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This week we review the music video for GD&TOP “High High” and try to deal with Martina’s fangirl insanity for TOP. And it looks like we’re gonna have to deal with lots of other fangirls with this video, because this is the most requested video for our Music Mondays EVER. Or it could have been Martina secretly filling out our Music Mondays Request Form hundreds of times.

Anyhow, we said it in the video and we’ll say it here as well: this is the kind of video we’d like to see more of in Kpop. Sure, generic club scenes are generic, many of you may say, but at least they’re accessible. Stuff like JYJ’s “Ayyy Girl” video, which was a good song, really limited its international appeal by being such a bad video. It was perfect for fangirls who got to see their idols looking great, but to those uninitiated into Kpop the video looked quite weird, and might have been alienating. Or, at least that’s our fear. This video, on the other hand, was not only released on YouTube first – so as to hit the international audience – it was a video that many people can understand just fine: two guys rapping and having fun at a club. No awards will be given for most original video award, but at least it does well for marketing.

The song’s great as well. The beat is bumping, and GD & TOP are having fun on the mic. They’re not the best singers in the world, so they focus on what they’re best at: rapping. Back to JYJ for a minute though: what’s up with Kpop in English talking about being so high that they can touch the sky? JYJ did it and punched an eagle, while GD & TOP were a lot less violent about it. They had playboy passports as well, and they took an airplane to get that high (if we’re to trust the beginning of their video at all), while JYJ just, umm, flew there. Must be convenient being gods and all.

A couple of things we didn’t mention in the video, because it might have been too nitpicky: check out the video at 0:47 seconds. Did you see how huge that girl is compared to GD? She’s monstrous! Then GD tries to climb on the rails to match her height, but it’s still not enough, so then they just get rid of her and put two other short girls in her place instead. Ha! Poor planning on behalf of the directors.

Anyhow, this is going to be our last Music Monday of 2010! Next week we’re doing our “How to Dance Kpop 2010″ video, and that’s going to take the place of our Music Mondays for the week, but we’ll be back in January for all new episodes. Huzzah! And, as always, JB and Annie from [닉쑤] Enjoy Your Happy Life~* are awesome for so diligently translating all of our videos into Korean. They’re the best! Anyhow, if you’re a big fan of Big Bang like Martina is, you might be interested in picking up their 2011 Calendar for the new year. Huzzah!

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  1. I see my name at 7:10:P Wooh!

  2. I LOVE GD!!!!! GD GD GD GD GD!!!!

  3. I have to say I’m just like Martina in this one,
    TOP is totally awesome and GD is the crown prince ;) But actually
    nstead of High High my favorite is Oh Yeah featuring Park Bom
    (I’m both VIP & Blackjack :D). How about doing
    2NE1’s Don’t stop the music? –> rel="nofollow">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J5ekB4l-6wg

  4. G-Dragon! <3
    What a difficult decision… I luv T.O.P's hair though, but GD's still the best for me <3<3
    So go GD!!!!
    PS: Thx for the videos you guys have made, they're all very funny. =] Continue ur work!

  5. ★Vote for TOP____ T.O.P is hot!!!!!!!!!!

  6. GDGDGDGDGDGDGDGDGDGDGDGDGDGDGDGDGD~~~~~~~~

  7. Just got to see the video. Loved it haha. Simon pouring water over Martina lol. Her fangirling so hilarious. I feel you though! Great video as always. It's soo tough with your question but I'm going to have to go with Top. Even though I'm not really digging his hair in this video (I like it though down) he's still hot. GD is too but I like Top's style more I think.

  8. Ha! Thanks :D I'm not sure if we'd consider ourselves courageous. Maybe just crazy?

  9. Ha! Yes, we saw that. It's been spreading quickly on Tumblr, and now it's the highest rated comment in GDTOP's official music video. Ha!

  10. G-Dragon. Although TOP's hair colour is fine, I really don't like it styled like that.

  11. TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP TOP <3

  12. Y'all are just too damn cute.

    And you know T.O.P. can get it any day of the week, so my vote goes to T.O.P. T.O.P. T.O.P. T.O.P. T.O.P. T.O.P. T.O.P. T.O.P.

    Did I mention I love T.O.P.? He can come to noona any day now.

  13. GD
    GD
    GD
    GD
    GD

    GD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  14. GD!!!

    But I want it to be a tie…

    I dont think its possible cause of Martina;)

  15. I saw the ‘순천향 university hospital’ and ‘중앙공원’

    I’m living in Bucheon, too.

    http://map.naver.com/index.nhn?dlevel=13&lat=

    비디오에 제가 사는 동네가 나오니까 반갑네요^^

  16. of course i vote for the hothot TOP. omgg TOP look really handsome, sexy… oh i'm melting. he is the sexiest idol in south korea..and he always be.
    how can a 23 years old man look as sexy 35 years old macho man. he is even more macho man than cha seung won…

  17. I love both GD and TOP!! Its a hard choice…. but I'm leaning towards… TOP! <3

    Thanks so much for doing this video!!! I can't wait for the CD and the come back of Big Bang :)

  18. GD!!!!!

    I didn’t like TOP’s hair in this video.

  19. T.O.P.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  20. I'll miss Music Mondays T_T
    Anyway, i love this mv and the song specially GD & TOP. They're freAking sexy! :) but if I have to choose, my vote is for GD! :)

  21. GD, his is skinny, but the way he dress up doesn't look skinny, he is fashionista, blah blah blah just love him <333
    SO I VOTE FOR G-DRAGON

  22. G.D!!! I've always loved him and its thanks to him that I love kpop <3 G-Dragon ftw!!!!!

  23. BB's leader: G.D!!!!!!!!!

  24. I vote for TOP of course.
    Tho i think they both look good, TOP's fashion sense is often acceptable than Gd's is.
    But he just looks really good here.
    Aaah. ;;)

  25. Hey Martina and Simon can I add a honorable mention for Taeyang I thought I saw him in the scene! He was looking very very nice I heart Taeyang!

  26. Hey hello there ! Haha I'll totally vote for T.O.P yea ! Cool hair, nice looks. He's awesome. :x
    Yea and I hope that both of you would make a video about SM THE BALLAD – Miss you. ^^

  27. TOP cuz I love em soo much and I kept on replaying this song its so nice ^_^

  28. My ultimate bias in Big Bang is Daesung, and then the paradoxical Taeyang who totally makes out with a girl on stage but in rl squeaks every time someone of the opposite gender approaches him. But um, that's beside the point. I'm going to have to go for GD on this one. Guy's pretty amazing. ;D (even though his hairstyle reminds me of an ahjumma gone wrong. sigh.)

    Your videos are epic times. I dunno, I find expats the greatest things on earth (ok biased here because obvs only the cool ones have blogs I read >_>) and you guys are up there. But yes, for next Music Monday … Ok I'm kind of lost. None of the groups I crazily stan are performing these days, so I've got the indie bands and ballad groups on repeat. You should do a shout out to them one day. Except y'know, less to mock. And squeal over.

    Thanks guys! <3

  29. I give my vote to GD <33

  30. GD GD GD G-DRAGON!!! *fangirl mode*
    T.O.P. is incredibly hot, but I'm not loving the white hair on him. I gotta say GD stole the attention in this video for me, he was so freaking cute/sexy and just had such a high level of energy jumping all over the place. I was like "T.O.P. who?" **don't kill me martina** XDD

  31. TOP
    his entire body oozes with sexiness.

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