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The Un-Sausagefest Edition

February 18, 2014


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Too many boy bands! Time for girls!

You know, I noticed that it’s a bit difficult for us to talk about female acts the same way we do about male acts. With male acts, we can poke fun at some of the ridiculous things they do. When it comes to female acts, however, if we make fun of them, it’s difficult to do so without deeply offending someone. Girl groups predominantly do sexy videos, and any poking fun at their videos would then be interpreted as poking fun at their sexuality. The most we can say is that videos that only rely on sexy concepts and offer nothing apart from a peep-show are boring to us.

Ga-In “FxxK You”

This video, on the other hand, is not a boring video. It depicts sexuality in a video far more realistically than most videos that just depict girls dancing sexily for the audience. More to the point, this video shows sexuality in a relationship, which is not a common topic at all in Kpop. The most you see in a relationship is a girl dating the entire band and making them boo-hoo-hoo about it. This video, however, takes it to yet another level, and graphically depicts an unhealthy sexy relationship, with the man forcing himself upon Ga-In.

Whoa! Sorry, but I didn’t expect that at all in Kpop. I don’t see that in videos ANYWHERE in the world, and to see it come out in a Kpop video, the genre of which is predominantly bubbly and fun, I’m really amazed. Really. Check out the video if you haven’t already. It’s got a lot more to it than what we could mention in a few minutes of a video, as opposed to the next video, which doesn’t even deserve a few sentences:

Stella “Marionette”

Lamest video we’ve seen in ages. Boring, uninspired, unimaginative, and lazy. Reeks of desperately trying to push the limits so that people will talk about it. Otherwise lacking in substance. Put that up against Ga-In’s video and it’s a shame this has anywhere close to as many views.

I think our test is fair: would the kpop video still be interesting if the band wore plain clothes?

Spica “You Don’t Love Me Music Video”

Yes, I know “Music Video” isn’t in the title. We just have to point it out when Kpop companies do a bad job of titling their YouTube vids.

Ok, apart from that, we love this video! The song’s great as well! If it wasn’t for Ga-In’s video this would be on the top of this week’s list. It’s a fun doo-wop-py song, and the video is really well done as well. So well done! In fact, Soo Zee’s Sunbae directed this video! She told us today. They’re not close, but the video was directed by her upper classmate, and it’s a woman. A woman! From our experience, there aren’t many female Kpop video directors. Supposedly she also directed Rain’s “30Sexy” from what I overheard, too. Awesome! If that’s the case, that’s two great videos done by her in a short timespan. Question: how can Soo Zee talk to her and convince her to let us on a Music Video set as an extra? It must be done. Check out this video and let us know if you like it as well. Spica’s doing good stuff, and isn’t getting enough recognition for it yet.

Kiss & Cry “Domino” Game”

We wanted to talk about this video in comparison to the GPBasic video and talk about our thoughts on rookie bands. Let’s be honest. You feel it. We feel it too. The amount of Kpop groups is too damned high. There are too many to keep up with. Too many bands with fans that say “oh my babies are working so hard they deserve all the awards!” Anyone here watch Mad Men? I love that show. One of my favourite lines from last season was “Not every little girl gets to do what she wants. The world cannot support that many ballerinas.” If everyone got to be in a successful Kpop band there’d be more bands than fans to listen to them.

The point I’m getting at isn’t that Kpop bands should stop emerging. Our point is more along the lines of, if you’re gonna be in a new Kpop band, do something to stand out. Be different. Show some innovation. Music should be creative, not re-created. We all can admit that there is a formula to some Kpop songs, videos, and concepts, and not everyone can use that formula to be successful. Come up with new formulas! Don’t ride on other people’s successes and try to get a piece of the pie by doing what they’re doing.

A lot of the new bands that we’ve seen have generic established style and tempos. We won’t follow them, and we don’t wan to talk about them. Kiss & Cry, though they aren’t the greatest thing out there, at least have convinced us more than other new bands, and we’ll definitely check out their next video, whenever it comes out.

