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Yoseop Yang – Caffeine: Kpop Music Mondays

December 17, 2012

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First off, we want to apologize a bit for this lackluster Music Monday. We tried really hard to be inspired this week, and I’m sure there were tons of things we could have joked about to make this more of an upbeat Music Monday, but, at the moment, Martina’s grandfather doesn’t look like he’ll pull through. Things have gotten significantly worse, and we’ve been really down as a result. Most of the time silliness comes natural to us, and we’ve got tons of ideas for things to say. This week, though, we’re just too mopey to be inspired of cheerful things. Sorry everyone :(

Onto more cheerful things!

Gull You Like a Cat Pee! If you haven’t seen the awesomeness of this video and the near perfection of this song, check it out. We seriously love this song and video and feel so passionately about it:

Did you see that? Did you see how perfectly everything worked together? The video director and the costume designer, it seems, actually co-ordinated their efforts, so that the wardrobe fits the set! And the set is lovely. Yes, it’s a set, and it’s not outdoors, but it’s so freaking original. Not a well-lit box, but a very decadent, Victorian damasqued-decor room. It’s smokey and dark, fits perfectly with the smoke cloud of the ex-girlfriend and the smoking of the fire and of Yoseop’s body (and by “smoking body” I don’t mean that with a Balley-girl accent. I mean, literal smoke). The high-arching cathedral pillars, the almost tattooesque skully wallpapered room where Yoseop sits. Just…so cool! All of it, lovely.

And that’s just talking about the design aesthetic. There’s also the awesomeness of the strings. They’re brilliantly used. Right when Yoseop starts hitting those falsettos, those higher notes, his chair elevates to match the sound. The song sounds like it starts floating, and the chair matches. Brilliant! So simple, yet so effective. And the use of strings for the dance makes him look very puppet-like, which matches with the dead, robotic stare you see on Yoseop’s emotionless face when he puts the heart back into his robot body. Holy crap! It’s so well done.

We also didn’t get a chance to gush on about the backup dancers, but we loved loved the covered bodies and fringed faces. They were like Yoseop’s creepy shadows following him around, doubling as both backup dancers and aspects of the music video. It was so cool but did remind me of the fear I felt towards Son Dambi’s creepy backup dancers. *shudder*

Who made this video?! I know some of you know, you dedicated Batooties, you! Did they make videos of similar quality before? I must know! This is seriously one of the coolest, prettiest videos of the year.

Side note: we find it pretty hilarious how people are freaking out over the kissing scenes…AS IF THEY’RE ACTUALLY KISSING! Come on! Ain’t no kissing going on there. Look how cleverly the camera covers up any actual lip touching. It’s like “Ooops! This frame got in the way of our camera! Their mouths are covered! Ah well! We can’t redo the shot because, umm, we gotta go to lunch, so…let’s just use it!” Rubbish. If this was a real kiss scene, we’d see lips on top of lips moving. Not faces close to each other with weird stuff getting in the way. I’m too used to Western TV Shows and Movies to think that this was a real kiss. I seen some real kisses. This ain’t it!

Other than that, I think our 40 minute rant on English in Kpop pretty much covers it. We still totally love the song, though, even if the chorus makes us vomit in our mouths a little bit. The rest of the song is flawless. Where the heck can you buy it, though? Come on!

We did try to giggle a bit with our bloopers, which you can see here.

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  1. You seriously have no reason to apologize. We all go through hard times. I just hope everyone else thinks the same thing.
    I’m so glad this song was reviewed, despite the cringe-worthy Engrish. Simon articulated my thoughts about this English perfectly. Thanks again for the wonderful MM!

    3 years ago
  2. So sorry to hear about your grandpa Martina, I know what that’s like and I hope you and your family can draw strength and grow close during this terrible time. Go all out for Christmas and New Years this year with your family if you can, have a skype party.

    About the vid, I do understand how it’s kind of ruined as a kpop initiation song by some of the lyrics and I appreciated your insight into everything that is going on.

    3 years ago
  3. I agree completely about the mv and song being simply a.ma.zing. When I watched it for the first time I was just in utter awe at all the beauty and mystery and awesomeness contained in under 4minutes. And yeah, about the engrish, I guess I’m just so used to bad english now that I don’t even care, no I actually love it now haha, it is very entertaining :P
    Anyway, I’m really really sorry about your grandfather Martina!!! I hope that you guys are ok, just know that nasties are thinking about you and your grandfather and I am too <3 <3
    oh and MERRY CHRISTMAS^^^

    3 years ago
  4. Yes, they have made other MVs where the set and clothes actually match the song. ^^ You should check out Beast’s “SHOCK!” I’m not sure if you’ve seen that MV yet, but I think that one is just as perfect as Caffeine, from the shaky camera to the funky black clothes to the emotional scenes to the shockin’ dance to the dark – but electric – set! You guys gotta check it out.

