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Boyfriend – Janus: Kpop Music Monday

November 20, 2012

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You’re not a batgirl! You’re not a catgirl! You’re not a fatgirl! You’re not a…good rhymer. Umm. Ok, so we’ve been singing Boyfriend’s “Janus” – just the chorus, really – and mangling it all week to suit our conversation’s needs. If you haven’t seen the video yet, check it out here:

Woohoo! Our first time talking about Boyfriend for a Kpop Music Monday! See: we talk about other bands, too: not just the most popular ones! To be honest, we were surprised that Boyfriend won this week. It was a close battle with B1A4, who usually destroy everyone on the KpopCharts, but I think Boyfriend posting our KpopChart update on their Facebook page helped a lot. Woot! I think B1A4 will definitely win next week. No? I’ve got no clue. All I know is that we’ve been dying to wear the BILASA Shirts for a Kpop Music Monday and haven’t had the chance to do so yet!

Well, now let’s talk about the elephant in the room: the nastiness of the lyrics. Like, whoa

Your small, trembling shoulders, your small lips
I’m sorry – you collapse before me
You swallow me up hotly

OOOOOH I put that in italic text to make it look sexiers! Anyhow, that’s the English translation. Here’s the Korean:

떨리던 작은 어깨가 그 작은 입술이
미안해 내 앞에서 주저 앉는 너
뜨겁던 나를 삼키고 니 눈물 훔치며

Now, our Korean isn’t good enough to detect the nuances, so we ask those of you who speak Korean: is this as nasty in Korean as it is in English? Please let us know! Also, if you’re not sure why the English is nasty, we refuse to explain it to you, SO DON’T ASK.

Otherwise, we weren’t fond of the video. It’s supposed to be symbolic and all, and to represent something something something which we talked about in our video, but we don’t like it when a movie or any work of art relies on symbolism alone. We like videos to be able to stand up on their own as interesting, and have symbolism supplement the meaning. If a video’s only symbolic, then it kinda fails, in our opinion. This video was all symbolism, and ignores the fact that Boyfriend SUCK AT BEING BOYFRIENDS. Whenever Martina’s cold, I offer her my jacket or sweater or anything. The girl in this video has exposed shoulders and it starts to snow, and Boyfriend doesn’t do anything to help her. Yeah. Not the most gentlemanly behaviour, if you ask me!

Last thing we wanted to mention that we didn’t talk about in the video: we Boyfriend’s fan group name: Bestfriends. It would have seemed sensible to call them Girlfriends, but what if Boyfriend has fans that are boys? That wouldn’t be very representative of those fans, right? So, I’m not sure if Boyfriend’s management considered this or not, but I think that it’s a great name for their fan group. So…yeah!

Anyhow, we’ll stop our rambling here now. We’re giving away a Boyfriend CD to celebrate a couple of things: 1) This is the first time we ever talked about Boyfriend for Music Monday, and 2) We just passed 250,000 subscribers on YouTube. Sweet! We’re dedicating this giveaway to you, YouTube subscribers! (P.S. Click this link if you aren’t subscribed to us on YouTube yet!)

So! To win this giveaway doesn’t require a creative answer at all! It just requires diligence. We put a whole bunch of Batgirls in our Music Monday. First YouTube subscriber to give us the right answer wins! And, no, you can’t leave a million comments with a million different numbers, you potential spamming cheaters, you! You can answer either here or on YouTube. If you answer here, please leave your YouTube name so we can make sure you’ve subscribed, of course!

Lastly, we’re announcing the winners of our Block B Interview Contest in the bloopers, here. So check em out!

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  1. So I wasn’t going to comment since I’m over a year late to the show, but Simon’s Lemon Jelly cover just made my day.
    All the ducks are swimmming in the waaaaterrr… val de ral de ral de!
    <3 you guise!

    6 years ago
  2. I miss the dance segments. Twas my favourite part. :(

    I never vote, but if it’s for manliness then I’ll go with MBLAQ. They just do it better.

    7 years ago
  3. I’m pretty sure there were 22 bat girls
    youtube name: colorguard1218

    7 years ago
  4. I wanted to laugh troughout the video but my roommate is already asleep, so I just giggled like crazy :] It was one of my favorie Music Mondays. So hilarious! And to complete my fangirling day you have Sunggyu on your laptop.
    I choose MBLAQ, angry puddle kicking ftw!

    7 years ago
  5. MBLAQ’s cry!

    7 years ago
  6. I’m confused, are you suggesting a name for Boyfriend’s fanclub, or saying that they chose a good one?
    It sounds like you are suggesting but their fanclub name is Bestfriends.

    I counted 20 Batgirls :D
    Youtube: TanteLovesYou17

    7 years ago
  7. I’m a bit confused by that last line because the first part is “You swallow my hot self” (which isn’t nasty at all, lol), but then the second part is “You(?) wipe away your tears”? Am I translating that correctly? Is it the girl who is doing both the swallowing and the wiping? Okay, now that sounds really wrong XD

    7 years ago
    • I am hoping the intent was in the sense that she consumes his heart or soul or something, and that he wasn’t good enough for her and let her go for her sake, hence the calm face, but inwardly is heart broken. Thats the meaning I got off of it at least. I thought the symbolism was accurate. They were happy, but something wasn’t right, he broke up with her for her sake, she leaves, he gives in to his pain of losing her once shes gone. The self sacrificial stuff. Maybe I am trying too hard cause I am a fan lol.

      7 years ago
  8. god that one main guy of the mv has the creepiest eyes!!! what the heck! lol did he have some sort of eyelid surgery to make his eyes look larger or something??!!

