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Kpop Music Monday: Nu’est “Hello”

February 11, 2014

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The curse is finally broken! But I’m sure some of you are going to think that it was a warding spell of protection, rather than a curse itself. Check out Nu’est’s video if you haven’t done so yet and let us know where you side:

Ok, so let’s have a real discussion here: does Nu’est do anything new in terms of style and tempo? I don’t necessarily see it. Some might argue that it’s unfair to single out Nu’est as opposed one of the many other boy bands that debut and don’t necessarily bring anything new to the table. But, when it comes to those bands, they don’t market themselves as being different. Nu’est’s very name, their brand, what we identify them as, is what suggests the desire to be seen as different from the rest. We didn’t impose that on them, right?

So, the question stands. Educate us. What’s new about their style and tempo? Different BPM? Different instruments? Different sound mixing? Different clothing? What is it?

We were also really confused by the video. Can someone explain why the girl is so violent and grumpy? Isn’t the person who cheats usually apologetic for hurting the other person, rather than violent towards them after being caught? Nu’est just looked like they’re getting abused all video.

And, yes, I know some of you came here for more awesome humour and word play, but I’m all out of steam. I tried SO HARD to figure out a way to squeeze “Pu’est” in there. Tru’est? Blu’est? I got nothing. I spent my best material in the video and now all I got is…no I got nothing.

Side note, if any of you say that we pronounced Aron’s name incorrectly, we’ll send you to the principle’s office for being Insubordinate, and Churlish.

Also, allow me to say: GOTDAMN we forgot how to YouTube. We filmed without the audio recording, and then we filmed with the audio too loud, and then we filmed with the audio too quiet, and then we changed to something different and filmed without the audio recording again. HOLY HELL! Way to many mistakes. Here are a few more in this week’s bloopers:

As for the poll, umm, the site is acting a bit buggy at the moment, and I can’t make a poll like we usually do. Sorry! We’ve been adding some features to the site and one thing isn’t playing nicely with the other :(

And lastly, we’re back from Japan now. Yay! We were there for the weekend (we filmed this Music Monday right before flying out) and we got a lot of good footage. We might be coming back to Japan again next week to get some more footage. We’re not sure yet. We’ll let you know! Yes, we’re being mysterious about what we were doing. OOH WE’RE SUCH TEASES! If you want to know what we’re up to, make sure you’re subscribed :D

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  1. So if UKISS should go around kissing people, what should Big Bang be doing?? Hehehe

    6 years ago
    • There are so many Big Bang valentines on Tumblr right now, but this one was definitely appropriate for this comment. :)

      6 years ago
    • I’d say Seungri is doing a very good job helping the band live up to its name

      6 years ago
    • OH.MY.GOSH! You’re right! (we’re thinking about the same meaning of ‘bang’ ,right, ladies?) you made my day! Sooooooo nasty! ;-P

      6 years ago
    • You, my friend, are a true Nasty.

      6 years ago
      • You forget the poll…

        6 years ago
        • I guess this answers the question: “What is a BB fangirl’s favorite position?” ~On TOP.~

          SMILE! It’s funny. :)

          6 years ago
        • Found one for that too. Wow, tumblr kpoppers have a lot of time on their hands (she says, ashamed, hiding in the corner for finding the things on tumblr….).

          There are many variations on this same thing, guy’s stage name is just too easy to play with.

          6 years ago
    • Bwahaha

      6 years ago
  2. “But was it a curse? Or was it actually a blessing? You decide after we’ve finished this KMM.” As soon as I heard that, I immediately just went
    “Oh noes, this is not going to be good.” and retrieved my sieve to put over my head… You know, as protection for the impeding fan wars.
    So tell me guys, do I dare continue? How scared should I be on a scale of 1-10? xD

    6 years ago
    • Hmm… it can be harsh.. but on a level where if you get too mad then KMM is just not for you… so if you are a chill fan you can watch it I think xD

      6 years ago
      • Nu, I am cavewoman! :| Critique not accepted! Ug. *Lumbers off to find massive club*

        … I’m sorry. That was weird. I couldn’t resist xD

        6 years ago
    • If you’re a fan of Nu’est, no, I wouldn’t continue. It’s not Teen Top “No More Perfume” level thrashing, but it’s not sunshine and roses either.

