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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:

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  1. Have to say that Blady’s Blood Type B Girl is under-watched.


    2 years ago
  2. I have a question!! Is the ‘Open the door’ or ‘문을 여시오’ song like a popular trot song that is covered often because I’m pretty sure Wonder Boyz debuted with that song and a very goofy MV too!!!! I’M CONFUZZLED!!!

    2 years ago
  3. Nobody’s going to talk about U Sung Eun’s Healing and Lim Kim’s (Kim Yerim) Goodbye 20? I love both girls so much! They’re completely the opposite of each other but both mv’s are really fun and refreshing to watch!

    2 years ago
  4. I’m extremely new to EYK (I only found them this year), so of course when I first found them I went on a bender of watching ALL OF THE VIDYAS, and I pretty much disagree with all the posts saying that S&M have somehow “changed”. To my fresh eyes they’re very much the same people from that first video I watched to the ones kept in the vault.

    This might be an out there concept but maybe, just maybe, the one who’s changed is actually you. I consider vlog watching a hobby. And as I get older I fall out of and into new hobbies all the time. It’s normal. There’s nothing wrong with moving on to newer things. Why waste time sitting around and forcing yourself over something you only feel bitterness towards? That’d drive me crazy were it me.

    2 years ago
    • I’m relatively new to EYK as well. And, just like you, I don’t see the “huge change” that older fans complain about. I also know for a fact that there are some bloggers who I used to love watching, then slowly stopped following them because I became interested in other things. I mean, I hope that if I do end up falling out of being interested in Korean blogging, I’ll still look back on EYK with happiness. But change is inevitable, not just for them, but for all of us too.

      Rather sad thought, I guess. But I don’t think I’ll write a long, negative piece about myself leaving if I do move onto something new… I mean, honestly, I can understand if the OP was upset, but I don’t understand him/her feeling the need to spread their unhappiness.

      2 years ago
    • That last paragraph has been my mantra for a while. *sigh* When it comes to your hobbies, do things that make you happy. When stuff starts to make me feel sad and bitter, I put it away and move on. Maybe in a while I will feel nostalgic and return but I won’t waste my time making myself and others feel bad.

      2 years ago
  5. Oh. My. God. I love trot!

    2 years ago
  6. Jung Joon Young’s Spotless Mind was a REAAALLLYYY pretty song!! I thought it was amazing and the video is super duper pretty as well. Very artsy fartsy! If you guys haven’t heard it already you should, it’s really good ;A;
    (the N version) :D

    2 years ago
  7. Sorry, I’m going to revise my previous comment. This is not a bad relationship you are leaving, you don’t have to scream “…and your little dog too!” on your way out the door. If you don’t like the videos any more, just change the channel, why drag everyone down? If you want to provide (constructive) criticism, at least be fair and stick around and give them a chance to answer it or improve based on it.

    2 years ago
  8. Although I know this wasn’t the usual KMM where you pick apart every little piece of a MV, I must say I’m quite disappointed in you guys that this was not mentioned even in the blooper reel. How could you miss the “Love me some weed” tag in VIXX’s Only U video? Are you guys losing your touch? Or just too busy to look it over well? *tsk tsk tsk* THAT WAS PURE GOLD! GOLD I TELL YA!

