This week’s Music Monday is kinda reviewing two videos at once, though both are for the same song. T-ara’s “Cry Cry” has a dance version, as well as a really, really long, 15 freaking minute cop storyline version. If you haven’t seen them, you can check them out here:

Super Long Story Version:

Not Super Long Dance Version:

Anyhow, we’re big fans of T-ara, even if this wasn’t our favourite song of theirs (I mean, come on! How can you live up to Roly Poly?), but we’re starting to be confused by their super long video trend. Sure, it’s cool to make longer movies like that, but they’re kinda defeating the purpose of music videos, no? You watch a music video because you want some visuals to accompany your song, but when the video is five times the length of your song, and you have to cut up your song as well, then you’re kinda ruining the MUSIC experience. The videos are meant to supplement the music, not vice versa. YouTube users definitely should be with me on this: when you see a music video of a song you love, you totally abuse that replay button, right? How can you really watch and rewatch this video? They’re totally crushing their potential YouTube view counts, man!

And it’s not like this video is really worth rewatching. 15 minutes is a lot of time in the internet age. If you’re going to grab my attention for that long, especially when I can be watching this, then you really have to have something special. But this mini-movie just isn’t that great. The plot was, if not utterly predictable, then just outright silly. We poked fun at some of the parts, but – seriously – there were soooo many more we could have done. What’s up with her terrible sleuthing skills at the jacket shop? Does she really stare at his picture and duck? Seriously? And when she finally accosts the guy she wasn’t supposed to follow, WTF was her arresting strategy? Throw some boxes at him? And then what? He grabs her, and she stares at him. WHERE ARE YOUR SURVIVAL INSTINCTS WOMAN? Knee to the groin! Use those pretty nails to scratch at his face. You think he’ll surrender after losing to you in a staring contest?

Bah! It was a cool song for a nicely shot video which had a predictable storyline about bizarre cop & criminal amateur hour. Can’t wait to see what part 2 has in store, but I’m not sure how a song named “Lovey Dovey” can have a music video about anything but snuggly teddy bears. Maybe the criminals are smuggling drugs in teddy bears? That would make sense.

Anyhow, if you’re a fan of the song, you can pick it up on iTunes, or you can buy the physical album on YesAsia through the link below:


And lastly, if you haven’t been watching our video through the playlist, here are this week’s bloopers. We cut out a skit from the final video because it was going on for a bit too long, but you’ll see Martina assault me with a banana gun. She wagered her gun, and it turned into a banana. Don’t ask us why we used so many bananas this week.


  1. What’s weird is that I saw this before I knew about t-ara sad

  2. “Can’t wait to see what part 2 has in store, but I’m not sure how a song named “Lovey Dovey” can have a music video about anything but snuggly teddy bears. Maybe the criminals are smuggling drugs in teddy bears?”

    I watched the Lovey Dovey story MV. THERE WERE ACTUALLY DRUGS INSIDE STUFFED ANIMALS. I’m not even kidding.

    Simon & Martina saw into the future. ._.

  3. the song feels like Britney Spear’s Oops I did it again…………. O_o

  4. guise,when you say about the Lovey Dovey mv,do you know after this they will film it?

  5. TVXQ WINS BY I LAND SLIDE!!!!! The plot is more unique and you always wonder whats gonna happened. Its filmed amazingly well and it would COMPLETELY pass as a drama! also everything it well played out and you arent left confused and dissapointed at the end. Over all TVXQ WINS! :D

  6. OMG!!!!!! When you guys said about the police pepper spraying the kids silently protesting on the ground~ Yup that’s UC Davis! The school I’m attending! The protests are still ongoing~

  7. This song sounds like ABBA meet the 90′s! Why is the bad guy with pink lipstick at 9:12?

  8. I think TVXQ for sure :D

  9. im really loving your reviews on kpop songs~~!!♥
    my vote goes to TVXQ!

  10. Omg…Simon…omg…I started freaking out when I saw the 91.7 WSUM sticker on your notebook in this week’s video. How did you get your hands on that sticker!?! I’m a UW-Madison student who’s currently DJ-ing at the student radio station WSUM and I occasionally play Kpop songs you guys review as filler to end my radio show. In other words, I’m lovin’ that subtle (voluntary or otherwise) shout-out to WSUM!

    Oh yeah, my vote goes to TVXQ

  11. So…my vote goes to TVXQ -Before U Go.
    CRY CRY as song is good, but as MV is a little bit boring,sorry.


  13. Of course, my vote goes to TVXQ. haha

  14. Oh I’m So glad they picked Tvxq’s before u go! it’s a great video to compare w/ t-ara’s!
    I vote for Tvxq :]

  15. I REALLY love the song, though.

    Doesn’t this sound like a popular hit in America? My Russian mom heard the song and thought it was Britney Spears… sounds like one of her songs… WHAT IS ITTTTTT?

