… unlike other married couples I know. It totally shows in your work. Simon’s fake sultriness is arousing and hilarious all at the same time. It leaves me feeling a frisky and weirded out at the same time…  Imma jus sayyyy..  Keep it UP!

    My favorite part of the video is what I think sounds like the fun, trippy 70’s background music in the video. Makes me want to do a Simon move and whip out some disco moves.

    Thank you, thank you, thank you for the fun and dare I say… educational videos! 

    5 years ago
  48. I just realize simon looked like severus snape when he wears that long wig :S

    5 years ago
  49. Aww man… I voted for a review on the “rollin’ on ma sexy window” trio… JYJ! But I guess this is also good enough for me!

    5 years ago
  50. I think a lot of it is that people don’t want to seem like they are trying. They want to feel organically tied to whichever music, fashion, and tastes they like. I feel like living in a commercial culture, where every part of our lives is designed to get us to buy this or that you want to feel like you have free will, and you want to feel like there is something more to you than a consumer. When a band, or a scene makes it big suddenly you realize there are a bunch of people that like them, and you realize this intimate bond you have is being exploited by corporate interests to make money off of you, and it makes it feel really artificial. It feels shitty when you realize you have become a demographic and suddenly the things you were ‘organically’ tied to are the parameters for a new market. What makes it worse is when you realize that unwittingly you have become part of this thing, you are part of a scene without ever having made the conscious decision to join it, and so rather than admit that you have been subliminally drawn to whatever it is, you instead lash out at others because they must be the un-natural ones, they are the ones being manipulated, you are the one who liked it before it was cool. 

    That is how I feel anyway. I try really hard not to fall into the ‘I liked it before it was cool’ trap because I have come to realize that  it doesn’t really matter who liked it first or why they like it, because even in your own tastes there is a lot more at work than just personal feelings. Worrying about that will just make you bitter and jaded, and if you are going to be part of the system you might as well use your power as a consumer to your advantage to support the stuff you like. 

    5 years ago
  51. Oh yeah .. I vote for BEG .. honestly dont know how that slipped my mind

    5 years ago
  52. 2NE1 !

    5 years ago
  53. I vote for 2NE1!!

    5 years ago
  54. youtube ID- jdawg3771556
    ^i know my SN is really lame but i’ve had it since 4th grade when the word dawg wasn’t gay
    my favorite part of the video was probably gain’s attitude throughout the entire thing. her facial expressions actually surprised me because of the fact that she could act tough without an ugly scowl *cough 2ne1 (all fo them) cough* they made something other than a superficial rebellion video where they go around with crazy hair and break stuff which also fit their image and got a message across. I LOVE BEG <3 they're seriously one of the most respectable kpop girl groups out there and deserve even more recognition than they already have. 

    there was a million other things i was planning on choosing but i decided on that one -__-
    i totally agree with you on the rant. on one side i wish they people in korea could get famous without having to know someone or be under somebody but lets be honest, even in america that not as true as we all hope it'd be. talentless people in the industry got into it because they know somebody or are under somebody. they don't focus on quality at all, they just make what they think the people want to see (i'm talking to you justin bieber and every other wannabe badass rapper on the radio whom i'm sick of hearing against my will at work) people are even famous for being horrible (rebecca black) it not an anomaly for someone to know you for something stupid you did rather than who you are as an artist (chris brown) but they do somehow get popular.
    now on the other spectrum of things i can totally see what you're getting at the the t-shirt thing. i know someone that listens to that underground stuff and she takes so much pride in it that if they get popular she'll just say "i liked them before they were popular. now they suck" and she'd just throw them away completely. 
    as you can tell i don't really like american music so i feel like i'm getting off topic. i'll end it here.

    PS. do they play american TV shows in korea? like is there an ABC, FOX, and CBS TV station? if there is, DID U SEE THE SEASON 8 PREMIER OF HOUSE MD!?!? i died. kbai :)

    5 years ago
  55. As for Martina’s rant:
    I have come across such people not only in the field of music, but also when it comes to literature. There are people who think it is “cool” to look down upon what others are listening to. My guess is that they like to feel exclusive. I know a guy who calls Beethoven “overhyped shit” while sneering at Metallica, Maiden, Priest and the other bands. He keels telling us that we don’t know what “real music” is all about.
    I can understand not liking a genre,(I have a friend who listens only to classical music) but disliking a band just because 20 million people out there like it??

