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Kpop Music Monday: Nu’est “Hello”

February 11, 2014

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The curse is finally broken! But I’m sure some of you are going to think that it was a warding spell of protection, rather than a curse itself. Check out Nu’est’s video if you haven’t done so yet and let us know where you side:

Ok, so let’s have a real discussion here: does Nu’est do anything new in terms of style and tempo? I don’t necessarily see it. Some might argue that it’s unfair to single out Nu’est as opposed one of the many other boy bands that debut and don’t necessarily bring anything new to the table. But, when it comes to those bands, they don’t market themselves as being different. Nu’est’s very name, their brand, what we identify them as, is what suggests the desire to be seen as different from the rest. We didn’t impose that on them, right?

So, the question stands. Educate us. What’s new about their style and tempo? Different BPM? Different instruments? Different sound mixing? Different clothing? What is it?

We were also really confused by the video. Can someone explain why the girl is so violent and grumpy? Isn’t the person who cheats usually apologetic for hurting the other person, rather than violent towards them after being caught? Nu’est just looked like they’re getting abused all video.

And, yes, I know some of you came here for more awesome humour and word play, but I’m all out of steam. I tried SO HARD to figure out a way to squeeze “Pu’est” in there. Tru’est? Blu’est? I got nothing. I spent my best material in the video and now all I got is…no I got nothing.

Side note, if any of you say that we pronounced Aron’s name incorrectly, we’ll send you to the principle’s office for being Insubordinate, and Churlish.

Also, allow me to say: GOTDAMN we forgot how to YouTube. We filmed without the audio recording, and then we filmed with the audio too loud, and then we filmed with the audio too quiet, and then we changed to something different and filmed without the audio recording again. HOLY HELL! Way to many mistakes. Here are a few more in this week’s bloopers:

As for the poll, umm, the site is acting a bit buggy at the moment, and I can’t make a poll like we usually do. Sorry! We’ve been adding some features to the site and one thing isn’t playing nicely with the other :(

And lastly, we’re back from Japan now. Yay! We were there for the weekend (we filmed this Music Monday right before flying out) and we got a lot of good footage. We might be coming back to Japan again next week to get some more footage. We’re not sure yet. We’ll let you know! Yes, we’re being mysterious about what we were doing. OOH WE’RE SUCH TEASES! If you want to know what we’re up to, make sure you’re subscribed :D

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  1. Noooo the curse almost lived on for me!! After the first 30 secs in suddenly the sound just stopped!! I thought you guys where playing a joke so i continued watching, but it didnt come back. I don’t know what happened but it fixed when I reloaded the page. But that was scary guise!

    2 years ago
  2. s&m…can u count next KMM on 00:00 kst friday so that u can filming it b4 u fly to japan again this week?? im afraid u cant make KMM next week… there will b many cb this week n so many potential mv that u should review

    2 years ago
  3. yeah…i want it too but the full PV will b out later… the mv now actually te short version oF MV

    2 years ago
  4. Really happy that Nu’est got their KMM, but slightly disappointed about the song. I’ve been meaning to get into them, but all I’ve seen is this. I like the fact that instead of making it about being in love and using the same girl, she’s actually cheating. Seriously, is it that hard to find multiple girls to be in a video? I like the beginning, but the song kinda dragged for me. Also you poor things! But I didn’t realize how happy I get from watching this, I smiled so hard when I saw Spudgy.

    Also the acronym thing, even as a Starlight and a Kissme, I agree. I actively don’t look for what their names stand for. Also doesn’t U-KISS make out with each other? Or that could be their side job, run a kissing booth, they’d make millions.
    And even though Nu’est actually did show cheating a lot better than B1A4, What’s Happening got me into them and was one of my favorite songs of last year.

    2 years ago
    • Well the mv and song was about cheating girlfriend and boyfriend who just doesn’t want to let go and pretenst that it isn’t true that she’s cheating him although evidence is all over the place.

      NU’EST is still fairly new and doesn’t have lot of stuff.. so if you want to watch their other stuff there is Face, Action, Not Over You and Sleep Talking, that’s it :)

      2 years ago
  5. I love these 30 seconds to disagree skit. Sometimes I disagree with your opinions (either I agree with Simon, Martina, or both if you are at the same level), but I enjoy KMM anyways because you always make it seem to be very entertaining like comedians. I am with Martina this time that “Hello” by NU’EST is not a bad song (*whispers* although I like SHINEE’s “Hello” as well…).