  16. I vote for TVXQ. Their video had a better plot altogether and also who could resist Changmin?? :)
    Loved this review guys! Hope that Spudgy will get better soon, Spudgy fighting!
    One more thing, now that Kim Hyun Joong is officially the best male artist of the year (yay he won on the MAMA awards!!!) could you please do Luck Guy next week?! 

  17. What completely annoyed me about this MV was the dad reaching down when the guy had a gun pointed at him.  DUH!!!   Man…I just really like the song but I HATE the long, long, long MV.  ^_^

  18. I think Junsu got lessons of Monkey Magic from T.O.P…hehe
    And Simon’s Snape wig…hahahaha xD
    My vote goes to….T-ara’s Cry Cry :) Cuz even though I loved the Before U Go MV, the song wasn’t really relevant to the video…and that is kinda the main point of a MUSIC video…eh…yes? guise..yes?

  19. “Mordney Present” cereal box! Awesome!

    My vote this week is for TVXQ’s Before U Go. It was that music video that made me fall in love with TVXQ in the first place therefore I cannot deny it’s awesome-ness.

    Hope Spudgy gets better soon!

  20. Is that…Cha Seung-Won from Greatest Love? OMO!

  21. Maybe the lens cap was there to fool the criminals…….into thinking she wasn’t following them……….?


    FWIW, this is my first T-ARA song and I thought it was pretty darn good overall.  Once again, thanks for showing KPop to a wider audience.  :)

  22. TVXQ’s had more plot, action, and drama. Sorry T-ara

  23. I love your guys videos  ^_^ they are funny , entertaining and yet insightlful and helpful. Love ur kpop mondays~~ http://www.dkpopnews.net/2011/10/giveaway-wish-and-get-your-favorite.html this is something Im  entering  that has to do with kpop news ^_^ hope you dont mind me posting it here. If you do you can delete it =)  but its an awesome event ~ by kpopmart. 

  24. I absolutely loved the cat video! I heart this video! just like our pet kitty.

  25. Loved the review, i really really really love the mini movies alot :) especially 2 parters :) I vote for TVXQ! “Before You Go” really sad that he had to go all bad cop for the sake of his sister and the bond of friendship between the four and how they forgive him or at least understand why he turned on them…

  26. Let me feel……..banana guns???? Oh Junsu….what have you done to me?

    Spudgy get better!!! <3
    and oh….. I gotta go with TVXQ!……Max getting angry about his cookies…..and Yunho in that tight leather jacket……yup. Alls I can say!

    Me gusta the Mordney Present Cereal….muuucho :& <— Me gusta face

  27. You guys are too kind with 3-out-of-5 rating on the English. I was thinking more like 1.5 or 2. Had enough with kpop songs with nonsense English phrases that just make them sound cool, or make other Koreans think that they are cool. Props to YG folks who know how to be “cool” with the words!

  28. I forgot to say something yay for Sunny Hill winning i really liked the  video also cleansing cream mv but idk i think pray got more of my attention and now finally the last thing i’m saying hope Spudgy recovers soon and stays healthy :)

  29. I like the song and i found the video interesting. Thought i didnt like the dance ver nor the ballad ver. I was totally looking forward to the dance ver since i have a passion for dancing but i wasnt satisfied at all. So it’s the first time i watched the TVXQ video since just recently i’ve started to like em (n JYJ) And i really like the video n i like what they did in using other songs depending somewhat of the situation. So to wrap this up I go for TVXQ :D (it’s much more interesting)

  30. Althought I love the music of T-ara’s Cry Cry,but I vote for TVXQ.

  31. Tell me I’m not the only who thinks Cry, Cry is similar to Britney and Madonna’s Me Against the Music. There have been a good number of people who have compared Be My Baby with Single Ladies, but it seems like no one has registered this similarity. I think it’s the whole cane thing and “can’t you see the music.” Anyways, great review!

  32. Sascha Wong

    TVXQ! Can’t beat the fashion police… or Max’s giant-ass tape recorder. O_o

  33. The lead from Warrior Baek Dong So..playing a hot young bad guy..too cool for school!

  34. I was like “OMG! That’s my school!” when you guys were talking about the pepper spray incident and then I was like “Oh well, time to go protest” >.<

  35. I love the cat video OMG so cute!!!

  36. Boy, everyone really nailed me here. I thought “Cry Cry” was good when I watched it, and I had no complaints. Now that you guys pointed it out I see how simple it was.
     While the camera angles were awesome from what I saw, with the shaky, intense movements, I failed to notice the whole tear-down of the video’s plot.
     It was obviously not artsy fartsy creative emotion like BEG’s “Cleansing Cream” and Sunny Hill’s “Pray”, but I liked the fact that it had a legit actor in it, and the emotions were well portrayed by both Jiyeon and Ding dong man.
     I DEMAND SIMPLE PLOTS BE BANISHED. Too many Dorama’s have made me think that the world is all rainbows and unicorns and happy endings exist, and T-ara adding onto this isn’t helping v . v

     *cough*….Besides simple plots, were there really that many mistakes? I should put my Yunjae eyes to better use in MV’s so I can judgmental troll the comments. ( ^ o ^~)… (Oa O;;)YOU HEARD NOTHING.


