BIGBANG: K-pop princes of gender-fuckery and family dysfunction

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because forapper asked me to, and because we're obsessed with these guys right now and we think everyone should be too.

Best boyband in the world at the moment, and label-mates with ilxor faves 2NE1 and PSY. Their leader, G-Dragon, just had an excellent, lengthy interview with XXL recently, which serves as a good introduction to them as any: http://www.xxlmag.com/features/2012/12/korean-rapper-g-dragon-talks-k-pop-hype-new-ep-and-past-scandals/

Oh and don't worry about the thread title for now, it's just a reference to complicated fangirl history XD.

For your EOY2012 consideration, however:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AAbokV76tkU

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1qnV55LUFVM
(^^ thanks for nominating this already, abcfsk.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t3ULhmadHkg

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rJnICByeL8Q

Roz, Thursday, 13 December 2012 11:13 (six years ago) Permalink

'crayon' is such a monster.

c sharp major, Thursday, 13 December 2012 11:33 (six years ago) Permalink

The GD & TOP album was pretty great in parts as well.

Go Narine, Go! (ShariVari), Thursday, 13 December 2012 11:35 (six years ago) Permalink

Yes, it was. Some ilxors may have already seen it on the gay rapper thread, but here's "Knock Out" again, from last year.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o5s2XFZxf6w

Roz, Thursday, 13 December 2012 11:52 (six years ago) Permalink

Yeah that G-Dragon album? e.p? that opens with 'one of a kind' is terrific. 'Crayon' is top ten of the year for me definitely.

pandemic, Thursday, 13 December 2012 11:53 (six years ago) Permalink

my gf has big bang socks

tpp, Thursday, 13 December 2012 12:04 (six years ago) Permalink

she also plays 'bad boy' a lot

tpp, Thursday, 13 December 2012 12:06 (six years ago) Permalink

still kind of sad i've never made it to one of the kpop nights in london yet (i am afraid of being an uncool koreaboo obv).

i like how being a pop artist has freed G-dragon to basically pastiche everyone he likes - much less of the burden of authenticity, so it's okay for him to adopt a ridiculous southern drawl for like one line, or do a li'l wayne impression for half a video.

c sharp major, Thursday, 13 December 2012 12:21 (six years ago) Permalink

When I saw 2NE1 in Newark earlier this year, they were advertising a BIGBANG show and I briefly considered going, but didn't. Then I saw the video for "Fantastic Baby" and totally regretted my decision.

誤訳侮辱, Thursday, 13 December 2012 12:21 (six years ago) Permalink

Yeah that G-Dragon album? e.p? that opens with 'one of a kind' is terrific.

EP, though it might be more accurate to call it a mini-album. It's really good - apart from "CrayOn" and "One of A Kind", I also love "Light It Up" with rappers Tablo and Dok2, and "That XX", a love triangle acoustic ballad with an amazingly gorgeous video.

i like how being a pop artist has freed G-dragon to basically pastiche everyone he likes - much less of the burden of authenticity, so it's okay for him to adopt a ridiculous southern drawl for like one line, or do a li'l wayne impression for half a video.

Oh GD's definitely an excellent pop chameleon - in fact, his ability to adapt various genres to fit BigBang's sound and aesthetic (and the different members' strengths and interests) is a huge part of the appeal. I mean, it's one thing to be Madonna, it's quite another to turn yourself and all your friends into Madonnas. But that's kind of exactly what he's done.

Their first big hit, "Lies":
http://youtu.be/NeDeZUqNiVo

And while we're at it, what might be my favourite BIGBANG track, "Heaven" is basically everything I ever wanted in a pop song: Piano house + R&B vocals + gorgeous swooping strings + cute boys. :D My only regret is that no one told me that there were pop stars who were making songs like these four years ago.

They only shot a video for the Japanese version but I much prefer the Korean version.

