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Girls Generation – The Boys: Kpop Music Monday

October 25, 2011

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There was no chance of any song being reviewed today at all. None at all. Just like how Infinite fans totally dominate our Music Monday Request Polls when a new video is out, so too do Sones dominate our polls for a Girls’ Generation video. So here is their new video, The Boys:

Now, quick notice before we carry on: we reviewed the English version of the video, which we downloaded before we came to Canada. For some odd reason, though, it’s not viewable on YouTube in Canada. Why? The English version is viewable in Korea, where they don’t speak English, but not in Canada, where they do speak English. What was the point of making an English version of the video if you’re preventing your English audience from watching it? Totally mind-bottling, if you ask me. Our guess is that perhaps SM is worried that the view count will be spread out between the two videos, and won’t look that impressive, so it’s better to force everyone to watch one official version of it. Bah! You can find the English version of the video through illegitimate uploaders, but we’re not ones to promote such activity, so you’ll have to find it on your own.

On to the song and video itself: we’re not as happy with it as we should be, and I’m worried that people are going to start thinking of us as SM haters, which is totally not true. We loved TVXQ’s comeback, and loved f(x)’s comeback as well. Super Junior’s comeback, though, we found really underwhelming, and this song also isn’t doing it for us. In fact, this is our least favourite SM song of the year. Yeah. It’s that bad. Or maybe it’s not that it’s bad, more than it’s underwhelming < --which is not a word, but you can get what we're feeling. Now don't go calling us Girls Generation haters, either, now. We really love just about every other song they did. Loved Hoot, loved Run Devil Run, and totally freaking loved Genie, which is one of Simon's favourite Kpop songs EVAR. EVAR! We even liked Visual Dreams (but not the rap part)! Seriously! Girls Generation are great singers and have a history of great songs, and we're definitely fans of their singing. [caption id="attachment_6314" align="alignright" width="250" caption="These are not the monkey balls we are referring to"]supermonkeyballs[/caption]

We are not fans of their rapping, though. Nope. Not even a little bit. It’s irredeemably, terribly, horrifically, monkey balls awful. It makes our skin crawl. We understand that Girls Generation are maybe going for a different image by trying to rap, but this is not working for them. Holy craptacularly terrible. And it’s not that easy for us to say it, because the rest of the song shows their awesome singing, which is what made us originally fans of Girls Generation, but this new twist, this contrast between their awesome singing and monkey balls rapping is like the contrast of watching Jessica Alba in a bikini and then cutting to Simon in his Seungri Time for Kisses wig, in a speedo. Ugh!

The video is just such a terrible match for it as well. If they’re walking around all elegantly, with tiaras in a freaking rose storm, then by what freaking rights should they be rapping afterwards? Who thought of this disconnected image? If you’re going to have them belt out rap lines, about how cocky and arrogant they are, then walking around a giant diamond isn’t the image you need, and doesn’t fit the feel of the song. Put them in a club where they have the chance to prove that they can bring out some boys. Have guys gawk at them. This…this is just all wrong.

We’re trying to figure out why they went this route. We hear that this is Girls’ Generation’s North American debut, so they’re probably trying to change their image to what they think a North American crowd likes more: confident women, rather than aegyo girls. That’s understandable. But it just sounds too unnatural, from our perspective. The whole drumline/cheerleader section sounds like an awkward attempt at Gwen Stefani’s Hollarback Girl sound from a while ago. You know who did drumline right? After School with “Bang”. That song rocked, and it even had sexy drumline uniforms to match and a wicked dance.

And, finally, I don’t think we can belabour this point enough, but we’re totally sick of SM’s boring rooms. They’re so overused that it’s becoming ridiculous. We complain about it with Super Junior, and we thought that we’d get something cooler with Girls’ Generation’s new video, but we got the same ole same ole

SM Oddly Lit Rooms

I see no difference SM. No difference

SM, this needs to stop. Perhaps you think that this is the formula for music videos, and so you’re going to repeat it to no end, but your laziness is apparent to everyone now. Please, hire a new video team, because the one you have now is lazy and comfortable, and feel no need to innovate or create anything exciting or interesting. It’s boring now, just boring, to see people dancing in weird rooms. We know that you make good music. You have that down pat now, when it comes to making good sounding music. Your videos suck though. Not every freaking video needs to be a display of how sexy and attractive your members are. You can show them off AND still have a decent storyline to the video as well, anything then just FUNKY ROOM + DANCE + CLOSE UPS + 360 degree camera.

Girls Generation The Boys Album

Ah! That’s enough. We’re using this video and Girls’ Generation as an excuse to complain about SM’s moviemaking skills, but that’s not fair to the band, who still are awesome singers. If you’re interested in picking up the album, you can do so by clicking the image to the right here to get the album shipped to you anywhere in the world. Or, if you’re indifferent to getting physical albums, you can get the song on iTunes here. Or if you’re not into buying stuff you can torrent it, I guess. BOOM! And, lastly, what good is a Music Mondays if we don’t put up some bloopers!

