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Jaejoong – Mine: Kpop Music Mondays

January 21, 2013

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Woohoo! We’re back from my birthday which was on Sunday, and which we spent not working, so we were worried that we wouldn’t get this Music Monday up in time, but seems like we were only marginally late, as per usual. Woohoo! Turns out that this video wasn’t as easy to joke around with, being as serious as it was, so we took a more serious approach to talking about this video. If you haven’t seen it yet, check out Jaejoong’s “Mine” here:

So, I know we said that this was unlike we ever reviewed in Kpop, which is fairly accurate, but I think that older Kpop was pretty rock heavy, wasn’t it? That’s before our time, but when we heard some older TVXQ and Super Junior, it did sound a lot more rock heavy than the electro/dubstep inspired Kpop lately. So, to us, this song sounds very original…it actually just sounds like k-rock music, so we’re not sure if it’s wholly original to the Kpop sphere. Long term Kpop vets: let us know if we’re wrong on this.

Otherwise, let’s just get back to our general appreciation of JYJ’s efforts and the members of JYJ. You know how biased we’ve been to them since Ayy Girl, which has been a life-changing moment for us. We’ve love Junsu’s solo efforts as well, and we’re happy to see that Jaejoong is making his own music, too. Awesome! We don’t see eye to eye on this song. Martina totally loves it – as I thought she’d be, since she has a much richer Rock history than I do. I can say that I appreciate the song and the video. I like that it’s very different. I found it totally interesting. It’s just not my thing, you know. It’s like someone hitting a hole-in-one in golf. I can say “Wow: that’s pretty impressive,” while still thinking that golf is boring as all hell. GOD! HOW CAN PEOPLE BE SO INTO GOLF?!?! IT’S SO DAMNED BORING! Not that this song is boring. It’s just…not my thing.

Martina here:
I, on the very other hand, totally love this song and video. It wasn’t just a plain old rock kpop song with bridges and catchy choruses, it was a passionate emotional rock song with heavy breathing, gasping breath, and cracking vocals. Listen to the 1:06 mark, you can hear him muttering some vocals in the background! Almost like they were an after thought. Love it! I was just really surprised to hear this out of Jaejoong. Possibly because I’m used to the groomed vocals of kpop singing which tend to be very organized. I found this song to be messy in a good way. That’s one of the reasons I am so into rock music, because I like the guttural sounds of a good passionate well trained yell, like at the 3:00 mark and on, he really lets loose and he is barely holding onto the notes as he screams/yells them out. I also like the merging of the heavy rock drums with the piano and the almost arcade video game sounding guitar riffs. And the 1:33 mark where those guitars or synths come in the background? They sound like an ominous vampire slide with the creepy WWEEEEEEEEeeeeeerrrr. Also, when I showed my non-kpop loving friends this video, they were like, “K-rock, cool.” No one thought it was kpop at all because this video had art direction, well thought out costumes to match the art direction, a beautiful use of camera work, and a seriously passionate song. Whoa. I feel so happy. *Martina does her happy jig again*

Anyhow, if Martina is done gushing on and fangirling over Jaejoong, then we recommend you continue supporting JYJ in their efforts, so don’t forget to pick up Jaejoong’s album via YesAsia. WHY AIN’T IT ON iTUNES?!?! What the eff? Also, Jaejoong, I know you’re reading this. I know you’re a secret Nasty. Come by the studio for a chat! It’d be super fun: I guarantee it!

 Kim

Lastly, we’ve got some bloopers this week as we always do. It was a bit hard trying to figure out what kind of song Yoochun would sing. Seriously: he looks like just a happy guy. If he were to come out with something angsty I’d be mighty shocked. That’s beside the point: point is, it was difficult being in a dragon costume and thinking of what he’d sing about. You can see what I mean here:

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  1. Honestly, I give Jaejoong props because he brought something different to the table. It’s definitely not what you expect from Kpop idols nowadays and I think he did a great job executing this kind of song. I’m not a huge fan of rock music but this quickly grew on me because his vocals were really great. Good job Jaejoong!
    P.S. Why are you so evil?! How do you expect us to decide between Junsu and Jaejoong?!

