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Girls’ Generation – I Got a Boy: Kpop Music Mondays

January 15, 2013

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Woohoo! Our first Music Monday of the year for a 2013 song, and it’s a HUGE song. It’s Girls’ Generation’s “I Got a Boy” which got a bergillion views and lots of hype. Lots of people asked us how we felt about it, which we stated in the video above. If you haven’t seen Girls’ Generation’s video yet, check it out below, and then we’ll expand on some more of the points we discussed in the video.

For starters, we really like writing these blog posts, because we get the chance to talk about our ideas in a lot more depth. In our videos, we have to balance the need to express our opinions with our desire to entertain. We’re silly people, and like to talk about not silly things in silly ways. Talking for too long, on it’s own, is boring for us, and we want to make the videos fun. These posts, though, let us talk a lot more about ideas that would take us farrrr too long to talk about in video format. So, let’s talk a bit more here, if you’re up for it.

For starters, we aren’t thrilled by the song, and we won’t be convinced otherwise by people telling us what the song means or what it does. I’m also going to argue against potential comments here from people who say that the song is a lot better when you listen to it a lot more. Sure, that may very well be the case. If I listen to it another 20 times, I might start liking it. The problem for me is, I don’t want my pop music to do that. I want to listen to a song and be blown away by it and to be caught up in a mindless fury of dancing. I don’t want to have to work hard at liking a pop song. That’s not why I listen to pop music. Make me dance because I love the song; don’t make me put effort into liking your song.

I like my songs to follow a pattern. This song breaks the pattern of songs, for me. Sure, it’s different, and very original for a Kpop song, but not everything that’s different is good. I remember reading some godawful books in English class simply because they were the first of their kind. Great: kudos for being original, but you still suck, Djuna Barnes (Ohhhh, how I hated reading “Nightwood” What a sack of crap!)

And so it is with this song, though I don’t violently heave at the thought of it like I do “Nightwood.” “I Got a Boy” is not a sack of crap. It started off great, but then falls apart in trying to do too much. In my opinion, it’s better to be great at one thing than mediocre at many things. Electric Shock, an absolutely awesome song, had a solid pattern and sound. They stuck to it. They developed it a bit, but they didn’t abandon it within the song. “I Got a Boy,” though…I…I just don’t know what they were thinking. You might find it’s great, and you might like the originality. We find it forced and unaesthetically pleasing, and feel like if it was given to a band that wasn’t famous, many people would feel the same way, too.

The imagery in the video also doesn’t do it for us whatsoever. But, then again, you know that we’re not particularly fond of SM videos, though we often love their songs. This video: it just upset us on so many levels. Girls’ Generation are women now, not children. Act a little more…mature? Why do they act like fools when the boy rings the doorbell? Is this new technology to you? Why throw all of your stuff everywhere? Uggh! That opening scene was just so…bizarre. The video would have been a lot better without it.

Girls’ Generation dance phenomenally well here. This is probably one of the best dances from a female group that we’ve ever seen. It’s badass, aggressive, and confident, and we don’t see that from a lot of girl dances, right? I just wish they would have stuck with that image of power and assertiveness, and not regressed back into slack-jawed ninnies when the boy is around. When they’re with each other, the girls are rugged and tough. Bring a boy into the picture, and they act like they’re five years old again. That’s not cute. That’s not endearing. That’s ridiculous, and just a dumb message to get across.

Let us know your thoughts. We’re 50/50 with this. It’s got some really good parts in the song, and has really outstanding dancing, and it’s got some really bad parts in the song, and has really stupid imagery.

If you like it more than we do, make sure you pick it up via iTunes and YesAsia. More importantly, though, if we haven’t annoyed you with our review, give us a vote for the Shorty Awards! We’re in second place, and we’re catching up to first, but we need the power of the Nasties to Nastify the Shortys! Do it!

