Trouble Maker’s self-titled debut was about as fierce and fly as you can get, but that whole “Now” thing was pretty lame outside of Queen HyunA. (Could anything ever be more embarrassing than Hyunseung running around pretending to be Sid Vicious?) Luckily for those of us mourning the lack of good co-ed groups in K-pop, Nasty Nasty has come along to fill the gaping hole in our hearts (and other places) with their sexy debut single “Knock.”
Comprised of a member from Star Empire’s flop boy band ZE:A, Star Empire’s flop girl group Nine Muses, and some flop from Star Empire’s pool of flop trainees, Nasty Nasty is a trio with a ménage à trois concept and a funky Michael-Jackson-meets-90s-hip-hop sound.
As mind-blowing as that sounds, the end result doesn’t really amount to much more than a backup dancer’s wet dream. Nine Muses’ Kyungri is undeniably charismatic and ZE:A’s Kevin is way more talented and attractive than I expected him to be, but the styling isn’t particularly eye-catching and the song sounds like it’s just made for weekend dance classes. Even doll-eyed rookie member Sojin looks like little more than a glorified backup dancer, although I think that was probably the point so it’s not really a gripe.
Thankfully Nasty Nasty deliver with the choreography, which really enhances the concept and the already catchy song. I don’t know who produced “Knock,” but the vintage hip-hop drums and sax really make me wanna dance, and since that’s clearly the main goal of this whole thing, then it’s a success in my books.
It may not be as good as a Nine Muses single, but as club fodder and dance rehearsal BGM, it’s a hit.