Rainbow Blaxx “Cha Cha”

Ah! So much potential! This could have been a great video! A commentary on women in the Kpop industry! The unhealthy ultra-strict diets they need to go on! The focus on measurements of women in the industry as opposed to just talent! The male gaze and voyeurism! The sweet-go-in-money-come-out imagery! It had so much potential! If only those shots lasted longer than the 10 seconds they have in the video, and focused less on Rainbow Blaxx sexy dancing. Our guess is that the video producers actually made a really good cut of the video, but the company thought more like “no! we need moar sexi!” and then told the directors to cut it differently. It’s happened before, even to some of your favourite videos. It could have happened here, too.

Anyhow, let us know what you think. We talked about a lot this time around. Some of it you might agree with (or none of it). We’d like to hear it! If you’re in a less than serious mood: here are this week’s Bloopers!

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  1. Well, I don’t really get the point of your comment relating to Kiss & Cry in comparison to GP Basic. From what I’ve seen in the videos you mentioned it looks like GP would try a very unusual and outstanding concept – of girls being fully clothed throughout the entire music video. That’s quite impressing because none of the other videos you presented “dared” to skip the sexy concept…
    But I do agree with you that GP didn’t look that self-confident or fierce as their targeted effect requires. But maybe they’ll evolve with time and practice – or at least inspire other girl groups to try out this concept…

    2 months ago
  2. So the reason to why the girls in rainbow blaxx Cha cha were spitting out gems and the two people were watching them is from a story. In summery a girl was cursed and when she sang or spoke she would have gems come out of her mouth. So in the video it was when they ate sweets they would have gems come out and they wouldn’t gain weight from eating all the sweets. The two in the video must of found out and kept the girls so they could become rich. Hope that helps.

    2 years ago
  3. me

    can you talk about some senior artists sometimes?

    2 years ago
  4. I really appreciate that you took one Music Monday to speak about girl groups :’)
    Some of these are really good recommendations :D

    2 years ago
  5. PLEASEEEE Put CNBlue’s ‘Can’t Stop’ MV on the Kpop Chart SOON Thanks~ EYK 4 LIFE

    2 years ago
  6. O.

    I like Kiss&Cry, but I wish they’d debuted with a song that didn’t sound like such a blatant rip off of Beyonce’s “End of Time”.

    2 years ago
  7. i absoluuuuuutely love domino game!! its hard to believe that the girls just had their debut. their high notes are puuuuurrrrfect!

    2 years ago
  8. I agree Stella doesn’t hold a candle to Ga In ‘s mv, which is both a more sophisticated and a personal/intimate representation of sexuality. The latter is why it hits so hard; it successfully carries the message that abusive relationships are not ok no matter how hot the guy is, while retaining a sense of risque- ness. The sad thing is that Ga In is now being accused of becoming ‘slutty’. I mean, what? Ga In should be a role model not only to female artists , but to women in general.

    The concept behind Stella’s mv has the poor girls trying too hard to be a -pardon my French- fap- fantasy , failing miserably as a result. In other words, loveless video- making with cashing in on their sex appeal as the only goal. So yes, I agree with you on that front.

    Regarding Spica, both the mv and the song are awesome! I admit I didn’t pay much attention to them up till now , so thanks for featuring ‘You Don’t Love Me’; it’s everything I could possibly want in a girl group.

    Kiss & Cry: HOW IS THIS A ROOKIE GROUP? Yep , I had the exact same thought watching their MV. I haven’t watched GPBasic’s MV yet, but I don’t think I want to anymore. They seem to have the same issue as Stella , except that they are trying too hard to sell 2NE1- like tough and it just… doesn’t work.

    Lastly, I agree with the points made on Rainbow BLAXX ‘s mv. It could have been so powerful but yeah, editing…

    2 years ago
  9. I suppose Stella ‘s MV once again proved that girl groups are often sold on their image/sex appeal rather than on their music, exactly the point Rainbow BLAXX apparently intended to make if the editing let them. Ga In ‘s video would still have been as sophisticated if

    2 years ago
  10. MG

    I’m so glad you reviewed all these video instead of just focusing of Gain’s Fxxx You, Gain seems like a real artist someone that wants to express herself and her thoughts thru her art. Not just an Idol that are all just crafted to be entertainers and don’t have voices of their own. Anyways the message most profound for me from Fxxk You was the rape happening inside a relationship rape is rape even if he’s your husband or you long time boyfriend or fiance when a women says no it’s no no matter how many times sex between you has been consented.

