Monday, September 17, 2012

Once You K-Pop. . .

Ok, this one was my bad.

A couple months ago, alert reader, Mitch sent in a music video that struck me as quite unusual and very entertaining. So I put it in my file of potential posts.

I waited too long.

Since that time, this song and music video have exploded on the interwebs and has already spawned dozens of parodies, reaction videos and homages. When I saw it was going to be referenced on Saturday Night Live this weekend, I knew I had taken too long - and for this, I apologize.

HOWEVER, if you haven't seen it yet, here is Gangnam Style:

I know.

Honestly, I can't decide which part is my favorite. It could be that little kid busting a move. It might be the pelvic thrusting elevator guy. Or it may just be that horsey dance thing in general.

This song, created by a Korean pop star named Psy, is like a virus. It embeds itself in your brain and it won't go away until you start dancing (true story). The title of the song references living the high life in the Gangnam district of Seoul, Korea -- which would be like Beverly Hills here in America. For this music video, Psy made up some cheesy dance moves, threw in some Korean celebrity cameos and created something oddly magical, while introducing K-Pop to the majority of Americans.

So I apologize to you, faithful readers, and to you, Mitch, for sitting on this one too long.

And, to make it up to you, here is some extra stuff to help you appreciate Gangnam Style even more.

Here is the making of video:

Here are the lyrics, translated into English:

Oppa’s Gangnam style
Gangnam style

A girl who is warm and graceful during the day
A classy girl who knows how to enjoy a cup of coffee
A girl whose heart gets hotter when night comes
A girl with that kind of twist

I’m a guy
A guy who is as warm as you during the day
A guy who downs his coffee before it cools down
A guy whose heart bursts when night comes
That kind of guy

Beautiful, loveable
Yes you, hey, yes you, hey
Beautiful, loveable
Yes you, hey, yes you, hey
Now let’s go until the end

Here's Psy on Ellen:

And here's the Saturday Night Live skit:

Anyone else think this is the beginning of a K-Pop invasion?


--jeff * said...

this video is one of those rare times where i found out about some pop culture craze thing before "everyone" else had, it seemed.

my boss forwarded it to me at work and said that it was going to be the next big thing. i watched the video, thought was weird, and went home for the day.

then a few weeks later, it started happening....

i should ask him for stock tips.

The Former 786 said...

Yes. Yes you should.