Considering the fallout SYWH experienced in the comments section of that dubstep article, I was kinda apprehensive about writing a music piece. However, I think any potential butthurt comments that come about as a result of this article are going to be swiftly disrespected, disregarded and dismissed. I mean really, it’s an article about azn pop. How weird and spergy do you have to be to defend its tr00ness?
That being said, I think it’s time we addressed K-POP.
I’m not going to even bother posting PSY’s Gangnam Style because the majority of the internet has already seen it. Google it if you haven’t yet. According to columnists who are really into taking things too seriously, the entire video and song is a subversive undermining of Gangnam, which is a wealthy suburb of Seoul. I really don’t care about the Sociology 101 buzzword bingo that people play with shit like this, so I leave my mortarboard at home before enjoying weird music videos produced in a language I can’t understand.
Instead, I’ll start with G-Dragon, another big name right now. I’m pretty sure he’s one part of a group called Big Bang. You’ve probably seen gifs all over tumblr from this vid, so apologies for the entry-level example. It’s a really good one, though.
Paging Sarge to ask what the deal is with the font they used to spell out “One Of A Kind” on the wall behind all the dancers.
G-Dragon is in another duo called GD&TOP, and this vid was my first exposure to k-pop. It’s almost two years old, and due to the current rate at which pop culture loses relevancy, it already seems really, REALLY dated (musically, at least). The song is way more tame than the current crop of hyper-danceable k-pop jams, but the video is still pretty weird (good). Also, I think Diplo produced this track? Or at least collaborated with them?
K-pop’s reigning girl group is 2NE1, and they’re actually pretty awesome. They’re also super hot and kinda have a bad bitch vibe (though that’s probably just an act. some of their videos are them being cute girls in space). This vid is like there are four Lady Gagas, and despite being a year old, has held up way better than Knock Out. I like Gaga, so I’m really into this video.
I was going to publish this article a couple days ago, but work and school got in the way. Turns out that was a good thing, though! A brand new track and MV from Secret dropped just last night and it is super good. I actually think the girls in this group are better looking than 2NE1 (maybe not better singers, tho). The lead kpop idol in the group, Jeon Hyosung gives me a pants-ripping bonar/10. Was kinda put off by the noir + sequined burlesque outfits + kind of channeling that Lady Marmalade MV from 2001, but the music and aznness of the whole affair makes up for it imho.
I’ll finish up with a group I found after getting a source for all these weird gifs coming from a kpop vid I hadn’t seen. The group is Tiny-G, and while their style and set-design kinda suck right now (probably due to being up-and-comers), I think the song is great and that they have a lot of potential. Basically it’s like what would happen if Disney thought up Kreayshawn in 2005.
I think they won a Korean version of those Talent Show shows. Oh yeah, and this is getting some hardcore kpop fans all up in arms about how they’re a 2NE1 ripoff or something or other. I don’t really know enough about kpop at this point to be judgmental, but I think it’s a good example of people taking it too seriously. Don’t do that. Also, not sheriff this video qualifies as falling under that umbrella of oblivious asian racism or not.
Hope you liked these vids. I think k-pop has sufficiently dethroned jpop both in terms of bizarreness and overall quality of music, but who knows. Japan is really, really good at exporting their pop culture, but it’s dangerous if you openly like it too much (via coming across as childish and gross). In the early 2000s, Japanese stuff was basically cornered and claimed by those mouth-breathing kids who wore fedoras and tanuki tails to the Suncoast video store in the mall. So I think at this point, Korea is in a good position to market their pop culture to a completely different demographic that isn’t awful in every way.
I also did some googling and found this, which also helps explain what I think is happening.
Who is the most smashable azn in this set? Who is the most wifeable? Is this just a case of weeaboo in normalz clothing? do you prefer azns? Would you ever blast this out of your infiniti? Do you think it’s weird and jarring that they use a Samsung phone instead of an iPhone in the Knock Out vid, or is it because Samsung is a ubiquitous brand that is headquartered in korea? KPOP, kpop, k-pop, K-Pop, or K-POP?