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Kpop Music Mondays One Year Anniversary

September 6, 2011

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First off, we want to take the time to thank you for all of your awesome support. This is our 52nd Music Monday, our one year anniversary of doing this show, and we didn’t expect it to be where it is today. We first started the show, because many people were asking us to do more How to Dance Kpop videos, and we thought that we’d do it for a couple of months. But everyone’s responses were phenomenally supportive and encouraging, from your fan pics, to emails, to comments, to relentlessly spamming us lovingly on Twitter and Facebook to get us to review your favourite artists. Really, thanks everyone for liking this show and giving us the inspiration to keep on scripting and filming! To show our thanks, we’re having our biggest giveaway ever, which we’ll explain at the end of the post.

But first, our One Year Anniversary Special! We usually just talk about one video for Music Mondays, and we usually count your requests to decide who we review, but today we’re doing the videos we want to do, the videos that didn’t get enough votes to win for the week. We’re doing, finally, UV’s “Itaewon Freedom” and Xiah Junsu’s “Intoxication.” We were going to dedicate our entire anniversary special to just one, but – hell – we feel so strongly about both videos that we had to do both.

Itaewon Freedom:

This is the greatest video ever made. That is all.

If we ever got the money and crew and equipment to direct a Kpop music video, we’d make this video. If we had money to make a second video, we’d make this video again.

What makes this video so awesome is its context. Really. Kpop videos have been over-saturated with sexy boys and girls looking sexy on camera, doing sexy things and making sexy face. They train for countless hours to perfect the crispiest choreography. And we get that with just about every Kpop video that comes out, and – really – we get something like two to three kpop videos being released per week.

This video comes as a breath of fresh air. For those of you that don’t know, UV are actually well known comedians in Korea, and they’ve been around for a while, but this is 100% our favourite song by them. You got three older guise that aren’t necessarily the sexiest Korean guise out there and who aren’t necessarily the best dancers (although JYP’s guest appearance is prettttty awesome), all creating a rockingly entertaining video with crap sets and bad effects.

So for those of you that also don’t know about Itaewon, it’s a district in Seoul near a USA army base, so it has developed into a very foreigner friendly neighbourhood. It has import grocery stores, real foreign food (like authentic Indian food and the Irish Wolfhound Pub), and a foreign crowd. So, Korean people that go there can really let loose and act “foreign” which means, dress however you want and enjoy the non-judgemental atmosphere. HOWEVER, and this is a big however, it can sometimes be preeeettttyyy sketchy on the weekends after everyones been out drinking and dancing and *coughpickingfightscough* so we don’t really like that neighbourhood as much as we love Hondgae. But still, if you live in Korea, you learn to appreciate how Itaewon can comfort you when you feel homesick. That’s why Itaewon Freedom has ranked as a favourite amongst many foreigners in Korea that aren’t into kpop music. *Martina wipes away a tear and sucks it up to buy a super overpriced can of root beer*

One of the things that’s difficult for us when talking about this video is in saying anything funny about it. UV are comedic geniuses, and they’ve pre-emptively took all of our jokes from us. What can we say about it? Their outfits are bad? They wanted them to be bad. That their dancing sucks? They know that it sucks, and make it awesome in the process. That their special effects are silly? You don’t get that bad by accident. Being this bad, is an artform.

The video’s outdated, looks like the worst that the 80s has to offer. And the guys are too old to compete with the likes of young kpop boyz. But they take their weakness and make it their strength. It’s so…inspiring. Sure, they’re not taking themselves seriously. They’ve got the blanket of irony protecting them from criticism, but – hell – that doesn’t make this song less awesome.

Furthermore, they’ve got JYP, Overlord of one of the top Kpop labels in Korea, singing and dancing with them. That’s what really makes this song and video special for us. JYP, who knows the kpop scene very well, takes part in a kind of anti-kpop video. It’s just so…poetic. Too awesome for words.

Intoxication:

–Note–This is the shorter version. Why it’s shorter, we don’t know. Probably because it’s too sexy to air in its entirety.

