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What happens when you mix white boys and K-pop?

You get this disaster.  Wow, it sounds like what pouring spaghetti sauce over japchae would taste like.

The lead singer here is Chad Future, a.k.a. Detroit native David Lehre.  Listen, I like K-pop as much as the next guy, and I also like tastefully done fusion of ideas, art, food and culture, but I just don’t know what to call Chad’s attempt to “fuse” K-pop other than bad.  Real bad.  It’s like cooked sashimi, a white girl calling me “oppah,” or chemically fermented and nasty “kimuchi.”

Perhaps some things shouldn’t be attempted, like a sequel to “Gone With the Wind,” remake of Oldboy, a Nixon second term, etc.  We should be left with the positive impressions of the originals and not have the bad taste in one’s mouth of the attempted repeats.  A frame by frame and beat by beat overlay of K-pop with white people just ain’t gonna hunt.

  • iMe

    Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!

    Oh, God..!

    Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!!!

    Holy s#*t…

    Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!!!

  • cm

    I had more fun and more laughs reading the comments to that video.

    But if they were Korean guys, I bet the reactions would have been completely different. This is why the Kpop Star Global Audition is doomed to fail.

  • redwhitedude

    Geez,
    thanks for the eye sore.

  • keyinjpop

    Not sure if I should check it out or save myself the trouble.

  • http://www.xanga.com/wangkon936 WangKon936

    Everybody loves a good train wreck, no?

  • slim

    Looks/sounds less like K-pop than Back Street Boys lite (a redundant term?) — but wait, isn’t that what K-pop is, 1990s boy band stuff , with prettier people?

  • Yu Bum Suk

    It’s like asking whose shit smells better. Some shit may smell worse that others, but at the end of the day shit still smells like shit.

  • playerofwebworld

    You know it’s a parody right? I think you got duped into believing that they’re being serious.

  • SomeguyinKorea

    WangKon,

    You write that as if Koreans invented boy bands and synthpop.

  • MrMao

    It sounds just as bad as the rest of the K-pop.

  • http://pawikoreapics.blogspot.com/ pawikirogii 石鵝

    white dudes? sorry, wrong gender. you start this with white women not white men.

  • Yu Bum Suk

    It would be funny to watch some “American-sized” white and black girls try this.

  • brier

    What is that line about imitation being the…….. Oh, never mind. Kpop must be kept pure and kimchi scented. Hail!

  • cm

    Now I know what black people must be thinking when they see Koreans rap.

  • http://pawikoreapics.blogspot.com/ pawikirogii 石鵝

    wait a secons. i thought they were going to sing in korean. whats so kpop about these dudes?

  • cm

    It’s Kpop down to the tee. The hand movements over their faces, the clean cut image with boyish faces, tight fitting clothes, the Eurobeat, and the boy band. Plus, I think the performer has already said it was a “parody” of Kpop. (I don’t think it was a parody).

  • Creo69

    “wait a secons. i thought they were going to sing in korean. whats so kpop about these dudes?”

    There is A LOT more to K-pop than just the singing or lyrics. Clothing, set design, choreography (what these guys are TRYING to adapt from K-pop), hair styles and a list of others are all a part of the recipe that makes K-Pop appeal to so many.

    After watching these guys try to use some K-Pop choreography I have to say I do have a renewed respect for Korean performers. Perfectionism does produce a superior product.

  • http://pawikoreapics.blogspot.com/ pawikirogii 石鵝

    thanks, guys. did some research but this group aint no parody. the group is produced by that gay guy from nsync. you’d think a gay dude could find better looking white dudes for his band. they look like girls.

  • http://www.xanga.com/wangkon936 WangKon936

    I agree. It’s not a parody. They may have said it later on to save face.

    And it is attempting to overly k-pop. Chad (and his enablers) make it more obvious here,where they throw in a few Korean phrases for good measure:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kJXTYIffwFg

  • Arghaeri

    You get this disaster.  Wow, it sounds like what pouring spaghetti sauce over japchae would taste like.

