Even by K-Pop standards, there’s been a lot of new girl groups debuting over the past couple of months. Barely any of them have held my attention, but there is one diamond in the rough: Crayon Pop. Or, as I have accurately christened them, Crayon Flop.
The girls have gained zero attention since ripping off the washed-up Girl’s Day with their first mini-album, Saturday Night, but they’ve captured my pure heart with their copycat concepts and quirky pop style.
The MV for Crayon Flop’s title track is really just a string of stuff that they’ve shamelessly jacked from other K-Pop artists and then flawlessly strung together. There’s a lot of Girl’s Day’s “Oh My God” in there, bits from T-ara’s “Roly Poly” era, the animal-headed DJ that B.A.P stole from Deadmau5, the disc scratching dance move from Kahi’s “Come Back You Bad Person”, two guys dressed up as LMFAO, and a dubstep breakdown that you’ve heard and seen on every single pop song released in the past year.
And you know what? It’s amazing. “Saturday Night” is one of the most fun K-Pop videos to come out all year — everything from the members’ charisma to the catchy choreography and the wacky dance party setting is irresistibly charming and proves to be just as good as most of its source material.
The song is a total corker too, mixing eighties synth-pop and disco over an addictive clicky beat that’s impossibly not to tap your foot to.
As a Girl’s Day stan I hate to say this, but “Saturday Night” is everything that “Oh My God” should have been, and then some.
But wait, there’s more!
Before “Saturday Night” slayed us all, Crayon Flop had released another defining single called “Bing Bing” back in June. It’s super quirky and cute, with sassy splashes of jazz and a silly horn line that gets lodged in your brain.
The music video follows the Crayon Flop members as they dance in the streets of Japan and pretend to be Girl’s Day. It’s blatantly obvious that they want to recreate the cartoonish aegyo that made Girl’s Day famous, and then though they end up looking like the K-Mart version of the “Twinkle Twinkle” starlets (think what The Saturdays are to Girls Aloud), the sheer ridiculousness of it all kind of works in their favor — especially because their music is actually good, and not just a poor imitation of someone else’s sound.
Like most random K-Pop groups, Crayon Flop will most likely have disappeared off the face of the planet by next Saturday (night), so please stan for them while you still can.
And if you’re still not convinced that Crayon Flop is the best thing since sliced bread, then perhaps seeing one of the members performing with a giant pink backpack on M! Countdown will change your mind.
Yes, I have an AOA post on the way — don’t stress!