Xiah Junsu’s “Intoxication” holds just as special a place in our hearts as Itaewon Freedom. We can’t begin to tell you how much we love the song. It’s epic. They lyrics are epic. The video is epic. The dancing is epic. But we don’t love it because it’s good (< ---speak for yourself Simon). We love it because it's sooooooo bad, but - unlike Itaewon Freedom - it doesn't mean to be so bad. And because of that, we love it even more. Don't get angry at us, Junsu fans. This song is ridiculous...ridiculously sexy, but that doesn't make it less enjoyable. Junsu has written the Korean equivalent to 90's R&B...which Simon grew up listening to:"DO YOU MIND IF I STROKE YOU UP? I don't mind...*punch*---OKAY! SIMON IS CUT OFF!!!! We were amused rather than aroused (<---speak for yourself Martina), but our amusement is endless. And, in turn, our amusement turned into love, pure, pure love for this song. Some people might be confused about the bananas joke. Nowhere does Junsu ever mention that he wants to rub bananas in the song, but the story behind it is this: when Martina was playing it on loop within the first couple of weeks of being introduced to the song, I - Simon here - heard the song in passing, when in another room. From the muffled sound of it, the part where Junsu says "let me feel your naughtiness" sounded like "let me feel bananas." As well, the part where he says "Momomoto, momomoto" in Japanese, I heard "Not a homo, not a homo." And so, my mishearing of the song led to our laughter, which led to an endless inside joke between us, which has since been translated to our videos. So, no, Junsu does not love bananas, nor does he want to rub them (<---speak for yourself Simon and Martina). But in our hearts, Junsu's passion for rubbing bananas is limitless. And funny side note...a few of my students (Martina) had begged me to play this song at the end of class. Without knowing how utterly raunchy this song was, I agreed. As the video played, my students covered their eyes, screamed and yelled things like, "AH TEACHER!!! DIRTY!!" and "OH NO! TEACHER NO!" and other awesome phrases while I stared on in shock. I'm pretty sure I corrupted about 80% of that class. My bad. Or should I say, JUNSU'S BAD!!! (ps-> got the same reaction from Rain’s “Hip Song”…oh innocent Korea…)

Our Special Giveaway: Updated

For our Kpop Music Mondays anniversary special, we’re giving away a lot more than usual. Thanks to YesAsia.com and YesStyle.com for contributing a bunch of albums for our giveaway. Woohoo!

The list of stuff we’re giving away now is:

    1 – After School Blue 4th Single Album
    2 – After School Red 4th Single Album
    3 – Sistar “So Cool”
    4 – Miss A – A Class album
    5 – Dal Shabet “Bling Bling”
    6 – Girl’s Day “Every Day”
    7 – Sunny Hill “Midnight Circus”
    8 – Junsu’s “Intoxication”
    9 – T-Ara’s “Roly Poly in Copacabana”
    10 – A Big Bang T-Shirt (two styles to choose from, and in M or L)
    11 – 7 wicked sets of extremely awesome and super magical fragical Kpop socks.

Shazam! ELEVEN prizes, for six different sites:

1) For YouTube, tell us in the comments what was your favourite Kpop Music Mondays moment.
2) For this site, answer the same question in the comments to this post!
3) For Facebook, answer the same question in the contest thread. If you don’t know where it is, look for it. Also, since this is now updated, look for a new post. Like it, and answer the same question there. Woot!
4) For Twitter, make sure you’re following us first, and then retweet the link to this page by clicking on the Twitter button above. Or if you’re too lazy to scroll up, you can click here.
5) For Tumblr, make sure you’re following us there as well, and then like and reblog the contest post.
6) For Google Plus users. We didn’t forget about you! Find our Google Plus Profile, add us to your circles. Then, +1 this post, and +1 the site as well. Woot!

We’ll pick two winners from YouTube, this site, Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr, and one from Google Plus, and announce the winners next week in our blooper footage. Speaking of which, here are this week’s bloopers as well:

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  1. OMG Happy 1 year anniversary :D My favorite moments were
    1) In MBLAQ “CRY” video, i almost died laughing at the picture moments..LOL the poses that Simon did was sooooo funny~
    2)The lip syncing in 2ne1 “UGLY” LOL LOVE THE SPUDGY SONG
    and HYUNA “Bubble Pop” when simon was dancing….omgg so disturbing but funny at the same time. I just had to show my friend that video and she almost died from laughing so much xD. 

    8 years ago
  2. At this moment, Aas I can remember, my favourite phrase from you Music Mondays is “Washing up my sexy windows” from f(x)’s “Danger” and one of the favourite moments was from B2st’s “Fiction” whenwhen you found out that the main guy is a vampire and Simon had  this hilarious photo of  Martina :D

    8 years ago
  3. I LOVED 0330 XD!! Poor AJ was so flustered when you “made fun” of his “r^2*pi thing” ;D!!

    8 years ago
  4. I LOVED 0330 XD!! Poor AJ was so flustered when you “made fun” of his “r^2*pi thing” ;D!!

    8 years ago
  5. I LOVED 0330 XD!! Poor AJ was so flustered when you “made fun” of his “r^2*pi thing” ;D!!