    Simon, you look more like a Fine Arts Gradate than Snape. Not even Spudgy would be scared of you. 

    5 years ago
  56. My favorite part of the video would be the ending. The whole video builds up to a point where you cheer for the girls as they finally overthrow the oppressive regime, only to find out that it was all wishful thinking, as the entire force descends upon them with their batons drawn. This is what the real world is; you yearn for freedom but everywhere you are bound by rules and more rules, many of which were conceived during the Stone Ages but havent been changed because of “tradition” or some other explanation. 
    (Youtube ID is TheRPGJunkie)

    5 years ago
  57. Hi Martina, your long rant is so true. I encounter that kind of people before in internet :)

    In BEG MV, my favorite part is when GaIn sing, “Better than the love motion.” She looks so badass, so cool there. When I watched that part, I felt that there’s an arrow shot to my heart & I got love struck. I immediately had girl crushed towards her. The way she sing that line combined with her attitude when she said it are so perfect. I’m better stop here since I’m afraid of giving goosebumps to every one who read my comment =P

    Anyway, joking aside, I really like that parts (both at first chorus & the last chorus). The way she sings, the expression, & the head movement are perfect. I immediately think that she is so cool.

    My youtube account is cherrykotori.
    I found your youtube account just few days ago & I immediately watched your Kpop Music Monday series + Kpop Crunch in marathon. Those were so funny. My favorite is FT Island Hello Hello. I couldn’t stop laughing at those “how to save people from burning building” step until I had stomach ache =D
    After I watched those Kpop Music Monday, I seriously call B1A4 =Bilasa, B2ST = Batoost. To be honest, I never know that F.Cuz = Focus until I watched your video. I still found the abbreviation unbelievable.

    I can’t wait for next episode. You are great. I’m sorry for long essay.

    Fyi, http://www.allkpop.com/2011/10/lyricist-kim-eana-explains-the-symbolism-behind-brown-eyed-girls-sixth-sense-mv

    5 years ago
  58. 2NE1 is the best ^^

    5 years ago
  59. THERE IS SO MUCH I WANT TO SAY.

    I was the same when I first heard Six Sense; I didn’t like it, but it grew on me. The same for one of my friends, it’s that kind of song. Pretty much, I agree on everything you guys said really …

    AND OMG. YOU MADE ME ANSWER SUCH A HARD QUESTION. I literally had 0 words left on the word limit on YouTube. xD And I didn’t even say everything I wanted to. Either way, as much as I wanted for you to do JYJ’s Get Out, I did want you guys to review this video, as well as A-cha, so I wasn’t too bothered. This MV is by far one of the most powerful one I’ve ever seen. I did thoroughly enjoy it, especially once I understood it all.

    5 years ago
  60. That’s true if you expected somethings techno and catchy like Abracadabra, Sixth Sense will not satisfy you. But after listened to it several time it really grew on me so quickly….the power and message of Sixth Sense come out really really strong .The string orchestra music are simply breathe taking, Personally really like the bridging part as Miryo rapping with the sound of percussion and strings keep on coming up and up!!

    This MV is not like those typical” K-Pop dancing and singing with cutie post” …but probably it have so much to show that have to give up some scenes of dance move!
    I’ve read some interview of BEG and the girls did mention they have input quite a lot for this song…I sincerely hope that BEG can make more awesome music as they are an mature music group with their own vision!

    Finally a Million thanks for Simon & Martina reviews on Sixth Sense, you guys really make my day!!

