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Exo – Mama: Kpop Music Mondays

April 10, 2012

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Mama! Just let me be your lover! Wait…no. That’s a different Mama. This Mama is totally different, and still pretty damned AWESOME!

So EXO-K has finally made their very very long awaited debut! *cougheventhoughweconsideredthemdebutedwithWhatIsLovecough* First off, we are really digging this song. It is seriously epic and the video matches it perfectly. Great production value and great dancing. We totally enjoyed this music video! Hopefully you all had the chance to catch our three teasers leading up to this week’s Music Monday and we want everyone to know that we made those teasers all in good fun to inject some humour into EXO-K. Even though we loved this song and video, we feel like EXO-K is being presented in a very serious light, and by serious I mean not goofy. We’ve got the million teasers, the “prologues” leading up to their “story”, the totally super serious 1:30 mythological introduction which introduces their backstory, the monk like chanting, the serious expressions in the music video, and even the lyrics are serious about unhappy and serious issues…WHY SO SERIOUUUUSSS!!!!

We all know that in reality EXO-K are really just humans acting the part of aliens or mythological beings, and, really, they’re just a group of talented guys chosen by a company to play the role the company wants. Now we fully acknowledge this “deeper reality” part of the kpop world and frankly, we don’t give a crap about it because we still think the kpop members themselves are extremely talented and should be acknowledged as such regardless of their company backing. However, no matter how serious the band’s image is, there is always room to be poked fun of and joked with, because at the end of the day, it’s much nicer to laugh and smile then fight with people about their differing opinions. Our goal for Kpop Music Monday has always been to make people laugh, and we like to sprinkle that laughter with a few opinions about marketing trends and production value. So hopefully you all had a good laugh at our teasers and also enjoy our review of EXO-K’s “MAMA”.

Now onto more serious business. How freaking cute was Spudgy in his little bear ear monk robes? WHOA. Our dog is so patient with us. Now a lot of people wanted to know why the cat Chicken who we are cat-sitting for did not have a teaser video, and that’s really easy to answer. Chicken is evil. If Chicken was larger, she would try to eat all of us. In fact, she has already tried. We fully believe that Chicken does not want to be a house cat and does not enjoy being with humans. She should be set free into the jungle where she can terrorize other animals. Simon has grown up with four cats, all of which we adopted, one which was found feral in the woods, and even that cat was able to be trained into be a loving animal that wants to be pet. We have never met a cat that doesn’t want to play with feathers, eat catnip, be pet when arching, or clean itself obsessively. A cat that doesn’t want to groom itself when in a lovely patch of sunlight is off to me. Scary.

Thanks to our friends who forget to tell us the important detail of their cat being evil. “Oh she’s called Chicken because she’s just shy”. What you meant to say was, “Oh she’s called Chicken because she’ll make you a coward who’s afraid of the little kitty cat hiding under your couch”. Thanks Brian and Whitney. Thanks.

OMG back to EXO-K! A couple of things we wanted to address that we couldn’t fit into the video! The cartoon at the beginning of the video was SO SO SO top notch and well done. Even though the English was difficult to follow, wow, the graphics were just, WOW. Also the special effects were incredible and not cheesy at all. That fire bird was amazing! Regarding the lyrics, we know that people are going to comment on this so we’ve got it say it now before they start flooding in. The word “MAMA” can have a few different meanings, and although we joked about it meaning mommy in our video, in reality it probably means more like Queen Mother. It’s not used normally in everyday Korean conversation, but I’ve heard it in several Korean historical dramas to address the Queen, and considering that EXO are mythological forces of nature, they’re probably talking to mother nature, or some kind of magical mother deity. But if I could choose, I’d prefer it to mean Seungri’s version, of MAMA as a hot mamacita. That would definitely shake up the meaning of the song:

Die, kill, fight, shout – this is it a war
Help us super hot woman, super hot sexy woman, super hot woman, super hot woman, turn back
Help us realize super hot woman sexy hot woman super good looking woman super hot woman, rolling back
Clash, hit, take sides, fight – this is not a game
Help us sexy hot woman super hot woman smexy hot woman foxy hot woman super hot woman, turn back
Yeah!!!

But I see the English “turn back” and “rolling back” still don’t work…ohh…

Well, enough blathering! If you’re a fan of the song as much as we are, you can pick up the EXO album on either YesAsia or iTunes. Or, if you’re in the mood for something more epic *awkwardcough* you can check out the music we made for the teasers for EXO, for free, here!

Woot! Lastly, it seems like this entire Music Monday was just a ball of bloopers. Here are this week’s bloopers, as well as the two EXO teasers and one Prologue we posted. Ooh! So…tease-ey!

KMM_Teaser_29_MARTINA (1) HD Full (English ver.)

KMM_Teaser_30_SIMON (1) HD Full (English ver.)

KMM_Prologue_1_Spudgy (1) HD Full (English ver.)