    2 years ago
  9. Bri, I can totally understand where you are coming from and I was not going to comment here at all until I saw your comment. It’s not that I totally agree with you or totally disagree with you, I just want to throw a different perspective at your comments and see if anything sticks (in a nice way?). When I look back at the videos of Simon and Martina last year, including the ones for donations to make the studio a reality, I DO see a completely different couple than in this week’s KMM-replacement-kinda-kpop-update-times-two-video. Granted, a year has passed but I don’t see what could have happened within this year to have changed them this much. Nor will I, because they have a whole life outside of these videos. We like to think that we see into their lives with so many videos during the week but the truth is, these videos are only edited windows into their lives. We see what they let/want us to see. I’m going to go out on a limb here and theorize that perhaps there IS something big that has happened in their lives that we don’t know about that has changed them. I have no idea what it could be a) Martina only has one more year to live, b) the S. Korean government is evicting them from the country, c) SME thugs have threatened their lives, d) they have become extremely extremely disillusioned with the kpop industry and feel icky making fun of the poor artists, e) Simon is pregnant, f) Dr. Meemersworth is starting a Korean cat revolution and is secretly holding them hostage while animatronic robots make the videos, I don’t know, maybe I read too much manwha, some of those are ridiculous. However, to me, it is clear that SOMETHING has happened. I do find it hard to believe that they would plan to build the studio, etc. only to leave it a year later but this year seems to have been a very frenetic running away from making any Korean videos in general. They seem very demoralized, especially when it comes to KMM. I’ve personally giving them the benefit of the doubt ’til they come back from an x-mas in Canada and a restful vacation in January. I mean, given their personalities, they can only lead people on for so long, the dishonesty will get to them eventually. Either they’re going to announce some big change of get back on track.

    As for the videos themselves getting lamer, I think they fell into the trap of thinking that the studio and more time and help would automagically make everything better. In trying to be more professional, they’ve kind of shot themselves in the foot because it was the unprofessional nature of the videos that made them so endearing. I mean look back at older TL;DRs where S&M are sitting on the counter while filming – eleventy million times better. It’s not the content, it’s partially that they are now chopped at the ribcage behind a desk, filling the entire frame, not moving nearly so much, and talking so so soooooo directly into the camera. I’m not sure what the obsession with trying to eliminate crotch shots this year has come from but frankly, it’s stupid! People walk down the street in pants all the time and don’t worry that people will accidentally see them from the waist down. If accidents happen, they could always crop the shot later but I personally am very tired of this newscast-frame presentation. Heck, even CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corp) as old school as old school gets changed their format 3 years ago to have their newscasters standing, talking to someone else, and walking while shot from the knees up to make the news less boring. What am I saying? I guess, I like kpop but all I really want from KMM is the skits, whatever they are about, and I miss them terribly.

    I’m not asking you to have patience, obviously, you’ve tried. I can see that you’re hurt and upset because something that you love seems to be falling apart and you are helpless to, well, help or stop it. I’ve made very similar comments to yours in the past and I’ve thought long and hard – I’m not so sure any more that it is a matter of EYK getting serious and being a business as it is a matter of not making promises that they can’t keep. They have good intentions but when you keep not following through, it gets lame and maybe they have to reset their expectations instead of trying to be something that they are not, or can’t be any more. I know also that if they wanted to move on, they can’t – because of Spudgy. But they should face it that he may be here for several more years and they can’t keep going down the path trying to wait him out because it’s not healthy and really, not so much fun any more. I’m not saying they should go (wherever?), but should stop waiting to make new plans and just include Spudgy in their future if that is what they want.

    Rather than calling you a b*tch, I would rather encourage you to give S&M a hug, as should all the Nasties and encourage them to share their issues so that we can help them get back to being what we all love.

    2 years ago
  10. There’s one song I really really like that might never be listened to since I doubt they’ll do a MV. On the latest album of IU (I really really hate this album btw), there’s 1 song (or 2) that is worth listening to, and it’s “Gloomy Clock”. It features SHINee Kim Jonghyun and it’s really nice.

    2 years ago
  11. I always love the bloopers… and u know when the camera stopped recording and Simon said “STOP!”, it reminded me of Eli`s rap in “Stop Girl”, I started singing it right away…

    2 years ago
  12. I really liked Wild Horse and Open the Door. They were hilarious (despite the fact that I don’t understand Korean.) Could someone please tell me what’s on the shopfront sign in Open the Door (where the shopkeeper rips down the first sign and the second sign is slightly different)?

