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Kpop Music Mondays One Year Anniversary

September 6, 2011

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First off, we want to take the time to thank you for all of your awesome support. This is our 52nd Music Monday, our one year anniversary of doing this show, and we didn’t expect it to be where it is today. We first started the show, because many people were asking us to do more How to Dance Kpop videos, and we thought that we’d do it for a couple of months. But everyone’s responses were phenomenally supportive and encouraging, from your fan pics, to emails, to comments, to relentlessly spamming us lovingly on Twitter and Facebook to get us to review your favourite artists. Really, thanks everyone for liking this show and giving us the inspiration to keep on scripting and filming! To show our thanks, we’re having our biggest giveaway ever, which we’ll explain at the end of the post.

But first, our One Year Anniversary Special! We usually just talk about one video for Music Mondays, and we usually count your requests to decide who we review, but today we’re doing the videos we want to do, the videos that didn’t get enough votes to win for the week. We’re doing, finally, UV’s “Itaewon Freedom” and Xiah Junsu’s “Intoxication.” We were going to dedicate our entire anniversary special to just one, but – hell – we feel so strongly about both videos that we had to do both.

Itaewon Freedom:

This is the greatest video ever made. That is all.

If we ever got the money and crew and equipment to direct a Kpop music video, we’d make this video. If we had money to make a second video, we’d make this video again.

What makes this video so awesome is its context. Really. Kpop videos have been over-saturated with sexy boys and girls looking sexy on camera, doing sexy things and making sexy face. They train for countless hours to perfect the crispiest choreography. And we get that with just about every Kpop video that comes out, and – really – we get something like two to three kpop videos being released per week.

This video comes as a breath of fresh air. For those of you that don’t know, UV are actually well known comedians in Korea, and they’ve been around for a while, but this is 100% our favourite song by them. You got three older guise that aren’t necessarily the sexiest Korean guise out there and who aren’t necessarily the best dancers (although JYP’s guest appearance is prettttty awesome), all creating a rockingly entertaining video with crap sets and bad effects.

So for those of you that also don’t know about Itaewon, it’s a district in Seoul near a USA army base, so it has developed into a very foreigner friendly neighbourhood. It has import grocery stores, real foreign food (like authentic Indian food and the Irish Wolfhound Pub), and a foreign crowd. So, Korean people that go there can really let loose and act “foreign” which means, dress however you want and enjoy the non-judgemental atmosphere. HOWEVER, and this is a big however, it can sometimes be preeeettttyyy sketchy on the weekends after everyones been out drinking and dancing and *coughpickingfightscough* so we don’t really like that neighbourhood as much as we love Hondgae. But still, if you live in Korea, you learn to appreciate how Itaewon can comfort you when you feel homesick. That’s why Itaewon Freedom has ranked as a favourite amongst many foreigners in Korea that aren’t into kpop music. *Martina wipes away a tear and sucks it up to buy a super overpriced can of root beer*

One of the things that’s difficult for us when talking about this video is in saying anything funny about it. UV are comedic geniuses, and they’ve pre-emptively took all of our jokes from us. What can we say about it? Their outfits are bad? They wanted them to be bad. That their dancing sucks? They know that it sucks, and make it awesome in the process. That their special effects are silly? You don’t get that bad by accident. Being this bad, is an artform.

The video’s outdated, looks like the worst that the 80s has to offer. And the guys are too old to compete with the likes of young kpop boyz. But they take their weakness and make it their strength. It’s so…inspiring. Sure, they’re not taking themselves seriously. They’ve got the blanket of irony protecting them from criticism, but – hell – that doesn’t make this song less awesome.

Furthermore, they’ve got JYP, Overlord of one of the top Kpop labels in Korea, singing and dancing with them. That’s what really makes this song and video special for us. JYP, who knows the kpop scene very well, takes part in a kind of anti-kpop video. It’s just so…poetic. Too awesome for words.

Intoxication:

–Note–This is the shorter version. Why it’s shorter, we don’t know. Probably because it’s too sexy to air in its entirety.