    5 years ago
  61. Hi! How are you? I love the end. Really love the end.  I like the video as a whole: art, make up, photography. Reminds me “Pretender” of Foo Fighters + The Great Dictator of Chaplin + some Beyonce’s inspiration too jaja. I repeat, I like the video! Byeee
    Ahh I’m lolenenalinda =)

    5 years ago
  62. Tbh, I wouldn’t necessarily assume that there’s more thought put into Sixth Sense than Beautiful Target.
    Making a (somewhat) coherent “cute” video without being over-the-top / annoying is probably as difficult as making some artsy-fartsy stuff like this.

    I do love the song though, and was pretty amazed that they can pull it off live as well.

    5 years ago
  63.   My favorite part is when Ga-in breaks it down in the very beginning with that nay-stay ‘touch mai
    bod-ay’ maneuver. (My friends and I now call it the “keys, keys, keys” dance.) I think that became a instant favorite  for me because I find myself breaking out in this song/dance combo and saying, “beach, beach” and the first time I watched the MV and saw that specific part all I could think about was Simon’s take on it would be.

    I was not disappointed Simon :)
    Username: jinglesthejiggler

    5 years ago
  64. 2NE1!! Love, Love, Love Martina’s eye makeup, especially in this video! Unique and creative. Must have wonderful inspiration.

    5 years ago
  65. I have two favorite parts. The
    first part is the beginning from 0:39-0:45. The beginning
    of the song is so powerful and intense, and with the images of the riot police
    marching and the dictator in the mask clenching his hand in the chair really
    gives a chill moment and puts you on the edge of your seat. The last seconds of
    the video symbolizes how even though one tries to break free, at the end we
    can’t win and we are tied up and can’t break free from higher power and what
    society expects of us.
    Youtube: GrOaNoZlAbLaOr

    5 years ago
  66. My fave part hmmm I’ve got to stick with the one that was remarkable the 1st time I watched. Ga-In’s scenes with the chair, they’re just awesome, the way her hair and make up complements her character, sometimes she had that “insane” smile, mainly in the end giving the idea of resentful but not giving up. Specially after Miryo’s rap, that high note of despair and when she gets up and throw the chair. It’s just awesome :pSorry for any mistake, I’m from PortugalYoutube username: butterfly90s

    5 years ago
  67. It’s not fair i love both BEG and 2NE1<3 it's a tie for me lol

    5 years ago
  68. I am Ma-In’s biggest fan now!!! XD and… i love fabio… XD…

    that Alles Neu video was.. kind of creepy… (I going to get monkey nightmares for sure TT)

    Thank you again, for making Mondays into Fridays….M-idays…. Mydays! haha :D

    Oh yeah, and my vote for Sixth Sense :)

    5 years ago
  69. The bloopers! I’m crying from laughing so hard! Spudgy got tricks. :P

    5 years ago
  70. Love the poetry reading! It really, ah…adds emotion to the meaningful lyrics. :D

    5 years ago
  71. I am terrible at analyzing and finding meaning in things (I usually take things at face value). Made English class doing imagery etc that much more painful. But I would have to say I like the scenes of Jea in the water. As someone who has difficulties floating (I’m a sinker!) and even though I’m sure she was buoyed up by floating devices, it must have been hard to be wet and filming for long hours and having to look hot while being chained and giving off the appearance of being half drowned is impressive to me.

    youtube: aretina221

    5 years ago
  72. My favorite part is 53-54 secs in the video haha they did the ultraman move! hehe my  youtube name is Mrmiahtoots
    http://www.manandultraman.com/installs/wp-content/uploads/2007/10/ultraman5.jpg

    5 years ago
  73. Martina! I agree SO much. I LOVED b2st, and when I wanted to get my friend into KPOP, I showed her B2ST, and she loved them! So now, I stay away from B2ST, but it’s not like I hate them. :| So that’s why I”m never showing Big Bang to anybody :D

    5 years ago
  74. Your rant was preaching to the choir as far as I’m concerned! People who stop liking bands to keep their hip reputation unsullied are just as bad–nay worse!–than those who follow the stampede of the masses from one hit to another.  Good music hits me viscerally whether it be a youtube kpop video or the Shabazz Palaces on Vinyl or the Fleet Foxes live at the Fillmore, and its amazing the connections you can make through shared experiences of awesome music (case and point: I met a 75 year old woman at the fleet foxes show who regaled me with stories about her time homesteading in Alaska.  SO COOL!  But she could also be seen as a bellwether of the mainstream popularity that the FF have gained.)  When someone easily turns their backs on a band who has hit it big, I doubt the sincerity of their feeling for music, and even their character more generally.

