Imagine, if you will, a Britain where, in 2012, David Cameron personally selected the members of a new girl band, and then appointed Samantha Cameron to manage them. Imagine if they were all also in the military. Imagine a Spice Girls concert, but with The Corrs as a backing band and Victoria Beckham belting out a song about how great our Trident nuclear weapon is. Imagine no more: meet Moranbong, product of the mind of Kim Jong-un, and a wildly popular group with a fanatical following in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK). Just as the Trabant was once the Communist Bloc’s answer to Mercedes-Benz, so are Moranbong the riposte to Psy and the South Korean pop boom.
They are not bad, either, and I say that without irony, a difficult task when dealing with anything from the last Stalinist state on earth. Although they haven’t yet played the O2 Arena, what with it being in the capital of a whimpering lap-dog ally of the murderous imperialist Americans, and all that, there’s plenty of Moranbong on YouTube. What I especially like about the girls is that they play their own instruments, and do so extremely well. Possibly, you might think, in fear of the fatal penalties for hitting a bum note, but more likely because of their sheer enthusiasm.