“Cool song, shame about the MV” The 8 most disappointing K-pop videos of 2013
Music. Love it or hate it most of us seem to not be able to function without it in our life’s in some way. This is true regardless of the type of music you listen to and a good song is always improved by an equally impressive music video. But sometimes bad things happen to good songs. Below are just 8 of the hundreds of songs released this whose MV’s have left me wondered why I bothered entering them into YouTube in the first place.
1. Phantom – New Era
Phantom, Phantom, Phantom…what is going on with you? With your always awkward MV’s and your flawless voices, I thought you would be a group I could love a little more with each song. I remember you dressing as Freddie Mercury on YouTube. I recall the sexy times. I thought we were supposed to bond. But it seems this bond was not supposed to be built. It actually might just need to stop now.
You see I watch K-music MV’s for the bright colours, funny little colours and unique things I am bound to see. The objectification of women I am not cool with. It’s cheap and done not to represent the video but to increase the views. Gone are the original ideas that were shown in ‘Hole in your Face’ and in their place are cheap attention grabbing tactics that don’t challenge the viewer in any way. If I wanted to view soft-core porn there are plenty of sites online I could do so. Really not impressed, which is a shame because I found the song pretty catchy (and I still do).
2. EXO – Video Drama Episode 1, 2…3?
Calling Planet EXO! Calling Planet EXO!
It’s been just over a year and a half since the debut of the wonder group they call EXO and I still have little to no idea what’s going on past the fact that since then they have amounted more fans than U-KISS have in the five and a half years they have been going as a group. What I can be sure of is that what Exotics want they get, as, when they requested more ‘dramatic’ videos from the group and less dancing in random rooms with green screens, they got it. Unfortunately the end result was a little more confusing than the group itself (don’t kill me I come in peace and offer cookies and banana milk!). Oh well at least the fans still have the catchy songs! If there is a part 3 to the drama someone has to let me know because I’m still lost on Planet EXO and I just want to get off now.
More dancing in front of green screens and less acting please, EXO. The dancing is actually rather enjoyable.
3. Wassup – WA$$UP (or the other way around? The group can’t decide and neither can I)
Where to start with this one? So many things could have improved it. To begin with, taking away the twerking. Now we all know that the only reason the concept was used by Wassup was to have them stand out amongst the endless other girl groups that are constantly being debuted but come on! You can’t say you are going to do something and then not do it. I’ve watched this MV countless times now and I am yet to see even a hint of an actual twerk in sight. I’ve spotted the odd twitch and slust (slight thrust) but no twerking. Add in the little aspect of half of the group members looking as though they have had a run in with a wild group of Oompa Loompas and the now jobless cast of Jersey Shore and you could say that this MV was a little more than a problem. What happened? Budget cuts?
However despite that all the issues (and there are more) I still find the song pretty catchy. Annoyingly so, actually.
4. Taeyang – Ringa Linga
I mean the song is catchy as hell, even if it does seem like a bit of a cast off from a certain other member’s album *cough cough*. You could even say that out of all the Big Bang comebacks and solo comebacks this song is one of my favourites but the MV… well it was pretty rubbish.
Let’s all be honest now without thinking I’m ‘hating’ (because I’m not) GD is in the MV for no reason other than the fact that his GD. Yes he wrote the song but he plays no actual part in it. He has no verses, there is no little GD ‘rap’ and yet there he is and he takes over the MV with his presence alone. This is a shame because just like so many other fans I waited patiently to see a Taeyang comeback. If I wanted to see GD I could have just as easily watched one of his many MVs released this year.
5. Crayon Pop – Bar Bar Bar (Global Version)
This hurts me, it hurts me so much my fingers are refusing to write. But they must. I cannot allow this crime to go along without being punished any longer! Crayon Pop are (no laughing please) one of my favourite K-pop groups currently. But I’m not alone – ask anyone and they will tell you just how much the entire site loves them. However what we don’t love is the fact that after the impressive (but not shocking) success of Bar Bar Bar some nutjob decided that the group needed a global version…that was basically a mini remake of Gangnam Style. I shake my head at you ‘Global Version’ in disgust. But I still love you Crayon Pop!
6. K.Will – Love Blossom
Its K.Will so disliking the song would be a sin. Disliking the MV though…not so much. You see, it took just 30 seconds for K.Will to die during of his rare features in a MV for his own song! But that’s all ok apparently because L (Infinite) and Dasom (Sistar) fall in love. Not impressed. Kindly insert your own swear words and fill in the gaps, this one has me at a loss for words.
7. Troublemaker – Now
Sexual Tension. Of all the things this song and video lack this is what I need to mark out as the biggest pain the ass to me. I had to go on YouTube to link the video and I came across countless comments which read along the lines of ‘God the sex they must be having!’ but I don’t see it myself. You see no matter how many near crouch touching, rough kissing, throwing on beds scenes you throw in, there is, to me, zero sexual tension between the pair in this MV. The entire video screams out awkward and comes across more as friends crossing boundaries that should stay in place, than lovers going a little crazy over their wild love.
8. GD – Crooked
GD the fashion icon. GD the producer. GD one fifth of one of the biggest internationally known K-Pop groups. I like you, I enjoy your music but this video not so much. Everything was a little too one dimensional. GD walks, lays on couch, gets into a tussle, runs down the street, runs along a tunnel, is in the centre of a semi-crowded ‘mosh pit’ in a club. Nothing stood out and grabbed me like they usually do.
I’ve seen your other MV’s (who hasn’t?!?) and they are a lot better than what you offered with Crooked. Which is a deep, deep shame because after listening to the song a few times on repeat I have to say that this is by far one of the best you have released and should have been worthy of a better MV. Something that was very achieveable. You were in London! The missed oppourtunies, I shake my head at you, sir (whilst I listen to Crooked again because it’s a damn good song).
These MVs, again, are just 8 of many that I have not enjoyed as much as I wished I could have, but that is just my opinion alone. However we would love to know yours. Which songs have you been impressed with this year but the MV’s have been a little less than up to scratch?