Roz, Thursday, 13 December 2012 15:05 (six years ago) Permalink

haven't herad the g-dragon EP but alive is a top release of 2012 for me for sure

乒乓, Thursday, 13 December 2012 15:08 (six years ago) Permalink

Dutifully reporting to thread XD. Here's the NYTimes review of their show at the Prudential Center in Newark (I was there):

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/10/arts/music/bigbang-performs-at-the-prudential-center.html?_r=1&

hurricane weather (forapper), Thursday, 13 December 2012 18:29 (six years ago) Permalink

I'm not sure if I do think everyone else should be obsessed with this group. Their latest (more than a little bit nihilist) songs are one thing, but if you do decide to take the plunge and go through their whole catalog it quickly becomes a crazy mess. Here's what I wrote about it a while ago:

"I have just gotten to the stage where I like the voices enough to try to figure out what’s unformulaic about their formulaic pop songs. Even the normal-sounding ones (Tell Me Goodbye, Somebody to Love) are actually, under the surface, deeply weird - but of course you have to care about the voices/music first before you can be bothered to care about this. And actually, considering they don’t make this music anymore, I’m not sure I do care enough to keep digging... Remember is a really good song though.

Personally, I always assumed their ~dramatic~ love songs were about different people (but the same relationship style). However, if some/all of them are about the same people whom you have to see every day - and then you add in depression, mania, co-dependence, teen angst, headgames, love triangles, and (most of all) the need to keep all of this a secret - and then being rewarded for it with increased attention and record sales - the extreme drama of the songs is in many ways more justified. Although, also, more messed up. ^^ YG, you should have let these guys out more when they were just starting out, so they didn’t have to resort to so much in-group drama just to have something to occupy themselves with off stage! (Or in a kinder interpretation: giving the people what they want at the cost of your own mental health.)"

hurricane weather (forapper), Thursday, 13 December 2012 18:29 (six years ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XGSTqAioYdo

hurricane weather (forapper), Thursday, 13 December 2012 18:31 (six years ago) Permalink

In fan-speak, Big Bang are kings, not princes. I believe there have been female "kings" in Korea in the past.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RP3RSQdXVak

hurricane weather (forapper), Thursday, 13 December 2012 18:47 (six years ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RxZ_b6ryzfI

hurricane weather (forapper), Thursday, 13 December 2012 18:49 (six years ago) Permalink

yay you're here. ^^Love that performance, one of their best. Also "Cafe" from the same session: http://youtu.be/xQhW_VnNz-c (terrible sub-titling on this vid though lol)

Roz, Thursday, 13 December 2012 19:03 (six years ago) Permalink

btw re 2NE1: they were originally put together to be a female version of BigBang. Their unofficial debut was a duet with BB in this amazing video, which also happens to be a cellphone ad: http://youtu.be/zIRW_elc-rY

Roz, Thursday, 13 December 2012 19:11 (six years ago) Permalink

Ya, that was a good show. I think because M-SOUND PLEX is a real music show (for real music artists), and everyone got to do a solo stage, the group was in a good mood that day.

In front of a very unimpressed audience of ministers of arts and culture:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qJ1p60eK8F8

ft. a young Park Bom of 2NE1:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-2okiCu-VU8
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iGffBqA0T_g

Fangirl favorite, also demonstrates that prior to about 2010 Big Bang songs only really need three people (GD, TOP, Taeyang) for effective performance:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sHL3ZTVj3PM

Rock version of Lee Moon Sae song they adapted for 2008 album Remember:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0VKLKANyRik

hurricane weather (forapper), Thursday, 13 December 2012 19:15 (six years ago) Permalink

Speaking of advertisements, this is an advertisement for FILA:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2OQHTpHjnC4

hurricane weather (forapper), Thursday, 13 December 2012 19:16 (six years ago) Permalink

haha girl, slow down! also maybe we should try to cut down on the youtube embeds before it quickly gets unwieldy - I always have that problem with the rolling threads.

Roz, Thursday, 13 December 2012 19:24 (six years ago) Permalink

I am going slow! I didn't even bother sharing their other two advertisement songs (<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q7Co3xha-RM";>Lollipop 2</a> and <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bhWJXIGb8ao";>GMarket Party</a> - which must have been played everywhere because I *still* hear bits of it in other K-rap songs - though I suppose that could just be be me).

