gfriend glass bead
When a rookie girl group like GFRIEND debuts with a single called “Glass Bead,” the anal bead jokes just write themselves.

If GFRIEND really were a long glassy strand of anal beads, then they’d belong to Girls’ Generation, who serve as the the entire inspiration behind the group’s music and concept.

Just like A Pink have established themselves as an S.E.S. buttplug, GFRIEND are all up in vintage SNSD’s ass in the hope that the group’s retro magic will work for today’s audience.

The effervescent “Glass Bead” borrows a lot from “Into The New World,” from the production to the sporty schoolgirl aesthetic. It even uses a similarly energetic choreography style, with GFRIEND’s spindly limbs flying around everywhere just like SNSD’s used to.

It feels like more of a swagger jack than A Pink, who just stole S.E.S.’s sound but came up with their own springtime concept and choreography, or LOVELYZ, who channelled the early synth-pop sound of groups like KARA but modernized it and modelled their image after Japanese idol groups.

Not that it really matters, though. It’s still too early to consider Girls’ Generation a nostalgia act like H.O.T. or Fin.K.L, but “Glass Bead” is a fun homage to K-pop’s most successful girl group that also doubles as a killer publicity stunt for a rookie nugu like GFRIEND that needs a good gimmick to stand out.

Besides, who doesn’t want a turbo-charged 2015 version of “Into The New Word”?! I could listen to early SNSD all day, so I’m not completely against it being recycled and resold. Of course, endless rehashing does not a star make, so they’ll need to come up with something fresh in the future if they want to take their career to another level.

This won’t be the last we see of this kind of thing either. If sexy concept was the trend of last year, I’d say that retro throwbacks and innocence will rule 2015. We’ve already seen it start with the likes of A Pink, LOVELYZ, Ladies’ Code, GOT7, ToppDogg, SONAMOO, and many more, but I can see it really taking off this year.

As long as GFRIEND can find their own identity at some point, I’d say we could be looking at one of the potential breakout stars of 2015.

Check out “Glass Bead” below and let me know what you think of it compared to other female rookies like Red Velvet, LOVELYZ, LABOUM, and SONAMOO.


  • Db

    The entire mini in fantastic. It shits on everything A Pink has ever done.

    • Nicole Naeun

      It does shit on many A Pink releases, but equals to A Pink’s legendary debut mini album.

      • seriously guys?! lol i do agree the mini is awesome for a rookie, but it’s far from shitting on a-pink’s releases.

        a pink’s britney’s sometime’s rip offs are waaay too iconic to be easily shitted on.

        • Sergeant_Im

          There’s many Britney rip-offs in Kara’s debut album. Just saying.

    • Marhaebwa

      EVERYTHING! EVVVEEEERRYTHING!

      I love Mr. Chu and Bomi’s “L-O-Bwi-E” Luv, but Neverland on GeolPeurendeu’s mini annihilates all of A-Pink discography.
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a4M9KUdbce4

    • Arsanst

      yess, I was even lightweight scalped by the intro track!

  • png

    I am definitely feeling the ITNW vibes from this song. I can’t believe it’s a 7-year old song already. This was the kind of song I wish SNSD followed up to ITNW or their 1st album back in the day. It was the kind of sound they could have milked for a few years even though “Genie” was amazing.
    I will keep a lookout for this group and LABOUM. I think LABOUM should try to go the more rambunctious/lively route while G-Friend keeps with the bright/simple look, but it’s k-pop, their next concepts could be T-ara’s Yayaya 2.0 for all I know.

  • Nicole Naeun

    “Just like A Pink have established themselves as an S.E.S. buttplug”
    I DIED AND I’M WRITING THIS FROM HEAVEN.

    “Glass Bead” is no doubt one of the best songs I’ve ever heard in a long time. I love everything about this debut, the amazing ITNW-homage song, the kick-ass choreo, the innocent matching styling, the cute and sweet MV, everything!!!
    Not to mention that their gimmicks are just iconic; paying homage to ITNW with a member cloned from Jessica. And they have 2 top pretty-dols; one who looks like Suzy and another one who looks like every pretty gangnam unnie melted together to create her.
    I’m instantly a GFRIEND STAN!

  • I’m liking what I hear, and the choreo looks very good. Need live performances to decide if I stan them or not. Their company right now is doing all the right things to promote them, so I guess they really believe in their potential:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wDzqoZHo9mg
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s0SSTuTZ3so

  • BadB*tch

    they need more plastic surgery, i’m surprised they were allowed to debut looking like that

    • Nicole Naeun

      Says someone with Nicki Minaj’s try-hard attention-whoring picture as profpic…

      • BadB*tch

        thats really rude.

    • I agree. There’s one or two that are definitely really gorgeous though, but all the others you can’t tell if they’re pretty or ugly. They could go either way coz lots of times they make idols look pretty in MVs, but then when you see candid photos or they’re on stage they’re really ugly lol

      • 364Leinad

        A lot of the times idols are just styled horribly. Kpop is notorious for turning otherwise hot idols into Quasidmodo (see: 2NE1). Hair in particular is a big issue. I never new how much hair affected my fapping until I got into K-pop

        • BadB*tch

          Every since Ive gotten in to K-pop my standards have gotten so much higher – I love the make up, the hair, the plastic surgery…So hard to find good fisting material, is it too much for a girl to ask to watch some sexy ass Korean man pounding it?!

  • 364Leinad

    RIP A-Sluts

  • Riley Biers

    I’m getting serious Jessica vibes from one of the girls..

    • I can’t tell if she just looks like that or if she got surgery to look like that

  • KingBeaArthur

    1st off: anal beads

    2nd: I’m not feeling this group. I’m not a fan of pre-Gee SNSD, so them paying homage or whatever you want to call it doesn’t ‘get me wet’, in a manner of speaking.

    3rd: It feels like this is a continuation of Lovelyz’s “Candy Jelly Love” mv (‘continuation’ is a nice way of saying rip-off. Maybe they’re paying homage to Lovelyz too!). I prefer CJL.

  • hahaha “inspiration” from SNSD must be an ironic understatement because there’s even a ho with jessica’s face!

    i loved gfriend and glass bead… the chorus IS “into the new world”, both song and choreography. but i don’t think such imitation as an actual problem, i actually like it because it makes me want to revisit soshi’s first album.

    as for the other girl rookies… i really liked sonamoo’s album although it definitely isn’t my favorite thing (the title track is a bore in my opinion, but i like the album cuts, especially “love call”)…

    so far, from the ones u mentioned, lovelyz got my heart instantly and red velvet – of course – although they need a proper release, SM’s fucking them up so badly

    • what about LABOUM? They’re so good!

      • lol never cared to listen to them… gonna try as soon as my laptop returns from the doctor

  • snailsong

    #lovingthisconcept!!!!

  • Neoli

    Because its such a early GG pirate copy I shouldn’t like this but I do..
    Serving up sports day realness and fake aegyo and with a Ugly version of Hyoyeon.
    The Ugly Hyoyeon Version 0.25, is shunned in the picture its like “Bitch you can’t sit with us”
    I am keeping and open mind though.