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We’re back with Music Monday! Woohoo! It’s from a video that isn’t in the top three! Not woohoo! Let me explain before you murder me, k guise? Well, it’s actually not that long of an explanation: we actually scripted this a while ago, but because of the Sewol Ferry Accident, we didn’t post Music Monday last week. So we filmed it this week. Woohoo!

On to Super Junior! Um…this song wasn’t good. Sorry! We just didn’t like it at all. It’s probably our least favorite Super Junior song of all time. We like Spy, Sexy Free and Single, Mr Simple, A-Cha, Sorry Sorry, and Bonamana, and Perfection, all of them, a lot more than this song. But that’s just us. Let us know what you think: which one of these songs would you rank “Swing” over?

But, even though we didn’t like the song whatsoever, that doesn’t mean that we didn’t have fun watching the video. And that’s what I want out of a Super Junior. Kpop’s fun, and this video was loads of fun, from the incredibly daft office workers, to the hilarious amount of lens flares (seriously: way too many lens flares) to Siwon’s terrible moustache. We saw this video, cringed at the song, but kept smiling throughout the whole experience. It was a very confusing experience.

Question: is it just us, or does it seem like Super Junior gets the short end of the music video stick? After watching Girls’ Generation’s “Mr.” and Exo’s videos, it seems like all of the video production budget is going towards them, and Super Junior are left with not that much effort or innovation. Yes, this video is a lot better than their regular flashy box set videos, but it still has lots of box set elements. And those parts of the video where they slap the camera and make it pan somewhere else is very reminiscent of Exo’s “Growl.” It was cool when we saw Exo do it, but this time it just felt like “well, it was cool then, so let’s do it again!” you know? Super Junior deserves better videos, I think. And definitely less moustache.

Also, if you can’t tell, we were joking about KBS banning of Super Junior. They weren’t banned. Well, maybe not yet. We seriously have no idea what the hell KBS bans videos for. It’s so random and loaded with BS reasoning that it’s laughable, and I think it’s time we start poking fun at them until they come a bit more transparent, objective, and accountable. Not that our videos will impact KBS in any way. Either way, we’ll still have material to work with :D

Eric Nam Signed CD Winners

Remember when we did the Eric Nam Kpop Music Monday? That was epic. What’s more epic is that we’re giving away some signed CDs, to these lucky winners, and they are:

For Facebook: Daria Poczatek
For Twitter: Searingblade
For YouTube: Josie1029
For Eatyourkimchi: LongClawTiger (I couldn’t link your profile, for some reason. Sorry!

Bloopers!

We’ve got bloopers, of course, including Spudgy giving some more commentary on KBS banning everything.

 

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  1. The song was ok, but liked the video better. More importantly, Yay for Log! Prominently featured in a Music Monday! Good job Log. You make an excellent seat for Siwon’s mustache.

  2. This has got to be my favourite Super Junior song so far. It was alright until that dubstep breakdown. Ugh that is so last year.
    Laughing all the way through the moustache interview. You shoulda been like “I ‘moustache’ you a question” heheh It was a shock to the system when I first saw the mv xD

  3. Alex is cute! (I swear to god I’m not a creeper)

    re: Blooper reel @ 2:07 – I laughed so hard my lunch went everywhere. Simon, do you have any idea how hard it is to clean caesar salad from a keyboard?! :P

  4. Well, to be fair about this:

    S&M did mention they recorded this recently. They had the script ready to go. I know that sounds redundant but your comment is a little unclear to me. I just want to make sure I’m not misconstruing what you’re getting across.

    The way the K-Pop Charts are involved in Music Mondays is a very small part in what it’s also used for. They’re useful in seeing what’s popular, provide individual discussion boards for each song in the list, and make finding/sharing different types of K-pop videos simple. There’s also a page to submit videos you find on your own for people to vote on so it can be in the top 100. Some videos that are years old never make it past the first page.