    HOWEVER,  I do feel conflicted in the arena of kpop.  I still support artists knowing full well that they are backed by big musical companies, but it makes me really uncomfortable to see those companies in bed with the broadcasting companies.  I’m not a huge ballad person, but I bought a copy of JYJ’s album mostly because of their divorce from SM and the subsequent repercussions that they have suffered from the broadcasting companies.  That whole situation makes me hesitant to support any SM entertainment on any level that I can help; and luckily, I don’t really feel engaged by any of that companies songs so conflict of interest averted!  If something crazy like that happened with a YG artist I don’t know what I would do as I am a huge fan of both BB and 2ne1.  I do like that YG sometimes pushes back against the broadcasting companies a bit, as it makes me think that YG is more in the artists corner, rather than trying to put them on as many variety and music shows as possible to maximize exposure.

    My favorite moment of the BEG song came around  4:04 when the riot police dude throws down his helmut and you really see him and identify with him as an individual and not part of some amorphous riot police mob.  

    However I have to go with 2ne1 for this weeks poll…sadly the last scene of the BEGs video jsut proved that even sexy smouldering resistance is futile against gold mask.

    Youtube: wideners

    5 years ago
  75. BEG is number 1

    5 years ago
  76. great

    5 years ago
  77. Yay! Finally a song I voted for gets to be on Music Mondays! Usually I’m in the minority on these things.

    I totally agree with your rant, Martina. However, to distinguish, I do dislike it when bands with great music purposefully change their sound and image (for the worse, usually) to appeal to the mainstream, because I feel like it only encourages the mainstream to ignore all this awesome indie stuff. If an indie band gets famous, great for them! But they shouldn’t pretend that they’re “growing as artists” if they’re really just selling out. There’s a difference, and you can always tell. If you want to appeal to the masses, just SAY so! Don’t pretend to be all artistic and cool when you really just want to sell more records. Dang, that turned into a rant of its own, hehe…

    My favorite part of the video is when Ga-in knocks the chair away. I love the way it’s shot, and heck, sometimes I feel like throwing chairs too, lol. Youtube username aomi250.

    I agree that them being a pop group might make this whole idea of “freedom” seem a little superficial, but BEG and NEGA Network have a consistent track record of defying the norm. Also, of all the pop groups, they’re the ones that control their image the least. They pretty much say and do what they want when they want and don’t care about being perceived as one way or the other, and I love that about them. So this is believable coming from them. I do think they want to make a statement, and not just use a new gimmick to promote their album. If any other girl group did this song and video (save maybe 2NE1) I would have laughed in their faces. While they may not be standing up to their management, they could be standing up to the broadcasters who favor a certain kind of women when casting for dramas and variety shows, and the cultural commissions who are constantly banning songs for “harmful content”. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if they ban the video for “inciting rebellious attitudes in the youth.”  *sigh*

    Also, I don’t see what’s wrong with a k-pop group speaking for freedom of expression. Someone has to say it in a public setting, and few other groups and companies have made any sort of statement against the censoring and controlling of image and music in k-pop. So more power to them if you ask me.

    I love this song and the entire album, and I hope BEG keeps bringing their own sound and style to k-pop. It’s better off for it if you ask me.

    5 years ago
  78. i feel like you guys pit BEG against 2NE1 on purpose cause they both have huge fan bases and you’re tired of people voting according to fandom. 