    4 years ago
  2. agree with martina <3

    I absolutely luv jaejoong's "one kiss" and the rest of the songs in the album, I think his voice is perfect for rock music…
    it's not just because I am a fan of JYJ…but I like rock music too…and Jaejoong's songs are awesome…
    he's such a talented guy, just like the rest of JYJ members
    isn't it obvious! :)

    4 years ago
  3. I thought he was a rhinoceros beetle, the ones that are super strong and are used for gambling fights. Something along the lines that he is strong but they are using him and his strenght against his will.

    4 years ago
  4. I should’ve stated that so far it’s just the song, “One Kiss.”

    4 years ago
  5. Cal

    Interesting video, and, as always, great KMM! (trying not to wake my husband up as I laugh myself silly over ‘Yoochun’!) I also found myself thinking of older j-rock/j-goth/visual kei bands from the late 90s/early noughties – TBH, I found I was listening for Japanese word-sounds, it was that similar. :)

    And, whatever you say, Comrade Spudgy! Infiltration ahoy!

    4 years ago
    • The minute I saw the teaser I told my friend, “Look! Gackt and Hyde had a korean love child.” The vampiric winged imagery is just spot on for Gackt and the emotional yelling and gother-than-thou-and-tattooed-as-well is classic solo-era Hyde. If I knew more about Bucktick, I’m sure I could work some Atsushi Sakurai in as well. There were even a few moments where I swear Jaejoong looked just like Sugizo. And now I will stop name dropping vaguely goth-dark-romantic J-rockers. m(_ _)m
      And if this causes a whole new subgenre of K-Pop to be born, I am totally down with it.

      4 years ago
  6. I will be expecting Yoochun’s solo music to resemble exactly how Simon portrayed it.

    4 years ago
  7. Waited all day for this and it was soo worth it! So many good parts….but I especially like the fluuuuufffy Spudgy. You know this video will probably be banned in China, right? XD

    And Martina, I too have rock roots that made me appreciate this song – so glad I’m not alone!
    And “you’re such a crow racist” – LOL

    And I agree, Yoochun should be the happy one!
    And, yes, people take it a bit far with the symbolism, but you know a lot of that is to increase the # of comments. :P

    And if you’re reading this OMG YES JAEJOONG DO AN INTERVIEW! (They’ve got a purple couch and a fluffy dog and everything.)

    4 years ago
  8. I think Jaejoong has been listening to way to much Sisters of Mercy and Siouxsie and the Banshees, but I really love the result of it. I vote for Jaejoong!

    4 years ago
  9. Have to give it to Jaejoong for doing something different. The song is awesome. If I were still in college and was still addicted to very rock, emo-ish kinds of songs, this would definitely be my jam lol. If I get past my current music phase (electro-pop-rock), maybe I’ll pick up on these types of songs again. :)

    4 years ago
  10. Gah evil! :”( Cant choose!
    That aside.. Great job! I’ve been looking forward to this since the MV release. You guys are awesomeness :D
    Also you should so tweet him “I know what you are…” “Say it… out loud” “Nasty latex rhino” I think his new account is @bornfreeonekiss Loving the mini album <3
    Side note: Kiddies don't read twilight it'll turn your brain to mush which will be eaten by sparkly fey and neon pink fluffy llamas who will dance on your grave. You have been warned. -insert dramatic horror music here-

    4 years ago
  11. fye

    I’m more familiar to Japanese music so when I hear this song for the 1st time, it sounds more J-rocks to me. I don’t know, but i heard once that before it has its own color music, K-pop is heavily influenced by Japanese music. Aside from that, I really like the song. It sounds fresh in the middle of the usual catchy electro K-pop musics these days.

