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Gangnam Style: Patrick on South Korea’s Summer Song of 2012

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The hottest song in South Korea this summer is “Gangnam Style”, a dance pop single written and performed by Korean pop singer Park Jae Sung, better known by his stage name PSY.

“Gangnam Style” was released in mid-July along with an exuberant music video. If the catchy melody of the song doesn’t grab your attention then maybe the music video will. It was filmed in Seoul and provides a great overview of the city and its subculture, including  disco ball-lit karoke buses, clean subway stations, and bathhouses filled with prosperous Korean business men.

The song first took off on the Korean billboard charts and started garnering international attention after the video went viral on YouTube.

So far, “Gangnam Style”  has amassed nearly 45 million views making it the fastest-spreading K-Pop music video in North American history.

PSY was born and raised in Gagnam, a ritzy area of Seoul and home to many exquisite shops. Gagnam is a clubber’s paradise once the sun goes down (and until it comes up again the next day).

The area is so chic that smoking is completely banned on the main streets. Strange if you consider that cigarettes cost $2.00 a pack and that it’s OK to light-up almost anywhere in Seoul, including at the airport and in restaurants and cafes.

PSY’s LMFAO comic image is the opposite to the fashionable “Gagnam style”, which is all about luxury brands, sophistication, and big money.

The  Korean Times calls PSY “… a typical clubber who is on the floor late into the night.”

To me, he’s a typical Grand Bender — the type of guy who plays when it’s time to play.

Do I think this is the best song right now? No, but it’s embedded into my head.

Not a day goes by here in South Korea where I don’t hear “Oppan gang-namseutayil”.

“Gangnam Style” lyrics translated into English:

Oppa is Gangnam style
Gangnam style

A girl who is warm and human 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

I’m a guy
A guy who is as warm as you during the day
A guy who one-shots his coffee before it even cools down
A guy whose heart bursts when night comes
That kind of guy

Beautiful, loveable
Yes you, hey, yes you, hey
Beautiful, loveable
Yes you, hey, yes you, hey
Now let’s go until the end

Oppa is Gangnam style, Gangnam style
Oppa is Gangnam style, Gangnam style
Oppa is Gangnam style

Eh- Sexy Lady, Oppa is Gangnam style
Eh- Sexy Lady oh oh oh oh

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 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

Beautiful, loveable
Yes you, hey, yes you, hey
Beautiful, loveable
Yes you, hey, yes you, hey
Now let’s go until the end

Oppa is Gangnam style, Gangnam style
Oppa is Gangnam style, Gangnam style
Oppa is Gangnam style

Eh- Sexy Lady, Oppa is Gangnam style
Eh- Sexy Lady oh oh oh oh

On top of the running man is the flying man, baby baby
I’m a man who knows a thing or two
On top of the running man is the flying man, baby baby
I’m a man who knows a thing or two

You know what I’m saying
Oppa is Gangnam style

Eh- Sexy Lady, Oppa is Gangnam style
Eh- Sexy Lady oh oh oh oh

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