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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. I still don’t like Amber’s hair cut >.>

    8 years ago
  2. I still don’t like Amber’s hair cut >.>

    8 years ago
  3. yo_

    i vote for f(x)

    8 years ago
  4. yo_

    i vote for f(x)

    8 years ago
  5. yo_

    i vote for f(x)

    8 years ago
  6. yo_

    i vote for f(x)

    8 years ago
  7. HAHAHAHA I voted for SHINee!!

    8 years ago
  8. yey! shinee won!! :)

    let’s go for f(x)’s hot summer :)

    8 years ago
  9. Martina’s expression when SHINee won over Big Bang = priceless

    8 years ago
  10. m.

    recycling songs, see also:

    sarah connor – under my skin VS. DBSK – mirotic
    cinema bizzare – forever or never VS. SHINee – forever or never

    8 years ago
  11. i choice KARA!!!
    GO GO GO KARA >.<

    8 years ago
  12. I expect to see some Kpop boybands using the “Air Out Your Sexy Crotch” dance very soon. (・∀・)

    8 years ago
  13. lols i see martina has big bang Dazed and Confused  photo backround,just like me XD

    8 years ago
  14. fx hot summer

    8 years ago
  15. Fx hot summer !!! Love fx yay!! Love  eatyourkimchi  yay!!

    8 years ago
  16. Fx hot summer !!! Love fx yay!! Love  eatyourkimchi  yay!!

    8 years ago
  17. I vote for f(x)’s Hot Summer :DDD

    8 years ago
  18. I vote for f(x)’s Hot Summer :DDD

    8 years ago
  19. Actually, it’s the same thing with Japanese people. They wear 2/3 T-shirts, jackets… in summer, without dying. I have also seen women wearing windbreaker while doing their jog at pm 2:00 ! Actually, they do sweat. But, they don’t want to show that because it is ashamed in Japan so they put more clothes : the 1st T-shirt kind of absorbs sweating.
    And they don’t smell because they also use a LOT of perfume, hair’s lotion, creams…
    Maybe it’s the same thing in Korea.

    8 years ago
  20. actually Krystal hat also looks VERY FAMILIAR don’t you think?? *hint hint* TOP’s hat maybe?

    8 years ago
  21. fx hot summer! 

    8 years ago
  22. fx hot summer! 

    8 years ago
  23. i think i saw on the background of SS501’s URMan MV  the same street sign that appears on Shinee’s Hello, but i’m not sure

    8 years ago
  24. I still don’t like Amber’s hair cut >.>

    8 years ago
  25. I still don’t like Amber’s hair cut >.>

    8 years ago
  26. im sorry big bang ;__; im still a true VIP though! and for the showdown I pick f(x) ^^

    8 years ago
  27. To the Hot Summer list you should add Rhys Bobridge’s version.  Hes an Aussie who released the song back in 2008, should check it out.  I apparently am not allowed to watch the video here in Canada doe some reason on you tube.  I’m trying to find a copy of it though.  Loved that song

    8 years ago
  28. What? Why F(x)? I wanna Kim Hyun Joong!!! ><
    Big Bang lost??? What!? This is just not right!
    I give my vote to KARA because their "summer" looks like actual summer! ^^

    8 years ago
  29. How do you guys know about Monrose? I can’t imagine them being famous internationally, since they weren’t popular in Germany for such a long time either. I know the song well as it was played on German radio stations quite a lot a few years ago, but it’s hard to believe that it traveled all the way to Korea. Very interesting indeed :)

    8 years ago
    • Hey Lara – they were kind of popular… Oh, and TVXQ’s “under my skin” was also performed by SARAH CONNOR … There are definitely connections.

      8 years ago
  30. just thought this was interesting since you mentioned asian people dont sweat as much as americans… i always wondered that too!

    8 years ago
  31. just thought this was interesting since you mentioned asian people dont sweat as much as americans… i always wondered that too!

    8 years ago
  32. New fan of ur chanel <3 i like ur videos n dats y im here kekke.

    This week i vote for Kara. I always like their Jap songs n concepts

    8 years ago
  33. By now my housemates probably think I go mad every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday due to the extreme loud laughter that resonates from my room. 

    And I have no idea how asians do it, but I sweat even when it’s cold outside and I just speed walk to my department within 20 minutes. T_T

    8 years ago
  34. I want to point out I first noticed the prop reuse when Seungri in Strong Baby had the same car as SS501’s Love Like This.

    8 years ago
    • LOL!
      Those are cars, of course SS501 can’t only be the ones to use it. Those are cars! Who does care to point that out. Credits should go to the tank! oh yeah!

      8 years ago
  35. MY VOTE GOES TO KARA!!!! I mean, who wouldn’t like entering a magical shell?

    8 years ago
  36. fx

    8 years ago
  37. I don’t know if somebody has already said this, but I think the reason why f(x) sounds like they are saying sunglass or as it’s said in your video “SUN-GUH-LASS” is because sunglasses in Korean can be said/written as “선글라스” or “선글래스.” If you romanize this spelling, you get what would sound like “sunglass”, which seems like the singular version of sunglasses. 

    Aside from that random bit of info., I LOVE your guys’ video as always. I give my vote for KARA because of the fact that their video depicts summer in a more summery way.

    8 years ago
  38. I vote for Kara!!!

    8 years ago
  39. Voting for KARA!! :D

    8 years ago
  40. http://www.nytimes.com/2006/01/29/science/29cnd-ear.html

    “They write that earwax type and armpit odor are correlated, since
    populations with dry earwax, such as those of East Asia, tend to sweat
    less and have little or no body odor, whereas the wet earwax populations
    of Africa and Europe sweat more and so may have greater body odor.
    Several Asian features, such as small nostrils and the fold of fat above
    the eyelid, are conjectured to be adaptations to the cold. Less
    sweating, the Japanese authors suggest, may be another adaptation to the
    cold climate in which the ancestors of East Asian peoples are thought
    to have lived.”

    8 years ago