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Kpop Music Mondays: GD&TOP “High High”

December 20, 2010

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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. Tea

    Oh, you guys are cruel!

    I say: GD.

    6 years ago
  2. MSA

    You know, what I'm about to say could sound potentially hurtful, but it's the first thing that crossed my mind, so I'm gonna say it: in the MV, around 1:26, there's a girl with this light-green/blue wig… when I first saw the video, I though she was a tranny xD And there I was thinking "Ohhh, GD, TOP! Good job showcasing diversity~ " Bottom line: that was one ugly wig.

    Oh, and I vote for GD. May not be as handsome as TOP, but he cracks me up xD

    6 years ago
  3. TOP for sure, g-dragons hait looked really really ugly, but i think TOP shuldnt have made his hair white because it looked weerd

    6 years ago
  4. Is this where we can vote for whats next week? o:
    (I already voted for G-D on youtube 8D sorry martina~ TOP just DOES NOT rock the white hair …:/)

    ANYWAYS :D can you guys do T-ara(Tiara)'s Bo Peep next week?

    6 years ago
  5. nice video – fun to watch!

    6 years ago
  6. I was actually laughing out loudly at the office on this one! Thank goodness people are on vacay! the finger mustache at the store was classic Simon!!! my vote is hmm hmm hmm so hard!!! I actually though GD was so freaking cute (even with the Curly Mohawk) BUT and its a Big BUT!!!! TOP was stunning and ever so sexy! I wasn't into him until the white hair, it's very dashing! I think TOP favors original 90210's Dylan a la Futuristic MMM HMM… so I guess TOP is my vote officially, sorry GD I wanted you to get a fighting chance!

    6 years ago
  7. That’s a hard one ‘cus GD looked pretty awesome and comfortable in the vid as TOP looked awkward in most of it. My vote’s for GD, but I still love you TOP (you’re my favorite)!

    6 years ago
  8. Of course I vote for TOP :)

    6 years ago
  9. TOP!

    6 years ago
  10. Martina must be very happy because of all the TOP comments. Well martina, I dont like his hair so… ë‚´ê°€ 만만하게 ë³´ì—¬? ã…‹ã…‹ã…‹Hahahahaha :)

    6 years ago
  11. I love GD but I have to admit that TOP looks better in the video (oh, I have a weakness for blond ;P). Vote for TOP

    6 years ago
  12. I'm probably voting more based on sexy voice here considering the fact that in TOPs last video he looked like an Asian Spock…

    GD has this like, Gumby haircut. Noooo comment. As much as I love the glasses on him I have to vote for TOP. He's lookin' reeeeal dapper in that suit.

    6 years ago
  13. Of course T.O.P. he looks awesome in this video =)

    6 years ago
  14. G-Dragon

    6 years ago
  15. Oh Martina I completely understand, TOP is dreamy. So, even though both GD and TOP look good in the video, I vote for TOP hands down.

    6 years ago
  16. You're really cool and funny!
    I vote for TOP!he is the best!))))

    6 years ago
  17. Ok i watched it. See now look what you did. I am officially a fan boy of TOP. I believe he his swagger is a bit more natural and he sold the song for me and made it more believable that they were rocking the club in the video. "Turn it up" suckas

    6 years ago
  18. I love you guys. I am not going to partake in looking to see who looks better GD or TOP for one main reason which is I love you guys videos they are so entertaining. GD and TOP hmm I do want to take a look because you recommended I do but I am not a POP fan that much so I will save my ears and eyes for another time when I am more brave. In the meantime stay blessed.

    6 years ago
  19. Nice review guys. Couple things stood out to me: when Simon dumped the water, I was immediately like, "No! Not near the computers!" and also, Simon's spelling bee number was epic win I'm sure he pwned all those n00b spellers hahaha.

    6 years ago
  20. Ahh! So hard to choose between the two of them. They are both tied for number 1 of my favorite Big Bang members.

    Soo………can you give me a vote for both? :D

    6 years ago
  21. Haha, how tall is GD anyway? Something's telling me that the girl did not have to be extremely tall to tower over him. ;)

    To answer the question, TOP is looking much better! GDs afro is horrible, and I have a thing for white hair anyway. I couldn't stop imagining it was Jim Jarmusch bouncing on that Korean nightclub's floor.

    6 years ago
  22. GD all the way!!!!!!!

    6 years ago
  23. ofcorse I'll vote for my prince charming T.O.P
    Hope he wins :) <3 <3

    6 years ago
  24. It's a very very hard choice….i like both of them so much…T.O.P looks great in this video, but in the end … my heart always goes to GD…

    6 years ago
  25. T.O.P. is looking better in this video.
    The funny things is that before you made the video about T.O.P. – turn it up spng, I didn't know BigBang.
    T.O.P. Is like perfect guy.:)

    6 years ago
  26. TOP!!! <3

    6 years ago
  27. LOL this was hilarious! XD love it~~~

    I vote for TOP, and not cuz Martina likes him. I don't like GD's haircut. T_T

    and do i detect other big bang members?! ^^

    6 years ago
  28. Ay really difficult choice, I Usualy prefer Gd to any other Bigbang members but here … I don't really like the curly strange haircut, not my style at all (event if he's freaking cute and good looking in any ways) I have to vote for TOP ! I mean he so handsome here, when I first saw his haircut during the mama I was so happily surprised (by the way their performance during the mama was so awesome !) well I say is agaiiin TOP !!
    TOP
    TOP
    TOP so handsome here ! huhu I'm such a fangirl too

    6 years ago
  29. top :)

    6 years ago
  30. love the video guys! :)
    and i'm with you martina – i don't "fan girl" a lot, but for big bang, i will. xD
    and my vote? GD. :) top is sexy sexy but GD is just ridiculous in this video (in a good way!!).
    and also simon, to answer your question about the finger mustache – he does the move when the lyrics talk about "콧노래 (kot no rae)" which means "humming, (a singer's) crooning", but literally translates to "nose song". voila! mystery solved!

    6 years ago
  31. TOP IS A SMEXY BEAST AND DONT U 4GET IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!lol i vote 4 TOP.
    SO charismic!!!!!1 eyes-check brows-check face-check everthing-CHECK!!!!
    HOW THE HAECK CAN 1 GUY BE SO FREAKING HOTT?!?!!?!

    6 years ago
  32. TOP!<3

    6 years ago
  33. GD! he's so charismatic, I love him in the video! GD GD GD <3

    6 years ago
  34. I'm gonna have to go with G-Dragon :]

    6 years ago
  35. Great video! Totally awesome!:))
    Obviously, T.O.P. gets my vote!
    He looks handsome even with that white weird hair of his. Well,I love him anyway !!!

    Thank you!!

    6 years ago
  36. Great. Now all we need is Rain makin it rain, SHINee bling, and Boa throwin bows and there will be nothing unique left about K-pop.

    6 years ago
  37. Hi!!!! : D
    I think GD and TOP were good looking in this video but, TOP gets my vote because I jsut can't get over GD's Asain-fro at the verry begining.

    Please do Teen Top's "Clap" for a music monday. My friends and I would really respect it!

    Thank you!!! : D

    6 years ago
  38. Tottally loving this Music Monday ^^… I can't stop seeing this MV ^^

    My vote goes to…….. TOP TOP TOP TOP xD

    6 years ago
  39. G-Dragon all the way~!

    6 years ago
  40. I Have to vote for TOP in this one, because I actually really like his platinum blonde/purple hair.

    6 years ago