Comeback: 100%’s “Guy Like Me”

MV:

I debated on this for a while, but I finally decided to do a review of this music video even though there’s not a ton going on in it because I find this song incredibly impressive for a rookie group.

Everyone hated on me when I said 100% had a lot of potential when they released their debut “Bad Boy”, but I knew.  I KNEW.  This isn’t a group to just toss aside, people!  They can actually dance AND sing.  THIS IS RARE IN THE K-POP INDUSTRY.  Also surprisingly, 100% seems wildly different from their established labelmates Teen Top, which was more along the lines of what I was expecting.  GOOD!  Because just because the last Teen Top member is just about to leave teenage-hood doesn’t mean they need a carbon copy replacement.

So onto the song and video.  What I like about this song is that it’s just a simple, acoustic song stripped bare of a lot of background nonsense track that the members just sit and perform.  Honestly, this is one of the hardest and scariest kinds of songs to perform in the k-pop industry.  You don’t have any distractions to help you out; only your voice to captivate the audience.  And so for a rookie group to come out with something like this and actually perform it well (watch a live performance, they don’t disappoint!) is really amazing.  And don’t lie, it’s pretty damn catchy.

The video is not much to get worked up over, except for a few cute scenes here and there.  The major premise gave me a huge One Direction “Little Things” feel, except in my opinion the guys are a lot better looking.  I mean, any guy with a guitar…

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This goes for you too, Niall!

The rest is pretty chill but you get the idea that 100% is a pretty fun bunch of guys, and dare I say, charismatic even.  I do wonder though, why they chose to feature Sanghoon in this video, which doesn’t mean anything more than that he got a few more solo shots than everyone else:

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Honestly he seems like the worst singer of the group to me, but I guess they tried to make it up by having him sip a cappuccino and getting whipped cream all over his face.

I have to say I’m liking 100% so far, even though they have a silly band name and they wear too many rings:

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Changbum….do you work for a casino or something?

I also think it’s a little strange that the leader, Minwoo, is 27 while everyone else is 18-21…but hey, you do what you gotta do Minwoo.  So long as you don’t disappoint me with your next album, I’ll be happy.

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