Classical Musicians React: Weki Meki 'I Don't Like Your Girlfriend'

Classical Musicians React: Weki Meki 'I Don't Like Your Girlfriend'



Kevin: Nice… [is SHOOK] [Rossini's Semiramide Overture plays] Umu: Okay, so now you're reacting to the girl group Weki Meki, and their 2017 comeback called "I Don't Like Your Girlfriend." Melissa: That's like the Avril Lavigne song. Charlotte: [sings a mocking imitation of Avril Lavigne's "Girlfriend"] Peyton: [sings a mocking imitation of the instrumental from Avril Lavigne's "Girlfriend"] Umu: [laughter] Umu: And this song was composed by Im Kwanguk, Ryan Kim, Chase, and Amanda Moseley. Collin: Chase?
Umu: Yeah. Collin: Just 'Chase'?
Umu: C-H-A-S-E. Chase. Umm, "I Don't Like Your Girlfriend" is the title track off their debut album, called "Weme." The lyrics express the anger and heartbreak a girl experiences when her best guy friend starts dating another girl, and is COMPLETELY enamored by her. She takes her anger out on him with lines like "you look easy", "your face looks stupid", and "I hate you more than her." Collin: That's pretty funny.
Umu: Yeah. …Ready? Collin: Your face looks STUPID. …Alright. Face. Looks. Stupid. Song: Let's get crazy! Charlotte: Okay!
Peyton: Okay. (C: [laughter]) I'd love to. Charlotte: WHAT? James: Mm.
Melissa: Wow. Ooh… This rhythm is cool. Fiona: WHOA, that face!
Lindsey: It's like, super bouncy, but, like… Fiona: [imitates synth sounds from song] C: Okay, this is the vibe that I wish it started with.
P: Yeah. I'm really into… all of them. C: [laughter]
P: I… yes. James: Ooh, this is good. Melissa: I love… I love how the rhythm just, like, changes so much. (J: Yeah.) Ahhhh! Kevin: This is WEIRD. Oh my god, my eyes. Nice… Jarod: [laughter] Where did this just go?!
Collin: What is this?! Fiona: It sounds like a…
Lindsey: [imitating song] I don't like your girlfriend… F: …an echo-y trumpet meets a voice. It's that [imitates synth] (L: Yeah…) Collin: This is insane. Holy shit. Jarod: Ohhhhhhh yeah! Fiona: Oh my gosh…
Lindsey: I LOVE what they're doing rhythmically. Melissa: The little triplets… James: This is a WHOLE-ass vibe.
Umu: [laughter]
Melissa: I love this song. I'm gonna like… I need to make a K-Pop playlist. This would be on my K-Pop playlist, when I make one.
J: Yeah. M: That low note.
J: I like that part in 2. (M: Yeah.) It was like, in a bigger 2. P: I like this bass sound. [imitates synth bass] Like the kick drum. [taps foot in rhythm with song] Isaac: Oh my goodness, they're exhibiting SO many themes.
Kevin: Yeah. Yeah. Isaac: Genres. I like it.
Kevin: Yeah, I love it. This is so great. Isaac: The slower section.
…[imitates part of instrumental] Picking it up.
Kevin: Yep. …I love the SNARE. Where did that come from? P: This is a very fun music video. Heh. [buzzes lips at pitch of high note in instrumental] They just get the trumpet player to come and go:
[sings high note] …alright, you're good for the day! J: SECOND bridge?
M: Why not? P: Heh. [imitates low synth from song] It sounds like Varon (ESM conductor) talking to the low brass: "You got… oh guys, it needs to be more [deep guttural vocalization]
(C: [deep guttural vocalization, imitating Peyton]) K: This is… this is so great. Yes… yes.
I: Ooh! J: This goes so many different places!
C: Where did we go… like, WHAT?! K: Oh, I like that, that synth. Doing it right! I: That snare, though. Come on, man.
K: Oh, little Picardy. J: Wow… High notes… they got 'em!
M: Yeah. K: If I'm not wrong, the bass gets more prominent every single time. And if I'm wrong… …then it succeeds in creating the ILLUSION that it does… get more prominent every single time. C: What?!
J: Like… what? C: That was sick.
J: That was fun.
C: That was really sick. L: I love just everything they did rhythmically, in that entire thing. It was just very like… It just made me wanna dance. And I don't dance… [laughter] F: It was so SPUNKY!
L: Yeah! M: It changed so much. It… (J: Yeah, it was…) barely hung on to rhythmic cohesion by a small thread, but it was an important thread, and it did hang on.
J: Yeah, the rhythmic bit was really kinda cool… Just like, that percussion in the back going the whole time, there was a lot of interesting syncopation… The vibe was more… I mean, and they had great voices too, like they… there were… some belted high notes that were great, the harmonies were really… were really warm. But it was a little more edited. Like, it was a little more like poppy edited— and that also kind of transferred over into the percussion a little more too. (M: Yeah.) But I actually like it. I think it… it just goes to… All those little bits and pieces come together to form this, like, really poppy, just kind of like…
M: [whispered] Yeah… J: It's just a great sound that you can kind of just, like, bop to. It was really, really, really catchy. C: So we started out, and I was like, "there's is about to be some 4Minute up in here!" [laughter] And then there were not. And I think, because I set up that expectation within the first 10 seconds… I was horribly disappointed [laughter]
P: [sighs]
C: …the entire time! And that's my own frickin' fault.
P: You know what they say about assumin'. C: I mean, yeah… [laughter] I just… It kinda sounded like it was composed by four different people. P: It's like "alright, you do this section, and you do this section…"
C: And it's like they just didn't agree, so they were like… "We're gonna make a bubblegum… bad-girl… cutesy… pop thing!" …I don't know why I'm yelling; I'm sorry.
