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Exo “Wolf” – Kpop Music Mondays

June 11, 2013

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This week we’re talking about EXO’s “Wolf” for Kpop Music Monday. We waited for a drama version but didn’t get it, and I’m not sure if EXO will be able to stay on the KpopCharts for another week, so we’re talking about it now! Check it out if you haven’t seen it yet.

Ok, so we’re a lot more torn about this song than we let on in the 30 second showdown, so we want to talk about it more here in our blog post:

Simon’s Thoughts:
I dislike it thoroughly. The fast rapping matched with the singing is awful. The AWWWOOOOOO is corny as hell. It feels like a song kids sing in Kindergarten. Old McDonald had a farm. With a moo moo here and an oink oink there. And the Saranghaeyo is so whiny and ugggh. So bad! I really didn’t like a single thing about this song. It’s frenetic and incoherent. Dubstep is really overused in Kpop now, and I really don’t get a sense of griminess in Exo’s vocals to match the griminess of the beat. And then that cascading keyboard with their staccato rapping bores me as well. WHOA. Seriously EXO. “What is Love” is the best Kpop song ever. Mama was great fun as well, and History, too, was really good. This song sucks farts.

What I can say, though, is that I appreciate the song in the context of the video. The video really enhances the song as a performance piece. The dancing was really impressive, and I’m usually bored by SM artists dancing in boxes. This was probably one of the coolest dances I’ve ever seen. I’d just rather watch the dance video on mute.

Martina’s Thoughts:

The first time I heard the song I was weirded out by it and I really disliked that the first half was just rapping and the second half was more ballad-like, I thought they should have found a way to make both parts meet. But the second time I watched it…I just loved it. I HAVE NO IDEA WHY because it goes against all of my urges to like anything that is remotely like a broadway musical, but there is something about the deep bassy synths in the background and the quick conversation like vocals that draw me in. This might be the exception to the rule, the one musicialesque song I enjoy, kind of like how I love the movie the Labyrinth despite the fact that there is singing in it. Singing by Bowie, Bowie and his mega crotch, and that is super cool. I think EXO’s aggressive wolf like dance movements saved this song and video for me while the frustration I had for SHINee’s “Why So Serious” was that it was too happy go lucky cheesy. I can’t do cheesy musicals. Like ever. If it’s sarcastic or weird, maybe, but when it involves happy chipper finger snapping and big smiles I will exit the room at the speed of a smoke bomb. This comeback is a big win for me though I never would have predicted it to be like this. Also, the album is brilliantly packaged. It is disguised as a plain Korean school notebook and it totally fooled me.

Who’s side do you agree with more?

Video nerd side note: you know how we sometimes talk about SM’s use of sound effects in their music videos and how distracting they are? Well, this time we got really distracted, because it seems like the video editor also uses Final Cut Pro X, because we have the exact same sound effects. The howl at the beginning is “Wolves Howling 2,” and when they’re clawing at the ground, it’s actually “Alligator Growl.” SM lurvs them some SFX. If you insist on using them, use the Cartoon Soundpack from 1-25. Those are the best :D

CD Giveaway Contest:

Though, yes, we’re torn about our opinion on the song, we aren’t torn in our support of EXO, and so we’re giving away an EXO CD to you Nasties on YouTube. Yay! Here’s what you gotta do to win:

1) Subscribe to us on YouTube!
2) In our reviews of What is Love, Mama, and Wolf, we left a hidden annotation somewhere in the video. Watch the video. Answer the question in the annotation in the comment section.

OOOOH A QUEST CONTEST! I know a lot of people are gonna be too lazy to partake in the contest, so your chances of winning are even higher. Yay!

That’s it! It’s not really possible for people in the comments here on the blog to participate in the contest, since there are three different videos to comment in, so…sorry! Next giveaway, though, we should have something you can partake in here :D

And, on that note, we’ve got a boatload of bloopers this week. Our timer broke but we didn’t realize it so the 30 second showdown took 8 minutes to film as a result. Ugghhh…IRONNNNYYYYYY.

