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G-Dragon “Crooked” – Kpop Music Mondays

September 24, 2013

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AYO FINALLY! G-Dragon released “Coup d’Etat” and “Crooked” while we were out of the country, and they held up onto the KpopCharts for so long, so now we’re going to talk about “Crooked,” our favourite of the two GD tracks. Check it out here if you haven’t seen it already.

It also seems to be a lot of other people’s favourites, as it has more views that Coup d’Etat. I mean, Coup d’Etat is a pretty video and all, but the song is kinda…meh. We find Crooked a lot more accessible.

Speaking of accessibility, something that really excited us is Pitchfork’s review of Coup d’Etat. If you’re not familiar with Pitchfork media, it’s pretty much a music website powerhouse that defines the musical tastes for a vast amount of people of this generation. We personally use Pitchfork a lot as well. While we don’t agree with all of its reviews, some of which we TREMENDOUSLY disagree with, Pitchfork has definitely introduced us to LOADS of music that we wouldn’t have been aware of otherwise.

The fact that they didn’t give Coup d’Etat a glowing review doesn’t bother us. We have GD’s album. We listened to it a few times. It’s…alright, but it’s not groundbreaking stuff. In the context of all the music that gets produced around the world, a 6.1 out of 10 seems about right. It’s not great, but it’s not terrible.

So why are we excited about it? Because Kpop is rarely talked about seriously. Most of the conversations we have about Kpop with music buffs result in Kpop being pooh-poohed away. It’s not music made with heart and soul, it’s not artistically innovative. It’s very well packaged and exceptionally marketed to its audience, but it’s not music for music’s sake, you know? A vast majority of it is fluff. It’s fun fluff, though! And just because you like serious music doesn’t mean you can’t like fluff, and vice versa. We’re just happy that GD’s album isn’t spoken about as fluff. It’s being discussed seriously, by serious art snob Pitchfork, you know? That’s a conversation that we rarely see happening. Sure, it happens in the Kpop community, but it’s not a conversation that happens from people not steeped in Kpop culture. For all of Gangnam Style’s success around the world, it was only taken as a joke and a novelty. For GD’s album to be seriously discussed fascinates us tremendously. You know what I mean?

Still, though, thinking about GD and his music, I’m wondering what the next step will be. I remember having a discussion with someone high up in the music industry, and he said that the thing that bothers him about Korean Music is that there isn’t a voice for a generation. Who is the voice of Korea? Who sings about their lives? GD could be that person, I think, but from what I’m seeing most of his music is really ultra-personal, more about him and his life. And, let’s face it, majority of us aren’t ultra successful ultra rich pop stars, so it’s not really something a lot of people can relate to, you know? Who are the Lady Gagas of Kpop advocating diversity? Does Korea have a Nirvana speaking to its generation? A Kanye West? Sure, those examples might evince an “ewe, that person’s gross and has ____ amount of flaws,” which I’m not arguing against. I just want to know if Korea has popular artists that speak for the plights that their generations are going through. Who is the conscience of Korea’s music industry? More than just idol-worshipping, I hope.

Part of me wants to see GD pull a Bon Iver: lock yourself up in your cabin for 6 months without any outside contact and emerge with a beautiful album that wows the world. Would that be good for his market and audience? Would that be good for the Korean music industry as a whole? I don’t know. All I can say is that if had to put my money down on someone being able to speak for its generation, I think GD could do it.

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  1. Dang, here I was hoping G Dragon was a Black Flag fan only to find out it was just some brand who took their logo. I am disappoint.

    3 years ago
  2. My favorite scene of the Crooked video is at 2.22<3 It's my favorite because it shows GD's small and cute butt really well, it's just so… ADORABLE! I love it! Though the scenes that affect me the most are after 3:10 when he really starts breaking down. It's just so overwhelming seeing him like that. We don't usually get to see him like that, so it really gets to me. I Love everything about Crooked! – Yessica Aguilar or maybe xxxqkerayziiexxx on youtube.

    3 years ago
  3. Oh, it’s you again. I recall replying to your first comment.

    Look: you’re entitled to have your own opinion – whether or not you want to express it; but it’s a bit sad that both of your comments on this site are just dissing people. I suggest you balance it out by complimenting some artists that you DO like, so that we know you’re just a person with different tastes, as opposed to a troll. Ok?

    Otherwise your comments will serve no purpose than to upset others, which isn’t what we want here.

    3 years ago
  4. The whole video totally reminded me of the British series Skins. I wonder if you watch that, Simon and Martina? :)

    3 years ago
  5. i know this is off topic but you know g dragon song ” who you?” well he’s asking fans to pick idea for the mv. so his mv will be the fans idea. so simon and martina you guy may be able to review this video. do you have any ideas?

    3 years ago
  6. I already posted it on YT, but… My favorite part is the one where GD is sobbing in toilet, looking all miserable and sad. It really makes you think about the whole song and the video. I also love all the scenes in the club, where he is gradually breaking down, and falling. Oh, and the one where he is putting his leather jacket on… Sooo hot *-*

    3 years ago
  7. My favorite scene was the crying scene. Normally, GD is like, “I’m a gold n’ diamonds boy! Yep! One of a kind!” Just conceited and stuck up and a braggart! But, this really showed his vulnerability which I’ve never scene in his other music. Yes he has written about sad break ups but this was the first song about him and his weaknesses. It really made him seem like a normal guy and I really loved the contrast from his other music.

    3 years ago
  8. Dear Martina, did you use a folk song to parody Crooked?
    It sounded familiar but I really can’t place it…

    3 years ago
  9. My favorite part was when GD was dragging the humongous fur coat around 1:08 in the video.. I mean, if I have a coat that big, i’d probably drag it along also….

    and the crying part was semi-believable as well.

    3 years ago
  10. Hey guise.

    I don’t know if I should be happy that a k-pop artist is discussed. Especially since it’s Gd. He’s already famous. And the review doesn’t do him a lot of justice. Even if a Korean artist gets acknowledged by a big reviewing website, the people are the ones that decide to believe or not (cause in the end, everybody believes what they want to believe and hear what they want to hear you know?). I actually thought they would do an actual review of Coup D’Etat… but they just talked about the album mostly and how good the song is – for them – (in terms of rapping). One thing I agree with them “G-Dragon is getting more press for his swag than his sound”.

    “Still, though, thinking about GD and his music, I’m wondering what the next step will be. I remember having a discussion with someone high up in the music industry, and he said that the thing that bothers him about Korean Music is that there isn’t a voice for a generation. Who is the voice of Korea? Who sings about their lives? GD could be that person, I think, but from what I’m seeing most of his music is really ultra-personal, more about him and his life. And, let’s face it, majority of us aren’t ultra successful ultra rich pop stars, so it’s not really something a lot of people can relate to, you know? ” – Well… I think Block B started a while ago going in that direction… and I became sure after hearing their new realease “빛이 되어 줘” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pNtuOrw6mfc&list=PLF4E2QsZOPOI0Hava3qnK6_3RQ2tJZUm_&index=2 and also 방탄소년단 (BTS). These guise are so passionate about their music and their fans.

    – I don’t know if Gd could become a voice. First he has to put his thoughts and emotions in order (or better said “get out of his mind” alive).
    – I used to like “The only thing I can do to support the artist is buy their music. It’s their problem. Let them deal with it” but thanks to you guise (EYK) I realised that, that wasn’t the right mentality. I know a lot of fans from all of the kpop artists out there, watch a lot of the shows they appear in. The artists are almost 24 hours on TV. They might have family issues (but nobody thinks about that… they “must” appear happy for the viewers to see); concerts, interviews, reading fanletters, checking feedback… oh yeah…and dealing with hating comments…. they’re not machines. I think it’s not about relating, it’s just simply thinking for a moment of putting yourself in their shoes. But that’s not comfortable; it’s easier to stay in your own bubble. “Yeah man, that’s tough” saying those words without actually putting feeling into them…. 너무 지겨워요.