    8 years ago
  6. I LOVED 0330 XD!! Poor AJ was so flustered when you “made fun” of his “r^2*pi thing” ;D!!

    8 years ago
  7. woo hoo!! congrats guise! love from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada :D

    8 years ago
  8. woo hoo!! congrats guise! love from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada :D

    8 years ago
  9. Congratz on your Anniversary!!

    My favorite Music Monday would definitely be Infinite Be Mine. And the reason is pretty obvious. Not only did it give us Anime Martina and a clear explanation of the Be Min video..but it also gave us the sweetest love song ever.
     ‘Hello Beautiful Bubble Love’ is, quite frankly, the best MV ever created in the history of world.
    No..seriously.. A day doesn’t go by where I don’t bob my head, shake my tushi and mumble in a breathy tone “You are so yeppudah!”

    8 years ago
  10. Congratz on your Anniversary!!

    My favorite Music Monday would definitely be Infinite Be Mine. And the reason is pretty obvious. Not only did it give us Anime Martina and a clear explanation of the Be Min video..but it also gave us the sweetest love song ever.
     ‘Hello Beautiful Bubble Love’ is, quite frankly, the best MV ever created in the history of world.
    No..seriously.. A day doesn’t go by where I don’t bob my head, shake my tushi and mumble in a breathy tone “You are so yeppudah!”

    8 years ago
  11. Hello Martina & Simon! :D
    Well, my favorite Music Monday segment was totally the ‘I Am The Best’ by 2NE1 :D
    heeehhh, remembering that time when there’s this tweet about this ‘mysterious’ guy’ dancing around the washing machines being totally into the beat of 2NE1 new song :D loveit~
    & of course, Martina’s cute TOP hat. <3

    -Jermaine

    8 years ago
  12. YOU SHALL NOT PASS…ROFL :)
    Itaewon Freedom – nice crazy song. I miss 80´s music.

    N.B.: Shouldn´t be “x” in name Xiah read as “Sh”?

    8 years ago
  13. My favorite Music Monday’s was f(x)’s Danger. It was the first video of you guys I saw, and I’m pretty sure I was laughing every 5 seconds. It was really funny.

    8 years ago
  14. My favorite Music Monday moment was the beginning of the Brohoho store. The whole Flaxton Street nonsense cracks me up and my friends and I have tons of inside jokes from the Brohoho moment. xD

    8 years ago
  15. My favorite Music Monday moment was the beginning of the Brohoho store. The whole Flaxton Street nonsense cracks me up and my friends and I have tons of inside jokes from the Brohoho moment. xD

    8 years ago
  16. My favorite Music Monday moment was the beginning of the Brohoho store. The whole Flaxton Street nonsense cracks me up and my friends and I have tons of inside jokes from the Brohoho moment. xD

    8 years ago
  17. Happy anniversary!!! I love K-pop Music Mondays so much! Your videos always cheer me up :D

    Just watchen Junsu’s PV. I can’t take the song seriously because I remember this melody from your vids haha

    8 years ago
  18. Happy anniversary!!! I love K-pop Music Mondays so much! Your videos always cheer me up :D

    Just watchen Junsu’s PV. I can’t take the song seriously because I remember this melody from your vids haha

    8 years ago
  19. Happy anniversary!!! I love K-pop Music Mondays so much! Your videos always cheer me up :D

    Just watchen Junsu’s PV. I can’t take the song seriously because I remember this melody from your vids haha

    8 years ago
  20. my favourite moment..well favourite moments is the kprop guy! brohohohoho, lives at flaxton st.

    8 years ago
  21. my favourite moment..well favourite moments is the kprop guy! brohohohoho, lives at flaxton st.

    8 years ago
  22. My favorite music monday was when you first called b2st batoost! I also really really loved the first time Mordnay ever came into the picture! He made me laugh so hard, I really look forward to your guys’ music mondays – they always cheer me up and can always make a bad day good for me. Actually just recently, on your music monday for B1A4 (or Bilasa haha!) I was having a really bad day after being yelled at by several costumers at work – for things I didn’t even do. When I came home, I had totally forgotten it was even monday, but I checked my youtube subscriptions on youtube & when I saw your video – it really did make my day a million times better. So basically, overall, I just want to say that I actually CAN’T choose my favorite music monday because they’re ALL amazing – you make me laugh at least one per video, and you’ve inspired me to teach English in Korea when I finish school. Thank you guys so much for being such awesome people, don’t stop what you’re doing – and I hope your fame grows even more and you feel as happy as I do when I see you guys have a new video up. Thanks!!! <3
    – Forever a fan, Kierra. 

