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Underrated Kpop Songs of Fall 2013

November 19, 2013

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So, we’re doing another one of these Kpop video rundowns. We did one a while ago, and people really seemed to like it since it gave a whole bunch of artists a chance for expose, rather than just the one we talk about for KMM normally! We really like doing these as well, because we watch a lot of Korean music videos outside the videos you see published. Now we get to talk about these videos and have some fun bouncing our opinions off each other at the same time. Yay! WIN WIN!

Im Chang Jung “Open the Door”

Our first song on the list is the catchiest song on the list, and also the most popular on YouTube, with more views than the rest of the videos combined. And rightfully so. This video is hilarious. I didn’t howl with laughter like this at a video in ages. AGES. The whole halo around him when he gets into asskicking mode, the justice policing, the bullying of U-Kiss: it’s all hilarious. And the song’s good. It’s not a phenomenal song, but it’s great fun. I definitely think that the view count is boosted because of the awesomeness of the song, and I’m hoping that Kpop companies get a clear message from this. Or will they? I don’t know. Humor is more effective than sexiness. If everyone’s acting sexy and showing off their good looks, you get bored after a while. You need something different every once in a while. Psy did it. Crayon Pop did it. UV did it. And now this song did it, and they’re all ultra awesome and memorable for it.

Vixx “Only You”

Ok, so we were really excited when we saw this video, and it’s for such a silly reason: we were in Stockholm as part of our Europe tour, we walked around the same area that Vixx was walking in for their video. We were only walking around there for a day, and we totally loved it there. It’s seriously one of the most gorgeous places we ever visited, so we felt a bit of a connection when we saw this video.

But what about people living in Sweden? Wouldn’t you feel a lot more of a connection than we do? Wouldn’t this, then, solidify your love for Vixx in turn? In my opinion, it’s a brilliant move on Vixx’s half, and I’m sure that this video – paired with them performing in Sweden – will get them fans from Sweden for life. No? I’m not sure about this. It’s just a guess. People from Sweden, let me know how you feel about the matter. Besides the beautiful scenery we really really loved the mature jazzy sound that came from this song. It’s one of the reasons we actually love Zion T and I’d love to hear another kpop release embracing these vibes.

Norazo “Wild Horse”

This is the least Kpop-ish song on the list, but we find different sounds refreshing. We’re really experimental with our taste in music. We download around two new albums a week in hopes of trying to find new artists and albums that we like (just got into the new Bonobo album, for instance), so that might be why you sometimes see us not react excitedly when we hear similar things in Kpop. This song here sounds nothing like Kpop. It’s got more roots in trot, I think, than Kpop, and we barely ever talk about anything trot like, but we like it. GASP: old people like trot. Does…does that say something about us? I hope not. Just…you gotta admit: this song is fun. We’re biased towards fun things more than sexy things, so this gets a thumbs up from us.

GI “Giyeuk”

Seem to really be getting into this band lately. Now I know a lot of people that watched (or will watch this video) have complained about GI’s videos being to basic and plain. I have to say I disagree with that because it leave nothing but a focus on their dancing and how they interact with the song itself. I like that this band focuses so intently on being more of a hip hop dance crew rather than just putting out a music video that might take away from what they’re already doing right. I mentioned this before in another video, but I also think these girls do sexy right. I don’t feel like they’re trying to hard to get my attention using revealing clothing or lip rubs or even a half-assed plot. There is nothing to judge them by except their baggy clothing and dancing. Now I admit, they could be tighter as a dance crew, I see some sloppy mistake that make them seem a bit off time with each other, but I’m still interested in seeing where these girls go in the future. Anyone else feel the same way?

Mr.Mr “Do You Feel Me”

Now we admit, we don’t really know a lot from this group, but I always browse our kpop charts to see what has been newly added. I was very nicely surprised by this song and the smooth confidence in this video. You know we’re both not really ballad people and I think the reason I liked this song was that it wasn’t super predictable the way I find most ballads to be. When I hear a ballad I can tell when the typical high notes will hit, when the music will swell and when the baaaabyy baaabbyyy or OOOHHH oHOHOOHOHOH YYYEAAAAAAAAAAA will come in. I always feel happy when a ballad allows me to feel surprise with the way the song as been produced, and this is one of them. The video, however, really remind my of Ouran Host Club. Hahah! It’s not really like it, it’s not even a comedy, but the whole girl looking into the room with all the regal looking hot boys standing around totally flashed me back. Anyone else get that vibe too? KISS KISS FALL IN LOVE!