    I was so happy you reviewed SPICA I really loved this video they just seemed to be mocking the sexual concepts which was what in needed after January’s girl groups sexual revolution (sarcasm). And it was done in a humorous way.unlike AOA miniskirt where they rub each other’s butt to be sexy. And I have to mention the incredible retro fashions shown in You Don’t Love Me. I want to own every outfit and accessory they wore, extremely cool. And their voices were amazing and cool. I do wish you had mentioned the padded butts. I had pictured Fangorrilla wearing wearing a padded butt skirt if you had the chance to reviewed You Don’t Love Me but I was glad to hear what you thought about it. I knew this would be a video you both loved. :)

    Stellar….. so desperate kinda reminded me of a toned down Miley Cirrus they were so absurd trying to gain attention that it actually worked to their advantage. I think from now on they are just going to have to keep trying to be more and more ridiculous to make it. It’s sad but I guess they don’t think they have enough talent to succeed using any other method. I wonder what the girls actually think of the direction their management has taken them on. Kinda feel sorry for them. How is scratching your butt and lets remind everyone these girls are really lacking in that area, considered sexy? As a Boricua with assets……I find that kinda insulting. LOL.

    2 years ago
    • but spica also have the sexy/lesbian concept theyre good at it but some of the scenes in they’re mvs make me uncomfortable. they’re female director though..one of the best in kpop imo.

      2 years ago
      • MG

        Sexuality is still something we all kinda need to grow up about and get more comfortable with no matter what persuasion we are. But personally I’m down with old school type of romance. So sometimes I get uncomfortable watching anything overtly sexual even between straight couples. You kinda touched on a point that has been bothering me about the whole sexy concept going on with female groups. Number one I’m worried women are having to overlty sexualize themselves in order to become successful. But I’m not apposed to anyone expressing their sexuality. What I am worried about are women not being able to express their true sexuality or their true artistic expressions. Like what you mentioned earlier about the whole lesbian/sexy concept. We all can pretty much surmise that is just a total play on a men sexual fantasy. It’s not an honest depiction of their real sexuality. This is what concerns me the most. Just like a while back SHINee had a concert somewhere IDK where it was but Jonghyun was all over Taemin rubbing on him and almost kissing him it was very sexual. And what made me really sad was worrying they did that to sell themselves not because they wanted to or because they where making a political statement but only to sell that image.

        2 years ago
        • imo if they where making an statement they wouldn’t portray it like that. the romantic love is love approach is much more effective to make ppl comfortable with homosexuality. well at least in korea both genders (try to) do that so at least its more equal :P the whole not being as sexual and serious(im not sure if thats intentional though) is part of the reason i started liking kpop in the first place. i admit i also liked the pretty guys(taemin in lucifer) but making someone wear makeup 24/7 to look feminine probably just to gain attention or pretending to have a relationship with your band mate just because fan girls like it is downright scary.

          2 years ago
  11. what about Yum Yum Yum by Lip Service?

    2 years ago
  12. ok, I gotta complain. I loved GP Basic’s new one!
    Other than that, as I sat watching Stella with my 19 year old daughter…. we were like..”wtf is that butt move thing”? Honestly, for as hard as these girls work to become idols, it’s a shame they just get sold out as pseudo-strippers and potential soft porn actresses. Is this really what Korea wants for their young women? I don’t mind a bit of sexy, I think it’s hot. But it’s now to the level of nauseating.
    OH! And Spica… LOVE THEM! So underrated.

    2 years ago
  13. i’m soooooooo happy you guise reviewed spica ㅠㅠㅠㅠㅠㅠ

    2 years ago
  14. I like the idea that Rainbow Blaxx’s “Cha Cha” could be a subtle metaphor for the K-Pop industry. The sweets and cakes representing the shallow benefits of being an idol like fame and popularity, while the jewels (literally coming out of their mouths) being symbolic of the money the labels make off of the idol’s voices/talents.