    I actually wished to hear your opinion on the video(although I’m not a Gd fan). The review was perfect for your audience. I don’t know why I was expecting a more serious review, moreover since I know your style.

    Sorry for the rant there…

    Great work!

    <3<3<3<3<3<3

    3 years ago
  11. GUISE….I had turned on the english annotations/captions for another video when I re-watched this one and I have to say W.T.F.???? I went back to Junsu’s last KMM and it was fine but seriously, I don’t know whether to laugh or cry at the ones in this week’s KMM (I’m crying from laughing so hard actually), was that on purpose?

    3 years ago
  12. Can you guys at least do a blog post about Coup D’etat? I really want to know how you saw it

    3 years ago
  13. Ok, can someone direct me to where I can buy Simon’s hat??? It is not in the store.. Thanks

    3 years ago
  14. Is that The Cure I see on the laptop??? BIZZYTIGREYOONMIRAE

    3 years ago
  15. In response to your blog question of who speaks for S. Korea’s (or N. Korea’s for that matter) current generation, I think that the answer is probably no one. I admit that I don’t have a wide and deep grasp of all things Korean musical but between the kpop and k-indie I’ve seen over the last 2 years there only seems to be two extremes: banale and angsty. Sometimes angsty banale…. It feels like the generation has been muzzled. Heck, look at the content of kpop songs, even when it tries to be meaningful, the message never gets past love relationships. Even k-indie which you would think could have a wider/deeper range of message totally just skims the surface – it either goes into obscure symbology or is very indirect. We all know that’s because you will not get any air time if you don’t play by the rules and what point is there in a message that no else gets to hear but come on. With the internet today, there’s gotta be a way to get our your message if you really want to. I feel that being Korean today is a very sad thing where people are really depressed about their situations but are not supposed to express anything and few seem to even have the opportunity to even speak up that this is why the suicide rate is so high. Is it the economy? Korean culture/government? I don’t really know, because it’s hidden from me, I just know that I, personally, would go stark raving mad at the restrictions of living the life of a typical Korean woman. Maybe that’s why I can identify a little with kpop these last 2 years because I am trapped in a situation myself and I can totally emphathize with the tiny thin line of pain that leaks out into kpop once in a while. I am luckily soon to escape my entrapment though (finally moving!) so maybe that is why I am trending more towards k-indie these days. ^_^

    I’m going to add here at the end that the only exception that I find to this lack of voice is MFBTY/Drunken Tiger (who I saw on the laptop in the background for this KMM) – I think that they have a strong voice but they are still a little too subtle in their message. I really super appreciate that their music is helpful, and I greatly enjoy it (as well as their r-awesome videos). Especially since they are positive and empowering rather than wallowing like a lot of others, but to truly be a voice, I think that they have to kick it up to the next level and be more overt with their messages, a little bit more in your face about it. Perhaps less subtle, less metaphorical, so that it’s obvious even to a kid what you are trying to say. For example, I think that Pascal Obispo (in particular, his “Captain Samurai Flower” album – see “Idealiste” and “Le Drapeau” for m/vs – you’ll get it even if you don’t understand french) is a least one level higher in putting out a message, though his message is a different one. Not that I’m kicking MFBTY……….I wouldn’t dare! ;)

    3 years ago
    • Thanks for the reply, I certainly enjoyed/appreciated BTS’s “NO” better once I watched it all the way through and had eng. subs on. I think that this is a good start, I like the message, it is fairly overt and it’s empowering but other than one mention about having fun instead, it’s kind of just a cry for help or a rallying cry without a direction or a motivation. It has to go further. I picked out MFBTY in particular because they seem to understand that without presenting solutions, pointing out a problem is not much more than complaining. If BTS continues down this road, they have to go about 5 levels further to make an actual difference. They need to sing about HOW and WHAT to do to break out, how to handle the backlash to your rebellion, what to do with your new free time, other than just saying “no”. Okay, I said “no”, now what? You can’t just break the shackles, you have to lead the people out and to a better life.

      Also, consider that if there was a youthful rebellion in S. Korea and they succeeded in breaking out of their automaton scholastic existence, there are no services, no ideas, no locations, no method or help to help them help themselves into a new life/leisure?/purpose. And think of all the adults/parents that will then have no purpose of living through their kids and no structure to their lives that has supported them all this way, they don’t know what to do now, their lives seem even emptier than before. This is how revolutions fall apart – you free the slaves but after a week or so they realize that they’ve been so institutionalized that they don’t know what to do now and all their familiar supports, cues, and social mores, are gone so they all freak out and clamour for servitude again since it is a known vs. the unknown of freedom and the corrupt elite just jump into the power vacuum and it’s back to business as usual.

      This discussion really reminds me of why I don’t like the work of most female American comicbook artists. Almost all of them feel the need to tell me their sad story as a sort of catharsis for themselves but to me it’s a big exercise in attention whoring since none of them tell me how to survive their ordeals to go on to better things, how to move on and build a new life, or even how to keep from becoming as broken as they are or worse. This is how I came to like manga since their stories were more upbeat and uplifting. Sure, a lot of manga is trite and completely cliche, but there is just as many pleasant stories and awesome josei that gives one hope that we can find a direction and follow our dreams without falling into every single trap. I’m currently working on some titles by Makimura Satoru, her work is awesome – it’s not revolutionary, but it’s pretty realistic. Sorry for the seguay…it’s just that for me – manga->anime->jpop->kpop->Eyk so as long as I’m here, I think of this sometimes.

      3 years ago
      • Thank you for your nice reply. As far as BTS goes, yes, perhaps what I said is going a little too far. Not everyone has to be a revolutionary and certainly every little bit helps. Look how long it’s taken for environmentalism to even get headlines and it’s still miles away from making big changes, but I think it’s slowly gaining momentum. However, I am going to respectfully disagree with your post on a couple of points.

