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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!

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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. Simon says “you can’t be hip-hop and aegyo at the same time.” I wonder what they think of this J-pop/Metal group called BABYMETAL….

    Is it ok to be kawaii + metal at the same time?
    Here are some of the vids if you want to check it out:

    Gimme chocolate!! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WIKqgE4BwAY I-ine (This is definitely weird with changes of sounds but the crowd is still wild!): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VR-Lwp0aqXE & this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J1vBwcWVkSY <<here, the crowd even sang with them!

    Tell me what you think!

  2. Hmm… I do agree with you on most parts on how the song seems too disjointed for a normal person to like. Same with the video as in there is an overload on aegyo throughout the video that, although I don’t mind, should not exist (at least toned downed by a lot). I don’t think that SNSD deserves that much criticism on that because, as you said in the review, SNSD did not went for this image by choice (cause of slave-working SM Entertainment). Although this is prevalent in other groups and performers, certain people, for example, Hyuna who in my opinion should not be popular because of her fickle image as both cute and sexy. I’m not sure, maybe it’s just that SNSD’s cuteness is not as overwhelming in my opinion. I think the rapping was okay as well, compared to The Boys. Some of the people I showed it too got very confused while others find it awesome. I happened to like this song very much (not just because I’m an SNSD fan); I find this style a welcome change on normal K-pop songs. Maybe I’m a bit biased, but maybe on that 50/50 feeling you have about this should be on the side of liking it.

    P.S. I love Martina’s rap. It’s so hilarious and puny. I wished that you talked more about the dancing and that setting that the girls were in when the song ended (it wasn’t just a boring box as usual for SM and I wished that SM makes more setting like that). http://smtownjjang.files.wordpress.com/2013/01/20131601_i-got-a-boy.jpg

  3. Martina, I LOVE your outfit!!! ^ _^ “I gotta a boy, chicken.” I LOVE THAT REFERENCE. When I first heard this song, I was equally saying….W T F???? Seriously, good job on this MM. I also like the advertising suggestion. Your shameful suggestion is PERFECT AND…I agree that GG should be able to grow up. I thought they had as the last couple of MV indicated then all the sudden…THIS???? The song…LOVE!! The MV….eh! I know….I’m really behind on my viewing of MM…been a bit busy! LOL Love and Peace!!!

  4. Isn’t it “Lemme put it down another way” ?

  5. I think SM is totally misusing Hyoyeon; she ain’t a great singer, but she could be a decent rapper because she has a gritty voice suited for rapping and the Hip Hop aesthetic definitely her look

  6. Alright. I wanted to share this with all of you.

  7. Am I the only one who thought at the beginning of the song Sooyoung says “She’s a cat burgler.” instead of korean lyrics “시작해 볼까? / Sijakhae bolkka?” ?

  8. some of the members showed potential skills of rapping before the boys came out but Yoona is just downright awkward with her rapping..Yuri can actually rap to start with,hyoyeon is definitely good at it,sooyoung is decent..the roles of rapper in the group is
    1)hyoyeon
    2)Yuri
    3)Sooyoung
    4)Yoona

  9. I vote Chunji for biggest scumbag foreva.

  10. I pretty much got into a semi-argument on AKP because I said I didn’t like the song. On here someone very nicely pointed out the “read the lyrics/listen to it more” thing. Thing is I’m just like you guys, I don’t want to have to listen to a song a billion times to get to like it.

    The “good news” is that it doesn’t make me cringe that much anymore. And I can watch the lives just fine (after all, the dancing IS cool) . The “meh news” is that the lyrics make it seem as childish as the video when the guy rings the bell, and it’s even worse than Gee.

    The only “assertive, bad ass girl” parts are in the dancing and it’s all lost in the song. Not only is it a messy mash-up of “trends” that could indeed do well on their own… ah, how I miss the Run Devil Run era!

    Please, SM Ent, stop it. Give them something more meaningful to play with. Give them lyrics that show a more mature side. They can’t be the Gee girls forever!

  11. I don’t think the issue is that you can’t have cute hip hop. I’ve heard cute rap songs before and they’ve worked(well, I liked them anyway), but those songs have always sounded cute. I Got A Boy doesn’t sound aegyo-cute, so it doesn’t make sense to out aegyo in the video, but I’m sure someone out there can make aegyo hip hop that works.

  12. I vote for chunji!!! I totally agree with your review, great dancing, very impressive. But I HATE HATE HATE the song.

  13. ummmmm i vote for chunji he was waaaaaaay worst

  14. Martina’s Aegyo rap killed me. “Oppa, gonna pop a cap in yo a**” :D :D :D

    I love your blog posts. I usually read them before i watch the video. Write more, write more (I am a compulsive reader, though. Maybe you shouldn’t listen to me.)!