    5 years ago
  79. I thought that this was an amazing video, I admit it’s one of the most powerful Kpop videos I’ve ever seen… I personally voted for Super Junior’s A-Cha video for this week, but I actually am pretty happy that this video won for the review. Don’t get me wrong, I adore Super Junior, they are my favorite– but this was just an amazing video, with a pretty powerful-sounding song. I’ve never listened to a Brown Eyed Girls song or seen any of their videos before, so I’m happy to have found out about them. They really are awesome. I admire their tough-girl appeal in this video, and I find it really cool… I could never pull of such a thing (I’m admittedly really girly…argh).
    I honestly really liked the entire video, I didn’t get bored at all… it’s difficult to choose a favorite part, but I have to say that I really liked the intro (the beginning leading all the way to when they start singing) because it sets the mood for the video; it’s really powerful, especially when you see their little resistance group against the huge army marching against them. I thought it was something that was pretty brave (even though it’s just a music video, of course).
    Thanks again, Simon and Martina, for another great review, and for introducing me to Brown Eyed Girls! You’ve made me their fan ^__^

    Oh, and it’s Brown Eyed Girls for me for the showdown ^ ^ I love 2NE1 too, but I thought that BEG was just more strong and powerful! My YouTube name is PrincessAria7, by the way.

    5 years ago
  80. First i’d like to say- I love Kpop.
    I got problems with this video though.It screams “FAAAAKE!” to me.I’m from country where things like in video actually happened in my life and COUPLE times during life of my grandma.
    What we got here?Video made by talented and hardworking producers/writers/director… performed by talented and hardworking artists.
    But it’s also video that wouldn’t be made if talented and hardworking producer thought is won’t make money.It’s ok as long as they don’t try to convince us that it’s more.If it’s:”Here’s show,have fun!”,I’m ok with it.
    Indie art is as often fake as mainstream.How many ridiculous “rebels” u can meet in local club? Big money doesn’t make good art but no money doesn’t make good art either.Whatever “good art” is.
    Question that comes to my mind everytime i turn on radio in my country is about “moral responsibility” of artist.Same question popped out as i read comments here.There r artists here that made big careers in democracy,during Nazism,communism and then again in democracy.They always praised current regime,always dispraised previous one by their art.They apologize it by their “right to make art”.Then there r artists who rather than praising regime chose to face ban (if not jail) and worked as workers for most of they lives.In BOTH groups r amazingly talented and hardworking people.So,is talent and hard work all that makes good artist?How would Gain,Narsha,Jea and Miryo choose if they really faced situation from video?I don’t know,U don’t know,they themselves don’t know.
    If they stick with “I’m acting a rebel” instead of “I am a rebel”…ok.

    5 years ago
  81. Martina! You rant is so true! 

    My sister is just like this. She really liked xx band, but once everyone liked it and knew about it she lost interest because they weren’t anymore something ”special” she said. I think this doesn’t make sense, if you like/love some band/music and it get recognized by the people, this should make you happy, not angry/sad… I remember a girl here I live was famous in the myspace, but once she appeared on a tv show everyone started to say she sold herself and didn’t like her anymore… funny because she never changed her way of acting or singing, she is still the same, just more famous.

    5 years ago
  82. HI Simon &Martina ! Good jog again I loved this music Monday !  I posted my comment in Youtube  (youtube user name : utena240)but i wanted to post it here too because of the words limit on youtube comment.
    BEG ‘s Mv is amazing and like a lot of Kpop lovers, i appriciate it more after reading the Meaning of the Mv’s Concept on” AllKpop.com”.Answering to your question: My favorite part start at 3mn11 s with “leave it up right away Miaouuuuuu ” the point of start of THE  Myro’s RAP PART because at this moment we can really feel that the power of the revolution & resistance is growing up and Myro’s with her attractive voice show us the way to freedom .And finaly the rebellion start with the powerfull Ga in Scream  the signal for fighting for freedom.At thsi moment the all fight for their freedom and they cats off their chains.
    i really loved this moment, the music , the BEG’s voices and the images really match well.This give us the feeling to leave and being a part of this rebellion movement with just watching this Mv .
    Thanks for all your hard work !!!
                              From a french Girl fan !! (^0^)/  fighting !!

    5 years ago
  83. ~

    I watched the video then I searched up the lyrics translation, and the english did not do for me. I’ll just based to what i felt from the music video. The video is truly symbolic, which can be compared to the problems of this world..  My favorite part is the puppet and the mic.. People everywhere are not absolutely honest (esp government) where they only tell the people what they think they want to hear. People under some management are forced to say something the management wants to, to make it look ‘good’. 
    It shows how the higher position make puppets of those in lower position. 
    This mv shows rebellion for freedom. 

