MBLAQ “Smoky Girl” – Vote for it Here!


Ok: this song is great. Great I tell you! Absolutely great! You know how we’ve felt this year with the trend of Kpop songs to be mashups of between three and seven different genres and sounds in one. That might be some people’s cup of tea, but not ours. We like consistent songs that evolve, rather than patchwork music, you know? This song, let me tell you, is consistently awesome. Like, whoa. We’re blown away. And it doesn’t sound Kpop-ish. It sounds so different.

Look, we don’t know what to say. We’re gushing about the song and we’re trying to save our words just in case we do review it for Music Monday. By then, we’ll have formed something more eloquent than just fangirl gushing.

VIXX “Hype” – Vote for it Here!


So, this is the first time we actually given a decent amount of attention to VIXX, and – we gotta say – they’ve got some really good songs now that we’ve taken the time to explore their music. Hyde’s great as well, and it’s got a relevant music video!

But honestly, we’re struggling to keep up with all the new kpop bands coming out, and in turn we’re struggling with the criticism we’re receiving for not talking about all the rookie groups for KMM. There was such a huge influx of new kpop bands over the past year that it’s just impossible to keep up with all of them, while still respecting the other bands that have been working in the kpop scene for a long time.

It’s such a difficult thing for us to balance. We came to Korean in 2008 and just got into kpop then, and some of our favourite bands just came out or started to break into the scene around that time. But now that those groups are popular, we’re supposed to dump them because they’re “too popular” and stick only to the newest rookie bands? What about our favourite groups and our excitement for their returns?

We’re really stuck between a rock and a hard place because on one hand, we want to talk about bands we’ve followed for a couple years and are finally having comebacks, but we also want to talk about new bands. And then, the bands that we did review while they were rookies, like B.A.P, B1A4, EX-O, Lee Hi, are now considered “popular” groups, and once again we’re criticized for not giving the newest of new groups a chance! AHH!!!

Anyhoo, the point of this is to say that I know VIXX fans have been dedicated to try and get VIXX in for a KMM, but they’ve been surrounded by the return of some of our favourite groups. One thing I will say for sure is that I’m grateful for their persistence because it caught my attention so I browsed their videos and they’ve made themselves new fan. So even if we don’t review them for this KMM, I’ll be keeping my eye on them!

Wonder Boyz “Tarzan” – Vote for it Here!


Ok, so Martina loves this song a lot more than I do. It’s not a bad song. I like it. I just don’t love it and rave about it the way Martina’s going on. It’s a good song! It’s ridiculously catchy. FIMINIMI FIMINIMI TAR-ZAN! FIMINIMI FIMINIMI TAR-ZAN! I’ve been singing that incessantly. Side note: I think this is the first time in a long time, if not the first time ever, that we’ve really enjoyed all three songs on the KpopCharts update and have had great things to say about each.

We don’t know much about Wonder Boyz so we can’t say much more about them, since this is our first time being exposed to their music, but if they keep stuff up like this we’ll become huge fans. This is really original, really, for Kpop music. Reggaeton? When I heard that someone was trying it out in Kpop I thought it’d be embarrassingly bad, but it’s actually really well done. Check it out. You’ll like it!

  1. Han Haneul

    Thank you simon and martina. For introducing me to Wonderboyz and Tarzan. I have been singing Tarzan for the past three days till my brother got sick and tired of it. My brother knows how you feel Simon :)

  2. Kimmy Palmer

    I hate to make this correction, but I LOVED the Tarzan song too so I looked up the members and their names – and the “Come closer let me hold ya” guy isn’t Young Boy – His name is Master One.

    But one thing I found kind of eff’d up about the MV is that they put the leader in the back and in the beginning when Young Boy’s part comes in, it only shows Young Boy even though that part is back and forth with Young Boy and the leader (sorry I can’t remember his name!) AND THEN they don’t do any close ups on his face and always put him in the back. I mean, I get that he doesn’t have the same body type as the other members, but they’re a group and I think they should all be equally represented because they’re all so talented. I don’t know. SORRY! THIS WAS AN UNINTENTIONAL RANT!

