Ladies' Code Wonder Girls
I love how fucking iconic Wonder Girls still are within K-pop despite the fact that they were technically only stratospherically huge for about two years. They couldn’t keep their sky-high popularity going in the same way that Girls’ Generation or BIGBANG have (JYP’s fault, obviously), but their initial success left such a deep mark that they’re still more relevant than most of the top active K-pop acts today.

For proof of Wonder Girls’ defining impact, look no further than Ladies’ Code/Sladies’ Code’s new MV, “So Wonderful.” The second biggest rookie girl group of last year (after Crayon Pop, of course) have specialized in the retro genre since they debuted with the surprisingly epic “Bad Girl,” but it’s always been an original take on the style — until now.

The jazzy flair of “So Wonderful” helps separate it from Wonder Girls’ legendary “Nobody,” but the similarities between the two songs are shockingly present in the lyrics and concept. Ladies’ Code use the same vintage microphones and ’60s style outfits, and the choreography is one clap away from being the “Nobody” dance. Not to mention that “Wonderful” is the official name of Wonder Girls fans. I still haven’t quite figured out if it’s all just shameless noise marketing, a friendly homage, or a bit of both.

In their defence, Ladies’ Code do edge things up a bit compared to the “Tell Me” stars. Their clothes are more fashionable than costume-y, and the MV has a creepy theme about living mannequins or some shit.

Anyway, I love it. I love everything Sladies’ Code does. They’re still lacking the kind of memorable “it” hit that’s required for major super-stardom (besides “Bad Girl,” but you never hit daebak with your debut), but there’s no doubt in my mind that they’ll get there soon.


While Ladies’ Code channel the Wonder Girls, one Wonder Girl just made her second life-changing comeback since relaunching as a sex-crazed solo artist last year with “24 Hours.”

For this release, Sunmi’s dropped JYP and hooked up with the inescapable Brave Brothers for a song that sounds exactly like every other song he’s produced in the past two years, but at the same time still stands on its as an original production. There’s some TEEN TOP, SISTAR19, and After School in Sunmi’s “Full Moon,” but not so much that it sounds derivative of any one particular Brave hit.

You can hear that he’s taken the best bits from some of his biggest hits (namely “Gone Not Around Any Longer”) and it turned into something new — like replacing the squiggly porno sax with funky electric guitar doodling! Actually, the sax is still there too, but it’s relegated to faint background noise on the chorus instead of featuring as prominently as it has in the past.

Listening to a sexpot like Sunmi coo about seducing her man under the midnight moonlight is enough to make you simultaneously fall in love and blow your load for the next three weeks straight. Even the addition of some nugu JYP rapper called Lena doesn’t take away from the song (bitch actually slays), but I would’ve preferred Yubin or someone more relevant instead.

Perfect song aside, the best part about “Full Moon” –and I’m sure everybody will agree with me here– is the music video. Oh my god, THE VIDEO.

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Sunmi plays a horny vampire who stalks a guy and booty grinds all over the place like a stripper, but it’s the classiest most sensual booty grinding you ever did see (i.e. the opposite of Rihanna and Shakira’s plotless slut-trash “Can’t Remember to Forget You” MV). I’m calling it, ‘Sunmi’s STELLAR slow twerk,’ and it’s the definitive dance move of 2014 so far — it surpasses Girl’s Day’s drop ‘n’ crawl and whatever-in-the-flawless-hell AOA were doing in “Miniskirt.”

Anyway, after she twerks, Sunmi climbs onto an antique lounge and elongates her perfect legs, before violently flinging them open and thrusting her hands in front of her sweet cherry. And, just when you think she’s done with all the naughty dance moves, BAM, bitch starts twerking on a snowy rooftop in front of a full moon! The entire routine is a blessing to the eyes and to the loins.

I’m seriously starting to ask myself if Sunmi is the best contemporary K-diva around right now. Probably not (who can beat Ga-In or the established broads like Seo In Young and Baek Ji Young?), she she will be soon if she keeps this up.

  • Jafet

    This comeback is literally perfect, there are no flaws!

