Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Review: Boyfriend–“Don’t Touch My Girl”

Boyfriend explore the five stages of grief with their cheating girlfriend in their new music video.

Did you like the song?
After their super-cute debut, Boyfriend is back with an equally cute song (at least musically, not so much lyrics-wise). And…I thought it was okay. It’s faced-paced and light, but it just wasn’t that interesting to me. Also, the music didn’t really match the lyrics, which gave it a weird feel.

Boyfriend members K-pop

Hyunseong, Minwoo, Kwangmin, Youngmin, Donghyun, and Jeongmin.

What was your favorite part of the song?
I like one of the last chorus repetitions starting at “hey yo.” I think the song changes its key there, and I always love key changes. :)

Does the English make you want to rip your eardrums out?
The lyrics of this song are actually very sad, but interestingly, they perfectly match the Kübler-Ross model of the five stages of grief (denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance).

So the way I interpret the lyrics is that there’s a guy dating his girlfriend, but she cheats on him, and this is how he’s trying to cope (denial and anger—“don’t touch my girl”—pleading/bargaining with her to come back, and finally mourning as he realizes that what they had is now over. (They haven’t quite reached the acceptance stage yet.) But the whole crying while trying to smile thing? Oh, my heart.

Boyfriend Don’t Touch My Girl Kwangmin tear

Just look at that perfect tear.

Oh, yeah, I was supposed to talk about the English. There’s not much English, just the occasional “your eyes,” “your man,” “she’s a liar,” etc., but it’s 100% good! Wow, that may be a first—oh. Oh, wait. I forgot the line “You’re my lady with you.” So that doesn’t really make sense. Oh well. At least it’s well-pronounced gibberish.

Did you like the video?
Ewww, who uses each other’s toothbrushes? That’s gross, guys. Never mind, I think they’re just brushing each other’s teeth, not using each other’s toothbrushes.

Boyfriend Don’t Touch My Girl toothbrushes

But still. That’s kind of weird.

This music video manages to be both cute and disturbing. It starts off pretty sweetly, with cute balloons and rooftop dancing.

Boyfriend Don’t Touch My Girl balloons

Fun! Happy!

Then it eventually becomes sad and dark, aided by that horrible filter or whatever it is that makes every scene seem dim and dusty, like either Korea has a massive air pollution problem or the entire thing was shot in an attic. Oh, wait.

Boyfriend Don’t Touch My Girl attic dance

And that damn sun flare made me crazy! Ugh!

Was there a storyline? If so, did it make sense?
Here’s what I wrote before I looked up the lyrics: did she die? Did she disappear? Was he just imagining her? WTF is going on in this video?

And after: well, now the storyline is pretty clear. His girlfriend cheated on him with the five other guys of Boyfriend. Man, that must suck. Minwoo had the engagement ring and everything.

Boyfriend Minwoo engagement ring

Don’t worry, Minwoo. I’m sure there are a million fangirls just waiting to take her place.

(I still think that my boyfriend’s theory that she just evaporated may hold some weight.)

Was the dance cool and distinctive?
The “you’re my lady” dance—actually lots of parts of this song/vid/dance—reminds me of the smelling the perfume dance in TEEN TOP’s “No More Perfume on You,” except I like the message in Boyfriend’s version much more.

Do the members look good?
Doesn’t the girl in this music video (Lee Seyoung) kind of resemble Bora from Sistar? This is particularly interesting since Bora was actually in their first music video.

Regardless, yes, they look great—especially in these awesome military/old school naval uniforms.

Boyfriend members K-pop Don't Touch My Girl

Jeongmin, Kwangmin, Minwoo, Youngmin, Donghyun, and Hyunseong.

Which member stood out the most?
Oh my God, this was so hard! Okay, in terms of looking the most distinctive, I would give it to Youngmin. I mean, he’s a twin but looked unmistakable in every scene he was in. Still, since I’m mentioning him later on with his twin brother Kwangmin, I will put the member I thought was the cutest, and that’s Jeongmin. He has such a sweet smile.

Boyfriend Jeongmin

Yay, Jeongmin.

Do you like it enough to buy the song?
Not really, I’m afraid. It’s missing something for me.

Any ending thoughts?
This group has twins in it! (Did you notice?) I am really fascinated by twins and love Jo Kwangmin and Jo Youngmin a lot! :)

Boyfriend Jo twins

Youngmin and Kwangmin.

Boyfriend’s one-liner:
“Since I’ve been watching Kpop, I have seen a girl get traded, a couple deaths, and a few fights. I thought this was going to be the first one with a happy couple. But then she evaporated.”

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