2005 was the year Kayne West told us how George Bush really felt, Tom Cruise infamously lost his mind, and America first learned the meaning of McDreamy . It was also the year that brought us a string of sexy pop hits from American girl/dance troupe The Pussycat Dolls (you might remember them for such gems as “Buttons” and “Dont Cha”). Through memorable dance beats and some of the most intense hair and hip choreography seen in the last days before the twerk-over of 2011, the Dolls made brief a place themselves in pop history. But, two albums and several bottles of baby oil later, the group disbanded and Nichole Scherzinger and her backup dancers never hit the stage together again.
One look at G.R.L. and you might find yourself having flashbacks to P.C.D.’s more popular days and it’s no coincidence. The group was put together by P.C.D. creator and choreographer Robin Antin Their highly stylized choreo and funky fresh ab-bearing ensembles are undeniably reminiscent of Scherzinger and co., but G.R.L. delivers some of the vocal prowess and screen time diversity that P.C.D. never quite managed. “Ugly Heart” shows off the type of singable chorus and dance-able beat that infectious summertime anthems are made of and the music video is just as addictive.[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BxRQNO8vg2Y&w=630&h=354]
What do think? Will G.R.L. have the lasting power yet to be seen by today’s female pop groups, or will they fade just as fast as their contemporaries? Thoughts @TheUrbanRealist on Twitter