K-Pop group Girls Generation appeared on Letterman on 1/31. Take a look at their performance:
Now, appearing on Letterman is a big freakin' deal for any musical act, so the fact that they scored this is pretty impressive. Of course, just because you've appeared on Letterman doesn't mean that your career is made and that you'll be taking the US by storm.
There have been several posts in the expat-in-Korea blogosphere about this over the past week:
From Roboseyo: Girls Generation on Letterman (소녀시대 on 레터맨)
From A Blog Abroad: It's an Asian Invasion!! Maybe.
I'm no Picasso has an answer to a Formspring question on this.
The Metropolitician has two posts on this topic: On the Embarrassing Debut of Girls' Generation on Letterman and Culture Codes and On the Value of Virtuosity
I should probably add before I write anything else that if it's not oldies or 80's pop, I don't dig it, so I'm hardly the one to judge the potential for success of ANY pop act.... still, my thoughts:
1. It reminds me a little of Who Let the Dogs Out? Something about the way the phrase we bring the boys out matches up a little too well with the phrase who let the dogs out, and after hearing this song, it was Who Let the Dogs Out that was stuck in my head.
2. My least favorite part was every time they did the 'Girls Generation make you feel the heat' refrain, which just sounded wooden and rather ridiculous to me.
3. One of those chicks totally looks like she went to Janet Jackson's plastic surgeon:
It's the Korean Janet Jackson!
Anyway, I decided to post the GG video on Facebook to see what the reactions were from typical Americans:
American Man #1, never been to Korea: Well, as a man who likes women it obviously has a certain appeal... but basically, Pussycat Dolls. Now, don't get me wrong... Asian version of Pussycat Dolls > original Pussycat Dolls, but if they do break into the US their appeal will likely be superficial and ephemeral. I just didn't see much other than the fact that they are visibly Asian, attractive by some standards, and doing music that sounds similar to a lot of stuff on mainstream pop radio.
American Woman #1, lives in Korea: The chick hunched over on the left at the beginning looks like she really needs a toilet. I have a feeling that a clip of Dave saying 감사합니다 is going to be all over TV.... forever.
She really looks constipated.
American Woman #4, used to live in Korea: It's as good as I've ever seen them, which means it's much better than the choked-up Wondergirls on So You Think You Can Dance a few years ago. However, I find the girls' gen to be really awkward in this song--it should be more in your face sexual and they're too cutesy cutesy to pull it off. In that way, they are inferior to the PCD. Just an opinion. I think 2ne1 with Will i am have a better shot at true notice in the US.