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TVXQ – Humanoids: Kpop Music Monday

December 11, 2012

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CUZ WE A HYUUUU MUHHHH NOISE! If you haven’t seen TVXQ’s “Humanoids” check it out here:

First off, congrats to all the TVXQ fans who worked so hard to vote in “Catch Me” and now “Humanoid”! Hopefully you won’t be furious at us now after we didn’t review Catch Me. Yay!

Well, to begin with, we liked this song more than “Catch Me”. We found “Catch Me” to be a bit disconnected musically, as it felt like a frankenstien song, rock and pop and random break downs all pieced together, which is just not our style. We like “Humanoids” a lot more, since it almost feels like the complete opposite of “Catch Me”, what with its clean beat and simple synths.

We also love the choreography, which is really unique. It’s not often you have a two member kpop group, and while we know it wasn’t the original plan for TVXQ to be only two members, they’ve done a great job of creating a TVXQ dance unit which acts to both highlight Uknow and Max as the stars, and also create the feeling of a group by incorporating the backup dancers into the main dance routine. I think it’s very clever.

Actually, something that has bothered me about kpop for a while that I was reminded of while watching this video, is how female kpop groups get the short end of the cool dance stick. Which the exception of BoA, I’d say every other girl group out there gets sexy dances or dances with memorable dance points, but they never get anything like this. Nothing that is just a pure focus on dancing and dance moves. I think that kind of sucks, because sometimes I just want to see a girl group rock at dance moves. Looking at BoA’s “Eat You Up” and “Only One” or even SHINee’s “Sherlock” or UKISS’ “Neverland”… I can’t think of a recent time a female group rocked a dance like that. Nope. Sexy sexy sexy. Okay, rant over. Oh wait! Wonder Girls and Miss A are the exception to the not-sexy and somewhat cool dancing rule. They do fun dances, but – still – those dances aren’t super awesome impressive, you know? The dances look fun, but not cool.

Despite our happiness for this dance, we were actually (don’t kill us) really bored by this video. Whoa. Scripting for this was not a pleasant experience. There are essentially three different kind of scenes. The first being the backup dancers and TVXQ dancing on the sand in front of the wheels and futuristic buildings, the second being that glowing white room, and the last being that triangular florescent light room. Maybe it could be just because this week we did 18 videos for our Eat Your Kimchi Awards, and had to watch a whole bunch of videos at once, but – really – there wasn’t much that really stood out in this video to make it original. Good looking boys dancing well. Sometimes I just want something different, you know? I don’t always need a modelling showcase or a portfolio of headshots. Give me something artistic or something with a good plot. This video was just so, formulaic. Apart from tiny detail changes, can you really say that there’s anything vastly different about TVXQ’s videos? Keep Your Head Down, Catch Me, and Humanoids: all really good dances, all looking all serious, all special effecty. I’m constantly getting the feel that TVXQ are otherworldly and everything they do is of extreme importance, be it with time traveling or exploding or something. You know what I’m saying? I want to see them dress up in animal costumes again! Hey TVXQ: go out and have fun! Go out and talk to girls! Do more videos like “Before You Go!” That was fun. I don’t want to see another video about how awesome you are.

Anyhow, the song is still good! If you haven’t picked it up yet, you can do so by buying the CD at YesAsia, or you can download it on iTunes here. And, as always, we’ve got bloopers. Being the Sailor Scouts was more fun than expected…

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  1. I think U-KISS Tick Tack is much more “clocky” with the movements, etc. And, with everything that you guys have going on with the EYKAs and the studio and stuff, please, please try not to get sick! Take time to take care of yourselves as well as all this other stuff.

    3 years ago
  2. Really good video !! But I vote for Ukiss !!! For sure, The fact that there is ACTUAL Clock in Tick tack wins… XD

    3 years ago
  3. OMG, was that an Avatar: The Last Airbender reference? I LOVE that show.

    I vote for TVXQ. I listened to Humanoids non-stop when I was ill. For four days. Never done that with a song before.

    3 years ago
  4. Loved the skits! How can you make me choose between TVXQ and U-Kiss’s dances?! They are both so awesome!

