Finally: The Kim Jong-un-approved pop band
posted at 3:56 pm on May 29, 2013 by Ed Morrissey
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.