Seo In Young “Love Me”

Ok, we’re getting over our dislike for Seo In Young. We were really surprised when Soo Zee told us that a lot of people in Korea feel that way about her as well. And if you don’t know what we’re talking about, don’t watch her appearance in We Got Married. Whoa. She was frustratingly horrid in that show. But it was partially a character and partially herself, so she claims she’s changed a lot and is trying to get past that now. She was so abrasive that people are shying away from her even to this day. So here’s a video of her not being ultra-bitchy. It’s cute, a bit too hipster try-hard-ish, but the song is nice, and we like Gaeko as well. Despite my inner turmoil over her past character, I’m not adverse to hearing this song, and I think it’s fairly decent. Check it out yourself as well and see if you feel the same way.

So that’s it for this round of videos. Three blockbuster videos came out recently: Miss A’s “Hush,” Taeyang’s “Ringa Linga” (our friend’s actually in that video, FYI), and TOP’s “Doom Dada.” We didn’t talk about those videos here because everyone knows about them. Maybe we’ll talk about them next week?

And we’ve got a small set of scenes that didn’t make the final cut of our video. Check em out here if you want to see us be a bit more ridiculous:

Lastly, don’t forget to click on this fancy pants button below. It’ll bring more happy, funny videos into your lives. Some of them might even be from us :D

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  1. A few of my underrated fall Kpop songs (because if I go into the Kindie songs, there would be too much) :

    Song Ji Eun – False Hope
    I don’t get why there’s not more views. The song is great, the MV is beautiful.

    Lee Na Rae – Raining in Amsterdam
    I’m not sure if this is more KIndie than Kpop, but it sure as hell needs to get more credit than 22000 views.

    Mando & Chigi – He says, she says
    Funny and catchy, props for the lego bowtie. One of the member of Spica is featured too. I like the chorus and the beat. The funky sherlock holmes concept is interesting too.

    9 Muses – GUN
    I just love 9 Muses, every one of their songs is great. The MV is maybe a bit lacking, since Wild was so impressive.

    Tiny G – Miss You
    I hated it at first. Then the kitty dance moves caught me. Then the chorus did. And now I really like it even though I’m having a hard time with one of the member, she just seems to think she’s the best thing since slice bread somehow.

    Rythm Power – Bond Girl
    This features Zion T. Do I need to say anything more?

    U-Kiss – She’s Mine
    I hated it at first. But it grows on you. Ok, maybe not like other U-Kiss songs, I’ll admit. But still, the chorus and the bridge are good.

    Shin Seung Hun – Sorry
    This song is an earworm. The MV is as artsy fartsy as it can get. What’s not to love?

    3 years ago
    • I believe I’m going to put Sorry in my playlist, Exquisite Listening. That cello plays so nicely off of Seung Hun’s voice. Amazing song.

      3 years ago
    • I looooove almost all the songs you named! I can’t stop listening to Rhythm Power’s Bond Girl! :)

      3 years ago
      • I really love Bond girl as well, It was really catchy and had a really good beat.

        3 years ago
    • Thanks for the suggestions! Big label songs dominate the discussion a lot of the time, and it’s good to see stuff from other labels as well :D

      3 years ago
  2. So happy to see you give more recognition to Im chang Jung Open the Door. Loved the song and mv the first time I heard it. One question I had is Wonder Boyz also did a song titled Open the Door and I was wondering if that is some Korean saying or something.

    3 years ago
  3. by the some songs i think you should check out:

    1. fashion city – 개콘전국구. i think this was from gag concert but it’s an awesome electro club song. the music video is pretty funny too.
    2. ab city – alphabat. alphabat came back as a 9 member group and i think they have a really interesting sound now.
    3. bond girl – rhythm power feat. zion t. this song is so catchy i can’t stop listening to it. plus zion t is on it so its awesome haha

    3 years ago
  4. Awesome playlist guys!!!! Also “SOOOOOZZZZEEE” >~<

    3 years ago
  5. For some reason, Norazo’s “Wild Horse” was very nostalgic for me… The sounds were similar to an oldie I listen to a lot when i was younger (it was a Chinese oldie though lol) I really like GI and Mr.Mr.’s songs though~

    3 years ago
  6. Unrelated question: Since you guys had to be away around this time last year, will the EYKAs be a little earlier this time around? Or basically the same timeframe?

