Today I went to switch to a Korean sim card and had an awkward interaction with the Korea Telecom (not sponsored, obviously) guy. Y’see, I have a clear phone case. And in my phone case is the photocard of Youngjae from Got7 that I got when I ordered their album online. Not just any album, but the Youngjae specific one, so I would get his photocard and his poster and his bookmark, etc. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: it’s such an amazing way to milk young girls for all they’re worth. I can see myself having bought the Backstreet Boys’ album five times just to collect all the photocards.
None of my students seem to know who the photocard is of, either because they’re too young or entirely too into BTS. I knew going to Korea would put me in a weird place because Got7 has a strong international fanbase but less so of a Korean base, probably owing to their make-up: four Koreans, one Thai, one Hong Kong-ese, one American. (Is that seven? I’m halfway through a bottle of cabernet sauvignon so forgive me.)
This was the first Got7 song I heard, and I was such a big fan of everything about it. The video is super cute but the message is fantastic. Even the choreography doesn’t take itself too seriously. This was on my “feel-good” mix for quite a long time and remains one of my most-played songs.
The line distribution is a little unfair, considering that Yugyeom only gets the “ooohhh” part, but Youngjae singing the bridge is like honey to the ears.
This week’s Music Monday is a live video from one of my favorite groups, Got7.
Usually, kpop artists will release a variety of videos for one single. They’ll have the official music video; a “performance video” version where they perform all the choreography (usually on one of the sets that were featured in the official music video); a “dance practice” video where they perform the choreo whilst goofing around in a dance practice room; a “relay dance” video where they all stand in a line and dance the choreo, alternating between dancing in front and moving to the back at random intervals; and usually there’s some silly video like them trying to perform the song while decorating a cake at the same time.
Sometime in late 2015, Got7 released a “free dance live video” of the group singing their song, “Confession Song.” The official music video features the group helping high school students make love confessions, and it takes place during the Christmas season. The song itself features sleigh bells and is very, very Christmas-y. Hence, the live video takes place in a simple room with a bed, Christmas tree, two cameras, and the insanity that is Got7.
It is through videos like these that we get to see each member’s unique personality, as well as how they all interact. If you didn’t like a group before you see a video like this one, you probably will afterwards. If you already liked the group, then you probably start to form a bias, or member that’s your favorite.