Review: Stop, Stop It – GOT7

Hey y’all! This week I’m going back to an “old” group (old being relative since it’s still been less than a year since their debut), GOT7. This is their third comeback since January of this year, and this time, it’s a full album. I honestly can’t remember the last time a group put out so many releases in their first year. I wasn’t a huge fan of Girls Girls Girls, but I am a fan of the group’s overall work. So without further ado, let’s take a look at GOT7’s new single, Stop, Stop It (하지하지마).

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The music video with English subtitles under CC.

The lyrics tell an all-too common story. Like criminally common. There’s a boy. He likes a girl but she just wants to be friends. Someone tell me they didn’t see this coming. There are lines like “Let me bat and I’ll hit a grand slam,” despite her clear refusal a few verses earlier. Another gem is “I see you every day but I’d rather not see you.” And the chorus is, of course, “stop it.” Stop what? Being his friend? Refusing his advances? Existing? I understand the awkwardness of unrequited affection, but it really isn’t that difficult to get over it and continue being friends with someone. These lyrics imply that the speaker would rather the girl date him or not speak to him at all, which is completely unfair to the girl. It’s almost as if it implies that all she’s good for is being a girlfriend. He really must not cherish their friendship.

The music video begins with the leader, JB, as the main character. He’s apparently asked a girl to meet him on the school roof, where he threatens to jump to his death if she refuses to date him. Nothing like blatant emotional manipulation to begin a relationship with, right? I’m vindictively pleased when the girl puts her earphone back in and walks back inside. JB doesn’t jump, but he’s startled into falling when he sees an alternate version of himself walk out the door the girl had just left from.

Because threatening violence is a surefire way of making a girl fall in love with you.

Because threatening violence is a surefire way of making a girl fall in love with you.

He wakes up on the floor, dressed as the other version of himself. He seems to be in some sort of futuristic alternate reality, where the rest of GOT7 is. We don’t actually know for a fact if they even exist in the original universe, since they’re never seen. They seem to be in school, though I’ve never seen that kind of school before. For one, they’re really lax on dress code. But then JB’s crush walks in, and she smiles at him- in this reality, they’re friends! He stares at her in shock for the next three minutes, like some sort of lost puppy. She’s very friendly and touchy, like the girl in the lyrics. The plot between JB and the girl is interspersed with dance scenes that tie into the plot.

There’s a part where GOT7 is dancing in the classroom that JB woke up in, wearing all the same clothes from that scene. Later, they dance in an alleyway while wearing black leather outfits, and there’s a scene of them hanging out there with the girl. Lastly is a rooftop scene with a white wardrobe, and GOT7 is seen playing with sparklers on the rooftop and also dancing there. It also resembles the rooftop that JB initially fell off of. There are no plain rooms for dance scenes. In this particular video, all the dance cuts occur in sets that already existed within the plot of the video, which is slightly more interesting than the SM formula of dancing in a colorfully lit room.

"Stop it" part of the dance.

“Stop it” part of the dance.

There’s a lot of pelvic thrusting in the dance. It seems kind of inappropriate in a song about an uninterested girl. Maybe it’s supposed to represent the guy trying to win her over, but it seems more like sexual harassment to me.  I don’t understand why it’s considered attractive for a guy to continue pursuing a girl, even after she says no. Is his determination (aka bull-headedness) supposed to be endearing? Having been on the other side, a guy who won’t take no for an answer is nothing but than annoying. Other than the sexual parts, the dance isn’t bad. There are some parts that I like, but nothing exceedingly creative about it. And no martial arts tricking! Isn’t that their thing?

The song itself isn’t anything to write home about. The chorus is interesting, with the techno robot voice, but it’s another slow/moderately paced song from GOT7. I’d really like to hear a truly upbeat party song as a single, or at this point, even a ballad would be good. Still, it’s only their first year. They might branch out and release different singles later on. As of now, this song isn’t my jam, but maybe if I listen to it repeatedly, it’ll grow on me, like their other songs have. I haven’t listened to their album enough to have a recommendation from it yet, but it’s available as a playlist on Youtube if you’re curious.

Plot twist!

Plot twist!!

All in all, a decent but not spectacular song with a decent but not spectacular dance and subpar lyrics. The best part of the video is the very end, when JB (in the alternate universe) follows the girl up to the roof, and then sees himself. Bringing us back to the intro scene. We see JB fall off the roof and get thrust back onto it, in the moment before he was going to confess to the girl. Except his expression’s changed-maybe his experience has changed him. It ends there, so it’s impossible to say. Will I get this album? Yes. Is it because of this song? No. I’m a fan of the group, but this particular song just doesn’t do it for me.

Pros:

-Cool techno effect in the chorus.

-Relevant sets.

Cons:

-Song itself is kind of boring.

-The lyrics are really annoying.

-Dance is also subpar.

Rating: 2/5

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