    But did anyone else notice that/feel the same? Hmm…

  3. Graciela Ivonne
    Graciela Ivonne

    i love each video in this kpop update! i actually didn’t love smoky girl on first listen, but let me know mblaq always manages to work their magic on me…. now it’s the catchiest thing evarrr. and i love the smooth dance in the video. loved the other 2 on first listen. great videos and music especially since this is my first time listening to anything from wonderboyz. now i have to check out their other music.

    side note: martina, it’s pronounced “reggae-tone” instead of “reggae-ton”.

  4. absolutely love Mblaq “smoky girl”

  5. wow, i didn’t listen to the tarzan song very closely. but, it is a very nice song.

    At first, I was like… tarzan? so corny… but it’s cool. ;D.

  6. SMOKY GIRL FTW! I can’t stop singing it … smoky girl smoky girl smoky girl smoky girl ♥

  7. Gemma Deacon
    Gemma Deacon

    I love the Tarzan song. It’s so friggin’ catchy! And the video is brilliant as well as a bit creepy. I’m confused about the spelling of ‘smokey’ now because I always thought it was spelt with an e but when I type ‘smoky’ it doesn’t come up with a red line. And I’ve just looked it up online and both words have the same dictionary meaning. Have they changed the spelling or have I been spelling it wrong all these years? I’m so confuzzled! @_@

  8. Taryn Petersen

    I think I need to give Smoky Girl a chance to grow on me. The first time I listened to it Thunder’s “Smiky Girl” part made me laugh my ass off, which made me feel really bad :(, and I wasn’t able to really take it seriously after that. That and I don’t usually like songs like this, but it’s MBLAQ and they haven’t disappointed me yet so I’ll definitely try and listen to it more^^

  9. Amanda Brohman

    Simon – gum in mouth is distracting :D

  10. sofia lezama

    the three mvs and songs were pretty awesome :) thanks for making these updates guise!! i love you!

  11. You guys should make a teaser video of your next KMM. Maybe use some of the behind the scenes footage or something.

  12. Liza Ann Acosta

    My mind has been blown. Officially. Yeah. Love Tarzan. LOVE IT.

  13. Angela Merritt

    Great choices, all 3! The funny thing is, I hated each and every one of these songs the first listen through, but they all immediately grew on me like WHOA! I admit, I was a little let down with Hyde at first–I had just discovered Vixx with the awesomeness that is On and On. But I totally respect them not pulling any lunches with their out there concept! And the song grew on me for sure. Tarzan took me a couple of listen throughout to wrap my brain around the genre mashing, but now I’m seriously diggin it and can’t stop listening. As for Mblaq, all I can say is SMOKY GIRL SMOKY GIRL SMOKY GIRL GURRRL SMOKY GIRL forever in my head :)

  14. I love every song on this update! I’d be happy with any song chosen, but maybe for creative freedom S&M can incorporate aspects of the top three they like sort like have “Tarzan” rescue the “Smoky” girl from “Hyde” so they can just choose what parts of the videos they’d like to include in skits that they found funny/interesting. Anyway just a thought since the best KMM are the ones where S&M are having fun. I’m off to add to my ever growing Kpop collection :)

  15. Mirza Rakhmadianti

    Yes finally VIXX in the chart! Honestly it’s fine if you don’t review them I’m already estatic that you mentioned them on the charts and said you really like them! (Like whenever you talk about Dalshabet I’m sooo happy)

    And wow so you updated about Wonderboyz as well! Well it is an amazing song and notyour typical kpop sound~ I really love Bakchigi’s (afro) rap parts he’s so amazing.
    Some of the lyrics are like a thrilla in manila or an island and neomu naeui Jane I’ll be your Tarzan~ love those parts! Others I just sing gvhdwugcgjTARZAN LOL
    Just a little trivia Wonderboyz was created by Kim Changryul and was aimed to be the new generation’s DJ DOC. You should listen to their debut song ‘Open the Door’ such a fun song and they deliver great performances even id only 2:40min long!
    The song will forever be my phone alerts (the firsl line is even yoboseyo xD)

    As for MBLAQ since I’m not opening my laptop and it’s exams week I haven’t heard their new song yet :x

  16. Martina!!! Why did you say Zee? It’s Zed =D

  17. Casmira Damon

    I’ve played to song Tarzan for my friends so many times they hate it! xD I love the style of the song the only other kpop song I’ve herd with a similar style is FieStar’s “Wicked”.