    KMM’s are solely the opinions of S&M. They way they collaborate with their community is by picking videos people want to see them talk about, usually the top three. They mentioned that Swing was also in the top three for weeks but they had a delay in videos due to the Sewol Ferry Incident. Since they had a script done and friends visiting, it’s practical to just record the video. A second KMM demands another full day of work for EYK – scripting, recording, and editing. It may not seem like much but from the little experience I have with working in media that can be very time consuming.

    In the end, EYK do these videos for their own pleasure while trying to balance interaction/collaboration with their community. Sometimes it’s a success while other times one or both parties are not satisfied. But what’s great is that this platform allows for open discussion. Different opinions and critiques make the world go round :)

  5. I think that everyone liked the interview with the mustache.

  6. I couldn’t stop staring at Akdong musician in the background, or that awesome portrait of martina. Love you guise!

  7. The banning thing reminded me of how they banned Akdong Musician’s “Galaxy” because apparently it might be confused with Samsung’s phone.

  8. Sneaky Spudgy looking all cute distracted me at 2:55!

  9. Alright, so, disclaimer. I’m an ELF so SJ is my absolute favorite, and I always get kinda wary when people review them because of my total bias. At the same time, I was really excited because SJM doesn’t get many chances for review since they mostly do Chinese songs. That being said, this video was hilarious! I’m glad you see another KMM after so long a break.
    I don’t agree with you guys about the song – I totally love it! The whole mini-album is really good in my opinion. I can’t stop listening to it.
    You guys made a lot of good points though! Like the typical SM box set with crazy lighting. And the dubstep, SM is clinging onto the dubstep breakdown with every fiber of it’s being. YOU NEED TO LET IT GO SM, ITS TIME HAS PASSED.
    Between the mustache interview, the KBS skit and the captions on the MV clips, I was cracking up throughout the entire thing.
    Great job guys!

  10. AKMU in the background!!! :D What do you guys think of their album? :D

  11. I agree. I like Super Junior but I didn’t like the song at all. The dubstep part was completely unnecessary. I also really didn’t like Siwon’s mustache at all. He’s my favorite member and I don’t think it looked good on him.

  12. Yay, finally a review! I missed your KMMs. :)
    The creeperstache is HILARIOUS! It reminds me of the the song Dirt Lip by Big D and the Kids Table. “Dirt Lip! Shave it off….It’s not a mustache, it’s not a beard.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q4KIBxkhiDs

  13. hahahahaha hilarious interview with Siwon’s mustache. I had some trouble understanding what Siwon’s mustache said in some parts though, but Martina must be fluent in the language.Yes, I could be bias, but I also think that Super Junior often, if not always, gets the short end of the music video stick.

  14. I find it kind of funny that you don’t like this song. I don’t really care for most Super Junior songs due to the autotune but I really like this one for whatever reason.

  15. You know what’s really funny….I’m voting for G.O not just because Siwon’s was TERRIBLE (lol) but because G.O honestly looks soo good with a mustache….excuse me I mean a goatee! I mean LOOK at him! It suits him soo well! And I HATE facial hair on guys haha

    YOU’RE WELCOME! XD

    • EXACTLY!!! lol I don’t think he’s winning just because Siwon’s was so bad, but because he actually looks soo good with it! xD He NEEDS to bring this back! haha I’ve seen idols with facial hair but no one comes close to how good G.O looks with it ^^

  16. Guys. There’s NO competition. G.O’s got this!

  17. Usually I enjoy your Music Mondays more than the song you are covering, and this was yet another case of that! I just…. *shivers* dubstep *groans*

  18. FINALLY I CAN COMMENT HERE AGAIN! Sorry, I have been not able to give a comment on your page for over a week. So much sadness. Surprisingly I actually liked this song. BUT, the dubstep really frustrated me. If they had skipped that part I think the song would be fairly alright. Not in SJs top five songs, but still not too bad.
    I laughed so much at the mustache interview, one of the teachers in the office asked me if I was alright – he just saw a red face and tears coming down my eyes while my hand was over my mouth, preventing me from roaring with laughter. Aaa, so funny! But really. Mustache. Go away.

