I’m a little late to the party here, but I always think that it’s worth highlighting times when idols who are neither chika nor automatically among the denizens of the loud do cool and interesting things musically. And, honestly, this isn’t the first time that I wanted to hold up Cheeky Parade for consideration.
I still don’t have a whole lot of time to expound on the absolute mysteries of the universe (or idol, whichevs), but I’ve been sitting on this kicking little number for a couple of days and was starting to get concerned for the world that it wasn’t popping up in the usual chatterboxes.
Here’s a nice surprise from over the past couple of days: Cheeky Parade, who, despite contributing to the loudness of NATASHA, are typically of the more tradol variety, went ahead and dropped an excellent little rocker all the way back on Wednesday:
Hi Caleb Cooper!
There’s another song (and MV for it), plus another track, but those aren’t half as interesting as a) this and b) the whole release is a “single” in the sense that that’s what it is, but is also not a CD — it’s some kind of card thing. That might be the first time I’ve ever seen that from idols.
Cheeky Parade! Their name itself summons up notions of incorrigible Cockney youth, possibly chimneysweeps but almost certainly guttersnipes, song-and-dancing their way through the cobbled streets of turn-of-the-last-century London while well-heeled ladies and industrialists scoff in offense. That is not them, however!
No, this Cheeky Parade, they’re a pretty popular idol group that does some sitting between worlds; they aren’t loudols per se, but they can get loud, as evinced by their donation of one-fifth of NATASHA (entry point 1), and they like to mix it up and do things like NERFY GUINER BIEBER (entry point 2!). But they can also do the loud thing on their own merits:
I offer you this with the caveat, friends, that it’s not in the normal wheelhouse around these parts, but Tuesday is our set-aside time for the genuinely weird parts of idol, no matter who contributes them. There’s a lot of strange coming down the pipe today, but I think this tops it all: