Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Oppa Gangnam Style Fever

It has been a very long while since a song has rose to such heights of popularity all around the world as the recent hit 'Oppa Gangnam Style'. It has even entered the Guiness Book of World Records as the most 'liked' video in YouTube history.I first heard about Psy and his song from my kids. I suppose as a mom of 2  music-loving teenagers I have to keep myself up-to-date with all the latest k-pop songs. 

For the uninitiated, Oppa Gangnam style is a song by Korean artiste Psy (pronounced 'sai' as in psychology), and in his song he refers to the Gangnam district in Seoul which is likened to Beverly Hills, California. It actually pokes fun at people who try to behave as if they are rich, classy and famous when they are not.

Oppa Gangnam Style seems to be the next big thing since Angry Birds burst onto the scene about a year and a half ago. I hear this song every day, everywhere I go...from the TV at home, through the radio in my car, at the restaurant, in the shopping malls, and there are countless parodies of it on YouTube as well. Now T-shirts are being sold at the malls with the words 'Gangnam Style'. Personally, I don't understand how the song could become so famous since most of us don't understand the Korean language, but I guess what people say is true, that music is a universal language that everyone understands.

Being curious, I searched for a translation of the lyrics and if you're curious to know what Psy is singing about, take a look at this video (courtesy of Onsemiro who has a detailed review here if you're interested)

There's also a video which shows the making of the Gangnam Style video, something which I appreciate since I had tried filming a music video for Mother's Day celebration in church last year and found that it wasn't as easy as it seemed, made all the more challenging as I was working with young children. Please bear with my amateurish first attempt at making a music video, I hope to do a better job the next time round :)


YuinTing said...

That's a good attempt! I'm sure the kids and their parents are very happy with it. The older they get, this video clip will become more meaningful to them.

And ya, I also learned about Gangnam Style from my kids. Yesterday I was very excited to find the "Oppa Zombie Style" music. May use it for halloween this year, it will be so cute to see all the ghost and ghouls dancing oppa Gangnam/Zombie style! Ha! Ha!

Sunny-Cookie said...

Hi YuinTing,

Yes, the parents were pleased to see their children in the video. Wow, 'Oppa Zombie Style'...remember to snap lots of pictures, can't wait to see your photos for Halloween this year!