Jive Monkey Playlist: 5/4/15

Big Bang is back! After being busy with their own projects for almost 3 years now, they’ve reunited with a group release.

The title of the full-length album is called “MADE” but the group is planning on releasing the songs little by little as digital singles. Each month, the group will release at least a single song with the title of the album reflecting one of the letters of “MADE” so the first letter they’ve released is “M” with two songs, “BAE BAE” and “LOSER”.

I have to admit that I didn’t like “BAE BAE” when I first heard it. I think it’s more of a visual song and deserves to be listened along with the music video. Only then, can you fully grasp the hilarity of the visual sexual innuendos seen in the video. From orchids to squirting needles to bikini-clad mermaids, it packs a bigger punch than if you were to just hear it.

The ending as well is pretty random with the mention of rice cakes*. It does go along with the sex thing as rice cakes are usually chewy and glutinous and it’s supposed to reflect perfect chemistry when it all comes together. Don’t get me wrong; it’s definitely a weird video. However, that’s what I love about the boys as they have no qualms about making fun of themselves.

빅뱅(Bigbang) – BAE BAE

BAE BAE

I’M IN LOVE 눈에 콩깍지 씌었어 BABE
하의 실종에 흰 와이셔츠 BABE
사람이야 천사야 OH JESUS BABE
눈부셔 BABE SUNGLASS BABE
정신이 망신이야 홀렸어 네게
피가 한쪽으로 또 쏠렸어 네게
위험해 YOU’RE SO DANGEROUS BABE
살려줘 BABE 경찰 불러 BABE

BABY BABY
지금처럼만 아름다워 줄래 넌
시간이 지나도 내가 설렐 수 있게
BABY BABY
넌 시들지 마 이기적인 날 위해
그 모습 그대로 넌 그대로 여야만 해

사슴같이 예쁜 눈 나의 PRINCESS
나를 보고 비웃는 게 너무 CHIC 해
미친 거 아닐까
자연 미인 특이해 특이해
내게 완벽한 그대여 나의 MUSE 해
우리 둘이 편해
완전 살찌네
너와 몸이 완전 착착 감기네
영원히 넌 스물다섯이야 내게
변치 않아 BABE 5 X 5 BABE

BABY BABY
지금처럼만 아름다워 줄래 넌
시간이 지나도 내가 설렐 수 있게
BABY BABY
넌 시들지 마 이기적인 날 위해
그 모습 그대로 넌 그대로 여야만 해

난 예쁜 꽃을 든 남자
모든 이가 사랑할
너란 꽃을 든 남자
그대 향기에 취해 난 또 몽롱해지고
꺾이지 말아주오 제발 너만은

찹쌀떡 찹쌀떡*
궁합이 우리 우리 궁합이
찹쌀떡 찹쌀떡
궁합이 우리 우리 궁합이

BAE BAE

I’M IN LOVE, I’m blinded by love, BABE
No pants and white shirts, BABE
Are you a person or an angel? OH JESUS BABE
Blinding, BABE SUNGLASS BABE
My mind’s a mess, bewitched by you
Blood is rushing to one side again, you’re
Dangerous, YOU’RE SO DANGEROUS BABE
Save me, BABE, call the police, BABE

BABY BABY,
Can you stay beautiful just as you are now?
So that my heart races even after time passes
BABY BABY,
Don’t wither for my selfish self
You have to stay as you are right now

Doe-like eyes, my PRINCESS
Looking at me and laughing is so CHIC
Isn’t it crazy?
A natural beauty is so unique, unique
You’re perfect to me, you are my MUSE
We’re so comfortable with each other,
gained so much weight
My body wraps around yours totally
You’re always 25 to me
Won’t ever change BABE 5 X 5 BABE

BABY BABY
Can you stay beautiful just as you are now?
So that my heart races even after time passes
BABY BABY,
Don’t wither for my selfish self
You have to stay as you are right now

I’m a man holding pretty flowers
Whom everyone loves,
A man holding a flower that’s you
Drunk off your scent, getting hazy again
Don’t get picked, please only you

Rice cake, rice cake*
Chemistry our, our chemistry
Rice cake, rice cake
Chemistry our, our chemistry

“LOSER” is definitely more of my cup of tea. Musically, anyways. However, it was a beautiful Spring day and in a good mood when I went to work and sat down to watch this music video. This music video suddenly made me feel so sad. It’s a very angsty song about youth and finding your place in this world.

