CNBlue – First Step (towards being a pack of douche bags)

I don’t like CNBlue!

I’ve only knowingly listened to one of their songs. The song’s not even that bad. However, the music video is terrible!

So yes, I am shallow. I dislike CNBlue because of the only music video of theirs that I’ve ever been bothered to watch. I also judge books by their covers. So there.

Sepia vignette says ‘We’re old school and keepin’ it real!’

What’s so bad about CNBlue? Well, judging from what their music video told me, their either LIARS or just very very naive. Despite how they would like to portray themselves, they are in fact not ‘bad boys’.

It could just be the whole cultural misunderstanding of what a ‘bad boy’ really is. The Urban Dictionary’s account for what a bad boy is, is

he’s independent and willful; he does what he wants when he wants; he doesn’t follow trends, they follow him; he often looks scruffy, but hip; he’s not looking for trouble, but there’s a sense of danger about him. He’s a heartbreaker with five o’clock shadow.

OK, just going on the 5 o’clock shadow thing alone, I can safely say


Sorry Big Bang but you’re wrong!

I would also like to state what a bad boy isn’t. A bad boy isn’t a guy that wears make up in order to look pretty. A bad boy isn’t super fashionable and constantly kitted out in brand new clothing. A bad boy doesn’t accept advertising deals.

Back to CNBlue. I’m simply speculating and my opinion is based on nothing, but I honestly believe that CNBlue take up a ‘bad boy’ image because, that’s the cool thing to do in a rock band. Ironically, in the rock industry, there could be nothing more conformist than having a rebellious persona, especially when you’re actually a bunch of mummies boys!

CNBlue Christmas Morning: The angst of only getting clothes as gifts.

OK, enough CNBlue bashing. Let’s get to the CNBlue music video bashing!

This music video would like to take you on a journey of a night with the badasses known as CNBlue. You will be a witness to their crimes and independence and I don’t give a f*ck attitude. Open video on a cityscape at night, all skyscrapers and street lamps. So much potential for mayhem! Are you ready? CNBlue are!

They’ve got gas masks ffs!

This is going to be good! Oh, no, wait, they took them off already… never mind. So they’re off. They’re a hustling down the walkway by a freeway, and omg! No they didn’t! They’re J-walking! Sure there’s no traffic on the road but still. They just risked their lives with reckless abandon. Such bad boys!

What’s next on the bad boy agenda? Graffiti! That’s what. Graffiti for days!

This’ll show ’em who’s boss!

Tagging your name, I’m ok with that as long as it’s somewhat artistic and I give a lot of artistic leeway in terms of the talent department. Not everyone can be Banksy. But spraying lines with no meaning, just to ruin something is pretty douche baggy in my opinion. Whatever about your independence, drawing lines is pointless. It says nothing except F U to all those who walk by.

Funnily enough, this kind of graffiti doesn’t happen in Korea, at least not in my experience.  I doubt they understand how douche baggy the act of drawing pointless lines really is. They, or their music video director probably just saw it in a movie once and decided to copy it. So in this case CNBlue have a choice between being copy cats, not very independent/bad boy or being douche bags.

They then trespass their way to a skyscraper rooftop jam, shrugging off waygook (Korean for foreigner) security guards, hopping over turn styles (oh when will the rebellion end?) and doing the compulsory rap part in a shiny room/corridor, all along the way.

Shiny hallway rap. Double safe!


On the roof they have a nice singalong in their Sunday best; blazers and things, apart from one guy who’s only wearing a semi casual new black leather jacket (the bad boy of the bad boy group).

At the very end, the waygook security squad reach the roof only to find that the boys have vanished, leaving their name painted in massive writing on the roof.

A hillarious observation from TheProcrastinator42 commented on their youtube video “one does not simply leave a crap-load of expensive equipment on a wet, non-sheltered rooftop. unless you are CNBlue.”



In conclusion, CNBlue are very ordinary and middle of the road. There’s nothing wrong with that! Just be honest.

To be fair, this was their first album. Maybe they were trying too hard. They’ve since released a new album called Ear Fun. I haven’t listened to it. Sorry CNBlue. You lost me at First Step.


About gtothec

I like to observe things and then make comments about my observations in a humorous fashion; hence the blogging.
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