  • guest

    sunmi sis better slay. what kind of undead twerking queen…

  • BadB*tch

    What do you think of Park Ji Yoon’s Beep?

    • BadB*tch

      ALSOOOO, Im loving the kpop slut fest this year! Id like to see more sexy male groups twerkin it, spreading their legs wide, and humping everything in sight. A girl can dreammmm. Proph, have you seen Jay Parks Dazed photo shoot? YUMMMMMMMMMMMM

      • I wish the guys would do it too! I was looking at this cute gay male ullzang yesterday who is 20, and I wondered what it would be like if there were cute guys doing slutty/cute “oppa oppa” concept like girls do. The guys either do powerful masculine concept or bright boy next door concept. The only male sexy concept I can think of from recently is 2PM’s ADTOY, but I want to see a cute ullzang boy do it in a slutty Girl’s Day way instead.

        • BadB*tch

          amen

        • Kris

          Yes! Seeing guys do a Girl’s Day drop and crawl would give me so much life!

      • Andi

        Maybe YG will finally give us what we want and have T.O.P strip down to absolutely nothing. Show me the d, YG!

        • I’d rather Seungri. He’s so cheeky and exudes sluttiness and sex.

          • Andi

            UGH. They can both tie me up and spit roast me.

          • BadB*tch

            I want them all even the ‘ugly’. G-dragon looks all innocent but we all know hes one kinky mother f ucker.

    • UncleFan

      I think “Beep” is OK, but her other track “Inner Space” is way cooler.

  • UncleFan

    OT: I think JYP should stop pretending the Wonder Girls are still a group and instead take the remaining members and form a NEW group. I don’t think anyone would accept a WG comeback without Sunye, anyway.

    • oz

      you mean without Sohee? Sunye is still in the group. lol

      • UncleFan

        LBR… Sunye’s not coming back to schlep that baby around in a mini-van on a grueling K-pop promotion schedule. Sohee’s agency, on the other hand, has already announced that she’s free to pursue music activities.

  • sfwer

    Sunye promoted Ladies Code previously on her twitter… and Ladies Code was very grateful to them.

    http://globalsunlights.tumblr.com/post/62411686447

  • oz

    and people think WG are not even relevant anymore. haha.

    STELLAR is probs committing genital mutilation right now. They can’t even touch Sunmi’s rooftop twerks.

  • god! yeah sunmi’s not beating any of the queens you’ve mentioned, but she’s done so much so far!

    the best about bother singles is that she hasn’t come coy and playing nice to win audiences; she’s come full throttle with two very risqué choreographies! there’s no mentioning on the girlie girl playing sexy like all the other k-pop acts, bitch is full sexy diva and she’s owning every little second of it! seriously, i’m in love with her.

    and WHAT A MINI ALBUM! that collab with yubin is plain perfection [and i’m totally with you about her being on the main track instead of that lena, whom i actually don’t like]. that haunting ballad “frozen in time” is another PERFECTION!

    • Josh Chinnery

      Frozen in Time is all kinds of UNF!!! There were tons of people bitching about JYP putting Jackson of GOT7 on the track, but that was my favorite part. That nigga’s voice, tho… UNF!!!

      • i love jackson’s bit on the song! but in all it’s deffinitelly sunmi’s sexy hush vocals that make the hair behind my neck stand out! and that instrumentation oh my god!! when k-pop goes all for the music is simply BEAUTIFUL!

        • Josh Chinnery

          Preach, honey!!! PREACH!!!

  • as for slaydies’ code… gawd! what a song. i agree with you about this one being the least original of their songs [the WG’s nods are too screamy], but it’s still amazing!

    nobody believes it but i really love k-pop for the MUSIC and ladies’ code musical consistency is not only impressive in the k-pop field, but they’re very high-q about their music and “so wonderful” doesn’t fall behind.

  • Steve

    Everything about Sunmi just oozes sexiness. I would love to see her on the prowl.

    • D is for Danger!

      And to think she used to be a Wonder Girl!!

  • D is for Danger!