Nominate Simon and Martina for a social media award in the Shorty Awards!Nominate Simon and Martina for a social media award in the Shorty Awards

And, if you’re feeling like getting in a few more chuckles, you can do so at the expense of Martina’s inability to pronounce some words. She also can’t help but think of buttcracks at times. Oh Martina, you special, special girl :D

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  1. I think one of them is breaking up with the guy when she realizes he’s late for their date @ 4:41 in the video XD

    3 years ago
  2. hahah… you guys made a good point. Cute hip-hop is pretty awkward. But.. Martina did an awesome job at it.. it was HILARIOUS! <3 Btw, I love Martina's earrings. I guess since Snape couldn't get Lily, he went player.

    3 years ago
  3. I vote for No More Perfume on You.

    3 years ago
  4. Very well-said! I like the first part where they are all fierce, but when the aegyo comes in…really not liking it. I hope some crazy die-hard fans won’t bash on you guys for expressing YOUR opinions. Thanks for bringing so much joy to us!:DD

    3 years ago
  5. I vote for chunji in no more perfume on you but I don’t know how much of an honour it would be to win that showdown. I vote for him cause it seems much more simple and obvious that he is cheating. Plus he is in a group called TEEN TOP, they [their managers] should know better.

    3 years ago
  6. My vote is for Chunji. In that music video/song, it was very clear and obvious that it was about a guy cheating on his girlfriend. I Got A Boy, not so much. We can guess that that’s what it might POSSIBLY be about, but it’s not as clear and definite as No More Perfume On You. Sure people will say that because it was one guy supposedly cheating on 9 girls, it’s worse, but honestly, if they haven’t figured it out, especially since they all live together, then they’re either veeeeeeeeeerrrrrry naive, or just plain stupid. Take your pick. But add on the fact that when the girlfriend does find out, Chunji’s not remorseful AT ALL. Hell, he looked almost proud of it. Now THAT’S what I call a scumbag.

    3 years ago
  7. I completely agree. The song is all over the place with too much going on. The dance however, is fabulous. I guess I’ll just have to stick with watching the music video. I do enjoy the album as a whole though. I absolutely love “Talk Talk”, it’s definitely my favorite song on the album.

    3 years ago
  8. I so agree with the growing up part. When I first listened to this song during that first whole section I was like “YES” This is cool. I like this GG. I was so freaking excited. And the rest of the craziness happened. >.< I feel like they would have better rap sections if they were more grown up and Hyoyeon did them… She raps more realistic than the weird quick talking that usually is considered rap. Their looks were better but definitely it went to agyeo rap and it was oddish. Anyway I do like the beat though. *ramble over*

    3 years ago
  9. That moment when Martina rapped better than the rest of the girls.

    3 years ago
  10. I appreciate your opinion and I can see your point. I actually loved it when I first heard it (I think they can rap better if they had more lessons) because I love when songs break out of the mold and try something new. That is the whole reason why I got into K-pop in the first place. When I first listened to K-pop I instantly fell in love with it because it was so different from American Pop music which I was and still kind of am getting sick of. K-pop includes many different singers and types of music that form into what pop music should be. Not in the music in which people constantly talk about sex and wear less clothing in their videos.

    I Got a Boy sure does get better if you listen to it multiple times but this song is definitely not for everyone. I am very glad that you didn’t hate it completely and refused to listen to the whole thing after the beginning. I feel like this song will set the bar so high for the rest of the k-pop world in terms of what kind of music they can do. It may not necessarily be like the format of this song but just to have an almost five minute song is incredible. I will end my rant here by saying that thank you for not holding back on your opinion and for giving us a chance to really see what goes on in the songs and the videos

    3 years ago
  11. Really?!?!?! That’s so…amazing! I’ve never seen it put on that way. Then again, I haven’t really seen that many people put on perfume…

    3 years ago
    • I guess I am weird because I spray it in the air and walk through it (most of the time). I guess it depends on how strong the perfume is too. I also do the wrist thing sometimes.

      3 years ago
    • That is how I was taught to put my perfume on as well.