The music video is quite dark as it depicts the nasty side of pride and wrath in various forms. Then, you get to see the pathetic side of each character as well.

For me, it was Daesung’s scene that stick out the most visually. He’s so good at wearing his pain right on his sleeve instead of suppressing like most of the other guys.

As for T.O.P, his scenes are incredibly hard to watch because of the misogynistic nature of it. My first reaction to seeing him wandering the streets was laughter because of his acting but it’s quite an uneasy scene when you see it as a whole. He does depict the pathetic loser that’s mentioned in the lyrics but I have to admit that I’m less sympathetic towards T.O.P as opposed to the others.  I guess that’s the strength in his acting here.

빅뱅(Bigbang) – LOSER

LOSER

LOSER 외톨이 센 척하는 겁쟁이
못된 양아치 거울 속에 넌
JUST A LOSER 외톨이 상처뿐인 머저리
더러운 쓰레기 거울 속에 난 I’M A

솔직히 세상과 난 어울린 적 없어
홀로였던 내겐 사랑 따윈 벌써
잊혀 진지 오래 저 시간 속에
더 이상은 못 듣겠어 희망찬 사랑 노래
너나 나나 그저 길들여진 대로
각본 속에 놀아나는 슬픈 삐에로
난 멀리 와버렸어 I’M COMING HOME
이제 다시 돌아갈래 어릴 적 제자리로

언제부턴가 난
하늘 보다 땅을 더 바라보게 돼
숨쉬기조차 힘겨워
손을 뻗지만 그 누구도
날 잡아 주질 않네 I’M A

LOSER 외톨이 센 척하는 겁쟁이
못된 양아치 거울 속에 넌
JUST A LOSER 외톨이 상처뿐인 머저리
더러운 쓰레기 거울 속에 난 I’M A

반복되는 여자들과의 내 실수
하룻밤을 사랑하고 해 뜨면 싫증
책임지지 못 할 나의 이기적인 기쁨
하나 땜에 모든 것이 망가져버린 지금
멈출 줄 모르던 나의 위험한 질주
이젠 아무런 감흥도 재미도 없는 기분
나 벼랑 끝에 혼자 있네 I’M GOING HOME
나 다시 돌아갈래 예전의 제자리로

언제부턴가 난
사람들의 시선을 두려워만 해
우는 것조차 지겨워
웃어보지만
그 아무도 날 알아주질 않네 I’M A

LOSER 외톨이 센 척하는 겁쟁이
못된 양아치 거울 속에 넌
JUST A LOSER 외톨이 상처뿐인 머저리
더러운 쓰레기 거울 속에 난

파란 저 하늘을 원망하지 난
가끔 내려놓고 싶어져
I WANT TO SAY GOOD BYE
이 길의 끝에 방황이 끝나면
부디 후회 없는 채로
두 눈 감을 수 있길

LOSER 외톨이 센 척하는 겁쟁이
못된 양아치 거울 속에 넌
JUST A LOSER 외톨이 상처뿐인 머저리
더러운 쓰레기 거울 속에 난 I’M A

LOSER
I’M A LOSER
I’M A LOSER
I’M A LOSER

LOSER

LOSER, loner, a coward who pretends he’s tough
An awful delinquent, in the mirror, you’re
JUST A LOSER, loner, a scarred asshole
Dirty trash, in the mirror, you’re, I’M A

Honestly, I’ve never fit in with this world
To a loner like me, love’s already been
forgotten a long time ago
No longer can I hear it, a hopeful love song
You and me both, being tamed
A sad clown playing around in a script
Come too far, I’M COMING HOME
Now I want to go back, back to when I was young

Somehow I
Started looking at the ground more than the sky
It’s hard to even breathe
If I extend my hand,
no one would hold on, I’M A

