Overanalyzing Big Bang’s Loser

I’m not making an MV review nor a song review. I’m just overanalyzing Big Bang’s new song Loser. 

Big Bang has done it again. They were able to produce two music videos and gain millions of views just after a few days. Their two songs, Bae Bae and Loser, are both able to achieve all-kill in different music charts. Well, it’s actually expected considering that Big Bang is one of K-pop’s top group. In addition, Big Bang’s last release as a group was in 2012 and individual member promotions after that. Fans have been anticipating for this comeback for over two years now! 

First off, I don’t understand Korean. Even though I’ve been into K-entertainment for years now, I can only pick up some words but not understand the whole sentence. With that being said, I’m pretty surprised that I teared up at the end of the music video. This music video isn’t just a normal “in-box” MV that k-pop has been overusing. It has a story and even though I don’t understand what they were singing at first, I was able to get the gist of the music video.

I was reading some Youtube comments and came across a lot of comments about this song being the story of each Big Bang member. I read the English translation and I get why fans has been saying this. This song wasn’t just made for that fans’ delight. It was produced by the members themselves to portray their story to the world.

I’ll now overanalyze this song. In addition to the lyrics, I’ll also be using the music video as a source.

G-DRAGON

wpid-screenshot_2015-05-03-11-59-07.png

Honestly, I’ve never fit in with the world
I was always alone
It’s been a long time since I’ve forgotten about love
I can’t listen to hopeful love songs anymore
You and me both
We’re just sad clowns, tamed and scripted
I’ve come too far
I’M COMING HOME
I wanna go back
To when I was young

GD has penned many of Big Bang’s hit songs such as Lies, Haru Haru and Fantastic Baby. Because of this, he is considered one of the top composers in Korea and gains lot of royalties because of this. He is also seen as a fashion trendsetter and leads Big Bang in fashion. However, due to his success, his life isn’t as private as he wants it to be. Almost everything he does gets to the public thus dating is such a difficult thing to do.

If you don’t follow k-pop news, “idol” dating is seen as a blasphemy and traitorous for the fans. It becomes difficult for idols to date freely because of the negative public backlash that they get. GD has been linked with Japanese actress Kiko Mizuhara and news of them dating has been popping up in the past few months now. However, denies has been heard from both parties (but many fans still argue that THEY DO DATE).

wpid-screenshot_2015-05-03-12-16-26.png

GD also seems to say here that he wants to go back to his youthful days. When he wasn’t surrounded by cameras and almost everything that he can say isn’t scripted. It’s like he wants to take a break and be normal… even for just one day.

TAEYANG
wpid-screenshot_2015-05-03-12-03-46.png

At some point
I started looking at the ground more than the sky
It’s hard even to breathe
I hold out my hand
But no one holds it
I’m a

Taeyang is known as devout Christian. However, even the strongest shake and I think that’s what happened to Taeyang. Being an idol is difficult and sometimes you probably have to do something that will cause you to “sin”. “Looking at the ground more” could have meant that for a while, he stopped asking God for help and did what he had to do to succeed. He has been asking for help from “above” yet he didn’t get that help.

wpid-screenshot_2015-05-03-12-19-57.png

I blame the blue sky
I sometimes want to put everything down
I wanna say goodbye
After the wandering of this path finishes
Please, I hope I can close my eyes without regrets

“Blue sky” here could mean heaven and he blames it for whatever’s happening to him right now. We see Taeyang falling off the roof and the cross which reads “WILL SIN FIND YOU” breaking. The cross could have meant that at some point, Taeyang has been on that crossroad where he has to choose whether to follow or go against his religion.

TOP

wpid-screenshot_2015-05-03-12-00-24.png

It’s a cycle of girls and mistakes
Love them for one night
And hate them when morning comes
Can’t own up to it
Because of my selfish pleasure
Everything is being ruined
Can’t stop this dangerous full speed run
Now I have no interest, no fun anymore
I’m standing alone at the edge of a cliff
I’m going home
I wanna go back
To how it was before

TOP’s part makes me think of one-night stands. I’ve never seen him as person who does this but who knows right? Idols are humans too who also needs pleasure from time to time. In the MV, TOP is wearing gloves which means he is not really skin-to-skin touching the girl. His look of distate and hand on the girl’s throat can mean that even though he has been pleasured (sexually?) by a lot of girls, he does not get satisfaction from it. Also, TOP may have a lot of mistakes behind-the-scenes that fans doesn’t know of and may have slowly engulfed him.

wpid-screenshot_2015-05-03-12-02-49.png

At the start of the MV, TOP looks posh and polished. However, the MV progressed and he appears to be worn out with a worried look on his face and holding on his tears as he tries to walk straight. “… I’m standing alone at the edge of the cliff” may mean that the stress has built up inside him and he just wants to end it all. In the end, all he wants to do it just go back where everything was simple.

DAESUNG

wpid-screenshot_2015-05-03-12-01-26.png

At some point
I’ve gotten scared of people’s eyes
I’m sick of crying so I tried smiling
But no one recognizes me
I’m a

It was revealed before that Daesung developed stage-fright a few months after their debut and it was singer Gummy who helped him get over it. He overcame this after a year with determination and support from fans, family and friends. Daesung is also known as a good variety character with his remarks and antics. Whenever Daesung is a guest in a variety show, expect a riot and lots of a laughter. However, behind those smiles can be a man full of struggle and sadness. He tries to hide the fact that he is experiencing something opposite to his jolly character. “But no one recognizes me”.

wpid-screenshot_2015-05-03-12-04-03.png

In the MV, Daesung is beaten up by a group of guys. Because of this, he works hard to be able to defeat these men. In the end, he was able to fight the leader (I think) of the group.

SEUNGRI

wpid-screenshot_2015-05-03-12-12-55.png

Loser, loner
A coward who pretends to be tough
A mean delinquent
In the mirror, you’re
JUST A LOSER
A loner, a jackass covered in scars
Dirty trash
In the mirror, I’m a

Seungri doesn’t have individual parts here but he sings the chorus with another member. However, in the MV, he is shown as a boyfriend with a two-timing girlfriend. He calls his girlfriend but she doesn’t know that he can see her going on a date with another guy. This made him kick the mirror of car. Another is inside the apartment where the girl apparently didn’t pick up which made him mad.

I’ve read some comments that this could mean that Seungri might have a girlfriend that cheated on him before.

BIGBANG

wpid-screenshot_2015-05-03-12-04-36.png

Loser, loner
A coward who pretends to be tough
A mean delinquent
In the mirror, you’re
JUST A LOSER
A loner, a jackass covered in scars
Dirty trash
In the mirror, I’m a

Each of them had a chance to sing this part. This shows that deep inside, they are all insecure about something. We see them as these great guys who’s got the world on their hands yet they seem to see someone unworthy of it. They have all been scarred in some way, it could be hate comments or the mistakes that they’ve made, and even though they don’t show it, they bottle it up inside.

The last part shows all of them walking together. This shows that as a group, they are all able to overcome past their hurdles and move forward.

MV screenshots are all mine. Lyric source: http://www.kpoplyrics.net/big-bang-loser-lyrics-english-romanized.html

Advertisements

Author: Amerl

I'm a dreamer.

One thought

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s