    3 years ago
  5. oh my god!!!! it’s Tuesday and i’m watching KMM!!!!!!
    hahaha i don’t mind!!! i understand you guys are busy and uploading and stuff to YT is a long process!!

    oh man i got stitches from this!!! you guys are so awesomely hilarious!!
    i agree about the mv, the dancing was awesome and i love how the backup dancers are a part of the choreo instead of just being in the bg!!
    but the plot…..i was expecting a cool story and then when it finished i was all O_O…..is that it?
    man i totally wanna see ‘HHUUUMMMAAANNNOOOIIIDDDSS’. being used in a movie now!!!

    3 years ago
  6. I don’t know why, but Martina looks hot as a guy! XD

    3 years ago
  7. I have to agree..it is a shame that girl groups are generally limited to sexy dances and can’t do choreography with crisp finesse like Shinee or Infinite. However, I think things are slowly starting to change for the girl groups. Recently I found Crayon Pop’s quirky choreo to be a nice change to the usual sexiness and to have some complexity. Hopefully this is a sign of change?

    3 years ago
  8. My cat does the same thing. He even cries in front of the door of the bathroom to get water from the sink.

    3 years ago
  9. Appa!! I wuv appa!

    Anyways,I vote for U-kiss’s tick tack, it was more clocky, it’s like u-kiss’s best song and dance along wif neverland.

    3 years ago
  10. TVXQ isnt clocky its gear-ie UKISS is clockky

    3 years ago
  11. After you mentioned BoA, I had a bit of a throwback moment and watched Milky Way, No.1, Double, Girls on Top, Valenti…damn she can dance

    3 years ago
  12. Do spudgy ever bark? I never saw him bark…he just stay his cool n yeah…

    3 years ago
  13. I vote U-Kiss^^

    3 years ago
  14. Simon’s face when he is teleporting! hahaha that has just made my day

    3 years ago
  15. Ukiss Clock The Dance makes me feel a real clock beat <3 <3 <3 Soohyun and Hoon at 1:28 look like the clock's time and minute needle ^^ wondering which of them are which needles :D

    3 years ago
  16. Cassies don’t kill me for saying this, but I don’t get TVXQ’s approach. They don’t seem to be differentiating themselves from the mass of younger kpop idols out there, its like they’ve taken a step backwards artistically (imho) since the split. They have so much more than this type of stuff to offer. I want to see visible signs of their artistic growth … why don’t we? Is it SM’s strategy for them? Can’t figure it out … *lesigh*

    3 years ago
    • They became better live than when they were 5. They used to not sing rising sun live but now they do and their stage presence is so much better

      3 years ago
      • I saw them live at SMTown Paris it was EPIC :!!!! they really sing well live and i don’t even talk about the dance <3

        3 years ago
    • They have a legacy and a loyal following. Their choreo is on par with top SM and is pretty fresh, if not weird at some points. The production quality of their music is top. I’m just bored of their style and vids. 2VXQ has mad talent but they’re putting out a lot of the same. Right now they’re competing mostly with their juniors, stuck in limbo. They should reinvent entirely and follow BoA’s lead if they want to take it to the next level.

      3 years ago
    • Actually other do it, too. For ex CL, GD and Teddy’s Leaders. “I’m better than you and sick of your nonsense”- was clearly their message. Not to mention Big Bang, yes, sometimes they still try (they did it more in the past) that gangsta image. TVXQ really need some new air in their songs, loved Before You Go, Honey Funny Bunny and even Maximum. But they can do more than that. They are not 2 of the 5 GODS for nothing!

      3 years ago
      • I though you said that they are the least talented members of TVXQ and can’t do much but now you ‘re saying different things. How hypocrite you can get.You just want to make them look bad in any way.

        3 years ago
  17. I vote Tick Tack/ Tick Tock by U-kiss, I love both of them but U-kiss needs more love :D

    3 years ago
  18. I loved the Sailor Moon, Never Ending Story and Last Airbender references! My childhood TT.TT funny how posh Simon sounds like Simon with a very stuffy nose xD btw while watching the music video for the first time, did anyone find themselves doing the head twirl thing along?….guise? No?…okay..

