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My Kpopular Rec of the Week: S.P.Y. and Update on Fading Kogi/Chego Menu Items

DAMN YOU, PSY!!  I have been clean and sober from Kpop for a good 15 years or so, now.  But my interest hath been piqued.  And I found a 2nd summer jam.

The song and performance that’s caught my attention at the moment is “Spy” by Super Junior, who really put the emphasis on the word “super” in this super-sized band.  How super?  They go for the full dozen — count em!  10, 11, 12 members in all.  I suppose this makes them very popular during calender season.

Anyway, I emphasize song and PERFORMANCE.  They’ve just released a music video, which isn’t anything to write home about, especially upon seeing them dance live as a group.

Wasn’t that just awesome?  The song itself is cute, clever and catchy and the choreography and costume respond in turn. I love when performers and artists 1,000% commit to something that celebrates all the stylistic tropes of a much-loved film genre: the sleek and tailored suits, trained guns, ducking, forward rolls, dodging, hiding and disappearing. I super appreciated the use of hiding their faces behind their blazers as a dance move. It’s more than just a cute song in costume, whoever choreographed the performance really did his/her homework on spy flicks. And yet it’s still, with the choreography and lyrics, very tongue-in-cheek with little winks here and there to James Bond, Henry Mancini’s theme for Peter Gunn and that quintessential Mr.&Mrs.Smith/True Lies sense of fun. Smart, cheeky and well-executed. It hits all the marks in my book.

As for Super Junior, it’s like they took all that was great about boy bands in 2000 and added a sheen of sophistication, all while being very Korean in their sensibilities about it. After seeing THIS performance in particular, I could see the benefits of having a super-sized boy band/Kpop group.  For one, there is no need for backup dancers!  And because they work as their own dancers, there is pressure to deliver something visually impressive as a unit.

Also, who doesn’t love the fact that we’ve got a Mr. Chubbies! >___< Maybe I’ve been living under a rock, but this is the first time I’ve seen a chubby dude in an uber successful boy band.  And he’s an excellent dancer to boot!

I’ve taken the extra 5 minutes to conduct some pseudo-research hear and, yes, Mr. Chubs has a stage name: Shindong — and yes, Shindong is way popular.  He’s one of the 4 lead dancers of Super Junior and also acts as a rapper who just so happens to write or co-write most of his lyrics.   AND THAT’S NOT ALL, FOLKS.  He’s known for his impeccable comedic timing and also works as a TV host, radio show host and actor all while attending school.

What’s even more impressive is that Shindong is not the only one filling out his Linkedin profile.  As it turns out, many of the other members of Super Junior have several other projects going on at the same time, ranging from dramas, musicals, commercials, modeling, variety show hosting, radio show hosting and even film.

Leeteuk, their dear leader, has hosted a minimum of 8 different variety shows during his time with Super Junior, not to mention acted in several dramas and films. All whilst recording several albums with his band.

::facepalm::

The stereotype of the overachieving Asian strikes again!  And makes all us other underachieving Asians look particularly bad.  –__–;;

WHAT ARE YOU PEOPLES, ROBOTS???

It’s funny.  It’s like Super Junior’s either a front or a super calculated stable of budding talent in the Korean entertainment industry, sending its requisite members out to audition AND CONQUER any available parts in TV, film and radio.


Yes, that would be Super Junior member #3 Donghae.

I could just imagine their group meetings: Oh, a new cable channel opened up?  They’re going to be filling it with new reality and variety shows!  #8 — look for leading-man parts in a rom com drama, #11 — you’re our most athletic dancer, we want for you to look into competition-based reality show, and #12 — the moms love you, so sniff out the bit hosting parts in a family-oriented variety show. BREAK.

AND ON AN UPDATE ON ALL THE KOGI/CHEGO DISHES THAT ARE BEING PUT OUT TO PASTURE:

The changes shall be in effect on the trucks until roughly October 2nd, September 13th for Chego and September 14th for Alibi. So on September 13th, we shall bed the salads at Chego, charred veggies and 3PM meatballs goodbye and welcome a new version of the Buttered Kimchi Chow, early autumn salad, unbelievably juicy, flaky mushroom springrolls and others. On September 14th(ish), the Alibi Room shall be saying goodbye to Kogi burritos, the taro/lotus root chips and vegan tacos and shall be converting into a true Kogi test kitchen as Roy Chulo Choi experiments with new flavors and the kind of things he might want to usher onto the trucks. And we shall salute the kimchi quesadillas, blue moon mulitas, Kogi dogs, Pacmans and sweet chili chicken quesadillas goodbye on the trucks and prepare for new items on October 2nd on the Kogi trucks.

Just remember that these are just PROJECTED dates and are subject to change.  We just want to make sure that the new dishes hit all the right marks before rolling them out whilst allowing time for y’all to bid the old specials and staples your final goodbyes.

Love and tacos,
Aliiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiice

P.S. And for those who want a peek at the S.P.Y. lyrics (it’s totally worth it!), here’s a rough translation:

That S. P. Y. that I loved, I chase her day and night
As if I could catch her, she can’t be caught,
Though I stick with her like a shadow
That S. P. Y. that I loved, I chase her day and night
I become breathless, the moment I take my aim at her

I’ve got you, Little Runaway (x4)

The thrilling story of a lifetime will come to its climax now
Instinctively I turned the wheel,
it should answer everything.
Take hold of it and step on it.
Giving it a try, going at it til the very end.

It’s no use trying to avoid my trap,
I’ve caught you baby
The taste of those hands is so electrifying.
This is so alive

That S. P. Y. that I loved, I chase her day and night
As if I could catch her, she can’t be caught
Though I stick with her like a shadow
That S. P. Y. that I loved, I chase her day and night
I become breathless, the moment I take my aim at her

As I looked for Goldfinger, I got into a movie-like chasing
The blockbuster of chasing
After chasing
We play with each other, mock each other
If I closed the long distance with that tail,
Just stop now and
Now one two, one two,
Let’s go, go!

Though I feel sorry for the friendly navigation,
I turn it off and keep with my bestial instinct
Let’s go go go, as long as this way is right, I’m O.K.
That’s what a man is.
If you’re not gonna be a man, then it’s not O.K.

It’s no use trying to avoid my trap,
I’ve caught you baby
The taste of those hands is so electrifying.
This is so alive

That Spy girl who loved me me me,
She’s fleeing farther farther farther away
Away from my composed grip, I could feel it when the target was hit
My heart races like crazy, and my head turns cold A-hey

I got you, Little Runaway (x2)

My heart races like crazy, and my head turns cold A-hey

0 Responses to My Kpopular Rec of the Week: S.P.Y. and Update on Fading Kogi/Chego Menu Items

  1. Rafael says:

    Again, so disappointed that the kimchi quesadilla is being axed. Although, it is a little unclear whether it is being axed or not at the Alibi room?

  2. Rob says:

    I don’t supposed you guys might plan on releasing some sneak peeks of the new items to help with the transition? 😉

  3. Sarah says:

    Please don’t take away those items! They’re what I order every time I go and get Kogi 🙁

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  5. Bill says:

    Thanks for the long lead on the fading items. Missing you guys in La Habra today!

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