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Cabi Song- 2PM/So Nyeo Shi Dae

This is an advertisement for Caribbean Bay, a water park in South Korea.

Lyrics: ?/5
It’s exactly what you would expect from an advertisement. It says it’s a hot summer and it’s about a girl and a guy getting closer in the heat. But it doesn’t forget to mention “Cabi”- Caribbean bay.

Dancing: NA
No dancing in this ad.

Story: 5/5
It’s pretty cute actually. Chansung, Taecyeon and Nichkhun of 2PM as well as Yuri, Yoona, and Seohyun of SNSD are lifegards at Caribbean Bay in training. They don’t want to talk to each other and refuse to fraternize, as it is looked down upon, but as the training goes on they start to fall in love, eventually each of them is partnered up. Taecyeon with Yoona, Nichkhun with Yuri, and (predictably) Seohyun and Chansung (both are the youngest of their group). In the end they all come together at a final party and have fun.

Other Things

This is a good MV for male fans of SNSD and female fans of 2PM, as the guys of 2PM are completely shirtless and the girls of SNSD have basically training bras on. Eye candy no matter which group you’re looking at.


Ladies and Gentlemen: Eye Candy

In the party scene the other dancers are members of 2PM and SNSD. They all dance the “Cabi Song” choreography together and have fun. Like I said, it’s kind of a cliche advertisement, but I like the little love stories, they add another dimension to the whole thing.



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I’ll Be Back- 2 PM

I actually like this MV more as I re-watch it. My initial impressions were not great, I’ll admit.

The song is a promise at the end of a bad relationship. The guys are agreeing to step back and leave, but they swear to return when the girl is ready to accept that no one can love her as much as they do. It is also their side of the argument, asking how the girl’s feelings could change so much.
I’ll be back/ you’re going to look for me again/ I’ll come back then/ Because no one can love you as much as I do/ You’ll be back/ you’re going to come back to me/ that’s why I’m letting you go/ I know it/ you can’t live without me/ I’ll be back

This is where my issues really come from. The dance looks kind of stupid. The run in place is a bad move, and the go forward and slide back looks just as awkward. A song like this has a good beat for stronger dancing, but the run in place??? Seriously??? I could deal with the slide back, but the run in place I can’t get past. It gets better during the verses, but the chorus…

There is absolutely no story even carried in the MV through sets. The members are all in different spaces with lights flashing, and the group dances are just in larger abstract areas. The MV and the song are related only by their pace, not through any visual clues.

Other Things
Stay tuned after the MV for some kind of dance-aerobics thing.. I don’t get what the point of this is at all…

All in all I think the most work went into the song. I like 2PM, and their styles are pretty good (what is on Junsu’s face???), and the sets look pretty cool. But the dance holds it back in my book… The song is catchy though, and I like the attitude of it.

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Without U- 2PM

I don’t have much to say towards the intro of this MV, I’ll complain about the fans theories later.

The song is about being left by the girl you love. It is not a song about missing that love which was lost, it is a song about how even though the girl broke their hearts they will move on and be just fine without her. It is an angry song, but it has a great beat.
I’m gonna be ok (gonna be ok)/ I’ll be ok (gonna be ok)/ baby without you, baby without you/ cool without you, even cooler/ I’ll get up/ I’ll live on

This is my favorite dance by 2PM. It is very smooth and fast. It has a slicker style than their other hip-hop oriented dances.

There is no story beyond the lyrics. The set is fantastic though- it is set to look like a city street on a stormy night with the rain falling. I’m going to assume that is supposed to represent washing away the pain of the breakup.

Other Interesting Things
The only fan opinion about this song I will entertain is that it is a kind of sequel to “Heartbeat”. That song talked about the girl being the only reason their heart was beating, and at the end there was the sound of a heart flat-lining which in that review I said could mean moving on. I understand then how this would be the next step from that song- their hearts no longer need her and they are moving on.

Ok, here is where the fans have been getting annoying over the meaning of the songs. First they were convinced that songs “Heartbeat” and “Tired of Waiting” were messages to former leader Jaebum. That was totally wrong, as many fans recognized, since all 2PM did after his departure was re-record the songs to cover his part. Now, with this song, more theories swarmed the web saying this was yet another secret message to Jaebum, and more fans got on the band wagon. How long is it going to take before the fans stop seeing secret codes in the lyrics of love songs? This is a great song, leave it at that.

I really can’t say enough about the dance for this song- it is really cool!

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10 Out of 10- 2PM

I don’t like this song as much as I like 2PM’s others. It doesn’t have as much emotion and energy to it as their later work.

