I don’t know how this happened, but CLC –one of the most talented new girl groups with the best debut song of the year, “PEPE”— are total flops.

“PEPE” didn’t even chart on the Gaon top 100, so now CLC’s rushed back with a new digital single, “Eighteen.”

The synth-pop production sounds like one of OnePiece’s Lovelyz b-sides, but it’s actually courtesy of Kim Gun Woo, who hardcore idol fans will know from producing almost SNSD member Lee Hwan Hee’s solo debut, “Monroe’s Heel.”

“Eighteen” is no “PEPE,” but it’s really strong for a random digital single. It’s strength is how melancholy it is, differentiating it from other fluffy “oppa oppa” releases.

Can’t you just accept me?
Can’t you understand me? I’m in love
I’m going for you watch me
I’m going for you watch me

Tic tac toe love is too hard
My heart is aching, I can’t eat anything all day

It’s still not as perfect as Shannon’s “Eighteen,” but it’s close.

Add in the divine performances and choreography, and you have another knockout CLC comeback.

How is this group not more popular?

  • KingBeaArthur

    As pissed as I am that “PEPE” flopped, I’ve learned that success is possible with a little time. Let us never forget VIXX’s first two releases didn’t crack the top 100 and now they’re on their way to top tier status! (some would argue they’re already there; they’re behind EXO at least, sales & chart wise even with SM’s fucked up trickery)

    “Eighteen” caught my attention the first listen, but I prefer “PEPE”. The live stage is fantastic though! That choreography: A++

    • leesigh3

      lol do some people really think EXO is the only thing standing between VIXX and the top?

  • me

    I have no idea too. Many said it was because they lacked media play compare to other recently debut group.

  • PEPE flopped but I think their mini did okay for a rookie girl group?

    • It actually didn’t considering they’re from Cube which is one of the biggest agencies. Lovelyz almost tripled their saled, and even SONAMOO sold more (but SONAMOO have been out longer so that’s a factor, CLC might catch up with some more fan signs.) GFRIEND sold more than CLC as well.

  • James Smith III

    I did not realize that the girls flopped on the first release! CLC needs to keep up with constant releases and hopefully have a B2ST moment.

  • How in the hell are CLC so unpopular? I can’t even register in my brain how people slept on them, a lot of YouTubers like them, but they are international fans…
    “Eighteen” reminds me of something from T-ara’s “Absolute First Album” which means it’s great imo.

  • uhg the house-esque synths towards the last bridge bring me to life. i’m in love with CLC and they’re actually the only 2015 rookie i’m listening to [although rookies i consider red velvet and lovelyz 2014’s].

    this song has a pink’s feminity print but with a very particular twist that is very unique: the music is so mature! i’m not talking about the lyrics, i know nothing about those, but the whole production has so much interesting stuff going on, and i’m loving how k-pop is recently sounding a lot more like the european underground and indie synth-pop stuff than boring edm-hip hop american crap.

  • I find CLC one of the most boring rookies in a while. Even The Ark or Gfriend, that came from very small companies, seem more interesting. But I could see them growing on me once they decide to release interesting music.

    • Sunny

      i agree, they’re snoresville for me.

  • roelm

    Hey Jacques, Off topic but what do you think of this video regarding girl group rankings? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GQFE0wNL69Y

  • mcf

    I didn’t realize how poorly ‘Pepe’ charted.

    Everything else about their debut seemed like a relative success. Great feedback from the Kpop community, a good subscriber count on their YouTube channel (for a group that just debuted), and their MV has close to 2M views.

    GFriend’s debut was way more successful but I still think CLC has the edge over the other rookies in the longer run simply because they are from a big agency.

  • UncleFan

    I hear a Wham song in there somewhere!