    2 years ago
  6. So, I’d just like to say that I really love this song. Although I am a L.O.Λ.E (Just like I am in a couple other fandoms), that doesn’t mean I discriminate other songs or bands xD I was positively surprised by the video and so I’ve seen it a lot of times. “fan-eroticism”? Well, that’s a term I haven’t heard before. I was blown away by the kiss not being K-Drama material; it actually looked pretty real. Rookies… Reinventing the market. (Note: halfway sarcastic here. They do… But not always.) I laughed totally hard at some poins and damn! I’ve missed KMM.

    I wasn’t worried about you having a different opinion than me or just down right not liking the song (because people are fully capable of having their own opinions without being wrong. Right? Oh… This is the internet. OH NO! A troll ~ *Hides* Anyways…), I was just looking forward to them getting a little PR and your jokes and personality. I mean, that’s why I’m here. But when you were like “Is it a curse?” I worried if you were gonna go all “Troblemaker” on it.

    Luckily not. But I accept your opinion (And I freaking love the god-damned dance. Ugh! Such a good song.) and I am gonna go back to looking forward to more of your videos. Yeah! (and stop filling your walls with momomomo.

    2 years ago
  7. Well, I think one thing is new: ROOKIE IDOL KISSING?! o.O
    Hahaha, didin’t expect that.. Anyways, the video was great!
    Simon, as for the humor I’m giving this a 3 outta 5. Kidding, you guys are hilarious, loved it! :D

    2 years ago
  8. Funniest video I have seen in a while, of course I think Donghae and Eunhyuk make hilarious videos…except for Still You…but I love them all…

    2 years ago
  9. Aahaha loved this! I totally agree with everything and I don’t think there was any bad comments, they were all true but they don’t make the song bad or anything. But I gotta say that I practically LMAO through the whole video, ahaha. :’D Thank you for reviewing this. :’D

    2 years ago
  10. HOW DO YOU JUST GET FUNNIER AND FUNNIER?!?! You guys are great. And awesome. And hilarious. And I vote for BILASA

    2 years ago
  11. I haven’t laughed this much in weeks! D: Seyeballmon…

    2 years ago
  12. I was actually looking forward to this kpop music monday, because I thought I might be the only one having the opinion that this song is a bit … how should I say … usual. Nothing that blows my mind. ha. ha.
    But no, seriously, it is a bit disappointing that kpop videos and songs are becoming more unoriginal and less breathtaking. It is like they are being produced on the treadmill! Maybe they ran out of ideas? If that’s the case, they shall give me a call. My head’s exploding from all the ideas that are inside of it. Anyways, another music monday that brightened my day!

    2 years ago
  13. Bilasa for sure.

    2 years ago
  14. Oh the I lost my pants track in the background xD That was one of my favorite part

    2 years ago
  15. I actually couldn’t stop laughing at this, even though I love Nu’est. (And btw, I think if Nu’est are expected to start acting like their name implies, so should U-Kiss for sure.. Yep. You should make a video about it :3 tehehehe)

    2 years ago
  16. NOP :/ kinda disappointed (and im not Love or whatever their fan club name is)

    2 years ago
  17. I agreed with you even if you said I don’t have to agree. And I also laughed after a long time (last weekend was a long time… that is when you’ve got depression). So yeah… I just wanted to tell you guys: thank you! And I really mean it. :)

    2 years ago
  18. Best part of this KMM was definetely LOTR’s reference. You’re doing it right guise ;)))

    2 years ago
  19. Double mooooooooooooooooooo not double booooooooooooooo Martina, gosh you are terrible :P

    2 years ago
  20. Simon! The part with creepy guy on the phone- spot on! So funny thou! Missed your KMM + so glad you’re back!

    2 years ago
  21. Your ears are really red Simon, are you okay ?

    2 years ago
  22. This story is actually true. I mean the story of the MV. JR onced sayed this happened all to one of their manager.

    Also NU’EST always trying something new in each genre of music, as like their sleeptalking albums contains dance music, rap, rock, sth like a bit of jazzy slow and so on…

    I really love Hello by NU’EST as much as I love SHINee’s Hello and FTISLANDs Hello~

    But still, thanks for making a MM with NU’EST ^^

    2 years ago
  23. Ely

    Nu’est had a new and fresh style/tempo when they debuted with songs like Face and Action, but then they became more normal? Idk… XD

    2 years ago
    • I kind of agree. When I first say Face I was blown away by the message and the fact that they held to being a bit odd with the black and pink theme. Action followed and I was like, wow they can be great if they keep it up. Then it was like they quit trying to be different and fell into rote Kpop to make sales. I was disappointed.

      2 years ago
      • I agree. I think they could live up to their name if they send messages in their song that isn’t in a normal kpop video. But am I the only one that really liked this song? lol

        2 years ago
        • I did not dislike the song, I am all for a group trying new things. However, if they keep falling into the typical kpop routine I will probably find myself looking for more unique groups.

