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Kpop Music Mondays: Troublemaker “Now”

November 12, 2013

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For those of you who watched us live at the YouTube Music Awards, we were the transition into Troublemaker’s performance. And now we’re seamlessly transitioning into our Music Monday on them. But first, for those of you who haven’t seen their video, here’s a transition to their video!

One of the things that we didn’t know how to say in our Music Monday because it’s a bit too serious and difficult to say in a reasonable timespan: yes, Troublemaker’s video is cool, but we don’t like what it represents. Let me explain: I know this blog here is mostly about our experiences in Korea, but it’s really about more than that. We do videos outside of Korea many times as well, and we do a lot of personal videos. The one overarching theme of this site and our videos is really just us interacting with each other and sharing our thoughts and experiences with you. And the main core that we try to share throughout all of our videos, be they Kpop or food or Mexico or personal related, is the concept of a happy marriage. That sounds cheesy, I know. Start barfing rainbows all you want, but that’s really the most important thing we want to share above all. We’ve been married for over six years. We’re best friends, crazy in love with each other, and we have fun and live happy and respect each other and care for each other tremendously.

We saw a bit of that in Rihanna’s video, and not a lot of that in Troublemaker’s video: people happy with each other. I liked seeing Rihanna and the dude at the skatepark and outdoor concert together. They were together, having fun, and smiling, and that was great. However, what we saw in both videos that we didn’t like was the physically and verbally abusive relationships. That wasn’t cool at all. And we don’t want pop culture to make it seem like it’s cool; glorified romantic visions of relationships that are explosive and volatile, equal parts passionate love and passionate hate flat out suck. They suck! I’d rather do my best to depict two people nauseatingly in love. I think that’s a better message to put out there. It’s not gonna get 300 million views like Rihanna’s video did, though, and it’s not something that everyone can relate to, but I think it’s still worth sharing. I didn’t see that a lot in media growing up. I’d like to see more of it now.

Martina at this moment would like to ask how many of you have read The Time Travellers Wife? Because she read that and sobbed like a baby. I remember her reading that. She finished the book and cried her ass off and held my hand nonstop for the next four hours. It was touching. Another thing: we promised ourselves to stop watching sad movies. Why do people put themselves through that? That’s two hours of your life you gave up to end up sad as hell. Anyone seen “House of Sand and Fog”? Interesting movie, but wretchedly miserable. I’d rather see happy things, kthxbai.

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  1. But really when I saw all that beer I was like “Wow. They are some for real alcoholics, they don’t have any food in that fridge at all!” If you look it is entirely filled with beer, no food whatsoever. I am pretty sure that is way to much beer to be consuming…period. I liked the Joker makeup Hyunseung had on mid video, it was pretty cool ^_^

    3 years ago
  2. The reason why the both MV’s are so similar is because they are both inspired by Bonnie & Clyde (from what I’ve heard) so there’s no wonder why they’re so similar^^

    3 years ago
  3. My vote goes to GD, his MV was much more realistic than Now, which felt like a movie. Crooked was much more raw and honest, which is what I love about GD.

    3 years ago
  4. Maybe you guys got into k-pop a little too late but the entire industry pre-2009 was built on these sort of sappy romantic love ballads with girls and boys holding hands, riding around on bicycles and sharing a moment in the rain under an umbrella. The Cube business model is shock so the purpose is to try to get attention by being different for an audience who is a little bit more jaded and post-modern. So don’t read too much into it.

    3 years ago
  5. “B1A4 drunk and naked doing the sprout dance with a lampshade on.” But really though, can this happen?

    3 years ago
  6. I laughed so hard when HyunSeung (a.k.a. Simon) turned into Fangurilla!!! Awsome as always!!! ^_^

    3 years ago
  7. Not to sound too off topic but can you talk about Ailee’s scandal because i want to know what korean people are thinking about it as well as your own ideas about it.

    3 years ago
  8. You should have left the “gun in my crotch” blooper in! LOL

    3 years ago
    • My question when I watched the MV was “Why did you even need a gun in the bed?” Did he think the girls were going to kill him or something? If you think the girls could kill you then I recommend not sleeping with them…

      3 years ago
  9. I always thought it was the opposite. Hyunseung with Hyuna as a backup vocalist

    3 years ago
  10. I had this comment attached to my other one but is seem to serious, so I separated it.

