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Psy “Gentleman” – Kpop Music Mondays

April 16, 2013

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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. Did you guys watch the HAPPENING concert via Youtube? Psy was amazing!

    3 years ago
  2. :D :D :D you are just AWESOME !!! I love you so much ~ This was one good ~ KMM !!!
    Greetings from Bulgaria!!

    3 years ago
  3. hahaha ‘eat your kimchi like a man’!!
    i loved PSY’s video but the song i didn’t really like it that much, some parts were good but i dunno it personally sounded ‘loud’ not sure how to explain it….and there just seemed like there was a lot of noise…..
    i’m not comparing it to GS or anything! whenever i listen to new songs i listen to ’em with an open mind (or whatever!)
    and also watching some parts of the mv was kinda awkward and even parts of the song…..
    but still it was an awesome video!!!

    haha your friends Ryan(?) was dying being HaHa’s character!!
    ah~ Tony Montana!!!! i was JUST thinking of what Al Pacion’s name was in Scarface cos my sister thought his name was Al Pacino in the actual movie and not in real life!!

    3 years ago
  4. Oh. My. Goodness. The WIN is EPIC with this one!!!

    3 years ago
  5. Wow, that’s a surprising MM this time! And why not, since the Gentleman is the one of a kind track. Your reendition was funny, jerky and a little uncomfortable for me in the same spots the actual MV is :P (Pretty dress, Martina, by the way! and the bar looks really nice…) – in other words, I love it! :D

    I noticed that the spot looks strangely familiar and OMG it was the same one! That raises the bar of coolness for the upcoming parodies, haha :) Thank you guys!

    I discussed the song with my friends yesterday a lot – and I think that we agree that whatever PSY would do, lots of people would be unsatisfied. What do they want? Something new? Something already known? Some people will complain, but personally I hope it will become the next hit. Although at the beginning I thought it’s strange not to have an original dance, I now understand the aim of it. It seems like a really cool and original idea, to serve as a kind of a tunnel between worlds with ‘smuggling’ outside the Abracadabra dance. I wonder what’s going to be next!

    Sorry for my English (Polska pozdrawia!) and have a good rest after those 22 hours ;)

    3 years ago
  6. aweeesome-ness.
    did you guys get a lot of weird stares? hahah. look at that woman behind martina when she pulled out the kimchi from underneath hahahahaha.

    great job guyyys!!!!

    3 years ago
  7. Good job!
    SooZee is sooo pretty :)

    3 years ago
  8. Dare I say it…I think I like your song better than “Gentleman” ^^ It was awesome!!! Way to go EYK Crew. You so NASTY!!!

    A note about PSY’s intention – he’s been saying things like he wanted to make sure to include the BEG “Abracadabra” dance to make the international audience more aware of K-pop in general. He even paid the copyright fee/license etc. for it. I can totally respect that, even if “Gentleman” is not my favourite PSY song. Granted, I liked PSY pre-“Gangnam Style” and now I cringe whenever I hear it, but mad props to PSY for bringing a spotlight to my beloved K-pop. (http://www.soompi.com/2013/04/15/why-did-psy-purchase-the-rights-for-the-abracadabra-dance/)

    And now he needs to come and be interviewed in the EYK studio.

    p.s. I totally agree with you that this MV seems super Korean-audience oriented. There were several times I thought: Man, I am not sure that people not super into Korean culture/music/drama/variety are going to get this part really well or think it’s super funny.

    3 years ago
    • I totally agree. It isn’t my favorite song, but I think it’s because so many people have jumped on the ‘Psy-bandwagon’ in these past months. Even though he did release it worldwide, he mainly made this for his fans that have been there before GS(not saying he doesn’t appreciate newer fans, but many of the newer fans don’t know anything about K-pop besides Psy).
      Throughout his interviews, especially with Ryan Seacrest(who was one of the only ones who bothered to look into others things besides his new song), he’s always mentioned how he’s just happy to represent S. Korea and always said something about him not being the only K-pop artist out there. He could have just used this new found fame to promote himself, but he’s always promoted others as well. This song won’t go well with non K-pop fans because they obviously wouldn’t get why Ga In is in the video nor the dance or anything that goes on in it.

