CNBLUE “I’m Sorry” – Vote for it Here!


Ok, so let’s start this blogpost by saying that I might have been a bit odd on camera today. Martina’s gone to Canada for a week, and we pretty much are with each other, all day every day, work, play, and sleep. To go this long without her now (36 hours) is making me say weird things, probably things I shouldn’t say. Like, for me, frankly, I’ve always compared FT Island and CNBLUE. I think it’s natural to do so, seeing as they’re two instrumental rock bands, just about the only two big ones, in all of Kpop. So why hasn’t CNBLUE ever been voted in? We never got the chance to talk about them before! They deserve a ridiculous review just as much as every other Kpop band out there does! People tell us to give rookies a chance, but CNBLUE aren’t rookies. Where’s there chance? Come on, Bluenicorns! And don’t fight the name, either. It’s either that or Bluegawhales, and the first one sounds better. Don’t make me think of other cheesy blue name jokes, because they’re only gonna get worse from here. Vote for CNBLUE! They deserve it!

2YOON “24/7″ – Vote for it Here!


See, if Martina was here, she’d probably make me cut out the Hyuna line (if you don’t get the reference, by the way, check out our 4Minute “Volume Up” review). 2YOON has a totally different image than their slack-jawed 4Minute image. This is fun, quirky, spunky, playful. And their mouths are closed! It’s amazing! Anyhow, I know I might have said that this song and video are bizarre, but I didn’t mean that in a bad way. It’s just different, very different, and I’m trying to get used to it. It’s not abrasive and jarring, the way other songs might be different and jarring. It’s just…different. Unless it’s not that different: have you heard banjos in other Kpop songs before? This is a first for me…

Vixx “On and On” – Vote for it Here!


This is a special video, isn’t it? It’s a Wonderful Treasure Find, that’s for sure. It’s not in the least bit uninteresting, from the use of foreigners in the video (yay for foreigners!) to the whole space capsule thingy going into space, to them dancing on another planet, to their eyes glowing: this video has so much to pick apart. It’s almost like Jaejoong’s “Mine,” without the symbolism. And without the darkness. And with a lot more than just one person. And also not rock-y. Also not gothic. But it’s alike in that there’s so much to talk about! Yeah! I’m sure you were thinking the same thing!

Also, let me know what VIXX’s fan group name is, and just how much less cool it is than “Vixen” – which both makes sense and is clever. It better not be something like “Undying Eternal Family” or something like that…

  1. I liken KPop to a Cultural Cuisinart where you toss in any number of elements from a genre, then add in the Korean bright flash of color, precision dance, and dramatic music production to get something that’s familiar but deliciously off kilter. For this reason, I’m not bothered with the outrageous “borrowing” from Hannah Montana, the whoa whoas, and the “can you feel it”.. But let us be clear, “Hank (Williams) dIdn’t do it this away”. That’s a line from a real country song by Waylon Jennings.

    That said, this is a very refreshing turn for KPop. Instead of the tired, tarted up blatant sex, we get a terminally cute but strangely, sexy and fun video. Cube tossed in their new comedian/MC acquisition Kim Ki Ri with the chain connecting him nose to his ear and a really over the top Jung Hyung Don on a mechanical bull in sheep’s clothing to crank up the weirdness.. Play this for a drunk redneck and he is likely to have an out of body experience.

    Jiyoon really shines with this new approach. Her energy just pops off the screen and she really dominates every scene.Her powerful vocals drive the song. Gayoon lost 8kg of weight in the choreography rehearsals and she looks tired and emaciated. Craft services needed to feed her Red Bull Milkshakes. I have always felt that her delicate voice and emotive power were lost in these dance videos. I haven’t been able to hear the rest of the songs in this Mini LP, but they really need to give her a ballad. Ballads are gaining in popularity in KPop, so it would be a good move.

    The song itself is an earworm. Listen to it a few times and it sticks. Here is hoping that 24/7 takes off and takes KPop with it to a better place.

  2. Am I the only one that gets a message that Vixx’s video is private from Youtube?!?

  3. VIXEN! Hahahahahahahahahaha x,D

    I don’t know if it means the same in Polish or English, but Vixen (actually “wichsen” in German, but it has a similar pronounciation) means when a guy does…nasty things…all by himself…. if you know what I mean. *wiggles eyebrows*
    Ohhhh you just made my day, Simon.

  4. Maybe their mouths always go slack whenever they’re around Hyuna — OOOOOOOOOOHHH!!!

  5. for vixx all I heard was “i need therapy lalalalala therapy”

  6. Wait… Why is there Phantom of the Opera happening in the Vixx video?

  7. i love CN BLue!!!!!!!!! i would love it if you got the chance to review them!!!
    and yeah i totally agree about those useless YT comments that repeat the same thing over and over!!!
    i don’t get them!!! why would people waste their time doing that??

  8. Simon seems so pitiful right now :( cyber hugs *totally platonic*

  9. I thought Vixen would have been the perfect fangroup name too! I think they went with Starlights or something to that effect…

  10. I’m not as confused by the sound of 2YOON’s 24/7 as I would be before seeing Adam Lambert’s performance of Trespassing at the MNET Asian Music Award’s.

  11. I’ve been re-watching your food-related videos recently and was wondering if you guys have tried yukhoe or other Korean dishes made with raw meat? (somewhat morbid interest, I’m a near-Vegan and have been noting things like the cow blood soup* and very meat-inclusive cuisine there).

