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Younique Unit – Maxstep: Kpop Music Mondays

November 13, 2012

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Wow! Totally didn’t expect this video to make it to the top of the KpopCharts. We’re totally surprised. MAX-STEP! If you haven’t seen Younique Unit’s “Maxstep,” check it out below:

Side note: if you have no idea why we’re saying “MAXSTEP” in whispers, you should check out our review of TVXQ’s “Keep Your Head Down”. That’ll explain things a bit more. You know, we really need to make a glossary of Eatyourkimchi inside jokes, so that we can initiate the uninitiated. Well, we’ve got a new version of our site about to go live in a few days, totally redesigned and less buggy, so hopefully we can add a glossary there, once it’s all good to go!

Anyhow, we didn’t really like this song. Our theory is that it’s not really meant to be a big SM song release, and more just background music to their dancing, as well as promotion for Hyundai, so we’re not really considering this a big release. Or…are we wrong? Are we gonna see more Younique Unit, like we’re supposed to see more Taetiseo (pronounced “TITTAYS” if you’re unaware)?

There’s an image issue we found with this video that we were a bit uncomfortable with. Mixed in with the dancing, there are shots of everyone looking just unhappy, angry and aggressive, punching at the screen, being pissed off, and breaking glass. There’s nothing really subtle or inviting about it. It’s meant to convey anger and power, meant to be like “we’re bloody awesome, I don’t give a fudge what you think” and that’s not the SM that I like. I’m more fond of happy and seductive SM rather than I’m gonna kick your puppy because I feel like it SM. You know?

Ok, enough about the song; let’s talk about the dancing. Now, we’re by no means experts in dancing. Nor are we novices in dancing. We’re barely even competent in dancing. Walking’s tough enough as is. But we did look at this video frame by frame to try to see how everyone was dancing. What we noticed is that Taemin looks like the best dancer in the group. Like, overwhelmingly so. He jumps higher, bends his knees more, his movements snap. He looks like he’s always in perfect form, while everyone else looks like they’re just doing the movements. Are we wrong here? Maybe he’s the worst dancer, and he’s too exaggerated and should look more lax like the other members? This is where our lack of knowledge of dancing is apparent. From our perspective, though, it just seems like there’s a lot more movement in Taemin’s movement, and that looks like better dancing, to us.

Yeah! That’s it for this week’s Kpop Music Monday. Let us know if you agree with what we’re saying or not. Also, some news: tomorrow we’re gonna be posting the Block B interview. Finally! So check in tomorrow afternoon, Korean time! Also, we’ll be studio hunting tomorrow afternoon as well. Saw some cool places in Hongdae and we’re really hopeful! This might be the Nasty Studio! And, lastly check out this week’s blooper reel, which felt like they were longer than our actual Music Monday itself. Probably because we had so many skits :D

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  1. He’s just so crispy.

    3 years ago
  2. BoA totally should have been included. Her skills are amazing! And, unpopular opinion here, but I actually really liked the close-up shots. They give this fierce unf-ness that fits with the beat of the song. My only problem with them is that block out choreography and I can’t learn all the moves D:

    Taemin’s a good dancer here, I agree, but I wouldn’t say he’s superamazinglyawesome beyond the rest. His moves are fantastic, but I found myself watching Luhan and Eunhyuk a lot too. Especially at that punching move, because everyone else was doing sort of an underhand loop, so their arms would curve, and Taemin was basically horizontal. So I’d say you were right on both counts. Sometimes he was really sharp and crisp, but other times I personally thought he needed to relax just a bit.

    3 years ago
  3. CAPTAIN PURPLE LINE MY LIFE IS COMPLETE. Also, yes about Taemin. Awestruck, isn’t he.

    3 years ago
  4. SIMON! Are you growing a moustache?! :O Movemver? :O

    3 years ago
  5. BOA should definitely be in there!

    3 years ago
  6. Thank you for explaining in exact words why (I think) Taemin is the best dancer. I feel like a child trying to explain where it hurts when I try to explain why Taemin is such a remarkable dancer >.<
    Anyway I don't like the song and was kind of fearing this KMM… but when I saw "flail on Taemin's dance skills", I knew nothing could go wrong XD.

    3 years ago
  7. CAPTAIN PURPLE LINE! My goodness, that was so unexpected! And the first thing that came to my mind when I saw him was “I really wanna touch myself” :D Not that I really wanted to do this, it’s just that line. Purple Line… Uhm…

    3 years ago
  8. Wait, soooo you didn’t pay attention to Taemin’s dancing at all? How are you to compare Kai or Taemin’s dancing if you don’t watch both of them?

    3 years ago
  9. @simonandmartina:disqus what did you think of Henry’s long note/scream at 3:07?