    I usually hate retreads, especially the Alone/Gone Not Around clones, but both So Wonderful and Full Moon are killing it, so I can give them a pass.

    So Wonderful sounds an awful lot like a combination of Pretty Pretty and WG’s Tell Me. The chorus is a major ear worm! My only complaint is the ad-libbing at the end by SoJung. It’s so unnecessary! She did it in Pretty Pretty and it’s very grating on the ears. Thankfully, it’s not so prominent in So Wonderful.

    The MV for Full Moon is amazing. The oversexed vampires and super speed make me think of True Blood. The rapping is good because of the girl’s perfect English, but the lyrics are pretty lame. “Perfect weather/Can’t get no better” and “Everything around us so so real yo” are pretty bad.

  • Josh Chinnery

    So Wonderful is my jam. So Wonderful is all kinds of wonderful. I heard the tell tale gasps of WG’s wigs being grasped in the teaser they released, but now that we have the entire thing, they snatched those wigs so hard that I wouldn’t be surprised if Sunmi felt the effects of it; Yubin, Yenny, and Lim are gonna be wandering around the JYP building looking confused as fuck from the amnesia of their wigs being snatched so hard. The only part of So Wonderful I can’t stand is the breakdown when they regress back into a Pretty Pretty sound. Ladies, you are past Pretty Pretty. Pretty Pretty is done and you’re on something new; it sounds awfully trashy for y’all to go back to that. That’s my only complaint :3 If they keep releasing these Wonder Girls knockoffs, I would not be any kind of sad.

    As for Sunmi, JYP needs to keep it in the family and stay producing her music. Full Moon does its jobs well enough that no one is going to call foul (I mean, how can you when you see Sunmi practically humping the ground looking all kinds of UNF wit dat weave), but if you were to listen to it alone, you’d roll your eyes and tell Brave Brothers to fuck off. Lena’s rapping is dope, tho; can’t wait for JYP to debut the girl group she’s in, so she can continue Yubin’s legacy of female rappers that slay (and subsequently have JYP ignore miss A even more than he already does).

  • James Smith III

    there is nothing wrong with twerking on the roof get it sunmi

  • Auntieruckus

    Oh lord yes i live,die ,resuscitate and gaag for slaynmi,yes lawwd!!!!
    Slaydies code got me with “pretty pretty”
    Ps:lena is bad as fawk!

  • png

    I think miss A did get a big hit for their debut with BGGG and then they just never reached that kind of peak again. (I’m not sure about the I Don’t Need a Man era and on since I didn’t follow them.)
    I really missed Brave Girls and thought that “Do You Know” was a good song and a good direction for them to go in. Not that “Easily” was bad mind you.
    EXID could have been bigger with “Every Night” so I don’t know what happened to their promotions.

  • Marhaebwa

    SLAYDIES’ CODE SLAY ME, HOE!

    But in all seriousness, I am so here for Sunmi’s flawlessness and that twerk! UNGH!

    I tried doing it but I looked like a cardboard cutout bending in the wind..aka Tiffany.

  • Suzy3

    I see Ladies Code are paid rent to stay in the house WG built. Their song So Wonderful is cute. I must say that Sunmi on the couch & on top of the roof was LIFE! Slay a bit Mimi!!

  • KingBeaArthur

    YASSSS!!! I’ve had the “Full Moon” mini on repeat since it dropped! When I first heard she was debuting solo I just wished JY would put her back in WG & relaunch, but after her gut punching me with her perfection TWICE I’d rather her just stay solo and continue to annihilate!

  • true

    ok everyone comparing Ladies Code ‘so wonderful’ with the Wonder Girls, but the MV reminds me of Miss A ‘Goodbye Baby’ & the song sound more like janet jackson ‘I Get So Lonely’ then wonder girls ‘nobody’.

    not a sunmi fan the song is just ok but the video out shine the song, vampire concept are always a winner.

  • true
  • yosafbridge

    That new girl Lena in Sunmi’s MV has actual star quality. Her rap sounded good and she has undeniable onscreen presence. I wouldn’t mind if she and Sunmi formed a new JYP girl duo.

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