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  1. I actually loved Kai’s tattooed face and the rock part inserted in the song. It reminded me of TVXQ’s triangle when Trax suddenly started screaming out of nowhere. I loved it.

    4 years ago
  2. EXO’s mama was good, it looked good, it sounded good but i can’t do it. Sorry EXO! I vote for B.A.P.

    4 years ago
  3. My vote is for EXO.~ MAMA is just really different from K-Pop right now. It just brings me back to the good old days of K-Pop.

    4 years ago
  4. I vote for EXO ^^ This episode was awersome!!! And I have no other choice to thank you for mentioning the forgotten Super Junior (all ELFs were totally angry at SM but what can we do? I mean there’s no way to ‘punish’ SM for their mistreating of any of bands….) T.T

    4 years ago
  5. i vote exo^^

    4 years ago
  6. I’m of a very similar opinion as you guys; the video is really cool and the singing and dancing is brilliant and amazing, but they are so damn serious about certain things, that I cant help laughing sometimes :P
    I also thought it was a nice idea of them to put in the screamo/growling, but as you said Martina, it was so out of place…

    On a technical note, as I’ve understood you are quite serious about making high-quality videos: I think you should experiment a bit more with the mic and put it further away when you speak. Especially Simon’s dothraki voice has this overtone that rings terribly in my ears (I remember shrill noise was annoying in other videos as well) and yeah, you might want to do something about it perhaps :)
    Awesome review, and I surely see why you poke fun at EXO, but one can’t help loving this excellent creation of a music video!

    4 years ago
  7. Lea

    omg i am crying at “except for this guy” sehun sat alone in the desert was hilarious when i first watched the mv but your description of it is a+

    4 years ago
  8. my vote is for EXO-K

    4 years ago
  9. EXO MAMA!!!

    4 years ago
  10. i vote for E.X.O, but i’m little bit disappointed that you didn’t talk about the “Epic Battle against Evil Petals” of Time Master Tao :( but maybe it’s because it’s from E.X.O-M ^^

    4 years ago
  11. I’m a little sad you guys don’t know DBSK’s “Tri-Angle” because “MAMA” is such a throwback to that song and that style.

    4 years ago
    •  Well, MAMA is a SMP (SM Performance), its a combination between Hip Hop,
      R&B and Rock and the lyrics of this kind of songs of SM are about
      problems that the world is facing now (In this MAMA of Exo are talking
      about how the people are disconnected from the reality and dont know
      what is happening in the real world), and yes, they use this kind of style with DSBK (Tri – angle), Super Junior (Dont Don) and now with EXO’s debut..so the similarities between these songs can be easily find (Well..are from the same company, arent they?), but, i just cant stand how people are saying EXO will replace Super Junior or TVXQ..really?…..just answer this question but to your self…Does EXO replaced Suju or TVXQ in your heart?, when you answer that question please stop hating EXO.

      Anyway, nice rewiew (as always) and i vote for EXO, that doesnt mean that i didnt like Warrior, actually a love that song but now im living in EXO planet xD.

      Sorry for my Super Junior engrish, im not a native speaker.

      P.D: Soy un dorito!

      4 years ago
      • My sentiments exactly! Haha, I admit, I was a bit biased against b.a.p. at first because I was a crazy exo fan and I had heard about how a lot of people were bashing them in favour of b.a.p. However, after watching warrior, I do quite like it and I admit that b.a.p. has got talent. But that doesn’t mean I’ve changed allegiance! I still really, honestly, majorly love exo (apart from the fact that they’re ALL SO TALENTED AND HANDSOME they’ve got some cute personalities too haha). I think it’s perfectly okay to like a “rival band” – no slamming there. It’s just a personal preference! (: So yes I’m joining you on that exoplanet too! x) 

        4 years ago
    • I think “Tri-Angle” was the third DBSK song I heard (after Bolero and Rising Sun).  It was the song that got me addicted to K-pop.  I think the reason I like “MAMA” is because it reminds me of “Tri-Angle”.

      4 years ago
    • I thought about tri-angle too:P

      4 years ago
    • I know (and love) that song very well, and the video looks way more artsy, like an excerpt from a Final Fantasy game, while MAMA is more trendy looking with normal looking clothing and costumes + superpowers. Well, except for the Kai tribal tattoo part. :D

      4 years ago
      •  The minute MAMA started to play, I thought of DBSK . If I didn’t already know, I could tell by this song they are an SM group. I love Tri-Angle :) MAMA also reminded me of parts of Rising Sun and Keep Your Head Down. Even some of the singers’ voices remind me of DBSK. I really really like these guys! Actually got great seats for SMTown live 2012 next month! Woot!