    I loved all the songs in this weeks update!!!! (Smoky Girl Smoky Girl Smoky Girl Smoky Girl)

  18. I was wondering the same thing about the EXO drama MV for Wolf…. I was excited about the teaser (I love drama MVs), so was like “what the….” when it was the dance version. :( Oh…. you guys should totally interview VIXX :) Especially now that Martina’s a fan!

  19. Stephanie Dubuque
    Stephanie Dubuque

    I have to say the opening video with Simon was really distracting as I kept focusing on what was in his mouth instead of what he was saying. But I did take the time to watch both Vixx and Wonder Boyz and I liked them but I think I enjoyed Tarzan more. I agree that it was nice to have a music video that was relevant to the song title but I was a little creeped out with the spiders and snakes in Hyde. -shudder- I liked the special effects in Tarzan and I do agree it was a bit creepy and stalkerish for “Tarzan” to watch the Waitress from his apartment but I was glad that he finally got the courage to go out and meet her face to face. It kind of had a mild vibe of being like Flower Boy Next Door but that might be because I had finished watching it about a month ago and that was the latest drama I’ve seen. All in all I like all the songs for this weeks update and I hope Vixx and Wonder Boyz get a bit more recognition.

  20. Vicky Schmitz

    I’ll be happy if any of these three mvs get picked for KMM. I really like Hyde and Tarzan and Smoky Girl is growing on me too. On a side note, with Tarzan, you can dance a samba to that (which makes me like that song even more because I am a latin/ballroom dancer)

  21. LongClawTiger

    I really like the MBLAQ song, but you really need a good set of speakers to get the full impact. The first time I watched the video, I was on my laptop with really bad speakers and I was like “Meh, this is ok.” Then I watched it again from my desktop with much better sound and was like O.O “Oh snap! This sounds so much better when you can hear the bass!”
    Tarzan and Hyde are both really good too! OMG I am having such a hard time trying to choose what to vote for this week.

  22. Dark Angel

    I Love Wonder Boyz Tarzan!!! Thanks S&M for showing me this Amazing Song!!!

  23. I don’t know if it was confirmed or not but I remember one of the EXO Facebook groups said there was a rumor that since so many people have been trying to hack into SM’s database/system and leaking videos, they might not release the drama version. It is unlikely though since they should’ve filmed it by now and it’s stupid to let it go to waste.
    There was another rumor someone said that if the Korean version of Wolf reaches 2.5 mil views then they’d release it.

    Dunno which one’s true or if either are true but that’s what I got from Facebook lol

  24. Michaelaleigh

    Actually the kiss scene was in the teaser video and I’m sure a lot of Kai biased fans were upset that he kissed a chick, but it’s just acting. Anyway, the rumor I heard on why SM wasn’t releasing the Drama MV was because some saesang fans were trying to hack into SM’s systems to leak the video. I just don’t understand some fans!

  25. Pepper Fish

    I just love that Wonder Boyz incorporated the Tarzan call into their song. Awesome!! I love the attention to detail.

  26. SoHo

    Martina fail! It’s not Young Boy who does the “Come on closer..”-part, that’s Master One ^^

  27. I really liked Wonder Boyz’s song so I went to check if they have other good songs, and 문을 여시오 was crazy fun, with kind of a Indian/trot feel, if that makes any sense. (I might be totally wrong with that feeling though, since I’m not familiar with Indian music or trot) Also I listened to 신난다 신나, and I think these guys have a really unique sound. I really hope to hear more from them soon!

