So, I have this thing where I just really fucking love K-Pop. If you’ve been reading this blog for any length of time, you’ll know that I wish we could all just go back to a time where synchorised dance moves in elaborate music videos were a thing. Thankfully, K-Pop never really moved past that, so it’s there whenever I need a fresh hit. Recently, one song has grabbed everybody’s attention. South Korean rapper, Psy’s single Gangnam Style has exploded globally. It’s catchy as hell, the video clip is insane and everyone from Nelly Furtado to T-Pain is talking about it. If you’ve missed it, check out the video below and thank me later.
The video features a whole host of Korean personalities, including members from boy band Big Bang (who are fabulous and full of sass and you should watch their video) and girl band 4minute (who have less sass than the boys, but channel some Madonna-esque outfits in this video).
In case Korean isn’t your first language (it definitely isn’t mine), Wiki has this to say about the song’s meaning:
“‘Gangam Style’ is a Korean language colloquialism that refers to a luxurious lifestyle associated with the Gangam District, an affluent and trendy area of Seoul. The music video depicts Psy dancing at various locations in Gangam. The song’s theme is about ‘the perfect girlfriend who knows when to be refined and when to get wild.'”
Well, the more you know, eh? If you ladies are feeling a little left out, the song was also helpfully re-released with a feminine perspective from Hyuna, the same 4minute member who appears in the original video. She’s a little flat, but you get the point.
My favourite part of this whole affair has been the release of a live video of one of Psy’s concerts in Korea. Now, you guys have all seen videos of Western concerts. There’s a set of stock characters: sweaty drunk guy, sweaty drunk girl, guy making devil horns at the passing camera, excited girls seeing camera and waving, people on drugs looking kind of bewildered, more drunk sweaty people. Keeping that in mind, check out this live video of Gangam Style.
First of all, that’s a fucking massive audience. And second of all, can we all just pay attention to the fact that everyone here is just having some good, clean fun with glowsticks? They’re dancing, they’re jumping politely. Not one is crashing into anyone else. It’s just so damned wholesome. I love it. Also, how great are glowsticks?
Anyway, that’s me done for the evening. This post has actually just been an excuse for me to watch K-Pop videos in my pyjamas all night. Like I needed an excuse. Oppa Gangam Style!