Dal Shabet BBB Feature
If you’ve been following my K-pop posts for a while then you’ll probably know that I’m a bit of a Dal Shabet stan. They’re one of the strongest girl groups when it comes to concepts and music videos — so much so that they’re easily able to compensate for the occasional dud song (“Mr. Bang Bang,” “Be Ambitious”) solely with the silly grandeur of their typically over-the-top visuals.

But as much as I personally love watching them gun down ex-boyfriends in a sea of pink blood or being chased through space by gorillas, none of that stuff really caught on with the public, so for the first time since their debut, Dal Shabet have classed shit up and gone all sleek and sophisticated for their comeback single, “B.B.B. (Big Baby Baby)”.

The first thing you’ll notice about “B.B.B.” is how Dalegend’s clearly been studying the iconic Nine Muses on how to correctly execute a sophisticated concept with unrivalled class, elegance, ferocity, and sex appeal. The second thing you’ll notice is how they’ve blatantly stole Eurythmics’ “Sweet Dreams” beat and just remixed it with the disco version of their own underrated flop, “Have, Don’t Have.” Since both Nine Muses and Eurythmics are flawless, I wholeheartedly approve of Dalegend’s theft and will hear no criticism of the matter.

I mentioned before that Dalegend slays with all their visual concepts, but just in case you didn’t believe me, the “B.B.B.” music video proves it. It’s one of the best executions of an ’80s concept I’ve ever seen in K-pop, bringing the stylish sensuality of a GQ shoot to a breathless MTV dance-off. It’s “Glue” with a bigger budget and less T&A! Dalegend are so amazing that they even manage to make Girl’s Day’s “Tilt My Head” plastic wigs look like the chicest thing ever (if that isn’t a modern day miracle, then I don’t know what is).

Despite the song and concept borrowing bits and pieces from multiple sources, “B.B.B.” never feels too unoriginal. As expected, Dalegend’s put their own stamp on all the things they’ve taken — which definitely can’t be said for Girl’s Day’s “Something.”

“B.B.B.” may not carry the shuddering impact of “Hit U” or the quirky charm of the rest of the group’s discography, but hearing the girls power through ’80s dance-pop while rubbing their pussies and repeatedly moaning “big bay-beh bay-beh” is a whole lot of fun.

“B.B.B.” is currently doing okay on the digital charts by Dal Shabet standards; not well enough to call it a much-needed breakout hit, but enough to justify the group’s continued existence. If “B.B.B.” doesn’t turn into the next “Expectation” like Happy Face Entertainment clearly hoped it would (and let’s face it: it probably won’t), then I hope that it’ll at least show people Dal Shabet’s visual diversity and that the group can effortlessly conquer a chic style with just as much skill as they did with their cartoonish concepts of the past. If they can do that, then maybe the next single will be the one that does it for them?


P.S. YASSS @ Nine Muses being flops yet still setting the TRENDS for other groups to copy. When will other mid-tier groups??

  • byoing~byoing.

    The problem with Dal Shabet and so many of the other mid tier groups that aren’t Nine Muses is that you could literally swap and change their discography and the styling on the members and you wouldn’t be able to tell the difference.

  • Quang Phạm

    Everything is okay with Dal Shabet except they lack individual personality that stands out and appeals to the public.

  • ram93

    i live for that rap. and subin looks imcredible god damn

    • ram93

      come to think of it, with her height, looks and talent she should be on call if (god forbid) nine muses ever has another member shortage in the future

  • i absolutely LOVE this song! it’s stuck into my mind even harder than girl’s day’s something and that eurythmics theft is all i’d live to hear on the dancefloor these days.

  • johnnybravo831

    I always forget how much I love Dal Shabet. Almost every time they come back, I look back on their past songs/videos and realize how well executed every dance is, how every member has had at least one single where they get meaty vocal sections, and how good they all look (even though I don’t personally get down with Ahyoung’s lemur face).

    I LIVE for Jiyul (as I know you do as well cuz… duh. #flawless) and have come to realize just how quietly fucking SOLID Gaeun has been across their entire career thus far too.

    Overall, they’re definitely a very well-rounded and talented group deserving of a true breakout hit.

  • animasaurus

    I love this song! As a group however, dal shabet can’t even put a scratch to nine muses and princess euaerin.

  • Dub

    I live for this song right now! BBB is packed to the brim with amazing! Gaeun’s rapid fire verses, the little ho’s after ‘big baby baby’ in the verses, the 80s synths, the choreography…

    Dal Shabet have managed to almost outmuse Nine Muses, and that’s saying a lot considering they are my #1 group. How is this not a Nine Muses song?!

  • um

    bless u for calling out the sweet dreams sample. i died when i heard it since it’s been a long time since there’s been a good eurythmics sample. 80s inspired concepts kick ass. I also really liked Be Ambitious; the video was iconic!

    Just a question to Jaques and anyone else who would answer: who would be considered the ‘mid-tier’ girl groups? I’d say Slayara got pushed wayy back (I’d argue they were #3 in 2012 pre-scandal) after the incident, but they’re still WAY bigger than Dalegend, Rainbow and 9Muses. I’d argue that even the legend that is Slayon Pop could be mid-tier along with KARA pretty much since Pandora came out. I don’t mean any hate at all, but I’m just really curious :)

  • roelm

    Well, the MV does apparently show the influence of Nine Muses’ “News” MV with respect to those boxy enclosures and perhaps of “Wild” with regards to the almost monochrome with red color scheme.
    It also sounds a bit like a Sweetune composition for Kara … Who composed and produced this song?

    • Quang Phạm

      Shinsadong Tiger is the main producer.

  • CaptainJoeHook

    also it’s about big dicks