The lyrics are very shallow. The song is about seeing a beautiful girl and the members are yelling different physical features of the girl and giving her 10 points out of 10. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the whole rating system 10=sexy and 1= totally ugly.
Her lips are delicious, lips are delicious/ 10 points out of 10 points/ her legs are so cool, legs are so cool/ 10 points out of 10 points/ her flowing hair, flowing hair/ 10 points out of 10 points/ from her head to her toes/ 10 points out of 10 points

The style here is for the most part inspired by hip hop and b-boy dances, which reflects the members specialties. The only part of the dance I’m not a fan of is the part where the huddle together and take tiny steps down the stage holding up 10 fingers. When taken with the rest of the dance it kind of looks half-done and doesn’t fit very well.

Story: 5/5
There is a story to the MV, though it is very quiet and fits into the background very well. The 2PM members are workers at some kind of luxury hotel or sauna. They see a beautiful girl come in and are totally enchanted. They start to have fantasies of her, only to snap back to reality and realize they are doing odd things. For example: one member has a fantasy of licking frosting or something from the girls finger and opens his eyes to realize he is sucking on his friends finger who is creeped out to say the least. Another member fantasizes about bringing towels to her room and seeing her showering, then her pushing him onto the bed. He opens his eyes to realize he is sitting in a corner by himself hugging himself and making kiss faces. The members fantasies are crushed, however, when the girls boyfriend (or husband) comes in. They are standing together depressed when another hot girl comes down the stairs past them, they follow her shouting “10 Points out of 10!” It’s a very funny story and helped to establish the members personalities.

Other Interesting Things
This song was very popular when it came out, but I personally don’t like the lyrics very much. They are too repetitive. I like the dance and I like the video part of the MV, it’s just the lyrics I’m not particularly sold on.

Since JYP Entertainment subbed the video themselves (extremely rare for a company, but JYP groups are breaking into the english market so there you go) I won’t be putting a separate video with hard subs (not captions on YouTube). If you want a version with hard subs then you just need to do a search for “2PM 10 out of 10 eng sub”.

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Behind-The-Scenes Programs

You know how almost every MV has a behind-the-scenes video? Well, several of the MVs I’ve reviewed here were filmed in time with an entire show. These shows offer behind the scenes content you don’t usually find, and so I thought I’d recommend them to you. Most of these are for music videos by 2AM or 2PM, but there is an SNSD in there as well.

Dirty Eyed Girls: Abracadabra
Group(s): 2AM and 2PM
Program: Wild Bunny
This music video was actually filmed FOR a program specifically. 2PM was set to film a new kind of show called “Wild Bunny”. This reality show allowed the members to let go of their idol image and do what they want. Their first mission in the show was to break out of their dorm in the middle of the night and just go have fun. The second mission was to do a photoshoot completely controlled by the group so that they could take whatever pictures they wanted without having to worry about their images. The show was filmed during a period of time in which members were taking time off for their vacations as they got ready to release their new album. During the filming of one episode 4 members were gone. This left the remaining 3 lost about what to film, they just knew they would have to film something to take up an hour long broadcast. In the end they decided to call brother group 2AM and film anything they could with them. Upon meeting with 2AM members Seulong and JoKwon, the 2PM members talked them into forming some kind of new group. They decided to record a song and after much arguing they settled on the Brown Eyed Girls “Abracadabra”. Those of you who have seen the MV they filmed as a result know it is nothing like the original, so this show chronicles how the idea got from a simple concept to what is known internationally as “The Gay Chinese Stripper Music Video” (seriously, if someone can explain to me where they got “Chinese” from that would be great!).

You have to wait until the last couple of minutes of this clip for the behind the scenes to start. The beginning is the end of a mission the members had in which they had to play 100 pranks against member Taecyeon in one day.

We Fell in Love
Group(s): 2AM’s JoKwon and Brown Eyed Girls Gain (pronounced gah-een)
Program: We Got Married
This song was made as a duet for the popular couple. It was initially written by JoKwon, but that version was scrapped and they started from scratch with the composer and lyricist of “Abracadabra” as well as Brown  Eyed Girls member Jea. The song was released as a single with the jacket design having been based off a Polaroid picture the couple took when they were sent to the mountains to ski. The song became very popular and all proceeds from it were donated to charity. A note on what you will see in the video: Jea, the composer, and the lyricist are all working hard to insult JoKwon and make him feel unwelcome. They are not against him personally or anything. When Gain went to meet JoKwon’s group mates earlier in the show they teased Gain and did whatever they could to stress her out. This is their turn to get even for Gain.

