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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. Oh no… you are lost in translation! The core story of this song is farewell really. The guy in the story loves the girl and do not want to lose her but he had to let her go cause she was not happy or so.

    떨리던 작은 어깨가 그 작은 입술이

    her trembling shoulders and her small lips

    미안해 내 앞에서 주저 앉는 너

    I am sorry, she couldn’t stand in front of me.

    뜨겁던 나를 삼키고 니 눈물 훔치며

    I had to hide my burning anger, I swiped her tears.

    soooo…..this is my interpretation. her shoulders were trembling because she wanted to say good-bye, her lips were small because she couldn’t say aloud. she says ‘i am sorry’ and she could barely stand perhaps she cheated? or she was simply saying good-bye to him?

    The guy was actually upset and angry (perhaps she cheated?) but instead of expressing his true emotion, he decided to understand her and let her go.

    Well, psychoanalysts argues that we use sexual codes everyday so I won’t deny any underlying meanings behind the lyrics. however, even if it carries some underlying sexual codes somewhere, the quoted part of lyric itself does not have any direct expression. my interpretation is more consistent to the rest of the song and the title: Janus, the one who has two faces.

    7 years ago
  2. 20 Batgirls.
    youtube:pitalitachikita

    7 years ago
  3. Ana

    @APXIII2 on youtube :)

    I should’ve watched this right when it came out… but I was writing my paper :(

    21! Not sure if the actress having the eyes drawn on her counts(after 6:20, before 6:42)… cause if it does then the answer would be 22 =0

    00:06

    00:08
    00:40
    00:47
    00:54
    1:23
    1:25
    1:31
    2:16
    3:33
    3:38
    4:17
    4:51
    5:59
    6:15
    6:18
    6:20
    6:42
    7:07
    7:31
    8:13

    7 years ago
  4. I vote for BOYFRIEND, Kwangmin did very well in facial expressions..

    7 years ago
  5. MBLAQ!!!!!! ^0^

    7 years ago
  6. MBLAQ ofc !

    7 years ago
  7. LMAO I’m going to be a crazy cat lady someday because the first thing I noticed was the kitty cat watching Simon in bemusement. And woot! Boyfriend and/or whoever’s running their FB page loved your review XD

    7 years ago
  8. MBLAQ-Cry They’re not afraid to cry about it (or rather have rain run down their face)! They let their cry outside of their mind!

    7 years ago
  9. There are 21 bat girls! Do i get something for noticing that red object disappear and reappear in your sink in between shots? Something that i thought was interesting and funny since my hawk eyes were on high alert!

    7 years ago
  10. There are 21 bar girls! Do i get something extra for noticing that red object disappear and reappear in your sink when you guys switch positions? Thought it was an interesting and funny thing since my hawk eyes were in high alert!

    7 years ago
  11. MBLAQ ! For sure ! First time I saw it, I cried…Like a baby.
    I’m a bit ashamed now XD

    7 years ago
  12. I saw that Batgirl flippin 14 times! I started guessing after I noticed her twice at the beginning of the vid ^^

    7 years ago
  13. I know, now I’m going to see the image of the Batgirl every time I hear the song, this happened with 2NE1’s I Love You, I keep on singing bull-o-jerky haha. Simon and Martina has invaded our brains!

    7 years ago
  14. I am their fan and enjoy their songs, but yes, I do admit they are a little to cutesy for me, but my niece on the other hand loves that. She thinks Youngmin with his blonde hair looks like an anime character.

    Janus, by far, is my most favorite song from them. I liked it instantly while their other songs takes me 2 or more listenings to like. I like how they used the twins to their advantage, with the two contrasting character/feelings. I get that a building can catch on fire, but what was up with that snow inside, I know it’s supposed to show that his heart is ‘cold’ now that she’s leaving, but eh.

    I was wondering what the red thing/bowl people were talking about so I went back to watch it and finally realized that it kept appearing and disappearing in the sink between the scenes haha.

    I counted 21 Batgirls, plus the one on the laptop screen and the one you drew on the female lead, so 23 total.

    youtube: wishinggrl209

    7 years ago
  15. 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
  16. How did i know it would be Boyfriend vs. MBLAQ?

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

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

    7 years ago
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. 19 Bat Girls! Youtube: PostalMayhem.

    7 years ago
  24. 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
  25. I’m pretty sure there were 22 bat girls
    youtube name: colorguard1218

    7 years ago
  26. 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
  27. MBLAQ’s cry!

    7 years ago
  28. 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
  29. 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
  30. 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
  31. 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
  32. Counted 20

    7 years ago
  33. 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
  34. whats with the random bat man thing at 0:54 in the backround in there kitchen?

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

    7 years ago
  36. 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
  37. 19 bat girls? Good review! ^_^ batgirl!

    7 years ago
  38. there were 9 bat girls

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

    7 years ago