    3 years ago
  5. Wow….I didn’t realise you liked it so much. Maybe because the Batooties on the site had been hyping it up so much, and I was soo in love with KSK’s solo, so I found this a little underwhelming. But I do admit it was really pretty.

    lol did you know, we almost nominated this for Best Engrish of the year the moment it was released. Even the Batooties were joking about it.

    And wow that KMM was short.

    And it was the last of the year too.

    I see you’ve been reading all those tumblr posts. Good on you for addressing it. I like the Engrish sections of your KMM, don’t let the haters get you down :p

    3 years ago
  6. Wow, sorry to hear about your grandfather. Please be well. Maybe take a break from EyK for a week or so.

    3 years ago
  7. Psst: Martina. Can you do a open the happy on how to do your hair? :)

    3 years ago
  8. I’m hoping that fate will be in a giving mood so that a.) My copy of “The First Collage” will get here today so that it can coincide with the release of this KMM and that b.) Martina’s Papa will get better, no matter how grave it may seem. After the awful even that happened on Friday, I don’t want anyone to lose someone so important to them.

    3 years ago
  9. Oh no! Martina, I really really hope your grandfather feels better. I hope you both feel better too.

    But I can’t help but laugh at this:
    “it’s so freaking original” original…in the voice that Simon used. Typed out it’s like orIGInal..e.e

    3 years ago
  10. G-DRAGON!!!!!!! FIGHTING!!!!!!!

    3 years ago
  11. First off, my off heart goes out to you, Simon and Martina!!! I know exactly how you goes feel right now, and I’m hoping and praying for the best!!! Second, is this a B2ST song I like? Inconceivable!! But seriously, after the terribad experience that was Beautiful Night (The song and the video made me want to throw things at my tv when it came on M-Net), I’ve been avoiding all things B2ST; they just seemed icky to me. This song, however, is beautifully made; even with the bad english (which I didn’t even notice, till y’all pointed it out). I have to give my vote to G-D, though. Yes, the YG bias is strong in me. Don’t hate me guise!!!

    3 years ago
  12. I’m sorry to hear about your grandfather Martina! Please take comfort in knowing the K-Pop warriors and the whole Spudgy army are here for you.. Thank you for everything, you guys inspire me everyday. I wish my first commment to you guys was on a happier note but please know I’m here for you..

    3 years ago
  13. I vote for Yoseop ;)

    3 years ago
  14. I’ll continue to pray for your grandfather and family. Although you guys are physically far apart remember that these are the times where a family can grow even closer together. You guys can still emotionally and spiritually support and encourage each other. As for the KMM, the atmosphere of the song definitely allotted a more toned down review. Don’t worry about us Nasties. We’ll continue being here so family first~ I understand how distressing it is to have a relative so sick, especially during the holidays. My grandfather died last year the day after Christmas. Although, I wasn’t super close to him I still cried from my loss and the loss of my father. During these times it’s important to draw strength from God and also each other~

    I also agreed with everything you had to say about the song and video. I loved the song to begin with, but the video made me love it on a completely other level. The aesthetics were beautiful to behold <3

    3 years ago
  15. DARNIT THIS MEANS NO SECRET KMM >_<
    Sorry about your grandpa Martina, I hope for the best!

    3 years ago
  16. No need for explanations nor apologies guise, I’m sure all nasties understand the situation :)

    Now for a short rant I have:
    The “Like a Caffeine” isn’t as engrishy to me after taking into account the beat of the melody. I see it more of an “inflexion” to fill that empty space between the two words. I tried singing “Like Caffeine” and it sounded choppy, like it missed a word in between. So I see what’s the reason behind that part. Countless songs in english have used that resource in similar situations so I don’t see any reason to let that alone, at least this time.

    The rest of the english however, yes it’s awful GULL YOU BED TO ME SO BED TO ME~
    Junhyung why.
    /rant

    Since this is the last KMM of the year, I hope you all have a nice christmas and new year’s celebrations :D
    And may 2013 be also a year full of K-pop and awesome. Specially overseas concerts. Lots of them.

    3 years ago
    • Haha, yes, Junhyung most definitely sings/raps “You bed to me.” :D In Yoseob’s case, I can actually hear “bad.” Even in his lives I can hear him sing “bad.” So good for him.

