Once upon a time, I told Mister Mister that I’d be happy to feature any boy bands that did the music to warrant it. It was a safe, innocuous kind of comment, less a promise than a “we’ll see” with a smirk. After all, thought I at the time and plenty of times subsequently because yes I sometimes think about you guys who comment (what of it?), when has the relentless boy band machine that is mainstream J-pop ever turned out something on par with even, say, that lone K-pop outfit that I find significantly entertaining?
And that, friends, becomes the moment when I abjure all remaining pretense toward “normal” J-pop.
The spirit of discovery compel you! I actually know nothing about SUPER DRAGON just like with Dreamcatcher, which means a little dive into the Internets. And it’s kind of funny how much idols are described the same regardless of sex! If you want better examples, go look at their Twitter. They even have subunits! Also funny how this group is associated with the same company as Momoiro Clover Z and a-few-times-here-featured Batten Show Jo Tai, which is a machine of high-quality stuff that no, I’ll never pretend to try to get all the way into.
Here’s another number, well-titled but less-crushing:
So they’re like Q’ulle, basically
This is not to spawn a sudden new interest in boy bands or anything — I typically limit such to nostaglic celebrations of Backstreet hits and the occasional NKOTB number, or when I want 90s R&B and put on the likes of BLACKstreet — but to keep throwing open those windows. Hey, the site’s about idol, right? And the male idols are in fact umpteen thousand times more popular than the girls, by and large. If SUPER DRAGON and whoever else wants to get a little nasty in their sound, I’ll be more than happy to celebrate that, too. The hard side of idol knows no particular bounds of gender!