F-ve Dolls Soulmate 1

Before I realized how crap 2NE1 is, F-ve Dolls (then known as 5dolls; now known as F-op Dolls, as in Flop Dolls) was the K-pop girl group I loved to hate. I actually genuinely worship their SECRET knock-off, “Like This or That,” but overall they’re just such a cheap trainwreck of a group (and not in the good way), and their first mini-album is one of the worst K-pop releases I’ve ever heard in my life.

The best thing for F-ve Dolls would be rejoining SPEED as Co-Ed, but instead they’re back with SIX members (one of whom is already part of The SEEYA) and a new disco single called “Soulmate #1.”

There’s so much that’s been ripped-off to make this comeback happen, with T-ara being the most obvious. The electronic disco production (courtesy of the incredible Duble Sidekick) is a total “Roly Poly” rehash, while the F-op Dolls take their plagiarism even further by emulating T-ara’s uniform vocal delivery and wearing the “Day by Day” era trench coats in the song’s music video and official artwork. Duble Sidekick also blatantly steals from Lipps Inc.’s classic, “Funky Town,” which I hope to god is a legal sample (but knowing K-pop, it probably isn’t).

With “Soulmate #1” being a disco song and all, you’d expect it to have a retro seventies concept, but F-op Dolls are such a disaster that they’ve actually done the video in a sixties style instead — mod dresses, Twiggy cuts and all. The end result is a video that looks like it’s copying both Wonder Girls and T-ara.

Oh yeah, and it also sounds like F-op Dolls are repeatedly screaming, “FUCK,” on the chorus.

With that said, “Soulmate #1” is amazing and flawless, and even with new albums out from f(x) and Brown Eyed Girls, I can’t stop playing it. It really is the best thing ever.

Perhaps F-op Dolls is the new Gangkiz?

  • ICONI3

    Maybe it’s just me, but why do the vocals sounds so loud compared to the instrumental? The fuck part is really catching. Sounds like “enjoy your fuck” or something.

    • Lala Marquiese

      I was thinking the same thing…it almost sounds like they recorded this in a karaoke room or some shit…

  • 364Leinad

    “F-CK DOLLS” would’ve been more appropriate, if a bit derogatory.
    Thoughts on the group, song and their overall artistry and concept:
    1. Already obvious that Sunghee is going to be the member nobody gives two shits about
    2. On the flip side, Hyoyoung is going to be the only one which anybody DOES give two shits about, 70% due to the fact that she’s Hwagod’s twin sister, 30% due to the fact that she’s the only member of the original lineup which was fuckable (which is extremely ironic as her twin sister was the only member of T-ARA who was NOT fuckable. Well, pre-Cry Cry Hwayoung at least.)
    3. One of the worst music videos I’ve seen in a long time, which is actually an enormous shame because with more professional video editing, it would’ve been the greatest mv of the entire year.
    4. If I was their manager, I would somehow find a way to either get Chanmi back because she was one of the more popular members of CO-ED, or get Hwayoung in in the group so they could have the whole “Twins in the same group” gimmick. I would also kick out all members excluding Hyoyoung and Hyewon and put Kim Dani and Shannon Williams in the group. Then change their name back to 5dolls.
    5. Completely scrap both this group and SPEED and get CO-ED School back together.
    6 (Just like the unnecessary sixth member of the group). Hyoyoung still hasn’t confirmed whether she was raped by Kangho or not. I guess running from the media with their tails between their legs and going into hiding whenever controversy arises runs in the family.

    • Bluebeat

      I don’t think Co-Ed are coming. That’s why SPEED is already up to 9 members while F-ve Dolls is now 6. They’re just no more hope for Co-Ed.

      • 364Leinad

        I know :( But what I’m saying is, if I were Kim Kwangsoo I would get the old CO-ED School gang back together.

  • UncleFan

    Fave Dolls are flaw-free flop-divas with formidable booty and fuckable hair. Soulmate #1 has an uphill battle ahead of it, though. I don’t think my voodoo prayers are going to be enough to propel this single anywhere near the top of the charts. We’ll see.

    BTW, thanks for giving me an excuse to wake up the neighbor’s dog with “Funky Town” :)

  • Josh Chinnery

    I’m loving this song, but riddle me this; why add in a sixth member, but keep the theme of five in the title by changing the name to F-ve Dolls?


    I can’t even give this a Gangkiz floptastic. This is just horrid.

  • Bluebeat

    These new line-up really has potential. Just not feeling the song. I’m glad I’m not the only one here who notices Funky Town in the song!

  • vjx89

    I can’t with these lameasses k-pop name groups.

  • I really love the song but I am so bothered by how the vocals are louder than the instrumental. I really like the sound of the instrumental and I want to be able to hear it as well. D:

  • KingBeaArthur

    I was a HUGE 5dolls fan prior to their hiatus but I’m not feeling the member swap/addition, the name change, the concept overall, the mv, and definitely not this song! I’m not going to write them off completely just yet but CCM need to do better.

  • Nicole Naeun