Thursday, August 30, 2012

Gangnam Style AKA The Korean 'Party Rock Anthem'


I've held off posting "Gangnam Style" for a few weeks because I'm kind of miffed that the first true K-Pop crossover hit is a borderline novelty song that basically deconstructs LMFAO's "Party Rock Anthem" and rebuilds it from a distinctly Korean perspective. Why couldn't this happen to someone truly worthy like BoA? But my opinion doesn't really matter. PSY's unavoidable floorfiller has gone viral - passing 75 million views on YouTube and shooting up iTunes around the world, including Australia where it is top 40. So, is "Gangnam Style" any good? I really like it but this is one of the rare occasions where the US did it first and better than Korea. At least the video (below) is amazing. The ridiculous dance routine - another bastardisation of the infamous Melbourne Shuffle - is all kinds of awesome and the quirky set-ups really work. PSY is a natural comedian and he is very likeable. If the song really explodes, hopefully it will open the door for other K-Pop acts to break internationally. Fingers crossed.

8 comments:

Olivr said...

watched this vid for at least 10x for the last month. It's a wow.

the writer said...

Epic by all prespectives.

Anonymous said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE

Anonymous said...

GANGNAM STYLE

Jason said...
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Jason said...

hearing this everywhere now!

Tiff T said...

Lol, surprisingly agree with this post 100%

Rob said...

It has made a giant impact on Dutch life, anyhow, because my friends are talking about the below vid (and trying to remember from what Korean Girl-group the singer's from; it could be any group, however, if you stick with Girl's Generation and 4Minute, then you are right on)! :D

Most of my friends (moi incluis) just <3 this version! :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wcLNteez3c4