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October 28, 2014

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Hey guise!

Music Monday is back! It’s late as hell, but at least it’s here! Sorry it took so long. We had to go to immigration on Monday. Had to. We couldn’t go before we went to Europe, but we had to go when we got back. Monday was the day. And it should have taken only 20 minutes, but it took almost 4 hours. Whoa. Hey: did you ever meet anyone who went to immigration and left saying “wow, that was so pleasant”? No? I doubt it.

Anyhow, MUSIC MONDAY! We had lots of fun filming this and being silly with each other. I’m especially proud of the whale foreskin joke. It’s just my kind of humour.

But we excluded a few videos from this list (well, a few hundred). Here are three more that came out:

TTS “Holler”

Ahh. Sadly, I was really bored with this. I liked the first TTS song and video a lot more, but this was just…meh. And I’m surprised! I thought Girls’ Generation had a great comeback with Mr. Mr., and I thought that they were going to stick to their original sound, but this song doesn’t really have that. The video’s kinda not great either. It starts off with the same kinda Genie vibe to it, with a man’s hand and first person perspective, as he walks up to TTS and gets the key, and they flirt with him. I don’t know. Nothing really stood out for me.

Epik High “Born Hater”

Ok guise: this is brilliant. It’s shot in a mode that’s made for your phone. How smart is that? You can hold your phone naturally and watch this video. And majority of YouTube videos are viewed on mobile now anyways. IT’S SO FUTURE! All videos should be shot like this from now on.

Also, umm, a where’s the censorship in this video? A whole lot of F words in here. We swear, but we beep it out at least! I wonder if this is banned in Korea. Probably. I haven’t looked into it, but I’m pretty sure it’s banned by the Ministry of Banishment. Probably because it promotes claustrophobia or some stupid banning reason.

The song’s otherwise alright. Not the best thing ever, but I like it a load more than TTS’s song. I like it more at the beat change at the 3 minute and 4:10 minute mark. Otherwise, the beat is a bit…repetitive after a while. Still: I’ll listen to this song a lot more.

Batoost “12:30”

OH NOOOO!!!! A BALLAD! Why did we say we were going to talk about this video? Ahhh. Damn. I can’t edit that part out. Soo. Damn. I guess I gotta write stuff about boys looking sad again. Ok.

Well, the chorus sounds a lot better than the main verse. I’d like it better without violins. Violins in pop music always make a song sound more serious than it should be. If you can’t tell by now, I like a healthy dose of irony. No one should ever take themselves too seriously. Everything can be laughed at. Especially people taking themselves too seriously.

WAIT! I just saw something I liked: the dance looked cool. There you go. And thus concludes all I have to say about this video.

And now back to us being not serious: we’ve got some extra scenes and bloopers from this week’s Music Monday, including an interesting history about the pants we cut up:

So that’s it for this week. I’m sure we missed a bajillion great videos. We couldn’t keep up with them all when we were in Europe. Let us know if there’s anything we HAVE HAVE HAVVVVEEEE to watch :D

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  1. Seriously loveeee BTS’s new video. While its not my favorite Its still really fun/ I agree with Martina 100% they seem genuinely happy in the video. Whenever you see them in behind the scenes videos or the videos they take of themselves I feel like they truly love what they are doing. I saw them in their first solo concert a few weeks ago and let me tell you they were AMAZING!!! They brought so much energy to the stage and you could once again see their love for their work. Another video on the list I loved was Error. I felt that the song was really put together well as well as the dance. I wish you would have done Born Hater! That was an awesome song :)

    3 years ago
  2. GUYS! How about you talk about Epik High’s comeback ? Maybe you didn’t ADORE “Born Hater” but the other songs are awesome too !

    3 years ago
  3. I really wish Kpop companies would stop going with the technology bringing trouble plot…

    I have a minor in Technology and Society, and watching Kpop mvs do technology bringing trouble plots bore me. To me, you have to go all out, or do something really different. Most of the ones I’ve seen are just boring because they barely scrape the topic of technological advances among society.