    2 years ago
  15. You Don’t Love Me just proved that SPICA is a seriously~~~ underrated group they deserve so much more attention!! <3 <3

    2 years ago
  16. Rainbow Blaxx’s music video almost seems like they knew how to cut it well enough for the audience to get a hint of what the producers want to portray in the video. Since you guys have mentioned it might be in the context of the idol industry, thats how I was viewing it. It seems to be exactly portraying the industry. The less than 10 second clips of the girls feeling uncomfortable and seeming to be constantly in surveillance and the adults going crazy over the riches that the girls have to spit out seems to show that the adults who control these girls control them so they look as appealing as the sweets. The sweets seem to also portray how the popularity seems like such an amazing sweet treat and being able to be pampered. This is also kinda shown when the maid sneaks in the small macaroon in her mouth that was on the floor. The fact that the video was so focused on the girls acting overly sexy seems to be the main point of the video. This is really condensed and may not make sense but i wanted to tell someone lol ~

    Haha I know you guys were joking about the paper but this video would be able to suck out 10 pages of a report on symbolism and the application into the real life activity.

    2 years ago
  17. The problem with following a new group because of their concept or formula is kpop groups constantly change those up. So a group could start with an interesting difference and then lose it by the next single.

    2 years ago
  18. I really wanted you to review Hero but then I realized there’s not too much to say of a white set with laughable editing…TOO BAD I LOVE THE SONG haha and Crayon Pop!

    I absolutely adore Spica, I can’t wait to see where they go from here.

    2 years ago
  19. I really admire Ga-in for what she’s doing with her music, it’s fantastic to see her using her art to speak out about real life issues as opposed to just making money off of catchy fun songs.
    As for Marionette…I just have a few words. Odd butt scratch move…what’s up with that?!

    2 years ago
  20. I really admire what Gain is doing with her music. The fact that she is trying to use her art to send out a message and not just make money off of catchy, fun songs is fantastic.
    I don’t understand what’s going on with Marionette…the dance seems very…..awkward (i.e. odd butt scratching move) What’s up with that?!
    As for Spica, I agree! Yet another interesting and well shot mv from them!
    I haven’t watched/listened to domino game or cha cha yet, but I am going to check them out now~

    2 years ago
  21. So I asked if you guise would tone down the beeps on the bloopers and you did!!! Yay! Thanks. ^_^ Or maybe I am just hearing things and am crazy. Either way is good. :P

    2 years ago
  22. LEOTARD!
    I used to do ballet too, Martina. Man, that shizz is UNCOMFORTABLE!
    Also, agree on the studio interference/LOST POTENTIAL sentiment. One of my good friends was a screenplay writer for a cable network comedy show, and he would often complain about how he couldn’t use this joke or had to have more of ‘x’ or ‘y’. They are ultimately companies out for profit, I suppose…

    2 years ago
  23. Spica’s song is entirely satire…making fun of the sexy (or rather crass) concepts LOL

    2 years ago
  24. I do absolutely agree, I’ve been folloing Spica since thier debut and their amazing and the most underrated kpopband. Their like a group with 5 main vocals(i adore Whitney Houston voices/power voices) and this song… oh this song it’s like a gift from heaven I personally think it matches their voices SOOO well! And the retro(i like retro)mv is fun, quirky, just wonderfull!! I’m so glad you have mentioned them! But for Gpbasic I don’t really agree: ok I don’t really like the song, but (like Spica) I’ve been following them since their debut and I’m glad their finally back and I liked the ‘rap/fierce(kind of)’ themed song despite the horrible engrish (which I didn’t know because I don’t really listen to the lyrics:), btw doesn’t almost every kpopband use horrible engrish, ‘Life is a mystery, I’m gonna make history! bothers me more than this, but that’s my opinion :)) I’m more of a girlgroup fan than boygroups so thank you for this awesome video! Keep up the good work! EYK crew GOGOGO!:)

    2 years ago
    • there are 2 types of vocalists in kpop….the legit vocalists and the not-so-legit vocalists. a unique voice != a good vocalists

      2 years ago
  25. I really like the fact Ga-In’s MV show the boyfriend as the damaged unit, and not blaming the girl.