        1) pointing out the problem: Everyone knows it’s there, it’s the elephant in the room, but yes, drawing attention to it is good. Here is the problem though, the kids hate being forced to study non-stop and I am sure that the parents don’t want to force this on them but (unlike in the “N.O.” song) the hard life doesn’t get easier when you grow up, it just gets harder…..and even extra hard if you haven’t put in the ridiculous schooling ahead of time, the parents (in their way) are just trying to prepare their children to face the harshness of the real world in Korean society. So why aren’t kids breaking out now? Because they know that they’re going to pay for it later in life, they see how their parents live…..there’s not really any where for them to “break out” to either. Don’t study, whachagonnado? Even if you go play soccer with a bunch of friends after school and then to a coffee shop, eventually you’ll get picked on for truancy or causing trouble because it’s not the status quo, you stand out, which is a bit of a no-no in Korean society. And welp, it’s back to cram school and no life again AND you have something on your “record” as a strike against you when applying to universities of getting work. I’m not going to go as far as calling it irresponsible to encourage youth to break the cycle without giving them a place to go, but I don’t see if as leading to anything useful or even more happiness. You really need it to be “en mass” to make it worthwhile for those doing it, and you need to make the powers that be and parents loosen up the reins a little for that to succeed……So, you have to make life as an adult better first, before you can hope to improve that of kids (in principle). So yeah, good at pointing it out, as long as it’s not just to get fans, or to be rebellious. Seriously, just like they adopt certain fashions to gain attention, some idols adopt certain attitudes to get attention, they change them like I change my underwear: twice daily! I would hope that they would also put some of their idol time to making alternate after school programs for these kids……even if it’s learning “what you want” programs.
        2) idols have a better life: This is both true and false. Is it better than the average Korean student? Yes and no. Being an idol gets you some perks for sure but it also gets you much more work AND a much MUCH more restrictive lifestyle. At least students live at their home with their parents (in theory), idols live in dorms and unless they are super top stars, rarely get free time at all in their schedules. And what about all the wannabe idols, or all the ones that tried and didn’t stay popular? Can all idols really keep going in to their 40s? Do they want to? What do you do when you don’t make it or are done being an idol? You haven’t finished school, so you can’t get a regular job. You’re not popular so you can’t get air time. Your family is ashamed of your failure and you may not have been allowed time to see them for years. You can try to get in behind the scenes but you’ll have to know someone to help network you in (maybe not too hard). You’ve given up even more than the average student for even less in the end. Kpop idols, when allowed to speak freely, will tell you that it’s a hard hard life. Korea likes to hold up idols as an ideal, something to strive for, but the reality isn’t the promise. A lot of idols are forced into surgery and dentistry for their looks. Made to take classes to increase their sex appeal all the while being forced to live a monk’s aesthetic. They work ridiculous hours and get little sleep with little personal contact outside of their management entourage. I think that things may be SLOWLY getting better for idols as more foreign-born idols of Korean heritage get into the mix and rock the boat but this is the only crack in Korean society that I have seen. So, did they “achieve their dreams”? Being famous is the only thing that matters in Korea and you have to work hard to maintain that, even if you’re born into it -doesn’t this seem sad? It’s part of the problem in my opinion and feeding into the idea that being an idol = freedom only perpetuates the problem.

        Okay, these were some gigantic generalizations and frankly, I’m not there on the ground in S. Korea to really get a feel of this. But I have seen far too many “behind the scenes” and documentaries on Korea to think that I am way out in left field. I’m not sure why I felt the need to get all wordy on the subject, perhaps I have a White Knight complex……it just hit me at the right moment and out poured my opinion. It was not necessarily aimed at anyone, I enjoy a good discussion and well, from watching so much EYK these last 2 years, I guess that I feel a little closer to the problem. Other than discussing here though, I’m not sure what else I could do to help…..

        3 years ago
  16. Do you know why this song is called CROOKED and he keeps on running through out the whole video it is because he stole the CROWN jewels and every British person keeps chasing him to get them back HA HA LOL :) and it is like someone said RUN GD RUN like Forest Gump but in all awesome song love GD,EYK #OhGDSoNasty from and Ohio Nasty!!!!!!!

    3 years ago
  17. My favorite scene
    At the beginning, when GD is walking around by himself. In the rest of the music video, he’s either pretending to have a good time with his friends or crying alone, but in the beginning part he doesn’t seem upset or happy, he’s kinda just wandering aimlessly. When he’s running, it’s not totally clear where he’s going- if he’s going to hang out with his friends or be by himself. I’d say it’s a good way to start the mv since he doesn’t want to be with his friends or cry alone, and so he’s kinda aimless in what he wants to do.

    Youtube: lostisland88

    3 years ago
  18. “He’s got the ruuuuuns. He’s got the ruuuuuuunnnnss” holy crap it’s stuck in my head haha it’s up there with the TaeMan song *thumbs up*

    3 years ago
  19. I don’t care for heavy symbolism in my pop music; that’s not why I listen to pop music. I think it’s cool that G-Dragon is exercising his mind when he’s coming up with these concepts, but just like IGAB’s wackiness, he’s being different just for the sake of being different. And just like the ratty and greasy weave that adorned his misguided head, it just wasn’t cutting it. The video looked cool and high budget (maybe that’s where the budget for 2NE1’s Do You Love Me video went XD), but I had no want to really analyze. I’m sorry to any VIPs who think I’m dissing G-Dragon, because I’m not; I just *cannot* with this faux high art pretense that seems to have infected pop music in the last few years.

    3 years ago
  20. only on eatyourkimchi, will u see a runs video when talking about GD! HAHAHAHAH Died of laughter!

    3 years ago
  21. Pretty interesting comments! I still love ‘dem runs’ on this music Monday making me sound like a crazy person lolling in my room ^U^

    3 years ago
  22. My favorite scene is at 3.35 when GD spreads his arms, it’s like he’s saying “this is me, take it or leave it.” In the context of the music video, which I also interpret as him pretending to have a good time while he’s actually miserable, that kind of an action seems so honest. And since that scene comes right before he’s shown (still) crying in the bathroom, it makes me feel that he’s really afraid to show who he really is, but he’s just too tired of pretending to keep it up anymore. It’s a really short scene, but it struck me as special.

    But really, I loved this entire MV. Like seriously all the scenes.

    Youtube username: ochixiru

    3 years ago
  23. YouTube: cookieholick

    Facebook: Hanna Kacarowa

    Sorry, no twitter! :)

    For me, one of the most significant places in the context of the video is GD’s apartment. It symbolically represents GD’s mind. All of the activities that are taking place in there correspond to GD’s inner sensations and attitudes to the environment he lives in. Beating his head against the couch, dancing around wearing a funky animal print jacket, riding a wooden horse etc. All of these are physical responses to his emotional torments. We can see a gradual transition from one state of mind
    and body to another and hence from one bizarre activity to another.

    I believe these moments of solitude and reflection are the ones that are being the most liberating in terms of GD’s emotions. I can personally relate to the apartment scenes as they realistically demonstrate the inner struggles of many people and what they do in order to release all the negative emotional tension accumulated (in this case as a result of pretending to be somebody else in front of society). In my opinion, GD shows that solitude allows you to be reflective, depressed, expressive, vigorous etc. without the fear of being judged by others. I, also, like the juxtaposition between the static nature of the apartment and GD’s hyperactivity whilst being in there. I like the contrast between the ideas of being closed inside a room (as an implication of lack of freedom) and at the same time being absolutely free and liberated.

    I truly enjoyed the emotional roller coaster GD took me on (especially in this particular sequence of apartment scenes) and hope other people could relate to some of the concepts in this video as well. :)

    3 years ago
  24. I just gave you a thumbs up for Jo Kwonce Knowles. You ain’t lying about that one there.

    3 years ago
  25. hey eyk have you heard gd’s song who you (here’s a link for live http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=erEHzRfPPB0)

    3 years ago
  26. i dont really have a particular favorite ‘scene’ but what i like from the video is GDs wardrobe. Gd is known to be a fashionista and no matter what weird ass clothes he wears he still looks amazing. The big fur coat and the animal print clothes i get the vibe of a a rich pompous person. The leather jacket perfect for the trouble maker. I thought it was really cool how he had a tank top of a cross when throughout the video he had tattoo the same cross on his chest. (also the scene without any clothes on is greatly appreciated :P) youtube username: xocutivexo

    3 years ago
  27. [waves too excitedly] Hello, fellow U.S. ahjumma! I thought I was alone! So happy to see you!

    3 years ago
  28. My favorite part has got to be around 00:57 where GD gets all up in that significantly taller guy’s face. It’s pretty badass because he came out unscathed, whereas I would’ve been beaten to a pulp.