      6 years ago
      • Hahahaha hmmmm, you got lucky! I’m not actually much of fan.

        But I’m just kidding :) I actually like it when you guys give your honest opinions instead of going all gung-ho (rainbows and ponies galore) just to satisfy people. Even if our opinions were to differ (and sometimes they do – I’m looking at you, Simon!) I respect that, and I think a lot of other fans of yours probably do too. So keep on keeping on!! Nevermind if people don’t agree :)

        6 years ago
    • Hahaha true! It’s always nice to see your favourite group get reviewed, even if the results aren’t exactly favourable :)

      6 years ago
  3. Yay! I really liked this music monday, maybe because you weren’t necesserily only spawning good stuff about the music video. It felt more like your honest opinions and also, I noticed that in the last half year or so..? You haven’t really been talking about the music and did more skits etc? And you brought opinions on the music itself back in this one Huzzah!

    6 years ago
    • Wow! Awesome! Thanks for the words of encouragement. We weren’t really happy with this Music Monday, and we’re worried that people are going to be very upset with it. I’m glad you liked it!

      6 years ago
      • This Music Monday was perfect! I love hearing your guys’ opinions on MV’s (is that not the point of KMM?), hearing you guys talk is great! Often times the skits get in the way and interrupt the video. You guys were still super funny and fun to watch. I also don’t believe you guys were too harsh or mean towards Nu’est at all. All your points were spot on. I feel like it would have been more appropriate to review either their Action or Face MV’s, since the majority of the people here seem to agree that that was their better stuff. It seems their fans were too desperate to finally get them reviewed that the MV that “broke the curse” ended up being a mediocre one.

        On that note, I’m really disappointed in the direction Nu’est has taken. I LOVED them when Action and Face came out. Those songs and MV’s were just great. I couldn’t wait for them to release new content, I seriously had big expectations for them. But their newer releases haven’t been up to par. They don’t feel like the same group anymore. :/

        6 years ago
      • MmM

        I really enjoyed this music Monday! I liked how the humour was all integrated into the discussion about the music. Like that I lost my pants joke? Flawlessly integrated into Martina’s criticism!
        …I also laughed at the GU’EST joke, though, so maybe my opinions are a bit questionable.

        Also also, INSUBORDINATE AND CHURLISH.
        I start student teaching soon, you know >:D

        6 years ago
      • You did a good job! So many lols! And Simon! Stop throwing stuff at Martina! You know you’ll get your ass kicked! (By Martina, I would never dare to slap either of you. That’s for married people).

        6 years ago
      • I don’t know maybe because I’m not really a Nu’est fan? I used to be back in the Face and Action eras (because those were so awesome and harsh and I love it) but then they went to cute and I found B.A.P (aka rice. I would say it’s mostly fans that get upset though, and honestly if you said something like that about Secret and B.A.P I would I have no idea what I would do? Not angry or anything just because I love them so much. I am rambling and goodbye HAHA! (just to say I would never bash you or anything because this is your honest opinions so I can’t change it and those who bash you are being kind of stupid)

        6 years ago
        • Agreed! B.A.P. is my favourite group and they got a pretty good thrashing with Rain Sound. Seeing as I personally like the song, I remember being more disappointed than anything that Simon didn’t feel the same way – more like “oh, boo. No recognition for B.A.P.” which I would feel if anyone had said they didn’t like it. But I wasn’t angry about it at all. That’s his opinion, and it’s his KMM, so I respect that. KMM is for Simon and Martina to share THEIR views on a song/MV and so they shouldn’t have to fear being bashed for it, otherwise there’s no point of even having KMM in the first place.

          6 years ago
        • Haha yeah true! I mean, they’re saying they don’t like things for understandable reasons. It’s not as if they’re insulting them outright and saying they suck. They just… Don’t like the song. Big whoop, I suppose xD

          6 years ago
    • I totally agree. And, to be honest, it’s sort of boring to watch videos that only talk about everything they loved about a video. It’s more fun to notice ridiculous things about it and things that I never would have questioned logic-wise. If I like a song that’s being reviewed, I already know why I like it, you know?