    I felt like that when VIXX did Error. The robot concept was nice but plot was just awful. They become one heart because she’s illegal? That’s really… dumb How about all members of VIXX lose their humanity to technology and become cyborgs?

    3 years ago
  4. I think you should review John Park’s U. I am not a person that likes to replay anything. Once I watch/listen to it, it goes on the shelf until I forget about it before I watch/listen to it again. However, I watch U like everyday… I might be obsessed… lol

    3 years ago
  5. Whoops there go my pants! And they’re now a.. hat. That was super clever, I see those special ‘ripping’ effects there.. ;)

    3 years ago
  6. Edna has been saying this cape thing since 2004… Y no kpop stylist listen ?! XD
    http://media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/236x/59/13/35/591335540f3b40db1c0142b4864e45b7.jpg

    3 years ago
  7. VIXX is one of my favorite groups, but Error is actually my least favorite song so far by them. But I do like how Ravi sounds, well… normal! Don’t be fooled, though – he makes up for it in the song After Dark on the album. As for BTS’s Hormone War, it wins everything for me. That MV embodies the very best of kpop – good music, great dancing, passion, performance, humor, and joy. It’s impossible not to love every single one of the members, but I gotta say, V (the butt slapping one) is one of the best performers in kpop, hands down. There’s no one else who shows so clearly that he is thrilled whenever it’s his line, or his couple of seconds of screen time.

    3 years ago
  8. YEssss, KMM is finally Back!!! I personally liked Error and Born haters the most…both the Mvs and the songs are quite original! Anyway, BTS have a good energy, kinda like Got7, even if I don’t really follow them… as for Vixx, they are always great with their comebacks and they have been improving a lot since Voodoo Doll! I agree with Martina, it’s true that real enjoyment is hard to find among kpop groups nowadays, maybe because this is such an awkward period for the kpop scene in general, with all the shadows that are being exposed day by day… I’d really like to know your opinion about this too!

    P.S. Song JiEun’s ‘Don’t Look At Me Like That’ is not bad also, try to listen to it!

    3 years ago
  9. I agree with Simon about Super Junior. I think they’re one of the best boy groups this year. I adored Mamacita and This is Love. I have to say they’re kind of in a tie with BTS and 2PM for me, at least. Speaking of BTS, I loved their music video and song but I don’t like the song as much as Danger.
    I love Boyfriend’s new song and I agree about the plot. On the other hand, I liked the plot in Vixx’s Error.
    Holler really disappointed me too. I adored Twinkle and that entire album but I’m not a huge fan to Holler. I do like Adrenaline and Whisper though.
    For me, I much preferred Be Natural to Happiness or “Hot Penis” (I laughed so much at that). Happiness just didn’t appeal to me at all. I think the girls look better in Be Natural as well. I wasn’t a fan of their two-toned hair.
    I found you guys really funny in this. Especially when Simon tried to sing an Irish song. Epic fail :P Oh, and Simon, I think you should keep the Gandalf look :P
    I didn’t think of the whale foreskin but that is so what it looks like.

    I’m really sorry to end this on a negative note but please don’t make any joke about Ireland being loyal to the Queen. It’s really offensive. Like actually offensive. Trust me, most Irish people can take a joke – we’re basically a nation of taking the piss out of things – but that’s a big no no. It really made me cringe.

    3 years ago
  10. Hey Guize! Great KMM
    Just to let you know about censorship in Epic High’s video, it’s actually a proper 18+ video on youtube, you can’t watch the video unless you are logged in and above 18, otherwise the screen just comes up blank. First kpop song that I’ve seen like this, usually they have the Korean 19+ rating but everyone can still watch.

    3 years ago
  11. I beg to differ, If you watch Block B’s “HER” MV, they all look genuinely happy. I think Block B always looks happy in their MVs

    3 years ago
  12. I do have to admit I miss the old style KMM’s but it’s nice that you have still talked about more songs by doing 2-4 at a time. I really miss the more in depth looks though. Btw are you doing the eka’s this year cause the should have been reviewed catagory is year to be very interesting this year. It’s gonna be a blood bath I cannot wait! Lol I thought that ravi’s hat was a tin foil hat to stop the government from reading his mind to find out he is also an illegal robot.

