Kan Mi Youn takes obsessive fangirling to the next level by kidnapping MBLAQ’s Joon.
Did you like the song?
Today by request is Kan Miyoun’s “Going Crazy.” Her recent music videos, including “Paparazzi” and “Won’t Meet You,” all have the same theme of insanity and obsession that’s presented in light and amusing ways.
“Going Crazy” is a fast-paced song with a nice chorus, just as I’d expect from Miyoun. And it even features MBLAQ’s Mir rapping! However, although I like both those sections separately, I’m not sure they fit together seamlessly. Also, I would have liked the song to have a big crescendo to a climactic moment, but it basically stays level the whole time.
What was your favorite part of the song?
I love Mir’s rap. But my favorite part is probably the the end of the chorus.
Does the English make you want to rip your eardrums out?
The only English is in Mir’s rap with the words “pain,” “lame,” and—strangely—“Annie” in the line (translated) “You’re Misery’s Annie in the movie / Because you strangle my throat.” So it turns out that Mir is talking about the character of Annie Wilkes from Steven King’s novel Misery, which was adapted into a film starring Kathy Bates and James Caan.
Well, the plot of Misery essentially echoes the theme of this music video: dangerous fangirl obsession in a disturbed mind leading to kidnapping and torture. Epik High’s music video “Fan” also explores this topic as a kind of tribute to Misery—and Miyoun’s video shares lots of icons from that music video, like the TVs, how she ties him to a bed, and how she makes his clothes. I recommend watching that one if you’re interested in this theme, so I’ll just embed it here:
Did you like the video?
Every fangirl’s been there—you’re watching your favorite idol and fantasizing about what life would be like if they adored you and lived with you and wanted to marry you. Well, Miyoun takes this to its logical conclusion, with one important issue: the object of her fantasies doesn’t want to be with her in reality.
In many ways, this video is a warning to extreme, obsessive fangirls, ones who might literally be on the edge of sanity and considering doing something dangerous in the name of loving their idols (this kind of stuff, hand-in-hand with psychotic anti-fans, is apparently endemic to the Kpop world, in which fanclubs can function like cults). But Miyoun warns that even if you were to get your idol alone in a room and force them to marry you, you would still be unhappy because it wouldn’t be real love. Interesting stuff.
Was there a storyline? If so, did it make sense?
As I mentioned earlier, the video is basically a light, easily digestible introduction to the themes in Misery. Miyoun has MBLAQ’s Joon tied to her bed, tied to a pillar, sitting in a chair, standing in the closet, etc., like a life-sized Ken doll.
She keeps him well-fed while sewing her wedding dress and his wedding tuxedo and fantasizing about their happy life together. Then finally they have a marriage ceremony—talk about a shotgun marriage!—and she goes in to kiss him, but…
Miyoun is saddened by this rejection and puts him back in the closet…where it is revealed she has another, less attractive, guy waiting.
But the thing is…Joon has unbound legs and is big and strong. Miyoun is a tiny girl in high heels. How did she transfer Joon from one piece of furniture to another without him overpowering her? Moreover, why on earth doesn’t he just run away? In Misery the psychotic kidnapper has to drug and cripple her captive to get him to stay. How is Miyoun running this show when she has two guys to subdue?
Was the dance cool and distinctive?
Yup, I love Miyoun’s dances. She has great control, and the dances are definitely restrained, but they have distinctive moves. I like how the main move has Miyoun holding a hand to her head to show her craziness.
Do the members look good?
Miyoun looks convincingly disturbed while still childlike, and Mir and Joon are smoking hot. I have no problem believing that someone would want them tied up in a closet.
Which member stood out the most?
Although it’s Miyoun’s video, I’m afraid I have to give this to Mir, since he stood out a ton in his cameo—and he and Miyoun had great chemistry together. I love how they’re almost making out during his rap. They both look almost like androgynous versions of each other.
Do you like it enough to buy the song?
I definitely liked the song, but no, not enough to buy it.
Any ending thoughts?
Mir and Joon are my favorite members of MBLAQ, so it was nice to see them in a non-MBLAQ music video together.
“Note to self: wait until after Stockholm Syndrome sets in before trying to marry prisoner.”
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