    3 years ago
  19. “Hey TVXQ: go out and have fun!”
    Yeah, umm, I’m pretty sure that’s against the rules of their contracts. I mean, would SM have let Junsu do Tarantallegra, or even Uncommitted? HIGHLY doubtful.
    2VXQ have to do things of Extreme Importance to prove that they’re still TVXQ.

    I agree about the girl group dances – that’s one reason I appreciated U-Kiss’s Stop Girl – b/c the girl dancers were doing pretty much the same dance. Can you imagine TVXQ having female back-up dancers? Uh, no.
    And, of course, I vote for U-KISS!!!

    3 years ago
    • I am really annoyed of this website. JYJ stans seem to love this place and gave you many likes. That’s why i will ask my friends cassies to not vote for any TVXQ songs to get reviewed on this site if we are going to get comments from JYJ stans and ot5 who are JYJ biased here.

      3 years ago
    • About tvxq, I disagree. They don’t have to prove anything. Maybe they did back in KYHD era, but they definitely don’t now. I think we all know what they are capable of. I think they are the biggest success story in K-pop, personally. They’ve made TVXQ their own, and they deserve to be applauded for how they’ve taken their group to the next level as a duo.

      And SM allowed Yunho to do this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=_MuornHKLVw#t=211s
      Junsu was not exactly “having fun” in any of those videos; he was being “sessual”, as S&M might say.
      … but I agree that I wish we could see them smile more in their videos. :)
      and about the girl group dances thing, that’s deff. true.

      3 years ago
  20. I vote u-kiss because the dance seems to flow better plus I’m biased towards the song. Even though I feel like Secret should be reviewed, I really like Yoseob’s Caffeine and Zia’s One Year mv more. There’s just so much to talk about with those two mvs and they’re so well done.

    3 years ago
  21. through the humanoids mv I was expecting something to happen, like, I thought they would combine the key and the watch to go back time to when they where humans or something, but then, they just drop them… And I was.. ookey, that was pointless

    3 years ago
  22. Honggi and especially love love love not winning is simply ridiculous!!! But then again, I’m biased. But then again, love love love is amazing and the hunky one has a beautiful unique voice which should be recognised by everyone >.<
    And I loved this kmm and I agree with your thoughts on catch-me, it's disconnected. I love some parts but then it randomly changes and I hate it, so in the end I can't listen to the entire song through.
    oh and tick tack is simply amazing, and it includes clock choreography so it should win – it better win!!! I guess it is the competition between the sailor superhumans and sailor hoon ;)

    3 years ago
  23. My Vote Goes For U-Kiss Tic Tack FTW!!!

    3 years ago
  24. U Kiss Clock dance for sure~ They even have clocks for everyone (except Kiseop who crushed it with his super power :P)

    3 years ago
  25. I too was disappointed by the lackluster plot of the video. I watched waiting to see what would happen and was disappointed by the nothingness ending. I’m glad the dance was awesome, not Catch Me awesome, but still pretty awesome. Your review was hilarious and I’d actually like to see more of you cat in the sink lol. Dr. Meemers is getting so big. I keep forgetting he’s a he.

    3 years ago
  26. We had a friend send them to us in the mail because Target is only in the USA, but I saw them online and fell in love. I WANT MORE FOOOTTTIIEEE PAJAMMAASSS!!!!!

    3 years ago
  27. My favorite part of KMM was memersworth’s drinking tap water. Mmmm…maybe I should get a cat too.

    3 years ago
  28. OMG guise! That was hi.lar.ious! My favorite parts:

    1) Yes, I would love to watch more of your kitty in water!

    2) I seriously bursted (busted?) out laughing at Martina’s “Hey music video writers…Drugs are so bad” (m’kay).

    3) Simon’s (is that a sick duck sound?) backup dancing!

    4) I love Spudgy as magical Falcor and/or Appa!

    5) SAILORMOON’S SAILOR STARS FTW!!!!!
    Showdown: I’m gonna go with U-Kiss!

