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

  3. 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??

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

  5. 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

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

  7. 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 (^-^ )

  8. 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!

  9. 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.

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

  11. “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!! > . < (;_;)


  12. 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

  13. 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.

  14. 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!!

  15. Loved you update Simon! Made me lol many times through.

  16. Aww poor Simon, he looks like he’s almost crying throughout the whole playlist :) I had had the feels that they were a really tight couple long long ago in the older videos, but it wasn’t until their interview with Silk Road that I actually think I got just how tight they were :D I guess if they ever retire from Eat Your Kimchi, they could conquer the world with marriage counseling! (or at least America) ;)

  17. By the way, I can’t believe you didn’t include MFBTY’s new song!!! D:

  18. Nope, the perfect fandom name for VIXX fans is Vixxers, because that sounds exactly like the german word for wankers and is the reason why I absolutely can’t take this group seriously… It’s just so wrong to say “I’m a fan of VIXX” when you’re from germany xD

  19. Simon, what’s up with your teeth?

  20. Totally support the Hyuna line…

  21. xD I liked all the songs on this update. Oh Simon, you without Martina is like a tiger without his stripes, but this was adorable. xD

    CNBlue’s “I’m Sorry” was an epicly awesome song. I liked it from the moment I heard it. It’s just so catchy and awesome and makes you wanna headbob when ya hear it. I also like how they played live for majorty of their performances on music shows. And plus, plus, plus I love the song “La La La.” The lyrics just make me go “awww” and it’s just so beautiful sounding. T_T It sucks that you guys haven’t reviewed CNBlue yet.

    VIXX’s video was plain strange, from the Phanton of the Opera opening to the space travel, to the black nail polish, to the sudden reappearing of the girl in the last few seconds, with a random tree on a planet (why yes, yes I did think of tree of life on EXO Planet…<..> I mean, what?). I love the song despite that because it’s just so AWESOME. //feels like she’ll use the work awesome a lot in this post. The chorus is just so cool and I like the choreography. Especially the “I need therapy, lalalala therapy” part. That hip shaking made me crack up so much. I’m actually embarrassed as to admit how long it took me to figure out that that robot symbol thingy mabobber that pops every now and then in the video actually says VIXX on it. o -o They’re rocking the contacts though. Those looked awesomely creepy. I also love the performances of this song.

    2YOON’s “24/7″ /was/ very different. Them banjos. Like others have said, I so thought of BAP right away when I heard the “get down” and “boom boom clap” parts. Also a little bit of Hannah Montana. Cute chickens and pig in the video. x3 Although at :48 seconds, I’m wondering as to why she’s sweeping a dirt floor….

    1:21: “Welcome rodeo riders! Riders will be hugged. Final winger will be hugged again!” . . . I wanna be a “winger.” o 3o //giggles. That mechanical bull. xD Although it looks slightly like a ram. o -o That little kid on the very far left at 3:05 is just precious.

    Huzzah for long posts. o 3o

  22. I have a strong desire to take out a red pen and write “underline G: Grammar”in the CN Blue blurb.

    “Where’s their chance?” indeed…

  23. That’s what I’ve been thinking. Everyone here is saying “Bluenicorn” and I’m like what is that??? Their fanclub is Boice! *confused* x-x

  24. Well, seeing as Martina won’t be there and Simon doesn’t have a hatred for turtlenecks… Lol. He probably won’t have anything to say about it, haha.

  25. I started to cry a little when I saw you included VIXX on your update. Our fan name is Starlight, and i think that’s a lot cooler than “vixen” since it’s so subjective toward women, and I actually would have found that fan name to be quite offensive (ugghh inner feminist is getting snappy).

  26. THANK YOU, SIMON!!!!!!!!!!!! I love Boyfriend and B.A.P who are currently ahead of CN Blue (who is one of my ALL TIME FAVORITE Kpop bands!) on the Kpop charts, but I’ve been voting for CN Blue for like TWO WEEKS because you guys have never reviewed them!!! You’ve reviewed B.A.P and Boyfriend before, so I want you guys to review them! Please, people???