    I’m happy BEG is back, and it is AMAZING! their vocals.. :) 
    I miss Gain & JoKwon together… 

    P.s. when simon was wearing the wig, it made me imagine him as a girl and he can make a pretty lady snape;)

    5 years ago
  84. I think NEGA network – BEG’s company – *is* different from the big corporate sharks like SM. I’m a big fan of BEG, and I’ve read a lot of comments that show NEGA gives them and their other artists more freedom than the other, bigger entertaiment companies. Besides, the girls (except Ga In) are older and have more freedom to say what they mean and to joke around that others. I read that, for this albums, the girls not only recorded three albums worth of songs that didn’t use because they weren’t satisfied afterwards, but even used their own money to produce Sixth Sense alongside NEGA. And if you’re truly interested in the meaning behind the MV, the lyricist of Sixth Sense posted her explanation and allkpop translated it: http://www.allkpop.com/2011/10/lyricist-kim-eana-explains-the-symbolism-behind-brown-eyed-girls-sixth-sense-mv . While reading this, I couldn’t help but remember the explanation of T-Ara’s Ya Ya Ya lyricist. 

    So yeah, they’re not the ultimate rebels who will guide a Musical Rebellion on the k-pop landscape, but just like a spy, I think this is kind of as far as they can go to talk about it without causing an scandal they wouldn’t be able to recover from.

    5 years ago
  85. I have to keep smiling because when first watching this song on soompi´s page I wrote a note:
    “I can clearly see a hot candidate for Simon´s & Martina´s review…”

    5 years ago
  86. 2ne1 for me because the English just annoyed me way too much for beg

    5 years ago
  87. That is a pretty cool dystopian video, with a giant boatload of symbolism. *English Major geekout moment* 
     
     Thanks for bringing up the point about bands’ talents and popularity. When I got into kpop very recently, I caught myself wondering, When I like a popular kpop band, what exactly is it that I’m liking? The management’s ability to cast great talent? The producers’ ability to make the band sound good? The songwriters’ ability to pen a great tune to which the band themselves did not contribute? The hard work of choreographers and makeup artists? But I don’t worry so much about it anymore. These singers have talent, and they work like mad to be good at their jobs. So I’m just going to enjoy it all!

    5 years ago
  88. 2ne1 I am the best for the showdown!

    5 years ago
  89. 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*

    5 years ago
  90. 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.

    5 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

      5 years ago
  91. 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/

    5 years ago
  92. 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.

    5 years ago
  93. 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. :)

    5 years ago
  94. 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))

    5 years ago
  95. 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.

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

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

    5 years ago
  98. 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

    5 years ago
  99. BEG Sixth sense:] 

    5 years ago
  100. 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

    5 years ago
  101. 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 ^^

    5 years ago
  102. 2n1 :) 

    5 years ago
  103. 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.

    5 years ago
  104. 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.

    5 years ago
  105. 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

    5 years ago
  106. 2NE1…Hands down!   And I love the t-shirt, Simon!!!

    5 years ago
  107. 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.

    5 years ago
  108. 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

    5 years ago
  109. 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. 

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

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

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

    5 years ago
  113. I like your new wig, Simon

    5 years ago
  114. 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

    5 years ago
  115. 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

    5 years ago
  116. Worst. Snape. Evah. :p

    5 years ago
  117. 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.

    5 years ago
  118. 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.

    5 years ago
  119. thanks … Stalingrad omg, how could i did that wrong…

    5 years ago
  120. 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.

    5 years ago
  121. 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!

    5 years ago
  122. 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^^

    5 years ago
  123. 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 ^^)

    5 years ago
  124. 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 

    5 years ago
  125. I vote for 2NE1 – I am the best!

    5 years ago
  126. 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.

    5 years ago
  127. 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 ^^

    5 years ago
  128. 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

    5 years ago