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What were they thinking? Some of the Worst K-pop group names

By gracelim   Thursday, June 20, 2013   240,359   1,857   717

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If you've been a die-hard follower of K-pop through the years, or if you've just hauled yourself up on the bandwagon recently, you might've noticed that some of the group names in the industry are certainly... out there.


Think about it: though names are but a collection of a few letters from the alphabet, they command your attention anywhere and in any situation. It's no question that the K-pop industry has been getting a bit crowded recently. New idol groups are emerging left and right and fighting for our attention. And albeit harsh, sometimes it gets difficult trying to keep tabs on freshly debuted groups. 


But like all matters of our subconscious workings, whenever we feel overwhelmed by the smaller units, we tend to look for the overarching trends. 


Rest assured, though, because we think we may have found one - group names. 


The idol era that we so eagerly consume today traces its roots back to old school K-pop - a magical time when pants like these made ladies lose their senses:


But more so than the pants, we tend to associate the time with some of the group names that we can't seem to erase from our memories. 

 

Why we can't erase the names from our memories is completely open to interpretation. Perhaps you were an overly hormonal teenager who looked up to these groups at this time, or maybe you vaguely remember their names from watching the TV when you were a toddler. 

 

Whatever the case may be, let's look at some of the leading groups that became household names back in the day. 

 

M.I.L.K. 

Not the kind you drink with cookies. M.I.L.K. actually stands for "Made in Lovely Kin."   For anyone out there who knows what that means, please enlighten me. 

 

Baby V.O.X. 

"Baby Voices of Xpression." Notice they drop the "e" in expression, ladies and gentlemen. 

 

g.o.d.

If you thought their group name was any indication of their spiritual beliefs, you're so wrong. g.o.d. actually stands for "Groove Overdose." Why? I'm not sure. 

 

H.O.T.

And no, their group name has nothing to do with their attraction levels or magnetic charm. H.O.T. actually stands for "High-five of Teenager." I desperately wish I can say "SIKE," but I can't. 

 

Fin.K.L

Though Fin.K.L is actually an abbreviated form of "Fin Killing Liberty," I can't help but wonder whether the creative genius behind that name accidentally misread the "u" in Fun for an "i." Not that "Fun Killing Liberty" would've made any more sense than "Fin Killing Liberty" regardless.  

 

Young Turks Club 

I kid you not. This mixed group actually called themselves the Young Turks ClubAfter a little research I found out that the Young Turks were a secularist Turkish nationalist reform party in the early 20th century. How that relates to K-pop, I have no idea.
 

 

Back then, it could have very well been possible that the producers behind the names didn't have an extensive knowledge of English to know which choice words to string together for their groups. 

 

Here are some of the more recent names you might be more familiar with:

 

TRAX 


Typhoon of the Rose Attack on X-Mas. They claim that the name is based on the member's stage names, but omg - it truly is an unfortunate name. 

 

C-REAL


It's cute that they made a relatively harmless group name using the first initials of all the members' names. But honestly, this is all I see: 



MBLAQ


This could go both ways: Either the producers loved the way the initials "MBLAQ" looked together, so they desperately conjured up "Music Boys Live in Absolute Quality" to correspond to the letters. Or, the producers thought they were so clever coming up with "Music Boys Live in Absolute Quality" that they decided to use the first initials of their English concoction. 

 

CHI CHI 


"Creative electronic House Idols." Coming from a group that doesn't really scream electronic genre, their name is quite bold. 

 

YMGA


"Young Men Gangsta's Assocation." You know you're truly living the thug lyfe when you spell gangster "gangsta." 

 

H.A.M.



I mean... 


Here are the ladies of "Heart and Mind." 

 

TOUCH


"The Original Undeniable Charismatic Homme.

... the what? 
 

BTS


This recently debuted boy group is known as "Bulletproof Boy Scouts" or "Bangtan Boys." Quick food for thought, though - why would boy scouts need to be bulletproof? What type of survival techniques are scoutmasters teaching kids these days? Anyways, of the two names, y
ou decide which is better. Not to mention two of their members call themselves Rap Monster and SUGA. Sounds like they'll be serving up a serious dose of awesomeness in the near future with names that fierce. 


