The other day, when I was re-re-listening to Shiori’s banger of a comeback, I was too busy typing to catch the end of the video before it auto-played something else. And as dulcet tones poured from my computer speakers, I thought:
“HOLY SHIT YES REMEMBER THIS!”
See, a lot of you guys are relative newcomers, and stuff that happened and was like immediately topical and relevant two years ago may as well be ancient history. Such is idol, in fact. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy some real past classics, idols who flickered into the world, crushed some damn skulls, and then were whisked from existence by the cruelties of fate and expiring contractual obligations.
You may be aware / have noticed that that I like to style the editorial here around how the old Gawker sites used to — a little irreverent, a little smart, a little snarky — and Deadspin happens to be my long-time favorite of the lot. They periodically do a feature called “Let’s Remember Some Guys”, which focuses on long-gone athletes who people really enjoyed for one reason or another.
I see no reason to not Remember Some Idols. First up!
DEEP GIRL! For a long, hot minute in 2016, this SHOWROOM-formulated group had people very, very damn excited about what they might be able to accomplish. They debuted with something like seven members at TIF in 2015:
Even if you dug them based on that debut, you had to chuckle at least a little at how focus-grouped the whole thing seemed; some executive somewhere went, “Hey, the kids are into idols and that heavy metal thing now, let’s do that! CALL OUR FINEST STYLISTS AND SONGWRITERS!” And so was DEEP GIRL born.
By the time that “I kill” came around in January 2016, they’d already suffered membership attrition (idol), and then immediately dropped more (idol) until they were just the quartet — Mashil/ro, Non, Kanon and Riko — that most people remember. Louis started up the Facebook group that, frankly, was one of the neatest things to have happening at the time (I believe it’s gone now). Because SHOWROOM had no idea how to deal with the group, and because having them on the channel was more important than building up live capacity, they mostly did cover songs:
It was genuinely weird: For the vast majority of 2016, they played a ton of lives (even with bands) and produced pro-shot live video, but never really moved on new music. Which, given the constantly pulsing potential of their popularity, was incredibly strange. Nonetheless, “I kill” took home a Best of 2016 award, and people real-deal rooted for the group’s success.
Then Mashil/ro and Non were gone, basically in the blink of an eye, which left Kanon and Riko to bravely slog on as the saddest idol duo on the planet for a few months, until SHOWROOM finally pulled the plug. It was ultimately such a disastrophe that the end of DEEP GIRL was basically met with a shrug.