This week we’re reaching back to 2009 for the debut of “Korea’s Pussycat Dolls,” After School. Long before the admission of additional members Uee, Raina, Nana, Lizzy, E-Young, and soon-to-join Gaeun, the group that pushed the borders of sexy in Korean pop music started with five: leader Kahi, Jungah, Soyoung, Jooyeon and rapper Bekah.
In late 2007, Kahi met up with Pledis executives (friends from her years as a professional backup dancer) to plan and produce a dance idol group. After a couple of years selecting and training members, After School debuted with “AH,” an earworm-y-in-a-good-way dance pop track that probably gave music censors a run for their money. We almost feel bad for the poor teacher of After School’s class in the MV. Almost….
AFTER SCHOOL – “AH” MV
Korean idol groups up until After School’s debut had done sexy before, but not quite After School-sexy; the girls leveled up everything from choreography to attire, taking the sexy-schoolgirl theme so literal it was metaphoric again. ”AH!” enjoyed moderate success in the charts, but deserves a place in K-pop history as one of the standout and daring debuts of 2009.
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