      And it was cool to hear them discuss the music more. I feel like 2013 was a severely “eh” year in terms of songs. Even the groups I used to (perhaps spastically) love, well, I didn’t like their new songs very much. Might be just me, but they all started sounding the same and had these weird dub-step things in them. I’m hoping this year we’ll all have more to talk about in Kpop music!

      6 years ago
  4. first!

    6 years ago
  5. btw it was JR that broke the phone, not Aron lol

    6 years ago
  6. great Simon! now i will have nightmares, because of you and your …chicken… :D

    but… omg i laughed so hard the paper phone and the “handphone” :D!!

    6 years ago
  7. “Isn’t the person who cheats usually apologetic for hurting the other person, rather than violent towards them after being caught?”
    Bwhahahahaha you would think, right. But no, no, not always. I’ve experience an ex-boyfriend who went nuts and verbally abusive because it was MY fault for finding out about his cheating. Never apologetic, just down right mean. That I only had myself to blame for being hurt by finding out he was cheating…..uhm yeah for real.

    6 years ago
    • Thank you! ME TOO! :)

      6 years ago
    • Totally agree! I was/am a tomboy with more guy friends than girls. It always surprised me how psycho some girlfriends got when caught cheating. One said it was all the guys fault she cheated and trashed his car. So the girl in the video didn’t surprise me by behaving violently.

      As far as their sound, it sounds a step above a cappella /acappella. Their voices seem to be the focus, with a majority of background music being rhythm not melody. But that’s just my take. I have to go back and listen to their other songs to see if there is a substantial difference. I do remember the first time I heard them, something set them apart from the groups I was used to….I just don’t know why. (It’s been too many years away from musical theory & application.)

      6 years ago
      • Yup, I’ve seen the other spectrum, like the video, were the girl goes postal on a guy for finding out she’s been cheating. What is with vandalizing vehicles? I think that needs to be in the next cheating/multiplayer kpop video. Cars receive a giant brunt of abuse and damage by both parties.

        6 years ago
    • Yep, I’ve been there too. I remember one time, (two days after he was caught) I was still seriously messed up in the head and emotional. (this was the father of my two kids, not as easy to walk away) he screamed at me in public, to “stop being a B**** and to get over it all ready because it was in the F***ing past” (remember this is only TWO days later)

      meh.. he was always like that. apologetic (sometimes) when he first got caught for about 10 minutes, after that he was aggressive and I was a b**** for not being able to turn the other cheek. Or it was my fault he cheated for this reason or that reason.

      I stayed with him, trying to make things work for a couple of years before I realized my kids deserved better, and that I wasn’t helping them by keeping the family ‘whole’. (the kids and I have had a blessed and happy life since)

      I think the girl in the video slapping Ren was a “how DARE you invade my privacy by looking through my phone!” type slap.

      I’ve been in his situation ahahaha. I’ve even made the same face.

      6 years ago
      • I’m glad to hear you got yourself and your children out of that situation. Toxic, emotionally abusive relationships are a mighty weight to handle, carry and overcome, and I know it’s even harder when you have children. It’s glorious that you overcame that not just for your children but for yourself. A happy and blessed home with the love and laughter of your children, is worth getting away from that relationship any day. :)

        I think you’re right about why the girl slapped Ren, pfft I was never allowed to even gaze towards my ex’s phone, so Ren touching her phone and seeing that she was a cheater McCheaterson pushed this girl into slappy mode cause she was caught. Oh Ren, you need another girlfriend, you know without four other boyfriends…who happen to be your best friends….

        6 years ago
    • HA! It was indeed like living in a kpop video. It’s very possible he was cheating with enough different people to equal a kpop group, you know like Super Junior.

      Thanks guys, it’s all good now. It’s been a long time now but one does not forget the confusion of a situation such as that. Ren may be be prettier than me but he and I had the same facial gesture at the cheaters outburst.

