Pop Korean

Call me a follower or easily influenced if you must, but I am loving this song. I’m not ashamed to admit it either.

In nerdy fashion, I had to find out what the meaning was behind the song. Some may not know the answer to that inquiry. To that I say, “You know not because you ask not Google.”

Click here to go to the full article.  If you don’t feel like reading it all for yourself, here is a brief synopsis:

  • Gangnam is a high falooting neighbourhood in Seoul, Korea.  Directly translated, it means “south of the river”.
  • An apartment there will cost you nearly 3/4 of a million dollars
  • Most of the residents are “new money”, so it is littered with flashy, flaunting excess.
  • the song is a parody of the wealth and pomp of the neighbourhood
  • Oppan Gangnam style roughly means “speaking of oppa (=me), I like the Gangnam style life.”  Thank you, My Dear Korea for the language lesson!

You may now consider it safe to sing along to the song and learn a little Korean.  You won’t be saying any bad words, or embarrassing yourself anymore than you would be if – say – you danced like you were riding a horse.

Gangnam Style.

10 thoughts on “Pop Korean

  1. Di says:

    Thanks for making me cooler/more relevant. There’s a poster up at school with this dude on it AND someone in a class mentioned Gangnam Style – I had no idea what they were all about…until NOW!!

    Please feel free to continue posting about the current trends. Very helpful.

  2. whitegirl says:

    You can always count on me, Di. I’ve got your back.

  3. Lori says:

    I think the hip thrusting in the elevator scene is an attention grabber… A reminder to me to preview YouTube without kids. Oops. Ha!

    I find it very catchy – Ellen show has had the singer on a couple of times. My favorite move is the shuffle he does while moving around in a circle – so funny!

  4. whitegirl says:

    Yes, Youtube viewing should be done first without children around. I learned that lesson with Failblog. Funny, but not always kid-appropriate.

  5. Faith says:

    I love watching Gangnam. Thank you for the education

  6. BCGirl says:

    I quite enjoy his little side-dance-shuffle move LOL!

  7. Sonya says:

    *shaking head* No. Just…no.

  8. marilyn says:

    Wow, currently in Korea and now I know why
    that video is played ad-nauseum on the transit. Yes, wealth and shiny cars do abound in Gangnam and around.

  9. whitegirl says:

    I’m glad that I could help make sense of what is going on around you! I read in the paper today that a company is offering free insight into the meaning behind the song, as long as you register for their product. I’m thinking that I should write in to the editor and direct people here. Information, really for free. Are you having fun in Korea?

  10. fiona says:

    I heard it was totally tongue in cheek and he was kinda making fun of the flashy people. He said something about doing cheesy dancing while dressing classy. Haha! I like it!

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