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Big Bang – Love Song: Kpop Music Mondays

April 18, 2011

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Ok, so we started off our video review this week on a bit of a serious/preachy level, but for good reason! This is a really outstanding video. It’s a lot better than Big Bang’s Tonight, if you ask us, even though that was a cool video as well. We like this video a lot more, though, because it seems to go beyond the typical kpop video. Seriously now: there aren’t really any sexual conventions here. Nobody makes sexy faces to the camera, or rubs their lips for no reason, or humps the air or the ground, or rubs themselves, or does anything suggesting that they’re trying to be sexy. Compare that to just about every other Kpop Music Monday we reviewed and you’ll see what we mean, apart from TVXQ’s “Before You Go”. That video doesn’t count, though, because it’s got an interesting story, and still does loads of closeups of TVXQ’s faces. This video, though, has no story, no closeups. Even the camera angles cut off their faces. See what we mean? This video is really different and breaks so many conventions that it’s hard to call it a Kpop video, which is why we’re so impressed by it. Really, really good job.

We’ve read some people saying that this song is a rip off of U2’s “With or Without You.” We gotta admit, when we heard the song U2 was the first thing that came to mind. The song has one of those epic U2 songs feel to it, but that’s about all. It doesn’t seem like you can clearly say that parts of U2’s song were directly lifted and put into this one. It just has a similar sound to it, but that’s about all.

On that note, we’ve been thinking a lot about what Kpop is as a genre lately, and it doesn’t really seem like you can say that Kpop has a genre of music, the way rock is a genre and hip hop is a genre, because every Kpop song seems to take from different genres. On that note, you can really say the same about Big Bang as well. What is their genre, really? What is their sound? They’re clearly distinguishable by their voices, sure, but could you really listen to a beat and say that it has a Big Bang vibe to it? Anyone? Compare this song to Tonight, Baby Goodnight, VVIP, and High High. Aren’t they all toooootally different songs? You can easily say that one group has imitated Big Bang’s image, sure, but what about a Big Bang sound?

Otherwise, does anyone have any good guesses as to what the video’s about? From what we could see in the rubble, there was police tape, burnt cars, a gas station, shopping carts, telephone poles, a sign for a cathedral in Europe, and tires that spit out fire…and then a dropping car. It’d be easy to just dismiss this as weird stuff put together in a cool way, but there’s got to be a better answer for it than that. Anyone?

As always, JB and Annie from [닉쑤] Enjoy Your Happy Life~* are awesome for STILL translating our videos into Korean. Huzzah! Also, Big Bang just released the Special Edition of their latest album, so get yourself a copy by clicking on the image below. Bam!


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  1. Weeeeell Simon, you double counted “i” so there really are 7 words… 5 outta 5?

    9 years ago
  2. Lol. This is so silly. I won’t even touch on how much of a pedantic ass you sound like. Glad you like our videos, though!

    9 years ago
    • BTB

      Wow, that’s mature…you plan to blog full-time? I suggest you try not to make your first reaction to any criticism a profane insult. Pretty sure professional bloggers have learned that skill.

      You’ve lost one fan.

      9 years ago
      • We respond to civil criticism in a civil manner. But talk to us like you’re a douchebag and we’ll respond accordingly.

        9 years ago
  3. Definitely, Rain’s Love Song!!!!!

    9 years ago
  4. I LOVE RAIN…SOLID

    9 years ago
  5. BIG. BANG.

    9 years ago
  6. wow..BTB…why don’t YOU learn how to offer criticism without sounding like a stick-up-yer-bum. Your passive-aggressive approach: I like your video, but you don’t have musical knowledge, stick with the fluff – makes you sound like a twat.

    9 years ago
  7. harsh

    9 years ago
  8. I like both Love Songs but I choose RAIN

    9 years ago
  9. Big Bang <3

    9 years ago
  10. Eva

    Rain (:

    9 years ago
  11. rain!!!

    9 years ago
  12. Smexiiiii RAIN ^_____^

    9 years ago
  13. BIGBANG!!!!!!!!
    duuuh, they da best!

