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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.

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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. 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.

  2. 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! ^^

    ♥♥ ♥ ♥

  3. Late to the party but what was the weloveyg.com april fools thing?? It doesn’t seem to be there any more? :(

    • Oh! Oops, obviously I was half asleep when reading the post earlier, clicked the ‘weloveyg.com’ link, ended up nowhere and got confused :p Sorry, ignore me ;p I saw that last year already heh heh heh… *has been a Nasty since 2010* THAT’S RIGHT, BEFORE THE NAME ‘NASTY’ WAS EVEN COINED! :)

  4. 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!!

  5. Love it. You guys always make my day.

  6. your video is waaaay better than Psy’s!

  7. That’s exactly how I felt when I woke up in the middle of the night and found that my cat had taken over all my pillows leaving me with only a small throw pillow to sleep with. Spoiled pets :D

  8. I liked this version better than the original XD

  9. Your parody just gets better and better every time I watch it.

  10. As for PSY’s actual song/video, I did like them, I did laugh a lot, but then I was done. I think I could enjoy listening to and dancing to the song on my own but after a few views, I’m over the video. Also, like quite a few people said, the level of NSFW and Not Safe For Kids made me move on more quickly. Kids like saying “Mother Father Gentleman” because they know how it’s meant but it’s hard to get them in trouble for it – sigh.

    I honestly think that PSY was deliberately dialing back the broadness of the appeal here. I think that he was super happy about Gangnam Style’s success and how it brought Korea to people’s attention but I don’t think that it was really his gig. This song/video is very much the same style as “Right Now” but with with much higher production values. He’s still a success where it counts and he’s lowered expectations without flopping because he’ll likely just be ignored as a lot of stations can’t play the racy content. Back in the day when I went to Yuk Yuk’s in Toronto (they record the shows for tv and radio) and Mike Bullard was the MC, he always made a point of throwing in random excessive swearing “moments” in his comedy bits between the main acts. Why? He clearly stated that he did it so that he had the freedom to dress/say/do/talk about whatever he wanted because he knew it would never make it to air that way. See? PSY is smart – just a little too much but not enough that people get suspicious.

    Cyber_3 – it did occur to me that he might also not want to get in North Korea’s face with his success at the moment either……

  11. For a second there I thought Soo Zee with her pink/purple hair in the bar was actually Minzy. :’D

    This was such a fun parody! Really liked how serious “the gang” was behind Simon, who was doing his abracadabra hip thrusting moves like a man! Martina looks really pretty in the blond wig and Gain makeup and the elevator scene was purely genius haha! Watching the bloopers had me giggling so much too, seemed like you had such a great time doing the whole thing. :)

    I think I like Gentleman more than Gangnam Style, as a song at least. I’m a bit torn between the music videos since both of them are equally funny to me. I think I prefer the abracadabra dance to the horse dance tho, since it’s easier to mimic, already familiar to me and great exercise to your thighs/hips/whatever haha. :D Doing that for the whole song will surely give a great workout!

  12. Martina, that wig actually looks really AMAZING on you. :) Just thought I”d throw that out there. :D

  13. SOO many things to say about this video. Firstly, i laughed so hard watching it (i swear my neighbours must think i’m crazy).
    The best part was the elevator. Nice try simon but martina got you ^^.
    Your dance is so sexy (or should i say Ohh So nasty ?). And soo zee your pink hair are awesome. I love it !
    But you’re right, the song’s beat kinda sucks. Even tough i love the lyrics ! Plus i agree with you for the gangnam style part of your comment. I did like this song but now i just can’t hear it without having the context affecting me. I heard it SO MANY TIMES
    Anyway great job, waiting for it was worth it. Thank you for this parody

    By the way, I was wondering, S&M, did you watch psy’s concert on youtube ?

  14. Wow, Soo Zee looked really pretty in this video O_o

  15. The new dance reminds me a lot of Brown Eyed Girls’ Abracadabra, was I the only one who thought that? Don’t get me wrong though, I still really like it :)

  16. the last scene of the bloopers was brilliant! As expected, great video. I really liked the mountain of references to other videos you did ^^

  17. I loved your video, always takes a lot of nerve to just go out there and act a fool while tons of people can see you. But I really liked it, everyone did a great job.

    As for Psy’s song: I am in the same boat as you guys. I LOVED Gangnam Style but first I played it too much myself and second when I got sick of it the world was still in the mode of playing it everywhere. So after a while I got really really sick of it. That being said I do not think it will be as huge as Gangnam Style. I really like the song and video but with Gangnam Style I immediately felt like it would be huge (not as huge HUGE as it turned out to be, but I felt like it was going to be the song to introduce kpop to a much bigger world). While this will get a ton of views because it is the song after Gangnam Style I don’t think it will explode as much or even bigger than Gangnam Style.

    I am just glad Psy did his own thing instead of trying to go for Gangnam Style pt. 2 (although people might see the quirky video and returning people in the video as him doing it).

  18. You did it again! I was waiting for this and I almost cried tears of joy when I saw this. :D This is my jam, “YOU SO FREAKING NASTYYY”

  19. Gentlemen didn’t strike a cord and with the over kill of Gangnam Style, I cringe at the sound of it now. His older song, Right Now, would’ve potentially hit another jackpot it is launched now and not then.

  20. just heard that PSY paid for that dance. I mean WTF? that dance did not originate with BEG, its been around for years.

  21. THIS IS LITERALLY THE BEST THING EVER

  22. I’m just hoping that you won’t get diarrhea after eating sooo much kimchi in a vigorous way xDDD

  23. HAHAHAHAH OMG that was brilliant. As soon as the song came out i was like “Its so going to b eatyourkimchi-fied” thank you for this guys, loved it.

  24. ok…so I made the mistake of watching this in my uni library (which is really full of people right now) and am sure that the people behind me are giving me weird looks right now. Oh and I had to try so hard not to laugh out loud right now! this was great eatyourkimchi crew :) thanks for making my day p.s am i the only one who thinks this was better than the original, not that the original music video wasn’t good either :)

  25. Can you guys please release a ringtone of your version of Junsu’s Tarantallegra

  26. seriously, soozee nuna looks pretty in that pink wig.. kkkkk

  27. That’s what I thought! Psy making it easier for other kpop artists internationally!

  28. I just realized…”All I wanna be…Is Sexy, Free, and Single. Let’s go Bingo!” hahaha…nice =) – Nasty E.L.F.

  29. Guys, you can’t even imagine how much I laughed my butt off watching. I salute to all the people in the EYK parody for their part in it, I just loved it, and coming back home from all the studies I had to do, it really made my day. :) I love you guys, thank you so much for making these things. I bet everyone else is happy too

  30. daebak!! simon and martina… PSY would be so proud of you…. :)

  31. hey,,, i think you guys are cool!!! it was awesome~ ^_^ go go go EYK crew! ;) love it!!!!!!!! hee

  32. Now I understand why you guys were filming so long yesterday!

  33. Major props to Ryan for going all out on this! I mean, props to everyone, but Ryan’s not part of the EYK crew so extra props to him for being an awesome sport. You all did awesome and the video’s really funny! <3 EATYOURKIMCHI LIKE A MAN!

  34. Dang! No violent traffic cone hip thrusting! Or street sign pole dancing!

  35. i’m sure they wont eat kimchi for a week or so now

  36. wryy, simon, WRYYYYYYYYYY

  37. PSY said that he was under a lot of pressure to live up to Gangnam style, and that he tried to pick lyrics that the global audience would not find too difficult to sing along.

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