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#9 – FUNNY MAX
Anybody attending the amazing Centum Beer festival in Pusan this year for sure went for free beer, to hook-up & to get a loaded eyeful of Fly with Me, the red hot Cover group, which was there for two whole days. The high-ranked Fly was advertised as an attraction. Like flies they were everywhere. Unlike flies WE WANT THEM EVERYWHERE!!
There was the familiar rumor that Hadam would appear with a new group, or maybe join Hush’s wild girl Kim Hye Kyeong on stage, as she (reportedly) did last year. But after her recent Instagram post, people have given up on the One True Queen of Cover coming back right now. But she has something cooking.
People also were wishing that Real Camilia & sexy AF Ayoungha of Love Cubic, who is doing stuff with a hot new group, would be there. Neither showed. Camilia got a gig in Japan & Ayoungha turned up in Singapore doing a smoking cover of IOI’s “What a Man!” – which you have to see!)
Even without them this year’s Centum Beer gig turned out to be the best gathering of new & slightly worn Cover talent in Korea. Big crowds got a satisfying eyeful of nugus like Scali, which fancammers jumped on.
It looked like the event would belong to Fly with Me (the #4 ranked team & looking to go higher this year). They have been soaring since last year & their range of dances, outfits & styles (including raunchy slow grinds in clubs), has made us dizzy. The highest-ranked group at the Festival got the crowd hot & horny with their hard-working, booty moving routines.
They are everwhere!! Fly with Me SEX-cited the crowd at Centum in Pusan. But as good as they were (and they were VERY good) many thought that the #4 group was outperformed by the new #9 group!
BUT THE NEW #9 GROUP STOLE THE SHOW!
What was NOT expected was the performance of a group that has been around for awhile, but has turned up the entertainment volume & energy so high they got more fan luv than Fly with Me.
Many groups in Cover are starting to look predictably the same. Since Hadam left, crowd-rousing has become a lost art. Groups don’t seem to think they need to work as hard on the fan service performance excitement as they do a hot look. This goes for the top-ranked groups too.
So when a group & their leader go out & try to entertain the crowd to get them into it, we likey likey!
One year ago we glanced at Funny Max. But we pretty much forgot about them. We ignored them because they were doing medleys of songs Bambino had owned & so we immediately rejected any group that did an inferior version of a Bambino cover. (Spoiled surf brats that we all are here!)
We also were irked that Merry took a perfectly good bottle of water & didn’t pour a drop on herself before tossing it into the crowd. For some reason, she always does that. WHY???!!! What a blown opp.
But we DID say back then that they had the slutty kind of look we need in our Cover queens. But for that we turned our attention to groups like May Queen.
We didn’t give our new #9 group enough RESPECT last year. We were wrong. They are true Cover Sluts.
It turns out Korean KPOP Cover fans were ahead of us! So was Pharkil. They are into this group.
We have seen the light!!
When we saw Funny Max & their leader “Merry” in these gold & white outfits something finally clicked. We stood at attention. They are like that young surfer chick who shows up, but you don’t really see her style until one ride & then – boooom! – you realize she is gooood.
Funny Max’s funky-fun energy performances has a lot of Big Easy Sleazy in it – & even a little Hadam too. They like to entertain “old style” & this enthusiasm & those booty shakes makes them a ranked group.
OK. So she does not have Hadam’s ingenious ability to spontaneously zap crowds with an amazing laser look & feel, but she can work a stage as well as anyone in Cover.
F-Max put on a show each day at the Centum Festival this year. But they have to POUR that water on those hot sweaty bodies – not toss it back into the sea of fans! C’mon now…..!!
Like Rose Queen this group keeps at it. But unlike RQ or even Fly with Me, Funny Max has a higher stage speed level. With a little sharpening of their choreo & a theme Cover bop, they can rock a big house & get more fancammer attention
Last year’s riff on “Samsara” (starting at :36) lasts 16 seconds & while they are in no danger of making you forget Bambino’s version, this booty work makes me replay.
Funny Max took a little shine away from Fly with Me when the two appeared at the same Festival last month when they covered a piece of “Samsara.”
So give our new #9 group – high energy Funny Max – a “Hand Clap.”
Funny Max – #9. 홧팅!!!
SPECIAL ON OUR OTHER BLOG:
SO WHAT IS “COVER?” (A Six Part Blog)
We know Funny Max is Cover. But what makes them “Cover?” What is this genre & style we all luv?
Is May Queen really a “Cover” group?
Versus Girl Crush, which is doing a similar concept but is FOR SURE Cover.
What is the difference?
We say May Queen is NOT Cover, while Girl Crush is. You say, “It all looks the same to me.”
But look again.
There is a flow to Tae of Girl Crush. She is giving out fan service & giving you a feeling that she could push the edge. May Queen is just imitating someone (probably Girl Crush.)
Don’t miss this BodhiCat Talk Summer Special.
We tell you more about “Cover” versus “Not Cover” at: