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f(x) Hot Summer – Kpop Music Mondays

June 20, 2011

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Flaxton Street in Kpop Videos

Flaxton Street in Kpop Videos

Ok, so it seems like since we introduced our Kprop shop guy that we can’t stop ourselves from noticing all of the recycled props in Kpop videos. The use of Flaxton Street in F.T. Island’s “Hello Hello” was when we first started noticing the recycling of props, but now it seems like everything’s being recycled (or maybe we’re just thinking too much into this). The tank in this video looks like a painted version of the one in GD&TOP’s “Knock Out” and the telephone booth sure looks like the one in 2NE1’s “Lonely”. Korea doesn’t even really have a lot of telephone booths, or at least, we haven’t seen many that look like the telephone booths in these videos. We’re starting to think that there actually IS a Kprop shop somewhere here in Korea, some wearhouse that stores lots of random stuff in it that Kpop record labels rent out for their videos. We don’t know enough about the movie industry to know how this works, but someone mentioned last week that recycling material is common in the movie industry. If there is a Kprop shop, we call dibs on calling it the Kprop shop! They better not use that name!

Also, we might have been harping on about the heat issue for a bit too long. There’s a good reason behind it, though! Seriously, it has gotten very, very hot here in Korea. Really hot. And we don’t like it. We wilt in heat. Wintertime is best for us. We even sleep with the windows open, because we love the cold air. This time of year, though, is just inhospitable. Yuck! Worst part about it all is that our Air Conditioner is acting up. It’s not spitting out cold air in the afternoon. ARRGGGH!! So the only thing we could think of while we watched this video, sitting in our apartment and sweating, is how absurd it was for f(x) to dance around in a cloudless summer day in what looked like leather. Come on! Leather! We can barely wear sleeveless shirt without erupting into flames.

Is their dancing in leather in the heat outside really absurd, though? We kind of have our slight doubts. f(x) mention in the song something along the lines of showing the sweaty foreigners what to wear, dress in black, or something like that. We’ve noticed that Korean people don’t really seem to be affected by the heat as much as we are. They’re not sweating that much, and they often wear a lot more clothing in the summer than we could imagine wearing. Really! What’s your secret, Korean people? Please tell us! Are you really not as sweaty and hot as the two of us are, or is it that you really are sweaty and hot, but you’re just not showing it? Riding the bus in Korea is torture for us as well: taking the crammed bus from Seoul back to Bucheon, and the bus has nothing but two tiny windows in the back, which nobody wants to open, and barely any AC on at all either, and nobody seems bothered by this. HOW DO YOU DO THIS?!

We touched lightly, in passing, on the idea of recycling songs for use in Kpop, specifically SM’s rampant repackaging of other people’s music. We didn’t want to talk about it in depth in f(x)’s video, because we didn’t want to take away from the focus of an awesome song and fun video, so we’re saving this rant for a different video. We’ll post it tomorrow, on our bonus channel, and write about it in depth here on our site. For now, if you don’t know what we’re talking about, you can see here:

KE$HA – Run Devil Run vs SNSD – Run Devil Run

Kristine Elezaj – Razor vs f(x) – Danger

Monrose – Hot Summer vs f(x) – Hot Summer

Now, again, we’re not going to get into this here. What we want to avoid outright, though, is making anyone believe that we’re accusing SM of shenanigans, stealing songs, or anything illegal. They have bought the rights to these songs legally. Does that mean that they should re-release these songs once other people have sung them, though? We’ll talk about that tomorrow.

Anyhow, since we still are big fans of f(x) – and Amber especially after we talked to her when we were Backstage at Inkigayo – we recommend you check out f(x)’s Hot Summer Album here. It ships internationally. Huzzah!

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  1. KARA!!KARA!!KARA!!KARA!!KARA!! GO GO SUMMER! THEIR DANCE WAS WEIRD BUT FUNNY~!!KARA GO GO SUMMER FOR ME~!

    8 years ago
  2. i find go go summer better than hot summer so…. KARA for me :)

    8 years ago
  3. i personally think that f(x)’s hot summer is much better. their MVs are always colorful and fun to watch! :)

    8 years ago
  4. Have you noticed that JYJ aren’t rollin’ down their sexy windows anymore? They kinda just hold their fists out – no rollin’.  Seriously, check any recent performance of Ayyy girl and you’ll see what I mean.

    I wonder if they’ve seen eatyourkimchi? LOL!