    3 years ago
  10. My biggest problem with this song/dance is the LACK OF HYOYEON! Why she was just shunted in at the end for barely a minute of not much of anything? She barely gets anything in SNSD and now she’s being gypped in this group? What the hell?

    And why has this Captain Purple Line never showed up before? GENIUS! Best character idea ever! I wish I know how he would have explained T-ara’s YaYaYa lyrics. *crying*

    Max or Boa? …. ahhh, I think Boa is too iconic; she’s always been a solo act, it’d be weird to have her as part of a group. Also, it would take away from the “specialness” of HyoYeon as the only girl. So I guess ChangMin is my choice. He’s pretty awesome, but for an SM dance group, my first choice is obviously YUNHO! … but I think he and ChangMin were a bit busy at the time. ^_^

    3 years ago
  11. WHY do I have so much hardship telling the difference between Kai and Taemin in this. I thought I was a better fan than that. AWEMIGAWD. Lol hardship, pfft after effects of watching Romeo x Juliet all night.

    3 years ago
  12. BTW, MinStep also works for Max (Changmin)! XD

    3 years ago
  13. Yeah.. I didn’t really like this song either and was surprised that so many people voted for it. Probably because of the mix of KPop Idols?
    Well, all of them have some nice dancing skills and everything and that is really nice but the video really bored me. Why would I want to watch a music video when the song’s boring? I mean, if I don’t want to ogle some korean boys. Turns out I don’t f the musical background is boring me, huh.

    3 years ago
  14. OMG, Captain Purple Line?!? BAHAHAHA!!
    Old school DBSK ref = daebak!

    3 years ago
  15. I vote for BoA unni cuz the MV already have too much men!!
    Girls Power is needed!!!

    3 years ago
  16. MAXSTEP!! lol. MAXTIME!!

    3 years ago
  17. I think I have to stop watching your videos… I always end up crying, in state near to dying… Woow… It rhymed… Kinda akward… Anyway, I can never listen to the song in the same way, than before. Like SPY. Seriously?!… But you are just too awesome ^^

    3 years ago
  18. I agree about Taemin’s dancing. When watching the video again I definitely noticed that his moves were the most sharp and defined. Not to say that the other were bad at all. Personally, I didn’t like the choreography. I thought that SM could have done something more interesting for a dance group. I didn’t like the song, either, so the only part I did like was the group’s members.

    I’d definitely choose BoA to join the group if she would do it rather than Max. Get some more girl power goin’ on~

    3 years ago
  19. So I have a good theory on why these members for the younique group and NOT BOA and Yunho

    This unit was obviously made to give spotlight to the “best” dancers of each of SM’s groups. Since BOA is a solo artist, she always get all attention when on stage, she doesn’t have to split her focus between other members because she is solo.

    In Yunho’s case, he is in a TWO member group where he gets AT LEAST 50% of the focus in all their promotions.

    Because they are able to demonstrate their skills on a regular basis (BOA and Yunho) it would be unfair to the other Younique members if they were put in this group.

    Another theory I have regarding why give “specialist H.Y.” Hyoyeon only very little screen time is because if this unit was to give every dancer equal front line opportunity/ focus time it would be unfair to have Hyo’ since the beginning. I mean seriously, although I am a BIG EXO lover, at the moment she comes in all my attention is directed to her because she is the only female. The choreographer did a very good job to keep the dancers switching positions so they got a fair amount of focus in the center but with Hyo, no matter where she was placed, my attention automatically followed because she stood out being a female and having long bright blonde hair =D

    What I can’t explain is why not have another girl from F(x)?

    And why pick Luhan? Why not Lay? or Xiumin? or Dancing Machine Chen? ;p

    Overall I love this song and SM did great in putting these members together in group because then they automatically have a SUPER large fanbase bringing ELFs, Shawols, SONEs and Exotics together =)

    3 years ago
  20. Yes, I totally noticed it too. Not that I specifically look for that when Meemers sneaks into the videos.

    3 years ago
  21. BoA, always BoA.

    3 years ago
  22. Yay! A new EYK character! I won’t ask where you got that huge looking diaper thing (unless you really want to tell us). Ha ha! What’s his name, I did not quite catch it?

    3 years ago
  23. Meemers divides his time throughout the day: 33% sleeping, 33% playing, 33% licking his parts. He sure does love licking his parts.

