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

    Hansel and Gretal

    5 years ago
  3. Totally with the others on Mamamoo. “Peppermint Chocolate” has me sold on this group. Loving the song, loving them, can’t wait for their official debut. Kiss&Cry was okay, but I don’t like the song “Domino Game” as much. They perform it competently, but it’s just a bit dull.

    Reading the YouTube comments on the video was interesting, though. I’m surprised at the number of people defending GP Basic by pointing out that they aren’t rookies (still nugus, though, so S&M aren’t totally wrong). How does pointing out that they debuted in August 2010 make things better? If anything, with more than three years experience since debut, shouldn’t they be the strong, confident ones? Shouldn’t they get on stage, or in a music video, and just absolutely kill it? I don’t understand the logic.

    5 years ago
  4. hai! i just want to let you know that I love this style of kpop music mondays because you get to talk a lot more about your actual opinion (honestly, i think just everyday conversation between you two is funnier than those sometimes excessive skits)
    i just wish you had more time to focus on each song

    but i especially liked how you talked about video editing so in depth-ly because it’s something that i’ve never thought about myself. I didn’t realize how important editing is so thanks :)

    5 years ago
  5. 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.

    5 years ago
  6. 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.

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

    5 years ago
  8. 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…

    3 years ago
  9. 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

    5 years ago
  10. 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!

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

    5 years ago
  12. 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.

    5 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.

      5 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!!*

        5 years ago
  13. 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? ¬_¬

    5 years ago
  14. 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…

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

    5 years ago
  16. “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!

    5 years ago
  17. Oh, another thing. Am I the only one who thinks of that Eat Your Kimchi thing when they play that Trumpet thing? It’s just like the thing you do! Please tell me I’m not the only one >_< In SPICA's "You don't love me" around 01:45 o.o

    5 years ago
  18. lol the title of the video got me cracking up from the start, and even though most of the time you were being serious, I was still thoroughly entertained the whole time. Thank you for being just a bit more spark to my life and thank you for being awesome. :P

    5 years ago
  19. I like sausage fests… they’re great

    Too much sexy concept bores me. I’d like some girl group to do something like B.A.P where there’s some interesting visual and hard core rap or dances. Like stomping, hardcore dancing, something that most kpop guys do. Hell if I can do most of Shinee’s Everbody dance, other girls can too. I want less butt grabbing and butt moving, more stomping and floor dances.

    Now, if you go on the opposite spectrum of aegyo, then its boring as well. Over aegyo is just too much. But. I haven’t seen that much aegyo recently, so I think the management of girl groups is shifting towards sexy.

    5 years ago
  20. SPICA YAY!
    You Don’t Love Me MV is GOLD! Sexy but elegant, funny yet serious~^^
    The song is my latest jam! ;)
    Oh! And, guise, how could you not talk about SPICA’s FAKE BUTTS?!
    I thought it was hilarious!! ;’D

    5 years ago
  21. Martina, I think you might be talking about vibrato when you were mentioning the vocal technique that SPICA often uses?

    5 years ago
  22. i total love how gain came up with that song! it has the meaning and the song itself is good ! Kiss and Cry is totally the best rookies out there! the whole stellar music vid is just …

    5 years ago
  23. Some really good points in your blog post guys, I really agree with a lot of the points you made. Also I have always loved Ga-in, and I’m really proud she took a risk with her video and made something that most people in the world are hush hush about.

    5 years ago
  24. I don’t know if anybody mentioned this, but when you guys were talking about SPICA and how they have shakey voices, I think you’re referring to a vibrato.

    5 years ago
  25. See….I’m glad you guys did the girl group video, I really am…I just wished I like girl group/ girl artists. They just don’t appeal to me other than 2NE1 or f(x)….I was kinda disappointed that you guys didn’t do B.A.P
    But, oh well, it what you guys wanna do, right? ^^

    5 years ago
  26. The “outfits” might be bodysuits http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bodysuit if they’re not leotards;)
    I love how you guise ‘splain the MV industry details. I think its so interesting. Thanks!

    5 years ago
  27. The reason Kiss & Cry seem like this isn’t their first time around is because for 3 out of the 4 of them, they’ve already been in girl groups XD

    5 years ago
  28. All your commentary was spot on! I’m a big fan of girl groups, so I hope the two of you continue these reviews. Loved it.

    5 years ago
  29. GAIN- Truth or Dare !!!!! OMG I like what the video means in terms or celebrities

    5 years ago
  30. I super love Ga In… I love that her music is grown up… and not all cutesy… She is awesome (and B. E. G. is awesome!)

    5 years ago
  31. The Spica video is awesome! I was unprepared for the level of awesomeness of it. Great vocals, great video, oh and excellent fake butts :)

    5 years ago
  32. 1. I got a bit upset when I first saw Ga In’s video because I thought it was glorifying a sort of “sexy” violence in relationships, but then I realised that it wasn’t the video at all, it was some comments on youtube and such that made it seem like that. when people only comment about how hot and sexy the video is and how gorgeous the actor, then that’s pretty tragic :(
    2. SPICA are awesome and the difference in their singing is that their voices don’t come from their throats, they use their whole bodies to sing, it works like a “sound box” and produces resonance and an open, full sound

    3. I just forgot point three

    5 years ago
  33. 1. I gathered that it was an abusive relationship (how could you miss it,) but my mind did not make the leap all the way there. The blood was just confusing. I like the video way more now that I know that.
    2. The word you’re looking for is “leotard.” A unitard covers the arms and legs.
    3. The word you’re looking for here is either “vibrato” (which is the natural shake in a singer’s long notes) or “belting” (which is flexing your abs and supporting your breath so you can sing with power).
    4. I’m so happy you talked about Kiss&Cry! I have really high hopes for them, and I think all they need is a bigger budget. You should also check out Mamamoo if you haven’t.
    5. I feel like the plot of “Cha Cha” is that the Rainbow members are somehow turning the sugar into crystals, and their captors are measuring them to make sure it’s still working? Yeah, I would also love to hear an explanation.

    5 years ago
  34. Leotard?

    5 years ago
  35. 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

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

    5 years ago
  37. what about Yum Yum Yum by Lip Service?

    5 years ago
  38. 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.

    5 years ago
  39. 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.

    5 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.

      5 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.

        5 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.

          5 years ago
  40. 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

    5 years ago