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


  1. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2DwHBdVgewU some of the soshi members can rap…except SM was so biased towards Yoona (whose rapping is horrid) and gave her like 80% of the rap lines and left the 20% for the rest of them

  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. HAHAHA. “You’re a clever man, Snape.” Oh my god, I died.

  6. Look at this pic. o – o

    if that doesnt work here is a link: http://tinypic.com/r/fjl45s/6

    (please vote up to share this with everybody! ^_^)

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

  8. 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?” ?

  9. 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

  10. I vote Chunji for biggest scumbag foreva.

  11. 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!

  12. N-no download for the rapping? B-b-but, I have all the F.ART (F.ART as solo artists?) mini songs… TT TT

  13. 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.

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

  15. ummmmm i vote for chunji he was waaaaaaay worst

  16. 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……

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

  18. Hyoyeon is the only one who realizes Snape is dating all nine, and slaps him like a boss!. Hiphop Hyoyeon FTW :P

  19. Chunji!! his was cleverer and more conniving hahaha
    and 1 guy dating a few girls (or vice versa) is not so “scumbag”-ish to me, it’s just “k-pop” XD

  20. I demand more Aegyoilla videos!!!

  21. i agree they can’t do hip hop aegyo, but 1TYM totally can. look up 1TYM Good Love. they are the most swagin cute boys ever in that video.

  22. I agree with you. The dance is awesome but the song sounds like it can’t make up it’s mind.

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

  24. 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.

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

  26. “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.

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

  28. 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.

    • I can appreciate that you’re honest as long as you’re as tactful as S&M about it. In fact, they are a perfect example of how to express a dissenting opinion without being disrespectful. I love this song, but other SONEs (and idk if I can even call myself that) need to realize this song is extremely polarizing.

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

  30. 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….

  31. Oh my gosh Martina. That made me die. That was too cute XD It threw me off though, I wasn’t expecting that.
    You should totally make a song about that. I would pay money to listen to it (if I had any O.O)

  32. 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 :)

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

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


    Hope you guys can see this! ^ ^

  35. 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

  36. Found myself singing ” I got a boy chicken, I got a boy chicken” in the meat section of the supermarket yesterday!

  37. 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….

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

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