          2 years ago
  24. Isn’t it B.A.P.’s “Angel” screesaver that in the back? It’s a beautiful song but it was a bit hard to understand the video at first…it’s a beautiful meaning though…Ah, I missed KMM so much!!! Anyway Nuest’s “Face” and “Action” are a lot better than “Hello” and even than “Sleep talking” maybe…sice they were a lot more original…hoping next time thay’ll go back to their old style…

    2 years ago
  25. Yay! I wondered when you were going to do this one! Myself, I kind of like Nu’est and this isn’t my fav tune but the video really was so surprisingly creepy that, that alone, was worthy of notice. Girl’s got some serious guts/freak on!

    I thought that this was a nice classic mix of your commentary and skits but I did actually laugh harder at the bloopers. I, for one, really enjoy your cheesy humour Simon – LOL! BTW, if you shoot your “studio background shot” with a little better/more lighting (genius idea too allow people to work while you’re filming) it won’t be so obvious that you’re green screening it.

    Cyber_3 – Martina – you be Madagascar! ;)

    2 years ago
  26. Guise, question! Ga In’s “Fxxk U” is in 2nd place on the home page where it shows the K-pop chart rankings… but when I go to the actual K-pop charts, it’s in 4th place. Which one is accurate??
    On topic: “Hello” is definitely not one of Nu’est’s better songs. (Though it did do an excellent job ruining the word “Yeoboseyo” for me.) It would have been nice if you could have reviewed “Face” or “Action” instead, but hey, at least the curse is broken.

    2 years ago
  27. I have to agree with Simon that their really isn’t much about Nu’Est that is an originally established style and tempo. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely adore their music and even used their song Face in one of my teaching lessons against bullying [my students thought I was extra cool for that one ::winning::]. But other than borrowing the 1997 slang spelling for the word new, they are quite comparable to other K-pop groups…which isn’t at all an insult to their skillz and vibe! How’s this one for your humorous tickle, Simon: Stu’Est –>Same, typical, usually established style and tempo. All for one’s soupy goodness.

    2 years ago
  28. wha Simon and Martina tore it up for them lol. Simon put a real hurting lol VOTE B1A4 for showdown!

    2 years ago
  29. Simon, you were really giving me a Hannibal/Mads Mikkelsen shark eyes moment when you were, uh…choking the chicken. I couldn’t look you in the eye (for multiple reasons lol). Well done!

    2 years ago
  30. I totally agree! I do prefer action and face before this.

    2 years ago
    • Yeah, I would have chosen Action and Face to review but they weren’t in 2013! I’m sure they’ll have an interesting comeback though!

      2 years ago
      • Face is such an interesting concept, and it adresses a topic that definitely needs to be adressed, bullying.

        2 years ago
  31. Martina’s all purple look is totally awesome !
    Thanks again EYK to make me laugh at work alone infront of my computer XD. I always feel my coworkers looking at me like ”WTF” lol. ( Im at lunch break ..dont worry XD ).
    Anyway I totally loved MBLAQ invasion in the Bloopers XD. I hope it’s a sight of their upcomming return ! Those guys breaks are too long !! ( And I really wonder why all my favorites groups ( JPop and Kpop ) are always the one with the longuest hiatus time….Seriously … )

    2 years ago
  32. Simon and Martina teasing us about Japan, ooohhh you so nasty! And I wasn’t that impressed with the song either, but then again the boy groups in kpop are a huge hit and miss for me. I don’t care for a lot and got a few songs I really love.

    2 years ago
  33. In some ways the MV seems more like a movie-poster photoshoot…say for 3-iron … So in other words: fan service :)

    2 years ago
    • I’ve seen this movie… It was fairly weird :D

      2 years ago
      • Yeah that’s a Kim Ki-Duk film, and he’s quite artsy fartsy. I liked it though. It almost qualified as a silent film. There is maybe a paragraph of dialogue in the whole movie.

        2 years ago
        • Yeah :) It’s been quite a while since I saw this though so I can’t remember it too well. That guy went to prison and learned how to creep around unnoticed.. but did he also break into people’s houses when they were out and lived there for a few days before moving on to the next house or was that a different movie? It was probably a different movie… XD

          2 years ago
        • No, that was the same. He was a delivery guy and he was able to figure out who wasn’t home by the number of delivery menus that were gathered on the door. He would do a little housework and minor repairs as payment. It gets pretty bonkers when he basically moves into this woman’s house to protect her and be with her, and her husband has NO IDEA he lives there (hence the poster).