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  1. I agree with Simon. I really didn’t like this song. It felt sloppy, and the vocals just didn’t mesh. After I heard the song, I just sat there and said “I waited Exo to come back for THAT!?” This song was sad in comparison to “Mama” and “History.” I liked the old concept with the “two worlds” before, and I was excited to see if they would continue the theme this time around, but alas, this was just weird and awkward for me.

    And the lyrics? Simon, you forgot the other weird one:

    “Ah, but the strength in my toenail weakens, so my appetite yeah is gone.”

    *Crickets*

    Eh?

    Sorry, Exo. This was a fail for me. :(

    I also vote for TVXQ this challenge.

    3 years ago
  2. TVXQ IS THE BEST ANIMAL MV EVER! Voting for…. TVXQ

    3 years ago
  3. EXO all the way my babies were so wonderful and wolfy

    3 years ago
  4. I vote for EXO!

    3 years ago
  5. Simon, you should hear the leaked demo version of EXO’s Wolf. They actually pronounce wolf with a ‘w’there. Something must have gone terribly wrong from the demo to the finished version.

    3 years ago
  6. I love Exo, but Wolf really isn’t for me. Maybe it’ll grow on me (like many a kpop song)?
    As far as voting is concerned, TVXQ all the way! The video makes me cringe and giggle like a school girl in equal measure. How can you not love it? Plus, since I hum this song all the time when feeling chipper, I have gotten many of my friends to hum along without ever knowing they were singing kpop. Win, indeed :)

    3 years ago
  7. I have to disagree with Simon, I thought the “Awoooooo” we the best part of the song. but thank you foor pointing out that cheese comment, I spent the entire time thinking wtf.

    and Martina I nearly died at the duck , my favorite KMM to date. i was laughing so hard the dog was giving me strange looks.

    Oh EXO negga olf negga olf awoooooooooo

    BTW erhdsangfergfcewfvhgieryhd Spudgy at the end~~<3 He's such a terrifing little 'Olf

    3 years ago
  8. I think I will go try the cheese line with my wife. If you don’t see me again, it didn’t go so well….AWOOOOOOO!!!

    3 years ago
  9. Loved your review. I’m really becoming a fan of the fangurilla segment. Loved your plug for Henry as well.

    Liked the duck, loved the corny cheese jokes!

    Agree that it’s hard to be cute wolfs. I don’t think it works either.

    3 years ago
  10. Ahaha I agree with you there, I myself enjoyed the song and MV but the whole time I was thinking “I can NEVER let my non-kpop friends see this”

    3 years ago
  11. I guess I agree with Simon’s take on the review. I really did hate the “awoooooooo.” Loved Martina’s duck! LOL I think the Werewolf theme is being influenced from the very cool, very big U.S. Twilight Saga that has taken this country by storm. As for the Werewolf thing, Jacob in this series was much more liked in the long run because he was perceived as so very much more cool! So I think everyone is just channeling this vein. Thanks you guys!!!!

    3 years ago
  12. I’m definitely with Martina on this one. When the song leaked at first, uugghh I hated it. That was the one and only time I wavered in my stance as an EXOtic. But maybe it’s because I knew what to expect, or perhaps because my expectations were so low, that I didn’t mind the song when the MV came out. And after a couple of listens, I really enjoyed it! The vocals are brilliant as usual and I really like the fast-paced, synthy rapping in the second verse. Also, I’m guessing that you’ve listened to the rest of the album. And how awesome is it?!?! Every single song is solid, no fillers. My favorite is, unexpectedly, Black Pearl. Check out the other songs if you haven’t!

    3 years ago
  13. A quest contest?! This will definitely be no match for *dramatic pause* THE DOVAHKIIN!!!
    *commences the search for annotations*

    3 years ago
  14. a side note: i think its interesting how exo can do a style like MAMA or Wolf, yet also have such amazing songs like What is Love, Black Pearl, and Baby Don’t Cry, which are more ballad-esque but showcases everyone’s talents.

