Ten Music Video Highlights of 2012

6. It’s Kpop Crack!

Big Bang – Fantastic Baby

We’ve grown accustomed to it. Set designs, colors, and the budgets to hire stylists and a team of designers to make style whores drool. Kpop music video standards seem to defy a music industry that shrinks music video budgets year after year [1] — remember? Big Bang spent like $200k USD on their music video for Love Song [MV], one of the few defying that is Ayumi Hamasaki who spent $1M USD on her 2010 music video for Virgin Road [YinYueTai] [YouTube].

But sometimes Kpop music videos defy westernized logic, and all we’re left to thinking is… WTF have we just seen?

With colored hair — and G-Dargon wearing that long grassy orange hair extension in a look that has GOT TO be Burton’s The Joker and The Penguin inspired, chains and multi-colored post-apocalyptic pop grunge. The best of Kpop is just that. [Original Post]

Runner-up: G-Dragon – Crayon [MV]

2nd Runner-up: SunnyHill – The Grasshopper Song [MV]

5. Rudimental – Not Giving In

Music videos, storytelling… and a social message?

The lives of two boys begin drifting apart by the choices they make. [Original Post]

Ghost Writer

Here. There. Everywhere. Punished soul that usually watches what nobody wants, but sometimes gets lucky.

13 Responses

  1. Mirella says:

    Yeah… I’ve only watched the M.I.A. video before XDDDDD My current musical culture is sorely lacking :P

    • amy says:

      @Mirella, Except for when Hiddles RTs MVs? xD and you must’ve seen/heard about one of the Kpop MVs… at least on your FB wall talk haha.

      • Mirella says:

        @amy, Yeah, I’ve only watch Nicki Minaj’s Starship MV complete because he mentioned it XD Even if his taste of music goes more to Sigur Rós and Mumford & Sons… except when it doesn’t.
        I haven’t seen those particular Kpop MVs… I have only seen complete MVs of 2ne1 and Girls’ Generation. None of the boybands hold my attention enough to complete a video XD

        • amy says:

          @Mirella, you’re gonna love Crayon, if u give it the time of day. Even IF G-Dragon is the girliest of them all. And Fantastic Baby has enough colorful grunge to interest you.

  2. I just saw “Crayon” earlier today and you have to like a video that starts with G-Dragon plopped asleep in a Wonder Woman robe.

    Awesome how you broke down the videos into all these patterns. However, I think you missed Noomi Rapace in the Rolling Stones’ latest video? she’s great in that. I had to have the gifs right away of her shooting up zombies with a shotgun.

  3. ghost says:

    @Mirella, if you liked Psy and love nonsensical, like it seems you do from your column, you will fancy yourself some WTF from G-Dragon. For sure.

    @amy, best video of the year for you?

    @chrryblssmninja, I did miss it! I hadn’t seen it, to be honest. And it does follow the Actor + MV PLUS the NSFW trend with violence and nipple-showing. Though I would argue Noomi wouldn’t be rising the Rolling Stones’ relevance. It’s an oldschool collab. =P

  4. amy says:

    @ghost, pop-wise? I liked Salyu’s Camera and the latest Crowd Lu MV (O La La Hu Hu). I also liked G-Dragon’s Crayon. I didn’t have a clear favorite this year.

  5. GIACOMO says:

    don’t hate me: HERE

  6. Camiele says:

    *siiigh* Crayon… I basically decided I need GDragon as my puppy after that video… HaHa.

    I personally don’t really think I’m a fan of the lyric videos. I think it’s more to do with the fact there’s so many of them. I’ve never been a fan of oversaturation of decent idea. And that’s what happened with lyric vids… HaHa.

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