The STELLAR Sweetune Combo Slays Again With Latest Single 'Fool'
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STELLAR‘s best known for shaking their skinny underfed asses in “Marionette,” but the foursome have shown us many different sides since debuting back in 2011. They’ve been campy sci-fi warriors, pantie-flashing schoolgirls, studious cheerleaders, and sad ‘n’ sexy sirens.

Their latest single, “Fool,” sees STELLAR as some kind of bubblegum jazz band, much like “Twinkle” era TaeTiSeo but with more sex appeal.

“Fool,” produced once again by Sweetune, is a change from the production team’s more uptempo records and further proof of their brilliance when it comes to crafting retro synth-pop. It has a classic ’90s R&B groove with flourishes of jazz that occasionally borderlines on muzak; the end result is like a sugary “Diggin’ On You” mixed with some of Sweetune’s best brassy throwback, Nine Muses’ “Dolls.”

The first time I played “Fool” I feared that it lacked the addictiveness of Sweetune’s past hits, but I was proven wrong once I had the “Doo, doo, doo-bee-doo-bah” playing on loop in my head all night (and the next morning!) after giving it just one spin before bed.

The “Fool” music video is fantastic and fun and does exactly what STELLAR should’ve done a year ago by playing up their “Marionette” controversy. It opens with the members crying over nasty slut-shaming comments on their “Marionette” MV, and then follows the group as they put together their first concert and allow their passion for performing for their fans to overrule all the haters and the hardships of idol life.

Arirang says that the song’s lyrics are specifically about STELLAR’s feelings towards their fans, which makes sense since the girls detailed the perils of fame and their relationship with the public in their last two singles.

Unfortunately, “Fool” only ranked on Melon for about a day-and-a-half before vanishing completely, so I’m guessing that it will probably be STELLAR’s second consecutive single to miss the Gaon chart. To date, only two of their singles, “Study” and “Marionette,” have ever charted. With such a terrible track record, I hope that the floppage of “Fool” doesn’t mean the end of STELLAR for good.

Why are they not bigger? They’re so pretty. They have amazing Sweetune-produced songs. They’re moderately talented. They’ll do anything for fame! What more could you want from a K-pop idol?

  • Maybe if they really changed their name to ASStellar they would get the fame they deserve.

  • byoing~byoing.

    Sigh. South Korea can go fap all over their lame ass, ultra scripted and boring reality tv ‘singers’ and ‘rappers’ (Cheetah slays tho) and leave Stellar to those who appreciate their flawless ‘meta’ songs. I really enjoyed the song and hopefully Stellar gets some more time in the future to show off their versatility so that they can at least build a somewhat solid fan base to keep them a float.

  • last night i got to watch their first two MVs. these girls deserve waaaaaaaaaaaay more credit for their evolution and class, because to start off as “rocket girl” and “ufo” and to end up with such refined pops as “marionette”, “mask” and “fool” is amazing!

    i like fool, but as always with stellar, the promotion is killing. their lives are great, but top class hasn’t learned anything about media play with their own “marionette”!

    the meta concept though, FLAWLESS! embracing the ASStellar diss as a joke is the kind of light self-consciousness that k-pop should exercize more.

  • KingBeaArthur

    The song didn’t connect the 1st listen but the mv helped immensely! I love any artist or group that can poke fun at themselves, and the jazzy, 90s touch makes the song another Sweetune gem.

    #PraysForSTELLAR #JusticeforUFO

  • jizabel

    This song is spectacular, and obviously should’ve followed Marionette instead of Mask. I only wish they had released this as a pre-release. It’s very obvious that it could never become a legitimate hit seeing as how South Korea’s collective music taste is about as shit as Minhee’s nu blonde hair. Let us pray that Minhee’s bleached and burnt scalp earns the Goddesses a hit next time tho #penance #lent

  • It took me a bit, but now I am getting really into ‘Fool”. This song should be more popular, b/c it fits into that Muzak, aka perfect for studying music that Koreans love. Even the rap portion is enjoyable!!! I am serious about the study music tho, I think that’s why ballads are so popular. Koreans are working their asses off and memorizing all the time that they need either ballads or cheery pop music that does not distract from their tasks at hand. Blaming it on the publics misconceptions of the group.

  • Sunny

    below Mask and Marionette, but still a good song. I can see why some would call it boring though. Sounds like an album track rather than a hit single.


    This is definitely a grower! At first Fool kinda left me with blue balls but Sweettune always churns out these deceptively addictive tracks with major replay value, so in the end I was slayed. These bitches are so meta I can’t even deal, the MV is everything. LOVE STELLAR!!!

  • HavokWWE

    Isn’t it interesting that they continue to have decent budgets for music and videos despite all the flopping? Where is the company getting all this money?

    I think their a good group it’s just nothing about them strikes.
    None of them are “dancers”, there’s only 1 real good singer (Hyo Eun), the rapper isn’t all that great (Jeon Yul), and like the visual isn’t getting any real CF work.

    So their going to constantly be left in the dust.

  • UncleFan

    This song is real easy on the ears, but it’s too subtle for K-fans. Stellar is doomed.