11:24 pm - 01/15/2013

The I Got A Boy "Controversy" Examined by ‘My Daily’ Writer Lee Seungrok

To say the least, it’s clear that Girls’ Generation didn’t release a song that’s like every other song. There was no girl group before Girls’ Generation with such bitter controversy over one song. Controversies girl groups get caught up in are usually over “suggestivethings: suggestive dancing or outfits that expose too much skin. However, people are talking not about their choreography or outfits, but about Girls’ Generation’s song.

What kind of song is “I Got A Boy” to have people divided into either “liking” or “hating” it?

"Through Girls’ Generation’s selection of “I Got A Boy”, they’ve broken away from limitations and the currently existing road of girl groups."Collapse )

Disclaimer: Views expressed are solely those of the author and are not representative of the Soshified community as a whole.

Source: My Daily via Daum
Translated by: ch0sshi@soshified
Edited by: moonrise31@soshified, taengsoshi@soshified, MoonSoshi9@soshified

though its main focus is igab, it touches upon a lot about girl groups in general. i really like how the writer discerns "mature" from "sexy". a recommended read!

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lazmy 16th-Jan-2013 10:02 am (UTC)
the introduction rap in “I Got A Boy” is awkward. It doesn’t give off a professional vibe.

so far (after reading it THREE times) this is the only thing i agree with
line_genrou 16th-Jan-2013 02:25 pm (UTC)
Actually, Hyo's rap was what sounded the weirdest to me.
surf lurk 16th-Jan-2013 10:05 am (UTC)
As I have noticed the influx of articles defending why IGAB is a mess it seems to me that They are trying so hard to make everyone like the song. Songs shouldn't need explanation for you to like it. Learning what is the meaning behind those things doesn't make the song any better. It is still a mess for some and okay for some.
djlancerock 16th-Jan-2013 10:21 am (UTC)
I still think releasing a song that a lot of people would disagree about was a very calculated move. It seems to be working.
ohlookshiny 16th-Jan-2013 03:11 pm (UTC)
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af_fx_tion 16th-Jan-2013 10:33 am (UTC)
who cares, they're having fun with the performances, that's all that should matter. is it that much of a tragedy if some people don't like the song? really?
yolleh 16th-Jan-2013 10:43 am (UTC)
I still can't listen to it the full way through.
The song isn't even a hot mess, it's just a non cohesive train-wreck.
bulleusekat 16th-Jan-2013 11:09 am (UTC)
Still don't see how this song is a "revolution" for kpop. No matter what they say the transitions are still a mess. Different structure yes, but if it's so choppy I don't see why they are so lenient on this song and praising the "supposed change SNSD are taking". I have yet to read a negative review from formal media (not talking about blogs).
michasungbang 16th-Jan-2013 11:16 am (UTC)
the song is a mess and I laiku. well I like messed up songs (I'm a person who likes Girl's day Tilt My Head) XD
I haven't really liked SNSD's recent korean title song releases (their Japanese songs are amazing though) so this was kinda a change :)
uglypricetag 16th-Jan-2013 11:59 am (UTC)
this is the dumbest rationalization i've seen for this mess of a song. just admit that it's shitty and stop deluding yourselves that it's anything better than what it is
yunde 16th-Jan-2013 02:08 pm (UTC)
well everyone can have opinions, right? you can have yours, and others can have theirs. don't be so pressed.
soramai 16th-Jan-2013 12:04 pm (UTC)
The song is just bad. That's it.
mspopstar 16th-Jan-2013 02:17 pm (UTC)
And yet I'm pussy popping on it like there's no tomorrow
ashiva 16th-Jan-2013 12:19 pm (UTC)
It's like they believe that a bag of coal will suddenly turn into a bag of gold if they claim long enough that it's indeed gold.
izabera 16th-Jan-2013 12:39 pm (UTC)
Just accept that it's a messy song that some people dislike.
No need to write a PhD thesis about it.
timetobegin 16th-Jan-2013 12:49 pm (UTC)
I feel like this article has some good points. I love this song no matter what other people think. I regret absolutely nothing.
honeyfunnybunny 16th-Jan-2013 01:18 pm (UTC)
this article is a bit confusing, and it's pretty clear that everyone wants to throw in their two cents now that it's popular to "defend" the song.