      3 years ago
  17. Owl

    Whereas I do agree for the most part about the English of the song, I will say that I find it a tad bit more understandable than S&M do. Every time I’ve heard the song it doesn’t come across as “You better me”, but rather, “You’re bad to me.” Admittedly, this is still terrible grammar, but the concept of the wordage makes more sense to me. I can’t deny that he does say “Girl, you’re like A caffeine.” though.
    Other than that, I find this Music Monday to be very much in sync with my own feelings about the song/video. I can’t say that it was my absolute favorite song of the year (I have far too many I’ve liked better.), but I can say that I thoroughly enjoy it, and the video was drop-dead gorgeous. Seriously, I don’t think I can say I’ve seen a more artistic video all year.

    Very sorry to hear about y’all’s family circumstances. I’ll be praying for you both, as well as the rest of your family. I truly hope you can still enjoy your holidays and start the new year off on a good note.
    God bless.

    3 years ago
    • I defiantly don’t hear “you better me” but instead ” you bad to me, so bad to me, oh girl you like a caffeine” which doesn’t sound horrible to me. While yes I do hear ” like a caffeine” I also know he is just pronouncing “like” in Korean “라이크” so I don’t think he should get bad marks for that. Anyone who has ever been around a Korean person knows they pronounce some English words differently cause they have changed it to Korean to make it easier to learn. That is how their teacher taught them what else can you expect. I personally think S&M was to harsh on him while in so many of their videos they say they are not going to take marks off for pronunciation …….”cough” Junsu uncommitted “cough”…which I could never figure out what he was saying at the chorus. Oh well I guess Junsu can do no wrong for S&M. So I would say at least a 3 not a 0. Even Koreans who have lived in a America for awhile, example my husband who has been here for 5 years now who has improved amazingly from when we first met, still says stuff a bit different sounding. Just last night he kept saying “code code code” and all I could hear was “cold cold cold”. I just asked my husband to say caffeine and he said it so weird but he also said I say it weird/wrong so there you go….

      and one last thing…I can’t stand that pearl suit!!!! That makes me vomit more than any of his engrish!!!

      3 years ago
      • I agree with you, they were too harsh about the english grade. There are other examples of horrible engrish in kpop videos: “human noise”- Tvxq; “tonight i don’t need a damn explain” Get out- JYJ. Non of them got a big fat 0. The issue that you mentioned about Junsu is so true, i almost forgot i! They said they were not taking off marks for pronuntiation!! Hate doule standards… Btw, this is coming from a massive fan of JYJ, but I have o be fair!

        3 years ago
      • Owl

        As a student of Korean going on two years, I understand where you’re coming from completely. Different languages have different forms of phonology. They use different vowel sounds, intonations, inflections, and so on. It’s only natural that someone who speaks a language like Korean would have difficulty pronouncing certain words from a Germanic language as convoluted as English – particularly those which end in very distinctive consonants, such as ‘like’, ‘heart’, ‘humanoids’, etc. They’re simply not used to the structure, or the ‘mouth feel’, if you will.
        Be that as it may, when you boil it down to its root, the grading system
        in Music Mondays is meant to be based on a singer’s English, not their
        ‘Engrish’. This, of course, includes their pronunciation just as much as it does the grammatical correctness of whatever it is they say. Looking at things objectively with this in mind, I can understand why they would be judging the pronunciation based on a native English speaking standard, rather than the acceptable standards of an ESL student. Of course, this is just my opinion on how things should be rated from an analytical standpoint and has nothing to do with how S&M choose to rate things for themselves; this is their site and they may rate in their videos however they so please. Honestly though, I really don’t pay much attention at all to poor English usage in Korean music; I’m listening for their Korean, after all, not their English.
        I hope I don’t come across as abrasive. If so, that’s not my intention. I just like the chance to ramble now and then.

        As for the suit… I agree, it’s pretty terrible. But at least he’s not wearing shorts and tights. (Ugh.)

        3 years ago
  18. All I keep hearing is “You’re so bad to me, so bad to me, girl you like a COFFIN!!!!!!” XD And that has to be the shortest K-Pop Music Monday EVER!!! DX I am so disappoint!!! TT_TT What a great song and video though. I guess there wasn’t much to say besides the English. :- I was expecting more skits involving the levitating YoSeob or the heart being put in the chest or the English. What about the dance?! It was sick!!! Oh well, love you Yoseobie~ ^_^ And S&M you still rock. :-P

    3 years ago
  19. I am so in love with this song and video, and yes… the engrish is just.. asdfOHGODWHYgjkl, but u know, i still love it :) btw Merry Christmas!