Xiah Junsu’s “Intoxication” holds just as special a place in our hearts as Itaewon Freedom. We can’t begin to tell you how much we love the song. It’s epic. They lyrics are epic. The video is epic. The dancing is epic. But we don’t love it because it’s good (< ---speak for yourself Simon). We love it because it's sooooooo bad, but - unlike Itaewon Freedom - it doesn't mean to be so bad. And because of that, we love it even more. Don't get angry at us, Junsu fans. This song is ridiculous...ridiculously sexy, but that doesn't make it less enjoyable. Junsu has written the Korean equivalent to 90's R&B...which Simon grew up listening to:"DO YOU MIND IF I STROKE YOU UP? I don't mind...*punch*---OKAY! SIMON IS CUT OFF!!!! We were amused rather than aroused (<---speak for yourself Martina), but our amusement is endless. And, in turn, our amusement turned into love, pure, pure love for this song. Some people might be confused about the bananas joke. Nowhere does Junsu ever mention that he wants to rub bananas in the song, but the story behind it is this: when Martina was playing it on loop within the first couple of weeks of being introduced to the song, I - Simon here - heard the song in passing, when in another room. From the muffled sound of it, the part where Junsu says "let me feel your naughtiness" sounded like "let me feel bananas." As well, the part where he says "Momomoto, momomoto" in Japanese, I heard "Not a homo, not a homo." And so, my mishearing of the song led to our laughter, which led to an endless inside joke between us, which has since been translated to our videos. So, no, Junsu does not love bananas, nor does he want to rub them (<---speak for yourself Simon and Martina). But in our hearts, Junsu's passion for rubbing bananas is limitless. And funny side note...a few of my students (Martina) had begged me to play this song at the end of class. Without knowing how utterly raunchy this song was, I agreed. As the video played, my students covered their eyes, screamed and yelled things like, "AH TEACHER!!! DIRTY!!" and "OH NO! TEACHER NO!" and other awesome phrases while I stared on in shock. I'm pretty sure I corrupted about 80% of that class. My bad. Or should I say, JUNSU'S BAD!!! (ps-> got the same reaction from Rain’s “Hip Song”…oh innocent Korea…)

Our Special Giveaway: Updated

For our Kpop Music Mondays anniversary special, we’re giving away a lot more than usual. Thanks to YesAsia.com and YesStyle.com for contributing a bunch of albums for our giveaway. Woohoo!

The list of stuff we’re giving away now is:

    1 – After School Blue 4th Single Album
    2 – After School Red 4th Single Album
    3 – Sistar “So Cool”
    4 – Miss A – A Class album
    5 – Dal Shabet “Bling Bling”
    6 – Girl’s Day “Every Day”
    7 – Sunny Hill “Midnight Circus”
    8 – Junsu’s “Intoxication”
    9 – T-Ara’s “Roly Poly in Copacabana”
    10 – A Big Bang T-Shirt (two styles to choose from, and in M or L)
    11 – 7 wicked sets of extremely awesome and super magical fragical Kpop socks.

Shazam! ELEVEN prizes, for six different sites:

1) For YouTube, tell us in the comments what was your favourite Kpop Music Mondays moment.
2) For this site, answer the same question in the comments to this post!
3) For Facebook, answer the same question in the contest thread. If you don’t know where it is, look for it. Also, since this is now updated, look for a new post. Like it, and answer the same question there. Woot!
4) For Twitter, make sure you’re following us first, and then retweet the link to this page by clicking on the Twitter button above. Or if you’re too lazy to scroll up, you can click here.
5) For Tumblr, make sure you’re following us there as well, and then like and reblog the contest post.
6) For Google Plus users. We didn’t forget about you! Find our Google Plus Profile, add us to your circles. Then, +1 this post, and +1 the site as well. Woot!

We’ll pick two winners from YouTube, this site, Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr, and one from Google Plus, and announce the winners next week in our blooper footage. Speaking of which, here are this week’s bloopers as well:

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  1. The best segment was 2NE1s “I Am The Best” because I fall for tears
    when Simson shows his wrestlings moves! IT WAS SOOOO FUNNY xDDD! “SHE’S
    GOING DOWN!” HAHAHAHA!

