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About that Time MC Hammer Blew the Roof Off the Dump Performing Gangnam Style with Psy

By Dustin Rowles | Videos | November 19, 2012 | Comments ()


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I was at a wedding over the weekend, one of those weddings where the music choice confirmed once again that most weddings are for the grandparents instead of the bride and groom. They did "The Hustle" and and "The Electric Slide" and were just one "Achy Breaky Heart" away from the trifecta. At one point, a discussion broke out about how in 30 years, Gangnam Style is going to be the new wedding classic: The old folks are gonna get out on the dance floor and start riding their goddamn horses with their kids look on with adoring embarrassment.

It's weird, this Gangnam Style; it's essentially "The Macarena" of our time, and yet, at least least for now, even legitimately cool people are embracing it earnestly. Indeed, the most fun part about the performance of "Gangnam Style," with special guest MC Hammer, at last night's American Music Awards was not MC Hammer: It was the reaction shots from the celebrities in attendance who dived right in with all the zeal of a Fat Guy on a Twinkie (R.I.P.).

Is that blonde lady in glasses Charlize Theron?



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  • I'm not sure which is better: Eric Stonestreet's "Santa Got Me a PONY?!" face or the older gentleman singing along to Too Legit...

  • denesteak

    ok, i'm gonna be the person. Who are these "celebrities"?? Other than Heidi Klum... I really didn't recognize anyone.

    It coulda also been the strobe lights blinding me though.

  • I went to a wedding last week that had not only Party Rock (where we had an Australian show us the proper Melbourne Shuffle) and Gangnam Style, but Electric Slide, YMCA, Sugarhill Gang's Apache ("JUMP ON IT! JUMP ON IT!"), the Chicken Dance, and some oldies that should've died a while ago.

    I watch that PSY/MC Hammer video at least once a day now.

  • ,

    When did rock and roll die? I never saw the obit but I sure see the grave.

  • adorabelle

    I love that he ended it with Sae (Bird)!! Sae was his first ever hit and that dance move with the arms out, elbows bent and hands down is his iconic...second most iconic move.

  • AudioSuede

    Damn, Hammer still got some moves.

    Please Hammer, Don't Hurt 'Em.

  • I hope I'm not the only one here who can't wait for Gangnam Style to GO THE FUCK AWAY.

  • fauxhawk

    That's Jenny McCarthy at the end, Charlize Theron.

  • fauxhawk

    oops, *not Charlie Theron. Sorry.

  • googergieger

    I was at an all ages concert that took place in an after hours church where they were raising money for charity. I got in for free, drunk on shite beer, went to an after party with the band, shared a joint, had ninety dollar whiskey, and even after all that. I have not, and will not, ever do Gangnam style. Not cause I'm a hater. Have at it, if you want. Just that as a gay mexican I instincly know how to dance well. So you know, I can't dance awful. I'd be killed if even for a second I did.

  • petitesuissesse

    And 1 million bar mitzvahs were born...

  • hapl0

    Looks like I have to start dancing now...

  • Guest

    sometimes i don't trust heidi klum........

  • Genevieve Burgess

    I just feel sorry that because us United Statesians are embarrassed about attempting the lyrics, PSY will never get a proper crowd reaction in the US. For reference as to what I believe a "proper crowd reaction" is, see this video: http://youtu.be/dnQBklMocFo

    That said, everyone who made this happen is my hero. All of them. And I absolutely will have Gangnam Style played at my own wedding, whenever that may be. Hopefully soon enough that the young'ins won't be too embarrassed to join in.

  • Scully

    I love this so hard. For the crowd's reaction and the ability to see the choreography uninterrupted.

  • Bodhi

    I totally just danced my ass off in the kitchen. And my toddler, who has zero taste, clapped for me. Thanks, that was a great way to start my day

  • pnnylne

    This video has given me so much joy. Thanks Rowles!

  • lowercase_ryan

    I love Gangam Style. It's the best video ever. I've been watching it for months and I'm not even close to getting sick of it. I think this has something to do with not being able to understand the words. I know what he's saying, but the words themselves carry no weight.

    also: WHY THE FUCK IS HAMMER ON THE STAGE AT ALL??? And is he trying to equate the phenomenon that has become Gangam Style with 2 Legit 2 Quit? Are you fucking kidding me?? Go away Hammer and stop trying to ride Psy's coattails back into the limelight. He already has more albums in Korea than you have ever released on your own and he remains relevant. Something you know nothing about.

  • Amanda

    Obviously you don't remember the genius that WAS The Running Man OR The Typewriter. OBVIOUSLY. ;)

  • mairimba

    Actually, I thought Hammer's appearance is what made the performance tolerable.

