Ah, a fine choice there. I hadn't listened to them in a while but now I will today! And speaking of the lovely Sharon, here's a track that qualifies as repetitive that features her.....
edit: found one with slightly better sound quality.
Thank you!!! Would it be too much to ask that the track chosen be Behind The Mask?
BTW, there is a remix of Behind The Mask by Fantastic Plastic Machine that is ab fab. I'd post the vid, but I can't imagine that you haven't heard it.
This is a bad attitude to take towards music. Your inability to enjoy music other people like does not mean it is bad or that its fans are stupid or gullible. If anything, it means they're capable of appreciating things you can't...
"Throwaway" lyrics are actually a really interesting topic to me. Repetition has always been a major facet of music, but in the 70s I think there was an explosion when it came to addressing the idea head on as it related to music. The Krautrock movement (Can, Amon Duul, Ash Ra, Popol Vuh, Eroc, etc.) and some of the weirder progressive stuff (Soft Machine, Gong, Hawkwind, etc.) really focused on repetition of patterns and textures as a means of sonic exploration.
K-pop is a weird and (imo) problematic thing, because of how it is going about trying to formularize and commoditize pop music. Mature fans tend to cast their alliances with management companies rather than specific groups or talents, because that's where the real action is, in a way. There's something weirdly mechanized and inhumane about the system, for reasons I find easier to intuit than to articulate -- there's not any specific thing that JYP or SM are doing that doesn't happen (or hasn't happened; viz. the Motown label) in any other nation's pop culture industry.
Last fall my partner was taken with Orange Caramel. Apparently within South Korea the group's music is considered forgettable and their videos are a guilty pleasure. Personally I find the music perfectly fine -- kind of a less otaku-oriented J-pop idol style -- but the videos are nigh-unwatchable. I haven't been able to sit all the way through one yet, and usually endure by backgrounding the window and doing something else while the music plays.
You don't have to like everything, either. Developing your critical sensibilities ideally makes it easier to articulate what works for you and why, but also to appreciate that things you don't like can still have artistic merit. And also that not everything is good.
The blasting-music thing is, yeah... Easiest way to get me to hate anybody's music is to force me to listen to it at high volume. I'm sensitive to high volume as it is, and exacerbates the feeling that I'm being force-fed something I'm unfamiliar with or already predisposed to dislike. Turn the stereo off and ask him for the artist's names and tell him you'll check it out on YouTube on your own time.
Believe me when I say that I understand how you feel. I too have a negative association with K-Pop. It has nothing to do with the music itself, but rather specific experiences IRL that make me cringe when I hear it. But... in realizing that others may have similar feelings about the stuff we listen to, it's only fair that we include it.
Was it TMAC?