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F.T. Island – Severely: Kpop Music Mondays

February 14, 2012

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This week we review F.T. Island’s “Severely” for Kpop Music Mondays. Haven’t seen it yet? Check out the video below to know what we’re talking about:

F.T. Island fans, aka “Primadonnas”, you finally did it. We totally didn’t expect F.T. Island to win this week. Last week on the KpopCharts you and Block B fans battled it out, and – really – Block B just squeaked out a win. Oooh so close. But then we were worried about what we will call the “Teen Top” effect, in which older videos with lots of votes get beaten out by newer videos and a flash of votes. But, nope. F.T. Island persevered. Yay!

And we’re happy that F.T. Island won. This is a really great song, very different from what we usually review. It’s not overproduced, maximalistic Kpop. It’s a few guys playing instruments and singing, and making great music in the process. We really liked “Hello Hello” when we reviewed it, and we really like this song as well :D

A bit of clarification, though, on what we originally thought of this video. When we first saw it, we thought to ourselves, holy crap, this is a huge rip off of JYJ’s “In Heaven”. In fact, a lot of the complaints we had about that video we have about this one, namely, if your revived love is supposed to die on a specific day, try being a bit more proactive in keeping them safe. Seriously. Tell them to stay home. Doesn’t matter if you sound crazy. Be open and honest in your relationship, dammit! Poor communication skills lead to breakups and, in some cases, DEATH! For that matter, to us it seems like almost every TV drama has problems caused by people who can’t communicate worth a damn. Everyone’s gushing about “Breaking Bad.” We’re halfway through Season 3 and think that the whole cast is a load of dimwits. But that’s another story.

The main point of the clarification we’re trying to make before we got distracted is is that we thought that this video was a clear rip off of JYJ’s In Heaven. Other people then told us that F.T. Island did another similarly themed video a while ago. And then there’s 30 minutes ago which is also similarly themed. The point here, then, isn’t who copied who. The point is that everyone’s trying to make you aware of how dangerous driving in Korea is. Remember kids: RUN OR DIE!

Another thing we wanted to say that we didn’t say in the video: we’re saying this because we watched the video a hundred times over, as we always do when we review a Music Video, and this is a conclusion we came to: THAT GIRL IS A TERRIBLE ACTOR. Totally devoid of emotion or facial expression. Sure, she’s pretty, but good God! There must be some higher standards for an acting role than that! BARRGH!

Anyhow, if you’re a fan of F.T. Island, you can pick up the album by clicking on the banner below. Side note: I’m not sure why their album isn’t up on iTunes yet. Some labels are really quick to put their music up on iTunes, but we’ve been checking for a while now to no avail. Bah! Get the physical album instead. You’ll be cooler that way.

FTIsland Mini Album Vol. 4 - GROWN-UP

And, lastly, we’ve got bloopers for this week, as always. I’ve been getting the giggles for some reason lately. Today I got them, probably, from being pounded on the chest by Martina. Ha! Also, to that cool girl from Vancouver who I met today in Bucheon, right before I ran across the street screaming like a maniac, sorry for not saying goodbye afterwards! You looked like you didn’t want to talk to us anymore, after I ran across the street screaming like a maniac, probably because I looked like a maniac. Really, I’m not crazy!

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  1. Hi Simon! :) I’m wondering whether you’re playing with a Hungarian gamer…. 5:11 as “Farkas” means in Hungarian “wolf”. Auuuuu…… That’s so exo-tic. :D

    4 years ago
  2. Ft Island.

    5 years ago
  3. JYJ.. the story more touching heheee

    5 years ago
  4. but still epic music video is epic.. lol

    5 years ago
  5. hahahahahahaha at Simon running across the road!! but even more ahahahaahahaha at the old person crossing with their….old…person……scooter (sorry i forgot what they’re called)

    5 years ago
  6. JYJ
     

    5 years ago
  7. “The Hongki one” XD First time I agreed with all what u said about MV….
    I vote for JYJ… I love FTIsland song more, but JYJ’s MV is much better~

    5 years ago
  8. DEFINITELY FTISLAND !!!!  :X

    5 years ago
  9. FT Island!:) 

    5 years ago
  10. video wise i say i like in heaven waaay more. the actress in severely just tics me off…. she knows she’s going to die yet she doesn’t listen AND KILLS HONGKI CUZ OF IT!!!!