    4 years ago
    • I used to be into J-Pop and J-Rock, so it was like being slapped with a ton of VISUAL KEI to me XD

      4 years ago
    • It sounded Japanese to me as well.

      4 years ago
    • To start off I love this song. And I too am more used to J-rock and heard it more than K-rock and not trying to be picky but the some tunes or music sequence in this song it seems I have heard before. Is it just me or does anybody hear it as well? I love all the men and wish them all the best and I love seeing them venture out like this and doing what they like so like most people I love the fact that he is getting to make music the way he wants.

      4 years ago
      • Yup, i also thought I heard some reminiscence of J-rock in some sequences, but just cannot place exactly where did I hear it from. Some parts have very slight resemblance to 1 of Ayumi Hamasaki’s songs as well

        4 years ago
  12. 237

    Spudgie is so cute!!!!! I can never watch Austin Powers the same way again as well.

    I was surprised you guys are praising this, it is basically the opposite of things like Orange Caramel or T-ARA which you normally praise.

    I can’t choose for the showdown…. Ah well…… Evil

    4 years ago
  13. It’s funny that you should mention vampires, J-Rock, and anime all in this Kpop Music Monday, because I thought that Jaejoong looked like the one vampire from D.Gray-Man, Krory. Seriously. He even had the hair in the face part.

    4 years ago
  14. It’s really nasty for making us chose between them but I sadly vote for Jaejoong. evil ;(

    4 years ago
  15. I was so surprised hearing this song out of Jaejoong. Because I’ve always thought he has a soft voice, one for ballads and stuff, so when I heard the chorus, I was so surprised.

    4 years ago
  16. It’sn really nasty for making us chose one of them this pure evil but my vote goes for Jaejoong.:(

    4 years ago
  17. While I’ll admit that the production level of this music video is nice, I feel that it heavily borrowed from Woodkid’s Iron music video. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vSkb0kDacjs) Maybe it’s just me, but I definitely got that impression.

    4 years ago
  18. I totally agree with Martina as soon as i listned to this it reminded me of jrock op/end of some animes, i seriously thought the same thing XD

    4 years ago
  19. Right with you on this one, Martina!. ^_^ I was somewhat surprised with the low-silliness content, but it’s not necessary to be funny to make a good review. (And by “good”, I don’t necessarily mean one that I agree with; I mean one that is well-reasoned and explained.) Thanks~!

    4 years ago
  20. OMG Thanks for this guise. I just HATE when people try to analyse everything too much ! It makes me think of my litterature class and how the teachers act like their deep/crazy-crap interpretation of a book written 300 years ago is the only thruth behing the book. Did you ever even considered just a LITTLE bit that may be, the door of the bedroom is red because the author juste decided that the door of the bedroom was red, without any deep signification bEHIND IT GODAMNIT? And people doing the same thing with MVs pisses me off as well. You don’t know the guy who produced/created the MV, you don’t know Jaejoong and everybody have a very different and personnal interpretation about everything anyway (from books to MVs). Wow, see how you guise make me evacuate so much frustration ? EYK is my new therapy. :) I always love the way you kinda ”trasnlate” the meaning of a music video, it’s always interesting and it also let some place for other interprations. ANYWAYZ continue the good work <3

    4 years ago
  21. Simon, did you were angry in this video? I don’t see yo as lively as you saw in previous videos. Maybe it’s just my impression ^ ^

    I vote for JJ T__T I really love Junsu but… JJ! > <

    4 years ago
  22. I totally agree with Martina! The song is amazing and full of anger and avenging thoughts! My first impression was that it would be the perfect opening theme to a dark anime like Death Note or something. It sounds very Jrock to me, I think it’s closer to that than Krock. Awesome review as usual, laughed so hard at Hey Micky xD

    4 years ago
  23. the best! nothing more to say! we always support JYJ!!!

