Kpop music videos are always colorful and brilliantly executed and they definitely embrace an element of the weird more often than not. Today’s selection, however, pushed me beyond the initial “What did I just watch?” reaction, though. Before you start thinking that the shiny newness has not worn off this Maknae, let me tell you that there were several videos that did not make the cut for today’s post, including SHINee’s “Everybody” and “Ring Ding Dong.” In my wanderings down the kpop rabbit hole, I have found some videos that would make even David Bowie raise his eyebrows. Without further ado, I present to you Five Over-the-Top Kpop MVs!
SHINee — “Married to the Music”
Speaking of SHINee, this has to be my favorite of their videos. I was watching it with my 6-year-old and started making jokes about the events so that she wouldn’t take them seriously and wouldn’t have nightmares. (I value my sleep!) So we learned from this video that we should NEVER drink the glowy juicy and that it is appropriate to shout “Key Lime!” when Key is beheaded.
Norazo — “Wild Horse”
What does it say that my kids tend to be involved in the watching of these crazy videos? We love “Wild Horse” for the real commitment that Jo Bin and Lee Hyuk had to their roles–those stuffed horse bodies even moved a bit like a real horse! A tiny, tiny bit. My kids love to go around singing the chorus and getting the song stuck in my head.
EXO — “Power”
I still cannot make sense of this video, and I’ve read a few fan theory posts! I do believe the kitten is supposed to represent the EXO-Ls and that is ALL I understand. My favorite is watching the whole sci-fi battle against the giant robot. It’s all weirdly delightful–especially Kai’s face when he smirks and then takes on the robot.
BigBang — “Monster”
I’ve read the lyrics. I’ve watched the video. I’ve read the lyrics again. I’ve come to appreciate that the video seems to be more about destroying things, Taeyang’s commitment to the modern Flock of Seagulls hairstyle, glowing eyes, and the post-apocalyptic feeling in the songwriter’s heart. And TOP’s cape. I love that cape.
XIA — “Flower”
Speaking of needing fan theory interpretation, XIA’s “Flower” defies description, bouncing between opulent post-modern royalty and prehistoric tribal rituals. The fan theory suggests it’s a stand for XIA’s freedom from his entertainment company and reclaiming his humanity. I’ll run with it, lion-headed fish and melted robot head drinks and all.
There you have it, drama fans! Five music videos that make even chasing after giant mermaids look tame (N.Flying, “The Real“), in my own humble opinion. Comment below and tell me if there are even stranger MVs that I may have missed.
Until next time, I remain–
Karie the Maknae
Dramas with a Side of Kimchi