We had to film this Music Monday outdoors, because – if you don’t know by now – we’re in Canada! We surprised our families, who had no idea that we were coming (but that’s a story for another video, coming up soon!). Anyhow, we couldn’t pack our lighting gear with us, so we had to film Music Monday outdoors, and there’s construction going on outside, so, pooh to the noisiness. Damn! We’re hanging out in Toronto and probably going on a road trip somewhere, as soon as we handle some business here first, so if you see us around make sure you say hi! If you’re in the Toronto area, and would like to meet up with us, we’re having a meet and greet Q&A kind of thing over at U of T, our Alma Mater! Sign up for it on Facebook and make sure you come out! Woohoo!

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  1. I know what you mean : I did hate the song too when I first heard it. But after about a year, now, I like it. I know it’s not the purpose of SM Entertainement though, but still, in certain situation, I really like to listen to this song… Definitely one of the worst Girls’ Generation single though.

    6 years ago
  2. Oh wow, that’s a hard one. :/

    I’d have to say Neverland~! They looked more “snow/wintery” haha

    7 years ago
  3. Have to agree with Martina that this is a bad song choice for Girls Generation! 
    Well I won’t say I hate it, but then I don’t like it compare to other songsof them…The rapping was weird, simply no wow factor as comeback after 10 months. (on the other hand, BEG done a massive great jobs on comeback and now earned their trophy!) “The Boy” will probably still win on charts due to the strong support of SONES!! We’ll wait and see!!
    Simon bring up a very great point of MV made by SM …always indoor, inside a studio with no one else but the artists by themselves…does that mean SM kinda conservative in concept on making MV?To conclude, Girls Generation definitely can be really really good like in “Oh!” & “Genie”, but too bad rhis poor song ruined their hard work! (btw..for me The best song of Girls Generation is their debut “Into the New World”, so pure and filled with passion of fighting!)

    7 years ago
  4. NEVERLAND U-KISS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    7 years ago
  5. I prefer Neverland!!

    7 years ago
  6. I also thought the rap was kinda out of place and kinda killed the song. For me t is good but could have been awesome it just had something odd and it was the rap … maybe they wanted to present a fierce image against the good girl side they usually present.. the song is better in english so at least that is good .. I kinda made my own version after watching the video I just could not resists it xD http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mr5XzSfMnJk

    7 years ago
  7. Ah, it’s been a while since the last time I came to this blog, and it’s good to find that this fugly canadian YG fanboy couple with a terrible sense of humor is still pretending to be interested in kpop. :D
    This category should indeed be renamed to YG worship monday, not kpop music monday, cuz it is so obvious that the sole and only purpose of this crappy review things is to promote g-drugon or u-kiss which she’s privately attracted to, by criticizing other groups or singers for some unknown reason.

    7 years ago
  8. Thank god.. when I saw that you reviewed this I was actually a little afraid that you will love it.

    It’s such a rubbish song.. it’s something that Fergie would have sung, while she had a career.

    7 years ago
  9. I’m a korean girl and have been living overseas for 5 years.

    Ireland,uk,usa ..during the years,

    Some local foods have become my favorites that I got used to somehow.

    Sometimes When I get back to korea for vacation,

    I miss those foods seriously while I’m in korea.

    Do u guise ever have an experience like that while you r in canada?.

    If so, what food would be in your mind now?  =]

    7 years ago
  10. Hey northern neighbors, I think it’s mind-BOGGLING rather than bottling. That’s what you guys do with moosehead beer.

    And please don’t show Simon running again. ::my eyes:::

    7 years ago
  11. I don’t really like it at first but after seeing them perform it live in front of 30,000 crowd, let me just say it was the most powerful performance of the girls ever. You could feel the girls presence and the whole crowd was in awe. Definitely perfect for live performance. Top notch and the girl are drop dead gorgeous!! for the english of the song well blame Teddy Riley, never like the guy and hopefully this is the last time he ever produce for them.

    7 years ago
  12. i vote for U-kiss

    7 years ago
  13. This was hiliarious! :) I did agree with you – video and song didn’t match. But the song does get a bit catchier the more you listen to it. And I noticed the same room box haha. :)

    Love you guys for the video! But honestly, I thought that was sand in SNSD’s video, not snow lol

    7 years ago
  14. U-Kiss NEVERLAND!

    7 years ago
  15. ALso, NEVERLAND!

    7 years ago
  16. I actually really liked the song, including the rap parts. It’s most likely not the best of their singles but I find it quite satisfying.

    By the way, I love the map in your video, it’s so awesome :D (lol @ Flaxtonville & Dothraki village)… but where’s Mordney’s Transylvanian castle??? 

    7 years ago
  17. I prefer Never Land..

    7 years ago
  18. yeah this song sucked balls….Blaming Teddy Riley for this

    7 years ago
  19. vote for Neverland

    7 years ago
  20. Wait…What? Im srry the whole heart2heart thing has confused me so much….they are actually serious????? and appealing to…*gulp*…a North American audience???? WHAT??? Someone plz explain Im SOOO CONFUSED!!!

