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UHHHH! GANGNAM STYLE! Haven’t seen this glorious, glorious video yet? Get ready to hear what is going to be played all over Korea for the next six months:

 

Holy freak! Wasn’t that amazing? Really, this has the potential to be one of the biggest songs of the year, similar to how UV’s “Itaewon Freedom” was so adored last year. It’s just so freaking fun, and so non-serious, and Kpop could really use that sometimes, you know? Kpop artists are very often in a state of endless arousal or unendurable pain, and so seeing watching a video where someone is – in a British phrase that I’ve always wanted to use – taking the piss, is extremely refreshing.

Now, we know that 90% of you, according to our stats, are outside of Korea, so you probably don’t know about Gangnam all too well. Basic explanation: Gangnam is the rich, hoity-toity area of Seoul. It’s loaded with plastic surgery clinics, it’s got celebrities around everywhere, and it’s very overpriced. We looked into renting an apartment there instead of in Bucheon. For roughly three times the price, we’d get a place half the size of ours. BALLS! Now, not everyone is rich in Gangnam. Some people hang out there and attempt to give of the appearance of being rich, supposedly, from what we’ve been told. Anyhow, long story short, we’re not fond of the area. It’s just not our thing. We like the younger, artsier vibe of Hongdae instead.

So, when we heard the name of Psy’s song, we thought “Gangnam Style” would talk about the superficiality of the area, but we were surprised. We read the translations of the lyrics online, and according to them, this song is basically Psy talking about a level-headed classy girl, and how he’s a level-headed classy guy whose ideas are bigger than his muscles. And this surprised us, considering how whenever we’re in Gangnam we see lots of ads for gyms everywhere. We’re not really sure how Psy’s “Gangnam Style” represents Gangnam. Maybe there’s a different side to it that we don’t know about, or maybe the lyrics are deeply ironic. We don’t know. It baffles us. Korea experts: please let us know! Tomorrow (Tuesday) is our day off, and we’re thinking about hanging out in Gangnam to try to get more experience in the area.

Ok so that bit on Gangnam was probably more confusing than edifying. Attribute that to Psy’s implicit profundity. On a less profound note, if you’re as amazed by this song as we are, make sure you pick it up via iTunes or YesAsia, because it’s so awesome. Lastly, we’ve got some bloopers for this week – even though it felt like the entire Gangnam Style recreation was just a giant blooper reel to begin with. Maximum lols?

 

OH! And, just in case you’re interested, here’s EAT YOUR KIMCHI Style, the song, if you want to listen to it. Maybe it can be voted in for next week’s Kpop Music Monday? In that case, if we were to review the song, would we make a parody of it by showing Psy’s video? KPOP MUSIC MONDAY INCEPTION!!!!

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  1. 300,000!! Way to go, guise!

  2. Love that Hogwarts houses shirt Simon!

  3. simon’s shirt matches the colors they talk about; blue, yellow, red and green.

    clever.

  4. hilarious but cool…lmfao

  5. okay, I need something answered. I have a friend who is NOT a Kpop fan at all, and yet, he was INSISTING the lyrics are Oppan Gnagnam style, and not Oppa gangnam style. is he right? Also, he’s become a huge jerk as of late, trying to correct people and actually tried to tell ME what Oppa means. anyway, if anyone has the answer, please let me know.

  6. Adam Whitsel

    Gangnam Style has been named “Video Of The Day” on my Facebook page in celebration of it breaking into the US Top 10 (it’s at #2 this week).

  7. Guess what song played on Atlanta, Georgia radio this morning as I was driving to work? :)

  8. yeaahhh..i like Hongdae toooooooooooo!!lovee it

  9. kpoplvr24

    Well I would like to say that I’m in Los Angeles and being the only person that is into k-pop among my group of friends, I was surprised when PSY’s song “Gangnam Style” made its way into the conversation during our soiree (no, I was not the person to initiate the conversation). Jajaja “Gangnam Style” surprised me once more when on my mom’s favorite Mexican channel the news announcer started talking about PSY and the video. Congratulations PSY you’ve made your way to the Americas! Oh one more thing, my friend(who initiated the conversation) reports that the dance floors at WeHo (West Hollywood) are playing “Gangnam Style”! Congrats on your high numbers of viewerships PSY!

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  11. Kokololio

    This song was played on the USF campus and on the Radio here in florida!

  12. Looking at people’s reactions, those are really funny.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GW7sP5OLWxE

  13. So I’m trying to revamp my music collection because I’ve been stuck in opera land for the last 3 months (I’m an singer doing my masters at UofT! :D) anyhoo, I’m browsing through iTunes and what do I find? Oh! Psy’s Gangnam Style is the #1 Music Video on iTunes?!?!?! Kpop in my Canadian iTunes !?!?!?! I’m doing a little happy dance right now :D

  14. gangnam style played in hawaii radio while i was in school.. and everybody got so addicted to it. im hearing it everywhere.. lol

  15. Eat Your Kimchi Style !!!!!!aaggghhhh I can download it!!!

  16. There’s a female version of Psy’s Kangnam style now ;)))

    http://www.kpop24.com/Article/ViewArticle.aspx?p=2&aid=183 

    I don’t think it’s as good as Psy’s but it’s still a treat!