    Now I’m off to listen to Vixx’s older songs :D

  28. Simon&Martina I share your cup of tea!! I like Smoky Girl soo much!

  29. Cairistiona

    Smoky Girl is so….underwhelming…..the chorus sounded awesome in the clip and then it played and it was slower than I expected. Then again, the first time I heard Hyde it was underwhelming too and now the song is stuck in my head all the time. And On & On is amazing!

    Tarzan is probably the first time I have solidly agreed with Martina on a topic because it is FANTASTIC and everything you said is completely what I feel (especially you could dance to it in a club)! The girl is Hyeri and she’s really good, isn’t she? It’s not her first time acting and she’s not bad at it at all. Master One does the “time’s a-wasting, stop debating” but and it’s my favourite too. :D (K, the singer, is the male actor in the video. He’s pretty good too–if, yes, creepy.)

    • Cairistiona

      RE EXO’s drama MV: The kiss was in the teaser and people freaked out, crying and threatening to kill themselves over it, so SM basically said “screw it” and cancelled the whole thing. EXO said recently that if people reeeeeeeally want the drama version they’ll see what they can do, but to pleaseplease not freak out over the released product (if it ever gets released).

  30. samohdude

    ok guys,first off i gotta say that DOES ANYONE ELSE HEAR THEM SAY “SPOOKY GIRL” ? XDD
    now that i’ve got your attention…i actually have some thoughts of this video ,like,don’t hate i’m a guy so i’m not changing my pov based on fangirling or so ..
    ok,so mblaq’s been one of my favorite groups of kpop since the “good luv” days ,i do like thier music sooooo much..never thought they would disappoint me ….but (here comes the but ..) ,
    you see,i like the concept,i like the style they went with,but the song itself was kinda boring and felt like..there were more than one song placed together that it was really hard to make a grasp on what is actually the “main song” of them ..at least that’s my opinion..
    beside,the dance was like “meh” ,sorrta “been here did that” kind of dances,nothing special really..i liked the interactions in the dance alot more in this is war….
    overall the song is good it’s not that bad,but it just feels like it has no identity you know ? like i don’t know if this is a sexy song,a sad song,or a happy upbeat song (after seeing joon’s smiling lol xD )
    well …if this one got reviewed,at least make one little joke about spooky girl xD ,or even better make a spooky girl vs bat girl :D

    also…lot’s of love to vixx , they impressed me in hyde ..still though on and on is my favorite song from them,still a really good video and lyrics and i like this song too ^^

    and oh,tarzan is just a pure thrilla that you can find only in manilla (or an island for that matter :D )
    thanx for your time reading,i know i’d be thanking myself for reading such a lenghty comment… so yeah,kudos to you guise :)

  31. msladybusiness

    I think Spudgy needs to do a segment to talk about Rainbow’s new tummy touches dance :)

  32. Ivette Fernández

    Simon & Martina please do MBLAQ´s Seu-mo-kee gurl! Please, please please!… Martina are VIXX fans called Vixxens? VIXX fans what is the name of your fandom? Let´s be friends with A+ .3 <3. An just me being random they are other Kpop songs that sound Reggaetonish look at Fiestar´s Wicked and GI´s Beatles Beatburger remix I´m not saying they are XD no offence please. (cus there are people who don´t like Reggaeton) Personally I do not like Reggaeton but is due to the lyrics they are way to explicit and sometimes vulgar (refering to Spanish lyrics)… but that is not my point I think WonderBoyz producers did a great job with the rhythm. Kpop should go Reggaeton! YAY! (with the rhythm not lyrics please) *derp

  33. nonprofit_tech

    I love the Tarzan video. The song rocks, but I have to admit, that I consistently laugh at what a bad shot her bodyguard is. Also, by the fact, that he really just doesn’t seem to be that impressed with her or her survival skills. He’s all like, ‘Jesus, you fell again. O’ look, something to shoot!’ Then he misses every shot, while the Tarzan is just sitting there like, ‘What you shooting at? Wait… me…ohhh…leaving.’

