With over 2,600 songs on my iPhone’s “K-Pop Singles” playlist, I thought it would be fun to add a bit of unpredictability to my song review posts. So as a result, we have the “Random Shuffle Review” feature.
The rules are simple. I fire up my playlist, press “shuffle,” and whatever song plays first gets the full Bias List treatment!
Year Released: 2010
Long before Twice and ITZY, JYP Entertainment captured the girl group market with Wonder Girls and Miss A. These two acts had some crossover in sound, but Miss A leaned a little more contemporary in their influences, bringing a polished dance pop style enhanced with a healthy dose of attitude. Bad Girl, Good Girl is the rarest of K-pop debuts — a song that perfectly crystallized the girls’ musical mantra in a taut three-and-a-half minutes.
Bad Girl, Good Girl was an instant success, and with good reason. It carries the classic JYP sound, composed and produced by Park Jinyoung himself. Its instrumental has an agility to it, bouncy and limber but never overstuffed or unfocused. Nearly the entire track is delivered in a sing-song style, perched halfway between singing and rap. On paper, this sounds absolutely dreadful. But, in reality, it draws upon the girls’ personalities to craft an idiosyncratic arrangement that sticks from the very first moment. Like most K-pop of its era, there’s a simplicity to the performance that seems almost amateur in execution, but it’s propped up by an utter devotion to catchiness and accessibility. This is a song that anyone could enjoy singing at karaoke, and that kind of populist approach is important when it comes to crafting a durable pop hit. Miss A may no longer exist as a group, but Bad Girl, Good Girl will always be their first — and most ubiquitous — calling card.
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