What the "Gangnam Style" Syndrome is Missing Out On
By Staff Writer | September 14, 2012 03:13 PM EDT
Psy's "Gangnam Style" is like the modern-day version of "Bird," which was his debut song. The '80s vibe from his debut song is switched to an electronic sound. His previous songs were about his life at that time and the struggles he went through. The "Gangnam Style" marks a point in his life where he has come back and succeeded just like his debut song, "Bird."
On SBS "Healing Camp," Psy mentioned that in order to keep his sense and music going, he needs to hang out in the club with unmarried singles. He said this is also how he keeps his family in tact as well. At the age of 35, he wants to enjoy the night life but also take care of his family and kids. The music video shows many different scenes of how people play when they are older such as the tour bus and the sauna. However, he meets 4minute's HyunA, a young girl at the subway. It shows that although he is old in age, he is young at heart and wants to hang with the younger crowd.
The 'horse-riding' dance is a type of dance that middle aged men would dance to try to fit in. It doesn't quite fit the trend of the time and it's also not a dance that is too old. The video continues with Psy continuously repeating "Oppan Gangnam Style" while dancing in places other than Gangnam. He dances in places like the playground and the horse stadium rather than the actual places he wants to be at such as the club.
This almost embarrassing dance move is similar to that of an old man dancing an old dance at a night club. Psy's previous songs have always had a rock sound and a shouting part in the chorus. However, for this song, he has changed to using electronic sounds. It shows a man who used to be the center of the crowd in 2000 becomes an older man who does a funny 'horse-riding' dance in 2012. This shows that one does age with time and cannot become what they used to be when they were young.
This song uses an old dance and remakes it into a new one. The lyrics are more heartfelt towards the 30s and older crowd. The music is fit for the young generation of today. This song is loved by everyone regardless of age due to its diverse characteristics.
The most important thing that "Gangnam Style" portrays is that as the years go by, our generation disappears and a new one forms. We must learn how to conform to the new age instead of holding onto the past.
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