Fortnightly(ish) Review: Campaigning Gangnam Style

Only two things to talk about this fortnight: K-pop and the US Presidential campaign.

Dancing Like a Horse Can Make You Rich and Famous

K-Pop is huge in Asia.  Now one of its practitioners, Psy, has made it in the US too (in case you’ve been living under a rock).  Read about the phenomenon, and the subversive (by Korean standards) message about Korean society it represents, in this article on The Atlantic.

On the Campaign Trail

Expect there to be a slew of musicians ticked off by the use of the fruits of their labour in US presidential campaigns in the months between now and election day.  The usual format is liberal-leaning musician embarrassed/angry to have their song associated with the GOP.  Now we have the Mum of a musician expressing her outrage.  Thin Lizzy’s Phil Lynott died back in the mid-eighties but his Mum is looking out for him and has condemned the Romney campaign’s use of ‘The Boys Are Back in Town’, saying her son would not be impressed by Romney’s policies on gay marriage and tax.

PopMatters has noticed The Republicans’ problems finding sympathetic musicians and suggested five possible Romney campaign songs from the likes of The Beach Boys and Aerosmith.

Last fortnight we heard how hip-hop has abandoned Obama.  Not so newly-rasta rapper Snoop Lion who gave Obama his endorsement this week, reasoning “Bush fucked up for eight years, so, I mean, you gotta at least give [Obama] eight years.”

And in case you haven’t seen it: Mitt Romney Gangnam Style:

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