    3 years ago
    • Actually, What is Love is only 2 members singing and Baby Don’t Cry features only 4 members (2 with hardly much at all).

      3 years ago
      • i know ^^ i still just think its amazing that songs like that can even be on the same album.

        3 years ago
        • As much as I don’t want to like SM manufactured music, I found myself totally digging their album. Hopefully, Exo can keep it up!

          3 years ago
  15. hey i see they have a lil Changmin there in 2:41 of the video, lol

    3 years ago
  16. MARTINA! Where was your rant on the turtlenecks!

    3 years ago
  17. Best cover of the Game of Thrones theme ever.

    3 years ago
  18. Kris’s cheese part got me dying of laughter…DYING! i agree with Simon on this one…while the dance was awesome, the song was wack…too wack and too cheesy,…some of the outfits did not make things any better…eg…WTF was Kai wearing?!?!?!

    3 years ago
  19. I really really liked this video but it took me a couple listens to get into it. So I totally side with Martina here. And as for the showdown, Balloons all the way. I would’t have gotten the werewolf theme without knowing beforehand and Balloons really carried its childish theme well. ULF!

    3 years ago
  20. i have no idea why SM decided to release “oolf” as Exo’s comeback song…every OTHER SONG ON THE ALBUM IS SOOOO MUCH BETTER…for example HEART ATTACK! DAMN GOOD SONG!

    3 years ago
  21. Agreed a lot with you! Ahahaa! Also random comment, but… one fun thing…. EXO’s Wolf and WonderBoyz’ Tarzan had sort of the same producer… WB said he put a lot of emphasis on how they pronounced “Tarzan” so that they didn’t say “Tajan”. Clearly he backed out when it came to Wolf…?

    3 years ago
    • Maybe he couldn’t get them to say it right because he couldn’t say it right? That’s my theory.

      3 years ago
  22. On the comments of the youtube videos. Each one I think.

    3 years ago
  23. I scared my dog today when I yelled it… she was thoroughly confused

    3 years ago
  24. You’re not. My sister just walked in on me saying it and the look on her face was priceless.

    3 years ago
  25. I didn’t like the song that much when I heard it for the first time but I loved the choreography a lot! The song grew on me as I listened to it more but I still don’t love it, it’s good but not fantastic. I like “Black Pear” a lot more from the album.
    Oh and I laughed when I heard them say “ulf”… It has become a little inside joke with my cousin now. haha I was like isn’t that a German name?! lol “Ulf” is not the only thing that bothers me… I hear “typerää typerää” around 1:56 and that basically means ‘something is stupid stupid’ in Finnish. XD

    3 years ago
  26. I agree with Simon. I’m never able to sit through listening to this song without laughing T_T

    3 years ago
  27. I agree with Simon. I love EXO, but this song felt like a mess. To me, it doesn’t flow nicely. It keeps switching to rap and pop and it becomes annoying. I do listen to this song, but I’m in a love-hate relationship with it. I also think this shouldn’t have been the comeback song. The rest of the songs on the album were wonderful. It’s just this one that’s a mess. It’s one of those songs that I can’t show to my friends because they’ll think that it sounds awful or it’s a joke…

    3 years ago
  28. I could have watched Spudgy’s “I’m a wolf! I’m a wolf! Aaaooooo!” For at least another half hour.