    2 years ago
  26. Have you guys heard “Lip Service (립서비스) – 냠냠냠 (Yum Yum Yum)”? Not sure if their rookies or not but dayum, so catchy O u O

    2 years ago
  27. I have seen amazing things in my life. Sunsets over the clouds, my husband’s eyes as he saw a 10 foot snow drift for the first time, my baby niece’s first smile, all these things are fuzzy in my mind. Clear as day and burned on my retina’s for all eternity will be the image of a 80 year old man in a red thong bending over directly in front of me on holiday and that 80s unitard photo. Truely, these are the things that will never fade in time.

    2 years ago
    • My sympathies to you. But for my own self preservation I am going to say I am glad that never happened to me.

      2 years ago
      • Sometimes the memory will just pop into my head for no reason and it is so, so, vivid. Occasionally, even though he is normally the most lovely man in the world, my husband will remind me out of the blue just to watch the horror recall expression on my face because it makes him laugh. For some reason the unitard photo made me recall it.

        I am glad you have never seen that image, I genuinely would not wish it on anyone.

        *oh god I’m thinking about it now – eew!!*

        2 years ago
  28. i thought only my family said “horibible” and “teribible” :P

    2 years ago
  29. There was something about the new KMM format. I kept thinking about it
    and then it hit me!!!! This is what I always hoped that the live chats
    would be like. Simon and Martina sharing their views about videos and
    K-pop trends, wow this is refreshing,…..but should it replace the old
    KMM format….I dunno!! LOL

    2 years ago
  30. TEACHER TEACHER! Here is my essay Rainbow Blaxx’s video for “Cha Cha”!

    I REALLY love the scene where the guy is weighting diamonds and macaroons, and the diamonds weight more. There is so much in there, like how little fun and even health for the members “weight in the balance” compared to what the company can earn if the groups diet, look good, practice like crazy and don’t have freedom or privacy for the sake of success. You see them eating a bit, but in a sexy arousing way, like that’s the only way they’re allowed to indulge in food or fun things.
    There was so much more in the video, like the lady measuring the legs of the girls or throwing diamonds in the air, the stage imagery with showy outfits and theatre curtains, and the BEAUTIFUL imagery of flowers and cakes juxtaposed with the members’ bodies. For once, the sexy outfits and shots make f**king SENSE.
    But there was way too much of them, rendering them pointless, and the dance was boring and didn’t fit in the concept. Simon and Martina put their finger on it perfectly: poor editing ruined it. Shame!

    2 years ago
  31. That’s the thing with Spica : At first, I’m always kinda not sure about they’re song. It takes a bit of time, but when it finally grow on you, they do most of the best of the best each time. I’m totally into You Don’t Love Me now, but I cannot say I was so in love with it at first, or even a few days after I first listened to it. I took maybe about 5 to 8 times listening to it now and then for the “spica effect” to sink in.

    I really like Kiss&Cry too. That said, they actually did some other song here and there before this one, but no MV. So maybe that’s why they are more “confident” in their persona or whatever.

    Maybe I’m the only one, but I really like Lip Service – Yum Yum Yum. I know it’s silly, and it kinda almost come to Nyan Cat song with the chorus part, but if you focus on the bridge or the part that comes after the “nyan nyan” stuff, you can actually get how talented they are. That said, I get why so many people get annoyed by the song, I did get annoyed by it too at first.

    Then, there’s AOA – Miniskirt I’ve really been enjoying a lot lately. AOA is always, for me at least, kind of an underdog in the way their song are not the most powerful, nor the most catchy, but they get under your skin and stick with you for quite some time.

    Ladie’s Code latest MV is quite good too. I like the concept a lot and the song is a lot better than their last one (wich I hated so much, mostly because I love Hate You so so much, I was terribly dissapointed).

    And now, let’s move to the Indie side, shall we?