LOSER, loner, a coward who pretends he’s tough
An awful delinquent, in the mirror, you’re
JUST A LOSER, loner, a scarred asshole
Dirty trash, in the mirror, you’re, I’M A

A cycle of girls and my mistakes
Love them for the night but hate them in the morning
Can’t own up to it, my selfish happiness
Everything is ruined now because of one thing
Don’t know how to stop my dangerous rush
Now I don’t feel anything, it’s not even fun
Standing alone over the cliff, I’M GOING HOME
I want to go back again, to how it was before

Somehow I
Gotten scared of people’s eyes
Sick and tired of crying
Try to smile
But no one acknowledges me I’M A

LOSER, loner, a coward who pretends he’s tough
An awful delinquent, in the mirror, you’re
JUST A LOSER, loner, a scarred asshole
Dirty trash, in the mirror, you’re, I’M A

Resent that blue sky, I
Want to let it all go,
I WANT TO SAY GOOD BYE
At the end of this road, if I stop wandering
Without regrets, please
So that I can close both eyes

LOSER, loner, a coward who pretends he’s tough
An awful delinquent, in the mirror, you’re
JUST A LOSER, loner, a scarred asshole
Dirty trash, in the mirror, you’re, I’M A

LOSER
I’M A LOSER
I’M A LOSER
I’M A LOSER

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6 thoughts on “Jive Monkey Playlist: 5/4/15

  1. My reactions to both were pretty much the same as yours. Loser is more to my liking as a song, but I can appreciate the hilarity of Bae Bae when I watch it along with the video. I do hope that the next songs they’re going to release are a bit more explosive or upbeat because that’s what I want most from them.

    And yes, TOP’s part in “Loser” was pretty hard to watch, but I can understand that it was kinda the point. But Daesung’s part made me really sad. He really did a good job with the acting in the video and his character arc was the most heartbreaking to watch.
    In terms of acting, TOP’s crying scene was pretty good as well, but since I had such negative feelings about his character I couldn’t quite understand it on an emotional level. But I can see how it can be more intriguing because K-pop videos usually depict the members in a positive manner and I like that Big Bang took a risk with that. In fact, they could’ve gone all the way and given each member a really dark and twisted character arc, that would have been fascinating to watch.

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    • I don’t know if I’m suddenly finding myself outgrowing Big Bang. In fact, most of the songs I’ve been loving lately are indie songs or anything tied to old school K-Pop like Jinusean. I like the two songs but I loved their last album which makes me feel a bit meh about this one, I guess? I can see and appreciate where they’re going with their music which made me want to write about it in today’s post but I guess it was a half-hearted post. I really like Loser but there’s nothing worse than being in such a happy mood only for it to be ruined by something so trivial. I got depressed for no reason. Lol. If you’re happy and you know it, listen to a different song.

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      • I’m not outgrowing Big Bang per se, but I see that their music is starting to develop towards a different style than what I enjoy. It’s not that they’re suddenly not good, it’s just that I see that the members have grown out of the music they used to do (which is normal because our own musical tastes change over time as well) and are now experimenting more and trying to find a new sound for themselves. It’s normal for an artist to do that, but I’m not sure if I’m interested in that new style.

        But perhaps it’s too early to tell. After all, they are going to release songs until August?September? Maybe the next songs will make me change my mind about what I just said.

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      • I think there is evolving in terms of sound and music. How is Big Bang music before this and the music older fans loved? Perhaps someone can enlighten me on this. Loser is similar to Bad Boy.

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      • I’m not a music expert so I’m not sure I’d be able to describe it very well. You’re right in that Loser is a bit similar to Bad Boy and perhaps that’s the reason why I was drawn to that song, with the exception of the fact that Bad Boy has a really catchy hook and lyrics. (Sorry, I know the lyrics are Korean but it was really easy to learn without having to look at the lyrics themselves.) I think there was more of a group cohesiveness with their sound? Like if you listen to Bae Bae, I can almost hear 5 different songs reflecting each of the member’s styles in their solo music. It’s cool but perhaps that’s why the melody just isn’t sinking in right away.

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