>Here’s a unique name for a girl group: “Fine Killing Liberty,” which sounds more like a terrorist group rather than a gaggle of pop princesses. No wonder they went by Fin.K.L instead.
Even though I’ve heard of Fin.K.L since 1999, I was definitely surprised to find out that was they stood for. So let’s jump in the wayback machine and see the best of Korea’s pop princesses with the anarchist themed name.
Judging by songs like Forever Love, I reckon the Fin.K.L girls were planning on subverting the establishment by doing really weak (or just very avantgarde…maybe even “Outsider” inspired) choreography while singing ridiculously high. I don’t know why, but when combined together, it works…at least for me.
Fortunately, that whole theme got tossed out in 2000 with Now, much like how Britney Spears ditched her cute image around the same time.
They pretty much went their separate ways in 2002, but regrouped in 2005 for a brief moment which yielded Fine Killing Liberty. The song is damn catchy, and it does look like the theme song to a group of young female anarchists.
Arguably, Lee Hyori has been the Robbie Williams of Fin.K.L in that she has risen the highest out of the ashes of the group, and how can you not like someone who releases an album called It’s Hyorish?
First, here’s a comparison between Hyori’s Get Ya and Britney Spears’s Do Somethin’. Yes, they are pretty similiar. (And I hope Hyori wasn’t behind the idea to have blackface dancers in her video, which is a big offensive mistake that I hope wasn’t intentional.)
Now, something Hyorish: Hey Mr. Big.
I’m still wondering what inspired that poll of “young people” to come up with Fine Killing Liberty as a name. Even though wiki.theppn says that the meaning was that they are against the oppression of freedom (yeah, I’m going to trust the protection of my rights to a bunch of young girls who can dance well), the name actually implies the opposite.