First Impressions: Yoseob’s “Caffeine”

I really think this song should be called Coffee in English, but nonetheless, I digress…

EDIT: Callipygia is fighting with me that he is singing “Oh girl you like caffeine”, but I REFUSE to believe that’s true. THE VIDEO IS FILLED WITH COFFEE IMAGERY FOR PETE’S SAKE!

Yoseob (or Yoseop? My Korean bad), of BEAST/B2ST fame, has come out with a solo release. And the topic he used to introduce himself to the world as a solo artist was… Coffee!

This music video really tries to touch on this theme – that is, “coffee” and “hot coffee” and “caffeine” – in super super subtle ways. For instance, there’s a girl who is literally smokin’, because either she is smokin’ hot or because she’s smoking like a hot cup of coffee would:

Wow, this girl’s just like a coffee.

If you can’t tell already, the choice of singing about coffee in this song has become an obsessive preoccupation of mine. How is this girl so bad to him, just like a coffee? How are coffees bad for you? Is it because she makes him really jittery, or perhaps she makes him want to urinate all the time? Or maybe he’s pondering the long-term problems of drinking coffee, being all, ‘Girl, you’re just like coffee cause you could give me cancer one day.’

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Comeback: TVXQ’s “Humanoids”


I have been waiting for this music video to come out for forever, since SM has been shamelessly promoting this song live at concerts and just teasing us with poor quality fan cams, and I have to say I have mixed feelings about this comeback.  I don’t particularly like the song (although to be honest, it’ll probably grow on me with a couple more listens) and the music video is far from original, but there are just so many things in this music video that I just found incredibly…amusing.  And I’m not sure that’s a good thing.

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Comeback: The QUEEN Son Dam Bi returns with “Dripping Tears”

I know that BoA is the QUEEN of Kpop, but isn’t Son Dam Bi… the OTHER Queen?


Ok, folks. You know I have to talk about this. There is no possible way I can resist:

So. Sexy.

No, I’m not talking about Son Dam Bi. Her lithe, womanly body and slender legs have NOTHING on those checkered beauties swaying behind her. I especially love the little bows on the top of their heads, as if they’re wearing body-shaped bags that have to be tied at the top. And that they have no faces. (The lack of breathing holes worries me however.) I mean… if that outfit isn’t stylin’, what is? Continue reading

First Impressions: Roh Ji Hoon’s “Punishment”


Do you ever think about the sheer volume of debuts that occur in K-Pop every month? I do. Another thing I think about is the inevitable fact that most groups or solo artists who debut will fail. Fail miserably and, as Callipygia has said, descend into the abyss of crushed dreams, never to be heard from again.

With that note, let’s go on to our first impressions of Roh Ji Hoon’s debut.* Will he never be heard from again? Or is he going to take the Kpop world BY STORM? (Hint: the second one, if I have anything to say about it.) Continue reading

First Impressions: Kim Sung Kyu’s “60sec”


I.  have.  SO many feels about this music video.  First, YAY Sung Kyu is breaking into a solo career (fyi he’s the leader of Infinite)!  But let’s get down to the REALLY important thin–OH MY GOD L IS SO CUTE IN THIS VIDEO!!!!!!!!!!!!

I’m sorry for the excessive fan-girling, but I haven’t had a good dose of Infinite in quite a long time now, and this is a side of Infinite I haven’t been exposed to nearly enough.  While I’m sad there’s none of the amazing dancing that got me to fall in love with Infinite in the first place, I’m SO EXCITED to see a naturally sensitive side shining through in this music video!  And I emphasize natural because that hasn’t always been their strong suit:

This whole video was….disturbing.

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Comeback: FIESTAR’s “We Don’t Stop”


FIESTAR stirred up quite a lot of hype as Loen Entertainment’s first girl group when they debuted just this September with ‘Vista’.  Impressively, they’ve made a quick comeback two months later with “We Don’t Stop”, and I’m pleased to see that they are capable of consistently turning out quality promotions.

This comeback sports a variety of funky hairstyles and bright outfits, and begins with a clichéd montage of sped up merriment and high pitched squeaking which honestly. was slightly off-putting at first.    Nothing really stands out about the MV, except that I felt it did a good job reflecting the attitude of the song.  It sucked me in with its innocence and sincerity; sometimes I felt like I was flying, sometimes I felt like I was dancing…and sometimes I felt like I was being sent on an acid trip.


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Comeback: Hyuna’s “Ice Cream”


Here at KPWOP we have strong opinions about this song, and so does the rest of the Kpop-listening universe. (Well, that’s what I’m guessing. To be honest I don’t have many friends who listen to Kpop. Callipygia is one of them.) We would be remiss not to give this some sort of review, even though we’re a bit late to the game.

What is this innocently titled song about, you ask? Is it about the childlike wonder of gazing at an ice cream cone for the first time under the hot summer sun, of listening to the sweet, sweet tones of the ice cream truck driving past your house in the afternoons? Is it about careless days spent at the beach, or the laughter and joy of summertime?

No. (It’s about sex, guys.)

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