    *btw, my Polish grandpa always had a jar of duck blood soup in the fridge when I was growing up, although I don’t recall ever eating it myself

  12. umm so is the pink-mohawk rapper guy wearing suju’s outfits from Sexy, Free, and Single? cuz I swear he is XD

    And no FTISLAND is not better than CNBLUE !!!! So BOICES !!! Vote for CNBLUE nowwwww <3

  14. Simon, you remind me of Marshall from “How I Met Your Mother”, with your missing Martina and talking about her all the time :D Your relationship’s kinda like Marshall and Lily <3 hihi (^-^ )

  15. This kpop charts update was really entertaining xD Was it just me or were your blurbs longer then usual? Probably all that extra bemoaning about missing Martina. I never knew someone could make that many references to missing a certain person as well as you can Simon!

  16. if you count all the times he talks about martina, there is ALOT!!!!

  17. I’m totally voting for CNBlue for as long as possible. Love love the rockability of the song. I so want a review on VIXX’s music video too because it is so confusing. The problem is I love all the songs in the top 5-6 right now. ;_; Why did they release all their videos all at once! Why? Thank heavens U-Kiss or Mblaq wasn’t thrown into that mix as well. I’d have a major crisis to deal with then! Anyway here’s to voting for all of them and being happy with whoever wins.

  18. CNBLUE SHALL BE REVIEWED SOMEDAY!!! I honestly wish they would’ve released this song at a different time because maybe that way it could have been reviewed…oh well, I have faith that CNBLUE will get a review someday, I mean I’ve loved pretty much every song they’ve released.

  19. oh Simon I’ve been trying to write a message about how you’re not alone and Martina’s probably thinking of you too, but that “Not Alone” phrase got me distracted since it reminded me of Park Jung Min’s solo song “Not Alone” which I love, so I had to go and watch it about five times, and now I’m back. jajaja.
    Simon be a brave dothraki man and hold down the fort while Martina’s away! Hwaiting!!

  20. umm…24/7 reminds me of Hanna Montana?

  21. This is by far my favorite Kpop Chart Update. Sad Simon is so lovable.

  22. I guess if Simon reviews CNBlue, it will be UNFORGETTABLE REVIEW EVER.
    YoungHwa <3
    Noo, actually…. EATYOURKIMCHI <3

  23. lol.. Simon, you must really really miss Martina. you mentioned her at least once in every video. so cute.

  24. Simon still talks in “us”s and “we”s. So cute <3

  25. “Bluenicorns” it is! cool choice of name also the song is the only CNBLUE song I like ! (but who break’s up over the phone? she’s got some nerve!)

    2Yoon – “24/7″ I’m dizzy after hearing that song… you begin to like it but then you don’t… and is it just me or I heard some B.A.P lyrics in there? (“get down” and “boom clap”)… gosh I miss their stomping style = . =

    Vixx – “On and On”- it’s a great song! their video is already in my favorites. Vixen is an awesome name Simon!

    You’re not alone Simon… I miss her too!! > . < (;_;)


  26. NO for fanwars !!! ftisland and cnblue and fans are all awesome ! FNC FAMILY <3 <3 <3 … but i wish some pris would not be bitter for cnblue success and same goes to boice …PEACE !

  27. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO LEAVE CNBLUE ALONE !!! i dont wanna watch simon and martina make a ridiculous video about cnblue …NO!! JUST NO …NO OK ?! NO NO NO x 10000000 ….i like them the way they are …back off simon and martina …i dont want you to open my eyes to comments you might say …cnblue is my ultimate bias ..take all the rest of kpop but leave cnblue ok?! …(oh i forgot >) please :p

  28. Actually, Simon I did talk to VIXX, when they came to Baltimore mwahahaha

  29. “I’m Sorry” is definitely my favorite out of those 3 songs. I hope one day you’ll get a chance to review CN BLUE. BTW, “Boice” somehow sounds like a mispronounciation to me so yay for Bluenicorns XD

    It’s the first time I watched VIXX’s video and I liked it! Especially the dance. And besides the fact that they sent the guys into space, it was very kind of those white girls that they packed them some clothes for change. Too bad VIXX can’t dress appropriately for the weather.

    And yes, 24/7 sounds unlike anything I’ve heard in Kpop before, the video is bizarre and that’s why I enjoyed it. Speaking of country- once when I watched TV they played a country song where they sing about rolling down the windows :D http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8PvebsWcpto

  30. CNBlue was the first “KPop” group that I had ever heard. And Yong-hwa was my first Korean crush. I quickly had to come to terms with the fact that it was completely inappropriate for a 30 year old wife and mother to plaster CNBlue posters all over the walls of the bedroom she shares with her husband, so I have just had to quietly enjoy them online. They are my Korean first love and I am so excited about their new music!

  31. now that B.A.P won, to the CN BLUE video!

  32. CN BLUE <3 CN BLUE <3 CN BLUE <3 CN BLUE <3 CN BLUE <3. LOL sorry, couldn't help my self.

  33. In the 24/7 video I love the expression on the face of the banjo player at around the 2:00 minute mark. It’s the look of a man who knows this is probably the most unusual gig of his life.

  34. simon, you look so sad, i just wanna pet you on the top of the head like a lil puppy… i hope you can endure this week!!

  35. I’ve noticed a few odd things in VIXX’s Music Video On and On, like when they enter the space capsule they have shirts on but when they are send in space they are shirtless but then they get their shirts back when they arrive on the moon. Second weird thing that I noticed is that they are send on the moon but when they are dancing on the mood then you can see in background an other moon, when we sould see earth!!! (Our maybe they are on an imaginary planet with 2 moons but then we should also see an other planet, the one they came from)

    But don’t get it wrong I really like VIXX’s song and the begin of The Phantom Of the Opera is really awesome !!! and I love their choreographie!!

  36. LOL. if bap gets reviewed, Martina won’t be able to rant about the turtle necks :D

  37. Don’t forget Led Apple! They’re a rock band too :)

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