      6 years ago
    • Hey, me too! High five! No, wait…

      6 years ago
  8. I’m glad to see NU’EST in KMM.. it’s not like I have waited for it couple years or anything.. cough. Yes well I pretty much anticipated that S&M won’t like the song much since it’s ballad (and they don’t that often like those) so I wasn’t disapointed or mad or anything about the review. I think it’s was entertaining to watch :)

    Personally I really like the song, it’s one of my favorite ballads and I like the mv lot too. I did find it quite artistic and having intresting references like the scene where JR kissed the girl who was hugging Minhyun same time. Overall I think the mv portrayed well boyfriend who clings desperately on his girlfriend although she is clearly cheating him. There is many ways cheater can react when her/his wrong doings comes up and I think being mad and blaming the victim is one way which makes weaker person to bend and accept the cheating.

    I think there still would have been better songs from NU’EST to review but I enjoyed this review as well.

    6 years ago
  9. Hmm! That was interesting. I was scared to click that link because it was on Tumblr, so I was pleasantly surprised :D

    6 years ago
  10. Am I the only one who thought it was pronounced “new-east?”

    6 years ago
  11. You know what other song in k-pop sounds almost like a stalker-ish song? “Greedy Man” by CN Blue. I love the song but I do understand it sounds kind of creepy…Also I vote b1A4~!

    6 years ago
    • Also G-Dragon’s She’s Gone and Song Ji-eun’s Going Crazy but at least those are supposed to talk about stalkers ^^

      6 years ago
  12. i’m friends with aron’s cousins

    6 years ago
  13. Could you pretty please make the bleeps a bit quieter between the bloopers? I love watching the bloopers, but the beeps just blare so much louder than the dialogue and are so obnoxious that I often don’t watch them.

    6 years ago
  14. Glad you two are back! I love your video’s.

    6 years ago
  15. hi
    I know that as a fan who supported your singer form day 1, it is exceptionally hard for you to accept how this group has been treated by the industry. I totally get that.
    However, we should know that entertainment industry is a very competitive industry and if you don’t do something hype or eye-catching, you wouldn’t survive in the harsh reality. It is a tad bit unfair to say that since this group work hard, they are the only one deserve recognition. Keep in mind the hard hours many korean singers have to endure for practice, performance and others.
    Thus, it is important for them to be more outstanding than the others in terms of music, performance, lyric and others if they want to succeed. Using the same generic, formulaic kpop recipe that has been used by countless other band won’t do the trick. I think that is why simon and martina are particularly harsh on them. They want this band to stand up to its name, as kpop right now is getting to bland and too formulaic.
    I just wanna stressed out I am not a fan to any band, I just enjoy the vids published by S&M. So, maybe I did not feel the fandomness of kpop the way many of you did, but music is my thing and I had a long year of experience on this industry and whatever I write in this comment is purely based on observation and experience.

    6 years ago
    • oh, now i see. so sorry if i misread your opinion. It is sucks when you are talented but nobody acknowledge your talent. However, I stressed the opinion where they should do something eye-popping. this way, they will have the coverage they needed for them to propelled

      6 years ago
    • As far as the name goes, there are definitely groups out there with equally cringey names. B.A.P. and MBLAQ for example. However, I think the reason more criticism is being placed on Nu’est’s name is because it actually sounds like newest. New is in the pronunciation of the name… it practically IS the name. B.A.P. and MBLAQ have horrible acronyms, but they aren’t really part of their names. People don’t go around calling them by what their acronyms stand for. They are simply B.A.P. and MBLAQ.

      6 years ago
  16. Yeah, Kpop group names are so weird. B.A.P aren’t the best, absolute (how can one be absolute) or perfect. Not saying I don’t love B.A.P, but their name is stupid.