    Just to guage the level of disaster without actually listening to it, would you mond specifying the sauce, carbonara? bolognese? ….. and would that be with or without parmesa cheese sprinkling on top? :-)

  • Creo69

    ” they look like girls.”

    And K-Pop guys fall where on the scale of stereotypical manhood?

  • http://populargusts.blogspot.com/ bulgasari

    Wow, it sounds like what pouring spaghetti sauce over japchae would taste like.

    Or what pizza or nachos with mustard on top tastes like. The horror goes in both directions. What this imitation and the originals it cribs from have in common is my inability to make it past the 60 second mark when watching any of their videos.

  • Arghaeri

    you’d think a gay dude could find better looking white dudes for his band. they look like girls.

    Of course Pawi, their trying to capture the Kpop boy band feel, so of course they’re gonna look like girls.

  • http://pawikoreapics.blogspot.com/ pawikirogii 石鵝

    feeling threatened? the k dudes in kpop look even more girlish. feel better? believe it or not, the girl look is what teen girls like becsuse its not sexually threatening. lots of research on that.

  • keith

    That’s a very accurate take on Kpoop and just like that awful ‘music’ I could only bear about 15 seconds before I had to press stop. We are all adults on here aren’t we? How grown up people can think that Kpoop has any kind of significance or merit is beyond me. It’s nauseating stuff.

  • enomoseki

    Gangnam Style for life.

  • Arghaeri

    feeling threatened? the k dudes in kpop look even more girlish. feel better? believe it or not, the girl look is what teen girls like becsuse its not sexually threatening. lots of research on that.

    Ah there you go again Pawi, taking a simple statement correcting your querulous one, and turning into something else entirely.

    Even more amazing that you would think me jealous of guys who only attract asexual young girls, when the supply of their much better older sisters who like men is well stocked.

  • Arghaeri

    believe it or not, the girl look is what teen girls like becsuse its not sexually threatening. lots of research on that.

    In any case if YOU believe the research how come you’re surprised they picked guys who look like girls?

  • Anonymous_Joe

    There is no way they started out intending to shoot a parody. Cui bono? The video cost too much, and the production quality too high.

  • http://pawikoreapics.blogspot.com/ pawikirogii 石鵝

    i didnt say i believed anything, sir. dont try pickin a fight w me. you felt threatened and i just tried to help. night.

  • Maximus2008

    @27

    There, spot on.

  • silver surfer

    Pawi:

    Maybe now you have some idea of how awful Kpop looks to us white people.

  • http://www.wm3.org/Updates iheartblueballs

    Anyone that didn’t realize this was a parody after the first 10 seconds is a fucking dunce.

    Former Backstreeter Lance Bass was behind it (no pun intended). If the over-the-top goofy hair and androgynous pooftah choreography didn’t set off your fake radar, the lyrics certainly should have.

    Probably time to disengage from exposure to teddy bear wielding guyliner nancyboys if you couldn’t recognize real from send-up.

  • SomeguyinKorea

    #14, 16,

    Right, because “Eurobeat” is so typically Korean.

    In fact, linguists believe that the word Europe comes from the Korean word 우리의. Yes, “Europe is Korea land”.

  • Anonymous_Joe

    iheartblueballs, Lance Bass is brilliant. Who could have imagined that a femme-boy from a boy band would have the business savvy to shoot a high cost video lampooning the genre of the band itself?

    That’s one smooth move, ex-lax.

  • SomeguyinKorea

    #17,

    You’re over-thinking it. K-pop is K-pop because it’s in Korean. Take away the Korean and it’s not.

  • Arghaeri

    Ah got it Pawi you thought I was threatened because girls like girly-boys, but you don’t actually believe the research you cited, so I’m not threatened after all.

    Got it! Have a good night!!

  • http://www.busanhaps.com Bobby McGill

    That could possibly have been one of the most painful 3 minutes and 21 seconds of my life.