    3 years ago
  7. Bestie’s Love Options. I know a lot of people are calling them Sistar 2, but they’re such a well balanced group – all of them can sing! I feel like that is a first. Their song also isn’t that bad and even from their Pita Pat~ days they always had a great stage presence.

    3 years ago
  8. Seo In Young looks like the Korean Lana Del Rey? Instagram filters and all.

    3 years ago
  9. My husband thought Martina said that Simon had slept on her face, and said, “OMG SIMON WHY?” haha…

    I really like the VIXX song, really impressive.

    3 years ago
  10. I’m probably dating myself, but the Mr. Mr. song sounds like an old-school Backstreet Boys song if it were produced by Timbaland.

    3 years ago
  11. I can’t really remember too much coming out in October and Novemeber… I blame constant paper writing and stress for that. I’m actually someone who really doesn’t like super silly videos. This might explain why I didn’t enjoy Crayon Pop’s mv or that Fox song. I feel like punching someone in those videos. Those songs, to me, feel like those tweens on the ferry I was on yelling about jazz pilates and being annoying. Or someone constantly waving something in my face.

    Someone needs to make a k-pop mv where they go all out crazy, like psycho crazy. Like vampires sucking blood, death, blood and guts, gore, goth stuff… (Sorry I was watching the anime Diabolik Lovers…and I’ve only been watching it to see gore and gothic stuff…)
    On second thought… I might be the only person watching it…

    3 years ago
  12. Please please review this song and video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d2ssi34lxko
    It’s way to amazing and most certainly underrated ;)

    3 years ago
  13. Awesome list guys!!! I knew Im Chang Jung would be top of the list – and VIXX had to be up there! I’m really happy you put MR.MR on there too – that song is way better than expected!

    Some other suggestions:
    Boys Republic – LIU (way better song than ‘You’re Special’ even though that song grew on me after listening to it without the video – but I agree, the disjointedness really put me off for a while)
    Yoo Sung Eun – Healing (She has an amazing voice)
    May Bee – 내일도 맑음 (Lovely song and cute, little aliens)

    San E – Where did you sleep last night? (catchy song and funny video)

    3 years ago
  14. Thanks for introducing me to these songs! I always wanted to add more music to my player, but I’ve already have nearly every song of my favorite group (Girls’ Generation) as well as various other songs from other famous K-pop groups. Variety is always a blessing. Thanks again!

    3 years ago
  15. It might just be me and my sometimes love of Nick-at-Nite TV shows, but the Norazo song reminds me of the theme song from Bonanza. You know that really old tv show about cowboys, the wild west, and kickass little scarves to tie around your neck ever so manly. Anyway…after the first “Yee Haw” from Norazo, it made me think of that right away.

    3 years ago
  16. I reckon you guys should make like… an “Underated Songs of this month” thingy. I like these because I’m more likely to listen to them xD (Have fun thinking of an acronym for it :P )

    3 years ago
    • Well since they already have strange acronyms, how about S.U.C.K.S? lol.
      Simply Underrated Catchy K-pop Songs ^_^

      3 years ago
      • I’m not sure if you guys still check the comments here anymore, but I was just coming on here to post something similar.. good thing I read the comments first. I saw this idea suggested on tumblr*, but for groups instead of songs. Honestly, I really like both ideas… its such a great way to be introduced to new songs and groups. Is there any plan to carry this out? I couldn’t see it being a horrible amount of work if its just once a month or so.. though of course its up to you. It would be especially awesome for someone like me, a new unknowledgable kpop fan who mainly watches your KMMs for new group suggestions. :)

        *here’s the link where I first found the suggestion – http://unpopular-eyk-opinions.tumblr.com/post/41774773582/i-know-its-been-said-before-but-it-drives-me

        3 years ago
      • Who knows? They might be proud to say their song SUCKS lol

        3 years ago
      • Whatever! What could be “worse” then D.I.C.K.S ~? Lmao
        btw when new dicks are coming? ;P

        3 years ago
        • As long as they don’t put the S.U.C.K.S and the D.I.C.K.S segments next to each other I’m all for it.