That's not even getting into Seungri's tireless efforts to promote Samsung through his own cellphone fancams at their concerts. If you've ever wondered what it might feel like to be on stage with Big Bang, wonder no more:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zazs3vpbFDg
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2RI_edmyNac
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uWxujFPvKaQ

hurricane weather (forapper), Thursday, 13 December 2012 19:36 (six years ago) Permalink

>_> HTML. Here's the first part again:

I am going slow! I didn't even bother sharing their other two advertisement songs (Lollipop 2 and GMarket Party - which must have been played everywhere because I *still* hear bits of it in other K-rap songs - though I suppose that could just be be me).

hurricane weather (forapper), Thursday, 13 December 2012 19:37 (six years ago) Permalink

I also didn't really those last three fancam links would pop up as embeds, BBcode fail.

hurricane weather (forapper), Thursday, 13 December 2012 19:40 (six years ago) Permalink

lol to make it easier - on the youtube page, click 'share' and just copy the shortcode. ilx doesn't embed them.

Roz, Thursday, 13 December 2012 19:44 (six years ago) Permalink

:D Thanks for the tip!

hurricane weather (forapper), Thursday, 13 December 2012 20:06 (six years ago) Permalink

I just found this group. Glad to see that they are on the radar. I don't really like the overstated pop grinders but this RnB thing really does if for me. I love this shit

http://youtu.be/2GRP1rkE4O0

Dick Townwolves (Captain Ahab), Friday, 14 December 2012 09:29 (six years ago) Permalink

Taeyang sounds much like Trey Songz in this song. I really enjoy this one too. Maybe more- it sounds like a Terius Nash tune to a degree.

http://youtu.be/3bRrGsNymUI

Dick Townwolves (Captain Ahab), Friday, 14 December 2012 09:36 (six years ago) Permalink

Only Look at Me is such a good song.

Taeyang's 2010 RnB album (made it onto the actual Billboard RnB chart, iirc):

Where You At
Wedding Dress
I Need a Girl

hurricane weather (forapper), Friday, 14 December 2012 17:26 (six years ago) Permalink

And here's an RnB song with the rest of Big Bang, from their 2008 album Remember:

http://youtu.be/1kXzSRevJxE

hurricane weather (forapper), Friday, 14 December 2012 17:30 (six years ago) Permalink

<3 "Foolish Love". It's all about Taeyang/Daesung/Seungri, for one. also, "I Don't Understand": http://youtu.be/LzHGULf-wiM

Next up, BigBang rock songs?

Kinda hated "Love Song" at first cause it's BigBang doing Coldplay/U2, but really, it's more them beating Coldplay at their own game lol: http://youtu.be/IKZEmLvYVF0

With Korean punk band No Brain: http://youtu.be/iLan2n0Hqrg

"Bingle, Bingle": http://youtu.be/I3DlN0XNxtE

Not particularly fond of this one tbh, even though it's TOP at his most tragic. TOP, "Oh Mom": http://youtu.be/OjJSTATwnkc

G-Dragon, "Obsession/Nightmare": http://youtu.be/1nULVqV87uI

Roz, Friday, 14 December 2012 18:21 (six years ago) Permalink

I am against Love Song, but it has an interesting music video. Basically, the second half of the video is flipped so that while the group appears to be travelling forward in a straight line and out of the wreckage, they are in fact walking back the way they came, and as the song ends they are exactly where they started. And then a car drops out of the sky and explodes.

On mobile internet, otherwise I'd link to blog that dissects this video excruciating detail XD. I will say that I liked it when they did it live. There's only one place for this kind of giving myself over to this feeling stadium rock, and that it's in an actual stadium.

hurricane weather (forapper), Friday, 14 December 2012 21:49 (six years ago) Permalink

Re the No Brain song, this is the clearest evidence yet that Big Bang are, secretly, an emo band. When I watch this video I am reminded that BB's first, premature, tour of the US supporting Se7en happened in 2006, when Fall Out Boy and MYChem ruled the airwaves. I kind of suspect TOP of being a Fall Out Boy fan. Along with Pharell, during GD&TOP promotions the American artist GDragon most resembled style-wise was Pete Wetnz.

Another interesting thing about that video is that you can see them kind of reprising their roles from it in the Fantastic Baby video, I.e. Gdragon is the crazy one, TOP is the one who looks good in a uniform, Daesung and Taeyang are interested in showing off their muscles, and Seungri is the one at the center of a crowd. Except that he's ditched the innocent clown/entertainer image for one where he's being scratched up by catwomen in latex bodysuits, but anyway.

hurricane weather (forapper), Friday, 14 December 2012 22:02 (six years ago) Permalink

Bingeul Bingeul is great mainly because Daesung has a totally credible K-Rock voice. Also GDragon and TOP slewing accusations back and forth like child, and the electro-rock build. I really like this track.

