JYP idols are easy to like, so it wasn’t hard for me to stan for GOT7 even though their debut single “Girls Girls Girls” was one of the worst songs of the year. Thankfully they quickly followed it up with one of the BEST songs of the year, “A,” which not only validated my love for them, but also proved that it’s impossible for any song called “A” to be bad.
Just like “A,” GOT7 are back to balancing bubblegum pop and hip-hop on their new single, “Stop Stop It.” Walking this fine line is the group’s strength, and it gives them a very identifiable, youthful sound that recalls the vibe of early-2000s boy bands without being a blatant retread of the genre.
Along with their young sound come typically teen-targeted lyrics, like the ones in “Stop Stop It” that so perfectly tap into blossoming adolescent sexuality.
“Stop it stop stop stop stop it / When I feel your touch it triggers the alarm,” they sing on the chorus, their voices swathed in Daft Punk-ish autotune. “Whenever we talk you slightly hold me by the arm / I want to turn around and hug you tight.”
I know a few members that could hug me tight… *cough* Jackson *cough*
The styling in the song’s official music video is a modernized version of the baggy Tommy Hilfiger hip-hop garb that was so big in the ’90s and the fashion of turn-of-the-millennium Korean boy bands like H.O.T. Just like their music, GOT7’s style pays homage to a past time in pop music without just lazily rehashing it completely. I can’t think of any outfits I liked more in a boy band video this year than GOT7’s overalls. (Probably because I was trying to buy leather overalls online about a week ago, then backed out when I saw that they cost over a grand.)
It helps GOT7’s likeability that they’re one of the best-looking boy bands around right now, but even without the good looks, they’d still be better than their rivals. Like most YG artists, Wiener are infuriatingly safe and mainstream in the worst way possible, and the robots from EXcrementO will never be interesting to me no matter how many amazing songs they release (and they’ve had a few).
#TeamGOT7 #TeamLOVELYZ #DisbandWiener #DisbandYGSNSD #StopEXO #TVXQStillDaBest #ShiningSHINee