      3 years ago
  9. It looks like you can rhyme anything by adding “-uh”.
    That makes you sound like snoop dog-uh.
    You so nast-izzle probably wouldn’t work that well-uh.
    Also I’ve gotta say pronouncing Spudg-izzle is kinda hard-uh.
    So, good choice-uh.
    :D

    3 years ago
  10. And my day has been officially made.

    3 years ago
    • Oh yeah. And thanks for laying down those phat beats ya’ll. Or maybe I should say yinz since I am from Pittsburgh. :)

      3 years ago
  11. I love it! I knew you would be doing something for Gentleman but that was really awesome. I wish you would do more like that, although I really like your usual music mondays.

    3 years ago
  12. This is amazing, you guys are so awesome! Thanks for everyones effort, it was a great video and Im glad you guy’s made it!

    3 years ago
  13. Hyuna was replaced by Ga In. Who had normal looking eyebrows.

    3 years ago
  14. not to be a poopface but i was really hoping GI-Beatles would get reviewed seeing as Psy could have hanged on to the top spot till next week while GI is now done to the fouth spot….

    that being said l died D-I-E-D of laughter when i watched the video!! i would like to see the reaction of the people nearby watching u guys film this….ahahahaha. I agree in that i dont think Psy was trying to capture the world audience….i think he does want to reward those who have supported him from the get-go and he is trying to rep Korea to the world which is nice!

    I do think the song is not great just because to me it sounds like Gangnam Style 2.0 but i still love it none the less. the chorus and beat n video are all stuck in my head and i have been watching it numerous times on YT.

    3 years ago
    • let’s get the next GI song reviewed, and hopefully it will be less auto-tuned.

      LOL, I can only imagine the reactions of the spectators to the EYK filming xD I wonder how many recognised that they were parodying PSY…

      3 years ago
  15. You guys did a great job! I scared my cat because I laughed so loud >_< Major kudos to you guys for having the guts to go out and do all that in public.

    3 years ago
  16. That song was gold, especially since I was expecting a music monday. That 22.5 hours without sleep is very much appreciated (not as in I didn’t want you guise to sleep)…but u know what I mean xD. Anyways I like this unusual musical monday, you guise should do it randomly more often :)

    3 years ago
  17. gotta say – Martina…. LOVING THE HIP ACTION!

    3 years ago
  18. Really creative and awesome!!! Hope you guys get many views!!!

    3 years ago
  19. I was waiting for this SOOOO BAAAAD!! Thanks Guys!! You’re the best!

    3 years ago
  20. “skunking”? I always thought it was called “skanking”…. it’s how you dance to ska… right?

    3 years ago
  21. This was so great! You guys always make my day ~ now ill be eating kimchi like a man XD

    3 years ago
  22. LOVE IT! So funny! And look! Simon can move his hips!

    3 years ago
  23. This is SO fantastic guys! Thanks for working so hard to entertain us (though it looks like you had a lot of fun yourselves!)

    3 years ago
  24. i can’t even…. DAMN GIRL! YOU SO FREAKIN NASTAYYYY

    3 years ago
  25. Haha, your Eat Your Kimchi team is so adorable, especially the outfits. Your hard work was appreciated, guise. Thanks for giving me some laughs.

    3 years ago
  26. AYYYY Girl- can I buy you a kimchi margherita!!!!

    3 years ago
    • Kimchi-flavored cocktails — the possibilities are endless! Kimchi-ritas! Kimchi-tinis! Kimchi Coladas! … Or, maybe not…

      3 years ago
  27. Hahahahahah OMG THIS IS HILARIOUS! I LOVE IT!!! And Martina is almost sexier than Ga-In! Whoouuhohohohoooh rivals! :D

    3 years ago
  28. I’ve been waiting all day for this to go up! Thanks :D Made my evening. Love it.

    3 years ago
  29. Mad props for being so bold and fun in public while filming this knowing that people would be like “what the flip is going on with those oegug-in?” But my favorite part is in the blooper reel as Simon is making his ‘do you want sexy time’ faces at Martina in the lounge and you can hear the “Kiss Me” soundtrack song from She’s All That. Appropriate?!?! All the way, my friend!