    Great review guys. Glad you pointed out the similarities between the two videos, but that for Korea this is a pretty great video with an actual concept,

    I’d also like to say that I love what you say in your blog about how pop culture
    shouldn’t glorify verbally or physically abusive relationships. If they
    do portray them, they should show how it is much better to get away from
    that kind of relationship and how much life is better away from it. I
    see a friend caught up in a verbally/mentally abusive one right now and
    it frustrates me to no end that she would prefer to remain in that
    relationship than be single.

    3 years ago
  11. Mav

    “Call me a worrywort but when I go to sleep I try to do so without a gun in my crotch”

    ohhh Martina you sooo wise hahahaha

    I think that was the worst use of a gun in a k-pop video. And what type of incompetent hitman leaves the fudging silencer on? I mean isn’t that like rule no.1 or no.2 on the hitman manual, disassemble and clean your craft tools?

    EDIT: S&M I’m so with you guys on the sad movie front, I made the decision a couple of years back not to watch sad movies. And I manage to not do so most of the them. I find it really masochistic to go a watch a movie knowing that its going to make me cry and sad just for the sake of sadness. Movie can be sad and inspiring and those I watch, but why? lord, why do people spend hours watching something sad that leaves them with nothing but hollowness and desilution? and also why are these movies always hits with critics and awards? When did artistic mood turn into a mopping contest?

    3 years ago
    • I’m definitely of the gimme-the-happys movie-watching crowd, but there have been a few sad ones I’ve watched that I liked. (A very less-known one would be *SPOILER SPOILER* “If Only” when J Love Hewitt) I’ll say one reason I liked that movie despite its ending was it *did* make me grateful I have someone still with me and grateful I could still love him and omgah I want to hug everyone I love now. It can be argued that rom-coms can do the same, and it’s true. But I guess with sad movies it feels a little more urgent. At least that’s how I see it. :)

      Oh, and I agree with your sentence: “I find it masochistic to go watch a movie knowing that it’s going to make me cry and sad just for the sake of sadness.” –I find that kind of manipulative. If I wasn’t expecting the movie to be sad BUT with the story and characters it makes sense, then I can appreciate it. But otherwise it makes me feel icky.

      It’s the main reason I dropped the Kdrama “I Miss You” even if it *was* YEH as the lead. Even if it was a melo, I felt like the writer was trying their darndest to get me to cry every episode, every scene, even. :/

      3 years ago
      • I Miss You… Sweet Lord did I cry. I usually stay away from the melodramas. But it was YEH. And the kids were so damn good in the first two episodes. But that thing was a sob fest from start to finish. As in, both me and everyone on the screen was crying ALL. THE. TIME. I think my dog started crying at one point, out of sheer confusion. So much tragedy. I may start crying now, just thinking about it. (Goes to watch paintball scene from Heirs).

        3 years ago
      • Mav

        I couldn’t watch “I Miss You” after the 3rd episode I had the same feeling about the writing, things happened in the most horrible traumatic way possible just for the sake of generating emotion. Nothing felt organic and I felt like I was being shoved the “tragic love” down my throat.

        3 years ago
        • I felt the same with Listen to My Heart. It was so overdramatic with everyone crying and whining and trying to egg the audience into sympathy. I kept with it to the end because the main actor made me want to cheer for him, but he was the only one out of the entire cast.

          3 years ago
  12. NO Biliasa NO! Don’t take Simon’s crazy naked sprout dancing lamp shade wearing advice. LOL Simon, you might have just scared me…and I’m older than you XD

    3 years ago
  13. Loved loved loved the blog post I totally agree about being so sick and tired about everything seams to show horrible abusive relation ships as the norm seriously who wants that! I know, I have always wanted a relation ship built on mutual respect equality and the nauseating adorable love. I am seriously jealous of your awesome relationship some times. oh the woes of being single.

    3 years ago
  14. Yeah!!! Bohemian Rhapsody – The Dr. Meemers Version!!!

    3 years ago
  15. OMGi was soooooo happy when i saw this!!
    u guys are awesome!!
    i had a really crappy day and this video totally lifted my mood!!!
    sending you love from israel!!
    <3

    3 years ago
  16. I really love this song and I actually kind of like it that it’s in the same ‘sexy’ style as their first song, I hope they keep that as their concept even for future releases.
    And about the volatile explosive relationship thingy, hasn’t that always been glorified? It’s just because it appeals to people who think there relationship has become routine and where nothing surprising happens anymore…I understand the attraction to such stories but I also rather prefere a relationship like yours were everything is pretty rainbows and barfingly cheesy :)

    PS: I expected at comment about the Joker appearing half way the video but I guess it was just me that as totally creept out :D

    3 years ago
    • totally agree with you about the joker. that and hyuna’s blue hair were like totally out of place in this video. and i suspect the joker thing was just trying to cash in on a popular image.

      but i love this song and video! you’re right about glorifying volatile relationships.

