• http://www.facebook.com/people/Nate-Broadus/100003245734823 Nate Broadus

    What, nobody is going to jump in here? Lazy bastages.:P

    Number one on my list would be Orange Caramel, for a host of reasons. For one, NOBODY — barring the debuts of any escaped mental patients with hidden talents for singing and dancing — are likely to approach presentation and style the way they do. For another, they actually seem to really dig what they are doing — which is probably why they made a fan out of me, since I usually run in the other direction from aegyo like someone set my balls on fire. 

    In my opinion, OC has even risen to the point that they are beginning to outshine the group that they splintered off from in the first place. No disrespect intended to After School, but all you have to do is look at the fact that OC did what no other sub group ever did: release a full (not mini, FULL) album. 

    To be unique in any market is likely to give you a chance to stand out and make some sort of impact. This has been true for as long as I can recall in any genre of music. Sure, The Ramones and the Velvet Underground anchored the punk scene in its early days, but who would have figured that quirky punk acts like the B-52′s and the Talking Heads would go on to carve out successful paths into the 80′s and 90′s? Did you know Weird Al has outlasted almost every band that emerged during the same time period that he did? 

    OC has taken this particular phenomenon (being a quirky, sometimes downright weird group amid a sea of more conventional faces) and has run miles with it in the Kpop sphere. They’ve managed to weld together this unusual identity for themselves, and I’ll be damned if it hasn’t taken on a life of its own. I mean, I’ve seen aegyo, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything like Aing in my life that wasn’t intended to be some internet memetic joke — but f’ck me if they weren’t serious. As long as they continue to stay true to that strange aural and visual ID they have obtained, I could easily see them gaining even more success in the future. 

    Kpop already has a crap ton of salt and pepper acts (pretty faces, hip hop/R&B flavored songs, generic pop costumes), so throwing some LCD-esque orange powder into the mix has worked wonders for OC.

    • zweiosterei

      Yep, Orange Caramel has carved their niche pretty well, even better than AS probably. Next on my list would be Girl’s Day, they do aegyo better than most groups.

    • bd005

       OC?   Really?

      Not only are their songs overly saccharine, but their costumes would be ridiculous (way overdoing that whole “cutesy” image) for a toddler.

      Anyway, as for Secret, their 1st song, , “I Want you Back” was underappreciated, being a good bit better than “Madonna” which was just a less well done rehash of “Magic.”

      Normally, I can’t stand the whole fake aegyo thing, but Secret did a good job w/ “Shy Boy” by making their mannerisms seem natural and not so cloying as others.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Nate-Broadus/100003245734823 Nate Broadus

        Wow, a lot of stuff changes in 5 months.

        Yes, OC. 100% yes. Absolutely yes imprinted into concrete. I won’t go so far as to tattoo “Yes, OC” on my forehead… But maybe in henna.

        • Gaya_SB

          Henna’s not meant to go on the face. How about a Sharpie? Both take the same amount of time to wash off iirc ;)

    • http://www.facebook.com/amy.lim.50 Amy Lim

      “beginning to outshine the group that they splintered off from in the first place”  - Very much agreed. I’m not really a AS fan, but I look forward to any new stuff from OC. And I’ve always liked cosplay-ish stuff anyway so their look appealed to me. They really created a niche for themselves in the current K-Pop world. 

    • inxomnia

      I agree. I mean, nowadays if you get an article about any of the OC girls, you get Orange Caramel’s Lizzy.. Orange Caramel’s Nana. Rarely do you get After Schools’ Lizzy. And honestly, it feels weird calling her that because she seems to fit in with OC’s image much more than AS. 

  • illerz

    am I the only who thinks beyonce’s dance for you when watching secret’s poison……yes? Alrighty then.