Obsession/Nightmare is a mess, but once again has an interesting video. The chorus sounds a bit like it was inspired by Epik High's "Fan" (which is a better song).

I love Oh Mom, actually. The instrumental feels a bit empty, but it's an emotionally affecting song. One of those sad songs that can make you feel sad, too, when you listen to it. Definitely TOP at his most tragic, yeah.

hurricane weather (forapper), Friday, 14 December 2012 22:14 (six years ago) Permalink

Please forgive typos, I'm on mobile internet at the moment.

hurricane weather (forapper), Friday, 14 December 2012 22:18 (six years ago) Permalink

Another interesting thing about that video is that you can see them kind of reprising their roles from it in the Fantastic Baby video, I.e. Gdragon is the crazy one, TOP is the one who looks good in a uniform, Daesung and Taeyang are interested in showing off their muscles, and Seungri is the one at the center of a crowd. Except that he's ditched the innocent clown/entertainer image for one where he's being scratched up by catwomen in latex bodysuits, but anyway.

i feel that yg is really conflicted in how to present daesung. i see him playing two roles even on alive: the cheesy balladeer who sings "wings" and the musclebound bad boy from "fantastic baby" and "monster."

i have really enjoyed all the GD stuff from this year, but TOP is probably my fav member of bigbang. i like his voice and icy demeanor. it's a pity! i think he might be dealing with depression again, or something like that, cuz his role has really shrunk it seems. not a big fan of taeyang and it seems like he has assumed TOP's role as GD's sidekick.

feels funky gossiping about the idols like that but i suppose that's what kpop fandom is all about.

monster is my favorite m/v of the year.

fennel cartwright, Sunday, 16 December 2012 00:32 (six years ago) Permalink

correct on all counts, esp the part about the gossiping (but there's always so much going on! :/). but yeah, don't think TOP is dealing with the world tour and constant travelling very well. I think they're all exhausted tbh - Taeyang just had a nosebleed onstage in London.

Monster m/v is a thing of wonder - the hair! the outfits! I just wish I liked the song more.

Roz, Sunday, 16 December 2012 14:16 (six years ago) Permalink

Roz, weren't you calling Daesung a tragicomic? I think both sides, the cheesy entertainer and the bad boy, exist. But also that he gets slotted into that role (bad boy) on BigBang stuff because he has the voice/looks to carry it off, plus a policy of "just singing the lines no matter what they are." It's Daesung's solo stuff that's more balladeer... perhaps that's his preference. I like Rock God Daesung, myself. Trot God Daesung is good too. In the alternate universe where Daesung is the main star of BigBang... (they would be entertainers who kept their innermost feelings to themselves, not artists who alchemized them into music).

Daesung is my favorite as a person, but TOP is my favorite as an artist. Agreed that Taeyang is back in his original role as GD's sidekick. I think he was booted out in favor of TOP around the time they debuted, which is why it's TOP and not Taeyang on their first two singles ft. Park Bom. I think Daesung was briefly a favorite, too, around the time they hit big with Lies, but that all it amounted to was more karaoke on radio shows. TOP is a better artistic foil than Daesung because he's a fellow artist and rapper. He also keeps his own perspective, unlike Taeyang who is more of a follower.

Actually I think Seungri was in the sidekick role for a while after they moved to Japan, which is why their 2009 Japanese album sounds like oversexed NSync (erm...) Then TOP again for GD&TOP, and then briefly Daesung when they both were pariahs, and also Seungri because he cried when GD became a pariah etc, and now Taeyang again finally. I kind of see Alive, Still Alive as GD&TOP breakup records actually ^^ As well as records renouncing deep, emotionally charged, dysfunctional relationships in favor of a kind of unthinking nihilism.