      3 years ago
    • Yeap that is actually the correct way of putting on perfume. on your pulse points so that it can last longer.

      3 years ago
    • Yep, as far as I know, that is a traditional way to put on perfume. You see it often in old black and white movies when the starlet is putting on perfume.

      3 years ago
    • yup. it’s how they put on those eu de toilette things where instead of a spray it’s the stick thingy attached to the bottle cap. they put the perfume on pulse points so that they last longer and smell stronger i think. lol.

      3 years ago
    • Yah, that’s actually what I’ve been told to do because it lasts longer on the warmest points of your body– namely the largest pulse points: near your jugular and your wrists :D

      3 years ago
  12. how do you actually vote for the shorty award? maybe i’m slow, but its kinda confusing..help anyone??

    3 years ago
    • Click on the link we posted! Then, tweet your reason as to why we should win, and that’s it! Then tell all of your friends and family! Then make a poster and picket outside of your neighborhood congress. It’s that easy!

      3 years ago
  13. I see Jaejoong on your laptop! (I promise I’ll come back and write a more meaningful and relevant comment later.)

    3 years ago
    • The shoelace part gave me Harry Potter flashbacks. Cringe-worthy ones.
      I agree with basically everything that you said and…. yup. Vote for Chunji.

      3 years ago
    • Thank you for spending the time reading my super long comment. :)

      3 years ago
    • At first I thought it was cunningness in the lyrics but then I found this

      “I’m really angry, my boy doesn’t look at me as a girl
      What should I do when I feel hopeless?
      Should I make him feel jealous?
      I’m so upset! What do I do?
      No way! No way!”

      So basically the girls “mask” themselves with make-up and aegyo behaviour because they’re afraid the boy might not like them for who they are(let’s forget for a second that he’s a two-timer) … I get it now..(of course that’s not the way to solving the situation), the video though isn’t that suggestive in that regard… Great comment! :)

      3 years ago
    • in my opinion this was a better blog and review of IGAB than EYK’s

      3 years ago
      • I’m sorry to see that someone downvoted you just for stating your opinion. When I wrote my comment, I did not in any way mean for it to be compared to EYK’s review, I simply wanted to express my own personal feelings on the song and video, as many other people have done in the comments. If you like what I wrote better than what EYK wrote, I am flattered that someone liked my post so much. ^^; I enjoy reading a lot of the comments here as well as S&M’s blog posts, whether I agree with them or not. So I am sad to see comments downvoted that express an opinion in a polite way simply because someone does not share that opinion.

        3 years ago
    • hahaha, that was the first thing I noticed too. I actually had to stop the video for a moment to fangirl!

      3 years ago
  14. Lia

    And this one, I super agree with this “This video: it just upset us on so many levels. Girls’ Generation are women now, not children. Act a little more…mature? Why do they act like fools when the boy rings the doorbell? Is this new technology to you? ….”

    Why oh why SM, you let them look like that. They need to show their other side, not just aegyo’s. And you said before that you are trying Hip Hop for them, right? But you didn’t change what they are doing in their music video’s; full of aegyo. Then it is fail. It’s contradicting to the style of being a Hip Hop.

    3 years ago
  15. Haha Me too!

    3 years ago
  16. haha Martinas Rap was better than GG.

    On another note, i like most of this song. I do agree and think it sounds like two or three songs all together. I have to say I like the whole aegyo, but I do want to them to grow up.

    3 years ago
  17. hahahaha i saw tht small promotion at the back there on Jaejoong ^^ lub u guys!!!! <3 <3 *tackles down simon and martina for bear huggles*

    3 years ago
  18. This has to be the best KPMM so far! I haven’t laughed so hard in a while :D

    3 years ago
  19. Totally agree with your review S & M. I’m a fan of SNSD, but I thought the way this song was put together was terrible. Aegyo + hip hop definitely don’t work together and the disjointed nature of the song turned me off. It’s def one of my favorite dances for them though. Hope to see GG do more mature concepts in the future. I’m their age and I’d be frustrated if I still had to act like a cute girl as a grown up.