    6 years ago
  17. Omg I missed your KMMs, I literally was laughing the whole time xD
    BILASAAAAAAA
    And yessss Key and Peele :DDD

    6 years ago
  18. Yeah…Hello doesn’t do much for me either. :/
    But! That’s not to say they don’t have catchier, more interesting-sounding songs that stand out from the norm. You guys should check out Sleep Talking. The rapping is cool, as is the dancing. Though I’m not sure how well snoring sounds fit into music… (Spoiler alert: it doesn’t)

    Also! My vote is for Nu’est for the Cheater-McCheaterson girl, because while I’m a way bigger fan of B1A4 than I am of Nu’est, Nu’est’s girl was way crazier and considerably more douchebaggy (can I say douchebaggy?) than Bilasa’s. Which may be a good thing for Bilasa now that I think about it.

    6 years ago
  19. Lol. While I do love the song, I totally get Simon’s rant…but I have to agree with Martina that it’s a K-pop problem (and I lurved that U-Kiss comeback). I also don’t think it’s fair to only blame NU’EST for the silly acronyms in K-pop. Also, I really loved this KMM because it made me laugh out loud so much. You guise certainly haven’t lost your quirky and hilarious sense of humour. Hwaiting!

    6 years ago
  20. Ermahgawsh that bear pillow in the background! I assume it was a fangift??

    6 years ago
  21. Ahh the memories. All the teamwork and sharing. For example remember that time we got out voted by Psy’s Gangnam Style? Or Super Junior’s Spy? We would get so close and then we would reach rock bottom. But it’s nice to see this review now it feels like a job well done.

    6 years ago
  22. MG

    I’m a little confused about this Music Monday and why would a video from last year replace a EYKMM for this year. I like the best potential music monday category for EYKAs but not if the winner is going to replace a following years chart winner. I much rather hear about a new video then one from last year that’s old and played out.

    6 years ago
    • They have done this two years running. Its a way of redemption. Sometimes S&M miss a KPMM because they are away on vacation or business, or a popular video get bumped down just before voting ends. Sometimes really interesting MV’s get looked over and this is a way to give them a second chance.

      6 years ago
      • MG

        But if it takes the place of the next years chart winner for 1 week then your just adding to the existing problem. I really don’t vote often and I only watch music mondays when I’m curious. But I’ve seen some fans commenting on not knowing if and when their is going to be an actual Music Mondays and they feel like they have wasted their time voting.

        6 years ago
        • Thats true, the thing I think makes this seem pointless is 1) There were many other (what I felt) more interesting videos to review and 2) Simon and Martina have been really lacking in releasing KMM for that past 2 months. If they stayed a little more up to date then I think something like this would make more sense.

          Either way, I still think its a fun way to allow the fans a way to pick a KMM and guarantee it gets reviewed.

          6 years ago
        • MG

          I agree, you made a really good points it really the huge gap in KMM. I don mind Nu’est was picked it was a loyal sweet gesture from their fans. But because there have been i think maybe just 1 KMM since the new year this review was released at a very bad time. What I really can’t understand and it makes no sense at all to me is why do they not post on the charts if they are going to have a KMM or when the next one will be.

          6 years ago
  23. if its possible…next 2,3 week will b jyp, sm, yg battle… sunmi vs snsd vs 2ne1… who will b review in KMM…its hotttttttt

    6 years ago
    • Probably not SNSD. It looks like their debut will be delayed 2 weeks because supposedly the files for the MV or song got corrupted.

      6 years ago
  24. Finaly! (FINALLY!!!) EAT considered NU’EST. But I’m upset(( U like almost every song, which u consider, but not this(( I love this song very much((

    6 years ago
  25. But…isn’t it JR that smashes the phone? :o If so then he’s the wizard and Aron only wishes he was, lol

    6 years ago
  26. The crumpled phone booth has JR in the scene, not Aron, Martina. And now I can’t watch that dancing in the end without thinking of Riverdance, which made my sis and I giggle through all of it. I love the song. The MV is good, but like Simon said, it’s fuel for fanfiction.

    6 years ago
  27. This idea of voting the MV up like crazy to simply finally get them a review is (what I feel) a wrong way of thinking and is not in the spirit of EYK. Vote up a song that is truly interesting and great, not because of the group/artist behind it. Which is why we are here now with this review. The song was nice, I agree with Martina on this part, but it wasn’t their best work. Y’all pushed for it so much, but it wasn’t by taking into consideration the actual song. S&M try to stress this so much (and this includes other groups as you had mentioned, not just Nu’est) especially during the EYKAs.

