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So, this isn’t a regular Music Monday. We didn’t talk about the song as we usually do. This was a special event for us, so we made a special video. INB4 ALL THE PARODIES! Also, we worked FOREVER on this video. We made the song all day Sunday, and worked on it all day. In fact, we’ve been awake now for 22.5 hours straight. But we’re so excited, and we hope you like it. Also, we’d be super happy – if you liked the vid – that you like and share it on YouTube. Or, if you’re feeling extra nice, share it with Psy on Twitter by clicking this link. Let’s see if Psy appreciates the Nastiness :D

Well, before you actually watch our video, you should probably see Psy’s “Gentlemen” so you could know what we’re parodying. Check it out here:

 

So, a few things we’ll talk about. We’d like to talk about Psy’s video and then talk about our own. We usually give our thoughts on a song for Music Monday, but didn’t have the chance to do so this time. Is this the next Gangnam Style? Do we like the song? Where does it miss the mark?

Psy’s “Gentleman” Reaction

For starters, let’s just say we love this song, as much, if not more than “Gangnam Style.” That’s a difficult statement to make, though, because we can’t listen to Gangnam Style without the overwhelming weight of its context affecting our perception of it. It’s probably one of the biggest songs, if not THE biggest song, of the century, and it’s difficult listening to it now without remembering that. The song was great when it came out. Now, though, we heard it so much that it hurts us a bit when we hear it, and I’m sure we’ll have the same response to “Gentleman” if it ever gets as popular. Hypothetically, if both songs came out at the same time, however, which one would we like more? That’s a tough choice to make, because both are ridiculously infectuous.

I will point out, though, that I do notice one difference between the two songs that I think might weigh in Gangnam Style’s favour. For Gentleman, I don’t hear that same anthemic chant that I felt for Gangnam Style. People can all shout along to AYYYYYYYYYY SEXY LAYYYDAYYYY on the top of their lungs. Gentleman is more smug, and doesn’t make you shout in the same way. I mean, you can shout out “WET PSYYYYYY” or reappropriate it to “WEST SIIIIDE!” but that’s not even that shoutalongable as AYYYY SEXY LAYDAY, and not as universal! A “West Side” shout would be something more appreciated in Los Angeles than it would be in New York, and I’m not sure how many West Sides are in the rest of the world, you know? Sexy Ladies, though, and hollering at them, is universally understandable.

I want to talk a bit about the universality of Gentleman as well, and how Psy tackled his Worldwide audience. Gangnam Style had Psy blow up exponentially, and, with Gentlemen, a lot of people wanted to see what he did next, if he could win the world over like he did before. To us, though, it seems like Psy didn’t try to win over the world this time. Gentleman seems a song made for his Korean audience instead. It is a throwback to the Abracadabra dance, which explain’s Ga-In’s appearance in the video. And the use of the cast of Infinite Challenge seemed…forced? Having Yu Jae Seok in the elevator was flawlessly done. He had the same suit as in Gangnam Style, and his role was a funny one, and fit in with the video theme of Psy being a jerk to everyone. But the rest of the people in the video? What was it with the hugging and swaying over Psy at 1:22? Maybe it’s something Korean audiences will appreciate more, but it didn’t really fit with the rest of the video, you know? And the skunking in the park? I’m not sure how well those translate.

But the point of this isn’t for us to complain. What I’m saying is this: Psy has been around for, what, 13 years? He’s been big Worldwide for 1. I think he’s going to focus on the people and the country that supported him most, and not focus on the people that just NOW find him cool. His dedicated audience will stay dedicated, and so he’ll reward them with references they’ll appreciate more, instead of trying to please his new and quite possibly very fickle audience, many of whom really want to see him fail and just to dismiss him as one hit wonder. And that’s not us saying that this song isn’t as good to us as was Gangnam Style. That’s just us saying that it might be difficult for this to live up Gangnam Style, because it doesn’t have things which we think helped skyrocket it to fame to begin with, and – in a way – turtles itself in.

Eatyourkimchi Like a Man

Well, now that we talked about Psy a bit, let’s talk about our video, which was THE MOST DIFFICULT VIDEO WE EVER SHOT. We’ve got stories to tell!