  27. All the videos from this playlist would be awesome to get reviewed!

  28. bring one of the scared interns into KMM, we would love to know them too.

  29. does anyone else wanna see martina’s reaction when she watches this? I think it would be hilarious

  30. Ok in the Vixx video did anyone notice while they were in the pods the one member with the white hair (sorry I don’t know their names! Don’t killz me >.<) had that random arm pop up… am I crazy cause it didn't look like it was a part of his body… maybe I just need to re-watch it…..

    Good job Simon!
    Sowwy you're so lonely….
    Hope us Nasties are keeping you company… (^.^)

  31. VIXX’s fanclub is called Starlight (with the A being a star which I don’t have the capability to type).

  32. Hahaha the fan club is called Boice (combination of “Blue” and “Voice”) but TBH (although I am quite a big Boice myself), “Bluenicorn” as a name is way more awesome.

  33. i think that this new song is awesome, and i would like to know your opinion, especially since yonghwa wrote, hope they win . o/
    cnblue <3 I couldn't resist
    sorry for my english DD:

  34. LOL. About VIXX; Simon I thought I was seeing IRON SKY: THE KPOP EDITION. Like kpop boybands saving us from the Nazis in Space.

  35. GREEEAAAATT! I like all the songs. *Sigh* Downloading time =_=

  36. I miss martina already!!!!!!

  37. Ok, first, I guess FTIsland probably is bigger than CNBLUE because they’ve been around longer or maybe they just come out with songs when there isn’t a lot of competition on the charts? As for who is better than who, that comes down to what style of rock you prefer, seeing that they actually have quite different styles of music. Personally I would say that FTISLAND IS THE BEST BAND THAT KOREA, NO THE WORLD, HAS EVER BEEN FORTUNATE ENOUGH TO HAVE. Yeah, i’m a li~~ttle bit biased :P

    Anyway, onto I’m Sorry. I love this song so much^^^ Like so much!!! Yonghwa should write their title songs every time. The video is really cool too I like how the feel of the music matches the look of the mv – does that make sense? Although after watching it a few times I started to find the mv very hilarious because I realised that they probably couldn’t understand what those people were saying. Like when Jungshin is just sitting on the bus with some girl yelling at him in English, he’s probably was thinking “why the heck is this girl yelling at me I don’t even know what she’s saying.” hehe, well I found it funny.

    24/7 was cute and funny but the song is….ah not my thing.

    On and On is indeed very special. Very Special. What confused me the most is that in their, ah, flying space capsules they weren’t wearing a shirt or I thought any clothes BUT THEN when they crashed on the planet they were fully clothed in matching outfits. I mean, where did those outfits come from, WHERE??? They song is alright I guess, not exactly my cup of tea but not bad. Also the zombie dance freaked the already-super-confused-me out.

    I hope B.A.P wins though. The mv is extremely pretty and interesting and the song is even prettier – I’m in absolute LOVE with that song. And SIMON awwwww, Martina will be back soon!!!!!! <3 <3

    • How do you measure which one is bigger, you mean in terms of fanclub size? In Korea DC FT Island has more fans in their daum cafe than CNBLUE which is not surprising since FT Island debuted in 2007 while CNBLUE in 2010. But in terms of sales figures (physical and digital), CF offers etc, CNBLUE is doing so much better than FT Island.

      • ah all that stuff doesn’t really matter because the majority, well nearly all, of the fans that vote on the EYK charts are international fans anyway. ALthough I have seen some Korean nasties here before. So I assume that either FTISLAND have more international fans or they don’t have a lot of competition when they release songs – although I can’t remember which other groups had comebacks when they did so I don’t know.

  38. Leessang’s Tears…. I want Tears to be reviewed for Kpop music monday T.T

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