BESTie's 'Excuse Me' Is The Group's Best Single Yet
Unexpectedly Huge Hook#RETROMODERNOld-Timey Choreography
Those Fucking Outfits...
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BESTie is an amazing girl group who have to live with the shame of being being both a SISTAR tribute act and the flop ex-members of the now mega-successful EXID.

They’re now trying to rectify both of these things with their new single, “Excuse Me.” You can find some SISTAR similarities if you try (the horns, the lurid “Touch My Body” color palette, the trashy high-waisted shorts) but you’d be reaching. It also has enough potential to nudge BESTie out of EXID’s shadow, which engulfed them the moment “Up & Down” hit daebak.

Duble Sidekick and his bro Homeboy (bless these men for the hits they’ve bestowed on us unworthy mortals) have delivered an electro-free, retromodern dance track in “Excuse Me.” Big band brass plays side by side with quaking hip-hop bass and trap snares for a best of both worlds pop music experience.

It takes a while to get to the real chorus –so long that for exactly one minute and ten seconds I thought BESTie had dropped a hook-less Jewelry “Back It Up” bomb– but once it finally hits it’s massive. The tempo turns right up, the energy increases, and BESTie perform sexed-up Beyonce-killing Fosse choreography.

BESTie’s vintage dance moves will certainly come in handy when ‘The SISTAR Spectacular Starring BESTie‘ revue kicks off its official Vegas residency next year.

The “Excuse Me” MV plays like a K-pop version of John Carpenter’s They Live (one of the best action horror flicks of the ’80s FYI), with BESTie getting their hands on a pair of special glasses that allow them to see men’s true intentions. According to the logic of this video, every man you ever meet in Korea will either be a deceitful sleazebag or gay. Very, very gay.

What’s interesting is that BESTie don’t shy away from the homosexual content in the clip, with scenes of major skinship between the men, including an only partially obscured kiss. I usually find gay stuff in American pop music to feel terribly contrived and pandering, but in Korea where the world’s most outrageously flamboyant queen Jo Kwon is still in the closet, it’s actually brave for BESTie to air some same-sex nookie. (Even if it just for media play, which so far doesn’t appear to be working.)

The best summer-themed girl group single usually goes to SISTAR each year, but for the first time since they debuted, BESTie is finally going to give their inspiration a run for their money instead of just picking up their scraps. Even if they don’t trump them, it’s progress.

P.S. I’ve now decided this about BESTie: Uji is the second Hyorin with her big vocals and energetic sex appeal, Dahye is the second Yura with her perfect proportions and insipid talk-rapping, Haeryang is second Dasom with her talentless visual maknae act-dol thang, and Hyeyeon is the original Keumjo with her face and body that lacks compared to her bandmates and an average voice that fails to make up for it.

  • Marshmellow

    We need sexy Dahye fan cam ASAP. and also those high wasted shorts are hawt. :3 :3

    also the awkward moment when the back up dancers are better dressed than you….
    and i also need to say the bridge gives me 2008 american pop esque life.

  • CY

    Another fun and flawless single from BESTie. They’d snatched SISTAR last year already with Hot Baby imo and now it’s no different.

    Don’t shade Hyeyeon! Her face is giving me second Seungyeon and that slays <3

    • Seungyeon used to be considered a visual though (for some reason) when she debuted and many male idols named her their ideal type, and then after years and years she finally started blossoming a bit with Damaged Lady and then actually looked legit hot in Mamma Mia.

      Hyeyeon is unsalvagable. And she isn’t even the maknae or a big vocalist (like that thing from EXID). I’m convinced she’s a Yookyung with her rich parents chipping in for dorm fees and training costs to help their daughter achieve her dreams of K-pop stardom!

      • Marshmellow

        lol are u referring to Sojin or the other one

        • Hyerin lmao.

          Although after seeing Keumjo and Hyeyeon suddenly Hyerin looks pretty by comparison. I used to think she’s ugly but not any more when I’ve some of the other active idols out there.