1) We did the bridge dancing scene IN THE EXACT SAME SPOT PSY DANCED. Exact same. Soo Zee looked at the video and was like “hay! I think that’s ______ bridge” (I can’t remember what it’s called). So we all took a taxi there, found the spot, and framed it allllmost exactly. We had a great time there, and were happy with the shots we got. We forgot to factor in one thing, though: transportation. We took a taxi there, and it gladly dropped us off, but NO TAXIS WOULD PICK US UP WHEN WE WERE DONE. We even called taxis and none of them wanted to come out there. PFFFFT! So we had to walk a long way, underdressed and cold, to the subway. That took up a good hour of our time, just trying to find a WAY to get back.

2) We picked the wrong Kimchi to work with. We love kimchi. It’s great! This kimchi, though, wasn’t kimchi for eating, but for cooking. It’s great for putting in ramen, but eating straight up? Nooooo! This kind was very sour. So, we didn’t really enjoy the scenes of us eating the actual kimchi. We also didn’t plan out the margherita scene all too well, since we wanted a slush margherita so we could pick out the kimchi from the drink and enjoy it afterwards. We ordered the liquid kind, unfortunately, so when the kimchi went in, the drink was ruined :( Side note the bar we shot the scene in is awesome. It’s called the Lounge. It’s right beside our studio, on the hill. The owner speaks English fluently, and the drinks are PROPER. It’s hard to find proper mixed drinks in a lot of Korean bars, but this place gets their mixed drinks right. Check it out if you’re in the area, and you might see us there :D

3) Don’t make fun of our bad song, ok?! We’re so sucky at making music. We didn’t just rip off Psy’s song, because that’d be copyright infringement. So we made it ourselves, from scratch, and it’s lame as all hell. We’re learning how to make music. We’re not as comfortable with music software as we are with video software, but I’m sure, if we were given enough time, we’d learn how to fiddle around with it enough to be able to put out something decent. Four years from now, you wait. We’ll be droppin fat beats bigger than Gangnam Style. WORD!

Anyhow, we’ve got a lot of bloopers for this, TONS MORE BLOOPERS than actual footage, because we messed up so much. Check out the blooper reel…….no, not reel. More like, blooper marathon. We’re so bad at acting!

 

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  1. Lazarusrising

    As English teachers I was hoping you would comment on the nonsensical “mother father gentleman” line. What on earth could that mean? Your version makes ore sense than that! My theory is that Psy is having a little joke on us and has another word in mind for “father,” one that is usually bleeped. It’s surprising to me that I’ve come across no one making this connection.

  2. EATYOURKIMCHILIKEAMAYNNN!!!! Omg, you guys have got me off the real song and singing this version all day long…THE BEST PARODY I HAVE EVER SEEN!! I loved the diarrhea part lol…
    How did you guys make the symbol? It is awesome. And congrats on making your own music, I had no idea until I read this and you guys are really good at making music! 대박!!

  3. Miranda Payne

    People go around my school singing “I-I-I-Im’ma I-I-I-Im’ma” expecting me to Finnish with “Madda Fadda Gentleman” but instead I’ve been singing “EayYourKchi like a Mayun!!!”

  4. Your song was better than Psy’s.

  5. This is better than the actual “Gentleman” xD;

  6. You guys are awesome. I loved the elevator scene because DUH! Thar guy totally could have re-pushed all the buttons. It’s pretty cool you used the same bridge.

  7. kpopfan123

    At first I didn’t if I should watch this thinking it’s a Psy review… but I thought I should watch it because it’s your work. Seems like nowadays artists create their own “Harlem shake” (not the original one … the popular one) for example “Gentlemen” “MichiGo” “Crayon” ( I wanted to rant about the song but there’s no use – . – )

    I could easily see your parody have millions of views and outnumber Psy’s “Gentlemen” so great work guise! ^^

    ♥♥ ♥ ♥

  8. SvLiLieSv .

    Hey, first of all, your video is great and a lot more funnier than PSY’s !
    But I also wanted to know if Koreans think that “Gentlman” is too rude, as I’ve heard the video was censored in Korea ?
    (I hope I did not make too many grammar mistakes :) )

  9. You need to make a T-Shirt with the “EYK Like a Man” Symbol! Awesome!

  10. Pathryn34

    Yay! I finally got to watch it! It was awesome!

  11. I laughed so much with this video!! XD You’re so nasty! Love the song you made, love the dance moves, love to watch all the EYK staff dancing, love everything! Awesome!! :D

  12. I’m preety sure the intended catchphrase is mother father gentleman, not west side

  13. Wait….who won kwills signed cd? ? Where can I find the names! ???

  14. personally, i think PSY should’ve created a better song given that he was working on it for like 5 months and belongs to YG where people like GD and Kush could’ve helped him out.