    The teentop song is more scumbagy. the lyrics make it very clear that he’s cheating and wants to get away with it.For GG, it could be fantasy, and somehow they aren’t all dating 1 guy. All their boyfriends just look the same when they think about them…yeah……

  15. i love simon & martina’s opinion on this song & mv. :)

  16. Did anybody else notice that there is quite a lot of Spudgy hair in this video?

  17. oh no they did’t censored that… that’s sad… :-/ (sorry I’m having some serious problem with my english.)

    I need to watch this now.

  18. Am I the only one who noticed that there is a lot of Spudgy hair in this music video?

  19. “That opening scene was just so…bizarre. The video would have been a lot better without it.”
    THIS. OMG THIS SO FREAKING MUCH. I still remember how I couldn’t stop tweeting something like “the MV is okay, except for the first 20 (or is it 30? I forgot) seconds. I totally dislike the opening scene.” it’s … unnecessary.

    “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?”

    and yes, I also couldn’t agree more to this statement. if there is one thing I love the most from the MV, it’s the choreography. better than any other SNSD’s choreography in the past. tell me your wish is an exception since I love everything about the song, including the MV and the choreography.

  20. Seriously LOVED the Aegyo rap. Listened to it several times.

  21. Simon and Martina, THANK YOU! Thank you for being completely honest in your review. I said just about the same thing on Youtube, BIG MISTAKE. I was literally attacked by SONEs. I was called all sorts of horrible things for giving an honest opinion. And the same exact thing happened when I reviewed Dancing Queen by Girls’ Generation on Youtube. The way I was received was as if I killed their Spudgy and held Dr. Meemers hostage. I don’t understand why people have to be so…mean. We are all K-Pop fans but people like them give all of us a bad name. When I tell people I like K-Pop, suddenly it’s like I’m all Cathy Bates in Misery. It’s sad and we need to change.

  22. xD I replayed that rap like 3 times that was hilarious

  23. I think that the boy is not really boy but kind of symbol….
    it’s not like that boy is playboy and cheats the girls….
    but he’s like an ideal boyfriend figure….

  24. beyondhallyu(dot)com also did quite a good piece on GG’s I Got A Boy, particularly looking at it from a feminist/gender equalist perspective, and it was quite well done. That’s how I learned that (unsurprisingly) the song was written by a man.

    Great job as usual, S&M! I agree with quite a lot of what you said, and it was entertaining as always :)

  25. Oh my god. I think I busted a gut laughing to this Music Monday. Thank you SO much for this one!!

  26. Hey Simon and Martina! I think you should check this video out! It’s a really sick and awesome performance!

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

    Hope you guys can see this! ^ ^

  27. I really love your response to GG – I got a boy. That song is awful. Just too much to take in. Even the “I got a boy” part is sluggish. Would you really say that in real life? iiaaeeeww!

    And MV is so horrible. I’m kind of ashamed of GG right now. Since Psy brought great attention to Kpop singers, they are just so disappointing. I expected a lot from GG after their last comeback. Disappointing…again T_T

  28. I think that the boy is not really boy but kind of symbol….
    it’s not like that boy is playboy and cheats the girls….
    but he’s like an ideal boyfriend figure….

  29. I guess I’m in the minority of people who liked it upon first listen.

  30. at 1:49 of the actual video, I understand they were doing the fade into view thing throughout the video but rite at that mark I think they mess up lol

  31. I know that you guys have your opinions, but I just want to share mine.

    First off: hiring one male actor makes perfect sense in this song. Notice how you never see his face? The point of his presence is that he’s that “boyfriend” that girls talk about in girl talks, not one specific boyfriend. It’s almost like he’s an idea rather than an actual person. Therefore, there’s no need nor point in hiring different actors when you’re not supposed to give him a solid identity in the first place. He’s the nameless, faceless “boyfriend” girls like to rant about and gush over with their girlfriends. And no, he’s not cheating on all the girls in GG because again, he’s the “idea”.

    Secondly: I don’t understand why you’re having issues with the opening scene. If you listen to the lyrics of the song, you’d notice that it’s about a girl who’s insecure around her boyfriend. Yes she’s happy to be with him, but she’s also unsure of herself. The girls are all badass with they’re with /each other/ because they’re comfortable with their fellow girlfriends. But having this whole insecurity thing is realistic because face it, a lot of girls can be insecure, no matter how confident they may be appear to be in front of other people. Therefore, when the boyfriend rings the doorbell, she’s not “scared” of him, just nervous, because it came so suddenly. It’s that whole “omg how do I look, how do I smell, do I look pretty” kind of thing that runs through your head. And notice how right after this scene, the song starts? Again, the song is about how the girl is insecure around her boyfriend, and this opening scene perfectly introduces this idea. And believe me, this is realistic because I have a friend right now who freaks out when her boyfriend comes over. And yes, she’s been on dates before, and she’s not some frail feminine girl either. She’s just a girl.

