Girls Generation – The Boys (U.S. Version)

Girls' Generation The Boys

Release Date: December 20, 2011

Track Listing

  1. The Boys
  2. The Boys (Clinton Sparks & Disco Fries Remix) feat. Snoop Dogg
  3. The Boys (Clinton Sparks & Disco Fried Remix) feat. Lil Playy
  4. The Boys “Bring Dem Boys” feat. Suzi
  5. The Boys “Bring The Boys Out” (David Anthony Remix)
  6. The Boys “Bring The Boys” (Teddy Riley Remix)
  7. The Boys (Instrumental)
  8. The Boys (A Capella)


Many a SONE and K-Pop fan have been anticipating this release hoping that this will be what will break the glass ceiling that other acts have failed to shatter. Based on this? Keep waiting.

When this first came out a couple of months ago it was heralded for having Teddy Riley on production duty. Having worked somewhat successfully with Rania perhaps he would be able to do the same for SNSD. While many a netzien will claim this to be the best song ever, most who actually listened to the song objectively cried foul and asked for a better song from their album to be promoted instead.

With major American label backing they have tried to push The Boys again. So what’s different about this release? Well it’s the remixes. All which are fairly blah to me but for the average punter? They probably won’t mind. The big draw here is the appearance of the legendary Snoop Dogg who has pulled a Krusty The Clown type “phone it in” performance dropping uninspired verses & running out the booth with check in hand.

Was it necessary to have 2 remixes by Clinton Sparks & Disco Fries featuring 2 different MC’s? Well at least Lil Playy tried. But neither successfully blended well into the song. To be honest the beats for this production duos remix are sweet mainstream club fare. Too bad they were wasted on this song. The same can be said for the David Anthony remix. The more I listened the more I wished there were instrumental versions of the dance remixes.

What would I play out if I were still an active DJ? Good question. I think the David Anthony Remix is probably the best of the bunch with the Teddy Riley remix coming in a close second. His re-working is much better than his original production I think. But I sense that most DJ’s these days will choose one of the Clinton Sparks & Disco Fries remixes for name recognition or because there’s a big name rapper present.

I would stay far away from the attempt to bring Girls Generation some sort of Urban Dancehall crossover flavor on the “Bring Dem Boys” mix. Worst. Idea. Ever.

Is it too late to ask for an English version of Mr. Taxi or Hoot?

The Boys (U.S. Version)


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