          3 years ago
        • BUHAHAAHAH! XD

          3 years ago
        • Leigh and Soo Zee have a couple that they filmed a while ago, back when Soo Zee was still blonde. Hopefully we’ll have one of them edited for Saturday?

          3 years ago
        • This got answered without throwing in a SOOOOOOZEEEEEEE to ask! And you even mentioned the shout in your video. So disappointed right now. No fluffy tiger hugs for you…

          3 years ago
        • Ouuuh! 좋아!! ;D

          3 years ago
  17. I was really hoping you guys would do IU’s The Red Shoes for Music Mondays but it sadly stayed very low on the EYK charts :(

    3 years ago
  18. New Era by Phantom!! i think the MV may have lots of views mainly because of the pole dancer and naked girls in the vid, but the song is actually really good!!!
    Also, Crazy Girl by Kim Bohyung of SPICA is insanely great!!
    And Let It Rain by Electroboyz sound absolutely lovely~

    3 years ago
    • I just listened to Crazy Girl. It is really good. The video itself is violent but not glamourised, I think, and it’s very effective. Thanks for the recommendation.

      3 years ago
    • Let It Rain, definitely!

      3 years ago
  19. Who needs to finish their English homework when I can watch EYK :P

    3 years ago
  20. MISS YOU by TINY-G!!!!! This song is so stinking cute. It has 800,000+ views, but I think more are warranted.

    3 years ago
  21. I discovered Mr.Mr’s “Do You Feel Me” a few days ago, and I’m in love with this song. I also love their song “Waiting For You”. I can’t understand why this group isn’t more popular. Their music is nice! I’m glad you guys put together this list, I’m off to troll iTunes and other places online to find some of these songs. My playlist wants to make babies with your NASTY playlist.

    3 years ago
  22. When I saw “Wild Horse” a few days ago I laughed so hard I actually snorted at the dank dank dank yeehaa part. That’s a pretty intense laugh that included tears. Rolled the first time I saw “Open the Door as Well.” I love funny videos, they are lastingly memorable. Just like “What Does the Fox Say?”

    Thanks for this awesome Fall list!

    3 years ago
  23. im chang jung’s video is hilarious but i was surprised he went with an old song from wonderboyz. i get that shinsadong tiger remade it as a gift for him but it just seems….weird(?) to me. tbh i liked wonderboyz’ version of the song better, but im chang jung had a better video.

    3 years ago
  24. So much Greed Mythology Fail in a video that I liked so much ….. well played you two, well played.

    3 years ago
  25. Totally lost it at Kyuhyun vs cucumber

    3 years ago
  26. I’d like to add [i don’t know can we do that, can we add songs??] Moon Myung Jin’s, ‘Listen’
    I figured Simon would dig the R&B-90’s-jazzyness feelz…

    3 years ago
  27. also thought that seo in young was a b**** on we got married. watched that season only because of the ssangchu couple who were seriously adorable

    3 years ago
  28. i would put A-Jax’s Snake and MyName’s Day by Day on here!!!

    3 years ago
  29. Somehow before I even clicked the link I knew VIXX’s song would be on this list.
    It’s just that good.

    3 years ago
    • i cried a little when they said VIXX. okay, so I had literally just woken up, and tears were probably streaming because of the harsh light from my phone to my eyes, but whatever. i cried.

      3 years ago
    • Yep, me too. ^-^ *Hoping for them to review Voodoo Doll after it comes out!!! It looks A.W.E.S.O.M.E!*

      3 years ago
    • It is amazing and I cannot wait to download it for my listening pleasure all the time!!

      3 years ago
  30. Simon, you’re talking about Faun, Aegipan or Satyr (about the same thing all together, some are roman, some are greek, and some are more specifically Pan – that faun with the flute – related)

    And about GI’s GI Yeuk, it’s one of the greatest song I’ve heard this fall. I’ve even converted non Kpop listeners with it.

    3 years ago
  31. Centaurs are half man half horse, Satyrs (or Fauns in Roman mythology) are half man half goat, and a minotaur is half man half bull

    3 years ago
  32. Do “Goodbye 20” by Lim Kim!!!!