    A few thoughts about the other videos:
    Vixx’s Only You was quite pretty, and the song was nice. Not memorable for me, though.
    Giyeuk – it’s interesting that you say they’re not using revealing clothing. I guess it comes back to what you said (in a previous video I think) about bare legs not being provocative (in Korea) compared to cleavage etc? In any case, GI seems like a promising group.
    MR.MR’s song doesn’t seem like a ballad to me. It just sounds like a dance/nightclub song, but done in a softer manner.
    I haven’t come across Seo In Young before but the video was offputting. I did like some of her outfits but the whole thing was indeed an overload of instagram indulgence. I liked Gaeko’s (invisible) rap parts though.

    K, off to watch the Im Cha Jung and Norazo videos again. :D

    2 years ago
  13. this is fun, guise!

    but……. I’m not really feeling that “open the door” song. don’t you feel like it’s kind of a huge rip-off of Gangnam style?? i mean i can’t be the only one seeing the blatant copied bits in the video… U-KISS snaps were fun though. However i really like that Giyeuk song! thanks for sharing! the Mr.Mr. song is pretty good too!

    PS: Simon, you look kinda sexy in your snazzy lumberjack shirt and suspenders! i know you get upset that people are always saying Martina’s pretty and whatnot, so now i’m saying i noticed you was lookin’ good ^_-

    2 years ago
    • This is only my thought process, so there’s a good chance I’m wrong, but I’m pretty sure they made it sound and look like Gangnam Style on purpose. Sort of like they were doing a spoof of it. I say that, because they didn’t hide the similarity at all. You probably noticed they were even wearing his (now iconic) monotone jacket with matching bow tie. Just my guess. It could be wrong :)

      2 years ago
  14. VIXX’s vodoo doll definitely deserves a shout out :) Such a great song ^__^

    2 years ago
  15. I’m not even a hardcore EYK fan but I had to make a comment
    because I find too many of your points disagreeable. I’m not directing this
    comment to you only, but also because I see this type of hypocritical comments
    on EYK videos all the time. There are always “nasties” who claims
    that EYK is becoming a sell-out “business” when THEY are the one who
    are expecting EYK to ACT like a business. You claim that they are becoming too
    much of a ‘business’ but yet you expect them to bring the same things on the
    table every single time and on time like a business. Or maybe for you a change
    of format = half-assed? But for me I don’t see any of their videos being
    half-assed. I’m sure if EYK never bought their studio, we wouldn’t even be
    getting half of all high quality videos we get FIVE freaking days a week.

    I agree that their videos aren’t as long winded as before
    since they returned from their tour, but jesus christ! They’ve been traveling
    like crazy for fan meets and dealing with collaborations. Do you expect them to
    work like machines? As a media arts student I know how crazy video editing can
    be (spent half a term editing ONE video), let alone filming everything with
    professional set ups. Although I respect that you made a donation to support
    EYK, I don’t think they ‘owe’ you anything, in fact they don’t owe ANY of us
    anything. If you’re going to have this type of mindset, you shouldn’t have
    donated in the first place. Also they weren’t even obligated to post the Shinee
    interview. They weren’t making an excuse for being ‘late’ cause they WEREN’T
    late. Why shouldn’t they voice out their thoughts when they’re treated like
    crap? Its because nobody ever speaks out that companies take advantage and act
    like arrogant queens/kings. It’s because EYK ISN’T a “business” that
    they can voice their thoughts aloud this way. Sorry, I just find too many hypocritical
    points in your comment to agree with any of it although you are free to express
    your opinions…

    2 years ago
  16. Wonder Boyz have similar song that’s also called “Open The Door”.

    2 years ago
  17. Sigh, discus really needs to take a look at their comment formatting.