    Youtube user: judes needs or http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJM9uENCBayGGFxYq8JVF9Q/about
    Twitter: judesneeds

    3 years ago
  29. YT:cloiebuggeater
    I think my favorite scene in this PV is when GD lays down on the table at around 2:28-29, the looks on the faces of the people sitting there are priceless. I really liked this video overall and it was hard to pick one scene. His last few videos have been so visually crazy that I would rather just listen to the song. This video has a flow to it, the fashion is (more) accessible, the cuts feel like they further the story rather than drive me crazy, plus it’s a really enjoyable song.

    3 years ago
  30. Guise, this was the best KMM in ages. Seriously. I got ALL of the lulz. All of them!

    3 years ago
  31. I think BTS have good meaning in their songs for the younger generations. But you guys are right, there isn’t really a “voice” for Korea.

    3 years ago
  32. Hey Simon & Martina!
    My favorite scene in GD’s Crooked video was when he falls forward on the tiny rocking horse. I love that scene because it made me crack up laughing the first time I saw it. A grown man on a small rocking horse makes me
    laugh apparently. Also, he’s only in his boxers. Oooh you so nasty! ;)
    That to me is funny. I wonder how that MV concept meeting went about. Here’s what I
    imagine his pitch was like.
    GD: “Ok, so for recurring shots in the video I just want to be in my underwear and nothing else. What do you guys think?”
    That’s it. I mean it’s GD so I’m sure he didn’t have to get anybody’s approval. But he was probably very confident in himself & the idea & who can say no to that. Ok well bye guise! :)

    YT: Diana Sanchez (or it might also pop up as bollywoodluver86)

    3 years ago
  33. I saw Epik High as the voice of Korea with the exception of their last album. As for the poll question, I pick 2AM. I think some people see the questions posed at the end as a popularity contest ~.~ .

    3 years ago
  34. I liked this week’s KMM. It started off a little slow but it really paid off. The skits were all just awesome. I loved the GD Runs song and I find myself seriously wondering just how many diarrhea jokes you can make before it gets old…..not old yet – hah! maybe never! LOL! I totally ADORED the Spudgy and Meemers version of the song – kawaii! Was that Meemers’s head on a stick? If so, it would be cool if you offered the photos that you use for your “on a stick” heads so that others could print them out. Man, I just can’t write a line like that without thinking of a Jalapeno Pepper on a stick by Jeff Dunham – ah, funny times. Anyways, people could then make their own EYK Crew on sticks for fun games…..and….and…. maybe that’s too weird….

    Thanks for doing GD, if only because it gave me an idea for my son’s b-day party invites. BTW, half the EYK swag I ordered last week is for his 7th b-day, crossing my fingers it gets here in the next coupla weeks. He will go ballistic! ;)

    3 years ago
  35. my favorite scene is when he goes to the pimps and pinups hair shop. I think that’s a pretty clever name, and I also really like the rockabilly look and fashion associated with the 50s. Reminds me of going to hotrod car shows and the like.

    yt: XoceanxsunX

    3 years ago
  36. Me? I love the bit where he pushes the white dude. Not because of deep dark symbolism (because I suck at identifying them) but just because GD looked so awkward compared to the guy and his girlfriend. The guy is like “What the hell is this short asian dude doing?” XD Loved it.
    Also, many people dont talk about the shots when he is sitting on the couch in the middle of the street with the basketball. I understand that that scene would get overshadowed by the more flashy and obvious scenes. I suck at symbolism but I’m pretty sure it means something.
    At 1:20, he is sitting near the basketball and looking all sad with the wind blowing in his hair. At 1:23, GDragon (I didn’t know it was GD until just then) rides his bike around the couch and the basketball. At 1:37, he kicks something which I first thought it was the ball but the ball is sitting on the couch next to the bike.
    Yeah… As I was saying, I suck at symbolism. No idea what those scenes mean but they really stuck out to me for some reason.

    -Chingou333

    3 years ago
  37. more than any one “scene” of the video, I liked the over-arching theme of trying to show everyone a good time, pretending to be satisfied and fulfilled by frivolous fun, but being left with less-than. Less than who GD is, less than how he feels, less than satisfied. From the first time i saw/heard this one, i was struck by how well this song matches Icona Pop’s “I love it”. Both songs have a similar sound and rhythm; i feel like it would make a fantastic mash-up. Juxtapose the devil-may-care happy-go-lucky attitude of the young twenty-something having fun, to the but-i-really-do-care, i-feel-so-hollow depression of the young twenty-something pretending to have fun. You know? I almost see one song as a declarative argument and the other, a witty retort that uses Icona Pop’s words against them. So, even though this is probably as personal a song to GD as Coup d’Etat, i could see this being the lambasting of pop stars who glorify shallow party attitudes, including (but not limited to, of course) Kesha, Miley, Icona Pop(?) and more. I know that for me, once i’ve shown people i like to let loose, i almost feel like i have to maintain that level of “fun-loving”, so on karaoke nights that i just want to be mellow, i feel like i get stuck acting extroverted and bubbly, so that i don’t disappoint anyone. GD, i feel you. totally. of course, i really, really, really want to win a cd (you guys made me BIGBANG biased), and i’ve been trying for like, 5 years (or whenever you first started giving away cds…)…

    3 years ago
  38. My favorite part is at the 3:12 mark in the MV when Gd is–as usual–running, but the hilarious part is the looks of impending death on the white guys’ face running behind him. They look like they’ve been running all day behind this crazy blonde Korean kid. Not everyone can spend an eternity running Gd! Are you paying them enough for this? :P

    (P.S. i’m not sure if this is my youtube username or my google+….. but it says BBissou :P)

    3 years ago
  39. just because he’s rich doesn’t mean he can’t speak about important issues of his generation. look at macklemore. he is quite similar to gdragon in that he is rich successful and popular but he still speak about a lot of things his generation is facing. being a fashion icon or being successful and rich doesn’t mean you don’t have an opinion about your generation’s sufferings. i’m sure GD watches the news and is aware about many things people of his generation are facing. he may not be a part of that group facing those problems, but he can certainly be the voice that speaks for them.

    3 years ago
    • The comparison is hard to digest, Macklemore is million miles apart from GD. He gets through a life, not a spotlight. You have to live to put it in your songs and sing it to get the people understand you. Anyway, even though our opinions differ I’m ok with it.
      Someone I wish much of luck and following is San-E, let’s see what will happen. ^^

      3 years ago
      • I sure acknowledge GD’s talent and charisma but I still think that to have the power to guide a generation and to be a spoke-person you have to experience what you are telling to the world. An example is Eminem, he made it because of his talent and he is believable because he is a son of the worst Seattle, otherwise he is just a white rapping and trying to be motherF* black.
        That’s what I said, he is not a rebel and Crooked is just another MV of a kpop star trying to be something else but shouldn’t. I like the song, but in the MV I don’t see much more than sparkling makeup and good stylist job. He should have film it in Korea, don’t know where exactly, but then it wouldn’t be glamorous as London.
        I enjoy all kpop songs and artists, but I’m aware that it isn’t more than marketing and money, no chance for individuality, but hey, isn’t money that is ruling the world? So kpop has changed the world already, the focus is now more to Asia and Korea than ever.
        And this is the last serious comment about kpop for a while, because I’m sick of myself too.

