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Finally: The Kim Jong-un-approved pop band

posted at 3:56 pm on May 29, 2013 by

According to Greta van Susteren, anyway.  Think “Spice Girls meet Lawrence Welk by way of Pink Lady.” And, er … Pravda:

The five girls dancing on stage to catchy pop tunes while wearing glittery short dresses is a stark contrast from the gray garb usually seen across North Korea, but the state-sanctioned band is careful to stay on message.

The group, commissioned by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, sings songs like “Our Dear Leader,” and “Let’s Study!”

Moranbong is part of North Korea’s renewed effort to introduce pop culture to the isolated nation while still controlling the message.

In a news article released by state-controlled North Korean media after the group’s first performance, Kim Jong Un praised Moranbong and said the group “underscored the need to steadily develop traditional music in a balanced manner to suit the thoughts and feelings of Koreans and their aesthetic taste while meeting the need of the times and people’s desire.”

Mr. Kim, I grew up with Pink Lady. I know Pink Lady*.  And this, sir, is no Pink Lady.

Addendum: I utterly renounce the idea that I or anyone else knew Pink Lady, which was one of the more inexplicable phenomena of the late 1970s.

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Addendum: I utterly renounce the idea that I or anyone else knew Pink Lady, which was one of the more inexplicable phenomena of the late 1970s.

Good cover. I’m certain it’ll work.

nobar on May 29, 2013 at 4:00 PM

New Kids On The Brock.

rivlax on May 29, 2013 at 4:30 PM

Frock of Seagurs.

Joe Mama on May 29, 2013 at 4:53 PM

But without Pink Lady, how would we have learned of the comedic genius Jeff Altman?

sulla on May 29, 2013 at 5:09 PM

The Supremists

TKindred on May 29, 2013 at 5:09 PM

Lock and Loll, ronery comrades!

whatcat on May 29, 2013 at 5:52 PM

I bet Kim Jong Un has mailed each one of them

TexasJew on May 29, 2013 at 7:19 PM

I was expecting something far more horrible, like those children’s programs with Murder Mouse that the Palestinians watch. Being that this is possibly the most repressive, horrifying regime on the planet, I was surprised by the amount of leg, the spangles, the sort-of normalcy of their production values, considering it’s another culture’s idea of “pretty.”

I’ve never seen a single picture out of DPRK that wasn’t disturbing and scary. Of course, putting up a Potemkin Korean Idol is undoubtedly disturbing and scary in some other way that I haven’t wrapped my head around yet. When people are forced to smile and put on an act to convince the world that everything is A-OK, we’re entering “Book of Laughter and Forgetting” territory.

slknoerr on May 29, 2013 at 7:51 PM

Moranbong, coming to a gulag near you.

BallisticBob on May 29, 2013 at 7:55 PM

DPRK Music channel?

Still more music than MTV.

BallisticBob on May 29, 2013 at 7:59 PM

Spice Spies Girls.

How did you miss that, Ed?

Shy Guy on May 29, 2013 at 10:09 PM

I heard they opened for RU-2.

Bubba Redneck on May 29, 2013 at 10:15 PM

This is what Chinese pop music sounded like in the early 90s…

and what Japanese pop music sounded like in the early 70s.

That’s not as far behind as North Korea is used to being! I’d say that’s progress!

mintycrys on May 29, 2013 at 10:41 PM

New Kids On The Brock.

rivlax on May 29, 2013 at 4:30 PM

Frist bumps …

LOCK AND LOLE!!!

smoothsailing on May 30, 2013 at 7:19 AM

I think they kind of have an Abba vibe.

MNHawk on May 30, 2013 at 8:14 AM

I bet Kim Jong Un has mailed each one of them

TexasJew on May 29, 2013 at 7:19 PM

Mailed them what?

Ward Cleaver on May 30, 2013 at 9:47 AM

Where’s Lorien? He’d hit that.

She’d best not be too pitchy, or it’ll be off to the labor camp, where the rest of her family can join her.

Ward Cleaver on May 30, 2013 at 9:49 AM

The Supremists
TKindred on May 29, 2013 at 5:09 PM

Winnah!

DPRK Music channel?…
BallisticBob on May 29, 2013 at 7:59 PM

I was thinking the exact same thing.

WitchDoctor on May 30, 2013 at 5:08 PM