    5 years ago
  11. like i always say, those heroines in these MVs really need to learn some traffic rules and STOP KILLING ALL THE HAWTIES!! 

    5 years ago
  12. I vote for JYJ… the ending suits my sensibilities more.

    5 years ago
  13.  You guise are awesome~!! XD I laughed so much watching this review and I’m still laughing. XD
    BTW, I vote for FT Island! :3

    5 years ago
  14. FT Island :)

    5 years ago
  15. FTIsland! 

    5 years ago
  16. JYJ – IN HEAVEN <3

    5 years ago
  17. FTISLAND :))))

    5 years ago
  18. I like the FTIsland song better  but JYJ’s video makes me feel… less sad…?
     I think.

    Acctually I think I stoped paying attention to the song in JYJ’s Video

    5 years ago
  19. JYJ’s In Heaven!!

    5 years ago
  20. I think JYJ wins this battle. At least the story line only makes me only want to rip out my eyes just a little bit ^_^ Great video!

    5 years ago
  21. ft islandd!

    5 years ago
  22. Pfft…Farkas. He has no pupils! LOLOL. XD
    I’m voting for JYJ. The girl was sorta annoying and well…dumb, in that video, but at least she wasn’t completely devoid of any sort of sympathy whatsoever.

    5 years ago
  23. Shoot a poison dart in her ass? That’s how I snagged my husband. :)
     I’m going to have to vote for JYJ. The girl in Severely is lame.

    5 years ago
  24. I vote for JYJ – Heaven 

    5 years ago
  25. FT Island!! Love the MV and song. Simon screaming and running across the intersection was incredible.

    5 years ago
  26. definitely JYJ’s In Heaven…that MV makes more sense than FT Island’s Severely…in Severely, the plot is kinda confusing and a bit weak…huhuhu…

    5 years ago
  27. In Heaven! I may have shed a tear or two. No, who am I kidding. In K-Pop, only single-tear shedding is permitted!

    5 years ago
  28. Im going with JYJ’s In Heaven, even though HongKi’s acting was really good in Severely. It always makes me kind of frustrated when you have a great song and it is overshadowed by its less than stellar video. I know really suck at picking up on the plot holes in kpop videos but the one thing I noticed (its looks like others did too) and had a big wtf moment was when the driver dude hit HongKi and crawled out from his car and he disappeared. Like poof disappeared…along with every person thats not driving and not on the street during nighttime. Then 2. Does his girlfriend not have a cell phone to call 119 when HongKi is hit? She did have a purse she dropped like 10 feet away. 

    5 years ago
  29. JIHYO from RUNNING MAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    i vote for JYJ <3  (just because of jaejoong and jihyo

    5 years ago
  30. I cannot choose either video because i disliked both of them. I was too annoyed by the girls stupidity and the guys idiocy. There i said it. On another note, i loved both of the songs, but liked severely more. 

    5 years ago
  31. I love both songs, actually I think I even like FT Island’s a little more, but I have to go with JYJ because it shows their past relationship and how Junsu changes the second time around, and the video just made more sense. I didn’t think about the dates but when you guys pointed them out they formed bigger holes in FT Island’s plot. Though Hongki is a good actor, the girl ruins it for me. And In Heaven is more of a tear jerker for me

    5 years ago
  32. FT Island! :D

    5 years ago
  33. Vote: JYJ
    BTW I kept thinking Simon was saying the HONKY one, I am glad you have captions.

