AOA Reference Some BDSM in their New Song, “Bing Bing.”

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If you read my Top 25 Best Songs of 2016 list, you would know that AOA’s Japanese song, “Give Me the Love,” arrived somewhere in the top five. Ever since their debut I’ve been following AOA as they transformed from a band concept into a sexy concept that’s just gotten better and better. This year, they decided to be one of the first out the gate with a double-release in honor of their new album, Angel’s Knock. The first one we’re looking at today is the first one released – “Bing Bing.”

“Bing-Bing” is a James Bond-inspired track with horns and synth drums being the main drivers for the entire song. In theory it doesn’t sound like a bad song, but in practice it’s a bit of a mess. The first fifty-five seconds are interesting and seem to build up to a good chorus, but it quickly goes off the rails when the first bit of the chorus hits. They seem to get it back in at the end of the chorus, but then Jimin’s rap puts it at a point of no return, and the song never recovers. There’s even a weird English rap at the bridge that goes “Can’t nobody do it like you do the way you do it,” which always sounds weird and doesn’t help me take the song seriously. It makes me sad because I really wanted to like this song. After all, it’s one of few that takes the bits I do like about James Bond songs but doesn’t overdo them.

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She’ll cane you in a minute if you’re not careful.

The music video is a totally different story because on an aesthetic level it’s quite good. The palette of the music video is black, metallic colors, and the occasional pop of red, white, or pink to break things up. I love their black outfits in dance sequences in front of some cards. Some of the individual scenes invite themselves to looking like BDSM scenes (Seolhyun in handcuffs under water? Choa holding the cane?), but that’s unsurprising considering the song is an obvious come-on for sex, and AOA is known for being a sexy group. The only problem that arises is the fact that the CGI is…well…obviously CGI, which destroys the illusion that these girls are supposed to be…well, illusionists.

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Try and tell me this isn’t a reference to bondage. Seriously, try and tell me. 

As one of the first comebacks this year, “Bing Bing” is disappointing musically and at some points visually. However, it’s hard to deny that the girls look the best they’ve ever been here, and luckily we have another song by AOA this comeback called “Excuse Me” to look at if we’re feeling sad about this comeback.

On a sad note, though, AOA is having a really hard time on Melon charts and it’s disheartening to watch people laugh about it. But hey, who said charts are indicators of good music? After all, in American charts “Closer” by The Chainsmokers and Halsey stayed at number one for eight weeks while all of Ariana Grande’s remained only at the top 10, and so many other good pop acts tanked.

Damn those charts.

 

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