  37. Congratulations SunnyHill!<3 they're so underrated but so talented :D anyway, this was a reeeally great review, the part on "How to get caught fast" made me LOL so hard!

    Anyway, I'm obviously votingo for TVXQ – Before U Go! If you're meant to be a weird cop failure, then be a sexy cop with a chest box who gets angry with who steals your cookies! <3

  38. Hi Simon and Martina!

    I was just wondering if you got a new lens for your camera, or if I am just imagining things.  I look forward to your videos purely for the entertainment factor, even if I don’t intend on watching the music video itself!  I’ve been going through your archives lately, and I just wanted to say that you guys are awesome and hilarious, and I’m glad that you’re Canadian!

    Beth from Peterborough (currently living in Dartmouth, NS)

    • Hmm.  No, we didn’t get a new one lately.  The closeups are from our 50mm, which we’ve had for a loooong time but barely use (and should use more).  We got some new lights as well.  Maybe that’s it?

      • Maybe it is that you haven’t used that lens in a while.  I was comparing the video to your last one, so there you go.  I am proud that I recognized that it was a 50mm.  

  39. !!!! I go to UC Davis! I wasn’t in the protest but my friends were. I had no idea that the video made it all the way internationally? Wow. I hope Spudgy gets well, soon!

  40. Simon and Martina. I dont know if you guy know but there was a Sunnyhill fan (or more than one) flag most comment that voted for B.E.G on last week’s showdown on Youtube. I think it is really not fair. I hope you guy can tell ppl to stop doing so on the next Music Monday or something. Thanks

  41. Ha!  You guys killed on this!  How to get caught fast,  the tissue dance, wallet slaps, and the best part, the lens cap.  That catch was pure gold.  

  42. TVXQ Before You Go those sexy sexy men 

  43. before you go gotta love max’s chest box

  44. Poor Spudgy McSpudgersons!  Get well soon, little guy.  Sad to say, your stunt double just doesn’t dance as well.

  45. Hmmm… Kinda’ reminds me of Jolin Tsai’s mini-movies that she filmed for her album “Agent J.” Except, you know… Someone actually does get shot. It’s really a heart-grabber.

  46. First ~sending love and wellness vibes to tha’Spudgy ~~~ommmmmmmmm *(゚ᴥ゚)*Also, thanks for another fabulous Music Monday…you make the start of the week easier. ♥Then…Cha Seung Won !! (daddy killing Cop) I adore him. He’s usually Mr. Bad-ass in whatever he’s filming…except for Best Love – he’s over-the-top funny —► check it out:

  47. I can’t stop watching Maru’s videos now! Cry Cry sound a llliitle bit like a song of Brtiney, don’t u think? I wonder why did they use such a huge and impossible-not-to-see-you-are- filming-camera??? anyway, love your Music Mondays as always =)

  48. Oh no Spudgy get well soon… 

    and TVXQ’s cop video is easier to understand than T-ara’s so my vote is TVXQ’s Before U go!!!

  49. Voting for TVXQ!!! =) T-ara’s mv was a bit of a disappointment..

  50. What about Spudgy? Any news?
    I hope he gets well soon, we miss him! <3

    Lots of hugs from Italy

  51. Voting for TVXQ, despite some stupid things (like a box on Changmin’s chest…. douh)

    p.s. Spudgy, get well soon, we miss you!! ))

  52. The cat video totally beat T-ara! Honestly, the only reason I watched the whole thing was because I like Cha Seung Won :)   TVXQ’s video was WAY better:  better song(s), better plot, better ass-kicking (the lead girl did a hook kick that ended in a joint lock…the TKD geek in me appreciated the fight scenes).  oh and better eye candy :D

  53. I’m a little surprised the awful AWFUL wig didn’t get a mention. So distracting when I half-heartedly tried to watch super-long-kind-of-boring MV.

  54. missing Xiah Junsu’s “Intoxication” rub my bananas are we? XDDDDDD

  55. I totally have to agree with u Simon and Martina. I havent watched the video fully yet. The music keeps starting and stopping WTH!? Im just watching a 15 minute short film with only one soundtrack.