  34. bigbangfosho

    I’m so glad VIXX fans have voted them to the top of the charts. I wouldn’t have checked them out otherwise, and I REALLY love this song! It reminds me of some older kpop songs, and thankfully, it’s not a mashup of random melodies. It’s quite good. But WHEN IS THAT DRAMA VERSION WOLF COMING OUT?! Don’t tell me SM just put in some random scenes for a teaser….

    I actually didn’t like tarzan that much. When I first heard it, it was too repetitive for me, and it just didn’t wow me.

    • Cairistiona

      Allegedly fans freaked out so badly over the teaser for the drama version SM just cancelled the product.
      EXO said on the radio if people really want it they’ll see what they can do.

      • bigbangfosho

        ARE YOU SERIOUS?! Freaked out as in spazzing, or freaked out because of Kai’s kiss?! that’s ridiculous. :( I was really looking forward to that, and I’m sure the boys put in a lot of effort too.
        That’s disappointing.

        • Cairistiona

          Kai’s kiss upset some fans so badly they threatened to kill themselves. I wish I were joking.
          And they did, and it was expensive, too. Still holding out they’ll release it eventually.

        • bigbangfosho

          ??!??!?!!? Oh my lord…I didn’t know exotics were this….die hard. I love exo dearly, but man, the fact some fans would threaten something like that is ridiculous. But I heard SM’s releasing it the 14th. I don’t know how true of a rumor that is though.

  35. TheArrowPen

    No matter how many times I listen to Smoky Girl I just can’t get into it. It’s not a bad song, but there’s nothing there that grabs me or makes me want to put it on repeat *coughTrapcough*. LOVE Tarzan and Hyde, though — I bought Hyde when it came out, but I think I’m going to have to buy Tarzan, too. Curse you, EYK, you Kpop-buying enablers! ;)

  36. smaedinas

    Guys! In the description you put VIXX’s “Hype” instead of hyde

  37. Lida Isis

    I’m so torn about the Tarzan song!!! I like the song. But I’m from Puerto Rico, land of raggaeton and I have a personal vendetta against it. Most of the raggaeton songs here are diminishing towards women and I made a point just to not listen to it. They have gotten better through the years and there is actually good songs now days but my distaste towards it is still there. That brings me to my point. I really like the song! It’s catchy! I don’t know it’s cause I’m biased for kpop or what. I swear I have no reggaeton on my playlist and this song it’s in it.
    The first time I heard this song a few weeks ago I started laughing so hard that my boyfriend started looking at me all weird cause I was watching music bank. I proceeded to unplugged my headphones and his incredulous face was priceless.

    Him: “it’s that Korean reggaeton”
    Me: yep!
    Him: face palm (he hates reggaeton too)

    In conclusion… I love Kpop. Hate reggaeton. Torn!

  38. yanagiba yusuke22
    yanagiba yusuke22

    i thought trap will b in the list…

    • spiralyte

      Too soon! They’ll most likely mention it in next week’s Update. :)

      • I hope so – it is an amazing song, first solo since Kangta, Amazing piano skills, good dancing, and it has TaeMAN in it so…

        • spiralyte

          Hey, you’re back. :) Enjoyed Taemin’s presence, did you? xD

          I really love the song too, and I hope Simon and Martina are enjoying it as well. There’s tonsss to talk about for a KMM.

        • I AM BACK! Have been for a while, but I am the lurker type….
          HELLS YEAH I LOVED TAEMIN’S PRESENCE! I actually watched it for henry because i love him – he is my SUJU-M Bias so…..it was Perfection. I Break Down when I see it….. Ok that was bad. The video…matches the song. OOH SM is being sassy. “SM’s videos are always in box sets” – makes video in box set.

  39. Maya Hayslett
    Maya Hayslett

    Sorry, I really don’t get smoky girl.

    But I love hyde. I not sure now whether I would rather have EXO or VIXX reviewed this week. Either would be great.

    And thanks for showing me Tarzan, what a fun song and video!

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