I don’t see what it has to do with spiders

It seems like the ‘#spider’ hashtag on Twitter has been flooded with baffling music references and gushing fans going gaga over someone named Hoshi. So I had to look him up. It’s K-pop — Hoshi is a member of a South Korean boy-band who just released a single titled “Spider”. As always, I’m about to inflict it on you.

It’s…alright. If it weren’t for the title I wouldn’t have listened past the first 30 seconds, and I don’t think I’ll listen to it twice. Not that there’s anything wrong with it, it’s just not to my taste, but at least my curiosity is satisfied now.


  1. says

    Maybe this is more your taste. At the very least you have to smile at them having the cheek to name themselves something so close to the Rolling Stones.

  2. jrkrideau says

    Given that I tend to find most music either annoying or highly objectionable it was no more than slightly annoying noise. The Rolling Quartz addition was typically crappy noise.

  3. brightmoon says

    I like it but then I used dance ( disco anyone?) so I like anything I can dance to

  4. birgerjohansson says

    Also…arachnids camouflaged as humans: “Wicked City” (the anime) U-uulp.

  5. robro says

    K-pop…seen it once, seen it all. I’ve tried to watch various performers, but I’m usually done after 10 seconds. I find it formulaic and vapid.

  6. A Sloth named Sparkles says

    While we’re on the subject of spider-themed Asian songs, may we interest you at this Japanese rock music video for the Spider-Verse movie:

  7. says

    “I don’t see what it has to do with spiders.”
    PZ, visually the metal bars Hoshi is hanging from are like a spider’s web, and that thing he does with his hands is supposed to be like spider legs. My Korean isn’t good enough to understand what he’s singing, but based on the few words & phrases I could understand, he’s probably using spiders/spiderwebs as a metaphor for something. There’s something in there like “can’t do it” (못하게) and “as if” (마치), and if I try to listen any closer my head will spin. Although I ain’t gonna buy the song, it was more musically interesting than I expected.
    *Okay I am too much nerd not to try again. But I watched it with Korean subtitles, because the English translations of K-pop lyrics are almost always terrible: English at the start says “Somebody help me” so obviously he is trapped in a web. Something about being careful of having this feeling; can’t do whatever 도바망칠 means; i don’t know 물방울이 but each component means “water” “room” “cry” so i guess he’s sad there, “only does [something] too”; and i give up, which is why i will never become good at Korean.

  8. Ridana says

    Videos like that drive me nuts because of all the 2 second cuts. That’s fine for general imagery, but when they’ve obviously gone to such lengths to choreograph and simultaneously execute precision dance moves, you can’t appreciate the effort when it cuts to some other move or angle before you can even grasp what you’re looking at. The dances are beautiful, so show them to me! Show me their perfect synchronization! Show me what these people look like! Dance videos with constant smash cuts make me feel like I’m riding on a speeding train looking out through a pinhole. It’s mostly all just a blur.

  9. blf says

    @12, “Videos like that drive me nuts because of all the 2 second cuts.”

    Indeed. I cannot comment on any of videos in this thread sofar as I’ve elected to not watch any, but I do understand the point. My own gripe about some music videos is similar, albeit not identical: Excessive “swooshing” around with (robotic crane-mounted) cameras, panning left⟷right, up↕down, zooming in / out — giving the impression the camera operator and / or director has only discovered all these “neato” capabilities and is playing with them. Sometimes it is so bad I cannot finish watching the video, as I am being made nauseous. (A variant on this is camera shake, some very interesting videos had been “ruined” by excessive — as in nausea-inducing — shaky camera.)

  10. trog69 says

    I am immensely happy since I learned about and now have in my playlist the Third iteration of “Liquid Tension Experiment” and this one is another great compilation by a group of awesome musicians.