    7 years ago
  9. there’s 18 batgirls ^^ lol I had to re-watch it carefully XD my youtube account is koreaforeva13 ^^

    7 years ago
  10. 17 bat girls!
    Youtube name: 13elf15

    7 years ago
  11. So… nobody has mentioned Janus the Roman god of beginnings, transitions and transformation yet. That’s what I thought the multiple personalities of the MV was about.

    7 years ago
  12. I thought the contrasting scenes in the m/v had to do with the theme Janus – the two-faced god (I know that from watching Sherlock – awesome show.); with a ‘good’ scene contrasting with a ‘bad’ scene – the girl goes from innocent to dominating and evil – complete with a reverse wrist-grab towards the beginning (girl grabbing boy’s wrist).

    7 years ago
  13. 19 Bat Girls! Youtube: PostalMayhem.

    7 years ago
  14. Either I blanked out during the video or my server doesn’t like me but….
    Did anyone else noticed that they didn’t talk about the EPIC dance in this music monday??? GASPPSSS.

    The dance was SO epic for boyfriend’s new song and some parts i wouldve loved to see simon do. *laughs*

    7 years ago
  15. Wow! I can’t believe I watched that the first time without seeing all the bat girl ninjas! XD she was everywhere…o3o Alright … Including the picture of the girlfriend with the mask on i counted 21 times I saw an appearance of bat girl. I’m a tad confused though..if that girl wasnt to be counted then 20 times! Sorry for the double answer xppp that was tough haha you guys did a really good job hiding her.:)) And my sissy vote goes to MBLAQ’s cry! As much as I love both groups i thought cry was more emotional..hence they did more real crying and tear swimming <3 thanks simon and martina! Youtube : ciellepuff

    7 years ago
  16. there were 9 bat girls

    7 years ago
  17. LOL at 50 shades of Kpop :P Simon you made me laugh! <3

    7 years ago
  18. There are 20 batgirls!!yt username: Beyah06

    7 years ago
  19. I counted 19 batgirls.
    Youtube username: Blondesaxplayer.

    7 years ago
  20. My sissy baby vote goes for that sissy baby anthem “Cry” by that sissy baby band, MBLAQ.

    Also, point of contention: GTFO out of there? Get The Flippito Out out of there? *brainmelt* o.O

    ;)

    7 years ago
  21. Counted 20

    7 years ago
  22. Ok here goes my shot at the batgirl! I found 19 bat girls that pop up…. include the batgirl in the desktop picture you get 20 and if you count the female actor with her batgirl mask on 21….. Also love at around 7:46 a red dish appears in your sink XD someone finished a snack? i flinched thinking it was a batgirl hahaha
    Youtube: Puppichu

    7 years ago
  23. whats with the random bat man thing at 0:54 in the backround in there kitchen?

    7 years ago
  24. 19 bat girls? Good review! ^_^ batgirl!

    7 years ago
  25. Great video guise!! :D for the showdown I vote for MBLAQ!

    7 years ago
  26. Is it just me, or were this week’s skits extra hilarious? The look on Martina’s face while she was getting out 50 Shades of KPop had me rotflmao. Good job guise. I applaud you :D

    7 years ago
  27. How did i know it would be Boyfriend vs. MBLAQ?

    7 years ago
  28. I’ve counted 22 batgirls if you include the lady in the music video and the one in the thumbnail ! ^^ (Youtube name: lovesxxjj / Yuxin Lim)

    7 years ago
  29. 21, that is if you count the bat girl at the end, or the one with “this bat girl” when announcing the question or the on the screen…. cross my fingers! I am already excited that i’m turning 12 on the 12th of Dec (a.k.a 12-12-12, 12yrs & 12th hours = 5 twelves!)

    7 years ago
  30. Mblaq for me :)

    7 years ago
  31. EYK motivation – I had to do something I didn’t want to really do at work (being a coward and didn’t want to deal with it) so I bribed myself that once it was done I could watch this video, which made me man up and deal with it. Also, I secretly love mishearing lyrics in K pop songs (my all time favourite being Super Junior SPY…Bam bam bam baaam bam, “I got your linen from Norway”) so “You’re not a Bat Girl” has made my day!

    7 years ago
  32. 18 bat girls and I’m cherie88cc92 on YouTube!:) Love the videos u guys do and keep up the good work!:D ps since the lyrics are so *ahemnastyahem* LOL isn’t it perfect for you guys and us nasties too of course haha^^

    7 years ago
  33. I vote for MBLAQ – Cry ^^

    7 years ago
  34. I have to say MBLAQ in Cry the first time and even still when I hear the song or watch the video makes me all emotional!

    7 years ago
  35. I’m probably REALLY late but i counted 14 of those Batgirls!

    I also think MBLAQ’s breakdown was more fantastic! ahahahaha

    7 years ago
  36. The most hilarious crybabies are in Janus, but I agree the prettier and manlier crybabies are in MBLAQ’s video

    7 years ago
  37. 21 violinsFTW

    7 years ago
  38. 18 Batgirls! (Though I’m pretty sure that you’ve already got the right number from someone else, so I only did it for fun.)

    I vote MBLAQ because Boyfriend’s was just silly. MBLAQ’s breakdown was…classier?

    I am really sad that Simon didn’t mentally traumatise all of us by doing the crotch rub. :( That’s one of the reasons I voted for this in the first place!

    7 years ago
  39. Cannot unhear Bat Girl now! Plus I got myself driving and saying random phrases that rhymed as well.

    7 years ago