    5 years ago
  34. JYJ ! with me this is ” In heaven”
    when i saw ” In heaven” , i cried. but MV of FTIm im sorry, i cant feel anything

    5 years ago
  35. Ft Island for sure 

    5 years ago
  36. Definitely JYJ. Just a random question: why does Simon call F.T. Island FT Island now instead of Foto Island like you did before? I had so much laughs before. So does this mean you will call F.Cuz FCuz and G.NA Gina? [Tries to imagine Simon calling B.A.P BoAoPo]

    5 years ago
  37. JYJ did it first AND better. How could I not vote for the flying Duckbutt?!  Also I thought it was way too annoying that she was sooo far from danger and he leaped in front of the car anyway. 

    Also, I laughed so hard at Simon running across the street. Bahahahaha!

    5 years ago
  38. definitely ftisland! ^^

    5 years ago
  39. I vote for F.t Island i love their music :D

    5 years ago
  40. Oh no!  Spudgy was run over by the cat bus pencil case!

    5 years ago
  41.  Did no one else notice the driver of the car bailing after hitting Hongki?  Seriously? My brother and I were both replaying that moment going “WTF?!”

    5 years ago
  42. I loved the ‘this is how you should convince someone you are from the future’ skit! Tho, if someone did that, I am pretty sure I would run faster in the opposite direction and probably get hit by a train instead!

    5 years ago
  43. That would be an epic public service announcement from Kpop stars:  They run clips of stupid girls with their headphones on while walking across the street from their videos.  Then they say something like “Don’t walk, run.  Don’t listen, live.”  LOL.

    5 years ago
  44. I have to go with JYJ’s for this one just because the video made more sense.

    5 years ago
  45. FT ISLAND DUHHH, HUNKY<3

    5 years ago
  46. JYJ “in heaven” – when I saw it in a 720hd everything was obvious… dates on his calendar told the whole story.
    and… I think that maybe “In heaven” is more reasonable because… Junsu changed his relationship with his girlfriend having a second chance. so, maybe he tought that she wouldn’t die then…. no reason for suicide. but still he was nervous and went to find her. :p
    they loved each other so much they couldn’t live without each other – this ending is better!

    btw, I saw Junsu on stage – his singing abilities are outstanding. there is no need to compare Hongki and Junsu then, because both of them rocks when singing! 

    5 years ago
  47. You guys obviously doesn’t know any ballet dancers. LIFE DOESN’T HAVE ANY REASON WITHOUT IT AND MISSING YOUR RECITAL IT’S WORST THAN DEATH *she is a ballerina and her mother was one too* kidding aside, I think JYJ’s Heaven makes a little bit more sense than F.T Island, at the very last they both died (idiotically so) but it had some poetic justice on it. Sorry Hongki, even if you revived FTI tradition of killing off a member on the MV, it’s still not enough,

    5 years ago
  48. i totally agree with you guise on everything. honestly. it would make more sense for her to act like nothing is wrong (cue TOP rap solo song) rather than for her to act like she doesn’t know who The Hunky One is. i mean srsly?

    5 years ago
  49. ft island

    5 years ago
  50. I don’t really like either song put I kind of Like the FT Island MV so it gets my vote. JYJ comes across as a lite bit of a dusche to me here.

    Also, is there perhaps some kind of karmic thing going on here, a spiritual price that has to be paid?

    5 years ago
  51. F T island is for the the winner of the day andd I have to say that you are soo right martina Honki is an amazing singer he really is one of the best in my opinion and his super awsome acting skills that always remember me of you’re beautiful :D LOVE IT 

    5 years ago
  52. Going with JYJ’s In Heaven mv on this one. 

    5 years ago
  53. I do like FT Island but this video did nothing for me, (sorry) and neither did JYJ’s (also nothing against them JYJ) “Heaven”. So I guess I’m not gonna vote at all. But Verbal Jint’s “You look good” also has a time control theme, and that was definitely better than these two videos, in my honest opinion. 

    5 years ago
  54. Hmm… Maybe JYJ video makes more sense, but I liked FT Islands music and Hongkis acting skils. When he sings I feel that it’s really true, there are a lot of feelings, so FT Island fighting~

    5 years ago
  55. I’ll vote for JYJ, just beacause you could see that junsu got a real relationship with her girlfriend, and they spent a lot of time together and were more than just a one week thing :P
    And again, beacause junsu’s but shot obliges me to.

