PSY “Gangnam Style” Live (2012)


It’s just been calculated as the “most viewed” video on YouTube, but I kind of missed the whole PSY/”Gangnam Style” video phenomenon. My curiosity was satisfied by the few, brief TV glimpses I’d accidentally seen. But, I got a kick out of this new extreme live version. Don’t think of the song as some cheap amateur gold pan, think of it as the pop smart anthem it really is, especially when accompanied by thousands of singing Asian girls… which is, by the way, how God intended pop to be sung. This isn’t the “most viewed” version, this one’s a full-blown spectacle, which made me appreciate the guy’s energy and professionalism – though it’s hard to tell if he’s an auteur or just some package. A few listens, however, will uncover the artistry in the tune’s execution, especially in those great climaxes. He may wind up just being this generation’s Chubby Checker, but he’s doing the grunt work so – as far as I’m concerned – he deserves any pay he actually sees from all this.

13 Comments

  • 1
    Don from Oregon
    November 24, 2012 - 17:56 | Permalink

    Thats funny. I just watched the original video for the first time last week. I couldn’t stop laughing! Is it the future of pop? HELL no! But whoever said music has to be serious all of the time? At least it’s not F#$&*ng “Disco Duck”!
    And you are right on with the Chubby Checker comparison!

    • 2
      Willard
      November 25, 2012 - 12:19 | Permalink

      Yeah, I watched it for the first time just a few weeks ago. Catchy as hell. The live vid shows how powerful even the most simple of ideas can be.

  • 3
    Don from Oregon
    November 24, 2012 - 18:04 | Permalink

    Another thought-
    there are SO MANY people at this event, that it’s a wonder North Korea didn’t sneak over the 38th parallel because there was no left to guard the hen house!
    PS- Check out the headache the song is causing for China!:
    http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2012/10/25/163616520/banned-in-china-ai-weiweis-gangnam-style-video

  • 4
    ubique
    November 25, 2012 - 03:22 | Permalink

    thanx, pretty amazing (lovely ladies, too). incidentally: chubby checker made an amazing album called “chequered” later in his career, a druggy, hazy, massively hendrix-influenced affair, which was recently rereleased on cd (i owe its original discovery to the legendary ChrisGoesRock, who once posted it on one of his sites).

    • 5
      Willard
      November 25, 2012 - 12:16 | Permalink

      Thanks for the tip. Grabbing it now to check it out.

  • 6
    Adam
    November 25, 2012 - 08:38 | Permalink

    ” though it’s hard to tell if he’s an auteur or just some package.”

    Amazingly enough Psy writes his own material, and choreographs his own dance moves. Which is significant because apparently 99.9999% of K-Pop is basically packaged product. More so when you consider the level of success he’s enjoyed despite being chubby and an “ancient” 34 years old in the image and youth-obsessed culture of South Korea.

    Of course there’s also a subversive message underneath those sharp pop hooks:

    http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2012/08/gangnam-style-dissected-the-subversive-message-within-south-koreas-music-video-sensation/261462/

    As the writer says, it’s not “Born in the USA” but by South Korean standards it’s probably as close as it will get.

    • 7
      Willard
      November 25, 2012 - 12:11 | Permalink

      “Amazingly enough Psy writes his own material, and choreographs his own dance moves.”

      Thanks. He deserves his payday even more then.

  • 8
    November 25, 2012 - 12:56 | Permalink

    Meh. I hope he invests his payday wisely. It works well for dance pop, but this guy might have fewer moves than Chubby Checker. Why is it every time I see similar concert videos from Britney, Janet, Madonna, etc., it always looks like an aerobics workout by people who really can’t dance all that well?

    I wonder if The Tartan Horde had continued, if they would have the same concert turnout in Japan? Too many questions, I’m feeling cranky today.

    Here’s some good dancing- To Captain Beefheart on American Bandstand- check out the pointy shoes on that 12 year old: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XFfKWfJ8Tc8

    • 9
      Adam
      November 25, 2012 - 14:01 | Permalink

      Now there’s the alterate reality scenario no one has touched on, what if the Tartan Horde’s fame in Japan led it to be an ongoing concern?

      Probably no Rockpile then. Brrrr! That’s a nighmare scenario on part with Orwell’s Ninetheen Eighty-Four. Wouldn’t have been likely though since Lowe was trying to get dropped by his label. It probably would have escalated to him driving motorcycles in UA offices just to get out.

      • 10
        November 25, 2012 - 14:44 | Permalink

        They’d probably have to hire a band of younger, cuter, sober stand-ins to do the tour, and that’s if Nick & the lads didn’t kill each other in the studio, trying to record an album’s worth of songs. The young Horde would be joined onstage by high school cheerleaders, much like PSY.

  • 11
    The Chairman
    November 25, 2012 - 13:10 | Permalink

    My 14-year-old-son and his infinite radio doodlings turned me on to this very smart, very very brilliant, and highly infective poptunemagic. May PSY and his producers be the greatest 1hitwonder of 2012: he truly deserves it. Opan Gangnam rules .. and now, with no bad afterthoughts whatsoever, back to Howlin’ Wolf, The Byrds and Stones ca. 73 – followed by the awesome, hypnotic four-to-the-floor of those Marcel Dettmanns, Speedy Js and of course the one and only Psyk (techno turntable wizard from Spain, no joke). Best, TC

  • 12
    Dave C.
    November 26, 2012 - 21:53 | Permalink

    Yeah, I love it too. I watch the video several times a week. It’s definitely feel good stuff. PSY is a hoot and a half. I love the toilet part. I roared the first time I saw it.

  • 13
    Anonymous
    December 2, 2012 - 19:42 | Permalink

    Oh also, Psy went to Berklee School of Music in Boston and obtained his degree and then went back to Korea.

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