    8 years ago
  23. My favorite music monday was when you first called b2st batoost! I also really really loved the first time Mordnay ever came into the picture! He made me laugh so hard, I really look forward to your guys’ music mondays – they always cheer me up and can always make a bad day good for me. Actually just recently, on your music monday for B1A4 (or Bilasa haha!) I was having a really bad day after being yelled at by several costumers at work – for things I didn’t even do. When I came home, I had totally forgotten it was even monday, but I checked my youtube subscriptions on youtube & when I saw your video – it really did make my day a million times better. So basically, overall, I just want to say that I actually CAN’T choose my favorite music monday because they’re ALL amazing – you make me laugh at least one per video, and you’ve inspired me to teach English in Korea when I finish school. Thank you guys so much for being such awesome people, don’t stop what you’re doing – and I hope your fame grows even more and you feel as happy as I do when I see you guys have a new video up. Thanks!!! <3
    – Forever a fan, Kierra. 

    8 years ago
  24. my favorite was jyj’s “ayyy girl” just because Simon keeps mentioning in other videos that one line from the poorly written rap lyrics: WHAT’S YO FRIEND’S ATTITUDE WHY SHE SO DAMN RUDE HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!
    I really wish i could make it my ringtone but don’t know how.. D;

    8 years ago
  25. My favorite Music Mondays moment was when you guys reviewed B2ST’s “Beautiful” and Martina went all ghetto about Junhyung’s girlfriend breaking up with him for hurting himself. “Did that trick just drop that fine piece of Batoost hottness cause he damaged himself?!” LOL!

    8 years ago
  26.  My favorite segment was SHINee’s Japanese version of “Replay”. C:
    When Martina was dancing and Simon was giving that daebak commentary…I died over and over and OVER!!! XD

    8 years ago
  27. I like the english of the song and in almost every 3rd video someone is rubbing his lips. Simon doesn’t like that. That make it more funny. ^^

    8 years ago
  28. Definitely Martina’s rap for 2NE1’s Can’t Nobody. Epic. “My name is M to the R to the S, SHAZAM!” and “Don’t get all Flinchy, my name is Minzy” and pronouncing Minzy with the ch sound. LOL.

    8 years ago
  29. Ayy Girl! HAHAHA OMG I LAUGHED SO MUCH. 

    8 years ago
  30. I’m a huge fan of F-Art. 
    J-Iz and Man Man Man Man Man forever!! 
    Simon brings the group morale down…

    8 years ago
  31. I’m a huge fan of F-Art. 
    J-Iz and Man Man Man Man Man forever!! 
    Simon brings the group morale down…

    8 years ago
  32. Mine is definitely the U-KISS ep. with 0330. When simon did a poetry piece on math. Let me take out the length of my hypotenuse. HAHA

    8 years ago
  33. My favorite Kpop Music Monday was when you guys did No More perfume I love that you guys weren’t afraid to voice your opinions on it and it wasn’t in a hurtful way it was done in a classic EYK way which I love very much. Keep up the good work guys I can’t wait to see more Videos :D yay for 1 year~~~

    8 years ago
  34. My favorite Kpop Music Monday was when you guys did No More perfume I love that you guys weren’t afraid to voice your opinions on it and it wasn’t in a hurtful way it was done in a classic EYK way which I love very much. Keep up the good work guys I can’t wait to see more Videos :D yay for 1 year~~~

    8 years ago
  35. I really liked your review on U-Kiss’s Shut Up because that MAN BRA was the funniest thing you guys pointed out ever

    8 years ago
  36. my favorite music monday was miss a baby goodbye because in the bloopers martina was so CUTE! <3 " C-U-T-E dont you wish you looked like me im cute (clap clap clap) im cute (clap clap) M-A-M-A i know how i got that way my mama ( clap clap clap) my momma(clap clap)…….. kay lets start recording. (simon: )it was already recording the whole time. ._. NOOOOOOOO dont bloooper footage it! (simon) its goign in the bloopers NOOOOOOOOOOOOO:C <3 I LOVE YOU GUYS!

    8 years ago
  37. The first time Simon FARTed and the first appearance of Moredny Present!
    PLEASE I MUST HAVE THOSE SOCKS

    8 years ago
  38. The first time Simon FARTed and the first appearance of Moredny Present!
    PLEASE I MUST HAVE THOSE SOCKS

    8 years ago
  39. The first time Simon FARTed and the first appearance of Moredny Present!
    PLEASE I MUST HAVE THOSE SOCKS

    8 years ago
  40. The first time Simon FARTed and the first appearance of Moredny Present!
    PLEASE I MUST HAVE THOSE SOCKS

    8 years ago