Monster is like Haru Haru Pt. 2. I like that the beat has more piano than Haru Haru. It was great the couple times they did it live, real musical theater stuff. I think the look of the MV might have been inspired by Tarsem Singh's 2006 movie The Fall. TOP's look is also a Chanel look for 2013 (and he's been wearing a lot of Chanel lately).

hurricane weather (forapper), Sunday, 16 December 2012 18:14 (six years ago) Permalink

Artistically, though, I think GD's main squeeze at the moment is actually Tablo (of Epik High). He's stepping up his game as a rapper and wearing more baseball caps and graphic tees. The way he mugs for the camera in CraYon is classic Tablo. GD is all over Epik High's album <i>99</i> as well.

hurricane weather (forapper), Sunday, 16 December 2012 18:25 (six years ago) Permalink

bad boy might be my favorite song of the year

max, Sunday, 16 December 2012 18:33 (six years ago) Permalink

Bad Boy acapella: sounds like church music.

hurricane weather (forapper), Sunday, 16 December 2012 19:21 (six years ago) Permalink

Roz, weren't you calling Daesung a tragicomic?

yep. He's got that whole sad clown thing going, you know? outside of Bigbang, he's a throwback to the classic Korean entertainer before the idol machinery was created. (There's that joke that BigBang have managed to conquer all demographics, including senior citizens, because of Daesung and his love of trot and musical theatre.) And it's taking really long for him to release a full solo album because I think YG's trying hard to reconcile those two extremes.

And really, it's a crime that he doesn't have one yet, because zomg his voice. When I saw them live, I was just awestruck by how much control he had over it - powerful but never overpowering.

TOP and Dae are my ws/wkiw respectively, but G-Dragon's definitely the one I'm most fascinated by. mainly because he seems the most messed up. Also I want to raid his wardrobe (he looks about my size).

re Monster: GD's said before that it was a conscious attempt on his part to recreate the mood of Haru Haru and Lies. I dunno, it doesn't have the same dramatic effect for me as either of those - the piano is pretty, but it just feels a little overstuffed.

Roz, Sunday, 16 December 2012 19:37 (six years ago) Permalink

yeah I definitely find g-dragon the most interesting

乒乓, Sunday, 16 December 2012 19:41 (six years ago) Permalink

have been tempted at several points this year to get my hair dyed platinum blonde though like TOP

乒乓, Sunday, 16 December 2012 19:47 (six years ago) Permalink

Only if you wear it with your princess tiara. XD

Roz, Sunday, 16 December 2012 19:58 (six years ago) Permalink

Okay that Bad Boy acapella is really tripping me out! I never noticed those harmonies in the final choruses before.

Roz, Sunday, 16 December 2012 20:00 (six years ago) Permalink

It's really something, isn't it? This is another trippy one: http://youtu.be/bjLPR4LQE5k

GDragon reminds me of my ex.

hurricane weather (forapper), Monday, 17 December 2012 04:32 (six years ago) Permalink

That was maybe a bit dramatic. My ex has a number of mannerisms that are similar GDragon's, probably because she's a fan. She was also the ego-prop of a narcissistic parent, like GD was (still is?).

hurricane weather (forapper), Monday, 17 December 2012 23:34 (six years ago) Permalink

http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2012/dec/16/big-bang-review

It's so lazy and condescending that find myself tempted to be one of those righteously aggrieved fans who write long forum screeds about how the reviewer is wrong wrong wrong wrong because the group is so so so so much more. Sheesh.

hurricane weather (forapper), Tuesday, 18 December 2012 19:03 (six years ago) Permalink

oh boy...

Roz, Tuesday, 18 December 2012 19:15 (six years ago) Permalink

Bang3x has totally grown on me.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4d7Oj3PZIco

Also I prob should have checked the lyrics earlier lol but there's actually a line about Valhalla in there, so yeah definitely right about the Mad Max refs haha. makes me wonder how late this song was recorded in order to fit that line in. (of course, they could have known about the concept of Valhalla before MM, but it's too much of a coincidence.)