    All trends end, where is Korean popular music going next? Maybe mainstream music featuring musicians that play instruments and write songs?

  • nospam

    Three minutes twenty-one seconds of my life, that I’ll never get back.

    How low is the bar?
    http://www.ign.com/articles/2012/10/04/south-park-raising-the-bar-review

  • http://pawikoreapics.blogspot.com/ pawikirogii 石鵝

    ‘Maybe now you have some idea of how awful Kpop looks to us white people.’

    i don’t think kpop is aweful, but i thought the kpop dudes looked like girls before i saw this video. in fact, i don’t like watching the dudes because i feel a bit disgusted by their looks. they can dance and sing but i can’t get past the femme stuff. i felt the same way when i looked at the white dudes in that video.

    ‘ex-lax’

    brilliant and oh so right for the poster in question. he’s a creep.

    ‘In fact, linguists believe that the word Europe comes from the Korean word 우리의. Yes, “Europe is Korea land”.’

    you said you were latino but this, in the end, does not really matter. you said you were a person of color from somewhere else so this means you come from a sh8thole of a country. which sh8thole latino country you come from, sir? wherever you come from, you better tell your people to wake up and start working. you gonna be looking down on koreans? you gonna mock koreans? you hide your race to protect yourself from criticism about your people’s inability to achieve. where you come from, someguy? which sh8thole you come out of? i’ll bet your people work for koreans.

    jerk.

    arg, do you smoke weed?

  • http://www.sperwerslog.com Sperwer

    You get this disaster. Wow, it sounds like what pouring spaghetti sauce over japchae would taste like.

    Reminds me of the first time I had lasagne in Korea, about 18 years ago.. It seemed to have been made with something like cheese whizz.

  • gmm

    Reading the comments here is what I imagine it would be like to listen in on Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan pontificating on Biggie Smalls and Tupac. It’s a parody for Christ’s sake. As someone above said, if you didn’t get that in the first few seconds, you should have gotten it from the lyrics.

  • SomeguyinKorea

    #40,

    I’m Latino, now? LOL. No, I’m not.

    You were are crack baby, weren’t you?

  • Anonymous_Joe

    gmm, sorry it’s a parody now and of itself, but it’s not a parody. You can think that The Macarena, Starship’s We Built this City, and Hall & Oates glam album cover were parodies after the fact, too.

    The difference is that parodies are funny. That wanna be K-Pop boy band is laughable.

  • SomeguyinKorea

    #42,

    I can understand the confusion, though. After all, most K-pop boy band songs and videos are so cliche, they look like parodies.

  • platethief

    Haha, this is great!

    Isn’t ‘K-pop’ (a mix of American-European nineties dance music, girl/boy band personas) a mix of what happens when you mix yellow guys and Caucasian popular music.

    This is also parody, right?

  • http://pawikoreapics.blogspot.com/ pawikirogii 石鵝

    first, you tell us ‘aint gonna happen’ then turn around and deny you wrote it. then you make a big deal about not being white yet you hide your ethnicity. why? you’re roots are from an underachieving country and people and you want to defend yourself from all that, right? you hide it so people won’t dismiss your endless sh8t talking about korea, right? what’s your race, someguy?

    oh, and i like that you’re so well versed with korean music while you tell us you despise it. i’ll bet those boy bands turn you on, eh?

  • http://www.xanga.com/wangkon936 WangKon936

    @ # 45,

    Yeah, but the vids with pretty women are distracting enough were you don’t notice the cliches as much.

  • gmm

    Anonymous Joe–Look at the first couple of seconds when Lance Bass does that crazy opening-it’s from the same page as “Dick in a Box” on SNL (I’m assuredly not comparing their entertainment value though). There’s no way he is not doing that ironically. I beg to differ–this will be revealed as parody eventually, assuming people stay interested that long (not that I haven’t been wrong a lot about many things).

