This is the greatest music video, perhaps ever. Well, I dunno, I still like Take On Me. This video by South Korean rapper PSY is still pretty amazing. The title refers to Gangam, a posh section of Seoul, but beyond that it’s general madness. I especially like how they’re bringing figurative dance back. It’s hilarious and awesome, and also intentional. Great stuff.
They had a rough translation on Reddit. Apparently Oppa is like Ayya, so big brother is Gangam style. I’ve excerpted the parts I found most poetic.
A girl who is warm and humanle [sic] during the day
A classy girl who know how to enjoy the freedom of a cup of coffee
A girl whose heart gets hotter when night comes
A girl with that kind of twist…
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 sensable [sic] girl like that
I’m a guy
A guy who seems calm but plays when he plays
A guy who goes completely crazy when the right time comes
A guy who has bulging ideas rather than muscles
That kind of guy (AvenueWho)
What constantly amazes me is this type of creativity and fun can emerge from South Korea, whereas in North Korea only one person can live Gangam style at once, that being big brother, formerly Kim Jong-Il, now Kim Jong-Un. Everyone else has to deal with stuff like this, ‘Excellent Horse Like Lady’ rumoredly performed by Kim Jong-Un’s now wife:
But it’s not like North Koreans can’t be creative in their own way, check out this ensemble playing ‘Take On Me’ on accordians:
Anyways, that’s enough Korea I guess. I’m home kinda sick today, so, er, this is what I’m doing. Not Gangam style at all.