K-Pop Picks Of The Day: Wonder Boy & Into The Night Sky

Track: Wonder Boy | Artist: After School Blue | Album: The 4th Single Album—Blue
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Track: Into The Night Sky | Artist: After School Red | Album: The 4th Single Album—Red

After School Red and After School Blue were two short-lived and ill-fated experimental sub-groups of After School. The idea was to divide the group into two units on the opposite sides of the cute-sexy spectrum and have them promote at the same time to drum up some friendly competition.


This idea crashed and burned for a few reasons.

First, having two songs to promote meant they needed twice the onstage time at crucial music shows, which they simply weren’t willing to provide to a group of After School’s stature. This meant that they wrapped up their stage promotions much earlier than they would’ve had they simply stuck to a normal release.

Second, After School’s fandom was nowhere near enough to support what was basically two full comebacks. The agency’s hope, I assume, was that each fan would essentially double-dip to purchase both albums. This didn’t pan out to their expectations.

Third, and most crucially, the songs themselves were... just okay. Wonder Boy is classic saccharine K-Pop, reminiscent of old S.E.S or F.I.N.K.L tracks, while Into The Night Sky was supposed to be their “sexy” and “strong” release but ended up being a muddled song that was neither here nor there.

In the end, this brief experiment into AKB48's senbatsu-inspired promotions faded away into obsolescence, followed a few years later by After School themselves.

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Any chance you go into a history of the BODY WAVE dance movement in Sistar19's Ma Boy music video?

I always remember this song, but for the life of me, doing that body wave in the chorus is painful.

As offering, let me get this guy on too for good measure: