It may come as a shock to you, but I am not terribly hip or with-it, so pop culture phenomenons often leave me scratching my head. (L.L. Hundal is slightly more in touch with the coolness of the universe, but that's because she lives in the pop cultural mecca that is Salt Lake City.)
When I first started listening to Psy's "Gangnam Style", I was thinking "Geeze, another cookie-cutter piece of crap." But I then I noticed how hilarious the video was. The VIDEO is what makes this thing worth listening to. It's full of hilarity, some screamingly obvious and others subtle but all perfectly timed.
As for the lyrics, I've now know what they say, courtesy of this webpage, and the video does them justice:
And the video and the lyrics become even funnier if you know how they fit into the map of Korean society. This article explains that nicely.
With every success, comes parodies and covers... and "Gangnam Syle" is no exception. I keep typing it "Gundam Style", so there may be a good parody based off that coming eventually... but not yet.)
We're going to give you the best parody up front... it takes "Gangnam Style" and crosses it with the characters and music from one of the greatest movies ever made--"Big Trouble in Little China." The result is "Lo Pan Style"... and watch for the great cameo from James Wong.
Here's one from Jervy Hou that's almost as funny as the original. For your amusement: "Gunman Style."
And not to be outdone, the Klingons and Trekkies are getting in on the action with the hilarious "Oppa Klingon Style".
And here's a Japanese perspective with "You Study Like Sh*t"....
And then there's this:
Finally, here's an alternate English translation being performed. :)