    3 years ago
  29. Mentionning Fast and furious, did you know that rising sun was feature in one of the Fast and Furious? If my memory doesn’t fail me, I think it was the second one, in the scene where the cop run after the criminal through the roof and stuff

    3 years ago
  30. lol! I loved this KMM, of course Cassies aren’t mad at you for not reviewing Catch Me! I am just happy they finally got a review, and a really funny one at that! BUT! Did you notice them rolling BACK their sexy windows? it was pretty awesome. :D get some rest you two!

    3 years ago
  31. I really think SM wants to create the illusion that TVXQ is so godly even without DB5K. SM gives all these epic songs, and these serious and powerful dances to elevate TVXQ. I would love it if TVXQ will promote a ballad or a slow pop song as like a repackaged single or something, just something different because in my eyes TVXQ are already at the top in kpop, so they should try and express and expand more!

    3 years ago
    • You are an idiot and you didn’t listen to TVXQ album. It has many ballads. I know , you are one of those delusional ot5 who like to put down the new TVXQ to make your DB5K looks better.You don’t even respect Yunho and Changmin. Typical stupid fan.

      3 years ago
    • “SM wants to create the illusion that TVXQ is so godly even without DB5K”
      ?!! =_=
      and TVXQ has been doing serious and “godly” (as you may love to name it) songs since ever (with the exception of Balloons), it’s part of their style

      3 years ago
    • They tend to save the ballads and slow pop for Japan, for whatever reason.
      I’m hoping for some live performances of “I Swear”. *_*
      TVXQ is indeed extremely powerful and godly. But my wish is still for more emphasis on plots that show Yunho and Changmin’s deep level of closeness and compatibility, as coworkers and as friends.

      3 years ago
      • I feel like hardly anybody promote ballads in Korea, though. Maybe a few every once in a while, but for the most part, it seems like it’s kind of rare. I could be wrong though, because I only pay attention to a few groups.

        3 years ago
      • I notice about the ballads too. I watch their “I Know” PV yesterday and it was kinda heart-breaking compared to Catch Me and Humanoids. I wish they would release ballads MV too… Probably they felt comfortable with singing ballads in Japanese.

        3 years ago
  32. I laughed incredibly hard when you referenced Sailor Moon.
    When you guys BECAME Sailor Moon, I laughed even harder.

    Well played sir and madam (and dog)!

    3 years ago
  33. Nice guys, continue to impress with creativity.

    3 years ago
  34. I voted for the Hunky one D: I’m surprised that not as many other people did.
    I vote U-Kiss this time!

    3 years ago
  35. Frst one to comment! wooho! and my checks hurt so much from smiling like a dork at the scenes you were mimicking tvxq’s and made them your own version.

    3 years ago
  36. Oh dang that’s going to be a horribly hard decision to make, both of the clock dances are SO GREAT, I don’t want to pick one!!

    3 years ago
  37. Yeay! KMM FTW! XD
    I feel so happy this Tuesday to see you post the KMM update on Twitter. This make my boring morning into a bearable one. XD
    I didn’t really about what they are screaming; I thought it was “YOU MAKE NOISE” or something like that. But after a while, I get that it supposed to be HUMANOIDS! Yes. Sorry, for being so slow… -_-
    Okay, I will go back to my recent task and drown myself in the boring morning again. Seeya! :))

    3 years ago
  38. “we liked this song more than “Catch Me”. We found “Catch Me” to be a bit disconnected musically, as it felt like a frankenstien song, rock and pop and random break downs all pieced together, which is just not our style. We like “Humanoids” a lot more, since it almost feels like the complete opposite of “Catch Me”, what with its clean beat and simple synths.”

    MY THOUGHTS EXACTLY!!!!
    I’m not alone!! *_*

    3 years ago
  39. This was absolutely hilarious. Thanks for making finals week not as hellish. ;~; <3

    3 years ago
  40. You’re both crayons. I can’t believe you got this up today. You’ve been putting up so many videos with the EYKAs and then working with the new studio…Eat and then go to sleep. We appreciate your hard work but please take a nap with the Meemers and the Spudgy.

    3 years ago
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