    3 years ago
  24. Wow! The background graphics in this video were overdone in my opinion! I had trouble focusing on the dance myself. My eyes were darting all over to catch Taemin’s moves! Who knows…maybe I have a lazy eye! LOL

    3 years ago
  25. Hmm.. I’m gonna take a shot at why maybe some of the other members are lacking in the dancing. Possibly the group was a little more rushed together and the choreo wasn’t shown in great detail like they usually are? I know from my dancing experience there are some dancers who just pick up choreo extremely quickly and are naturals (like taemin), while others need a bit more time to review and learn before they are capable to go full out with all their energy. (But this is just my personal opinion I honestly don’t know how long or how hard they practiced for the choreo and I think they are all superb dancers either way!! :D)

    3 years ago
  26. I disagree with almost everything you said in this review. It’s the first time it happens though. But still I love your imagination and creativity. I always love watching your videos. I just do not agree at all this time

    3 years ago
  27. speaking of dancing in SM, you HAVE to mention Yunho!!
    I was surprised when I didn’t find him, but I also kind of expected it because they are so busy with their comeback now.
    there’s still BoA, I was expecting to see her too :/! if it’s the song you want to make better, then Max or Changmin will do with his blow-minding screams

    3 years ago
  28. I see Dalshabet! I vote BoA because Changmin can’t dance, he just pretends to.

    3 years ago
  29. BOA!

    3 years ago
  30. I vote for Boa. She’s the inspiration of SM. Without her, i don’t think SM would be what it is now. And Simon and Martina, i think your theme songs are totally dance worth. I actually do a little dance for your music Monday theme song :D

    3 years ago
  31. Everyone in this song / music video are the best dancers from their own group. Its like SM is creating a dancing all-star unit. Maybe that is why SM is trying to show off their badass-ness. (But with a car company….omg Koreans please don’t drive badass too~ haha ><) Taemin, he is like a lighting bolt thrown by Zues. His movements are always sharp and lighting fast. Not to say he is the strongest dancer in this unit but his parts in this choreo are really "attractive" to people's eyes. But everyone still did great. Hope there will be a dance version release by SM so that we can really feel the total badass of this choreo! Muahaha!

    3 years ago
  32. I agree Taemin was awesome in this. The other’s are really good dancers too but taemin stood out to me. I wish they would have let Hyoyeon dance throughout the video and not just that short scene at the end.

    3 years ago
  33. i liked it, but i didn’t love it. It lacked anything different for a sub-unit in my opinion. i agree on the lack of any female dancers i would’ve liked to have seen that.

    It just seems a bit all over the place for me. There was nothing prominent that kinda stayed with me the second the video finished. The dancing was good, no faults there i mean it is a dance unit but maybe my expectations were too high? because i kinda didn’t see much different to what SM usually puts out in terms of choreography. Thats where i was a little disappointed with this release.

    3 years ago
  34. I figured SM considered DBSK and BoA as legends instead of idols and that’s why they weren’t included in this sub-unit group. I’m glad Henry was included in this cause I wouldn’t have ever noticed him but I was disappointed in his dancing cause he was slacking on the moves a bit.

    3 years ago
    • Yeah, we thought that might have been the case as well. This was meant to promote their not-as-popular groups, too.

      3 years ago
  35. I totally agree with the Henry comment!!

    3 years ago
    • i know this is an old post, but i’ve been rewatching the mv. Me being the loyal henry fan, i’ve looked at all the clips of him, and i noticed something….

      wasn’t the clip of him punching the screen with his “boxing gloves” the same as the one they used for the final scene at the end? :/ did anyone notice this????
      was it SM being lazy, or did henry’s punching just fit twice…LOL

      3 years ago
  36. I never thought of taemin as crispy before but martina has shown me a whole new taemin. One that crunches when you step on him or shake the bag to hard. Oh wait sorry i got taemin confused with a dorito again…

    3 years ago
  37. I actually really love this song! It’s more my style and I feel like Taemin is enjoying it a lot more….
    Soy un dorito comeback!! Absolutely loved it! :D I didn’t know there was no difference between doritos and shurikans >.<

    3 years ago
  38. Meemers finds a way to get into shots..doesnt he?

    3 years ago
  39. the appendix is a ham XD…… hahahahahhaahaha

    3 years ago
    • hahaha! Well I just watched the bloopers….. was Meemers trying to eat the rotten ham?

      3 years ago
      • As soon as we put that down on the ground and were about to film, all of the animals gathered around and started licking their chops. We had to rush it before they took it from us. Ha!

        3 years ago
        • ooooh Spudgy and Meemers are so Naaaasty eating a rotten ham! :P

          3 years ago
  40. I agree with the comment about Taemin’s dancing. I’m no expert myself, but when I irst watched it, I couldn’t really take my eyes off him once they really got into the choreo. Mind you, Eunhyuk, Kai and Luhan are really good too, but I paid more attention to Taemin when possible.

    3 years ago