    I will have to go with Before you go. They added more then one song which was nice. Plus the action sequences were more fun to watch.

  56. I must say I like how you managed to fit in the Davis incident in the bloopers. Laughed my ass off! ;P

  57. Hahaha wow…I didn’t notice the Lens cap until you pointed it out XD

    I’m going to have to go with TVXQ’s “Before U Go” this time…it was more action packed and shorter which worked out better with my short attention span. :P

    Also, I hope Spudgy is doing okay and that he gets better soon <3

  58. LOL the lens cap! EPIC FAIL!!
    i actually like the song a lot and i cant stop dancing to the coreography!  boram with that tango dance totally rocked!
    and yes, the plot was completely predictable. im not in favor of super long videos either, as you guys said, it takes away from the listening to the song experience.

    my vote goes to DBSK… i mean, its DBSK!  i could take 30min of super hot guys running around doing ninja moves and being hot!

  59. “Take it, make it, break it!” 
    Cry, cry.

  60. I know that english in that song doesn’t make any sense..but still it catchy.. ^^; and when I hear ♪Cry cry can’t you see the music♪ I always wanna say “Yes! I can’t see it!!! ><"

    Hope Spudgy gets well soon~


    aww, no spudgy. hope spudgy’s well!

  62. Hope Spudgy gets well soon so he can dance for us! <3

  63. TVXQ – Before U Go is better of course d(^0^)b

  64. i really like this Cry Cry the song, more than Before You Go. But the mv… TVXQ’s was better… btw i think Jiyeon overdoes the “chew gum = look cool” act

  65. TVXQ before you go for me, although i love the main actor in Tara’s video

  66. Believe it or not…. including the practice video there’s 4 freaking versions of this song. -.-

  67. Also, if you’re going to make a quarter-hour video, you need to find a way to feature the whole freaking group. Not two of them. (Three? Was Eunjung in it? I forget.) Show us the members who don’t get much screen time! Showcase your new member! Or Boram or Soyeon! We never see them! I did like the song, but was daunted by the music video. The storyline might’ve been obvious but I had a hard time following it… not that I care deeply to know what happened.

    It’s also a little difficult to take a song seriously when it starts with one member going ‘Tee-eh-wah’. I LOVE T-ara but someone needs to learn to say the ‘R’.

  68. Music Monday without super Spudgy =( Hope he gets well soon!!

    And just one month to go…… than is K-Pop year review!!!! *i am soooooo excited* >.<

  69. Yup, the long version is really really REALLY boring. I almost fell asleep watching it.
    I hope Spudgy gets well soon. D:

  70. hey, it’s dok go jin from best love! lolz. wow that’s a really long video -_-

  71. The blooper reel was genius this week. Keep up the good work! I definitely laughed out loud a dozen times!

  72. No stunt double can ever match up to the awesome Spudgy! xD
    I do like their song though, despite the reeeaally draggy music video.
    Most definitely, TVXQ! :)

  73. Martina looks extra feminine in this vid ^^

    and i voted for Before U Go~

  74. It really was a long video !! at first I didn’t watch the other dance video and I got so bored by the long one that, I made me a sandwich in the kitchen while watching it but although I do like the song …
    loved your music monday!!! laughed so hard when you spoke about the lens cap I also thought that it is already creepy to go on a train and film everything while it is so full XDohh definitly TVXQ!!!

  75. TVXQ’s “Before you go”

  76. The lens cap!!!!! The LENS CAP!!!! BWAHA!!! *snort*

  77. I rewatched the video a couple of times x)

    But I think they were, not cops, but something hunters. (Luck hunters?), like what Clint Eastwood was in ‘For a Few Dollars More’ and “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly”. Money, money, money!

    Actually, I agree with you on a lot of parts, but I still vote for T-ara, mostly because I loved the mood in the video, making me rewatch it. I totally loved her bad girl style:P

    • I have to agree with you that THEY ARE NOT COPS in this MV, as they captured those criminala and then transfer them to the police just to get the award money!!  
      The producer should seriously consider to edit this 15 minutes long movie into a shorter version that is no more than 6 minutes…..

  78. “dont you know that when a cop is pointing a gun at you, reaching for anything will result in death by a cap in the @$$?” XD oh god, i love you guys! Especially the infomercial!

  79. I shall vote for “before you go”. as simple as that.

  80. Oh, man, I died laughing at the toilet paper thing. So funny. “Marriage.” :D

    Also, I hope Spudgy gets better soon!

  81. What, it’s Monday already….???!!!! o.O

  82. You have a t-shirt that says “Caution” and you said “Caution”. Hhahahahaa, that’s hilarious.

  83. why banana? what is the relation banana and junsu i don’t get it :s

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