Just as that basic bitch Lee Hi is putting every K-pop fan to sleep with her snoozy single “14.57.56385.6″, those tacky tricks from Dal Shabet have arrived to save the day and restore our faith in the music industry with another one of their over-the-top pop classics.
Always one step ahead of the pack, Dalegend have released not one, but a mind-boggling two versions of their new single, “Have, Don’t Have”. The “Have” version of the song features the euro bubble-trot sound that was pioneered by Gangkiz’s underground smash “Honey Honey” and then stolen by Orange Caramel for “Lipstick”, so obviously it’s one trillion percent flawless.
The equally iconic accompanying music video shows Dalegend promoting healthy eating by dancing around a fresh food market in an array of trendsetting fashions. It’s a refreshing change from the reckless behavior of 2NE1, who put a strain on the Korean healthcare system by increasing the country’s obesity rates with their debut single, “Lollipop”.
The “Don’t Have” version –which is being used as the official single version– is billed by Dalegend’s label as a retro disco throwback, but it’s more like an 80s’ post-disco synth-pop smash-up. Even with no English in the chorus, it’s still just as stupidly catchy as the group’s past hits (with the exception of “Mr. Bang Bang”, which really wasn’t very catchy at all).
The official music video has the Crayon Pop “Saturday Night” syndrome, in which a bunch of shit from other videos has just been stolen and smooshed together to create a timeless piece of art that could rival Monet’s Water Lilies. There’s some Girl’s Day “Oh My God” going on, some T-ara “Lolli Polli” and “Sekshi Lub”, a bit of Wonder Girls’ “2 Different Tears”, the Piggy Dolls’ “Know Her”, and last but not least, elements of the 1941 cinematic masterpiece Citizen Kane.
Looks and sounds like another win for the dazzling Dalegend!