• Fatricia Fatlegs (Trish Okeke)
  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Nate-Broadus/100003245734823 Nate Broadus

    (Decided to move this post over from the performance thread; it seemed more appropriate here.)

    Orange Caramel… They are the only group of their kind that I can, surprisingly, stomach. By all rhyme and reason, I should hate them with a vengeance (even if Nana is in the group). They represent so many of the things I usually dislike vigorously about K-pop (little substance, too immature, little substance — and did I mention little substance?). 

    But I don’t hate them. Not in the slightest. 

    It perplexes me, somewhat. Maybe it is because, while they do delve into the aegyo realm, they seem to have gone even deeper into some sub-aegyo realm ruled by fairies and goblins — which is to say, they have their own little brand of “weird” aegyo that probably taps into my like of peculiar concepts (not just in K-pop, in literature, music, film, etc.). It might also be that they don’t seem the least bit uncomfortable DOING these strange concepts, unlike some other groups (*ahem*T-ara*cough*). Whatever it is, they are the monkey wrench in my otherwise perfect streak of disliking all things aegyo.

    Lipstick is another in a line of… Let’s say “unique” songs. I’m glad they seem to have moved away from the other tracks that have tread on some dangerous waters regarding racial appropriation (even if that was the point of the “One Asia” concept). Adding in the Snake Charmer song is an interesting touch — kind of reminds me of Euro pop. The costumes look like the 1980’s walked into an orange juice factory and it exploded. The performance wasn’t bad (but how difficult could it be to perform this song?). One thing that did surprise me, however, is that I actually think Lizzy and Raina really outshone Nana on the concept, especially Lizzy. They both stood out to me, even as an extremely borderline Nana stan (fan, but not fanatical enough to be a stan). This is completely opposite of the Shanghai Romance concept, in which I thought Nana stood out the most, with Lizzy just behind.

    The video for the song was just all kinds of peculiar. I haven’t watched every K-pop video out there, but I imagine it isn’t easy to find one that centers its concept around m’fing ping pong.

    I hope OC never changes. While I listen, I know, consciously and subconsciously, that it is fluff — but God help me, I like it anyway. Well… SELECT concepts, anyway (hated that Bangkok City concept where they all looked like acid club queens with Dee Snyder hair, and Aing was a bit too far down the rabbit hole for me to get on board).

  • Streby

    It is exactly the direction I hoped they would take. Its cute, fresh and edgy without being tiring despite the repetitive nature of the song itself. 

    And on a side note, the guy looks fine as hell. Pledis always manages to get the lookers for Orange Caramel.

  • http://twitter.com/superwoman5060 Hannah

    I think the thing that bothered me about the dance scene was their outfits. the colors were just so odd in comparison with the rest of the video, and the bows were obnoxious with a capital O. also, it bewildered me that they decided to give Rania gray boots instead of black. they made her look so mismatched with the other two girls.

  • pending

    I haven’t been able to get the song out of my head for *days*, which is fine, because it gives me an excuse to watch the video over and over. I think I’m one of the typical western K-pop fans who just does not GET aegyo, but the video is so wacky and fun I don’t even notice, which is what makes Orange Caramel so great! As usual their outfits are insane, their song is addictive, and they look like they’re having a blast.

  • Waetoria

    I just like that they are up front about the kitsch and flashy cuteness without being apologetic and without pretending like there is something deeper underneath that extravagant exterior. They say (loudly) that this is their concept, take it or leave it. They are definitely a guilty pleasure for me.

    Let’s remember though that a few different color and pattern choices and this look could be a disaster. They do border very close to vulgar. But somehow it just works for them.

  • k_db

    There’s a sort of… deliberate use of LQ backgrounds, that makes me like the video more than if they were serious about it.