In terms of K-pop, theres one particular style thats impossible to mess up, and thats being bizarre. When it comes to this style, theres this sort of anything goes mentality. If the artist or group can work the concept just right, theyve got an instant hit. Some are more outlandish than others, some are less. But as youll see below, none of that matters.
First up is G-Dragons Coup DEtat. Taking elements of revolution in hand, this MV takes on an eerie tone, flaunting its striking and elaborate scenery. Everything about this MV, from its haunting settings to the hidden symbolisms, makes quite the impact. It certainly is bizarre, yet beautiful at the same time.
For those who dont know T.O.P, his obsession with art, wine, and furniture has given his music a very unique form in terms of rap and pop music. His MV, Doom Dada, is no exception. After all, who else could flawlessly combine Planet of the Apes and a crying baby with a gigantic head? It doesnt make any sense, yet somehow, T.O.P turns it into gold.
In CoCoSoRis Exquisite! the cats are next in line for world domination. The MV as a whole seems simple and cute at first, yet when those cats with their laser-shooting eyes appear, all expectations are thrown out the window. The ending is even crazier. In order to save themselves, CoCo and SoRi invent magical pills that help them defeat the cat overlords.
To be honest, Im not sure if there are any words that could accurately describe this MV. Its got what looks like a guy in a reflective hazmat suit, some random creatures with moppy hair, and even those freaky rapping mannequins. But I keep wondering, whats with the girl who has a Swedish Fish on her head? And that other guy with an ice cream cone on his head? I gotta say, Hitchhiker really knows how to trip people out.
Thought thered be a normal MV for once? I did, too, but I was totally wrong. In the beginning, it really seemed like Solo Day was about five guys and their super ordinary lives, but once again, B1A4 takes us down a different route. Aliens are real, everyone. And so are girls with freakishly large ears
Everyone loves sushi, but Orange Caramel takes it to a whole new level: They literally become sushi. This may seem bizarre, but this group has always used foods and desserts as key concepts. For future reference, if you ever need a quick rundown on which sushi to eat, Catallena has all the answers. Just make sure you dont order the mermaid.
How could I not include Gangnam Style? In terms of bizarre MVs, this one holds an international status as the greatest. PSYs flashy style and his iconic dance moves created a legacy in the world of K-pop that will never be forgotten. After all, who could forget a MV with over 2 billion views?
Wanna know what Narnia would look like if it were Korean? Red Velvets Rookie is exactly whatd it be like. After entering the closet, the girls are thrown into the strange world full of clay trees and creatures made entirely of roses. If that werent bizarre enough, theres even a random speed-chase using mini spaceships. Definitely need to get me one of those.
Married to the Music is basically what would happen if SHINee got drunk at a retro 1920s party. Lots of terrible things happen in this MV: heads get decapitated, eyeballs go flying, noses disappear, lips fall off, theres even a dance party under the falling of confetti vomit. Among all of this, we learn one important lesson: music can make people do some seriously crazy things.
With 2NE1s Come Back Home, we are gifted with probably the most bizarre sci-fi ever made. In this dystopian setting, everyone is addicted to Virtual Paradise, living in alternate realities instead of in the real world. Attempting to retrieve the people they had lost, 2NE1 stages their own revolution, flawlessly infiltrating the system and destroying it from the inside. I gotta say, these girls really know how its done.
Ive watched Flower countless times, and to this day, Im still amazed. The world that is crafted in XIAs MV introduces so many bizarre and strange creatures. The end result is a breathtaking contrast between the luxuries of the wealthy and the rising anger of the oppressed. The story is captivating, the costumes are totally on point, and the setting is perfectly suited to it all. Its bizarre, but in the best way possible.
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J. Simpson is a Creative Writing student hailing from the U.S. with a penchant for binging Asian dramas and rocking out to Korean music. She hopes to one day travel internationally and teach English. Say hello and follow her on Instagram.