Umu: No, it's okay. …Peyton, your turn. You enjoyed that! Why'd you enjoy that? C: 'Cause there was hot girls dancing in front of him for three and a half minutes… P: OKAY, you can't pull that card, alright? That's just not fair… I now feel attacked… We… if we could go back and watch the footage ('cause we got receipts, 'cause we're always on camera)
C: [laughter] P: We could go back and watch the footage of every Stray Kids video we've ever seen… …of her goin':
[imitating Charlotte] OH MY GOD! AHHHHHHH! I mean, she's not wrong…
C: [laughter] P: But no, yeah, I think… musically, it was… It was kinda what she said. Like it just seemed like the shifts were, like, very stark. And like, I mean, it's like sorta fine sometimes. But like…
C: We're like… in the same city… (P: Yeah…) but like… P: We're not talkin' like black hole dimension into another universe. (C: Yeah…) C: We're like, in the same city, but we're in different parts of the city. They're not related to each other. K: I mean, okay. You can argue there's a verse-chorus-verse-chorus-bridge-chorus structure. But… they change it up so much, that the whole thing feels like… ……we're always, you know, up in the air about where we're gonna be next. And, with something that could have such… like, where the refrain could be potentially so annoying, like "I don't like your girlfriend" … was NEVER annoying! It felt peppy, it… WHAT A DEBUT! That's a debut? That's a debut? That's a debut, right there. I: They change so many styles, but then they come back to the chorus, and it's just like they… …use "I don't like your girlfriend" to… bring everything back. I don't know, just like, the bass line is just constantly evolving, (K: Mm-hm.) and changing… (K: Mm-hm.) …forming into something else, like having it slower, having it faster, having it pump in different ways, like… …a heartbeat type of pump, or like, just regular… K: And when your instruments and timbre change so much, you're… yeah, again, the whole… …"sonic worlds" thing. It seems like we're entering different sonic worlds with each section. And… I feel like even though the idiom in this song is very much pop… but… there's just so much range within that pop sphere. I: I liked, in the chorus, when they… when it's like "I don't like your…" When they're doing that, there's this one… …sound in the back, if you listen to it, like where they would sing the line, and it would go… …but then they would have something follow right after… it was the exact parallel… And it's just, I thought it was such an interesting take, 'cause it's like… you have multiple layers of just one idea that you wanna pronounce… …or put forward into attention, and it's like (K: Mm.) "ooh, what's this?"
K: Yeah, I like that. Yeah. J: [laughter]
C: This… I thought, uhh… Well first of all, the music went like a million different places, but the video followed. Like, it could stand alone. The music could stand alone. Like, I want to dance to this in a club, like, what is this? J: [begins to bop]
C: Yeah! Where did it come from? J: 'Cause from like…
C: There's so much character! [laughter] …what?
J: Yeah! There's like… I would say there's like a core… …like, trying to think of like, I don't know… I'm like… …not thinking of any, like, specific form terms. But you have like that… …kinda like your home base kind of area, and then it goes… somewhere else, like it was like [imitates song] C: Yeah…
J: 'Cause like that like one place, where there's a drop, and then it goes… it just went… It just went so many different… secondary places, if you will. And it was just the, like, the variety was AWESOME…
C: Yeah, the… it was the variety, yeah.
J: …because you don't… …expect that, like I remember I made a very large, audible… like a very loud, audible… "OH!" like, 'cause I was just like… it was… …one of those things where it's just really cool, because you didn't expect it, but, like… …the fact it went there was like really fun, and really awesome, and I'm just really happy that they did that. Like it's… it was just… exciting, because it's… but yet, it makes sense… …because, like, the home base, the melody, the chorus, the hook, whatever… Like, there's continuity, yeah, in the music… that allowed the video to like, go everywhere. Well, at the same time, it's like, oh, but the music went everywhere too. It was just… there was SO MUCH happening, but it made sense. Umu: Oh yeah. It's… it's in…
C: I REALLY like this. That was, like, super fun.
U: It was quite polarizing when it first came out, because… fans felt like it was a mess, and it wasn't… …'cause this was their first song that they released as a group, together.
J: Interesting. U: So… a lot of people thought it wasn't… I mean…
C: Seriously? U: If you think about a mainstream audience, it may not be the easiest thing to listen to… …for, like you know, millions and millions of people.
C: Yeah, yeah. But like… (U: But…) C: No, like… them as a group is like… top tier! It's their first thing? (U: Mm-hm.) That's sick! Yeah, yeah yeah. Wait, they're… are they still a group?
U: Mm-hm. C: Yeah, I would think so, 'cause they're all… great. Yeah. Interesting! [tentatively pronouncing group's name] …Weki Meki…
U: [confidently] Weki Meki. C: …is the name of the group? (U: Yeah.)
J: Weki Meki.
C: It's my new favorite group, man. Weki Meki. Umu: Hello everyone! I'm Umu, ReacttotheK channel creator, and I'd like to thank you for watching this video. I really hope you enjoyed, or learned something from it. If you'd like to support us, or help ReacttotheK grow, you can do so by visiting our Patreon, and help us out by pledging any amount you can. BIG tip of the hat to our Superstar Idol patrons — thanks for the love. 'Til next time.

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