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Bubibu

Bubibu – A Pink

I have no problem with cuteness, or “aegyo” as they call it (and 애교 as they write it). Perhaps because i don’t have my way of being drawn up in it, see myself, my sex and others’ want from it mitigated by it, i’m not immediately repulsed by it. I can understand why people are and support them. But the detractions to it that i read on the internet (because i speak to no one else about this at all) seem to follow a longer line of detraction pointed towards girl groups in general.

I don’t belong here. The majority of (K-)pop fans are female, and young, and hence a certain want and expectation of this music exists and overwhelms others. The boy band is king, the girl groups exist on a peripheral only for creepy older men (hey… I’m not…). Here, the male groups exist as a site of fantasy; the female ones as a site of being, pulling and prodding to that being. To not want to be pulled and prodded to an aegyo standard is completely warranted and expected, and by me hoped for. But to dismiss it all as that and not read anything past it is to deny agency within it. All action is kept in the line of servitude, and the way people move within it, their use of and for it, and the notion that sometimes they are not it, or the possibility they could at once be aegyo and something else, is denied.

And that this music has nothing to offer apart from it. But it is hard to swallow at times. When it happens, mostly. Because i don’t share this with anyone else, my cringes are my own, and i can deal with them privately. But i still deal with them. What i want with this is good music, with heart, and pointed to and reflecting the hearts of those caught up in it, unaffected and removed as much as possible from the capitalist processes that brought it to those hearts in the first place. I don’t see aegyo as an end to that. Sharing it here… Ok, there’s an English speaking part at the beginning of this we should all look past. Or not, because it’s cool. And it was not originally meant for our ears and our ability to parse it. That’s a major thing that should also be talked about: The ethnocentrism of Western, English-speaking fans’ approach and criticism of this. Of everything.

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It Girl

It girl – A Pink

Because i wrote it so late last night and this song was the last thing i heard before going to bed, i guess that’s why we’re repeating here. I didn’t touch on yesterday how much this song sounds like Girls’ Generation’s Gee, with the English spoken bit over a flute-y synth line at the beginning, the tempo, the lyrics, the revelry. It was probably a calculated thing, to sound like Gee: to hint at it and resurface as much as possible what it meant to people; and to lineate A Pink in its tradition and the image it sets. It is not as good song as Gee. Few are.

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It Girl

It girl – A Pink

Late again. Do this quick. I notice this because they are lyrics i can readily understand, but the English words “my boy” sure do pop up a lot in Korean pop lyrics, and a lot particularly in A Pink lyrics. Always the same, very narrow iteration of those words, “my boy” is a safe, redeemable site of projected fantasy and security. He is the one who will provide it, he is the one on whom it depends. It can’t happen without him. Of course this works within and aids some very large, very insidious, noxious forces, but this song draws that boy – who he should be in fitting with the fantasy – and holds him to task to be that boy. “I want to be that girl who can be with you forever. So tell me, will you be my boyfriend?” I want to be happy and i want you to be the boy to make me happy, so can you fucking be him?

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Hush

Hush – A Pink

A month late, this was their comeback single, from their very first full-length album to mark their one year’s existence. I don’t think album length is a thing that matters in this world – a ‘sposeda move used to justify a higher purchase price for more songs that aren’t singles – but, still, good for them. I think A Pink are a better EP group. Those first two were just perfect little encapsulations of girl group goodness (the absolute girl group goodness, not just the K-pop iteration), held together by a clear vision and not a single song betraying that vision. The album has none of that cohesion, broken perhaps in a venture for maturity. A safe venture into maturity. Hush not the best song from the album, and really the least A Pink-sounding one, but it’s the single nonetheless. A signpost that they are breaking free (as much as forces will allow) from the A Pink of those first two EPs.

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MY MY

MY MY – A Pink

A Pink are another in that swarm of newly debuted K-Pop girl groups i can’t keep up with. Maybe the most popular and successful of them all, so the opportunity to get to know them is laid out accessible for me and it’s my fault for not. I’m finally getting around to it. Maybe i’m doing the smart thing in waiting around and seeing who remains and rises above the flood, and explore only those. But then what am i missing out on?

I like what i’m finding, this song in particular. It reminds me a lot of an updated early Baby V.O.X or Fin.K.L. A simpler time, though one staid in cute and girly and the power structures that determine the worth and effect of cute and girly. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. Well… not that there’s everything wrong with that. It has an effect and purpose that is not solely to hold up patriarchy i.e. to negotiate within it. Maybe. It seems to be the typical way to introduce yourself to the world, though. Maybe a group can’t debut with any other image, at least not a group of median age 16. Not here. Not now.

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