    2 years ago
  18. LOL, there was nothing on Martina’s side that lost for me.. Centaur, Loki, Damon, Kyuhyun <3

    2 years ago
  19. MmM

    I know Block B is talked about a lot and that Simon and Martina did a K-pop Music Monday on “Very Good,” but “언제 어디서 무엇을 어떻게 (When Where How Why)” is, in my opinion, the best song off of their “Very Good” mini-album. The content is a little questionable for a k-pop song (*ministry of banishment tingles*), but it has a great bossa nova sound, the featured female vocalist is amazing, and it turns out that Park Kyung, who wrote this song, can SING. LIKE, HOLY COW. I’ve never heard him sing before (he always has rap parts in Block B songs) so I was completely floored.

    2 years ago
  20. Thank you so much guys! I was looking for the Im Chang Jung song (ノ´ヮ´)ノ*:・゚✧
    The rest of the songs were great :D

    2 years ago
  21. Omg I love Norazo. I have no idea what they’re singing but their music videos are hilarious. One song that I think is underrated that I like is Virus by Say Yes. I don’t think they have a music video for it though. But it’s a catchy song. Also Double A with Ok About It. I think that came out these past 3 months.

    2 years ago
  22. Im Chang Jung looks like my swim coach. and he gives the same disapproving stare. wut.

    2 years ago
  23. I thought that “gi up” was supposed to be “giddy up” like, you know, you’d do on a horse? ….hey they put it right after the horse video, I can’t have been the only person thinking it!

    2 years ago
  24. Insooni’s “Beautiful Girl” was awesome. I love seeing veteran singers rocking it on the music scene.

    2 years ago
  25. Open the Door is HILARIOUS!!!!!!! Thanks for introducing it to me! I’ve actually already watched a few of these.

    2 years ago
  26. GI’s was a really good song; the vid was lackluster, but it doesn’t define their talent. I hope they keep making more songs!!

    2 years ago
    • their videos usually do not look like very professional >.< but whatever~ I'm really digging into that group (and they have a mixed one with really dark skin – OMG I love her skin colour *.* – compared to oh-so-well-valued Korean "vampiriness" lol), noting the fact that I normally don't follow ANY girl groups! :P

      2 years ago
  27. Thanks for introdusing me to songs/mvs i had not heard about. I personally like sexy mvs ;) but i also like them funny. And i have a 5 year old daughter who love Gangnam style ;) so i showed the “Open the door” (whom to me is Wonder boys song) and “Wild horse” mvs for her, and she was really interested. She kept asking a lot of questions and wanted to watch it again. It was fun :)

    2 years ago
  28. I don’t know if someone already noticed this, but Wonder Boyz released “Open the Door” last year. Apparently the song was
    written for both Wonder Boyz and Im Chang Jung, in order to have an hip
    hop and a trot version. Here’s Wonder Boyz version! :)


    2 years ago
  29. Park Ji Yoon – Mr Lee I like it~ and since I saw looong time ago when you talk about her in Indie playlist, I love her jajaja So~ I don’t know if you know, that she came out with Mr Lee. Is funky and is different from Tree of life (The most awesome song ever… from her jajaja)

    2 years ago
  30. Nine Muses – Gun! I’m very biased towards the song but my other friends told me it’s good aswell without me threatening them.

    2 years ago
  31. I think I’m losing my interest with you guys, chart seem so unimportant. KMM are meant to make Mondays a brighter day and yeah (no ill feelings intended!!)
    Anyways thanks for the list, that mr.mr song was nice

    2 years ago
  32. I really, really, really, really , really, really, really, really, really, love MR MR do you feel me. I was really happy when they released the song. When i heard it i swear i felt my heart was being pulled/shrinking, It made me sad and a real tearjerker.

    Special was pretty good as well, I was obsessed with that song for 4 days, that was the only song i would listen to.
    I totally understand what you guys mean though.