Roz, Thursday, 11 June 2015 12:32 (three years ago) Permalink

I get the good part of the song stuck in my head all the time lol

, Thursday, 11 June 2015 12:36 (three years ago) Permalink

Still hasn't grown on me, I cringe every time the chorus comes on LOL

hurricane weather (forapper), Thursday, 11 June 2015 22:54 (three years ago) Permalink

Of course, there's still time between now and September for them to tweak the instrumental a little bit

hurricane weather (forapper), Thursday, 11 June 2015 22:57 (three years ago) Permalink

the lead up to the chorus best part of both bbb and party

, Friday, 12 June 2015 00:59 (three years ago) Permalink

The reverse of that KARA mashup video is just as entertaining

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wVcfmp7h8Vo

Roz, Sunday, 14 June 2015 00:35 (three years ago) Permalink

There are some girlgroup-looking moves in there LMAO

hurricane weather (forapper), Sunday, 14 June 2015 01:32 (three years ago) Permalink

And 2PM sounding like a mix of themselves and TVXQ:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u2pFB1dCSo4

hurricane weather (forapper), Monday, 15 June 2015 23:50 (three years ago) Permalink

Whoops, wrong thread.

hurricane weather (forapper), Monday, 15 June 2015 23:50 (three years ago) Permalink

ahahaha

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f95JFW2eHtM

this makes me sad I'm not going to their KL gig, but the tickets cost 1/8th of my paycheck. u_u

Roz, Sunday, 21 June 2015 14:03 (three years ago) Permalink

lol

, Sunday, 21 June 2015 15:21 (three years ago) Permalink

Was going to the NJ leg with a friend, but we got Sunday (a school night) by mistake so I might have to sit it out :/

hurricane weather (forapper), Sunday, 21 June 2015 20:10 (three years ago) Permalink

both of the new songs are bad

, Thursday, 2 July 2015 14:17 (three years ago) Permalink

i like 'sober' as much as any of the others excepting 'bae bae'

♛ LIL UNIT ♛ (thomp), Thursday, 2 July 2015 14:33 (three years ago) Permalink

it seems weird that they're simultaneously trying to go for this wild heterogeneity of style and sticking with one producer, and i don't know how i feel about it

♛ LIL UNIT ♛ (thomp), Thursday, 2 July 2015 14:42 (three years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

This is in the other thread, but here's Sober with subtitles so we can think about how any other idol group would be pilloried for this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H0eT9omRQS0

hurricane weather (forapper), Wednesday, 22 July 2015 00:28 (three years ago) Permalink

Damn youtube's autoplay, the ballad is criminally underwritten... Here's Sober (also underwritten but hey, I still like those MGMT synths):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AvJ40aW0-zM

hurricane weather (forapper), Wednesday, 22 July 2015 00:30 (three years ago) Permalink

And I think I'm over my embed allowance but Daesung's drumming is really quite good, on par with Sunmi's guitar skills:

https://youtu.be/qoies3-r1HM

hurricane weather (forapper), Wednesday, 22 July 2015 00:32 (three years ago) Permalink

if that WG teaser is a straight take (and it very well might not be) then sunmi's better at bass than daesung is at drumming, but this is a pleasant surprise. he sounds very likely better than Yubin, though i guess he's doing a much slower/simpler solo here than the one she tries in her teaser

soyrev, Wednesday, 22 July 2015 03:21 (three years ago) Permalink

It sounded more complicated to me, or at least flashier, but I only know Rockband drumming.

hurricane weather (forapper), Wednesday, 22 July 2015 22:04 (three years ago) Permalink

At least it explains the hair - dude clearly taking a page from the Muppets

hurricane weather (forapper), Wednesday, 22 July 2015 22:06 (three years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

Well not only is Zutter a certified jam, the live version of "Let's Not Fall In Love" sounds like it could have been on one of their earlier albums:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?nNoS2TstqVk

I liked "Lonely" and "Bae Bae" but this release is a very close second... throw the middle ones away, or better yet recruit the live band to re-record them.

hurricane weather (forapper), Tuesday, 18 August 2015 01:49 (three years ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nNoS2TstqVk

hurricane weather (forapper), Tuesday, 18 August 2015 01:49 (three years ago) Permalink

still regretting not going to see them in KL last month :/

Roz, Tuesday, 18 August 2015 06:28 (three years ago) Permalink

really not sure why YG blocks their own stuff in Korea. what's wrong with Koreans seeing "let's not fall in love" live in Shenzhen?

soyrev, Tuesday, 18 August 2015 09:02 (three years ago) Permalink

I agree it's better live, but still, I'd say two keepers from this lot (so far?) and really only "bae bae" is more or less otm for where I think they should be at this point

soyrev, Tuesday, 18 August 2015 09:05 (three years ago) Permalink

Supposedly the album will just be the 8 singles they've already released repackaged together... but that doesn't make much sense so hopefully at least one more track.