    3 years ago
  20. … nooooo does that mean that secret wont get reviewed …

    3 years ago
  21. Hey you don’t even have to apologize for this more serious MM, it’s already amazing you filmed it regarding the situation! All my thoughts are with you and your family, fighting!
    I’m voting for YoSeop for the showdown, both song and video are really cool^^

    3 years ago
  22. I hear “girl you like a coffee”, not even a bit close to caffeine :( But it’s still an awesome song!

    3 years ago
  23. I vote for GD because he didn’t jump on a counter and dance on top of it.

    3 years ago
  24. Sorry to hear about your grandpa, Martina.

    Also, shedding a tear for what could have been. I could get over most of the Engrish except the “like a cappeine.” If you can’t pronounce the “ff,” don’t put it in the chorus!! And “a” —aaarrgh, any English speaker could have pointed that out. Siiiiiggghhhh.
    Still voting for Yoseop b/c the video is really good – I like the floaty bits.

    3 years ago
  25. I have a friend from Japan and to help me pronounce his name he said to think of it as Yo Hey…Yohei…….lol so Yo Sup makes sense to me!

    3 years ago
  26. is that Super Cute Kawaii on your laptop??
    hahahaha SHINee Juliette clothes weren’t my fave either!! and haha Taemin’s bajillion watches!!!
    oh god i hate those hideous “owl” outfits from Keep Your Head Down!!! dunno why it just reminds me of owls!!

    aww sorry to hear about your grandfather Martina!
    and i thought this KMM was totally fine!! i loved the ‘Yo…Seop!’ part!!!

    3 years ago
  27. The song was boss! LOL idk I guess English doesn’t really matter to me as much when it comes to KPOP but it matters to you guys and I totally respect that. I think everyone should voice their own opinions in a professional way which you guys do because nothing irritates me more than hearing those rude comments under an amazing video only because the viewer does not like the band or song, that’s childish but I like your opinions and hey if anything u guys help me piece together videos that the first time around I possibly did not understand =) Thank you Simon and Martina for making my Mondays and any other day that you guys release your cool videos about the food or certain places special! You guys are cool and I hope that someday when I am a photojournalist working in Korea, my dream and i’m willing to accomplish it, I can meet you guys! FIGHTING!!!!

    3 years ago
  28. batoooostttt alll the wayyyyyyyy!!! I’m glad you guys got to do a music monday for this song and manage not to change my love for it. I was excited but also afraid of what you guys would say because, honestly, yoseob is purrrfect lol I’m glad you guys enjoyed it like I did ^^

    3 years ago
  29. I’m sorry Martina about your grandfather. I wish the best for you and your family. I love you guys and will support you no matter what :) Nasty for life!

    3 years ago
  30. I’m going to go cry myself to sleep now because OC now has zero chance of winning…

    3 years ago
  31. I vote GD. Like Simon and Martina, I felt that the video really added another dimension to the meaning of the song and that it was really well done.

    3 years ago
  32. I don’t hear the same english as you guys. I hear “you’re bad to me, so bad to me. Oh girl, you like a caffeine”…

    3 years ago
    • I hear “You” rather than “You’re”, personally. There’s no way he’s singing “you’re” with the way he transitions to the rest of the words. It would have been a better line if he’d said “You’re bad for me, so bad for me. Oh girl, you’re like a caffeine.”

      3 years ago
  33. We almost put this in the Engrish category… Guess we should have kept it…

    3 years ago
  34. Well, we can’t buy it here on iTunes in the states yet, so disappointing ;( i loved this song from the moment i heard it. His falsettos are gorgeous, and his attitude and tone in the song are phenomenal! BUT, i agree with the English. The first time i heard this i thought, “If this gets voted to KMM, Simon is going to rip him a new one on this!” Honest to Goodness, that was my very first thought when i heard, “Just Like a Cappiene!” But otherwise, the sets, dances, costumes all of it, I am in total agreeance, it is PERFECTION!

    3 years ago
  35. First! Hehehe this is the first time I’ve been able to do that!

    3 years ago
    • Anyway, I, being an avid lover of Kpop, reacted just the way you guys described I actually couldn’t listen to the song when it first came out because of that part during the chorus. Also, I would like to ask why there isn’t a crazy skit in this Music Monday! I feel cheated! O_o

      3 years ago
  36. The Engrish is quite cringe worthy, but the song still holds a special part in my heart <3
    And I'm so sorry about your Grandfather, Martina! I'll pray for you and your family and hopefully he pulls through :) And don't worry about the KMM, I still found it entertaining as usual!

    3 years ago
  37. I vote for Yoseop^^

    3 years ago
  38. omfg. “Yo. Seop. I can’t forsee anything wrong going with that.”
    Sorry about Martina’s grandpa, guise. :/

    3 years ago
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