It seems pretty crazy that Super Junior was once like this. No one in their right mind would debut like this today. Although if you think about it, this is pretty much how B.A.P debuted, and everyone loved them for it.
I apologize in advance for the poor picture quality. This video is so old, there was not a single clear shot of anything.
[Original Release: November 11, 2005]
This song was made for Heechul. His intense style of rapping fits the feel and instrumental perfectly. Eunhyuk also does a pretty good job with his raps. It was smart of the producers to have several different members take part in the raps, since there are so many members that need attention. Leeteuk’s few parts here and there are done really well too.
I have never heard such angry singing before in a song, but I suppose it suits the instrumental. There is a bit of a disconnect between the passionate singing and the intense raps. The instrumental bit during the dance break also does not seem to fit the energy of the rest of the song. Some parts of this are done right, but in general some more unity is needed in the composition.
I know everyone wants to criticize the cheesy fire effects, but let’s be honest: until very recently, what music video had good CGI? The fire aside, the cinematography of this video is decent. It does get messy at some parts, and there are a couple of scenes that I feel should just be taken out (like Yesung and Leeteuk singing in what looks like Heaven), however the overall feel is done well. There is a lot of crazy camerawork and rapid scene changes.
I really like the scenes spread throughout of two or three members dancing together as opposed to all of the scenes featuring the whole group. As the raps did in the song, these scenes showcase the talents of the various members who are talented in dancing, such as Sungmin, Leeteuk, and Hankyung.
The wardrobe is actually pretty decent in this.
The whole red and white theme is pretty cool. The designs on the jackets look like a Kingdom of Hearts theme, which is so subtle
and specific that it’s classy.
Of course, the video falls drastically when it comes to the hair. Donghae, Eunhyuk, Siwon…it is just too crazy to look good. Heechul’s look on the other hand…I haven’t decided whether I love it or hate it. It’s crazy of course, but for a debut video it is actually perfect in demanding attention.
Say what you want about the video, but you cannot deny that this is one solid dance. Everything about this is so dynamic. The intro and dance break is perfect, and the constant
in and out of the members as the switch lines is unbelievably smooth. All of the rap parts are done really well too in how they so perfectly match the pace of the song.
One of my favorite choreography points of Super Junior’s career is during the chorus of Twins: When they all grab their heads and shuffle in different directions. There is so much movement going on, at such a steady pace that the whole thing is just mesmerizing to watch.
Overall, this video is not their best. It isn’t even close. However, it is where Super Junior began, and for a beginning, it does a good job. Most of the faults all stem from the idea that maybe this just wasn’t a good concept. However, the different strategies the producers used to give proper attention to each member of a 13-member group is noteworthy and impressive. Even if you think this is a terrible video, part of being an ELF is secretly loving all of the craziness.
Overall Final Score: 3.5/5
QUESTION OF THE DAY:
How do you think this video compares to other debut videos?
#NowPlaying: Saxophone by SS301. Another older group, but back with a new song! I can’t even say that this is one of my favorites on their new album, because all of the songs on that album are too good. This one is definitely a lot of fun though.
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