          • Nicole Naeun

            The original Voldemort….. *goosebumps*

          • HavokWWE

            Is Hyerin even considered the Lead Vocal?

            I could’ve sworn Hani was and Hyerin was just the cute fat sister you have and she wants to sing so you cover her all up and put her in the back.

      • Nicole Naeun

        It’s cuz KARA was hella popular so those lessers trying to act all “she’s so my ideal type” to get into headlines.
        But she was also popular cuz of her eye smile, which looks fugly and nothing at all like Tiffant’s legendary eye smile.

      • Db

        I don’t think Hyerin is that great of a vocalist. She’s better than Hani, but by no means is she anywhere close to Solji or even Uji.

        Those 2 are in a league all their own.

        I still get all hot and bothered when I think back to Uji performing on Immortal Song 2. The woman is a star!

      • yosafbridge

        Hyeyeon is pretty good vocalist and can double as a main vocal in the absence of Yuji. She’s the heart of the group tbh : a fierce firebrand who’s protective of her group, relieves some of Yuji’s vocal workload, raps pretty well for an idol, gives a cuteness to the group and her body is not bad too, even if she is shorter than her bandmates. Just listen to her slay her parts in this cover of 2NE1’s Lonely:

    • are we not going to address that “hyeyeon” is simply teen top’s chunji with irene’s old ice cream cake wig…?

    • are we not going to address that “hyeyeon” is simply teen top’s chunji with irene’s old ice cream cake wig..?

  • MolkangMolkang

    I loved Love Options, it was funky and the doo doo or whatever bit was really catchy. Not that it’s bad, I just think they still have a lot to do? They’re not really their own group, just a mix of Sistar and Girl’s Day, and for me it doesn’t quite work.

  • Db

    Yes at the Cumdrop shade! I do agree that Hyeyeon sticks out like a sore thumb compared to the other 3. Sometimes you need an ugly duckling in the group to balance things out. Except in Nine Muses. I have no idea what CEO man was thinking.

    The song is fantastic and the chorus does what it’s supposed to, which is get you pumped.

  • last year’s “hot baby” and “i need you” finally got me hooked on them but this one is a perfection i wasn’t expecting to get from them so soon.

    the production kind of builds up sneaky and it hits your right on the perfect moment. it’s like a pro-blowjob that only touches the penis after a slight anticipation. it always delivers and it got me bouncing on my chair and playing the video at least 3x.

    noooow the VIDEO!!! omg i thought i was having the usual pre-expect me girl’s day kinda sitcom shtick, but when those hot korean buffs started making out my mouth dropped and i was loving the shit even more!

    did you hear the mini? there’s a “single bed” song that is kinda like t-ara’s “i don’t want you” with a sugar coated IU’s modern times twist. very pretty! <3

  • culchan

    Marry and reproduce.

  • I like the song. Hyeyeon and Uji are my faves.

  • T-rollypoly

    Hyeyeon’s derpy face on that scene where she was wearing the magical sunglasses gave me life. She’s a good singer and has the best personality in Bestie, fit for variety shows. I agree with her looks being a little sub par though.

  • Marhaebwa

    OMG, ewwwww leave Hyeyeon alone.

  • Vivienne Greatly Disapproves I just love this performance. It’s one of the best kpop performances I’ve seen in a long time, especially considering how minialist it is

    • i love how they gride from one side to the other of the stage… they needed a one-cut MV sm-style camera meets “single ladies”

  • James Smith III

    I’m gonna need Fifth Harmony to do a song like this before the end of summer.

  • Kris

    They finally gave me something I can bop to!!!

  • KingBeaArthur

    I love EVERYTHING about this comeback, even the outfits!

    The production is fire, Uji is at the top of her game, and the mini is great from start to finish. Until Sistar come back with their annual summer jam and repack single, “Excuse Me” will have to act as a placeholder.

  • This song made me pay attention to them, and I like it. However, there isn’t a member in BESTie that actually grabs me. Maybe someday, but at least now I have officially added a song of theirs to my playlist.

  • I hate that they made Dahye into a Yura type rapper.. I liked that she was a rapper that could also sing…