    5 years ago
  2. The best segment was 2NE1s “I Am The Best” because I fall for tears
    when Simson shows his wrestlings moves! IT WAS SOOOO FUNNY xDDD! “SHE’S
    GOING DOWN!” HAHAHAHA!

    5 years ago
  3. My favorite kpop moment was whenever Mordney appeared >:D Haha also I really loved all the awesome kpop bands your reviewed so of course I loved them ALL >:D If I had to pick a moment it would be the Big Bang and SHINee videos because they’re awesome and I agree with your review on them :D

    5 years ago
  4. I love any moment when you guys dance because your dances are super creative and I mean;
    C’mon you guise danceskillz are effin Uhmazing!

    But to be honest…. I LOVE EVERYTHING! After watching you guys I really need a breather because you guys make me die of laughter :)

    5 years ago
  5. xiah junsu intoxication

    5 years ago
  6. i like the episode when you reviewed no more perfume on you…
    you were so frikin honest…you are not finding anything possibly good in a video that can make you great…you are all awesome in your ways…so keep it up!!

    5 years ago
  7. Lee

    My favourite Music Monday is >w< arg they are all good BUT before I change my mind, I'll just choose this one because Simon touched a banana XDXD  You guys also turned into a box XD I was a box for Halloween . . . 

    5 years ago
  8. my favorite was JYJ’s Ayy Girl. because it was the first music monday i came across and i’m a HUGE JYJ fan and i totally hated the music video and when i saw the eat your kimchi video i was literally crying from laughing so much. i thought i was the only one who thought the music video was bad~

    5 years ago
  9. Ana

     Ayyy girl! *rolls down sexy window* AND using “Intoxication” for all the sexy times xD

    5 years ago
  10. … my favorite Music Monday Moment? ROLL DOWN THAT SEXY WINDOWWW

    5 years ago
  11. My favorite Music Monday video was teen top’s no more perfume on you. I love how you guys are so real & defend the message that k producers are trying to send to their fans about cheatingg. & cheating is so wrong ! 

    despite the numerous fans that teen top has you guys told it LIKE A MAN ! :D hehe that one never gets old :D

    btw. I would so choose all of the members of shinee over teen top (:

    5 years ago
  12. My fav music Monday was the B2ST Fiction! 
    It basically opened my eyes to great k-pop! I don’t know how I survived before that but my eyes have been opened to a whole new genre of music thanks to you guys!

    5 years ago
  13. I’d have to say, my FAVORITE KPOP Music monday, is deffinately ” JYJ’s Ayy Girl”. I literally cried my eyes out from laughing so hard at this video. When I first saw the music video, my mind was full of fu**. This video was the start of Kanye’s epic fail of runing good songs. After JYJ, he destroyed Katy Perry’s song “E.T” also. For being a completely fluent English speaker, Kanye has the worst engrish evar. No doubt that JYJ is unbelieveable sexy rolling down there sexy windows, but who knew that this video would start a never ending meem. What’s yur friends attituude, why she so damn rude HUUUUAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH?

    5 years ago
  14. My favorite Kpop Music Monday is SHINee’s Lucifer! The way you guys interpreted their ninja dance was hilarious!

    5 years ago
  15. Happy 1st Year anniversary!!! My favorite k-pop music mondays moment was the part where Martina was using the gun in the 2ne1’s  I Am The Best video. It was hilarious. =D

    5 years ago
  16. Happy 1st Year anniversary!!! My favorite k-pop music mondays moment was the part where Martina was using the gun in the 2ne1’s  I Am The Best video. It was hilarious. =D

    5 years ago
  17. Happy 1st Year anniversary!!! My favorite k-pop music mondays moment was the part where Martina was using the gun in the 2ne1’s  I Am The Best video. It was hilarious. =D