    8 years ago
  5. The original version of the song was definitely better…f(x)’s version…was a bit of a disaster..sigh I hope f(x) is given better songs soon, and Amber is given more parts soon gah! >< I pick Kara for my vote, btw :)

    8 years ago
  6. definitely KARA :)

    8 years ago
  7. That’s a very cool wallpaper!!
    I have the same Dazed and Confused pictures as my wallpaper and I just keep staring at GD’s blond hair which is very distracting…
    ã…‹ã…‹ã…‹ã…‹ã…‹
     I’d like to share a link which is VERY useful to all international VIP ‘cuz they are very up-to-date =)
    http://www.bigbangupdates.com/

    enjoy!!^^

    8 years ago
  8. I like f(x) better. Kara is cute and all, but I like the colors in f(x) better

    8 years ago
  9. Go Go Summer by KARA!!!

    8 years ago
  10. omg…. i guess “copying” or  “borrow” each other’s hits doing another version is a typical thing with Asian pop music industry… that includes Jpop(Japanese pop)  Kpop (Korean Pop) , or Cpop (Chinese pop)… and vice versa… with English pop songs (European, Australian, US, Canadian)

    There was a Chinese band who took Canadian’s David’s Usher song into Chinese.
    (try to guess which song “without reading the youtube details” lol :  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mn308pbgUqc )

    8 years ago
  11. Hot Summer wins. That song is so addicting. The arobic/air my crotch dance move is one of the first moves I can actually dance, so…huzzah!

    8 years ago
  12. GO GO SUMMER~~~
    GO GO KARA <3<3<3

    8 years ago
  13. f(x)

    8 years ago
  14. GO GO SUMMER KARA
    SORRY FX BUT GO GO SUMMER IS MUCH BETTER

    8 years ago
  15. East Asians (Koreans in particular) have fewer apocrine glands… therefore they don’t produce the kind of sweat that makes you stink… and thus they don’t need deodorant! (I recently wrote a research proposal on this subject)

    8 years ago
  16. ke$ha’s run devil run wasn’t an official song … ke$ha tried it and didn’t like it at the same time that sm entertainment was considering it for SNSD. it was never supposed to be released, but about 2 months after ke$ha’s company rejected it, it was leaked. So, in that case at least, it wasn’t really about SM using a song after someone else already sung it.

    8 years ago
    • You’re exactly right. Ke$ha never released a version of Run Devil Run, and from what I heard, it’s not that she “didn’t like it.” She sang a guide version, but the rights belonged to SM. Her version was never supposed to be released, so it can’t be considered a song that SM took, because they bought the rights to release it before anyone else.

      8 years ago
    • this is what i’ve heard too

      8 years ago
  17. I vote for Kara

    8 years ago
  18. f(x)!!! <3 :D 

    8 years ago
  19. f(x)
    and omg another remake? damn you SM. But I love this song :D

    8 years ago
  20. (even though this actually belongs in tomorrow’s bonus post–sorry!)

    8 years ago
  21. Kara
    Simon I love your shirt. It is so funny.

    8 years ago
  22. the lyrics actually say “let’s help the sweating foreigners find their way” like helping ppl with directions when they’re lost.
    and for the sweating part, i think it is something in our genes. i am a korean living in canada (eh? <3) and i don't sweat. i don't wear deoderant, and ppl think it's weird, but i don't need to! :)

    8 years ago
  23. It’s a tough one, but Kara for me

    8 years ago
  24. NOOO!!!! Big Bang didn’t win!!!! It’s the end of the world!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Just kidding. It was time someone else won. We VIPS felt sorry, we thought someone else should win for once =)
    Btw, Im voting for Kara. The dog was just too cute.

    8 years ago
  25. kara!!

    8 years ago
  26. Totally f(x)

    8 years ago
  27. kara

    8 years ago
  28. My summervideo vote goes to Infinite for their video to their song “She’s Back”
    It’s the nicest summervideo in my opinion ^^ Even though it’s from last year and probably they dont sing anything summerly.

    8 years ago
  29. Kara’s GO GO Summer is the best

    8 years ago
  30. KARA’s version is better!

    8 years ago
  31. KARA!! Go Go Summer actually sounds like a summer song :D

    8 years ago
  32. Aww Big Bang didnt win?!  Darn!  I know how you feel Martina >_< …and for this weeks showdown I pick Kara's just because their vid shown a more summery theme and it was cute :)

    8 years ago
  33. Aww Big Bang didnt win?!  Darn!  I know how you feel Martina >_< …and for this weeks showdown I pick Kara's just because their vid shown a more summery theme and it was cute :)

    8 years ago
  34.  KARA!

    8 years ago
  35.  KARA!

    8 years ago
  36. Kara!

    8 years ago
  37. KARA

    8 years ago
  38. f(x)

    8 years ago