lizzy not an easy girl
Lizzy is my favourite non-Kahi After School member, so I was excited when I heard that she’d be making her solo debut as a trot singer.

Trot –a.k.a. the original K-pop– isn’t winning any music shows these days, but it’s still more relevant in the mainstream than most people probably realize. Popular girl groups like Crayon Pop and Lizzy’s own Orange Caramel have incorporated trot into their music to varying degrees, plastic fantastic trot star Hong Jin Young staged a major comeback in November with “Cheer Up,” and just last year A Pink’s Eunji starred in the trot-themed drama series Trot Lovers.

Of course, Lizzy’s take on this classic genre isn’t the same as corny old trot singers like Joo Hyun-mi and Yoo Ji-na. The Orange Caramel cutie mixes it with the disco cheese and synth-pop that so heavily influenced Asian pop music in the 1980s. It’s retro to the point of kitsch, and so kitsch that it’s cool–much like Orange Caramel.

It also features a funny rap from popular comedian and variety show star Jeong Hyeong-don, which is just one of the many ways that “Not An Easy Girl” appeals to both young and old audiences alike.

The music video –which sees Lizzy flawlessly superimposed into the 1961 film Seong Chunhyang— is already guaranteed to finish 2015 as one of the year’s best. The film is based on a classic Korean folk tale about the love between different social classes and a woman who must fight to keep her integrity after being pressured into sex. Lizzy uses the story to turn “Not An Easy Girl” into a feminist anthem, and also plays up her countrified image by asserting herself as a no-nonsense woman with good morals who can’t be seduced with superficial trappings like those fake city broads in Gangnam can.

Watching the live performances, in which Lizzy prances around in a trendy hanbok and acts out small scenes from Seong Chunhyang, is just the cherry on top of what is already a perfect solo debut.


  • Suzy Sooyoung

    I fucking stan for this song! Lizzy is my fave after goddess NaNa!!!!

  • mcf

    The song’s chart position seems to be fluctuating a lot.

    It climbed back up to #22 on Melon about an hour ago.

    • Oh wow you’re right! Gonna delete the part about it flopping. When I checked it the past couple of days it was ready to fall out of Melon top 100 but it must have had a comeback after she performed on national song contest. Amazing.

  • MIKEE

    Single/MV of the year already. I really didn’t expect anything less from our resident 4D beauty queen.

  • KingBeaArthur

    Lizzy is equals parts sun, love, wind, water, heart (go planet)! The song is a perfect nod to past, but the absolutely brilliant music video is the real star this era. I couldn’t ask for more!

    Oh, and her live stages >>>>

  • Did anyone else notice how thin she looks now, especially her legs in the live version? I never paid attention to her figure that much, but I hope she wasn’t forced to lose extra weight for this solo promotion… because she is simply perfect.

  • true

    it’s a classic already

  • i was so scared about this being a total ridiculous try-hard single, but fuck! it instantly raised lizzy as my second favorite on AS. she not only looks prettier that ever with simple beauty, but also sounds amazing on the lives. true queen!

    as for the song its deliciously infectious and it’s grwat that in spite of all the managing mess it’s been going through, pledis still manages to put out interesting music.

  • snailsong

    perfect song + video, so happy lizzy made this work and got to promote it properly!! (going on that national song contest thing was a great idea)

    hoping this means more money for an AS comeback????