all i really care about is that i can listen to the song and enjoy it, im one of those people who rarely finishes a song cause i get really idk.. my attention span is just very short, but with igab, i don't do it cause its pretty much a lot of different songs in one. i guess that's one of the selling points i guess? and i remember even after the first listen, i was already repeating the "I got a boy 멋진! I got a boy 착한! I got a boy handsome boy 내 맘 다 가져간! I got a boy 멋진! I got a boy 착한! I got a boy awesome boy 완전 반했나 봐!"- part.

and the girls look like they reeeeeeeeeeeeeeeally enjoy it. especially taeyeon seems to have gotten newfound energy and drive while performing, and it's nice to see that they all are enthustiastic again. cause sometimes what we like isn't neccessarily the trend, or what's in right now.
feel_my_mind 16th-Jan-2013 06:26 pm (UTC)
I agree with that first line so much. Now that song is starting to get popular (and critics like it), people seem to want to be the first one to be like, "I liked it and here is why its revolutionary..."

But to me, it doesn't matter. I can love something everyone hates or hates something everyone loves and no amount of articles will chance that.
hurtmybones 16th-Jan-2013 01:19 pm (UTC)
Still, receiving a refreshing shock with songs like “The Boys” or “I Got A Boy” is a lot better than being shocked seeing Girls’ Generation doing “spread legs dancing” while wearing disconcerting miniskirts.

lol what is he even going on about? shut up

and they need to stop with all these articles trying to make it seem like they didn't put out a shitty song
pumpkinskin 16th-Jan-2013 02:03 pm (UTC)
This meaning is that, through Girls’ Generation’s selection of “I Got A Boy”, they’ve broken away from limitations and the currently existing road of girl groups... They’ve entered a path that will allow Girls’ Generation to be maintained for a longer time without regressing.

Idk, seems more like IGAB is the epitome of the limitations of girl groups. They're twenty something year old women who want to mature/have a mature look & sound but they're doing cutesy rap? The lyrics they are singing are so juvenile and asinine. They do the aegyo gestures even though in the next frame, they're like tryin' to be hard and badass? They're really not regressing but they kinda are.


fantaesticbaby 16th-Jan-2013 02:27 pm (UTC)
mte. And the lyrics are anything but mature. They talk about how they're worried about a boy not liking them without make up. That hardly sounds grown up to me.
line_genrou 16th-Jan-2013 02:04 pm (UTC)
Even though I started to like the song after a while, this is not the first song in k-pop history to have these many changing beats in it. TVXQ's Rising Sun released in 2005 had like 3 or 4 different tempos in it but the transition to each part was very well done.
I still think IGAB is a hot mess, but now is kinda of a fun mess to me.
yunde 16th-Jan-2013 02:06 pm (UTC)
i wasn't into the song when i first heard it but after a couple tries, i got hooked. it's actually really easy to get addicted. idek why people complain so much omg
fantaesticbaby 16th-Jan-2013 02:25 pm (UTC)
sounds like biased trite to me. This person needs to stop desperately searching for reasons why IGAB isn't shit 'cause they ain't gonna find them.
noneko 16th-Jan-2013 03:09 pm (UTC)
I thought it was interesting that I Got a Boy's lyrics were so... typical, whereas The Boys lyrics were affirming and uplifting. It's weird.
brackdiamon 17th-Jan-2013 12:24 pm (UTC)
It is. And I'm surprised that the girls would like this so much since it's really trite and immature towards another girl + it makes them look insecure just for their younger man who's like an oppa or whatever.
patentpending 16th-Jan-2013 03:18 pm (UTC)
This seems like it was written by someone who was really really disappointed in the song because SNSD is their favorite and they wanted to like it, so they forced themselves to like it and tried really hard to find reason too just so they didn't have to admit that their fave let them down.
brackdiamon 17th-Jan-2013 12:23 pm (UTC)
Story of their lives!
ohlookshiny 16th-Jan-2013 03:20 pm (UTC)
i like the live performances much better than listening to the song itself cause they cut out tiffany/taeyeon section with the mic, which is where the transition is really jarring to me. plus the girls are having so much fun on stage.