    2 years ago
  33. i really like seo in young song! ^^

    2 years ago
  34. How about San E? “Story of Someone I Know” (actually that was in August) and “Where Did You Sleep” (November) both are pretty good and I think you would like them if you haven’t checked those out yet.
    Also, Fiestar “I Don’t Know” (October). I thought this was going to be another aegyo video, but it had another layer under the cutesy. It’s hard to really describe what I mean.
    And, A.T. “Don’t Be.” They play with the whole concept of YouTube and her voice is really good reminding me of Lee Hi.
    I’ve gotten pretty impressed by Loen Entertainment with History, IU, San E, Fiestar, and Ra.D

    2 years ago
  35. I think you could have talked about Kanto’s What You Want. That song is sooooooo good!! It did not get enough love on the k-pop charts. Apparently it was his debut song, but he does not seem like a rookie at all. It was very polished and to me had kind of a Zion T or Dynamic Duo kind of vibe to it.

    2 years ago
  36. I like to go through and just listen to the newest posted videos – just listen to them first and then watch the videos after. I’ve found some my favorite songs just by listening. I also love it when a video is humorous and has a great song. I love
    Open the Door (U-Kiss was hilarious in it –especially Kevin) (it also introduced me to Lim Chang Jung and his songs). Here
    are some of my favorite songs the last couple months:

    Healing by U Sung Eun (love love this one – everytime I listen to it, it makes me want to order a gayageum and take lessons – seriously [but why are instruction book only in Hangul?])

    Blah Blah by Zion (stripping down to ones skivvies made a great video – ha!)

    Crash N Burn by The Jaywalker (love this rock song)

    Someday by Mega Stick (great listening to song – great guitar solo)

    2 years ago
  37. So Ukiss won’t get reviewed anymore? D:
    Each Ukiss song could be in this list. So underrated.

    2 years ago
    • They didn’t said anything like that. They might be next week, if they’re still on the top5.

      2 years ago
      • come on Ukiss vs Top? It’s clear whom Martina will pick. OTL

        2 years ago
        • That doesn’t mean anything. Besides they’re pretty friendly with U-kiss. Any who it’s more about the video and the song. If I were them I’d probably pick TOP because the video has a lot more to talk about even though I didn’t like the song. Besides there’s still Taeyang and miss A.
          We’ll just have to wait for next week.

          [edit] 2ne1 is also coming back sometime this week, there are a lot of choices. btw wtf is going on YG that he decided to promote all his artists together?

          2 years ago
  38. First of all… SOOOO ZEEEEEEEE~!!! I love you :3 I just had to said it xD

    I didn’t know Seo In Young, but I had heard that song somewhere and I already like it, though not the mv..not too much u.u
    Still the song is an okay for me :3
    I loved Norazo’s Super Man! and Wild Horse is a total YES for me xDD
    Global Icon is a new group for me.. haven’t heard any of their songs, but I think I like Giyeuk O: .. and I didn’t think the MV was plain at all, I actually like to see the dance more than the story plot idk.
    I don’t really like VIXX songs..idk they are not for me… but ‘Only you’ isn’t that bad, I liked the way it was filmed, it’s interesting :3
    I dind’t know about ‘Open the Door’ OO: and it has U-Kiss and Heechul <" I loved the video, is so hilarous xDDDD I laughed so hard that my brother came running and asked me what was wrong xDDD loved it completely <3

    2 years ago
  39. I’m obsessed with MR.MR’s song! I came across it not too long ago on youtube and I immediately downloaded it lol I also really love G.I. I have to agree with what you said. Can’t wait for more of their stuff ^^ I’ve also seen Open the Door before and it’s hilarious xD and I love that U-kiss is in it! VIXX’s song is also really cool!! :)

    2 years ago
  40. U SUNG EUN – Healing!!!!! it´s sooooo goooooooddddd but only 8.000 views!( and i think 1.000 of them is me =) )

    2 years ago
    • Haha – me too! I love the gayageum (the traditional Korean string instrument) at the beginning and how the song sort of works its way up to the epic brilliance of her voice! Not sure why she dyed her hair blue/green for the promotions though – it was really pretty in the video!

      2 years ago