hurricane weather (forapper), Tuesday, 18 August 2015 21:27 (three years ago) Permalink

https://twitter.com/theseoulstory/status/633527715140730880

soyrev, Tuesday, 18 August 2015 23:22 (three years ago) Permalink

yesssss.

though three weeks really isn't much time for producing new stuff - and they're still performing during those three weeks IIRC, just boycotting the music shows - but probably they have some songs kicking around to work on or can buy them, and and I believe Seungri's *entire* last EP was produced in three weeks LMAO.

hurricane weather (forapper), Wednesday, 19 August 2015 19:03 (three years ago) Permalink

what this really shows is that Inkigayo needs Big Bang more than Big Bang needs Inkigayo

hurricane weather (forapper), Wednesday, 19 August 2015 19:03 (three years ago) Permalink

GD tried harder to write an OTT dance hit for Infinity Challenge than he did for Big Bang, y/y:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?&v=k5ey4mRP4G0

hurricane weather (forapper), Sunday, 23 August 2015 03:20 (three years ago) Permalink

I should say "produce" actually, since no actual writing was in evidence LMAO

You can even hear where TOP's part would go (Kwanghee is taking Seungri's part, of course).

hurricane weather (forapper), Sunday, 23 August 2015 03:23 (three years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

Another one for the lives folder:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?t=48&v=zuW08zyYcAM

hurricane weather (forapper), Friday, 11 September 2015 00:55 (three years ago) Permalink

http://www.youtube.com/watch?t=48&v=zuW08zyYcAM

hurricane weather (forapper), Friday, 11 September 2015 00:55 (three years ago) Permalink

Grr

hurricane weather (forapper), Friday, 11 September 2015 00:55 (three years ago) Permalink

http://www.youtube.com/watch?&v=zuW08zyYcAM

hurricane weather (forapper), Friday, 11 September 2015 00:56 (three years ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zuW08zyYcAM

hurricane weather (forapper), Friday, 11 September 2015 00:56 (three years ago) Permalink

success!

hurricane weather (forapper), Friday, 11 September 2015 00:56 (three years ago) Permalink

five months pass...

Bauer x GD x MIA

https://soundcloud.com/julie-zerbo/temple-full-mia-g-dragon-baauer

hurricane weather (forapper), Saturday, 27 February 2016 00:39 (three years ago) Permalink

MIA is much more in her element here, but it's pretty cool that GD raps a lot of this in Korean

hurricane weather (forapper), Saturday, 27 February 2016 00:40 (three years ago) Permalink

five months pass...

MORE rappers freestyling over Big Bang karaoke beats, please:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h0MWCxgFW9w

hurricane weather (forapper), Tuesday, 9 August 2016 02:58 (two years ago) Permalink

He's a legit fan too, takes it all the way back to La La La.

hurricane weather (forapper), Tuesday, 9 August 2016 02:59 (two years ago) Permalink

nine months pass...

If any of them were going to end up (publicly) in the ICU, it was going to be TOP :(

Only three months into his service though, that's rough. I wonder if he'll wind up with a medical exemption like Swings.

hurricane weather (forapper), Sunday, 11 June 2017 18:30 (one year ago) Permalink

Anyway I'm just glad TOP is still with us, for now.

hurricane weather (forapper), Sunday, 11 June 2017 18:30 (one year ago) Permalink

one year passes...

RIP Big Bang / OT5.

Seungri sacrificing himself for the sake of the group as a result of his own bad behaviour seems extremely... in character.

https://www.soompi.com/article/1309402wpp/breaking-seungri-announces-retirement-from-the-entertainment-industry

Roz, Monday, 11 March 2019 09:53 (two weeks ago) Permalink

And I thought it was just about being caught smoking a joint again or something:

https://www.cnn.com/2019/03/14/entertainment/jung-filming-sex-kpop-scandal-intl/index.html

breastcrawl, Thursday, 14 March 2019 14:55 (one week ago) Permalink

Yeah. Seungri has always been a douche-y frat boy so the chatroom stuff, while gross, was not particularly surprising. It's likely not even the only one among Korean celebrity circles.

The pimping/sex trafficking allegations though... ugh.

Roz, Thursday, 14 March 2019 15:46 (one week ago) Permalink


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