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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. My favorite MM moment is JYJ’s “rolling down the sexy windows” in “AYY Girl” MV review.  That was legendary.

    8 years ago
  2. Happy anniversary!  My fav Music Monday was JYJ’s Ayy Girl!

    8 years ago
  3. I think mine would be, Fart: Face Arousal Raunchy Thrusting and Manly sweeping like a man, <3 

    8 years ago
  4. I love them all!! with the mordney present appearances, BILASSAAAAA! batoost and all that…but imma say TOP’s turn it up, because i’m just very top biased (like you martina :D) and you never did a video for block b :( so i’ll go with this one :DDDD and we get to see jealous Simon and fangirl Martina :3 

    8 years ago
  5. My favorite Kpop Music Monday was in the 2NE1 review where Martina was posing as Dara and Simon was the boyfriend… “You know what I do to my boyfriends? I KILL THEM!!!”
    Then Fiery passion of killing rampages on :)

    8 years ago
  6. I love every episode, but I loved the Bang Yong Gook “I Remember” when you broke down Korean Drama kissing. I laughed so hard. It was so spot on. Korean Drama kissing is just looks so silly.

    8 years ago
  7. I love every episode, but I loved the Bang Yong Gook “I Remember” when you broke down Korean Drama kissing. I laughed so hard. It was so spot on. Korean Drama kissing is just looks so silly.

    8 years ago
  8. I love every episode, but I loved the Bang Yong Gook “I Remember” when you broke down Korean Drama kissing. I laughed so hard. It was so spot on. Korean Drama kissing is just looks so silly.

    8 years ago
  9. My favourite music Mondays moment? Where is it revealed that both Simon and Martina are revealed to be 91 and 81 years old in Mona Lisa. Damn that accordion music!!! That and when Simon danced Bubble Pop.

    8 years ago
  10. My favorite was when Simon’s beard regrew within seconds because he constantly has to shave (because I have the same problem!)

    8 years ago
  11. My favorite Music Monday moment is when Martina’s was banning songs in Teen Top – No More Perfume on You. 

    8 years ago
  12. My favorite Music Mondays is ” 2NE1 I’m the Best ” !! because it’s one of the funniest videos you guys made .Simon’s customized hat really made me laugh . and martina’s T.O.P hat is OSSUUUUUM 

    8 years ago
  13. YOU WANNA KNOW? YOU WANNA KNOW?! i only got one this to say to you brotha.

    booble pop. THAT IS ALL. now, DANCE SPUDGY DANCE.

    8 years ago
  14. Definitely Mordney moments, but its also tied with when you guys dressed as ninjas and danced bits of Lucifer for the SHINee music Monday ^^

    8 years ago
  15. Congrats on the anniversary! :DDD
    I loved the pee dance and the rolling down sexy windows dance. Those were amazing. Also after watching your videos I couldn’t see f(x)’s Danger mv the same way again.

    Oh, and Spudgy <3

    8 years ago
  16. My favourite part is actually the few times you have done Big Bang/GD&TOP/TOP songs and Martina either flips out or is in shock at its awsomeness. It proves that I’m not as much of an insane fangirl as I think, or at least I’m not alone in it, haha!

    8 years ago
  17. favorite? mmmhhh…
    Nah, I don’t need to think actually XD
    It was the “Keep your head down edition” for several reasons :

    1)
    It’s the first one I saw (I think it was… it’s the first one I
    remember so it’s special anyways) x) *getting emotional* yes, that’s how
    I entered the world of eatyourkimchi. and it was 4am. My stomach hurt
    because I couldn’t stop laughing and I had to keep it low to not wake up
    my family (and my dog =P who was sleeping on my bed, snoring…pulling
    on the sheets…)

    2) It took eatyourkimchi for me to understand
    that Max HAD a super power. I did not realize he had one. yeah, it was
    that bad. I actually wondered why on earth Yunho had that awesome power
    of burning down everything while Max was just… there XD (I did not
    mind, I liked the presence of his pectorals)

    3) I used it to
    convert a friend to eatyourkimchi. Now, she always sees the new videos
    before me. I feel so cheated on. I feel like… Smeagol. Try to be nice
    and then, they take the precious away from us -_- sort of.

    I have
    developed weird habits though. I say Betoost, Bilasa, rolling down my
    sexy window, Max time! and so on too often around people who have no
    idea what I’m talking about. I’m sure your evil side is sniggering.
    Don’t lie. I snigger too x)

    anyways, this was too long already so : HAPPY ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY and keep it up ^^

    8 years ago
  18. My  favorite moment was the first time you guys introduced us to 

    Facial
    ArousalRaunchyThrustingI think I laughed so hard I snorted. It was just amazing.. and I showed all my friends and family F.A.R.T I still laugh a little every time I see it.

    8 years ago
  19. My  favorite moment was the first time you guys introduced us to 

    Facial
    ArousalRaunchyThrustingI think I laughed so hard I snorted. It was just amazing.. and I showed all my friends and family F.A.R.T I still laugh a little every time I see it.

    8 years ago
  20. I had so many favorites moments in your Music Mondays videos, but really I must say that your JYJ review was the best because it leads to so many jokes you made after! Like all your Kanye West jokes (What’s you friend’s attitude why she so damn rude Ehhhhhh?) And roll down tha sexy window. Definitely my favorite kpop move because of Simon XD I love you guys and keep up your amazing work!