    You need to remember that not everyone on here are as big of fans on Nu’est as you are. You seem to look at them on a more intimate level. I think this goes for Simon and Martina as well. I like them, I listen to their songs too, but I’m not as involved in their careers as you seem to be. It’s not that we don’t care that they have been working hard or anything like that. Try not to look at it that way or to take it so personally.

    6 years ago
  28. MG

    I kept thinking of Face when Simon used the word generic that isn’t a word that ever came to mind when watching that video. I’m sorry if you feel depleted and sad for the Nu’est members.I don’t think winning should be important as long as it’s members are still happy performing. And they still have really caring dedicated fans. I look forward to their next come back soon. Remember even negative publicity is still publicity so don’t be disheartened by it. And I’m sure the members are happy having great fans like you. S&M spend a lot of time trying to make us laugh and spend less time trying to promote the video their fans loved enough to vote in. So it can sometimes be a bit of a let down even when they like the video.

    6 years ago
  29. GOD have i missed these! My mondays felt so empty without kpop reviews!

    Especially since Music Monday is how I hear some new songs that I may not have otherwise gone to listen to.

    On that note – I’m glad to see Nu’Est on here! I’ve had a bit of a soft spot for them for a while now since I saw a video with them dressed in blue suits and dancing in a freeway tunnel (the name of that video would be super helpful because I can’t seem to find it anywhere and I’m pretty sure it was nu’est…) ANYWHO~! Thanks for the comeback! We’ve missed you a lot!

    6 years ago
  30. I’m so CURIOUS yeah!!

    6 years ago
  31. I love these 30 seconds to disagree skit. Sometimes I disagree with your opinions (either I agree with Simon, Martina, or both if you are at the same level), but I enjoy KMM anyways because you always make it seem to be very entertaining like comedians. I am with Martina this time that “Hello” by NU’EST is not a bad song (*whispers* although I like SHINEE’s “Hello” as well…).

    6 years ago
  32. OMG THAT SCENE IN THE BEGINNING WAS USED FOR JJ PROJECT FOR BOUNCE!

    6 years ago
  33. Your ears are really red Simon, are you okay ?

    6 years ago
  34. This story is actually true. I mean the story of the MV. JR onced sayed this happened all to one of their manager.

    Also NU’EST always trying something new in each genre of music, as like their sleeptalking albums contains dance music, rap, rock, sth like a bit of jazzy slow and so on…

    I really love Hello by NU’EST as much as I love SHINee’s Hello and FTISLANDs Hello~

    But still, thanks for making a MM with NU’EST ^^

    6 years ago
  35. Ely

    Nu’est had a new and fresh style/tempo when they debuted with songs like Face and Action, but then they became more normal? Idk… XD

    6 years ago
    • I kind of agree. When I first say Face I was blown away by the message and the fact that they held to being a bit odd with the black and pink theme. Action followed and I was like, wow they can be great if they keep it up. Then it was like they quit trying to be different and fell into rote Kpop to make sales. I was disappointed.

      6 years ago
      • I agree. I think they could live up to their name if they send messages in their song that isn’t in a normal kpop video. But am I the only one that really liked this song? lol

        6 years ago
        • I did not dislike the song, I am all for a group trying new things. However, if they keep falling into the typical kpop routine I will probably find myself looking for more unique groups.

          6 years ago
  36. Simon! The part with creepy guy on the phone- spot on! So funny thou! Missed your KMM + so glad you’re back!

    6 years ago
  37. NOP :/ kinda disappointed (and im not Love or whatever their fan club name is)

    6 years ago
  38. I agreed with you even if you said I don’t have to agree. And I also laughed after a long time (last weekend was a long time… that is when you’ve got depression). So yeah… I just wanted to tell you guys: thank you! And I really mean it. :)

    6 years ago
  39. Best part of this KMM was definetely LOTR’s reference. You’re doing it right guise ;)))

    6 years ago
  40. Double mooooooooooooooooooo not double booooooooooooooo Martina, gosh you are terrible :P

    6 years ago