    3 years ago
  33. This is so awesome that you did this instead of regular KMM!! I had already watched “Open the Door” (I’m a Kissme, of course I found my way to it xD) and “Only You” (I wasn’t really a fan of Vixx before, but this song really impressed me, love it! – it also reminds me of BAP’s “Coffee Shop”), and now I shall go ahead and watch the other mv’s as well! :D So exciteeed.

    3 years ago
  34. hello :)

    3 years ago
  35. I completely agree with Martina about kpop needing to put more korean stuff than american stuff in their songs and mvs. Kind of sad when I get super excited seeing korean things in korean music -__-

    3 years ago
    • Good! I wasn’t sure if people felt the same way about it. We like cool Korean references in videos, rather than Western references, you know?

      3 years ago
      • It’s the grass is always greener on the other side complex. When I lived in Asia, all I wanted was to be American. Now that I live in America, all I want is to be Asian. I think the Western aspect sells it in Korea, but it bores the foreign audience of course.

        3 years ago
        • there is a middle solution. Be European :P and combine only the good stuff of each side.

          3 years ago
  36. I honestly thought U-KISS were going to be reviewed. Anyways, I really hope you guys will start talking more about the music in the videos, I miss the long KMMs xD

    3 years ago
    • Although I love UKISS’ new song I’m not very surprised by the mv. Yes AJ has funky hair and you can say something about Hoon and Kevin trying to be badass but… what else is there to say? I’m glad they did this instead of UKISS. (But I have to admit I also voted for UKISS on the charts, ain’t gonna lie)

      3 years ago
      • they even reviewed Standing Still which, to be honest, one of my least fav. ukiss’ MVs, She’s Mine MV has way more to talk abt rather then Standing Still MV, don’t you think? :)

        3 years ago
        • That’s true… (I liked the dance a bit more of Standing Still though) But without a Music Mondays UKISS gets a lot of love already from us nasties don’t they? I also always vote for UKISS when they drop a new mv but at the same time I’m always thinking of all those indie talents and great rookie groups who don’t get enough love to be reviewed.
          Maybe Simon and Martina find some super funny things in the mv that I missed. Maybe an other song gets to the top. Let faith decide hehehe. :)

          3 years ago
        • Yeah~ I kinda liked Standing Still dance a bit more, but I really want to hear S&M talk abt She’s Mine because it’s really different from ukiss’ previous songs and I actually find the video funny enough for KMM as well (but they seem to ignore it second week in a row… and I doubt it’ll stand a chance against uber bizare TOP’s MV for the next week KMM D: and hold onto top3 for the 4th week either…)
          I seriously don’t mind if S&M didn’t liked the song or the MV even one bit (looking at how KISSMEs reacted to it) due to the fact that I love KMM because I almost always DISAGREE with S&M’s opinion! Speaking abt ukiss for example, they didn’t like Believe at all but I loved it as soon as I heard it~^^

          3 years ago
  37. woah, your friend appeared in Taeyang Ringa Linga MV!? Which one is it!? :DD

    3 years ago
  38. Uuuughhh so tired. Must watch video tomorrow. /sad face.
    I was thinking that this was almost 100% gonna be a Doom Dada KMM. I’m not complaining, but I definitely feel thrown for a loop. (is that the right expression? I don’t even know anymore)

    3 years ago
  39. Yes to Im Chang Jung and VIXX!! I think his version is way funnier than the WonderBoyz one (partly because I know so many of the people in his video :P) Starlights, when VIXX releases their newest MV, make it go to no. 1!! Now time to immerse myself in the others :) Thanks, S&M!

    3 years ago
  40. YAYY

    3 years ago
    • I WAS FIRST! :D *useless goal of the century accomplished*

      3 years ago
      • Actually, not that useless. A user here had been getting first post for the past 5 videos or so. She was exceptionally diligent. You, now, are First-Master. The title is yours. Guard it with honour. Guard it with dignity. Shout from the depth of your belly, upon mountaintops and on the backs of falcons, “FIRST!!!!!”

        3 years ago
        • Haha that rowie person? She’s amazing. I am jealous! >.>

          3 years ago