G.NA – 예쁜 속옷 (G.NA’s Secret)
If I was to tell you that G.NA had quit K-POP, taken a vow of chastity and become a Catholic nun, would you be cut up about it? Probably not. The busty Canadian’s try-hard attempts to break into the industry tend to go unnoticed by most Korean pop fans and if someone does like her material, it’s because they’re gay and ironically stanning for her. I must confess, I’m in this camp – I’m a fan because I think it’s cool to gush about something or someone who is inherently uncool.
I can’t say that I was excited about this single and on my first listen I focused more on picking out the faults in the music video: the flimsy sets, those Argos deck chairs, the lack of ample cleavage, the overly desaturated lighting that makes everything look like a bleached anus, that creepy smile which ages G.NA by two decades, the lens flares and the lack of a nip slip. However, a switch flicked off in my brain on my second viewing, I did a 180 and madly added the song to my Spotify playlist, just above fellow flop NS Yoon-G. I still listen to this song on a daily basis, I’m listening to it right now, mainly for inspiration but mostly because it’s my song! It’s catchy and while I initially slagged off the music video, I’m kinda in love with it. I mean it features a creepy stalker and tackles subjects such as underwear fetish – in one scene the comedian that played the clueless boyfriend in AOA’s Moya picks up G.NA’s used lingerie and takes a big whiff – when will your favs? Also, there’s this Thai girl Sorn who became famous on K-POP Star Hunt dancing in G.NA’s gang and she is cute and rocks blonde hair. The whole affair gives off a West Side Story vibe. There’s a group of quiche girls dancing together and a troupe of guys doing the same, they interact and I can just imagine them pairing up like the Pink Ladies do in Grease with those leather clad dudes (I can’t actually remember what happens).
As for the song, the verses are strong as G.NA’s unique delivery with its characteristic lisp gives the lines colour. The chorus is catchy, I’m a strong believer in a solid chorus, and the bridge quite beautiful, harking back to her debut ballad that goes by a million names. The song climaxes with G.NA cooing the line ‘I’m crazy about you’, and her voice shines through. There was a time when netizens claimed that she was the best female vocalist in K-POP. Unfortunately those glory days are gone, but the voice remains. It’s not the strongest voice as claimed in that early propaganda but it’s pleasant enough and can hold a tune, which is perfect for a song like this that doesn’t require immense vocal talent. This release is one of those that I like to record myself singing to on PhotoBooth – Yes there are clips of me trying to be as try-hard cute as G.NA. I’m not going to lie, I’m probably cuter.