A thousand curses upon the idols who waited until the doors were inching closed on 2019 to start dropping the kinds of absolute bombs that we’d largely been missing from their musical landscape this year — which can be forgiven, as the Idol Membership Massacre of 2019 will go down as one of the scene’s most infamous runs — but I at least have felt like we really needed.
And so it is that, with a week to go before we stop giving out eligibility for our Best Of awards, along comes Gu-Gu LULU with their third single and frankly their best song to date dropped along with this fun little video:
Good morning! Sorry this is now a couple of hours late, but you know you’re gassed when you sleep for approximately twice as much as you usually would and still can barely get out of bed. I felt badly this week because I was observing quite a bit happening in the Idolverse but was pretty much helpless to respond. If I didn’t actually like my job and weren’t so handsomely compensated for it, I’d curse it to the heavens! But this (*serious Maniac voice*) is the kind of evolution in one’s life that can make one’s passions all the more important and valuable, and in fact I sometimes feel like idol is as precious to me now as it’s ever been, which is quite a contrast to when I was forcing myself to cover it intensely while grappling with various personal responsibilities.
Yeah that’s cool. Whatever. Hey! So there were a lot of good things that went down, including some stuff overnight, and I’ll be a monkey’s uncle if I don’t get to at least some of it this week. What we lose in timeliness, we make up for in wry observation! And isn’t that what you pay for?
Oh right, we do this for free.
Yikes. This intro has now exhausted its own concept and I think failed to communicate the point, but eat it, 11:00 is fast approaching and I have a quiche in my future! Go play the Fun and Weekender your heart out!
When two of our greatest icons go together to see like the iconiest of them all:
Last week we you came up with more idol scenarios that would never happen!
Well, ya goofs, it’s that time of year again. Yes, of course, to lustily disagree with the very plainly marked-as-personal personal opinions of Team while eschewing participation in the very publicly advertised Fan Choice portion of the annual Homicidols Best Of, and also to tell us what the heck you think should be nominees.
This is Kerrie’s bag now, but she made the frightful mistake of asking me to write up this intro post, so … well, she has a design for this process and goodness knows that Team has been working with her on selecting our favorites in each category for a little while, but even for all of that there’s a better than negative chance that I’ll somehow screw this up, Kerrie will have to correct that while admonishing me publicly, and nobody’s favorite anything will actually win. Exciting? You bet. Continue reading
You like idols, right? That’s why you’re here! But not all of us are lucky enough to have seen these magical singing pixies performing at a real and proper idol concert. However, prospects are good if you still haven’t managed to get to one: increasingly idols are briefly leaving their futuristic land to dazzle us with their dancy ditties in Europe, America and even Canadia. If you are heading for your first idol concert soon, I have prepared you a good and useful guide to the happenings therein.
So whether to the West or Japan you go, heres…
What We Know of The Idol Show.
• Preparation is important. You may end up quite close to the idols so if you haven’t showered in the last week, it is best to disguise this with deodorant since idols are famous for owning noses. Also remember it is customary to wear clothes to an idol performance. Don’t forget to bring a torch – I’ll tell you why later!
• Think about whether you want to bring along a gift for your favourite idol but make sure it is suitable! Good presents could include broccoli, non-GPS enabled plushies and tiny hats. Bad presents include wheelbarrow inner tubes, last year’s Argos catalogue or your baby teeth.
Broccoli: good present
MERRY BAD END dropped their very first MV, “Diamond Ain’t Break Down”, over the weekend. It’s quite the introduction:
I love a good fusion, and this tune has it combining metal-core with euro-pop harmonies and 80’s era hip-hop (think Run DMC meets Ace of Base at Lamb of God’s house). The whole package works, but where they really win me over is with the clean harmonies. This trio sounds dreamy together.
If this is the beginning, I can’t for what comes next. Nice to meet you MERRY BAD END!!
BEYOOOOONDS (with five “O”s in their name”) continue to kill it with another blast of pop goodness! For me personally, this is a group that has single-handedly injected a massive fire back into HELLO! Project with their personalities, enthusiastic spirit, and just plain incredibly fun music. Their mega-workout themed update on a 400 year-old classical piece-turned gay-rights anthem-turned football stadium rocker was a humongous winner in it’s own right, and now they’ve unleashed “HOT!”, a full-on banger of a rock tune that’s a new epic for the masses.
Now if you’re somebody who’s gotten into idol through the whole Babymetal/rock idol/or this so-called “alt” thing, you might be thinking “Man, I don’t care about this H!P stuff.” and I’m here to tell you, this is the one to get on board with. No really, turn up your volume and hit that play button….
Everybody’s done the heartbreak thing this year, it seems. Groups and individual idols have dropped like flies, literal icons of the business and the tiniest of unknown chika acts as well closing up shop or undergoing massive changes almost as if they all know something we don’t. I’ve personally had my share of blank-eyed staring into the distance at one bit of news or another, and one that I definitely didn’t make enough hay about when it happened was NEO JAPONISM.
For about a year, they were arguably my favorite thing in the business, this hard-rocking, all-out unit that didn’t pull any punches and seemed to make a mark every time they released something into the world. They were just a really fun group to follow, although harder in a lot of ways to love right because there was so much else going on. But did I miss a chance to lavish praise on them? Absolutely not. And so earlier this year when the ~original~ group disbanded in the kind of mass graduation that has been so typical of 2019, I was kind of floored. Unlike all of the other instances, though, manager-san immediately set the record straight and announced that NEO JAPONISM as a thing wasn’t going anywhere, and there would be a reboot on the near horizon. That gives one hope, which gives one optimism, and when little bits of info started to trickle out, it started to become real.
And that’s where we land now! Here are the members: Continue reading
Yeah, it’s Saturday. What a week. At least I’d been loosely following Twitter up to a point! I checked in yesterday evening and had this massive, sudden realization that not only had Friday come and effectively gone, but that I had barely even though about much of anything beyond work since, well, the weekend before. But did putting this together help to cure what ailed me? In small measure, friend, it did.
The last time I led off with Up Up Girls 2? Never!
Last week, you guys thought up some scenarios make-believe scenarios…