      3 years ago
      • Hyuna’s blue hair, how could I forget to mention that one? Good call :)

        Jup out of place but I think Hyuna always seems to be able to pull of weird looks, you gotta give her that much :D

        3 years ago
        • yeah i dont have any problem with it fundamentally, just that it didnt fit in the video lol.

          3 years ago
    • I almost screamed when I saw that scene, so no, you weren’t the only one creeped out by it… I get the symbolism of it (Hyunseung being his own worst enemy or something like that), but clown make up has always freaked me out XD

      3 years ago
      • I know right?? I can’t stand clown faces or creepy doll-like make up… Chucky totally messed me up :(

        But you’re right, I can appreciate the symbolism behind it :) ( that doesn’t prevent me from still finding it creepy though)

        3 years ago
  17. Hyunseung got sick because of the Heineken. /Typical Belgian joke hehe.

    3 years ago
    • Not only he got sick, he became The Joker! Now THAT is a bad hangover XD

      3 years ago
    • Heineken is from Holland/Nederland stupid

      3 years ago
      • Ik ben een Belg. Ik bedoelde het als: Typische grap die wij Belgen maken over Heineken :’D

        3 years ago
        • yup

          3 years ago
        • Ik was maar aan het lachen hé ^^;; (Ik heb zelf Nederlandse roots dus)

          3 years ago
        • Ha inderdaad een mopje dat ik al vaker gehoord heb :D het enige goeie bier is natuurlijk ons bier ;)

          3 years ago
        • Wat bedoel je met “ons bier”? Belgisch of?

          3 years ago
        • Belgisch….. iets waar alle belgen trots op zijn én van overtuigd zijn dat het het beste bier is :) ook al zijn we waarschijnlijk niet echt objectief te noemen om dat te beoordelen :P
          Tja wat je gewoon bent om te drinken, is voor ieder het lekkerste hé

          3 years ago
        • Inderdaad! Ha! Nu zelf vind ik bepaalde Tsjechische bieren ook goed. Maar lijsten hebben al regelmatig aangetoond dat het Belgische, vooral trappisten, bier het beste ter wereld is ;D

          3 years ago
        • hmmm tsjechische bieren…dat komt dan op de lijst bij te proeven bieren :) Eerst alle Belgische bieren en dan vooral de trappisten eens proberen maar vermits ik een licht gewicht ben in het drinken kan dat nog wel even duren….

          3 years ago
        • Dat komt wel. ^^;;

          3 years ago
  18. I agree with you guys on the message that they should portray of couples, and its sad that it’s not the reality of most people as well… About sad movies, I like them when, despite being sad, they have a beautiful ending or leave you with a life lesson to think about. Because then I think the 2 hours were worth it. I think the same if its a book, anime, manga, drama or whatever. My favorite anime is called Clannad, and although it was sad as hell, it really helped me to see things in a better way and I’m so thankful I saw it. However, a plain out depressing movie that has no other motive but to make you hate life, no I just can’t with those… Only completely depressing movie I watched was Grave of the Fireflies, and although I would not rewatch it, it was so impacting.

    3 years ago
    • I totally agree with you concerning sad movies. I watched the Korean movie Werewolf Boy and I balled my eyes out. I never want to see it again. It just left me depressed and empty feeling. But, Clannad is one of my favorite anime. Being a very ambitious person, it is a nice reminder that dreams aren’t set in stone and you can change them for the sake of someone else.

      3 years ago
  19. maybe … if they really wanted to go for something hot, they should go more “Naked Kitchen” (the Korean movie) instead of this wannabe softcore p**n

    3 years ago
  20. If only Hogwarts had a bit more slapping…and students that look like Hyuna….