The Day I Confessed
Group: 2AM’s JoKwon
Program: We Got Married
This song was written by JoKwon for Gain on the show. It made it’s first appearance as a joke when the couple was given their first real home. On the show each couple is given a house they are to move their things into and once a week they must sleep in the house and act as a real married couple. JoKwon and Gain became an instant hit when they were not given an apartment as their first home, but a shipping container with some drywall put up on the inside. The “house” would be trucked out to wherever they were filming. After several weeks they were given an actual apartment and to celebrate JoKwon decided to write a song. The song was forgotten and reappeared when the couple was again moved, this time into a luxurious apartment (they have one of the nicest homes ever to appear on the show). JoKwon had continuously worked on the song and recorded a demo to his iPod. Recently the song has resurfaced once again, this time finished. It is also known as the “Moving Song”. After watching an early form of the song on a program, SHINee members helped to promote it by singing just a bit of the song during the filming of “Hello Baby”, though they did not introduce it. The song’s constant appearance has fueled the rumors that the couple is actually dating. They have been questioned by their fellow members, members of other groups, fans, their company presidents, and other couples on the show, but they never say one way or the other. On the program JoKwon has said numerous times he is not against the idea of dating should it arise, while Gain has said the same thing.

The first appearance

A second mini-appearance

Then it’s third appearance after the move

And the finished product

And as a bonus- the “I Hate Nichkhun” version

I Can’t Let You Go (Even If I Die)
Group: 2AM
Program: We Got Married
This is not a behind the scenes so much as an evil prank. JoKwon was filming the MV when he usually would be filming We Got Married. He decided to invite wife Gain to the set, then conspired with members of 2AM to turn the heat up. They told him he wasn’t being forward enough and gave some (really bad) advice. Together they came up with a plan to create the first kiss between Gain and JoKwon (couples on the show don’t actually kiss, this is considered the main evidence that they are actually dating). Gain was invited to the set of the MV as a guest appearance. She would be the girl in the MV, who JoKwon had to catch leaving, pin against a wall, and kiss. But the two’s nerves made them film over and over again. Did he ever actually get around to kissing her, or did she figure out what was up? See for yourself~

I Was Wrong
Group: 2AM
Program: 2AM Day
This show was a very informal one that followed the group 2AM as they filmed the story MV for their new song, released the song, and held their first live performance. It was only 4 episodes long. The key behind this show was that there were no camera crews or staff at all during the filming: everything was filmed by the members of 2AM on a digital camera they owned. These home videos were collected for the filming. The content is not exclusively the music video however. Members filmed themselves visiting family, filming dramas, taking baths (you don’t see anything but his face), and just sitting in the car making faces. It really is a hilarious program.

Into the New World
Group: So Nyeo Shi Dae (SNSD)
Program: Girls Go to School
This program follows SNSD as they prepare for their 2007 debut. You see the members move into their first dorm together and film their music video, the show ends just after their official debut performance. In the first episode of the show visiting Super Junior members Leeteuk and Shindong help SNSD to throw a party their first night in their dorms. Shindong then says he will arrange for the members to see a filming of any show they want. He makes a few calls and gets them as spectators for the show School of Rock, a program where a band is brought secretly to a school for a guerrilla concert. After the first recording however they are informed the program staff was uncomfortable with their presence as spectators and that SNSD is formally invited to be a warm-up band who performs while the band that is going to be filmed is preparing. Most of the show is SNSD at various School of Rock tapings, eventually being the main themselves. Each episode is narrated by Super Junior member Sungmin and Super Junior makes an appearance in every episode somewhere. This was to show support for SNSD as their younger sister group as well as to help draw viewers to the show. It was filmed shortly after the 2007 Super Junior car accident and so member Kyuhyun is one of the only ones who does not appear in the filming.

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Heartbeat- 2PM

This MV is really cool visual-wise. It’s simple, but memorable, and I really like the set where they all lie together, the ceiling that looks like water is cool~

Lyrics: 5/5
The song is about having been left by the girl they loved. She is fine, but they are unable to move on and can’t forget the girl. They are begging their hearts to close to the girl, and asking why it won’t let her go, even though they are begging it to. They tell the girl to “listen to my heartbeat” and asking if she knows their pain, if she felt it too and why she just threw them away. It isn’t slow and sad, or else I would have taken a point off for not being as original, but it is fast and almost angry. It’s really cool. I absolutely love the message behind the lyrics.
Listen to my heart beat/ It’s beating for you/ listen to my heart beat/ it’s waiting for you/ still not knowing it’s over/ I don’t understand why I’m like this/ Listen to my heartbeat/ it’s beating for you/ listen to my heartbeat/ it’s waiting for you/ it still hurts thinking of you/ I think of you every time my heart beats

Dancing: 9/5
The choreography for this song is so cool~ I think it only worked because of the theme of the song and strong back beat that is made to sound like a heart beating. The dance is not smooth, but choppy. It follows the beat of the song. Even when it is going through what would be a smooth action normally, they jerk as though their whole body is beating with their heart. I don’t quite understand the pyramid formation they do near the end, but they got points back for the break-dancing move in which a member does a jump and instead of landing normally he falls to his back, lifts once with the beat, and falls limp.