    3 years ago
    • That’s why many people agree that the live performances were better. There’s no that extra visual distraction on those additional scenes. The same scenes were actually much better in the drama teaser, it kinda made more sense and suited the sweet melody more. Perhaps they should have made a dance version of “I Got A Boy”.

      3 years ago
  20. I love this rewiew, it’s 00:25 AM in Brazil and I’m waiting up until now for the KMM (even having to wake up at 5:00 AM). Thanks for making great videos and I hope that you reach the first place at Shorty Awards, I already voted and later I’ll vote again. Well, about I got a boy: I liked the dance and not really liked the song. Most SNDS is my age and SM continues to make the girls act as if they have 10 years, this is too much for me!! ^^

    3 years ago
    • heey i’m from brasil too! *hi5* hehehe

      3 years ago
      • uhuhuhu de que cidade vc é? eu sou de Aracaju – SE, e sim há fãs de K-pop aki, ainda bem, não aguento mais ouvir Gustavo Lima e Michel Teló (espero q tu ñ goste d nenhum deles; se gosta, SORRY kkkkk, mas as músicas deles ñ descem, mto ruins!!! ^^

        3 years ago
  21. I love you Martina!!! You dropped it on em!!! lol… If anybody cares… I liked the song, cant stand this video. It just seems like something I have seen before… Didnt BoA use the same background?? I digress… I hate the MV…

    3 years ago
  22. “You can be hip hop, or you can be aegyo. But you can’t be both!”

    Case in point: Hyuna’s Ice Cream. That woman-child ruined a childhood dessert for me.

    *searches for cheesecake*

    3 years ago
  23. It has been decided…Martina’s aegyo rap will be my new ringtone so when it goes off people will know how hardcore I am >:D

    3 years ago
  24. My issue with this song is that it sounds like two or three different songs that they try to mash up into one song and yes, that they cannot commit to one sound. It doesn’t sound like a unified whole. Unlike, say, Shinee’s “Sherlock”, which is actually a fusion of two songs (“Clue” and “Note”) but for those who have not heard of the two separate songs would actually believe it’s meant to be a single song, not a fusion of two.

    I do dig several Girls Generation songs–“Mr. Taxi” (yes, I know it’s more of a J-Pop number) remains embedded in my head up to this day, and I liked “The Boys”.

    3 years ago
  25. At first I was really looking forward to the song because I loved the sound of the song in the teaser. So when I heard the full song I was completely annoyed that they jumbled it all up, I wanted to hear more of the chorus and everything else for me (at first) was just *rolls hands* “Come on hurry up and get to the good part”. Although, now I have heard it so many times that I “like” it. I wouldn’t say I love it because it’s just not my style. I also didn’t like the whole one minute drama part of the video (SNSD Slumber partay~), AND why was it in English, do Korean people even know what is says? (I assume not). The song was very average in my opinion but the dancing was pretty refreshing. Hm…. I’m standing middle ground~

    3 years ago
  26. I want to just point out how Hyoyeon wasn’t aegyo by smacking the boy during the mv….. lol

    3 years ago
  27. I think it’s better with the lyrics. For instance, when Jessica is staring unblinkingly at her boyfriend, the (Greek) chorus is saying, “Girl, you are crazy!” The song expresses absolute confidence, but then casts the absoluteness of that confidence into doubt. It’s a bit like a whole concept album condensed into one song.

    But also, yeah, it feels a lot like a whole bunch of unfinished songs/ideas thrown together. None of the pieces are strong enough to be the title song on their own.

    Great song for those with ADD though. Not just the constant tempo and scene changes, but the air sirens on the chorus, the full-blast production on the vocals,pretty much make it so you have no choice but to pay attention.

    3 years ago
  28. Verdict: pass. The Boys is catchier. Totally get what you guise have been saying about SM recycling the same box-y sets, though. Outfits were a bit cartoon hip-hop and reminds me of Gwen and the Harajuku girls.

