This week, I had a hankering for some straight up delicious boy group action. I’m not, despite how it might have seemed after Monday’s post, 100% BTS 100% of the (pop music) time. I have multiple playlists that fill that particular craving when it creeps into my system and they consist of a huge collection of old and new stuff from a wide variety of idol groups, collaborations, and solo projects. However, there are a few go to groups that scratch that itch consistently and effectively.
**I recognize that I sound either pregnant or like a serial killer in the above paragraph….I promise, I am neither of those things. Dear god, let me be neither of those things. Especially pregnant.
I am not generally one for ranking stuff…like favorite color or favorite ice cream flavor. In fact, I don’t think I even had a favorite of either of those until my kids insisted that I choose so they could better begin to categorize their world (purple and cookies and cream…in case you’re wondering). But I gotta say, it’s easy for me to identify my top two favorite kpop boy groups (not counting BigBang because they’re grandfathered in). Like, shockingly easy.
BTS. Monsta X. Done.
On the surface, and probably if you dig deeper because I’m pretty shallow, I like these two groups for very similar reasons. They have kick butt rapper lines, they appear to have close, beyond collegial relationships, they are excellent at fan service, they in no way take themselves too seriously, and even though I have selected a bias in each (or they selected me, sighs), I can’t really choose a favorite member.
Monsta X was the result of a survival/variety TV show called No Mercy in 2014. There are seven darling members (one main dancer, two rappers, and four vocalists). Most of their main releases have been pretty rap heavy, choreo heavy, shirt lifty, and super fun, but they have some pretty decent slower songs, beautifully shot videos, and oodles of charisma on variety shows and interviews. They also have their fair share (read: all) of wacko members that constantly say the wrong or unexpected thing or sit there awkwardly. They even have a series of MVs shot as if they were recording themselves on their smartphones. It feels so intimate. I like intimate.
In order to show both sides of this group, I have included two very different MVs in this post. The first is the rooftop version of Hero. The dancing is sublime, there is the appropriate amount of abs, and Jooheon’s hair is to dye (see what I did there) for. It’s just a really good, heavier boy group song. The second example isn’t really an actual release, but touted as a ‘special clip.’ Amen is just a short little ditty where they are each portrayed, in their own little space, as the viewers adorable boyfriend. It makes me want to pet their hair and give them ice cream. Cookies and cream, obviously.
Monsta X, Hero
Monsta X, Amen