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    Gangnam Style by Psy

    By now you have seen (or at  least heard) the song Gangnam Style by South Korean pop star Park Jae-sang better known as Psy.

    No doubt, if you have been to a Wedding or Bar Mitzvah in the last six months, everybody was doing it Gangnam Style.

    Well, on December 21, 2012, the catchy dance track officially became the first music video to break one billion views on YouTube, rocketing pass previous record holder — Justin Bieber’s music video Baby — by more that a quarter million.

    Truly a “Where’s the Beef” moment. And Psy is Clara Peller.

    Gangnam Style is now so engrained into the world’s collective consciousness that when future generations poke fun of us by striking the cowboy pose, we will all immediately chuckle in shame.

    What the hell is Gangnam Style anyway?

    Well, you don’t have to Google it as I’m geek enough to have done this for you. Gangnam (or Gangnam-gu) literally means “south of the river” and it one of the most affluent districts in Seoul. It is also where Psy was born. ABS CBN News did a nice little guide about here.

    The La Jolla Playhouse put on an elaborate musical theatre adaptation of The Flaming Lips‘ experimental rock song Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots (November 6 through December 16, 2012), featuring a 14 foot robot puppet. Story is by Wayne Coyne (frontman for The Flaming Lips) and Tony Award winning director Des McAnuff (The Who’s Tommy, Jersey Boys, Jesus Christ Superstar).

    Like so many musicals adapted from popular rock bands, it is hit or miss if the musical score can carry a thin story line. Time will tell whether we will be seeing “pink robots” flying around on The Great White Way. Nevertheless, Wayne Coyne is fearless in his pursuit of pushing the envelop in what is considered acceptable mainstream art. The world needs more.

    Happy New Year!!!

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    Happy New Year 2013

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