So they're going to form Korea's version of the Pussycat Dolls, with 25-year-old Son Dam-bi in the lead. Pussycat Dolls' singles such as "Buttons" and "When I Grow Up" have helped comprise the soundtrack to many a middle school fashion show and sexy dance competition, and thus the Korean version will I'm sure be extremely popular. From the Chosun Ilbo:
Sexy singer Son Dam-bi is forming a group of five women called After School with the aim of launching it in January. Son's management agency Pledis Entertainment has been secretly building the group for the last two years.
The buzz in the industry is that the five girls are all rival Son for charm and sex appeal and are going to be a Korean version of the Pussycat Dolls.
A Pledis spokesman said, "After School are the product of an ambitious two-year project. They'll be able to stage the best performance Korea has ever seen."
As with the restaurant "Hooters," which now has a location on Seoul, it remains to be seen when if ever the public will learn what pussy actually means. The Chosun article links to two videos, one of Son's ubiquitous single "미쳤어" and another of perhaps the worst sexy dance I've ever seen. And that's including middle school girls.
If you're on my site you'll notice it's posted above, but the video's not showing up in Google Reader so just click on the article or to my post.
While browsing around for other videos I found one of four singers from four different pop bands---Wondergirls, Brown Eyed Girls, See ya, Girl's Generation---covering the Dolls' "Buttons," a song about . . . well, loosening up her buttons. Not only is it inappropriately sexual for the middle school crowd, but it's further evidence of why they should just leave English-language songs alone.
Brutal, absolutely brutal.
You know, the new Pussycat Dolls has got to be a tough sell. I mean, what do you say to applicants? "Son Dam-bi will be playing the role of borderline-attractive lead singer, and now we need about four or five ugly girls to just move around, do splits, and put out." Maybe not so tough after all, now that I think about it. Korea's Pussycat Dolls will join Korea's Madonna, Korea's Justin Timberlake, Korea's Stephen Hawking, and Korea's Grand Canyon, among others, as domestic attractions that find relevance only when contrasted with more famous international counterparts.