        3 years ago
        • this is the last from me too then. “to be a spoke-person you have to experience what you are telling to the world” what if what he is telling to the world is for everyone to be kinder to one another and help the unfortunate and treat everyone equally? being a spokesperson is just as much about bringing awareness as it is about being someone who is from the ‘inside’ to speak to the world. so you’re saying people aren’t gonna listen to me or believe me when i talk about helping poverty just because i’m not poor? that’s a bit ridiculous. what about jinusean’s sean and all the things he’s doing to help the unfortunate? or what about angelina jolie? she must be an unworthy UN ambassador spokesperson in your eyes because she’s sure as hell not poor either. or lady gaga and macklemore speaking on behalf of the lgbt community? by your logic people won’t lsten and believe them either because neither of them are lgbt.

          and how is he not a rebel? he’s aready breaking kpop rules left and right since the beginning of his debut. a rebel is someone who does things their own way and doesn’t listen to other people right? so in that sense, how is he musically not a rebel? lol. sure i guess you can say he’s just playing the part and pretending to be a rebel in Crooked, but rich and glamorous people can’t be rebels? they sure can. especially in the confined restricted world of kpop where every single thing he does can and will be criticized.

          i’m sure glad that we managed to keep it calm even with different opinions. let’s just agree to disagree and leave it at that. have a good day.

          3 years ago
        • I think you confuse charity and being an icon of an entire generation, someone Korean girls and boys can relate to and follow. :s

          3 years ago
        • maybe it’s less about me being confused and more about me having a different definition on being the “voice” of a generation. to you, being a voice means that to speak up about something one has to be part of the society you are speaking up for. which is totally fine, it’s just that i feel it’s too narrow of a view for me. to me, in ADDITION to your version of being a voice i think it can also be someone speaking up for them and standing up for those who are being mistreated. it doesn’t have to be restricted to just charity. speaking up about it is also giving “voice” to those people who might not have their own strength to speak for themselves because they are already living a hard life as it is. someone who understands and wants to help can be just as much of a voice as someone who rises from the misfortune and speaks about it firsthand. the only difference is perhaps the impact and point of view. but the result is still going to be a good one regardless.

          3 years ago
  40. I’m actually more surprise by the CD packaging that look like normal CD than the video itself. And anyway Marina, your song is hilarious

    3 years ago
  41. Absolutely loved this Music Monday….except for the shameless product placement !!!!!! LOL Wait where have I heard that before….????????????????

    3 years ago
  42. Holey moley, that “GD’s got the runs” song had me in tears. Absolute gold!

    3 years ago
  43. What happened to the other songs that used to be in the top ten like Brown Eyed Girls and VIXX (which was months ago and now they’re in to bottom of the K-pop charts)? Anyways, great KMM as always!

    3 years ago
  44. Nick Kang
    my youtube account is: [email protected]

    My favorite part was the scene where GD was being very obnoxious by disrupting another band’s performance. I think this might seem like something a drunk person might do, but GD here shows how much stress he has through all the expectations put on him by his fans, company, etc.
    In that scene also, he is being pushed around just like in other scenes, but maybe here since it relates to music directly (besides it being a mv) it seems to me GD might think his own music might be disruptive to some parts of korea’s music industry.

    3 years ago
  45. Look at GD going all punk rock. I wonder if he watched Sid and Nancy or 24 Hour Party People.
    I completely enjoyed that little running ditty, and the Spudgy/Meemers version at the end as well. You can’t go wrong with a banjo.
    Your blog comments on Pitchfork reminded me of the Portlandia Pitchfork sketch.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WcSXbvzW91U

    3 years ago
  46. So my answer didn’t fit on YT, so… Here it is. XP My username is ReaKinata.

    For me, my favorite scene was very very brief, and in the very beginning. It set the tone for the whole video, IMO. At :13/:14, he’s running (when is he not? lol). But for a brief second and a half, the look on his face has one of pure pain and depression before it cuts to a more rebellious GD running. Just that one brief glimpse of his pain in the beginning, though, it told me immediately that everything isn’t quite as it seems, as we were shown later on with his crying scenes, which also got me. But that was my favorite, because it told us right in the very beginning, so the later scenes didn’t seem abrupt or out of place.

    3 years ago
    • I agree! The quick shots of him looking so still, down and depressed were really powerful in the midst of all the running and hollering.

      3 years ago
  47. That “Runs” song…I don’t have words. Funniest shit (punny!) I have seen in a Music Monday in quite some time (besides the glorious Fangurilla of course). This is my favorite track on GD’s album and I loved the feeling of alienation and desperation in the video combined with the manic running, all around, an ace combo, so I’m ecstatic that you reviewed it and liked it. Two side notes, 1- GD is not crushing, but GODZILLA STOMPING 2 AM in the poll, 2- Please tell me that Drunken Tiger’s “The Cure” wallpaper on the laptop is yet another sign of the MFBTY that I am PRAYING is coming?

    3 years ago
  48. Did anyone else notice that Soo Zee has a JYP Crystal headphones? Just saying. . .
    Anyway, I really think that G-Dragon blends well with foreign countries because of his clothes and stuff.
    Funny coincidence, but G-Dragon WAS on Running Man with Seungri and Daesung. Just reminded me since Martina made the Running Man Joke.

    3 years ago
  49. Yay I got to see SImon point to JYJ! well…sorta… good enough!
    Now all I need is for him to run tho the left and point! or dance to Hyuna’s solo song whenever that is…

    3 years ago
  50. i won’t pick only one part of the mv, but all the moments that GD looks up to the sky (he did this a lot in the mv)
    i don’t know about you guys, but when i’m sad, i have this tendency of looking up, trying to hold back my tears, and also kind of looking for help. i’m not religious or anything, but i just have this habbit, as if looking to the sky may calm me down…
    GD did that a lot in the MV (0:05 ; 0:24 ; 0:31 ; 0:39 ; 1:05 ; 1:13 ; 1:28 ; 1:34 ; 1:42 ; 1:50 ; 2:12 ;2:52 ; 2:56 ; 3:08 ; 3:11 ; 3:25; 3:36) – i may have left some off
    the point is, sometimes, like 0:24 , 1:50 , 2:12 (especially) , 2:52 , 2:56 – those are moments when he’s clearly revolted, 2:12 especially, when the lyrics says “i’ll spit towards the sky” , and he actually spits (^^), those are moments when you can see the fellings that he’s been talking about the entire song. he’s angry, revolted, alone, and in those moments, he’s putting averything out, to whoever is up there, or whoever listeng to him.
    on the other moments, he just seem tired, like giving up, and that’s another feeling that he talks about in the song. i particular like the 3:25 because hes almost falling, so “crooked” he’s that time.
    i love this song, from the first time i’ve heard it, and i always stay emotional because of that ( my hands are shaking right now) because it’s a really deep song, with so many strongs scenes in there. i think GD is saying things that everybody already feels, the pain of being alone, of being left behind, but he manages to take that to another level, much more deep.
    i’m sorry i’ve talked to much, but i don’t think there’s nothing i don’t like about this song and MV. what i’ve said up there was just one point that called my attetion and that i have indentified with.
    sorry for any english mistakes also ^^

    3 years ago
  51. SMS is the new JYJ

    3 years ago
  52. isa

    My favorite part of the video was the whole last part. You see him with his friends, partying, dancing and causing a general chaos, all with an ‘i dont care’ look and just pissed but not really fragile or hurt. but it its not until the 3:07 mark that you see everything finally catching up. You see sadness, dread, and general exhaustion reach him. You see him crying in stalls, small clips of him running but now his face is tear strained and eyeliner runs down his cheeks. Now you see Kwon Ji Yong, vulnerable and breaking. and thats what really made an impact on me. I just love GD a lot and im worried that this song is how he really feels, like his ultra successful rich life isnt as perfect as before. idk man.

    youtube user: Isa Joffre

    3 years ago
  53. My favorite scene was when he was lying down on the sofa smacking his head up and down, no deep or meaningful reason for which I like it. It was just the scene that caught me.