  17. I think this blog post might help you understand what Gangnam Style means
    http://www.kpop24.com/Article/ViewArticle.aspx?p=2&aid=135

  18. SWalkerTTU

    Was anyone else reminded of the not-intended-to-be-as-ironic-as-it-actually-was “Beverly Hills” by Weezer? At least as far as the song goes, anyway?

  19. I agree with Jisoo as a Korean. It’s definitely sarcasm and I agree with her interpretation but I think we can see other espect too. He is mocking gangnam where is considering the richest place in Korea. Not that many people who live there are actually rich. In other words, it becomes the place for showing their richness even though they are not rich enough to afford it. So many people go gangnam because they want to prove they can afford sfuffs from gagnam. It looks luxurious but actually it’s not true like that playground in the first part of video. In addition you can’t find classic but nasty in gangnam at night time like a girl who is classic in day time but becomes sexy at the night time. The richest place is actually the most contradicted place in Korea. I’m not sure you guys understand my words since I’m not a native ^^; Anyway, I always enjoy your video through youtube~ Take care yourself from the heat !

  20. Gangnam style translation.

    Obban Gangnam style(I’m Gangnam style) [Obba means a man was called by a girl or girls. Actually "Obba is= obban"]
    Gangnam style
    a woman who is warm and human by day.
    a woman who is high-class to keep her composure about a cup of coffee.
    a woman who is getting hotter the heart at night.
    the woman who has the reversal.

    I’m a guy.
    a guy who is warm like you by day.
    a guy who drink hot coffee bottoms up.
    a guy who explode the heart himself.
    I’m that guy.
    [U're]beautiful, lovable
    yes it’s U. (hey) yea that means U. (hey)
    [U're]beautiful, lovable
    yes it’s U. (hey) yea that means U. (hey)

    I should run my course from now?
    Obban Gangman style
    Gangnam style

    Obban Gangman style
    Gangnam style
    Obban Gangman style
    eh- sexy lady
    Obban Gangman style
    eh- sexy lady
    Obban Gangman style

    a woman who seems like virtue but play well while she play.
    a woman who loosen her hair for a guy to seduce.
    a woman who is very hot not expose her body.
    the woman who is sensual.
    I’m a guy.
    a guy who is a gentle man but play well while he play.
    a guy who is insane when the time comes.
    a guy who is stronger his mental better than his muscle.
    I’m the guy.
    [U're]beautiful, lovable
    yes it’s U. (hey) yea that means U. (hey)
    [U're]beautiful, lovable
    yes it’s U. (hey) yea that means U. (hey)
    I should run my course from now?
    Obban Gangman style
    Gangnam style

    Obban Gangman style
    Gangnam style
    Obban Gangman style
    eh- sexy lady
    Obban Gangman style
    eh- sexy lady
    blue and better blue(flying man above running man)
    baby baby
    I’m a man who knows some stuff.
    blue and better blue(flying man above running man)
    baby baby
    I’m a man who knows some stuff.
    You know what i’m saying
    Obban Gangman style
    eh- sexy lady
    Obban Gangman style
    eh- sexy lady

  21. EPIC XDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD

  22. why would he make fun of the gangnam people …?! maybe he is one of them !!!!!!!!!!!!!

  23. imfromu130

    korean subtitle is not korean.-_-

  24. who is the guy in your parody in the elevator? a friend of yours or a random stranger? 0_0 i just wants to know

  25. Even a week after this video was released, I still come back to listen to “EatYourKimchi Style”. Hey, it’s catchy!

  26. Aeiji Kazuhide

    Haha I was waiting to see if someone could actually outdo Itaewon Freedom’s awesomeness. I found it profound…ly hilarious.

  27. this song always makes me wanna dance XDD op op op op oppa Gangnam Style~

  28. OMG, this song is EPIC! I was instantly hooked. And S&M, when are you going to do ur own album? Seriously, your ‘tribute’ was brilliant! Best Music Monday Evar!!

  29. nooo they dyed her eyebrows with her hair!!!!!~

  30. OH MFG! SIMON! Your t-shirt! I want it! No! Scratch that! I NEED IT TO LIVE!
    This review was amazing! And Hyuna’s eyebrows are still there. She just died them >.>

  31. I don’t know why is confused you guise so much, I thought from the moment I saw Psy in the beach chair on a playground, I knew it was supposed to be poking fun at “gangnam style” and how Psy is not that way but he tries and fails, epically. xD

  32. While I do love this song and video, a Korean friend of mine introduced a good point. He said that this song was actually ironic in that Psy is from Gangnam – he was born and educated there, then went on to attend an American university, in true “Gangnam rich person style”. So he says, “That’s why even if the MV is funny, I hardly sense the sarcasm from it.”

    Maybe Psy is actually portraying a parody of himself…?
    Just thought it was interesting to note. :P

  33. i know i watch this late, but am i wrong to say what i’m seeing on simon and martina’s laptop is beast’s midnight sun teaser image?

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