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SNSD and SONE

Yesterday was Girls’ Generation’s 7th Anniversary as a group. I might not be a fan of them since their debut seven years ago, when they were still innocent girls who stunned the whole South Korea with Into the New World’s kick. It might not even be a year yet for me to be their fan, but despite of my lack of emotional ties with the girls but I’m going to take this chance to reflect on what SONEs have been doing so far.

As I’ve mentioned here and many times before, it hasn’t been that long since I’ve been a fan of Girls’ Generation (GG). That’s why even though I’m cherishing their anniversary, I’m not as emotional as other SONEs, who cried yesterday when they watched videos of GG’s debut stage in Inkigayo seven years ago; reminiscing about the memories they’ve had all these years.

A lot of people (by people I mean senior SONEs) have admitted that 2014 is a year of trial for GG. The year started when Yoona’s dating news with Lee SeungGi broke out, and in mere days, it was followed by Sooyoung’s dating news with Jo Kyung Ho. Not long after that, a shocking statement from the company’s CEO saying that SNSD will be replaced by a new group came out. As if the statement was not discouraging enough, other dating news came out, stating that Tiffany has been dating Nichkhun (a member of 2PM) and Taeyeon dating Baekhyun (a member of EXO). All of those shocking news came out when 2014 was still halfway through, and who knows what kind of news SONEs will have to overcome the rest of the year.

Some SONEs were very disappointed that the news came out that they reacted in ways that I think was quite, sorry to say this, reckless or even stupid. Some fanfic writers stopped writing because the couples they shipped were broken because the member was dating. A girl was cutting her own hand because she was really disappointed that the couple she was shipping was dating other guys instead of each other. A fan was spamming on one of the guy’s Twitter account because s/he doesn’t approve him dating one of the members.

To those people, I say: what the frack are you doing?

As silly as this might sound, those news didn’t have as much impact on me as it was on the other SONEs. Call me ignorant or anything, but for me the news were mere strategies by SM to gain something, like, I don’t know, some profits? I might be a bit down when the news came out, but not because the members were dating, but because (some of them) are dating the wrong person. But even that doesn’t change the fact that I’m still fangirling over Taeyeon’s dorky pictures or Fany’s eye-smile.

Since when do fans dictate what the idols have to do? Yes, one of the reasons why idols are successful was because of the fans, but does that make us their God? Does that give us the right to dictate their lives?

In some interviews, some of the members have voiced their concerns about them dating. As young girls in the peak of their beauty, of course they want to go on dates. They are more than ready, but they have to hold back because they know the fans couldn’t accept that. Even after the news came out, the dating couples couldn’t go out on dates because the spotlights are on them. They would rather stay in their dorm, ordering food, instead of going on real dates like what couples their age supposed to do.

Doesn’t it hurt you that the people you care about have to sacrifice their own well-beings because of your selfish needs for them to stay single forever, just to give you that little spark of hope that by some sort of miracle you could have your idols to yourself and run towards the sunset together?

In all honesty, I was quite broken when Taeyeon’s dating news came out, with Baekhyun of all people. She was the reason why I was into SNSD in the first place, and the news crushed me. Even if now I’m more of a Sunshiner (Sunny’s fan) than a Taeganger (Taeyeon’s fan), the news still brought me down.

No, it’s not because she’s “dating” an EXO member, but because of the consequence she has to endure. A few hours after the news was out, her Instagram account was flooded with harsh comments like “f*ck you”, and people saying that she’s a wh*re and all that. Regardless of the news was real or not, she doesn’t deserve that kind of treatment. For years of her building her singing career, her fans were praising her voice and her beautiful face, saying that she’s a Korean Diva. Then her “dating” news came out and BOOM, she’s a whore.

I know a lot of Taeganger and Baekhyun fans were disappointed. I think I would be too if the day comes when Sunny’s dating news came out, and the guy doesn’t deserve her. But who are we to decide who are good for them or not? It’s their lives, not ours. Yes, we would kill the guys who have broken our girls’ hearts, but that doesn’t make it okay for us to just bash the guys who date them. It’s their choice, and the best thing we can do is just congratulate them and hope that the guy was not a douche.

In a recent show, one of Sunny’s statements ‘enlightened’ me. In that show she was asked by the MC what kind of future does she want to go, not as Sunny, but as Lee SoonGyu (her real name). Her answer slapped me hard in the face.

“That’s hard question. Even I don’t know how Lee SoonGyu will live. I don’t remember living as Lee SoonGyu very well. I don’t even know very well yet what Lee SoonGyu likes or what she should do. That day will come, right, when I’ll need to live as Lee SoonGyu again. I think when that time comes I’ll need to search from then on what Lee SoonGyu likes and is good at. I probably won’t be able to return to that. I’ll be remembered and known as Sunny, so I can’t go back. However, once in a while, I miss Lee SoonGyu.”