    3 years ago
  29. Curious …. what is Martina poking after every NG in the bloopers?

    3 years ago
  30. “””The problem for me is, I don’t want my pop music to do that. I want to listen to a song and be blown away by it and to be caught up in a mindless fury of dancing. I don’t want to have to work hard at liking a pop song…Sure, it’s different, and very original for a Kpop song, but not everything that’s different is good…When they’re with each other, the girls are rugged and tough. Bring a boy into the picture, and they act like they’re five years old again. That’s not cute. That’s not endearing. That’s ridiculous, and just a dumb message to get across…”””

    —– OMG, you guys couldn’t have expressed/reviewed it better! I TOTALLY agree! They deserve props for trying to be different and original, but they messed it up by trying too hard and mashing up all those songs together. It definitely could have been an awesome song if they would have cut it into different ones. The outfits were cool, but the acting scenes where they get crazy over the boy are indeed ridiculous. I love reading your blog guys! I love that you guys are so down right and real when it comes to songs and everything else! <3 anyways awesome review! :] ———–

    3 years ago
    • I agree with you. I’m also 50/50. I think each part of the song are good but put together it’s just make something weird that doesn’t make me want to listen to it any further. However the dancing part was just awesome ! I don’t usually like SNSD’s dance because it’s usually too cute or just doesn’t fit the song (in my opinion) except gee maybe. But here, i was really impress by the “badass” attitude like you said. And it did fit the song. i really really like the choregraphy. Too bad the
      song doesn’t do it for me. Same goes for the cute image. I just didn’t see the point! Why having an agressive dance when you can even tie your shoes ! Come on, now! at least for the boy or genie or gee the concept of the video, the dance
      and the song was the same.

      Anyway after many many listening i came to like it a little more.

      3 years ago
    • I agree… thou I “blame” the director and the one who made the song xD The stylist made me laugh because I watched the version where you could freely read what was on those hats xD …

      3 years ago
  31. Same. :’D I always put my perfume on my wrists and then dab it on my neck from there.

    3 years ago
  32. I love that you always say what i’m thinking about a mv xD
    And dang Martina you one bad a** rapper :D lol

    3 years ago
  33. “You can’t be Hip-hop and Aegyo at the same time!”

    TRUTH! TRUTH! TRUTH! PREACH, Brotha Simon!

    *And then Aegyo Illa comes on and Brendon stops breathing from laughter*

    3 years ago
  34. I couldn’t stop singing this song in my head all day long, and when i say all day, i mean it! Thanks Guise, it will be in my head for at least a week. LOL

    3 years ago
  35. I just don’t like the song or the video. I tried, I really did. With all the bright colors and the stupid aegyo, it feels almost as if SM is marketing SNSD to children, and as someone in their early twenties it’s a turn off. I agree that they’re adults now and that they should act more mature. But I guess SM feels that if something isn’t broken, why fix it?

    3 years ago
  36. Martina how did you manage to steal the hunky ones tiara?????

    3 years ago
  37. Now I’m just singing “I got a boy, chicken” over and over in my head…

    3 years ago
  38. Wait…they rap….?

    3 years ago
  39. Martina! I’ve been going crazy looking for a headband like the one you’re wearing in this video(also like Jessica wears in the video). Please tell me where you got it/where I could possibly get it xD

    3 years ago
  40. 237

    I loved Martina’s Aegyo Hip Hop. How do you come up with that!!! I wished martina spoke more about the dance section though. Nice advertisement skit as well. Always enjoying- 237.

    I vote Dirty Scumbag in I Got A Boy!

    3 years ago
    • i vote snape ,too! And i totally agree with S&M’s opinion of the song/video

      3 years ago
    • Even though I thought the rap in the song was awesome (I can’t help it, I find bad rapping by girls more cute than annoying), I have to agree that Martina’s aegyo rap was more kick butt than most of the rapping done in the song (except when Hyoyeon rapped; I like her as a rapper :3)

      3 years ago
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