    And the fact that all 9 girls are living together? Again, just a /representation/ of the girl in the song.

    Yes, the whole aegyo thing may have been a bit too much. But personally, I thought it was fine? I find it normal for a girl to be somewhat shy and nervous in front of a guy they really like, regardless of age. But that’s just me, and I do see how it might have been too much for GG, given their ages (but then again, they look so young anyway so it fit them). But again, guys dig it. I have a friend, a male fan of SNSD, who lamented the lack of cuteness in “The Boys”.

    Yes, you may not like the song, and you may not care for how the lyrics explain its disjointedness. But the lyrics do actually relate to the video for once. Sometimes, I really can’t understand why you guys have to take everything in the video so literally.

  32. Thanks very much. I am not sure what I specifically allergic to, but I do know that some perfumes are worse than others for me.

  33. I read a number of blogs/vlogs etc on Kpop/Kdramas …and the topic of this song (s) keep coming up. Seriously looooooooong posts from GG fans explaining in every possible detail why this song is great and should be listened to a dozen times until you like it. (and how innovative it is) For me, it’s like peas.

    yeah. English peas.
    I will never like them.
    no matter how they are cooked. no matter how many times I’ve tried them…

    do. not. like.

    If a song(medleymashup) has to be explained over and over and ….you have to plead with others to “just listen to it for the 42nd time, you’ll see how awesome it is” ——then maybe the-major-fans (& SM Ent.) should accept that there are a lot of people who don’t like…um….peas.
    Those who enjoy it…do so. Those us of who think it’s a musical train-crash will await another GG release and hope it’s something less jarring.

  34. Couldn’t agree more with you guys. The whole “Listen to it 20 times to like it” thing is ridiculous. Even GG themselves said that they listened to it a 100 times until they began to like the song. And SM really needs to do something with that AD before Simon finds it in SM’s office and Dothraki Man Warrior it to bits lol

    And also, thank you very much for using my question for the “How famous is kpop in Korea” tl;dr!!!! :D

    (This is from my discus account).

  35. “You can be hip hop, or you can be aegyo. But you can’t be both!”

    THANK YOU. That’s exactly what I think of, honestly, 98% kpop girlgroups. Seriusly. NO.

    One thing or the other. You can’t be a sexy confident woman and a cute innocent girl at the same freaking time. YOU JUST CAN’T.

    That’s the main reason whay I can’t stand kpop girl groups.

    They want to be 2NE1 AND they want to be GG… at the same time… in the same video… OR WORSE… they alternate comebacks with the two images.

    NO. STOP IT. YOU’RE DOING IT WRONG.

    Gosh… seriously, i really hate it.

    Invent something new or stop pretending, either way… you’re loosing respect not only as a potential artist but also as a woman.

    P.S: OMG YOU HAVE JJ ON YOUR LAPTOP *W* There, I said it xD

  36. LOVED the review. Loved your guys!!!!

  37. Well, first things first- thanks for such an honest opinion of the song guise. You must have been under a butt load of pressure, considering the mixed reviews IGAB earned. So nice job keeping it real yo.

    Also, your commentary on how Girl’s Generation are given fetish concepts was great. I was really looking forward to something more empowering from GG- even though The Boys wasn’t the best song out, I actually felt like the girls were more in control of their own sexuality, if you know what I mean. I feel like it’s about time some girl groups graduate to more womanly concepts- Brown Eyed Girls are a good example of idols who promote a more mature version of sexuality.
    I’m not suggesting that GG start crotch thrusting, but I’d like to see IGAB with more swag and less ‘oh oppa it’s my first date kawaiii~’. Not that these fetish concepts aren’t executed well (or aren’t enjoyable), it would simply be nice to see GG switch it up. They just aren’t teenagers any more.

    Wow /end rant/. I’m actually pretty fond of this song, it’s so energetic and great for dancing! But not so much the video;;

  38. Simon and Martina, I am super shocked that you didn’t make any comments about Sunny’s hair?! She went Spudgy Blue and Martina Pink all in one video!! Also, I LOVED the rapping skit!!!!!!

  39. I’d have to vote for Chunji because I just can’t even deal with that video tbh.

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