    3 years ago
  13. AWWWWW, I’ve really missed Music Mondays! So happy to see one again!! I am so tired and was just going to bed, but I had to watch this first.
    I agree with Martina about BTS. I think their energy and cheerful demeanors outweigh the annoyingness of the lip-rubbing.

    3 years ago
  14. I haven’t laughed outloud in a long time while watching your videos, but now I did. Ahh, how I’ve missed this :D Before I watched this video I read an news article about cats going inside circles if you make one on the floor, with tape, a belt, with anything. There’s a CatCircles page on Reddit about it. Please try this on Meemers (and Spudgy!) if it really works — I’m dying to get some video proof :D (too bad I don’t have a cat of my own, that would have been perfect)

    3 years ago
  15. So I’m not a VIXX fan. I’ve never listened to their music. But I LOVED this one (thanks Simon and Martina!) However, I disagree that the plot was hard to understand or that it didn’t make sense. I watched it from start to finish. The plot is he makes robots for the government. His girlfriend died. So first, he decides to mechanize his heart to escape the pain (and presumably, the rest of himself piece by piece, given the ending), but that didn’t work to stop his feelings. So then he built his dead girlfriend into a robot and restored her memories of their relationship. The error flashing on the screen is that she’s illegal and he would’ve known to hide her had he been looking at the screen. But he wasn’t, so the government breaks into his house and is going to separate them and dismantle her since she’s “Illegal” and he prefers to die with her so they can both be together in whatever the equivalent of robot heaven is. When the government guys come back, all they’ll find is the heart left, symbolizing their love <3

    3 years ago
    • I forgot there’s no edit on comments :\ I really liked the videos you reviewed. The hat joke was funny. I wish Martina liked Red Velvet more, but I’m going to hope they grow on you because I think they’re fantastically talented. I’m happy to have the VIXX song in my life and a new BTS vid to watch. Good job, guys!

      3 years ago
  16. Did you see the MV of that new song of Seo Taiji, “Christmalo.win”? The cinema ver?

    3 years ago
  17. You guys missed a huge opportunity with the bloopers… Could’ve called it “Kpop in Fail” /slapped

    3 years ago
  18. I love seeing you guys do silly. I’m glad you at least spoke about Epik High’s MV in the blogpost. I’m glad you liked the MV even if you don’t like the song as much. It’s one of my favourite Korean MV. I didn’t like the song much either but it grew on me. I loved the beat from the start just the bunch of swearing and B.I’s part took some time getting used to.

    3 years ago
  19. YYYYAAAAAASSSSSS!!!!!!!! KMM is back (for the time being lol). I kind of wanted a review for Teen Top and/or 2pm, but I’m happy with what I got anyway.
    I thought the same thing when I saw Heechul! His hair is already long normally so I don’t understand why he had a wig or an obnoxiously large hat D: you guys are the best, and it’s nice to have you back XD
    P.S. I’ve never been in immigration, what is it for?

    3 years ago
  20. what do you call that hat simon is wearing?

    3 years ago
    • I think it’s actually called a wide-brimmed floppy hat. Or a Carmen Sandiego hat? They are actually back in style these days.

      Cyber_3 – does that mean I can stylishly go out as Cyber Six for Hallowe’en? w00t!

      3 years ago
  21. Awh, I’m disappointed with your review of Epik High. Theres so much stuff that you didnt even touch on! The seven sins concept, Tablo’s jab to tajinyo, Bi’s hat, the reference to Holy Water and inside jokes about SMTM3, Verbal Jint showing porn to BI, and the wordplays in the song’s lyrics!!! Ahhh there was so many little gems in that MV! That video was one of the best MV this year imo, and I was secretly hoping that you would make a full MM about it and analyze it like you used to do. Oh well.

