Every K-Pop Video Clip You Need to See
As our more savvy readers are aware, there is a musical revolution afoot. Sumptuous visuals, ridiculous insertions of English, ridiculously good looking people, and a unique production style that is both unsettling and enthralling. Their clip includes some of the most cutting edge costume and stage design you’ll ever see and they make you wish the everyday world was a more colourful and absurd place. It-girl, Grimes constantly cites it as a big influence, Al Jazeera have noted it’s significance and links to organised crime, and I’ve got my mouth around its creative pipe-hole.
It’s K-Pop. Or perhaps more geographically accurate, SK-Pop. But we’ll stick with K-Pop because i’m not scared of you Kim Jong-un!
The biggest label squeezing out these hyper-energetic cultural diamonds is SM entertainment, which was last valued at AU$1.24 billion. That means a lot of money for music videos: and you can see it. The production value on a lot of these clips is astounding; god knows how long these groups need to rehearse, or how many die in the process, but their moves are TIGHT. SM Entertainment is one of the ‘Big Three’, alongside JYP Entertainment and YG Entertainment that have the high budget pop scene reasonably stitched up.
The meme’s might not know it yet, but there's definitely more to K-Pop than Gangam style. Here are just a few of the standout specimens from the last few years of Korean pop music.
Bigbang ‘Fantastic Baby’.
Mixing an apocalyptic vibe with a message straight out of Kevin Bacon’s Footloose, this clip features some of the oddest (i.e. amazingest) haircuts you will ever see. I sure hope those people in gas-masks won their revolution, because I want more. An end-of-the-world atmosphere permeates a lot of the clips coming out of Korea, perhaps because they’re in a state of permanent war with North Korea. I don’t know. Whatever the reason, armageddon shouldn’t mean style goes out the window. As Bigbang would say, “Boomshackalackah!”.
For more Bigbang, also see ‘Beautiful Hangover’ a song you shouldn’t listen to if you have a hangover, beautiful or otherwise.
G-Dragon is the real star of Bigbang; here’s his solo work. Crayons are cool again.
Also check out G-Dragon & Top - ‘Knock Out’It features tanks, much like our next track.