          2 years ago
        • Oh yeah :D I remember I thought it was kinda cool how he just moved from house to house, getting to see how people lived without them putting up pretenses like cleaning the house before guests arrive… But at the same time, it was creepy as fuck XD

          2 years ago
  34. “Isn’t the person who cheats usually apologetic for hurting the other person, rather than violent towards them after being caught?”
    Bwhahahahaha you would think, right. But no, no, not always. I’ve experience an ex-boyfriend who went nuts and verbally abusive because it was MY fault for finding out about his cheating. Never apologetic, just down right mean. That I only had myself to blame for being hurt by finding out he was cheating…..uhm yeah for real.

    2 years ago
    • Yep, I’ve been there too. I remember one time, (two days after he was caught) I was still seriously messed up in the head and emotional. (this was the father of my two kids, not as easy to walk away) he screamed at me in public, to “stop being a B**** and to get over it all ready because it was in the F***ing past” (remember this is only TWO days later)

      meh.. he was always like that. apologetic (sometimes) when he first got caught for about 10 minutes, after that he was aggressive and I was a b**** for not being able to turn the other cheek. Or it was my fault he cheated for this reason or that reason.

      I stayed with him, trying to make things work for a couple of years before I realized my kids deserved better, and that I wasn’t helping them by keeping the family ‘whole’. (the kids and I have had a blessed and happy life since)

      I think the girl in the video slapping Ren was a “how DARE you invade my privacy by looking through my phone!” type slap.

      I’ve been in his situation ahahaha. I’ve even made the same face.

      2 years ago
      • I’m glad to hear you got yourself and your children out of that situation. Toxic, emotionally abusive relationships are a mighty weight to handle, carry and overcome, and I know it’s even harder when you have children. It’s glorious that you overcame that not just for your children but for yourself. A happy and blessed home with the love and laughter of your children, is worth getting away from that relationship any day. :)

        I think you’re right about why the girl slapped Ren, pfft I was never allowed to even gaze towards my ex’s phone, so Ren touching her phone and seeing that she was a cheater McCheaterson pushed this girl into slappy mode cause she was caught. Oh Ren, you need another girlfriend, you know without four other boyfriends…who happen to be your best friends….

        2 years ago
    • Thank you! ME TOO! :)

      2 years ago
    • HA! It was indeed like living in a kpop video. It’s very possible he was cheating with enough different people to equal a kpop group, you know like Super Junior.

      Thanks guys, it’s all good now. It’s been a long time now but one does not forget the confusion of a situation such as that. Ren may be be prettier than me but he and I had the same facial gesture at the cheaters outburst.

      2 years ago
    • Totally agree! I was/am a tomboy with more guy friends than girls. It always surprised me how psycho some girlfriends got when caught cheating. One said it was all the guys fault she cheated and trashed his car. So the girl in the video didn’t surprise me by behaving violently.

      As far as their sound, it sounds a step above a cappella /acappella. Their voices seem to be the focus, with a majority of background music being rhythm not melody. But that’s just my take. I have to go back and listen to their other songs to see if there is a substantial difference. I do remember the first time I heard them, something set them apart from the groups I was used to….I just don’t know why. (It’s been too many years away from musical theory & application.)

      2 years ago
      • Yup, I’ve seen the other spectrum, like the video, were the girl goes postal on a guy for finding out she’s been cheating. What is with vandalizing vehicles? I think that needs to be in the next cheating/multiplayer kpop video. Cars receive a giant brunt of abuse and damage by both parties.

        2 years ago
    • Hey, me too! High five! No, wait…

      2 years ago
  35. great Simon! now i will have nightmares, because of you and your …chicken… :D

    but… omg i laughed so hard the paper phone and the “handphone” :D!!

    2 years ago
  36. So if UKISS should go around kissing people, what should Big Bang be doing?? Hehehe

    2 years ago
  37. “But was it a curse? Or was it actually a blessing? You decide after we’ve finished this KMM.” As soon as I heard that, I immediately just went
    “Oh noes, this is not going to be good.” and retrieved my sieve to put over my head… You know, as protection for the impeding fan wars.
    So tell me guys, do I dare continue? How scared should I be on a scale of 1-10? xD

    2 years ago
    • Hmm… it can be harsh.. but on a level where if you get too mad then KMM is just not for you… so if you are a chill fan you can watch it I think xD

      2 years ago
      • Nu, I am cavewoman! :| Critique not accepted! Ug. *Lumbers off to find massive club*

        … I’m sorry. That was weird. I couldn’t resist xD

        2 years ago
    • Hahaha true! It’s always nice to see your favourite group get reviewed, even if the results aren’t exactly favourable :)

      2 years ago
    • If you’re a fan of Nu’est, no, I wouldn’t continue. It’s not Teen Top “No More Perfume” level thrashing, but it’s not sunshine and roses either.