    3 years ago
    • I agree, Born Hater would have been the perfect MV to review since it’s so different. Even though they didn’t talk much about the MV they said it was brilliant so I have no complaints =D.

      3 years ago
      • Haha i would prefer it if they say if they hated it but do a proper review about the MV (and for MM in general) It seems like these days they just use a template of “Likes/dislikes about the MV, insert joke, insert skit, comments about MV’s dance.” :( I miss how Martina and Simon used to do a close reading of the MV,and pick up little clues that the directors put in an MV. Also, i miss the funny english rating that they used to do, and the spudgy dance! XD I mean poking fun at multiple MV is entertaining and I’m sure that by reviewing more vids they attract fans of the group to their channel, but I feel like they’ve swapped out quality for quantity, and I’m a little bit sad about that. One of the main reason I supported them through the nasty subscription is because they did such a good job reviewing videos.

        3 years ago
        • I like when they focus on one MV more as well. Their old format was awesome but I think too many people complained about every little thing they did. The Engrish…oops I mean English rating was racist and pointing out flaws in the MV was disrespecting their Idols. If they didn’t like the song but liked the MV there was hate, if they had any criticisms actually no matter how small, there was so much negativity which is why I think they decided to do this new format. And even when they loved everything about the MV and the song, people complained that the kpop chart voting system was biased and why didn’t they do a review on another idol group…blah blah blah… Their oldest KMMs were just about pointing out what they liked or didn’t like about a MV with little to no in depth analyze. I’d love if KMM were do like that again. I miss the silly show downs at the end.

          3 years ago
  22. Kara’s Mamma Mia was actually quite good. I was really happy to see they didn’t change too much with the new member being added. Though I still miss the original members as well.

    3 years ago
  23. I really liked B2ST’s new video :D especially the dancing, but I take enjoyment out of the little things. Was hoping to hear about 2pm though.
    Love this format of KMM!! I get to hear about more than 1 video!! YAY!!

    3 years ago
  24. Super Junior: I agree with Simon. ^^ This is Love (and Evancese) were both designed by Shindong. Set, costumes, dance and I think even the direction? (not 100% on that last one).
    It’s his last gift to fans before enlistment. It was a very great comeback, perfect for two years gone.

    BTS, VIXX, Boyfriend: I love the songs. VIXX not so much–i like Voodoo doll better than Error, but it’s still good. Really like BTS. I agree with Martina lol they all look like they’re having fun.

    Red Velvet: I love this song too, and I loved Happiness as well. With fans however Happiness was a lot more popular than Be Natural.

    EPIK HIGH: This song was advertised at 19+ hence all the f-bombs. It was all done all purpose.
    First time I watched it, I couldn’t tell if there was something wrong with my computer or if it was done that way on purpose!!

    All really great songs lol.

    3 years ago
    • I LOVED Happiness. I was thoroughly crushed that Martina dismissed it as “tacky” so quickly :\ But I love Be Natural, too, so I’m glad they got reviewed. I think they’re really talented. They’re going to go places :)

      3 years ago
  25. What about winner? D:

    3 years ago
  26. Was hoping you guys would talk about 2pm, Ji eun and T-ara but this is still great! Missed KMMs, I’ll see you guys next year!

    3 years ago
  27. So many LOLS, I can’t even!

    But that will take me too long to type now, just wanted to mention that the links in the blog to other videos (not the KMM) are using the *old* linking style and just keep looping me back to the main EYK page.

    Cyber_3 – Moon pants!

    3 years ago
    • Ok! I know why! We put in preview images, so that the videos don’t automatically load on a page (which would slow a page down). But that’s not working. Damn! Well, at least I now know why.