    3 years ago
  29. hahaha that duck sound Martina *bows down* but in all seriousness, I’m sorry EXOtics, I’m siding with Simon this time. the dancing’s fantastic, as is the video (but I’m voting for TVXQ’s Balloons ’cause it had more ‘animals’ in it), but the song is just… OTL WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THIS SONG, SM?! Get rid of the autotuned woman in both versions and it’d make a better song, just slightly, even with the ‘OOLF!’. Maybe SM lyricists want each song to have memorable lyrics, like ‘I got a boy on my chin, I got a boy chicken’, ‘Soy un dorito!’, and, ‘WHY SO SERIOUS, YEAH!!’ Oh, wait… wrong music to sing that to…

    3 years ago
  30. This was a good KMM. I smiled but I didn’t LOL. I didn’t really have anything invested in the choice of video to review but it was the one I liked the least but I expected it given the giveaway that you leaked on twitter. I think that there was a lot more potential for mockery than was undertaken. Where is Mordney Present for these videos?! Who cares if it’s SM – as a vampire he should be threatened by the amassing of werewolves on his border ;) . I think that the Seungrina skits are hilarious but maybe use them just a tad more sparingly as they can get repetitive (she likes them, we get it, maybe she could do something different, go all stalker or something). BTW, the design on the card that she holds would make a nice t-shirt. I realize that having characters makes it easier to script KMM but they don’t have to stay static, have fun with them, they are yours, after all. I liked Martina’s duck imitation but she really did just wedge that in there. A lot of the skits this KMM seemed that way. While the blooper of the timer continually breaking was funny….I’m sorry but it was the funniest bit. Good luck for next week, I hope that Simon is feeling better ^_^

    Many other people have problems with the “wo” sound, even the French end up saying “woof” instead of “wolf”.

    3 years ago
  31. Going with Simon on this one. As a person who volunteers at a wolf refuge and works with wolves every week and they are my favorite animal, AND I’m a big fan of EXO, I was originally super stoked about this video and song…. and they I watched it.

    *sigh* Biggest letdown in my entire kpop experience. Its gotten to the point that I just get angry and frustrated when I hear this song.

    And since I know that the fangirls are going to murder me for this comment, LOOK A COOKIE *smoke bomb escape*

    PS: my vote is for Ballons

    3 years ago
  32. TVXQ’s BALLOONS for the Win!

    3 years ago
  33. I agree with the dance, I liked it.
    The song , not really. Listening to it once was enough but then I thought ” let me try again ” and after the second time I gave up.

    3 years ago
  34. BWAHAHAHAHA!!! XD I just spit my coke because of Simon’s cheesy joke. xD
    (oh and yes, I wondered who that Ulf was.. oô)

    3 years ago
  35. Oh my, I love David Bowie. Here is Magic Dance, enjoy:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZvyNOg4jSRg

    3 years ago
  36. Voting for Balloons, I didn’t much like this song either and I can’t get over how silly Oolf sounds. Mama and History were a million times better.

    3 years ago
  37. i basically waited til this MM came out to go to my final. i think if i don’t know the answer to a question i’ll just write “nega WOLF-AWOOO” and hope for the best

    3 years ago
    • BAHAHAHAHAHAHA Well if its a final for a philosophy class, who knows, you might actually get some points for it. I had a friend just write “why not” on a massive essay question and got full points for it.

      3 years ago
      • it was urban studies…. luckily i could half answer things without resorting to kpop references…. not like my TA would have gotten it… i literally rolled my sexy window down in that class and only one person was like OH i get it….

        3 years ago
        • Haha I went to a bar with some of my friends the other day and rolled down my sexy window and NOBODY got it. Then later when my boyfriend got there, he rolled down his sexy window to me instead of saying hi. Made my night.

          3 years ago
  38. i literally shuddered when you showed their mv clip
    i don’t wanna hear this song ever again!! T_T

    are you kidding? is that seriously a translation of the song?? my god…..

    the dance was awesome!! the only thing i liked about this release!! and the wolf effects in the mv!!

    3 years ago
  39. I totally agree with Martina (although Simon, I also agreed with your English assessment/skit)! I really disliked it at first but now I loves it! It grew on me like mold on warm cheese!

    Showdown: Exo, all the way.

    3 years ago
  40. I hope Mblaq survives another week! T_T
    But this MV was a pure goldmine so I get why it gets a review. *cornrows*

    3 years ago
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