Daily Archives: March 1, 2013

K-clips (HUM415)

Elena and Aldrich both recommended this track by BigBang. Taken as a whole– audio and visuals– “Fantastic Baby” is clearly a pop provocation. But is there a narrative here? Official violence, S/M motifs, masculine eye-candy that is at once effeminate and totally butch. In one sense this is a familiar story: our right to dance shall not be infringed upon (c.f. Beastie Boys’ “you gotta fight for your right to party”). On the other hand there’s an apocalyptic flavor to this video, one complicated by what I take to be imagery specific to South Korean culture. (Are those dragons?) What do you think?

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