Saturday, January 26, 2008

The Wonder Girls

If I had to choose a theme song for January 2008 it would be a close call between Kylie's "Wow" and "Tell Me" by the Wonder Girls. While Dannii's sister and an obscure Korean girlband would initially appear to have little in common, both songs constitute a three and a half minute trip to pure pop heaven. I expect pop perfection from a Minogue but the magnificence of the Wonder Girls comes as a wonderful surprise.

I've always been slightly wary of Asian pop. As a general rule, I prefer my music in a language I can understand or at least vaguely follow. Then, there are the incredibly annoying J-Pop loons that pollute most music forums. As far as I'm concerned, anyone who can contribute to an Ayumi vs Utada debate most likely has an altar to the dark prince in their bedroom. Despite these considerable hurdles, I've found myself becoming increasingly fascinated by the Asian pop scene thanks to the expert guidance of my friend Nori, who has kindly introduced me to a cavalcade of fabulous acts - including the Wonder Girls.

A manufactured girlband with five members between the ages of 15 and 19, the Wonder Girls strike me as South Korea's answer to the Spice Girls - only with better hair and the ability to dance. The Wonder Girls hit it big with "Tell Me", an unfathomably catchy jam that topped the Korean sales chart for 7 weeks and went on to become the biggest hit of 2007. It's easy to see the appeal. "Tell Me" is undoubtedly a work of pop genius. From the clever sampling of Stacey Q's "Two Of Hearts" to the catchy chorus, the song stands out as an instant classic. Make sure you check out the fabulous video clip (below). The dance routine has become a phenomenon of its own in South Korea and the scene where the girls beat up a flasher belongs in the Pop Trash hall of fame!

Even if you usually steer well clear of foreign pop, take a chance on the Wonder Girls. "Tell Me" is one of those rare songs that transcends language.

21 comments:

Lexy said...

omg I would have never thought you would be a fan of the Wonder Girls! I don't really like K-pop, but Tell Me is just too good.

I heard there planning on making an American debut. There is a video floating around on youtube of them perfroming Don't Cha by PCD and their english actually isn't that bad.

Mike said...

From the little exposure I've had to Asian music, I think I actually prefer K-Pop to J-Pop. Anyhoo, yes the Wonder Girls are amazing. They show the likes of Girls Aloud up for the useless waste of space they really are!

Can't wait for their American debut! Their wikipedia page says they're going on an American tour to support it.

Anonymous said...

You might like this...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HR6Nc0v1CTE

Jess Nukem said...

I'd love to download the tune but Zshare is a pain right now with their annoying Zwinky pop up.

Anyway, great post, why you haven't been snatched up by some music publication is beyond me.:D

Anthony (Luckystar) said...

Hi Mike

i want to check are you invited to the new private blog Luckystar Music. i have just over 400 subscribers and post often. esp for the Minogues. if you arnt on the list please email me - luckystar1982@btinternet.com

Anthony - LUCKYSTAR MUSIC

Mike said...

Anon - That girl is amazing! I love the song.

Thanks Jess, I'm open to all job offers! Z Share pisses me off too but I'm kind of used to it.

Hi Anthony, I'll e-mail you and sign up. Thanks for the invitation.

JoseViruete said...

A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! Incredible cool song, thanks for this discovery! You can count me as a new Wonder girls fan!

poplove said...

Pop masterpiece!

All of their songs are great!
Theres a nice remix on youtube that samples Fedde Le Grand's 'The Creeps as well

aliks089 said...

Here are two tracks in HQ, first one being on the radio promo:


Single/Video Version (ft. Rap):
http://www.evilshare.com/6d1b6fc8-1eb4-102...a1-0007e90cfb90

Remix (vs Fedde Le Grand):
http://www.evilshare.com/48ead5d0-1eb4-102...a1-0007e90cfb90

Adem With An E said...

That's fucking amazing. Where are the CFBGoesPop girls? They'd be eating this up as much as I am methinks.

Mike said...

Hi Jose & Poplove - Glad you like the song. I'll check out The Creeps remix. Sounds hot.

Hey Aliks, thanks for the links but I can't get evilshare to work. It really is evil!

Hi Adem, I hope Alyson & Claire like the Wonder Girls. They're like Girlfriend - only Korean! It's an amazing song.

aliks089 said...

Anyone learn the dance yet??

Here are the alternative links:

Tell Me ('The Creeps' Remix)
http://www.zshare.net/audio/6961168ac62e74

Tell Me (Single Version - Incl. Yoobin Rap)
http://www.zshare.net/audio/696125435642e4/

aliks089 said...

The guy alternative for Wonder Girls would be Big Bang - their newest song 'Last Farewell' is getting just as much attention these days

Here are them all performing together

http://youtube.com/watch?v=DTXzQg11xtA

Mike said...

Thanks so much for the links. Love the remix! I should be able to do the dance routine - I've watched the damn video so many times!

The duet with Big Bang is FABULOUS - why can't US/UK pop be this much fun?

Jamie said...

I like the song but the girls are like a sex tourists four tissue fantasy come true.

Jump! said...

Oh Mike, surely I could win you over to Jpop. 1996 was for me the Japanese equivalent to Britain around 1988-1991 with Stock Aitken Waterman. I don't know how you could debate Utada Vs Ayumi Hamasaki-obviously Utada is the best. STill loving your blog.

Liz said...

LOVEE WONDERGIRLS- TELL ME ;D
Anywhere I can download their other songs?

Thanks in advance

Mike said...

Hi Liz,

I don't know where you can download the album but you can buy a physical copy from here:

http://www.yesasia.com/

Mark Anthony said...

Big Bang and Wonder Girls' songs are damn so good... i recommend big bang's lies, last farewell and forever with you... for more big bang's info, pics, MV's, performarces and Mp3's check this out:

http://bigbangkorean.wordpress.com/

Kaempfer said...

Download their songs at here:

http://www.downloads.nl/results/mp3/2/wonder+girls

you can preview songs before dl too
^_^ hope i helped

kathylovette said...

write look here you can read about my life
and my good friend george told me to do this
go to my bloodey blog