    3 years ago
  54. EYK: strikes you with a diarrhea reference when you least expect it…
    Good job with the skits this week, I had a good laugh, especially at the JYJ one :D I hoped you’d at least mention the cheesiness of Only One and you made a mini skit, awesome! Actually, good job with the whole KMM :)
    As for GD’s MV: the scenes where he’s running in that tunnel make me think of Firestarter. I know these videos are completely different but that was the first thing that came to my mind and I cannot unsee it now. http://img32.imageshack.us/img32/2014/1ifl.jpg And GD really seems to like running in music videos. He was running in Haru Haru, Lies, Blue and probably some other Big Bang videos I don’t recall.
    Tiger JK on your laptop! I hope he’s coming to your studio with Yoon Mirae and Bizzy sometime soon.

    3 years ago
  55. My favorite part was him getting denied by the bouncer.
    The bouncer’s face and GD’s dancing backwards in his giant fur coat made me laugh!
    Youtube name: RUiiKE

    3 years ago
  56. my youtube username is scentedtoes and I love everything in the music video, but if i had to choose my favorite scene would be 0:52 – 1:02 because i love it! I love the camera angle at 0:52 – 0:54 when GD was in the alley-way squatting. The way they showed just his very sexy- i mean the way they showed his bottom half and quickly snapped it back to his face! yeah… thats what i like… I love how they quickly changed the camera angle when they edited it because it feels like it adds on to the crazy camera angles in the rest of the video. I also don’t really like the outfit he was wearing at that part, but I think it fits well in the scene because since he is in an alley way tunnel thingamajig, you can’t fly upwards and his feather bird like top fluffy thing lets you know that he is a trapped bird. Yes, a trapped bird who is lost and trying to find his way out of the tunnel since it is trapping him in. Also i love the part where GD pushes the foreign couple, i loved how serious he looked in that part. I could really feel how serious his acting is. He’s all cocky while chewing that gum, oh yes im jealous of that gum, and his attitude is all like ” yeah, imma hipster. I got my swiggity swag and all YODO- i mean YOLO” and then he bumps into the girl like ” WTF B*TCH!! Do you know how much this outfit cost??” Then he pushes her boyfriend and he’s all like ” what’s your problem dude? Keep your girl tammed and tell her to make me a sandwich or clean my dishes” and yeah…

    3 years ago
  57. HA! This KMM is a great conversation and laugh! Lovin it!

    Favorite Scene: @ 3:37 when GD opens his arms out and looks towards the sky. Why? Because through out the whole video he’s physically expressing his frustrations: causing outward destruction, screaming, venting, crying. Then, here is the one moment of “breath” or “relief” before the final collapse. It’s almost like GD’s taking a huge breath, feeling the true sense or exhaustion, and looking for the answer to move forward (dare I say maybe even realizing life is bigger than himself)

    After all, we spread our arms out to increase our lung capacity to get a bigger breath.
    Just a thought!
    Love me some GD.
    YT UN: Macie Tonn

    3 years ago
  58. YouTube username-1withwolves. I’ve been subscribed for quite some time. lol

    My Favorite scene is actually in the beginning when he is laying on the couch hitting his head repeatedly against the arm.I do that whenever i’m extremely stressed out and have no way out. So i feel more emotionally connected with that scene. its like “yeah,I know how you feel man. I understand”. Especially with what i’m going through right now, I have been hitting my head a lot…v__v ….and so,that is my favorite scene! Happy to see you guys back on a semi-regular schedule. :D

    3 years ago
  59. Kim

    my favorite part was when he was crying/sad in the bathroom stall cuz he looked so cute!! And it shows that even though he is a badass he still as a soft spot. youtube name Yoona Inna

    3 years ago
  60. I like the parts where he’s in some kind of park and he is all by himself. It’s because he’s in the park with no one to play with so it makes me sad because he is super rich but he has no true friends to play with. So he has to play by himself, with himself a bike and a basketball as his only company. And he seems so lonely on such a big couch at the scene 1:20. Because he’s not even singing or anything he is just sitting by himself. The scene is shown from far away. So he really is the only one in the park. So to me it seems depressing, and it seems real.
    Like a kid is an outcast in school because no one wants to play with you because they think your weird.
    Anyways Fighting GD!
    Youtube: Jessica Carrasco

    3 years ago
  61. Kim

    my favorite part was when he was crying/sad in the bathroom stall cuz he looked so cute!! And it shows that even though he is a badass he still as a soft spot..

    3 years ago
  62. Kim

    my favorite part was when he was crying/sad in the bathroom stall cuz he looked so cute!! And it shows that even though he is a badass he still as a soft spot.

    3 years ago
  63. I really liked Martina’s running song and Spudgy/Meemers version as well. :D

    And tiny GD vs FanGURILLA.

    3 years ago
  64. bwahahahaha that country song!!!

    i loved this song!!

    3 years ago
  65. Hey guise! :D I would like very much to win that GD album so here it goes:
    My favourite part is the one from 1:57 to 2:28. I think it fits perfectly the lyrics (here’s the english translation):

    I’ll put on thick eyeliner, use a whole can of hairspray
    Leather pants, leather jacket with a frown
    I want to hide my pain and become even more crooked
    So you can feel sorry, I’ll spit toward the sky
    You’re scared of my crude words and my rough eyes
    But actually, I’m afraid, I want to go back but I have nowhere to go
    I want to love but no one to love, what am I supposed to do?
    I can’t turn it back

    So, it shows GD masking his pain with superficial matters. The beauty saloon, the cars, fashion itself, and clubs. It’s like he’s trying to “change” to forget, but ends up drowning further as he acts in a reckless way. The places he visits are set in “dark” tones, almost like the city where it was filmed, what is pretended is a gloomy visual, much like the phase he’s going through. The epitome of this part it is, I think, the one where he’s at that outdoor eating place where he just kicks everyone’s food and drinks and no one seems to care. “But actually, I’m afraid, I want to go back but I have nowhere to go, I want to love but no one to love, what am I supposed to do?”. He’s hopeless.

    It think it is indeed a very relatable video and it is beautifully shot. Sharp and quick cuts give the rhythm the song needs. Even though he’s acting he made it believable and genuine. I think its great (:

    Sooo, that’s it for this Attempt to Make a Mini K-Pop Music Monday, I will leave you to your choice now xD
    Greetings from a portuguese nasty! Wish you guys all the best!

    (my youtube account is name is Maria Inês Rodrigues, or tkjm94)

    3 years ago
  66. My favourite part, hands down, would be the scene where he kicks all the peoples food off the tables. Well not so much that part, but the part after where he goes and LIES DOWN ON THE TABLE WITH MUSHED UP FOOD ON IT. At least he wasn’t wearing that sick ass fur coat of his!

    3 years ago
  67. This is my favorite album from him, personally I think his vocal suits pop-rock too, beside hiphop/rap. I love Crooked and Runaway very much. Coup D’etat and You Do are really unique and they keep growing on me, but I can understand why people doesn’t get into it. “R.O.D” is the most beloved for his fans though, as I see.