  19. Is it bad that I recognized “The Carlton Dance” in the blooper reel right away? Fresh Prince of Bel-air was a good show. I’m a kid of the ’90s, man! Side note: I’m an administrative assistant. Super Junior can come crash my office any time!

  20. Welcome Back EYK!!! A good MV to get back into the “Swing” of things.

  21. I think I remember reading somewhere that because Super Junior already has so many fans that will support them no matter what, SM pools their resources where they can attract more fans aka money, like exo who is still a new-ish group. It’s sad I think…

  22. 1) I haven’t listened to the Korean version of Swing, but I liked the Chinese version.

    2) How can that horrible mustache transform such a beautiful man so much? It shouldn’t be possible for Siwon to look like such a creeper.

    3) This KMM was great! The mustache bit killed me. And KBS, oh KBS…

  23. Mmm… well, I’m confused. I think they filmed Swing before EXO’s though, what with the military members in the video and that XXIII (2013) on Eunhyuk’s hat.

  24. I had problems with the comments section too in Firefox/linux but fixed it. Check that you don’t have duplicate QuickTime plug-ins and then clear your cache, history, and cookies and restart Firefox.

    • I switched from Firefox to Chrome because of comment problems too, but
      now I’m having the same issues here. :( I regularly clear my
      cache/history/cookies, but it doesn’t seem to help. How do I check to see if I have two QuickTime plug-ins? (sorry if it’s a dumb question)

      • Tools -> Add Ons -> Plug-Ins just de-activate the older one if you have two (usually QuickTime Plug-Ins) because when you upgrade the old one doesn’t get removed sometimes. Then go clean everything out again and reload or restart Firefox. Other than that, look online but this problem has happened to me 5 times this year, it just looks different on disqus….even though I could see the disqus comments on other sites but not eyk.

  25. I liked “Swing,” but I’m pretty sure that’s just because I get Stockholm Syndromed into liking any song if my sister plays it enough times. Also, I thought you were telling the truth about KBS banning it, because it seemed so… KBS. My dad’s theory is that some companies have a deal with KBS to ban their own songs just to increase publicity. This is possible, but you’d think KBS would come up with reasons that sounded vaguely plausible, rather than “People might mistake this song for an advertisement, so we’re banning it.”

  26. I can understand why you guys don’t like it. I personally did like it, but it’s not like their older stuff which let’s just say is amaze~ I also agree that I hate unnecessary dubstep breakdowns. You can be one of my favorite groups and I’ll still hate it. lookingatyouGOT7Imeanwhat?! I’ll totally agree with the biasness going on in SM, like seriously Super Junior is the 2nd oldest group there and they get shafted a lot. I don’t know if it’s because they’ve been gone for so long and maybe the fans aren’t gonna complain when they get just the box set? Maybe because they’re going to the military too? But come on, you can make a bigger effort with your mvs. If you can spend all the effort and money on the cgi for ‘MAMA’, you can give Super Junior a better set.

  27. I haven’t laughed this hard at a KMM in ages, loved it!

  28. I have the problem of the comment section not working Firefox, but working perfectly with Safari.

  29. I’m actually happy about this SJ music video (But Siwon…yeah…). But I want to say: Simon, you have the best chest hair ever.

  30. 1. Mustaches – BLEH BLEH BLEH, I totally agree with that.
    2. Dupstep – needless, but not so bad
    3. I’m not big fan of SuJu, but after hearing “Swing” I was listening to it for almost 5 hours non stop! Maybe the fact that I don’t like typical SuJu songs (okay, except Bonamana) I really love this one.
    EVERYBODY WHO CAN DANCE AT LEAST CHORUS HANDS UP, YOU’RE NOT ALONE!!!

  31. Hah! Awesome! This was a great mesh of discussing the song and random tangentially-related skits – th einterview was spot-on. I don’t have time to write more but I am looking forward to the closed captioning of SiWon’s mustache’s answers in the interview – that would be EPIC!