      3 years ago
  28. I was actually hoping you guys could talk about Seo Taiji / IU’s Sogyeokdong comeback though… The song is really special and awesome. And of course he being a legendary singer to comeback is also another big thing. But I like IU’s version more…

    But its great that you guys did KMM/T, shouldn’t ask for more…hehe

    3 years ago
  29. Aaand I’m leaving my first comment here.
    Yay a new KMM !
    I agree with Martina, War of Hormone is great.
    OH THANK YOU finally I see some people who also thought that Red Velvet’s debut song Happiness was cringeworthy.
    I think you should watch/listen to Song JiEun’s ‘Don’t Look At Me Like That’, it’s beautiful and the message is good too. It’s one of my favorite songs right now. And please please please watch BTOB ‘You’re So Fly’ and let us know what you think. The video is really funny ! n_n
    Thank you guys, your video really brightens my day !

    3 years ago
  30. YES. I could not get over that thing on Ravi’s head while I was watching that MV. I absolutely love the song, but seriously, who thought that “hat” was a good idea.

    3 years ago
  31. Oh man, the Spudgy Icon Awards; I laughed so hard! Pants for life! Seriously, though, what on earth?? Maybe your boxers are supposed to hang out, which would look ridiculous, but hey, when has that ever stopped anyone?

    3 years ago
  32. Yay another KMM!!! I will say this now, that whale foreskin joke had me laughing soo much that I had to puase the video. As for my favorite songs that you reviewed:

    Epik High “Born Hater”
    BTS “War on Hormone”
    VIXX “Error”

    All of them are so good

    3 years ago
  33. Thanks guys! I’ve been checking my phone every ten minutes in anticipation and wasn’t disappointed. Simon I agree with you Error is probably my favorite Vixx song to date especially since I actually noticed it right away in the MV while normally I’m too distracted by what’s going on visually. Martina, I also love BTS’s MV because it looks like so much fun. You should also watch BTOB’s You’re So Fly because it is BTOB being BTOB and having lots of fun.

    3 years ago
  34. I personally like this style of KMM (I wish you’d bring back the Indie Playlist though… I found so much good music through that! – so thanks ^.^ ).
    I loved all the songs on the list. My favourite video is probably Bangtan – like Martina said, they look genuinely happy and look like they’re having fun! I also loved the Epik High comeback (Born Hater has been in my head for a while now and their other songs are amazing!!! Make sure to listen to the whole album).
    I also have to say – Boyfriend’s live performance is worth watching – I thought it looked really good on stage (and you didn’t have to watch them be beaten up ? by a kick-ass witch).
    VIXX are awesome but that hat… there are no excuses for that atrocity!

    3 years ago
  35. Well not a music video, but you guys (especially Martina, though I think even Simon might like it) should definitely watch The Three Musketeers (k-drama that is wrapping up the first of its three seasons). It is amazing. Never have I ever felt such happiness followed by such shock and anger and sorrow from watching a drama as I did there. Also they do a really great job of adapting the novel but still remaining unique. It is fun with lots of action and sword fights and pollitical plots and assassins but still has sweet adorable romance. Anyways you guys should give it a go :D

    3 years ago
  36. I genuinely thought that Martina said “hot penis” instead of “happiness” when they were talking about Red Velvet. LOL. I had to pause for a moment and think.

    Wished you guys talked about Epik High in the video tho. I really think it’s a super awesome song. The beat’s really addictive.

    3 years ago
  37. Born Hater has a 19 rating so they were allowed to drop the f-bomb as much as they wanted. Yay! A 19 rating that isn’t there for over sexuality. Although all these guys are pretty damn fly so it could be for their sexiness as well. I’ll go watch KMM now :-P So happy it’s back!!!

    3 years ago
  38. As for other awesome new songs!: Song Ji Eun – pretty 25, Toppdogg – Annie, Seo In Young & Zion T (<3) – thinking of you, Girl's Day (pretty much every song on their new CD except for the one that made it into the MV), and I still think KARA's new song 'mamma mia' is A-MAAaa-Zing! though it's a bit older by now

    3 years ago
  39. i’m sorry, but was martina wearing 2 left gloves?

    3 years ago
  40. yay, another KMM (T?)! Though the concept that you guys have for these nowadays reminds me of when you did kpop chart updates. :P Also, I agree on Ravi’s hat…

    3 years ago