    8 years ago
  21. I had so many favorites moments in your Music Mondays videos, but really I must say that your JYJ review was the best because it leads to so many jokes you made after! Like all your Kanye West jokes (What’s you friend’s attitude why she so damn rude Ehhhhhh?) And roll down tha sexy window. Definitely my favorite kpop move because of Simon XD I love you guys and keep up your amazing work!

    8 years ago
  22. I love Simon’s modeling pictures for MBLAQ’s Cry. It just makes me double over in laughter every time I watch that video. <3 Love you guys!

    8 years ago
  23. Teen Top’s Supa Luv. Why? It’s the reason I re-found your videos and
    subscribed. Plus, yeah, I admit. The whole “Pedobear” concept did draw
    me in a little. I’m a consumer, really. :|

    8 years ago
  24. The Anniversary special has got to be my favorite because of its significance. This video encompasses everything that Music Mondays have become since 1 year ago, including Simon’s boss tees, Martina’s awesome, ever-changing hair, Mordney, hilariously insane MVs, sexily banned MVs, overly cute MVs, Rolling down your sexy window, Kiss me touch me rub my bananas, awesome giveaways, Engrish, lip-rubbing, FARTing, and, most importantly, SPUDGY! Thanks for an Eatyourkimchi year and many more to come!

    8 years ago
  25. the best kpop music monday  was simons ranch hat in the review of 2ne1’s i am the best…… face arousal RANCHY thrusting !!!

    8 years ago
  26. My favorite moment is when Simon made a math poem in Ukiss’s Music Monday…the length of my hypotenuse had me rolling with laughter.  It was especially funny since AJ actually saw the video and commented on the r^2*pi.  

    8 years ago
  27. LOL! I am an absolute fan of Junsu. You know what I thought about Junsu’s video? I thought, “What is he trying to be? A male stripper?!?!?” I love him and all, but it was weird. >.< I love all the references you make from the Ayy girl video. haha and as soon as I said this on facebook, simontron and martinatron talked about it! Made me laugh so hard.

    8 years ago
  28. My favourite moments has been with Mordney. Videos with him cheer me up! Congrats!

    8 years ago
  29. my fav moment is when Simon was doing the Hyuna Bubble Pop dance

    8 years ago
  30. my fav moment is when Simon was doing the Hyuna Bubble Pop dance

    8 years ago
  31. My favorite kpop Music Monday was Teen Top’s “Don’t Spray Perfume” because it’s the one review I remember that you surprised everyone by reviewing it mostly in a negative way while everyone was expecting you to say nice things, so it’s nice that you were, above everything, honest with your review. Plus you also managed to be hilarious xD. Happy 1 year anniversary to Music Mondays and fighting to eatyourkimchi :D!

    8 years ago
  32. bob

    I LOVED MUSIC MONDAY WITH BIG BANG. because i believe its one of the funniest videos youve made. l

    8 years ago
  33. My favourite Music Mondays moment is when Simon makes fun of Martina when she talks about T.O.P.!!!! 

    8 years ago
  34. I would have to say T-ara’s yayaya, martina i love ur dance i  it<3

    8 years ago
  35. I have a LOT of favorites… The moments that come to mind when I think about KMM have to be the windows (JYJ and f(x)), because my sister and I do that to each other all the time (she does JYJ Ayy Girl Rollin’ Down Mah Sexy Windows and I do f(x) Danger Washing Mah Sexy Windows) whenever I come home from college. OH and I loveeeeeed the Heart to Heart episode – that’s the one I show my friends! I also love the TVXQ Keep Your Head Down one – MAX TIME! I LOVEEEE Kpop Music Mondays! I have to say, this is something that my sister and I both watch and keeps us in touch when I’m off at college! Whenever I come home, we reference the moments from KMM and laugh so much! I don’t want to be too dramatic about it… but it’s definitely something that’s kept us close =]

    8 years ago
  36. teen top-no more perfume on
    you, why!? because of everything you said was everything i wanted to
    say! you nailed every single point fans were all crazy about and when
    you mentioned that they stole UKISS set, i just died! you guys made me
    laugh so hard! and the whole story you made up to go with the set
    recycling..hahahahh thanks to you guys i always look forward to Mondays
    NO MATTER WHAT :D

    8 years ago
  37. I loved the robots xD btw it’s ‘Ssya’ Junsu –> Xiah Junsu xD Intoooxicaatiooon!! Virgin bunnies…Martina..? TT.TT Why does Simon’s ‘sexy’ dancing sound like Spudgy? O.o hum ‘Messenges’ Simon? xD I loved this Kpop Music Monday!!
     But i think my favorite was…U-KISS’ Shut Up xD It was the first appearance of Mordney (who i love so much) and i really cracked up at the man-bra part xD Ofc i loved all the episodes with F-ART too :D and the very first one…Miss A’s Bad Girl Good Girl and Simon’s sweatpants xD
     i really love this corner and i hope it will go on for a very long time! I’ll continue supporting you and waiting for your videos! Love you guys! + Spudgy :)
    Happy Anniversary :D

    8 years ago
  38. My favorite music monday moment was your awkward kiss in the I remember review. LOL I remember laughing so hard. It was so true and really cute! I dont know why but it was. 

    8 years ago
  39. My favorite one would be… HELLO HELLO BY F.T. ISLAND. xD The dance move is hilarious when simon does it and wverything in it is amazing. fireman are in the building. LOL

    8 years ago
  40. My favorite kpop music monday moment was in the Teen Top Supa Luv review:
    “… he starts pressing these buttons on his computer, and it ends up being some kind of vending machine for Korean boys…”
    WHO WOULDNT WANT THAT? ^_^

    8 years ago