Let’s Remember Some Idols! DEEP GIRL

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:


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.

5 thoughts on “Let’s Remember Some Idols! DEEP GIRL

  1. Shiny memories… *sigh*

    I saw DEEP GIRL for the first and last time at Tokyo Calling, 2016. The momentum behind the group was gone, but they still went all out on stage. I did cheki with Non afterwards and we had a nice conversation in japanglish (a language consisting of mangled Japanese and English spoken where western fans and idols meet).

    Next up was Yukueshirezutsurezure who I was seeing for the first time one row back from the stage. This by itself would have made for one of my most lasting memories, but it was immediately enhanced when Non, in street clothes lugging an overstuffed backpack, appeared to my immediate right. The Tsurezure fans noticed her as well and gave her a spot on the rail, which she tried to turn down.

    So I got to experience one of my favorite idol units alongside one of my favorite idols. That was just pure awesome.

  2. Frankly they were shit live, I saw them several times and they were seriously bad.

    I know it’s kinda hard to believe considering their “live” videos are really good – but alas they aren’t actually live videos.

    • I concur… that’s pretty much what I heard from everyone who’s seen them apart from the 1st commentor here. I think it’s just their songs are good to listen to on record, but just had absolutely going for them in a live setting. eg/ I Kill is a great song, but live, there’s nothing to do in the crowd apart from standing dead still looking at them, which does not make a fun or engaging idol live experience.

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