i may not wholeheartedly love the song but the backlash is really... weird. i've heard far worse kpop songs than this. i suppose bc it's snsd and people have certain expectations for them. also i feel like SM don't really know where to take snsd in korea rn, and this comeback is kind of a result of that. idk.
law_oneofmany 16th-Jan-2013 03:27 pm (UTC)
the fact that the song changes isn't so bad. the fact that it has to flip flop back and forth is what gets me, like it's trying soo hard to be different.

also, the use of the term "hip hop" also really throws me off. truth be told, i don't necessarily consider kpop idols rapping as "hip hop," more like speed talking through rhythm. there's an art to it, not just a gimmick; some people can do it, and some people shouldn't.

someone earlier said it before--if you need to justify a song with article after article, then it's not doing the job it needs to do.

i did like the choreography though, but that's just me.


...i'm gonna walk away now
outlawed 16th-Jan-2013 03:42 pm (UTC)
I liked the song but it wasn't revolutionary. I will probably listen to it for a few more weeks, stick it on a CD to listen to in my car, stop listening to that CD and then come back to it in a few months to a yr when I get tired of everything else again. Then I'll be like "OH Heeey! I remember that song!" when I come back to it. I'll get tired of it again shortly after, but I wont change CD's because I know I wont find anything else knew in my CD compartment. So then i'll bear with it for another 2 days to a week before I go to something else, hoping I find a new love affair.

And I like the changed image, I do, but I don't get why it has to be constantly supported through explanation. They needed an update. It's really that simple. You don't like it? Well, I didn't like the innocent cutesy look before hand but you don't see me writing an essay about it.

jesymphony 16th-Jan-2013 03:45 pm (UTC)
All of these articles on IGAB smells like SM noise marketing to me tbh. People will either like or dislike the song, no amount of articles is going to change that. But it will raise exposure of SNSD and get more people to listen to IGAB if only to see if it's as bad as everyone is making it out to be.

As a hardcore Sone, even I realise how disjointed and jarring the song is. I like the two songs that they're singing, just not when they've been slammed headfirst into each other and told to play nice. On that note though, what is everyone's problem with the 'Ayo'? Does it have some negative connotations I'm not aware of? Because it sounds perfectly fine to me. And by the way some Omonians are making it out to be, Tiffany should never be allowed to speak in a song in a vaguely rhythmic way again. I don't find her awkward or cringe-worthy at all.
feel_my_mind 16th-Jan-2013 03:54 pm (UTC)
tbh, I didn't read the article. I love the song, but these articles, and people, defending (especially the ones that say you should read the lyrics. Really? I think they make the song worse) are really making it worse. I honestly think it could be a grower for the individuals on the face or lighter side of "don't like it," but if you keep trying to tell them to like and what to do, they are just going to get angry an give up the chance complete. You have to just give it time to breath. Write about how it was good decision after its a proven hit. Then there will people that will always hate it. No matter how good a song is, you can never make everyone like it. Heck, I'm not ever going to be convince "The Boys" was more than unfinished song SME bought for a lot money, so they decided to use it; but that opinion didn't stop a lot people who thought it was their favorite Girls' Generation song. So really, its ok, let it go.

Now, to get my actual point, I do like that they pointed out difference between "sexy" and "mature" its been a point I've tried to argue for years, but people always seem to think they are same. I don't think "I got a Boy" is either though. Its really just another "Oh" on crack. "Into The New World" and "Mr.Taxi" [and the Korea Version of The Boys, tbh. Just the Korean version though) had some true since of maturity to them, if we look at them lyric wise, which is funny cause one was their debut song. If you want an example of a group that does mature good, I think, for girl groups, maybe Wonder Girls (non single songs) would be your best bet (and BoA for soloist). But remember they had to disappear a long time to really get there. Otherwise, I can pinpoint certain songs and stages for girls, but its really hard to say their is a group out there that has conquered mature but not overly sexy.

Edited at 2013-01-16 04:31 pm (UTC)
brackdiamon 17th-Jan-2013 12:28 pm (UTC)
Honestly I think as far as their promoted Korean tracks go Run Devil Run is the one where they get everything right for me (image, choreography, song, and lyrics). Sure it wasn't the best song ever but for SNSD standards at least they didn't look/sound helpless!
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