Most of her life, she “acted” as Sunny, that she started to forgot who she really is. She’s not even sure if she knows what she really likes and dislikes. For me, it’s quite sad to know that an idol would go that far to please the fan, to be the figure that the fans could admire. I think this applies to the other members, not only Sunny.

Seven years is not a short time for a K-Pop idol, especially for a girl group. Of course we should congratulate and thank them for keeping the group for so long, and for being such hard-workers for us fans. But more than that, I think SONEs also need to reflect on themselves more as fans. Have we been good to them? Knowing that our idol would go that far for us, the least we can do as a fan is to support them no matter what. That would be a good start, and more than any gifts, our idols would appreciate that more.

This kind of reminder also applies to me, though. I have been learning to accept the fact that one day Sunny and Taeyeon would get married. Truthfully speaking, I’m still not ready yet if it would happen, say, next year. But I do sincerely hope that no matter what happens the group would still be there, performing their songs in front of their fans, creating more albums even with the increasing numbers of their individual activities.

Above anything else, that’s my wish as a SONE. I hope that’s not too much to ask. After all, all SONEs want to dream forever with GG right?

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Girls’ Generation’s Best Songs

In all the years of me writing a blogpost, this one is by far the most exhausting one to prepare. Not only did I take hours to listen to ALL the songs, I also have to list based on favoritism. If I have to list it based on SONE’s favoritism, I think it would be much easier, but not this one. Being a SONE noob, this one’s based on me.

In this post, I chose twenty of my most favorite SNSD songs. Since it’s the girls’ seven years of anniversary, I only chose SNSD songs, so that doesn’t include SNSD-TaeTiSeo (even though there are some songs that would definitely make the top five on this list) because it’s a sub-unit and they have their own EP already, and also SJJD (Shoujo Jidai) since, well, it’s SNSD’s anniversary!

It should make my job that much easier, right?

Right?

…not at the slightest. So after hours and hours of listening and comparing each song, here are twenty of my most favorite SNSD songs. I will only give comments to the top ten songs, but that doesn’t mean the rest are not good. The top ten are definitely better.

Firstly, the 11th to 20th place goes to:

20. Gee
19. Chocolate Love
18. Lost in Love
17. Visual Dreams (Pop! Pop!)
16. Sunflower
15. Snowy Wish
14. Promise
13. Wait a Minute
12. Back Hug
11. Mistake

Heh, didn’t thought that Gee would be in ‘last’ place, did you? I bet you didn’t even recall some of the songs above because they’re not exactly ‘hit songs’. But they were included in the albums, except for Visual Dreams. Then again, it was a group project, so it’s fine to be included, since all members were in it. And if you can see there, Taeyeon and Tiffany’s duet is in 18th place! It’s a bit unfair, but you see, it’s one of the track in I Got a Boy album, and you can’t deny that’s it’s not a bad duet to listen to, right?

Phew, ten songs to go! But before that, here’s the 6th to 10th place.

10. Dear Mom
9. One Year Later
8. Kissing You
7. Complete
6. Romantic St.

I might be stoned to death for placing Complete to be in seventh place, considering how important that song is for SONEs and SNSD itself. But memories aside, for me the songs were lacking in ‘oomph!’. Yes, the lyrics are good, but in the top five there’s a song similar to Complete which I think has a stronger ‘oomph!’ factor for me.

Oh and don’t hate on me for liking Jessica and Onew’s duet more than Taeyeon and Tiffany’s. TaeNy shippers might disagree with me, but in a duet you need harmony, right? There’s almost no harmony in Lost in Love, compared to One Year Later. I think a duet will be more meaningful if there are beautiful harmonies involved, not only two great voices in one song.

That aside, we’ve finally come to this… the best five! These five will forever have a precious memory for me, which is the reason why each song will have a brief explanation why they are chosen as the best SNSD songs for me 🙂

5. Into the New World
The first song that started it all… I included this song, since this song was somehow destined to be sung by SNSD. Even though at that time their vocal skills were still not praise-worthy, but that itself was one of the factor why this song is still good, even until now. The poetic lyrics paired by an uplifting music made this song good, but not complete, which was why the song had trouble finding its ‘owner’, until it finally found SNSD. Maybe even after SNSD’s 20th anniversary, I think I would still prefer the original and innocent voices over their mature and honed vocals.

4. Vitamin
I would say that this song is the dark horse in this list. Unless you’re a SONE or you live in South Korea, it’s very unlikely that you will know this song. I chose this song because this song is my energy pill. Every time I get pissed or sad about something, this cheery song is always able to lift my mood up instantly. Let’s face it, SNSD has recorded many uplifting songs like HaHaHa or Himnae!. But, compared to those two, this song never fails to lift my shitty mood, which, in a way is what SNSD means to me.