    For example, the background melody never changes, it stays the same throughout the verses AND the chorus, which after a few listens makes the song sound too monotone. Also, the use of the abracadabra dance…. perhaps better if he hadn’t changed it? the single biggest reason that GS got so big was the horseriding dance. Everyone could bust it out and it was fun doing it. This new dance though…i dont see ppl doing it randomly on the streets and what not.

    Hopefully, PSY’s 3rd single will be better and the dance better too; coz so far Gentleman has been a hit, riding on the hughe waves of success that GS created for it. Next time there won’t be that i think. I really hope PSY does a superb 3rd single!

  15. that was it? wow. You guys didn’t even say what you thought about the Gentleman video. Fun? Will it be lasting? What parts did you like the most? When did you laugh the most?
    What about the fact that the 1st half is hilarious and the 2nd half is pretty boring?

    I really looked forward to this KMM because the one about Gangnam Style was great. This edition wasn’t really close. Perhaps a real KMM about this video next week is better suited?

  16. MagicPineapple

    HAHAHAHA This is hilarious! I also think it’s a requirement to work with you guise to have some sort of pink/red dyed hair. :P I love Soo Zee’s hair (and Martina’s, duh). LOVE I SAY!

  17. c gentleman

    http://PSYsGentleman.com

    MotherFatherGentleman.

    PSYsGentleman

  18. neoncrucifixion

    Does Ryan have a vlog, too?

  19. luv martina’s gain hair!!

  20. LMAO!! Brilliant :D

  21. i pretty much agree with everything you said about Gentlemen! I wish i could say it as intellegently to annoying people that are all like “whats up with this psy guy” ..ugh so frustrating..

  22. This is another AMAZING/ ENTERTAINING/HILARIOUS parody!! Hands up for the EYK crew!!

  23. Meg nom, nom, nom

    OMG muthaf@c©µ nasty video! I love you guys so mutch, and I agree with Yanis Miranda, Martina you should do a nasty video about your kitty eyes, miau!!!

  24. OMG!! It was hilarious!!! It looked like you guys were embarrassed at some parts with so many people walking by, but you guys pulled through and it came out great!! I guess you guys enjoyed it a lot right?

  25. hahahhaha love it guys! you are the best (:
    and I didn’t know one could deselect the buttons in an elevator! you taught me something new!!

  26. Joan Vos MacDonald

    Love it. You guys always make my day.

  27. I bet the people passing by are saying “there go those weird foreigners”

  28. Nice cameo by Ryan, although i am starting to think he only owns one pair of shoes…. If you guys go to the board game cafe again you should film it again! And not play that balloon game!!

  29. neoncrucifixion

    Ryan is my EYK bias right now, lol.

  30. [email protected]

    its the synchronised swinging hips that make this video so funny! BRAVO!!

  31. loved the elevator scene!! martina’s kawi beats simons face xD…the hardwork and effort EYK crew put for this parody is the best!

  32. Lindsey Rieder
    Lindsey Rieder

    your video is waaaay better than Psy’s!

  33. I loved you gain hair!!! You looked absolutely beautiful.

  34. Who are the winners of the K.will cds?

  35. chachamaru013
    chachamaru013

    I liked this version better than the original XD

  36. Martina you work those hips!

  37. This was hilarious! XD Loved it a lot! xDDD

  38. On the parody: This is brilliant! I can’t imagine the amount of time and energy this must have taken, considering you had such a quick turn around. I did miss your snarky commentary (I wanted to hear about the amazing symbolism in the video! ^_^), but I completely appreciated why you didn’t include it this time around. Thanks for the smiles.

    On the MV: The feedback on Psy’s new video and song has been pretty harsh, there are especially a lot of accusations that he is trying to hard and just made copy of Gangnam Style to ride on it’s success. And I don’t know if I am giving Psy too much credit, but I think this MV is the exact opposite. The Gentleman music video is so reminiscent of Gangnam Style, that it was clearly made that way on purpose. To a certain extent, it’s not a completely new song, but rather a sequel. I think it’s his way of saying, “I am grateful for the world’s appreciation of Gangnam Style, but it will be impossible to live up to the hype. I know there are people waiting for me to fall on my face, and I don’t care!” He doesn’t take himself seriously, and that’s what I like about him.

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