    5 years ago
  18. Happy 1st Year anniversary!!! My favorite k-pop music mondays moment was the part where Martina was using the gun in the 2ne1’s  I Am The Best video. It was hilarious. =D

    5 years ago
  19. Happy 1st Year anniversary!!! My favorite k-pop music mondays moment was the part where Martina was using the gun in the 2ne1’s  I Am The Best video. It was hilarious. =D

    5 years ago
  20. All the Intoxication banana moments ;D

    5 years ago
  21. Question: Is it favorite segment or moment? I sort of see a difference between the two…

    Segment: Mordney’s appearances vs. 
    Moment: Spudgy dancing at the end of this video

    5 years ago
  22. Contest: It’s hard to chose just one, but I chose Modney because he’s hilarious, especially when he popped up every once in a while. 

    5 years ago
  23. Favourite moment: in seungri’s vvip: SEUNGRI TIME FOR KISSES!

    5 years ago
  24. i loved hyuna’s bubble pop kpop music mondays , simon’s dancing was absolutly disurbingly AMAAZIIING!! and martina’s faces after watching simon dance is sooo cute , simonandmartina FIGHTING!

    5 years ago
  25. ROLL DOWN YOUR SEXY WINDOW!!!!

    5 years ago
  26. My favorite moment (or should I say moments) is when you guys make Spudgy dance. It’s like
    OMFGWTFBBQ CUTENESS OVERLOAD IMMA DIEwhenever Spudgy appears, but especially when he dances. 

    5 years ago
  27. The “This is Mordney Present” moments!!! xDD

    5 years ago
  28.  I love the kpop music monday with 2ne1’s Ugly XD!!! Martina’s lipsyncing was the bomb not to mention her ventriloquist diploma XDD

    5 years ago
  29. Teen Top’s Supaluv and all the things referring to it. XD Very wise decision my Lord!

    5 years ago
  30. favorite moment was probably the talking gun you guy used in 2ne1 i am the best music monday. what can top a gun that says watermelon :)or maybe martina’s top top hat it was cute :)

    5 years ago
  31. Everyone’s favorite Kpop Music Monday segment should CLEARLY be ALL OF SPUDGY’S SEXY DANCE MOVES AT THE END OF EACH MUSIC MONDAY. HOT DAMN.

    5 years ago
  32. MAH FAVORITE MOMENT WAS WHEN YOU GUYS MADE UP THE JYJ ROLLING DOWN THE SEXY WINDOWS MOVEMENT. I laughed so hard and it is very memorable since ‘rolling down your sexy window’ correlates and is almost the epitome of what eat your kimchi represents: fun and epicness :D

    5 years ago
  33. Congratulations on the 1 year anniversary! Love you guys for all of the lawls and great stories you bring us every week. To many more years of awesomeness! :D

    Also, my favorite moment: The one that caught my
    attention and officially made me a fan: “It’s not a chef’s hat. It’s a
    penis.” – Dalmation’s “The Man Opposed” Still cracks me up. xDD

    5 years ago
  34. My favorite was on the video for “Park Bom – Don’t Cry”… the many faces of Park Bom! XD

    5 years ago
  35. My favorite moment? This weeks segment with Junsu writing Intoxication was definitely my favorite. Definitely. You guys obviously worked SO hard on that. I was cracking up irl watching Martina fend off Intoxication and then when Simon eerily started singing Bubble Pop, I think a part of me died with the hilarity of it all. I think I’m going to go rewatch this now… Great MM you guys~! :D

    5 years ago
  36. Favourite moments? Simon dancing and Mordney appearances! :D

    5 years ago
  37. Favorite moment? Definitely the no sweating Hot Summer and illegally selling the deodorants from Canada  XD You guys are 짱!!! :)

    5 years ago
  38. Favorite moment? Definitely the no sweating Hot Summer and illegally selling the deodorants from Canada  XD You guys are 짱!!! :)

    5 years ago
  39. Have been waiting for this all day Yessssssss, thanks guys.

    5 years ago
  40. Have been waiting for this all day Yessssssss, thanks guys.

    5 years ago