    7 years ago
  21. Ok, so the song was made by Teddy Riley. Honestly I was GLAD when Rania dumped him. He called Rania 2 sexy (in a bad way) and he WROTE THE FRICKIN SONG. I hope SNSD never hires him again.
    Anyways enough of my rant. I think that Hyohyeon was actually a pretty good rapper! In the Korean Version. I like her Korean rap better than her english one. But I do agree that they cant really bring the feel, of say, CL or Amber.  
    Also, I LOLed so hard when Simon was like “I guess we’ll never know if you’re in an empty room, in the middle of the artic, in a diamond?”
    Also, U-Kiss all the way! I’m sorry, but I like Neverland better than The Boys.

    7 years ago
  22. Simon – I had to stop the video after your confession: high five for having Genie on top of SNSD’s songs. I LOVE this song. It’s one of the greatests k-pop songs EVER, as for me xD I’m a hardcore fan of Genie.

    OK, back to watching.

    (And yes Martina, I kinda agree – I was sooo disappointed with this song. For me it’s all so… plain and uninteresting. I like rapping parts, but this was just…)

    7 years ago
  23. Ohhhh, I totally did not know that! That was him in “Sorry, Sorry (Answer)”?! Haha, I thought that was Yesung there too! You just blew my mind.

    7 years ago
  24. UKISS Neerland is the best!! More catzy :D

    7 years ago
  25. Honestly, I’m no fan of aegyo, too much saccharine methinks. But I had high expectations for this because of all the hype! 

    And when I listened to the song, I was waiting for the hook/chorus and it never came!!! =(
    too many wasted possibilities!

    7 years ago
  26. The video, song, and dance were all a fail for me. More importantly SNSD please don’t rap and SM PLEASE don’t buy anymore leftover songs just because you got lucky with RDR…and get better videos.

    7 years ago
  27. The reason why the English version isn’t viewable in America is quite simple, and I’m sure someone has already mentioned this before, but I’m too lazy to check so here goes: Vevo has exclusive rights to the video over there. Yup yup…

    And other than that… Pretty much agree with everything that you guys said… The video pretty as hell (even though I’m not sure how a white dove and tiaras fits in with the general theme of “kick ass attitude” that they’re trying to portray), the dance works just fine, they’re pretty as per usual (albeit slightly weird in the solo shots) but the song is just impressively boring. Really, they should have gone with Trick instead…Oh well, we’ll get a repackage in like two months, hopefully that single will be better.

    However, it’s not their worst. Visual Dreams is by far their worst song, felt personally offended when I heard that the first time.

    7 years ago
  28. Then what’s the point? Overlooking the fact that the mv and lyrics don’t match up is just constructive criticism. It can’t be overlooked just because you like a group. Being open to anything is what makes you a true fan.

    I’m not trying to pick a fight here, I’m just curious. What’s the point?

    7 years ago
  29. I prefered U-Kiss’ Neverland video, I’m kind of sick of the whole SM-foreveraloneroom-thing :/

    7 years ago
  30. Martina, I love your outfit in this video. Super cute!

    7 years ago
  31. I agree with you! And i vote for UKISS

    7 years ago
  32. No .. ..dont like this song … 
    If SM is planning to target the Western audiences with this song, they may end up losing fans than gaining. You really dont need rap to win over international audience. I dont recall Celine Dion, Michael jackson, Backstreet Boys,  Michael Bolton and others ever rapping. They were fantastic singers. SNSD members are fantastic singers. Let them be fantastic singers rather than squeaky voiced rappers. I’ve heard Chip and Dale rap and they sound better than this. 

    You are in Toronto!!! T_T. I could have been in Toronto and I chose to come to Sydney instead … .. .AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

    7 years ago
  33. I prefer U-KISS, I agree with Martina, SNSD can’t rap, and THE BOYS is the worst song they have ever produced but I do love the video though, the 360 degree slow motion camera especially.

    Anyway my vote goes to U-KISS

    7 years ago
  34. U-Kiss Neverland

    7 years ago
  35. Just to add I like SNSD, but like every artist there is a point when they will lose the mark.  It’s all in a good days work and constructive criticism…

    7 years ago
  36. SNSD MV was WAY better ^^

    7 years ago
  37. OMGosh. i lost it  at  the simon 360 camera. so funny.
     I liked UKISS’s video better
    and you should road trip to WI cause it’s awesome and I live there ;)

    7 years ago
  38. the 360 degrees camera simon totally cracked me up. maaaan u should sooo use it in ur vids hahahahaha xDDDDD

    7 years ago
  39. UKISS also I agree with Martina about CNBLUE THEY WIN BY HEART! but seriously guise seriously. 
    yh don’t word correct me Im from Tumblr!

    7 years ago
  40. UKISSSSSS <3

    7 years ago