3. Mr. Mr.
No, I didn’t choose this song because it was SNSD’s latest single. Some people (even SONEs) said that this song failed, compared to the previous hits. I have to disagree with that. For me, this song really builds. It’s not really exciting in the beginning, but it got really, REALLY good towards the end, and you can’t help but want to listen to it again and again, just to listen to Taeyeon hitting the perfect falsetto.

2. Forever
If I have to pick one song to describe the relationship between SNSD and SONEs, this song is the perfect one. Not Promise, not Complete, but this one. Not only did the lyrics were really meaningful, you could also feel each member’s feelings. The best part about this song is definitely this part: even if a very long time passes, even if you and I become a bit different, I want to dream forever with you like this. Now do you see why I prefer this song to Complete?

1. I Got a Boy
If this song is a basketball player, it would be an all-rounder. It has everything I love in a song! I don’t understand it when people said it was confusing. For me, in the seven years of SNSD’s existence so far, this song is definitely the best proof as to why SNSD is the best girl group. I won’t get tired of this song, because of how colorful this song is. No matter how many times I’ve ‘drifted’ to other girl groups, this song really reminds me why Soshi is the best. In my opinion, the reason why the MV won a YouTube award is because the song itself is already good! You won’t get tired of hearing it over and over again. That’s how awesome this song is.

Aaand that’s the list for you! If you’ve read my post about the best SNSD MV, I Got a Boy also took the first place. Remember that I listened to each track (sometimes more than once) before deciding on the standings, and it has nothing to do with the previous list.

How about you? Have any SNSD songs that you like or maybe familiar with?

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Girls’ Generation’s Ten Best Music Videos (PART 2)

Before you continue reading this, please read the first part of the list here.

Okay, are you ready for the best five? Here they are!

5. Tell Me Your Wish (Genie) (2009)

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After the success of Gee, of course people wanted something more, and out came Genie! They have exceeded people’s expectations with this MV, showing how good they look with military outfits! Because of this particular video, Girls’ Generation became somewhat a religion for Korean soldiers during their service, and you can’t blame them. Out of all the earlier concepts, this concept is my favorite. After all, you can’t say no to girls in hot pants and blazers. The girls have proven that you only need form-fitting outfit and beautiful legs to look sexy. Forget the Japanese version that came out a year after, the original video is much better!

4. The Boys (2011)

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Just when the Koreans thought that Girl’s Generation belonged in Japanese and had no desire to come back, the girls were back with a bang! Forget group outfits! Each member had the chance to wear their own styles and boy did they deliver. There’s a reason why they are fashion icons, and their individual styles were shown here. And don’t forget their powerful dance here! If you like the song, then this MV is a must-see. It has a more powerful impact if you see the video yourself. There are two versions of this MV, the Korean and the English version, but there’s not much of a difference between the two of them.

3. Paparazzi (2012)

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In third place, we have Paparazzi, yet another Japanese MV in this list. I know that they’re a Korean girl group, but seriously, you have to see the MV to why it’s good. It’s the longest video the girls have so far and the intro might be a bit too long, but trust me, it will be worth it! First point is of course the dress! Each member was given different design, but each dress accentuated their personality perfectly. This MV is somehow similar to The Boys, but with more glamour thrown in. Second point is of course the dance! You won’t get enough of “itsu datte anata ga BOOM BOOM BOOM!” part of the MV no matter how many times you watch it. It really helps that there’s a dance version of this MV, even though it mainly shows the girls in sexy tuxedos instead.

2. Flower Power (2012)

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Let me just say that I’m a sucker for futuristic and simplistic concept, and this video had me, and boy it had me good. It’s unclear about what this MV is really about. I mean, I still don’t understand the correlation between futuristic stewardesses, badass biker-outfit girls, and clubber girls (since Hyoyeon and Yoona were dancing by the colorful-wall-thingy so I assume that they are…). But I love the set, love the dance, and I absolutely love their outfits! You can’t go wrong with black and red leather outfit that accentuates your body figure, really.

1. I Got a Boy (2013)

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You gotta admit that this MV is definitely the best out of all SNSD MVs. Forget badass SNSD like the ones you’ve seen in Run Devil Run, The Boys, or Bad Girl; I Got a Boy kicked them all in the ass! Even though the concept might not be as strong as the other “badass” MVs, but the hip hop concept really came through really well. You wouldn’t expect that the girls could pull it through, but they did. Months of their hard work really paid off, what with them winning a YouTube award, and the MV hit more than 100 million views in the site. So far I haven’t seen other MV that is nearly as good as this one, even from another girl groups, proving once more that SNSD is the best girl group of the century.

