Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Do you have Gangnam Style?

And if you are saying to yourself, WTF is Gangnam Style?! Then the answer is no.

So what is Gangnam Style? Gangnam Style is a video by the Korean group PSY -- and the latest YouTube sensation, with nearly 153 million views (on just the original upload) in only two months.

You're welcome.

(If it makes you feel any better, I am also rather late to the Gangnam Style party, having not understood what "Gangnam Style" was until earlier today. And the teenager, who knew about One Direction before any of her friends did, had not heard of PSY or Gangnam Style either. Score one point for Mom!)

More importantly, did we really need another dance craze? (That would be a rhetorical question.)

I am still trying to figure out how to do the Macarena.

Indeed, the last dance craze I probably mastered (though "mastered" is a bit of a stretch) was the Hustle. And I think I was 9 or 10 when the song came out.

So in 10 or even 5 years will we be going to weddings and sweet sixteens and bar and bat mitzvahs and dancing Gangnam Style? I don't think so. Then again, as Judson Laipply so whimsically (painfully?) demonstrates in his Evolution of Dance videos, we've lived through worse.


Jim Smith II said...

The song is catchy, but even better is the satire of the song. It appears to skewer several aspects of Korea. Here's a link to an interesting article and video with subtitles...

J. said...

@Jim, thank you so much for posting that link. Now I know what Gangnam and Gangnam style are -- and like the video even more.