    Thank you for the MV review :D

    3 years ago
  68. Poor Fangurilla …

    3 years ago
  69. My daughter and I laughed our backsides off at “Oh my god, I killed a child!” and a few other places in the video. Awesome job guise! I’m so glad you picked this over GD’s other video. :)

    3 years ago
  70. pffffhahahahaha just when i thought this would be a serious discussion over GD’s video…… “OH MY GOD, I killed a child!” happened…. and then “He’s Got the Runs”……. so funnyyyy! this totally made up for the recent lack of KMMs~ keep spreading the joy of laughter to all the children of the world…. and GD. you guys totally make my day!

    and JYJ’s song……. my sentiments exactly -______-;

    3 years ago
  71. BTW, I like the scene where he peeing in that child look baby blue suit. It seems like he loved to act peeing nowadays. This time in public tho. I found it’s odd, when he choose to pee in side-street but he had to cry in toilet stall. While he seemingly had ability to run fast, then how difficult it be to find nearest public toilet?? LOL and he even had a suit!

    3 years ago
  72. Can I say that I like this part when he is checking his gum… Like 1:04 “Hi gum, how you doin?” :D but for real I like this moment when he is sitting on this car-sofa whith his bike next to it. Like lost child who doesn’t know what to do next. But later you can see that he is still riding. So for me it’s kind of like : he was lost and tired but he get ovet it and startrd again :D my ytb acc : Czoko Muffin.

    3 years ago
  73. My favourite scene is
    UNBIASEDLY, at 2.22 mins because in the VERYY far right hand side, you
    can see my friend in a blue shirt, and myself being REPRESENTED by that
    cockblocker with the sunglasses (I’ll find YOUUU!!). It took us 4 hours
    to find him and a bit of guts to sneak in front of the camera line but
    we made it!… yesss I AMM sooo nastyy hehehe ^^~ but his crew weren’t
    too strict so we just chilled there XDD Kinda took inspiration from
    S&M’s backstage at Inkigayo ^___^”

    Youtube name : Nancy Vu
    Twitter: EnnVeeX

    thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

    3 years ago
    • WOW!! I rewatched it lol! Are you the one that sit in the very back with black hair and sunglasses?? lol it must be made your day! lucky girl :D

      3 years ago
      • no no though i wish!!! The dude with the sunglasses blocks me entirely but one of the fans took a pic from an angle that makes me visible and they posted it on instagram which im SO gratfeul for… and that day ENLIGHTENED me, i was gasping and being all O_O *_* when he was kicking stuff off the table and we also discovered the car park where the coaches of equipments and staff were stationed, camouflaged as innocent civilians at a cafe nearby and eavesdropped on the supervisor to know the location where we would eventually find him. Hunter level: PRO XDD

        3 years ago
  74. My favourite scene is UNBIASEDLY, at 2.23 mins because in the VERYY far right hand side, you can see my friend in a blue shirt, and myself being REPRESENTED by that cockblocker with the sunglasses (I’ll find YOUUU!!). It took us 4 hours to find him and a bit of guts to sneak in front of the camera line but we made it!… yesss I AMM sooo nastyy hehehe ^^~ but his crew weren’t too strict so we just chilled there XDD Kinda took inspiration from S&M’s backstage at Inkigayo ^___^”

    Youtube name : Nancy Vu
    Twitter: EnnVeeX

    thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

    3 years ago
  75. My favorite scene was at 1:47 Where he is sitting alone against a wall on some sidewalk. While the rest of the video was very energetic, this was the one scene where he was very quiet. It was like he lost all energy from all of the overly excessive emotions – whether excitement, anger, or crying- and just went numb.
    The video on a while was a common thread that we see among the young & famous where they spiral out of control, but it was also one that can speak to anyone dealing with having to live up to the expectations of those around you. And this one short scene spoke to me because among all of the fakeness of having to act happy with friends and crying in private, there are just sometimes where you’re too tired to do either. It was a nice break in the video as if he took a break for a couple of seconds before resuming with the intensity again before finally crashing at the end.

    youtube user name: fruitchaat2

    3 years ago
  76. OMG i got over my coughing, now I can laugh at the end slate and not die coughing :D

    3 years ago
  77. Actually, I don’t want GD pull a Bon Iver at all. Because like we see, he seemed like he is already in his comfort zone when everyone praise him and serve him like a King. He even confessed he didn’t write song as fast as he was before, because he was too happy. You know why he is always such an emo kid in his lyrics, yes it’s from experiences, if it makes sense tho. Anyway, I want he pull a rowdy-carefree-hippe life ala Christopher McCandless in Into the Wild. Okay, not that extreme. I still want him posting his daily instagram. :p But maybe a quiet-humble life like you know blend into the community like real people not like his pack of socialites friends. Or just taking a break or holiday! Or meditate in a dessert! Or getting into army dedicatedly might be help LOL Idk what to say… I just say he need real experience so then he can connect more to the common people..

    3 years ago
  78. My favorite part of the song…would have to be the beginning when GD’s walking through that lit tunnel and its like your looking at the moon at close range, but when he moves, its the back of his jacket. It was in my opinion an artistic part of the MV.

    3 years ago
  79. I like the scenes where he’s just
    running towards the camera cause he looks hot…okay, jk. I would’ve said that it was the part where he pulled the gum out of
    his mouth but that was just random. Anyway, my real favorite part was at 2:11
    in the official mv where he goes “kkkkkr-thu” like spitting out whatever saliva
    he had in his mouth. The main reason I like that part is because he actually
    makes it part of the song [like, as in it’s actually part of the lyrics] which
    I thought was pretty clever. And my second reason is because it reminds me of
    Titanic where Jack is teaching Rose how to spit like a man. :D Oh, and not to
    mention, it’s followed by the part where he’s “supposedly” peeing on the wall
    [which is just naaaaasty, but hey we nasties like that kind of thing à
    I’m totally not being serious about that last comment]. X]

    3 years ago
  80. everyone likes the crying scene, but I love the scenes where hes just in his boxers. its so simpe but I like the laid back simple g-dragon as much as i like the wild one.

    3 years ago
  81. I like the spudgy and meemer’s take on the EYK take on Crooked.

    3 years ago
    • ….and here I thought that it was the Eyk take on “Yakkity Sax”, the Benny Hill closing theme…either way, it was great.

      3 years ago
  82. It always impresses me how KMM make my Mondays so much better :) I think this was one of my favourite reviews of the year. I laughed the whole way through, and almost spat out my muffin. Thanks soooo much!

    For me, the crying scenes were really powerful, because it almost looked as if he was laughing hysterically when he was crying, like he was going insane. The whole mv kinda looked like he was going insane. It seemed like he was going “crooked”, as the title implies, when he was doing all the bad stuff (kicking the food around, pushing that guy around, etc.) and then afterwards it all just sorta built up inside him and then he finally cracked and let it all go with such strong emotions that he was laughing and screaming while he cried. Even though throughout the whole mv he was trying to act cool on the outside, I think that the crying-in-the-washroom scenes represented his mental state on the inside. In the end, it gave me the message that when you try to act like someone else, or something else, or you have pressure on yourself to act that way, it’ll screw up and your life will start going downhill, and eventually you just can’t take it any more. Yeah…

    P.S. My YouTube username is AngelaCat13.

    3 years ago
  83. The last scene where he finally collapses. It just seems so final. He’s torn apart from trying to portray a positive image on the outside, but crying on the inside. After all is said and done, he just couldn’t take it anymore.
    YouTube username: MsThugBear

    3 years ago
  84. Oh my god you guys are so awesome :D The “He’s got the ruuuuuns” had me in stitches and sent me into a coughing fit since I am a little sick right now so that was not that nice but that bit was still hilarious :D And the re-enactments what the different people would do… Still LOLing here^^

    I am glad that you picked “Crooked” because while “Coup d’Etat” has the symbolism it took me a while to like the song whereas with “Crooked” I was immediately hooked (sorry I just had to make that lame rime xD). It just makes me wanna dance and jump around!