    4 years ago
  24. This is probably my favorite KMM. Jaejoong all the way!(sorry Junsu i’m Jae biased and love rock). I hope that Simon and Martina can get interviews with each of the members of JYJ especially since they can’t really promote anywhere else and I feel like it would be one of the best interviews.

    4 years ago
  25. GASP.
    Was Jaejoong wearing a turtleneck? Martina didn’t mention anything x)

    4 years ago
  26. Just want to say, you guys are awesomely funny! You make my Mondays so much better :) Keep up the great work!

    4 years ago
  27. Love this review ,, thanks a lot so deep

    4 years ago
  28. This kind of goth rock is my jam
    I’m so happy with Jaejoong right now :D
    and that’s why even though I’m not all that into KMM this is now one of my favorites ;)
    Bloopers were gold btw

    4 years ago
  29. This is BY FAR the most awesome review you guys ever did! And that’s not only because I’m a diehard Jaejoong fan =P Simon, your interpretation about the diamond’s mask was amazing! I’ve depicted was the symbolisms behind the MV but this was one detail I hadn’t realized until you said it. Genious!
    And, yeah, you’re horribly cruel making Cassiopeia chose between JJ and Junsu… But I’m casting my vote on JJ, because :D I’m not only utterly JJ biased but also a rocker to my very core. “Mine” FTW o/

    4 years ago
  30. You’re right Simon, You guys are evil!! I just cannot choose between Junsu and Jaejoong!!! Arghhh!!!
    BTW, thanks for the review..it feels like ages waiting for the video..it was great!!

    4 years ago
  31. Hee hee, great review on Jaejoong’s song & MV. I’m not totally into this type of song either (but maybe I’ll get more into it when I listen to it more) and I do agree it sounds like what you would hear at the beginning of an anime or action movie! He looks like what I would imagine as a character in one of those fantasy video games.

    OHHHH so mean for making us choose! My favorite in DB5K has always been JaeJoong and I loved this MV with his sexy dark story telling BUT (cannot believe I’m actually choosing)…….. I will have to vote for JUNSU this time cause his song & MV makes me feel kinda dirty for liking it. (*sniff* sorry, Jaejoong, but I will still support you!!!).

    4 years ago
  32. I thought the song was going to be, like whispering.

    4 years ago
  33. Coolest kpop music monday everrrr! Thanks for this :)

    4 years ago
  34. Wow! This video is full of older style JRock type themes, I love it!

    4 years ago
  35. Jaejoong all the way! But…do I dare even say it? I’m actually not a huge Junsu fan. *runs away and cowers in fear*

    4 years ago
  36. I just love your Music Mondays! Thanks for always being so honest. As much as I disagree with Simon (yay Martina) about this song, I totally respect your opinion. This song just gives of a The Killers vibe to me and I love it!!

    4 years ago
  37. Awesome KMM guise!!! And Martina, love the jig music ;) As for voting between Junsu and Jaejoong….. gahhhhhh it’s too hard!!!!! (insert that’s what she said joke here)

    4 years ago
  38. SKS

    HAPPY BELATED! I have the same birthday as you!

    The music video is…interesting. :P

    4 years ago
  39. having my own Pekingese .. Spudgy’s cuteness overwhelms me! So cute!!!! ..

    4 years ago
  40. I wasn’t surprised at all that this song came from Jaejoong. When I first watched the video all I could think is “This is so Jaejoong…”

    4 years ago
    • Me too! Ever since I heard Tri-Angle , Maze, etc, I was like: Ok, JJ baby, rock is your thing! Yours!!

      4 years ago
      • Agreed. Not only did it seem his voice fit the best on those tracks, Jaejoong seemed the most comfortable with the concept in Tri-Angle, and I feel his parts in the Rising Sun MV have a tiny goth-rock, J-rock flavor to them.

        4 years ago
        • haha yeah those types of mv are totalyy hi things coz watch balloons lol

          3 years ago