Creeping up on the anniversary of the Ladies’ Code calamity, Crayon Pop’s vehicle was rearended by a bus. The girls were taken to hospital for evaluation but released with only minor injuries. Godspeed Crayon Pop!
Only a couple of days ago I checked out their Japanese single, which I think does very well in the classic Crayon Pop mold. Perhaps a full-scale Japanese album is what they really need to finally realize their telos to its fullest extent.** After “Bar Bar Bar” and “Bing Bing” and “Lonely Christmas” and “C’mon C’mon”, they don’t have to fight for their perch in the K-pop canon; but other releases, though entertaining, don’t seem to have realized their zany potential. The Shinsadong Tiger-produced “FM”, though intriguing, seems to fall into an uncanny valley between Crayon Pop’s definitive low-fi sound and the megawatt synth rampage of t.A.T.u. He’s the world’s greatest record producer, but even he didn’t seem to quite figure out what they need. “Ra Ri Ru Re”, though less prepossessingly amped-up, may be closer to what they really need.
Anyway, I hope the members are safe and well and not unduly shaken by their mishap– and perhaps they shall yet enjoy a second wind of viral megasuccess!
** Okay, there’s a Japanese mini-album