    There’s quite a few album/single and tracks I’ve been buying for the last 2 months because there’s such great music out there, it’s crazy. Here’s a few of my favorite :

    I’ve stumbled upon The Richard Parkers. It seems to be a duo of some sort, the lead singer being a girl with such a beautiful voice, it’s breathtaking. The title trak is On My Way To Sleep, but both song of the single are just awesome. It’s more on the ballad/soft side though, but it’s just so pretty…

    Then, there’s Vidan. They use traditional instrument and pansori way of singing to create modern vibe music. It’s really special, yet I really fell in love with the title song Opening New Age. The album was made because they did music for a few short documentary movies about Korea.

    I really like Mystic89 (they’re behing Lim Kim and Park Ji Yoon). They released a new face lately, Puer Kim, with the song Manyo Maash, who has a killer MV. The song is a bit weird in the way it’s not exactly what you’re used to with Kpop (even though I would put it more into the Indie category), but it’s worth the try.

    Rumble Fish also made a comeback and she’s rolling on the “cabaret” wave a bit. I like her song, but I cannot pin point why exactly.

    Shin Soo Yeon did such a heartwarming song with Mother’s Dream. It’s a great song to introduce your mother to korean music, and it’s really sweet and soft and it kinda made me want to cry. It’s such a beautiful song to celebrate all the moms all over the world. I haven’t check her album out yet, but I’ll most definitely do when I’ll have some time to do so.

    Lady Cube with Just The Way You Are are staying with the formula they had before (electro), but they are now adding BOOBS in their video (+ the infobox seems to hint that there’s a 3D version of the MV and that they give you the 3D glasses when you buy the album). But the song is good, it’s not just about the boobs… or is it? ¬_¬

    2 years ago
  32. “Fxxk you” Totally agree, awesome song and video, mature and realistic, short of being relatable. She does appear like the voice of women now that you mention it.
    “Marionette” Completely agree. What. The. Hell. Is going on with this video.
    “You don’t love me” Agree again! Spica is so underrated. I think they weren’t managed and promoted that well up till now. But their debut “Russian Roulette” was an awesome song. Although I don’t care much for “You don’t love me”, but the video is cool, and maybe the song will grow on me. “Shaky voice” is called having a vibrato I’m pretty sure.
    “Domino Game” Bombastic debut. Very impressive. I’m sold!
    “Cha Cha” Agreed! So much wasted potential! This could have been awesome. The song is meh.

    Wow look at that, I agree with everything you said for the first time ever! :D
    Side note, I am very happy with the videos coming our way almost everyday. You guys work really hard, we can see it, and I hope you know how much we appreciate it! Thank you and VIVA LA EATYOURKIMICHI!

    2 years ago
  33. Totally agree with the “too many rookies” concept. I can’t keep up ;_;

    2 years ago
  34. Am I the only person that watches the music video, then if I hate the music video, restart it and switch to a different tab to listen to just the song to see if it is just the video or both the video and song together that I dislike? Cause the cringeworthy video’s song is quite good, it is the video that is painful to experience…

    2 years ago
  35. GI (Global Icon) has a tomboy/hiphop/tough concept but they are incredibly talented. Try their song/video “Beatles”.

    2 years ago
  36. The plot for Rainbow Blaxx MV seems like a mash up of fairy tales:
    Diamond and Toads

    Hansel and Gretal

    2 years ago

    2 years ago
  38. About Stella’s MV (is it Stella or Stellar?) I actually really like the song, what I hate about the fact that the sexy concept has become so popular is that its made many recent MV’s so boring. Its all about getting the sexy shots and doing those sexy moves. I agree with Simon and Martina, I would love to see more MV’s like SPICA’s. The girls still looked really sexy, but the MV was so much fun and so artsy.

    2 years ago
  39. I am so glad you guys did this. It was such a good way to go about it, there were so many great MV’s from girls/girls groups that were in the top 3 and 10, but once BAP and BTS and BTOB came along they were all bumped down, so sad! Out of all the videos I would definitely pic SPICA’s You Don’t Love Me as the best one. They are so great, so talented, they need more recognition.

    2 years ago