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Woohoo! Our first time reviewing IU! She’s really different from most of the Kpop idols we’ve reviewed. This week, “You and I” got voted in the most, and so, here’s our review of it. But first, you should probably see the video:

 

Now, just in case you’re confused as to how IU’s name can be pronounced as “Eww,” pronounce the letter I as in “igloo.” Now pronounce the letter U as in “tutu.” Put them together and you get “Ewwww!” That easy! Sure, it’s probably not what she meant when she got that name, but since when was I a stickler for pronunciation? EWWW IT IS AND EWWW IT WILL ALWAYS BE!

I don’t know: this feels like a whole different genre for us. It’s not bombastic and electronic and sexy and powerful. It sounds, really, like Disney music. Yes. Disney music. That’s the dominant feel that we get. And when you look at the video, it has a Peter Pan kind of vibe to it as well. Not sexy Peter Pan like U-Kiss’ “Neverland”. Just traditional, magical-fragical Peter Pan. And IU, also, doesn’t look like a typical Kpop idol. She’s not marketed for her sexuality (well, not overtly, at least). She has a Disney princess-like face. Yeah. Disney. It’s an aesthetic and approach we’re not really used to in Kpop. It sounds like family friendly music. IU’s marketed as a sweetheart and is doing a great job at filling that role.

Unfortunately, it’s just not our style. We can appreciate it all, though. The video was really pretty and well done, and IU’s got a great voice. Family-friendly…just really isn’t our thing. Not saying that we need to have everyone Bubble Popping all over the place. We’re opposed to over-sexualized Kpop as well. We just need something nestled between Family Channel and Soft Porn.

On another note, we went on a bit of a rant on confusing videos and their explanations by the companies afterwards. Many of the comments we’ve read from people, whenever we interpret a video, read like this: “well, [person involved in making the video] said that the video means this, so you’re wrong. Do your research!” To this way of thinking, we must fully object.

One of the best things we learned from our English degrees is the idea that “the author is dead.” Without getting too nerdy, it basically means that it doesn’t matter what an author says about his work. Once it’s published, your interpretation of the work is just as valid as his, so long as you have the evidence to back up your claims. Intentions are irrelevant. Authors can lie, after all. Also, there’s never really a definitive answer to a work of art’s meaning. Some can be more convincing of others, so long as the author’s intention doesn’t factor into your being convinced.

Nerdy talk over: the point of it all was that this video was really vague, and Loen Entertainment’s explanation of it, though it might make sense, isn’t justified when you look at the video. There’s no evidence in the video of a grandfather having created that boy for IU to be with when she comes of age. The old picture of an old dude is as relevant as old the picture of the baby. Why not assume that the baby made the boy? See what we mean?

Anyhow, we might have seemed like we’re badmouthing the song and video, but we’re really not. These are just tiny issues. IU’s style isn’t really our thing, though we can appreciate it. Kind of like Opera music. If it is your thing, though, make sure you pick it up via iTunes or through the YesAsia button below:

IU

And, lastly, here are this week’s Bloopers. The Princess Penis Face scene went on for a bit too long, but we just couldn’t stop ourselves. Also, I couldn’t get over saying IU’s name:

 

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  1. well, the UI video was a hit with my 4 yo, but I’m voting FT Island, cause it’s FT Island and they rock. Also their video made more sense.

  2. I get how her name can be pronounced as eww and how that can be funny, but did you have to call her EWW! every single time? Making fun of names gets old and annoying quickly.

    As for the video, I had to fast forward. They have gone so overboard with the innocent doll image, which suits must think suit her well (and I hear sells well as well), but they should realize that they are limiting her appeal and potential. I mean once you go Disney princess, the garbs stick with you.

  3. They were selling them at the UNIQlo in our area :D

  4. Simon eating like a goose made my week! XD I could not stop laughing! I love you guise!

  5. F.T Island i totally love the video n song i also like IU’s song too it’s really cute but im a primadonna i prefer rock over ballads but like em both. I think both videos are really awesome :D

  6. Oh and I thought her time machine looked like a Tardis…

  7. About 18 seconeds in, my computer lagged and then started back up with FT Island I Hope, I had no clue what was going on. Guess I will vote FT Island since they jacked my computer.

  8. cant vote love both. but i think after reading the comments, theres a lot saying “glad/happy not the only one, not the only one….”

  9. i thout ur supposed to pronounce it I as in I and U and in YOU… so it would go AI-YUU. thats how i do it n somehow make sense…. hoho

  10. Haha!! I love you shirt Simon!!! ^^ and i pick FT Island!!! ^^

  11. Aaaahhhh D= Too bad IU is not your cup of tea but i should not be surprised since i have a  complete different taste from you guys hahaha For example for me is BALLADS ALL THE WAY hahaha

    Yeah…the video was kind of hard to get it and i like both Loen and you guys explanation ^^
    My vote is for IU of course hehe

    PS:  Today(December 5th) marks one year since i first saw a video you guys made. It was the Music Monday for T-ara YaYaYa Time sure flies ^^

  12. I vote for FT Island!!! don’t get me wrong I love IU but I love FT Island more ;D

  13. Eww, why is the video called “You and I”, when it could be called “I and U”? …besides grammatical barriers =)

  14. They listed the goose as an actor? that’s so cute :) And, yeah, I originally thought her name was pronounced “EE-You.” 