        4 years ago
    • Also kind of like Super Junior’s Don’t Don, which surprisingly S & M didn’t like that much back in one of their cocktail reviews i think…

      4 years ago
    • OMG!!! I loved Tri-Angle. It was awesome. (Cassie for life :P)

      4 years ago
    • I’ve thought about Tri-Angle also, but I think maybe S&M know about this song… but it was released so many years ago, we can’t find another song like this in, well, almost 10 years

      4 years ago
      • of course sm knows the song, they released it (through dbsk, which is an sm group)

        edit: sorry, just realized s&m stands for simon and martina…haha, sorry

        4 years ago
    • I totally agree, when I listened to MAMA for the first time, Tri-Angle is the first thing I thought of, especially the “random screamo guy” part, although I do agree with Martina that it felt a bit out of place in this song.

      4 years ago
    •  True.

      4 years ago
  12. I cracked up so much listening to the intro! But my favorite part is at the end, when the EXO-K and EXO-M members are communicating with their powers, or whatever it is that they’re doing ^^

    As for the showdown, my vote goes to EXO~

    4 years ago
  13. I finally undestood what you feel about english all the time…during the super show (Super Junior Concert) in Paris, they put french sentences on screen during the concert (which is really cool…because I’m willing to scream, but I feel a little idiotic when I don’t understand why…)…and it was full of mistakes!! Not just 1 or 2, but a lot!! I couldn’t help myself to be “ok, that’s cool…at least you understand…but…arghhh!!! so many mistakes!!!”

    4 years ago
  14. I FREAKING LOVE B.A.P!
    BUT I have to say that I love EXO more.
    So I will vote for EXO. :p

    SORRY B.A.P ;_; <33

    4 years ago
  15. EXO! Because in the end they had more hype and expectations, BAP was epic, but out of nowhere. Love both groups though!

    4 years ago
  16. EXO!!!!!

    4 years ago
  17. NOW we know why super junior and snsd’s comebacks were just dance-in-the-box material: SM spent all of its munnies on debuting EXO!!

    4 years ago
  18. exo of course!

    4 years ago
  19. BAP they are funny and their story mad sense with the Mato planet and all whereas I didn’t understand anything about exo except that they have super power. I listened to they intro 3 times but i still don’t get it .
    When I first saw BAP MV it was so cool  and I love the members but exo got me borded with all their teaseer and even if  i like their song I don’t know i just  LOVE Bap so much more so… BAP FTW!!!!!

    4 years ago
  20. Has to be B.A.P. Just because I got bored of waiting for EXO. Blame SM.

    4 years ago
  21. EXO!!!!

    4 years ago
  22. As much as I loved B.A.P’s Warrior, and I am a BABY, my vote goes to EXO. It was just… better. Sorry, B.A.P </3

    4 years ago
  23. EXO’s debut was way better!

    4 years ago
  24. EXO!

    4 years ago
  25. hahah I was waiting for the english part. XD my fav is when they sing “loling back” 
    MAMA is a great song, but like Simon I like better one of their prologue, history is my best song of 2012 so far

    4 years ago
  26. I love B.A.P., but I have to choose EXO :)

    4 years ago
  27. B.A.P!!!! :3

    4 years ago
  28. EXO!! i loved warrior, but i think have all those amazing cg effects and the awesome dancing made it awesomer

    4 years ago
  29. Your teasers did not prepare me for this song at all. o:
    Lawl, no, but seriously…

    I didn’t realize it was an English intro at first because I was all “Uwaaaa…” at the graphics, but I still just skip it to get to the good stuff. I am completely all for EXO now. While I was on board when History came out (not entirely on board when What Is Love debuted), but this song combined with their intense and clean dance moves have officially made me a fan. I can’t wait to see what other awesomeness they have in store!!

    Also, yes, Spudgy is even more super cute in the hoodie~♥

    4 years ago
  30. i think they should  get informed about their english in the vids, cuz its ruining their music..  -.-

    4 years ago
  31. I may have cried with laughter when Simon read out what the English is…I was tricked by the National Geographic voice, sobs.

    I preferred EXO because this song is my favourite debut song ever. Actually I think it’s the best song in K-pop in 3 years.

    4 years ago
    •  That voice tricked me too T.T Sounded so professional I didn’t question it. Usually those sort of openings talk in a confusing way anyway so I thought I was the silly one. Turns out it was just SM haha

      4 years ago
    • Well to missmudercass’s defense, DBSK did split like around three years ago now. 

      4 years ago
  32. WHATS YOUR B?!

    BAP is so yummy. Much more yummy than Exo.

    4 years ago
  33. To all the EXOtics I think Simon and Martina has done more than enough work on this KMM to make up for the last incident!!! there is so much!! well done!

    4 years ago
  34. yaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhh its here lol

    4 years ago
  35. Hey~ I’m a big fan of your blog in UK
    It’s always hilarious to watch your video clips…and I feel myself getting closer to K-pop than ever

    Even though I lived in Seoul for 20yrs in the past : ]

    4 years ago
  36. wow~~ I really liked this episode ^^ all the “hype” you guys built up with teasers and a prologue was really nice :D And it was totally worth the wait xD

    4 years ago
  37. Weee :)

    4 years ago
  38. omg it’s here :D

    4 years ago
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