    3 years ago
  21. it isn’t only budweiser that gets a lot of attention in the video; at some point he is also holdinging and drinking from a bottle of heineken, and i don’t blame him for spitting it out again, since it is the worst beer from the Netherlands

    3 years ago
  22. Hey this is kinda my first time commenting so forgive me.. xD

    Anyways, on the topic of hate/love kind of relationships.. Personally I think it’s kind of a… darker side of k-pop, maybe? They are most likely relationships like this happening, maybe not that extravagant but yeah. I think it’s actually really scary to see videos like this suddenly appear in the midst of all these happy, cheerful and baby-animal-cuteness-omgspazz type of MV/songs. It’s kind of nice to see these kind of videos once in a while, the song really matches it too. Though I’m still not quite sure about the reason they’re together, I guess?

    I have no idea where I’m going with this… If you have read this it would be awesome~ Love ya guys~

    3 years ago
  23. I love you guys, and TM – NOW is a very good song! Will you review Jaejoong – Just Another Girl? I really love this song and i want to know what you think about it!

    3 years ago
  24. Nat

    Honestly I feel like it’s hard to depict love in a way that doesn’t at least partially send the wrong message through pop culture regardless of the “type” of relationship. I mean, yeah, there are couples who are “nauseatingly in love” and there are others who are more…. challenged… but relationships are so varying in real life, that when you try to sum then up in on instance like, say, in a music video, their messages are bound to be misinterpreted no matter what they’re trying to convey. Does that make any sense? I don’t think it makes any sense…. *sigh* I’m bad with words….

    3 years ago
  25. The dude looks like he’s 12 … the video really focus on BUD as the beer to drink … drink BUD, get wasted, drink Heineken, you’ll get sick and vomit

    3 years ago
  26. The Time Travellers Wife and The Book Thief are my favorite books, although I also cried for days like a baby when I finished it. But it’s amazing book :D

    3 years ago
  27. i came here to chat
    so….how are you guys?

    3 years ago
  28. I totally love you guys, you have made me happy yet again. I hope to see you in LA drinking Budweiser as well..

    3 years ago
  29. Bohemian Rhapsody will never be the same again!
    “Beelzebub has a devil put aside for MEEMS! For MEEMS!”

    3 years ago
  30. I totally agree. I cannot watch sad movies anymore! I know there are sad things in life–but I don’t want to give my time to dwell on them. I want to look up at the stars and dream about reaching my goals and helping people and bettering the world! :D

    3 years ago
  31. HYUNA AND GD ARE MY TWO MAIN BIASES NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

    3 years ago
  32. I’ve never seen the Rihanna video so when I saw this one I was like, whoa! this is really unique for a kpop video. I’m not a fan of the anger and destructive relationship depicted but very unique. Now, I’m a little disappointed that it’s basically a copy of Rihanna’s video. Unfortunate. Not that I didn’t like the song because I did. Also, go G-Dragon. Also, I agree I would like to see more happy romance videos than a really toxic relationship that probably isn’t good for either party regardless of the “passion” involved. Anyway, great video!

    3 years ago
  33. “I’d rather do my best to depict two people nauseatingly in love. I think that’s a better message to put out there.”

    Guys, I can’t agree with you more. Maybe that’s why this video didn’t leave a very nice impression for me. Yeah, it’s interesting, the song is catchy, but.. that’s all. Maybe I’m just getting old..

    3 years ago
    • I wouldn’t attribute not liking this video as you being old, as much as you not sharing the same values that are portrayed. I wouldn’t like this video’s message even if I was half my age.

      3 years ago
      • But relationships like that exist… I don’t think that portraying something necessarily means they condone that behaviour. What about all the videos with guns or just plain ol’ violence and breaking the law? Glamorizing violence is a much bigger problem in my opinion, but nobody seems to care about that.

        3 years ago
      • My family was pretty disgusted, tbh. You know how my family is…

        3 years ago
  34. Yes, the short version was reaaaaally confusing and it all made sense in
    the longer version. Didn’t know they were releasing the longer version
    at first though. Also, Simon’s hoodie.. WANT!

    3 years ago
  35. Yes, the short version was reaaaaally confusing and it all made sense in the longer version. Didn’t know they were releasing the longer version at first though. Also, Simon hoodie.. WANT!

    3 years ago
  36. I really thought in the teaser photo Hyunseung should had gone to AT LEAST placing his hand on her boobs. That much would had convince me that its not all for show…… i’m being serious about this! lol cause don’t bs me about manner hands! act the part!

    3 years ago
  37. I want Simon’s hoodie!

    3 years ago
  38. I really love your sweater Simon

    3 years ago
  39. Have you seen the other version? Pretty intense plot!! <3

    3 years ago
  40. woohoo! <3

    3 years ago