K-pop satirist PSY became one of the great internet mega-memes of 2012 with “Gangnam Style,” his cuckoo ode to trashy decadence and horse-trot dancing. But somewhere around the time that the Glee kids started performing “Gangnam Style,” a question began to linger in the background. Could PSY ever replicate his success? Or was he destined for one-gimmick-wonder obscurity, right next to those guys who did the Macarena and those other dudes who let the dogs out? Well, his long-awaited-probably-by-someone single, “Gentleman” popped up on the Internet today. There’s no video yet, and since PSY has already promised the video will include some kind of dance move, “Gentleman” is half-finished at best. Still, give it a listen:
Here’s an exact transcript of my internal monologue while listening to the song: Hmmm, this beat is much slower than “Gangnam Style.” I don’t like it. Sounds like PSY recorded this on the weekend between appearances on The Talk and Betty White’s Off Their Rockers. Hmm, this is kind of catchy. I don’t know what he’s saying, but maybe I should learn Korean. Did he just say “I’m a Mother-Father Gentleman?” [googles] He did! He’s saying it again! Hmm, okay, I can see myself yelling that out in a club. That’s weird, my toe is tapping, and my shoulders are moving back and forth. Am I seat-dancing? Stop that! “MOTHER-FATHER GENTLEMAN!” Jesus, did I say that? Or just think it? Was I talking? Did they hear me? Well, this song is definitely more repetitive than “Gangnam Style,” if that’s even possible. I’m not sure I like it yet. Better listen to it a couple dozen more times.
Follow Darren on Twitter: @DarrenFranich
YouTube sensation Psy teaches Britney Spears ‘Gangnam Style’ — VIDEO
Did viral ‘Gangnam Style’ star PSY once rap about ‘killing Yankees’ during an anti-American concert? UPDATE: PSY releases statement
‘Gangnam Style’ meets Wolverine