    5 years ago
  56. Did anyone noticed at 5:50 she’s behind HongKi and the car but at 5:52 she’s already walked passed the car. Lol yea, Hongki you kinda just killed yourself for no reason.

    5 years ago
  57. JYJ’s In Heaven

    5 years ago
  58. ft island :D

    because i prefer Ft island over jyj ~although severely was kinda…confusing!hmm next song…
    could you do the song from Elizabeth – 빠빠삐에로?

    5 years ago
  59. the orange-coat ahjusshi was looking at simon while he ran and probably thought “freaking foreigner” huahahhahaa….hilarious guys!

    5 years ago
  60. JYJ because the video was much sweeter-bringing her back to life allowed them to have happy times, and you could tell they were very much in love with each other. The girl in FT Island’s video didn’t seem to appreciate Hunky, even though he was such a devoted (stalker?) and planned out the saving her part much better. Plus, he dies and she didn’t know how to call an ambulance to save his life(none of this shaking the soon to be dead body thing-it only speeds up the dying).

    5 years ago
  61. Though they are nearly identical, I liked JYJs version more… It had a dance sequence!!! xD And it had Mong Ji Ho and of course JUNSU

    5 years ago
  62. I love Hong ki`s voice, but i also really love JYJ, and i think the In Heaven mv is much better.

    5 years ago
  63. I just saw that on 5:36 the girl is actually infront of the car so that it was going to hit her, but then in the next frame she is suddenly in the safe past the car (sorry for my bad english).

    5 years ago
  64. This is really entertaining, and clearly you got some points on the video.. Anyway the song’s fantastic, and I’m a proud PRIMADONNA!! That’s all I can say ^^

    5 years ago
  65. glad to see the car scene was as aggravating as i thought it was. i totally agree and was discussing with my friend how it didn’t make much sense as all :P

    5 years ago
  66. ft island!!!

    5 years ago
  67. I always found it slightly morbid that you could chase butterflies around in Skyrim, only to rip their wings off O_o. 

    I had to rewind the scene of Simon running across the intersection a couple times. Hilarious! Another video well done, guise :D My vote’s for JYJ, because the shot of Junsu’s butt is priceless.

    5 years ago
  68. FT Island ;D

    5 years ago
  69. I vote for JYJ – In Heaven! The fact that they end up together and that the relationship is loving on both ends makes the sacrifice more meaningful. 

    5 years ago
  70. FTIsland =D

    5 years ago
  71. And omg I’ve called him The Hunky One all the time too!!!!!!!!

    5 years ago
  72. I love this song <3 I cried T_T

    5 years ago
  73. FTISLAND :)

    5 years ago
  74. I love Hongki, buuut I’m going to have to say that I like JYJ’s video In Heaven better. It makes more sense.

    5 years ago
  75. Wow this is a tough one! I will stick with JYJ – In Heaven, because the ending is better in a sense. Sitting together “in heaven” is better than forever mourning I guess.

    5 years ago
  76. FT Island!

    5 years ago
  77. It would have been an interesting ending if she ended up going back to the past to save him. Then again, she didn’t like him as much as he liked her so I guess she’s happy with the way things turned out. Her stalker dies and she did well at her ballet recital.

    5 years ago
    • LOL, WHAT SIMON AND MARTINA WAS SAYING WERE RIGHT BUT I STILL LOVE THE MUSIC VIDEO!!!! IS THE GUY IN THE MUSIC VIDEO IN THE KOREAN DRAMA, YOU’RE BEAUTIFUL OR SOMETHING????

      5 years ago
    •  Seriously I don’t mind even if your video is 30+ minutes as long as it’s fun. I even wish that you can do two reviews per week so that more MVs will have chances to be on Music Mondays. 

      5 years ago
      • DR

        I would love it too, but it takes hours to export and grumpy fans get all anxious and go all crazy like “weres music monday?!!? ahHhhhhhh” 

        crazy fans are crazy haha

        5 years ago
  78. I hate MV’s like this, so NONE o/

    5 years ago