    9 years ago
  14. Big Bang

    9 years ago
  15. RAIN

    9 years ago
  16. RAIN 비 of course

    9 years ago
  17. big bang

    9 years ago
  18. Rain” LOVE SONG coz, it very touch his word and mening yet his alot SOUFUL sining rain is the best in LOVE SONG

    9 years ago
  19. I vote for Big Bang’s “Love Song”. When I saw the video I thought “Wow…this is really awesom”. I think that the whole concept of BB’s video is way better than Rain’s. When you loose your love only pain ashes and ruins remains – not half naked guy who dance really weird. Rain can do better but his “Love Song”… isn’t my style.

    9 years ago
  20. Rain-Love Song

    9 years ago
  21. big bang!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    and can u do rainbow’s to me? =D

    9 years ago
  22. Definitely Big Bang…never actually been a Rain fan. Though, in Ninja Assassins, I think I was the only white person in the room who laughed at the pop-star reference.

    9 years ago
  23. RAIN’S LOVE SONG. (gotta love his sexy dance)

    9 years ago
  24. Big Bang’s Love Song. Because it doesn’t take a whole bunch of staged loving and fighting in a music video to show what a (sad) love song is. :(

    9 years ago
  25. Rain’s Love song
    cause it’s touch heart and reach to deeply feeling (:

    9 years ago
  26. Rain’s Love song. Because I think that the video explaim more a love story that big bang Love song.

    9 years ago
  27. Rain’s Love Song!!!

    9 years ago
  28. My vote: Rain’s Love Song

    9 years ago
  29. RAIN 비 of course ;D

    9 years ago
  30. OMG IM ON TOP!!! I FEEL SPECIAL! :D

    9 years ago
  31. Big bang all the way. Their video is spool beautiful. Almost like looking at a moving painting. I love it. And the song is sooo sad.

    9 years ago
  32. RAIN! cuz its not repetitive and i can see smexxii dancinnn XDD

    9 years ago
  33. BIGBANG’s Love Song… video was wayyy better than Rain’s and the song as well.. i love BIGBANG’s post-apocalyptic theme than Rain’s abs dance with ripped shirt, etc.

    9 years ago
  34. ummm I think that all the explosions and random stuff is just a reflection of wht they feel inside? As their walking the place seems to have even more explosions, and things burning. There is even a car that drops at the end of the video and explodes. I guess it represents their relationships. destroyed ruins that are on fire. And the car in the ens represents the end and total destruction of their relationship? and the Prauge sign……their girlfriends were from Prague? lol Im not toally sure, just my interpretation.

    9 years ago
  35. Man… it’s just a dream within a dream within a dream within a dream within a dream within a dream… Is this a dream?

    When I first heard Love Song I was immediately addicted to the guitar, but it didn’t remind me of U2. But after listening to it again, I can so see the similarities!

    About K-pop being a genre I completely agree. I used to just label my songs as K-pop on my itunes, but recently I’ve started to label them as the genres they really are (pop, dance, r&b, electronic, etc) because it’s not all ‘pop’

    Anyway, thanks for doing this song! Keep up with the awesomesauce work!

    BTW BIGBANG’s Love Song FTW! Smexy G-Dragonness makes everything better xD

    9 years ago
  36. BIGBANG they don’t need to rip their shirts or try to be sexy or try sexy moves to be sexy…TOP is always clothe and he’s the sexiest man alive (i’m sure Martina feels the same)

    9 years ago
  37. Loved your video — my vote Love Song by Rain

    9 years ago
  38. Rain’s love song all the wayyyyyy!!!! RAIN RAIN RAIN RAIN RAIN :)

    9 years ago
  39. Simon sez about the video – “..it doesn’t use any of those ‘Look at me I’m sexy’ easy cliches”

    …are you kidding? In the opening sequence TOP’s swagger-laced meander towards the camera is totally a sex-slither ~ ~ ~ He even does it backwards, he’s so PRO.

    LOL !! (joking, joking) Yes, I agree…the vid is way more visually sophisticated than typical Kpop-age. I only wish I liked the song more. My favorite of the new releases is Daesungs’s solo, which undoubtledly will NOT get a video. DaeDae appears to be BigBang’s red-headed stepchild when it comes to promotion. sigh.

    Thanks for another GREAT vid ! and Happy (early) Easter.
    (__/)
    (^_^)
    (“)♥(“)

    9 years ago
  40. Big Bang ALL THE WAY :D

    9 years ago