  • http://pawikoreapics.blogspot.com/ pawikirogii 石鵝

    here’s some info on whether they are a parody. once again the yahoos dont like the idea they can look like girls too.

    http://www.koreaboo.com/index.html/_/music/american-male-group-heart2heart-debut-influence-r10497

  • SomeguyinKorea

    #47,

    Novelty song, buddy. Learn the term and remember it.

    And since when does K-pop equate Korean music?

    Here, listen to this. It might cleanse your ears:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oav49sp7ANQ

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SJoEBBQ9NZc&feature=related

  • SomeguyinKorea

    In case blues rock isn’t your thing, here’s a great showcase of Korean artists:

    http://www.youtube.com/user/plastictvnetwork

    Warning: No boy bands or girl bands. Only good music to be found here.

  • Maximus2008

    Great links, Someguy. Some real talent, not manufactured s#!t.

    Can you point me to some stuff similar to Gostwind?

  • Arghaeri

    i don’t think kpop is aweful, but i thought the kpop dudes looked like girls before i saw this video. in fact, i don’t like watching the dudes because i feel a bit disgusted by their looks. they can dance and sing but i can’t get past the femme stuff.

    Don’t worry Pawi, apparently you’re not the only one to feel threatened by them. So don’t feel lonely, we can set up a support group..

    Just trying to help :-)

    arg, do you smoke weed?

    Since I live in Korea, I’m hardly going to respond in the positive am I now?

  • Arghaeri

    The difference is that parodies are funny. That wanna be K-Pop boy band is laughable.

    Isn’t laughing what you do when something is funny?

  • Q

    Here we have another mixture of kpop: 美脚時代(미각시대, Beautiful Legs’ Generation).

  • Q
  • SomeguyinKorea

    #53,

    Sorry, but I don’t know any similar bands. However, I do know that 신중현 and 김도균 have done some performances where they blended traditional music with rock.

    Can’t find a video of the 신중현’s performance I’m thinking about (watched it on TV years ago, was a big deal back then, critics were raving about it)

    But, here’s a couple with 김도균 that I could find.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3-X7wUK756I

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tvXBy6_GgqM&feature=related

  • SomeguyinKorea
  • SomeguyinKorea

    Second video is Noizegarden, by the way. Notice the guitarist?

  • cm

    #57 that’s just about the 99th 짝퉁 copy from Japan and China, of the Girl’s Generation.

  • http://f5waeg.blogspot.com/ F5Waeg

    This thread is awesome!

    ‘Hey, teen chicks like the girly boys. You diss em the girly boys cuz you can’t score! PWNED!’

    ‘Um, we don’t dig underage skirt. Why would we care what they find non-threatening’

    ‘You spics and honkies are all fakers! Screw all you guys! I hate them girly boys too! rARgh’

    Then goes and deletes half his pron.

    2 thumbs!

  • virtual wonderer

    hmm… methinks that most of you are not thirteen year old girls and are underestimating its marketing potential.

    glamrock is a white civillization product. this k-pop stuff is the resurgence of that with a 25 year time lag. in otherwords, there is nothing intrinsically different about american 13 year old girls from asian 13 year old girls who like boys wearing mascara with spiky hair.

    parody phooey.

    yes yes, none of you are gay and you are all very macho. yes yes.

  • Anonymous_Joe

    #55 Arghaeri:

    The difference is that parodies are funny. That wanna be K-Pop boy band is laughable.

    Isn’t laughing what you do when something is funny?

    Because you referenced my post, I’ll answer your misrepresenting and what might be rhetorical question.

    Yes, laughing is a normal response to something funny. I wrote that that wanna be K-Pop boy band was laughable, as in a joke.

    “…but aren’t jokes funny?” :facepalm:

  • Arghaeri

    :-)

  • http://twitter.com/NyNy_x NyNy ♛ ナイナイ

    Haha, Chad is quite funny though! By the way hope you read my article! http://nynyonlinex.wordpress.com/2009/11/18/arent-global-auditions-racist-in-a-way/