    3 years ago
  85. “Oh my God i killed a child!” 20 minutes later, still LOLing.

    3 years ago
  86. I also love the part where you guys re-enacted what a fangirl would do….I laughed my ass off because I can count off of my fingers of all the people I know who’d do that!

    3 years ago
  87. By the way Simon everyone wants your hat! XP

    3 years ago
  88. My favorite part was where he was sitting or dancing in the middle of all those people and supposed friends and he couldn’t look more alone. Although surrounded by people it’s sometimes a lonely business which makes you break down and cry.

    3 years ago
  89. I actually liked the club scene, because it goes so well with awesome song! They’re having fun and this song has an awesome, fun vibe to it. The fact that it was filmed in the UK makes it even more awesome!!! Great job GD! My YouTube username is profl1p.

    3 years ago
  90. OH. MY. GOODNESS…I cried I laughed so hard at the “He’s got the ruuuuuuns” song…watched it like five times….then when Spudgy comes on and sings I lost it again…then the Meems came…oh hell, bells…

    Perfection…this KMM is perfection…thanks.

    3 years ago
  91. You guys are so adorable as JYJ, I’m so glad you included a minor spoof about that wonderfully ridiculous video of theirs. I have no idea how they themselves kept a straight face while filming it.

    Super LOVED the real person compared to fangirl skits, I lost it with “Oh my god I killed a child.”
    And Martina, you could be a legit GD impersonator.

    3 years ago
    • Let’s keep in mind that JYJ made up 3/5 of “Balloons”. Me thinks they gave up on their dignity awhile ago. LOL

      3 years ago
  92. About my favorite scene (besides the crying, that guys i was sold with that performance, it move me) and is not the part of GD running like a girl (I am a girl, i believe i look more manly than him running XD) is probably the part he is dancing in the club and drops… I mean who hasn’t feel like that, being surrounded by people and still feeling like you are freaking alone and all you want to do is break down? Well kudos to GD, after all getting our crayon does have his consequences

    3 years ago
  93. I’m really curious about your question too. What popular artist in Korea speaks for their generation? No idea really… I know quite a few more artists than the idols popular in the international community but it’s difficult to know this unless you look up the lyrics of all the songs(the popular ones) South Korea is producing. And that’s lots of work, man! From what I’ve seen I think Bangtan Boys is kinda going in this direction, but they are more in the “you don’t have to follow these set in stone standards to be successful” area so far. It would be really nice to know if there is any artist fitting or trying to fit in the “speaking for their generation” category

    3 years ago
    • I was just about to say “Bangtan Boys” seemed to be trying to be a “voice” with “No More Dream” and “N.O,” representing the disenchanted youth that do not subscribe to the the strict discipline of “study study study” to achieve one’s goals, but rather, to try to find your voice and passion to work hard towards. I agree with you that it will be interesting how much further they will explore this vein of thinking and if it really starts to grab hold by the Korean youth. Currently it is somewhat shallow, but that is the tendency of “pop” music anyways.

      As S&M says, I think GD has the strongest potential to be a “voice” for Korea and, at this point, the following to make a impact. It is an exciting time to be a fan of Kpop, to see how it will evolve with more and more world recognition.

      3 years ago
      • I agree that GD has the most potential to be the voice of korea of his generation (after seo taiji) but we might have just to wait after he finishes with his enlistment with the army…. Imagine his music after his experience in the army after years in the limelight of idol life especially since the government has done away with celebrity recruits…. But that’s years from now

        3 years ago
    • i think if we’re not looking at idols specifically, then we’d be able to find someone. but if we go indie that in itself would be another hunt because talented indie bands are aplenty! but yeah, most kpop songs are about personal experiences and love songs rather than touching about actual issues within society. i dunno whether or not it’s because of korea’s culture that doesn’t really like to talk about those stuff freely or viewing it as taboo topics to sing about, but i definitely agree with s&m that if it could be anyone, it would probably be GD or TOP or epik high since they’re more daring and have spoken about some stuff in their past albums and songs.

      3 years ago
      • I was thinking about Epik High as well, Their lyric content is really good and they have talked about some problems in our society. We can even see it in their latest album, that was criticized for being more pop or mainstream, but they’re a couple of songs with very strong lyrics, like “New Beautiful”. I think if we actually go into hip-hop there are more chances of finding someone. Or even if some idols actually were free to write their own lyrics… but that’s a completely different subject.

        3 years ago
  94. I already posted this on facebook but I thought I might as well put it here too. My username is Dapper Dinosaur.

    My favorite moment in Crooked was when G-Dragon was crying in the bathroom and when he falls at the end of the video. 1) because it reminds me of Draco malfoy in the 6th book. But no seriously it just shows the raw emotion and makes you want to cry too. It show his vulnerability and makes you realize he is actually a human being with emotions like all of us. 2)when he falls, it shows that he can’t keep up the fake mask that he has to in this industry. It shows that he’s done trying and he overworked himself to death. It’s such a beautiful album and the symbolism is just spectacular.

    3 years ago
  95. I’m sure a lot here will say the same reason as me, and that is the sobbing in the bathroom. The last few videos of GD has been with a lot of attitude. Which is nice, I enjoy that side of him. But the scene was quite surprising for me, I was taken aback with it. It just increased my expectations of GD as my favourite k-pop artist, and that is development. He keeps on going forward, and he keeps surprising me. I find it very satisfing to be a fan of him, !because he is not underestimating me. I hope this made sense! My youtube name is kawowl!

    He’s got dem ruuuuuuuuuuuuuns!

    3 years ago
  96. can i use the “he’s got the runs” song as my ringtone bc i can already see it being the best ringtone ever

    3 years ago
  97. Nothing about the high incompatibility between “punk” and “cross tatoos”? Well, whatever!

    I like the fact that you guise took the time to say why you didn’t pick the 2 other videos, even if it crops a bit more an already short KMM… Thank you for being honest (and hilarious) about the JYJ ad!

    And that 2NE1-inspired fanart on the right is BRILLIANT!

    3 years ago
  98. My favorite or the scene that hit me hardest was the “crying in the booth” scene. I know it hit most of us hard to see him this upset and sad. The lyrics didn’t help either so I couldn’t help to cry for about 3 days.
    BUT! Then when I watched the MV again something else hit me in the heart… my food loving heart.
    GD…it doesn’t matter how “young, wild and rich” you are… YOU DON’T GO AROUND KICKING OTHER PEOPLES FOOD! Especially not fries. You gonna get your ass beat.
    Good damn it.

    Yeah and my Youtube acc is Amanda SiriLinnea.

    3 years ago
  99. Mblaq appeared again even after having nothing to do with this weeks showdown….haha maybe that club denied GD’s entry and that’s why it started bleeding rainbows

    3 years ago
  100. This video reminds me of the tv show Skins (UK)

    3 years ago
  101. I like the part where GD’s sobbing in the bathroom stall because, you’d think he’d close the door, but nooooo. GD’s a strong and empowering punk, who don’t take no embarrassment and his proud to show his tears! Also, kudos to the automobile couch. I’d like one of those….

    3 years ago
  102. Far and away my favorite scene is the “GD in silky boxers riding the horse that we are all frakin jelly of!” I mean I DARE YOU NOT TO THINK DIRTY THOUGHTS!!!!!! *Squee* Com’mon admit it…you know you watched it more than once…or ten times…having an actual physical album would prolly make me cry…but never fear I have plenty of tissues! ^_^ (P.S. my youtube name is maddiefossett)

    3 years ago