      2 years ago
      • Hahahaha hmmmm, you got lucky! I’m not actually much of fan.

        But I’m just kidding :) I actually like it when you guys give your honest opinions instead of going all gung-ho (rainbows and ponies galore) just to satisfy people. Even if our opinions were to differ (and sometimes they do – I’m looking at you, Simon!) I respect that, and I think a lot of other fans of yours probably do too. So keep on keeping on!! Nevermind if people don’t agree :)

        2 years ago
  38. Yay! I really liked this music monday, maybe because you weren’t necesserily only spawning good stuff about the music video. It felt more like your honest opinions and also, I noticed that in the last half year or so..? You haven’t really been talking about the music and did more skits etc? And you brought opinions on the music itself back in this one Huzzah!

    2 years ago
    • I totally agree. And, to be honest, it’s sort of boring to watch videos that only talk about everything they loved about a video. It’s more fun to notice ridiculous things about it and things that I never would have questioned logic-wise. If I like a song that’s being reviewed, I already know why I like it, you know?

      And it was cool to hear them discuss the music more. I feel like 2013 was a severely “eh” year in terms of songs. Even the groups I used to (perhaps spastically) love, well, I didn’t like their new songs very much. Might be just me, but they all started sounding the same and had these weird dub-step things in them. I’m hoping this year we’ll all have more to talk about in Kpop music!

      2 years ago
    • Wow! Awesome! Thanks for the words of encouragement. We weren’t really happy with this Music Monday, and we’re worried that people are going to be very upset with it. I’m glad you liked it!

      2 years ago
      • This Music Monday was perfect! I love hearing your guys’ opinions on MV’s (is that not the point of KMM?), hearing you guys talk is great! Often times the skits get in the way and interrupt the video. You guys were still super funny and fun to watch. I also don’t believe you guys were too harsh or mean towards Nu’est at all. All your points were spot on. I feel like it would have been more appropriate to review either their Action or Face MV’s, since the majority of the people here seem to agree that that was their better stuff. It seems their fans were too desperate to finally get them reviewed that the MV that “broke the curse” ended up being a mediocre one.

        On that note, I’m really disappointed in the direction Nu’est has taken. I LOVED them when Action and Face came out. Those songs and MV’s were just great. I couldn’t wait for them to release new content, I seriously had big expectations for them. But their newer releases haven’t been up to par. They don’t feel like the same group anymore. :/

        2 years ago
      • MmM

        I really enjoyed this music Monday! I liked how the humour was all integrated into the discussion about the music. Like that I lost my pants joke? Flawlessly integrated into Martina’s criticism!
        …I also laughed at the GU’EST joke, though, so maybe my opinions are a bit questionable.

        Also also, INSUBORDINATE AND CHURLISH.
        I start student teaching soon, you know >:D

        2 years ago
      • I don’t know maybe because I’m not really a Nu’est fan? I used to be back in the Face and Action eras (because those were so awesome and harsh and I love it) but then they went to cute and I found B.A.P (aka rice. I would say it’s mostly fans that get upset though, and honestly if you said something like that about Secret and B.A.P I would I have no idea what I would do? Not angry or anything just because I love them so much. I am rambling and goodbye HAHA! (just to say I would never bash you or anything because this is your honest opinions so I can’t change it and those who bash you are being kind of stupid)

        2 years ago
        • Agreed! B.A.P. is my favourite group and they got a pretty good thrashing with Rain Sound. Seeing as I personally like the song, I remember being more disappointed than anything that Simon didn’t feel the same way – more like “oh, boo. No recognition for B.A.P.” which I would feel if anyone had said they didn’t like it. But I wasn’t angry about it at all. That’s his opinion, and it’s his KMM, so I respect that. KMM is for Simon and Martina to share THEIR views on a song/MV and so they shouldn’t have to fear being bashed for it, otherwise there’s no point of even having KMM in the first place.

          2 years ago
        • Haha yeah true! I mean, they’re saying they don’t like things for understandable reasons. It’s not as if they’re insulting them outright and saying they suck. They just… Don’t like the song. Big whoop, I suppose xD

          2 years ago
      • You did a good job! So many lols! And Simon! Stop throwing stuff at Martina! You know you’ll get your ass kicked! (By Martina, I would never dare to slap either of you. That’s for married people).

        2 years ago
  39. btw it was JR that broke the phone, not Aron lol

    2 years ago
  40. first!

    2 years ago
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