    • As for “Swing”, I would totally rank it dead last out of the SUJU songs you listed…..like, in the negative. It totally lacks personality. The video was interesting in that it had more props than usual but I agree that they are still getting shafted when it comes to video budgets. This is not what I expected at all for a comeback.

  32. Last year I used to have a special kpop group set as my background on my computer for a week and then change to another. I had WEEKS planned out in beforehand and I did collages for every group and I remember when I got to MBLAQ I drew a mask on G.O’s face on every picture in the collage where he had a mustache XD

    I seriously want to throw up every time I see it D;

  33. I was expecting a Big Band kinda song as well with the name of the song being “Swing” and all. Something like TVXQ’s “Something”, which I totally love. Needles to say, I was disappointed. The dubstep breakdown made me go all “Not again!” and if it wan’t for the fun video, I would’ve clicked away from the mv at that point. So yeah. Song sucks, video wasn’t anything spectacular but it was fun to watch. I really wished the song would’ve been good, because I disliked “Spy”, “Sexy, Free & Single” and “Breakdown”. I haven’t really liked anything they have done since Bonamana to be honest. Not the title songs anyway that get the music videos. There’s still been couple of decent songs in the albums.

  34. Thanks to EYK, I wasn’t the only one with the mustache problem!!!
    When i saw it in the MV, I thought of this immediately:

  35. I was soooo hoping that you guys would review AKMU. I had been voting for it so much, but maybe a NASTY review next week. Air hugs from a NASTY Blackjack :D

  36. Is the question ironic or not ? My answer will need to change if that the case.
    Great KMM guys and i agree i do not like that song (though the MV was quite funny, but it make me dizzy at times). It will be (and stay ) at the bottom of the bottom of my list of musics i wish i’ll never have to listen again

  37. Simon, apparently you have never worked with a copier that was Satan’s spawn, born from the deepest pits of hell and put on earth to torment poor unsuspecting beings. Seriously, the copier in my office is EVIL!!! We’re a freaking IT department and yet we can’t tame that unruly beast! I hate it and I would like nothing more than to go all Office Space on it!

  38. Ryeowook was obviously talking to Dial Tone’s cousin, Silence.

    I’m really surprised you don’t like the song! I think it’s one of the best produced songs in kpop in a long time, and definitely my favorite Super Junior-M song ever. But to each their own!

  39. The pedo-stache. Ugh. I honestly haven’t watched the video yet because of that thing. Ugh. Did I mention UUUGGGHHHHHHH.
    I would’ve thought it was impossible to take a guy as naturally attractive and make him that CREEPY but I would’ve been wrong.
    As for KBS, I just don’t even know what to think any more. I keep reading the announcements of banning and thinking that the NEXT one will say “This has been banned for…reasons!” or “Because of wibly-wobbly timey wimey” or “KBS has banned this video because-good god, what is that thing over there!!”

  40. I will say that I don’t like the dubstep part. It just doesn’t seem necessary. But, I do like the song

    • Hmm… I don’t listen to Suju enough to give a fair ranking of songs… I will say that Swing is below Suju M’s Break down because of the unecessary dubstep. But at the same time, Swing is higher than Spy and Sexy Free and Single in terms of super catchiness…

      • I’d agree with you on placing it above Spy and Sexy Free & Single. Never really cared for SF&S and Spy took a little longer to sound right to me. Their “I got you little runa way” rhythm was really disconcerting in Spy. It was actually harder for me to sing along to that English line than some of their Korean lines because I’d get tongue-tied.

        Though, I’ll admit I’m basing my ranking on their original Chinese version of Swing. I wasn’t completely blown away by their Korean version, but I think that’s mainly because I played the Chinese version so often that any other language is going to sound strange for it, if that makes sense.

    • Agreed. Without the dubstep, this would be WAY up there on my list of favorite SJ songs, possibly 2nd only after Bonamana. With the dubstep, though, it’s significantly lower. I’ve actually considered taking Audacity to it and cutting out the dubstep so I can listen to it without, but I’m not sure that’s a very sporting thing to do.

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