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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 ‘Crayon’.

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.

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    Tuesday 29 Jan 2013 - 9:25 PM
    Y U No include Super Junior? they are THE BEST! and the "biggest boy band in the world" with 13 members! SUJU should have been top on this this!
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    Wednesday 30 Jan 2013 - 1:47 PM
    At least you mentioned 2NE1 - They are totally AWESOME, and incidentally, Will.I.Am agrees, and is working with them. If they get anything approaching a fair hearing - as opposed to the kind of snarky crap you write, they will become the first Korean Super Group. Take a good look at their music videos - and their amazing concert DVD 'NOLZA', filmed in Seoul... or are you to busy watching Kei$ha's latest awfulness?
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    Wednesday 30 Jan 2013 - 1:59 PM
    I like 2NE1. I like all of them. Thanks for reading my crap.
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    Wednesday 30 Jan 2013 - 2:02 PM
    @malcat Sorry for the omission. The list is based around my idiosyncratic tastes I guess. Super junior are great. Their outfits and routines are great, but their clips don't really stand out for me. This one is prob my favourite: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4GpJHF0WyAE
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    Wednesday 30 Jan 2013 - 2:04 PM
    on second thoughts, what was i thinking? They definitely should be in this list.
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    Wednesday 30 Jan 2013 - 2:13 PM
    You also forgot SISTAR's Alone and upcoming star Ailee.
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    Wednesday 30 Jan 2013 - 2:15 PM
    This Sistar clip was on my shortlist, but it got poked out. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E0ZHXVp_wUE

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    Wednesday 30 Jan 2013 - 2:21 PM
    Glad you have Sunny Hill on the list. I prefer The Grasshopper Song. Who would've thought - a social commentary K-Pop song!
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    Thursday 31 Jan 2013 - 3:57 PM
    @RonanMacEwan - told you! K-Pop is amazing and i totally love 2NE1. Thanks for putting the list together :)
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    Thursday 31 Jan 2013 - 4:48 PM
    SHInee!!!! They are one of the best groups from SM. Love their dance.
    Been to Korea many times and seen these KPop groups. They are amazing! "Daebak!"

    Oh yes not to forget Super Junior...they are great too!
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