I'd heard things about this song before, mostly relating to the accompanying music video that went viral and skyrocketed from there. After watching the video, I can totally understand why. It is equal parts dumbfounding and amazing. From the crazy fashion, to the strange horse-like dancing, to the two-man elevator number, to the toilet scene (yep), to tons of other things...the video is totally bizarre and totally awesome. I decided to do a bit of research when preparing my post and, according to Wikipedia:
"Gangnam Style" is a Korean language colloquialism that refers to a luxurious lifestyle associated with the Gangnam district, an affluent area of Seoul, where people are trendy, hip and exude a certain "swag".
All of this sounds okay to me, I guess. I actually didn't know South Korea had an "affluent area, " so good for them. But in reading further, I learned the song is actually a satire of the country's gross over consumption. For example, apparently the average credit card debt there is around 155% of the average income. This is the kind of stuff that pulls me in, but I'm a nerd. I guess my most surprising find is that this is a serious song about serious issues. I certainly would not have guessed that...which I suppose proves that age-old adage once again. Don't judge a book by its cover. And don't judge a song performed in a language you cannot understand just by its video and the very flashy man singing it.
Whatever the song is about, it's catchy as hell and the video is literally something you can't look away from. So giddy-up folks, Gangnam style!!!