What are some of your worst K-pop group names?


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Bangtan_Booty Saturday, April 16, 2016

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maknaebird Friday, December 11, 2015

What's wrong with Bulletproof Boys ;-;

Maybe the flood of BTS articles these days are written to make up for this diss haha

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Ulla maknaebird • 21 days ago

I don't need to be their hater to know that their group name is ridiculous. BTS sounds alright, but Bangtan Boys? Nope. Unless they're a military team. Btw, this article just talked about how ridiculous its name is, it's not even a diss.

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BANGTWICE52 Ulla • 16 days ago

There's nothing ridiculous about it, in an interview Suga explained what it stood for. " Suga explains the meaning of ” Bangtan Sonyeondan ” bulletproof is used to hold bullets that strike at us like that happen in our generation who will pass through difficulties in life , as well as threats and oppression . So we want to protect the minds and values ​​of our generation of threats toward us in the form of the bullet." Their name is basically a metaphor.

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k_addikt Monday, October 19, 2015

There are so many groups with cheesy, rushed games.

Ex: Red Velvet (dont get it...seems rushed) ;

4minute (at least have 4 members)

My Name (is....?)

Super Junior (they're like 30 now)

Shinee (clever but dont get it)

Dickpunks (don't even have to explain) ; ;-_-

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Jungseol_Kimm Monday, June 8, 2015

I wanna know why TVXQ isn't on here? Because sure I love em but their name is about as ridiculous as TOUCH

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The_Confused_Fan Sunday, April 5, 2015

U-Kiss, MBLAQ and B.A.P make zero sense.

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SMEXYJIMIN Sunday, January 11, 2015

I'M SO SAD BECAUSE ALLKPOP DISSED MY BIASED GROUP OK. BTS BTS IS LIFE ;_; sobs. they even dissed rapmon and the bae suga ;_; nooooooooooooo

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bangsbapbabykido Sunday, February 8, 2015

lol me too =,( i was sad and surprise to see bts here... made the article... not funny anymore

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Jungseol_Kimm Monday, June 8, 2015

Um chill? Who cares? It is just a name, it isnt like they said the group sucks

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daizo88_exo Sunday, December 27, 2015

@Jungseol_Kimm who cares? well ARMY do. You might not be a ARMY so you wouldnt understand how it feels. but just consider other peoples feelings as well.

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Ulla bangsbapbabykido • 21 days ago

So it's funny if this article talked about groups other than BTS..? Wow I didn't know only ARMYs have feelings.

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BANGTWICE52 SMEXYJIMIN • 16 days ago

I don't get y BTS is on here. its so clever if u know the meaning behind their name

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Rana2PMGOT7 Friday, December 19, 2014

Crayon pop bish pliz

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Maxbin314 Friday, October 31, 2014

How is VIXX (Voice, Visual, Value In Excelsis) NOT on this list?

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VianusNugget Sunday, December 6, 2015

welp its better than what they were about to be called: SeeSun and J. Dice XDDDDDDDDDDDDD

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Jadewashere64 Monday, October 20, 2014

Finkl is an abbreviation for fin killing liberty. Fin as in finish. ;So It's finish killing liberty. It says so on Wikipedia. ;

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marodza123 Monday, October 20, 2014

then its even more weird lol.

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Jadewashere64 Tuesday, October 21, 2014

@marodza123 Lol. Yeah I suppose. It's definitely not a name I would name a girl group. It's supposed to mean that they're free. I guess? Lol.

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obviouskpopper Thursday, November 5, 2015

@Jadewashere64 I read somewhere that it was fin as in the french word, like "end." I guess the idea's the same, though.

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Jadewashere64 Friday, November 6, 2015

@obviouskpopper yeah that's right. ^^

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littlerabbit21 Saturday, August 23, 2014

Red velvets on that list now. ;

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