Story: NA
There isn’t a story beyond the lyrics. The set is dim and barren, completely simple to fit the mood of the song.

Other Interesting Things
There seems to be a common theme of tying the very back of the hair up. This became popular after the leader of Super Junior started doing it. Several members have this style, I just wanted to say that on Nichkhun and Junsu it looks like they have antennae, it’s kind of funny ^^

My friend loves any song in which you have both rock and violins. This MV cuts between shots of the group and shorts of an orchestra, and it looks really great!

At the end of the MV you see the members lying as though they are dead, and in the beginning you see a member who looks like he is coming back from the dead. Also, the music suddenly flat-lines, literally (the sound a heart monitor makes when the person dies). I think that is supposed to be a sign of finally letting the girl go. Since their heart was beating for her, it is no longer beating and therefore I think it is supposed to mean they no longer need her. Of course, they all look like they died, so maybe it just means their hearts gave out from the pain of the whole situation.

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Abracadabra- Dirty Eyed Girls

This is the official parody MV for Brown Eyed Girls “Abracadabra” music video. However, this is the unofficial review of it. Since it is a parody MV I’m not going to rate it on the normal standards. Just know I love this MV and highly recommend it.

I think it needs a little explanation. Members of 2PM filmed a show called “Wild Bunny” which was supposed to show the idols in an environment where they can just be themselves. Each episode had a loose goal, but wasn’t scripted and mostly just went with whatever the members were doing. I personally think it was a brilliant show, and it’s hilarious.

Anyways, the show was filmed when the members got to go on vacations, and so not all the members are in every single episode (but most episodes have all 7 members). At one point 4 members were gone, so they decided to record a song for fun and talked two members of their brother group 2 AM into helping out.

It became a mission from the show: they had to record their own music video entirely and it would be posted on youtube, the mission would only be a success if it got 100,000 views in a month (it got around 700,000). 2 AM member JoKwon came up with the idea not of re-doing Abracadabra, but of re-writing the lyrics as well. They changed the name to “Dirty Eyed Girls” and proceeded.

A choreographer helped them to learn the dance moves briefly, and one of the sexy moves ended up being the punishment for loosing a game (the shot in which members are stroking Chansung and he is laughing). They also had to come up with their own costumes, and gave that chore to “Fashion Terrorist” Taekyung. In the original MV each member had their own color that represented them, and he tried to stick to that, which ended up with each member looking like a gay stripper. The MV was also directly mostly by the members.

During filming the director requested the members turn around so they could get a shot of the dance from the back. When the members were turned around they brought in the Brown Eyed Girls, who danced a scene with the members (after they got over the horrible shock of the girls being there). The video was released online and gained massive popularity not with fans of Brown Eyed Girls or 2P/Am, but with foreign audiences. The video, members of 2PM revealed, became known as the “Gay Chinese Stripper” version of Abracadabra. I personally don’t see the “Chinese” part, but the “Gay” and “Stripper” makes perfect sense!

Lyrics: 5/5
They sound horrible, but the lyrics are really funny. One translation note: Whenever they say anything about Italy or the “Italy Towel” they are referring to member Chansung (the guy in the black mesh tank-top), it is his nickname. I have no clue why~
Every night I dirty/ clean please clean!!!/ Every night I dirty/ clean please clean!!!/ soap soap bring me some soap/ I will use anything to clean/ I will clean my armpit hair/ I will use the soap to clean my underwear~ yeah/ I will clean everything, I will clean my own body

Other Interesting Things
Half the awkward shots in the MV were chosen by whoever lost a bet while filming.

There is a shot with 3 of the missing members of 2PM, who returned the day of filming the MV and came to the set. When they arrived the members fled and tried to lock themselves in the dressing room.

You can watch how this entire thing was made on “Wild Bunny”, i’ll post a link to the first of the episodes where they begin with creating the concept for this. I highly recommend watching, it explains a lot in the MV…

A member of Brown Eyed Girls and the pink member of Dirty Eyed Girls are a couple on the show “We Got Married”. When they met he was hiding his face and as a clue to her as to the identity of her “husband” (they must act as a real couple, and many fans, their companies, and group members all believe they are secretly dating) he danced the Abracadabra dance. She guessed immediately who it was.

Here is the “Making of”. The MV concept comes out near the end. The beginning segments are the end of an experiment they did on member Taekyung. Since he left for his vacation to the US first and came back, they decided to challenge themselves. If they managed to play 100 pranks on him in 1 day without him figuring out what they were doing, they would win a prize.

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