Generation Avex: PSY’s Got it Goin’ On

My past week can be summed up in three words: “Oppa’s Gangnam Style!”

Out of nowhere, this song by pop music veteran, PSY, has become a massive hit. Even an internet meme! For a while, I ignored this song but much like my falling in with ‘Actual Cannibal Shia LeBeouf’, I could resist no further. I had to listen.

Can you say: new favorite song?

Seriously, this video and song is the exact opposite of mostly everything on the Korean music market (and every other music market for that matter) right now and I love it for that. The music in this vid is everything 2NE1’s I Love You should have been! Hell, even the video is what it should have been: for instance, there was dancing. Before I go into a raving, keysmashing review, let’s inspect this national treasure.

I think what I like best about this video is that it never takes itself seriously. PSY is obviously very knowledgeable about how to spin a song and how to move on the dance floor, but he never lets his expertise detract from him having a good time.

Too many times in videos you see the artists being dark, handsome, brooding figures that are nigh perfect. In this vid you get guys in bad suits doing the Pony.  (Oh, FYI: the dance in this vid is amazing and I’m going to learn it right after I finish this post.) Everyone in this video is having fun, so the viewer is also having fun. Take note, all video directors everywhere: this guy is doing it right.

Lyrics-wise, there are some problematic things but they’re probably the least-problematic problematic lyrics I’ve seen in a while. Unfortunately, unlike the video, the song is about the same damn thing every other song is about: girls. Specifically,

A girl who looks quiet but plays when she plays
A girl who puts her hair down when the right time comes
A girl who covers herself but is more sexy than a girl who bares it all
A sensible girl like that

A “sensible girl like that,” indeed. I have to admit, I was a little disappointed when I looked up the lyrics and that’s what they were like. Can’t we have a break from these “unrealistic expectations of the other gender” songs? Of course, to sell much of anything these days that’s the topic that it has to be used, so I can’t exactly fault him for it, but I can sure as hell be unhappy about it.

Now, I’m not the only one that’s done a review on this song, oh no. To see another amazing review, visit here to meet the amazing duo at Eat Your Kimchi.

Oh, that’s right. A Rating. I give Gangnam Style  4.5 dancing ponies out of 5: I really, REALLY like this song and the tag line gets stuck in your head for days (so be prepared); however, the lyrics left a little something to be desired. I totally respect PSY’s attitude, though, so I hope you all enjoy it as well!

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About Tsunderin

Greetings and salutations! Feel free to just call me Rin—we’re all friends here, or nemeses who just haven’t gotten to know each other well enough. I’m a video game lover from the womb to the tomb, and Bioware enthusiast until the day they stop making games with amazing characters that I cry over. And while I don’t partake as often as I used to, don’t be surprised to find me poking around an anime or manga every once in a while either. A personal interest for me is characterization in media and how women in particular have been portrayed, are being portrayed, and will be portrayed in the future. I’m not going to mince words about my opinion either.