Don’t you think it’s quite obvious that I Got a Boy is in first place? I dunno about you, but it was really obvious to me. Of course, my opinion might differ to other SONEs. For example, you might think that Day by Day is better than Gee because the girls kissed the screen in the end (I kid you not with this one), or Run Devil Run is more badass than Flower Power, etc. Then again, I really enjoyed watching these ten MVs, and regarded them as the best so far.

And of course there are some MVs that were originally in Korean, but they made the Japanese version, like Gee, Genie, Oh!, and Run Devil Run. Honestly speaking, I prefer the Korean MVs better. Although, I have to admit, that the Japanese MV for Oh! is better. However, I still prefer the Korean version of the song, which lessen the joy of watching the Japanese MV, even though it was slightly better.

Lastly, it might be a little confusing why Mr. Mr. is not included in this list, considering the love I’ve shown for the MV in this post. Well…these other ten are simply better for me. I understand that Korean fashion can be really hard to understand sometimes, but I simply prefer these other concepts than the nurse look on the girls. I LOVE their suits though, even though they don’t show it a lot in the MV. Now that I think about it, I kinda wish that they have the dance version of the MV, focusing only on their suits!

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Girls’ Generation’s Ten Best Music Videos (Part 1)

In a matter of days, it will be Girls’ Generation’s 7th anniversary as a group. So far they are the longest-lasting girl group in Korea, and the second-longest lasting group after Shinhwa (male group from SM Entertainment which debuted in 1998). For someone who has just been into K-Pop in less than a year, at first it was not such a big deal for me, but knowing that some other famous girl groups like Fin K.L., Baby V.O.X, Wonder Girls, and KARA have disbanded or don’t have their original members anymore, it just awed me that a group consisting nine girls could stay intact for such a long time.

Thus, it’s only natural that as a fan I give something to commemorate this occasion by dedicating my next blog posts for them, one post every day before their anniversary. In this post I’m listing the ten best Girls’ Generation music videos (MVs)! Of course, to say that it’s their best is a little overboard, since they will have more awesome music videos in the future so the ten MVs that I’m listing here are my absolute favorite, the ones that brought me down to my knees for them!

…okay that’s a little too much fangirling there, but you know what I mean.

Well, that aside, let’s get on with this list, shall we? You can click on the title to see the MV 🙂

10. Mr. Taxi (2011)

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The main point about this MV is the outfit! Oh my God, those yellow-black-white outfits are really cute and sexy! The outfits look similar, but they are different from one member to another! Don’t get me started on their sexy jet-black leather outfits. Those awesome outfits, combined with harmonious dance from the group really made this Japanese MV! Don’t you wish you have sexy taxi drivers like them?

9. Gee (2009)

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If you’re talking about Girls’ Generation, then of course you have to see this MV! This video went viral for a reason, and it’s because of the freshness that the girls brought. Their concept was really simple but really cute, and marked a new fashion era in Korea, and possibly in all of Asia. Colorful skinny jeans became a staple fashion item for girls because of GG, for its simplicity and yet femininity. Fashion aside, the dance and the song really completes this video, don’t you think so? You can’t not love the song after you watch the MV.

8. Kissing You (2008)

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Doo doo do do do do, Kissing You baby! Ah, this MV might be too girly for some people, but I personally love the concept and the video. This video was out less than a year after the girls’ debut, so innocence was still the main point that they have to show. However, in this video, the girls also have shown the playful and funny side to them, that you can’t see the first time you see this MV. The more you see this video, the more you’ll see how much of a prankster they really are, and will love them more after you’ve finished watching. Oh, and have I mentioned about the dance and the outfit? Cute!

7. Time Machine (2012)

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Don’t expect any easy-to-follow dance in this Japanese MV. In this video, you’ll see a more mature side of the girls, as well as their acting skills. Each girl had their own story but they all have one wish: to hop on a time machine and re-do everything. This video is really beautiful and heart-breaking, and I kinda wish there are nine different MV for each member so their stories are shown more.

6. Love & Girls (2013)

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In sixth place, we have Love & Girls! This MV was released in summer 2013 and is a really fun MV to watch! The MV itself was a major scale MV which involved hundreds of Japanese SONEs. I think I will say fun more than I should here because, well, it IS a fun video! The girls have admitted that Love & Girls were one of their most enjoyable and fun MV to shoot because they could dance together with their fans, which explains why their faces are naturally happy. Make sure to watch the dance version of this MV to see how to do the shampoo dance correctly!

And that’s it for the first part! The second part will be posted tomorrow, but in the mean time, can you guess which MV is in first place?

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