    I’m going to vote for F.T Island though. Their story made more sense. Plus I love that song :)

  15. DUDE! That exact same guy seriously distracted me too! He was like rockin’ out! Or, I guess he was rockin’ out as much as he could considering the song… My point is, he was totally owning that dance! Another thing that caught my attention was the begginning of the song. Well, not even the song but at the very beginning of the MV the music sounded just like the music from this game I love called Fable. Any other nerdy gamers out there that thought so too? Maybe? No? Anywhayz…
    My vote is for IU cuz her video had a happy ending and also because the time travel machine reminded me of Dr. Who. Plus F.T. Island didn’t have a goose in their video. Fail.

  16. *lol* Thank goodness I wasn’t the only one who didn’t quite understand the music video. So I watched the music video first as suggested by Martina and Simon, and I didn’t understand it halfway through it. At first I thought it was because of the sudden sugary overload so I watched it again. Still didn’t understand it then, but I was making some guesses-similar to ones Martina and Simon did. And I gotta agree with them on this one. Without actually reading what the company said the video was supposed to have meant, if asked to describe the story, I would have told almost the same thing Simon and Martina. (Except without coming to the same conclusion regarding the goose). And that is when you know you have a problem. If the audience does not come to the same story you intended to portray then you have indeed failed at telling a story.  When telling a story, you shouldn’t need to explain it. If its done correctly, everyone will come to the same conclusions, not wonder what the hec happened, (i.e. why the is the girl with the goose?) Is it because she is alone and needs the goose for company, or is it as Simon and Martina suggested,  because the boy is under a spell?  Simon and Martina’s argument could also be proven to true, by the fact that the goose is the last thing portrayed in the video, but not only that, its also zoomed upon, thus marking its significance in the story. Otherwise, why would you zoom up on a statue of a goose if it had nothing to do with the story? Regarding the pictures shown at the beginning, I thought that it showed that the grandfather knew the boy but not the girl. Hec I would even come to the conclusion that it is the boy’s house they are staying at and not the girl’s, because there isn’t any sign that the shop is indeed hers. I gotta say, this was one of the strangest music videos I’ve seen, and that’s saying something because I am not new to the kpop scene. And I LOVED Simon’s name for the goose. :D I was laughing so hard at that part. You guys rock. Please keep doing what you guys do best :D *Also I’m really sorry for the long comment. I just had too many things to say regarding this.

  17. Haha, I prefer your explanation to Loen’s by far. The goose also stole the show for me. :)

  18. Preface: I love your videos. My students love your videos. Hilarious and informative. Now, I will rate the English of this video… It’s a 5 out of 10. “Gooses”?! “Analyzation”?!?!?! Geese. Analysis. Geez, Simon. At least Martina doesn’t let fowl play distract her from her native language. Plus, she’s super-cute. >.<

  19. Martina! You look very Asian in this video :) Good review guys! And your explanation makes more sense to me then w/e the video was trying to portray. But why was there no reference to the time machine looking like the tardis?! That was epicness right there and you guys missed it xD Oh well! And those male backup dancers were distracting! Lol but only for the costume in my instance.

  20. i’m glad i am not the only one who thought that time machine looked suspiciously like a tardis, except less awesome of course.I liked the video, even if it was a little confusing, it reminded me  of a Christmas movie.

  21. Im not the only one who noticed the backup dancers! Those guys were damn distracting. Especially the one in glasses.

    Btw, I like ur explanation better bc then it would have meant that the goose did not die. I was a bit sad in the end seeing the goose being turned into a stuffed toy. Plus my vote goes for F.T Island cause Hongki us such a hunky guy!!

  22. Wait, that’s a goose? I thought for sure it was a duck… Apparently I need to study up on my fowl a little more….

  23. Thanks for reviewing this! I heart this video so much. The clock tower, the steampunk elements, the goose companion, the Dr. Who time machine thing….there’s so much to appreciate. :-)

    IU is such a charming artist. Like you said, it’s not really my “type” of music, but I find myself becoming a IU fan, even though none of her songs quite fit into the genres I enjoy. She just has such a great voice and such a friendly demeanor, I’m a fan of her as a person even when I don’t exactly dig her songs.

    Also, IU has an ongoing thing with birds. In the “Good Day” video ( http://youtu.be/jeqdYqsrsA0 ) she was carrying around a macaw parrot. Here, she totes around a goose. Her sets also seem to be very intricate–in Good Day, she’s like on the set of the Miracle on 34th Street Christmas special, and here she’s in a Disney film. Oh, the birds and the symbolism and the innocence!

  24. Omygod, i thought i was the only one distracted by the back-up dancers.

  25. Agreed. On all the Korean variety shows I’ve seen with IU, they always introduce her as “ai-yoo”. If you can’t trust a Korean to speak Korean, who can you trust?

  26. I have to agree with you guise~ IU has a very sweet-sounding voice which is good and all.. 
    BUT I prefer my singer with fierceness and SWAG~ just like the people in your laptop wallpaper for example..

    *wink*

  27. simon u said FT ISLAND as FotoIsland??? XD

  28. Hahaha. You actually drew a penis on her face. HAHAHAHAHA.

    Simon, you are a perfect man that turned into a goose!

    Martina! I love your shirt and wallpaper!

    I actually waited for this. And finally I can sleep cause it’s already 2 am.

  29. Three things: Simon is flawless at the spit take, get ready for your ensuing PETA letters I’m sure for your stance on Lord Pennington, and three I always forget there’s a playlist now so the bloopers wind up with a pretty sweet background music that I always think is on purpose for a short time. They uncannily go together usually!

  30. haha, her name is pronounced “ai-yu”! enjoyable as always :)

  31. oh yeah, martina pronounced it right!!! :) i was reading the text first.. hehehe.. sorry bout that..

  32. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!! holy crap that bread eating part was FUN-NY!!!!!

    aaaww the Goose and his funny name!!! and Simon did you just say FotoIsland?

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