    3 years ago
  30. There’s a West Side in Syracuse NY too. :)

    3 years ago
  31. Ooohhh. So that was the phat beat Martina was dropping. I get it now… And this song is now on my phone. Thanks guise!

    3 years ago
  32. I LAUGHED SO HARD. this is brilliant, I can see a lot of work went into it. Man, that’s a lot of kimchi. I kind of felt like it should have been Simon and his ranch xD

    3 years ago
  33. It looks like you had a lot of fun!! :D

    3 years ago
  34. I was wondering if you could do a TL;DR on religion in South Korea. I know many Koreans aren’t religious, but for the ones who are, how big of a role does it play in daily life? What have you noticed? Thanks!

    3 years ago
    • where did you even get this notion that “many Koreans aren’t religious”? that is a very ignorant statement. do a little research before making a blanket statement like that. Christianity is very prominent is Korea.

      3 years ago
      • Around 45% of people claim to have no religion at all, while around 30% of people are Christian. So in fact, I believe you are the ignorant one!

        3 years ago
        • Hi there. I hope that this comment will put an end to either of you using inflammatory language to make your points to each other.

          One of our commenting rules is that our comments must be respectful.

          Cheers
          Natz

          3 years ago
      • Isn’t it ignorant to point out specifically Christianity when you’re talking about people being religious (you completely ignore the other dominant religion, Buddhism)? Also, at least from an American standpoint, South Korea seems hardly religious at all. About half the people in South Korea are irreligious (this is the largest group out of all religions/non-religions in South Korea). It’s still a huge difference from the US where 3/4 of our people are Christians (only about 1/4 in South Korea), other faiths make up 6%, and unaffiliated makes up 20%.

        3 years ago
    • some of them are, I think. here’s a great vid for an all-round view of religion in SK http://twentyfirstarticle.blogspot.kr/2012/07/my-korea-church-experiences-part-1.html
      Then there’s this blog, which has two parts, on the bloggers experience with religion in SK http://twentyfirstarticle.blogspot.kr/2012/07/my-korea-church-experiences-part-1.html However, be warned – it’s not a kind blog about it, but rather talks of the bloggers encounter with fanaticism (and he’s Korean himself)

      3 years ago
  35. Nice! Excellent job guys! :D
    Mad props to Soo Zee for finding the exact same spot!

    3 years ago
  36. It was really good guys! xD I laughed so much. Simon I love your duckface while you are dancing… xD And it was really good to see the EYK crew in it… it must have been fun to film this. xD

    3 years ago
    • Ha! Yes, this was lots of fun and a lot of laughs. That first scene, walking up the hill, was so difficult, because cars kept on coming by, and then there was – I’m not sure how – but a grandma stampede. Like, every time we tried to film it, some grandma on a cane would walk by, and we NEVER see grandmas in that area. Just…for that one moment: a wave of grannies.

      3 years ago
      • Maybe they came out because of the good weather. xD Grandmas like that. :D Anyway nice job, I think we nasties really appriciate this and this KMM fit with the song and MV perfectly. :)

        3 years ago
    • I know, i want to be there too it looks so fun!

      3 years ago
  37. Waited quite a while for this… EXCITED!

    3 years ago
  38. Please do Jay Park’s Joah next week!

    3 years ago
  39. Mav

    Dude you guys had me a Eat Your Kimchi like a Man!
    in a crappy day like this one in the US you put a much needed smile in my face.

    And may I say that , kimchi lotion rubbed on any body is probably worse than explosive diarrhea.

    3 years ago
    • Agreed….I was following so closely on twitter for when this posted because I needed a break from all of the saddening news out of Boston. Goes to show that laughter will always be the best medicine.

      3 years ago
      • One of my friends had her guardian angel watching her. She ran past 5 minutes before the explosion. People are just messed up.

        S&M this is awesome. Off to spam Psy. :)

        3 years ago
        • I saw what happened on the news today and I was just shocked…I send all my prayers out to the families of their lost loved ones and to the people who got injured…I’m glad your friend didn’t get hurt!!
          And yes I agree, some people are just messed up..

          3 years ago
  40. Much love to the EYK crew! Your hard work is appreciated!!

    3 years ago
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