  • lowercase_ryan

    No.

  • mswas

    The tall, bald guy rockin' out to the "Too Legit to Quit" sample just made my day.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    Well. That's the best thing I'll see all day.

    How awesome is it that a Korean-language song is being done at the awards though?

  • Ruthie O

    Just when I thought I couldn't love Kerry Washington any more... 1:18.

  • ,

    All direct descendants of the "Chicken Dance" and, of course, the "Hokey Pokey."

    Gotta hand it to Psy, he has about as much presence, charisma and star power as a short, fat Korean guy can possibly have. By which, I mean he's fun to watch.* I don't know whether to wish him a huge career** or that he'd be better remembered forever as a one-hit wonder.

    *--And I detest dance/disco, whatever that is.

    **--Outside of Korea, I mean.

  • Fabius_Maximus

    Ah, the Chicken Dance. The one that's so embarrassing that I refused to do it when I was only 6 years old.

  • kdm

    The part I always found most confusing? The Chicken Dance is called "La Dance des Canards".....which translates to "The Duck Dance". I have neve understand if this was done on purpose or if they fouled up the fowl.

  • Fabius_Maximus

    Now that you say it, it's called the duck dance in German, as well.

  • bleujayone

    The Twinkie R.I.P. has apparently replaced Joshua Jackson R.I.P.? Has the Ho-Ho replaced Lindsay Lohan?

  • BWeaves

    That's a slur to Ho-ho's everywhere.

    Little Debbie Does Dallas is embarrassed for your Ding-Dong.

  • TheAggroCraig

    It's goofy, kitschy, kind of dumb, but ultimately fun and harmless. It will certainly be played at every sporting event in the country for another year, and they'll show the crowd dancing on the jumbotron, and every time it will be hilarious.

  • TherecanbeonlyoneAdmin

    The funny thing is that I always dance like that. Not by choice.

  • Miss Laaw-yuhr

    I unabashedly loved every moment of this. You had me at hammer pants.

  • Jaime Birren

    Totally. There is nothing to not like here, at all. :)

  • Pretty Hate Machine

    That's a bespectacled Jenny McCarthy.

  • Ah, yes. I didn't think Charlize could make any face other than bitchfrown.

  • Amanda

    I thought it was Charlize Theron...?

  • pajiba

    Ahhh. Yes. Of course!

  • BlackRabbit

    It's weird , and fun...but it's sooo pervasive. He's the Music Meister!

  • I love Gangnam Style, purely for the fact that it lets us English-speaking types know what it's like to go batshit about a song for which we instinctively nave no lyrical understanding, which is what the rest of the world has been feeling for the past century.
    In fact it almost allows you to regress to an infant-like state where the actual meaning of the words means nothing and it's only the melody and a silly dance that matters. So it's a bit like a Black Eyed Peas song without the corresponding brain cell genocide.

  • koko temur

    agree. also great added bonus for me is how half embarrassed and half proud Koreans are about this thing becoming the thing the world knows them by. Uptight people, taking their culture very seriously, made famous by a silly song mocking said uptightness? thats just comedy gold.

  • googergieger

    They are uptight?

    Last I checked boy bands were still a thing, their soap operas make Mexican soap operas look grounded, and they seem to love Americans. At least the ones I've met. Then again I'm pretty charming when I want to be. And I love Korean movies. And their boy/girl bands. And their soap operas. Pretty touchy feely with me as well.

    Anyways, they still make the best movies in the world. So I reckon that is what, well movie nerds, know them by. So they got that going for them.

  • koko temur

    their entertainment is awesome, dont get me wrong. but you have to keep in mind that the things you can experience, are the things are westernised enough to be marketed towards the west. same thing about koreans that talk to you, they have to be pretty open minded koreans.

    i'm currently doing my masters degree in korea, and yes, they are lovely people, but they are shy, uptight and take themselves very seriously. yes, their girlbands wear costumes the size of band-aids, but everywhere but the hippest area in seoul you get dirty looks from all sexes and ages if you show as much as a bare shoulder. yes, their boybands have pretty racy dance moves. but try to remember how many girl extras do they pretend to touch in their videos, instead the usual touching of their own lips and hair. and most importantly, they go apeshit about any percieved critique on their culture. see classic exibit a ; where they flooded the comment section of a very nice canadian blogger trying to give advice on shopping in korea for girls with large boobs with "if you so unhappy here, go back to america, you fat american. eat less and your boobs wouldnt be that big" etc.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

  • googergieger

    I know they treat gay people shite(one of the main reasons I wouldn't visit it right away given the chance). But I mean to be fair I live in Cali and even at the Comic Con people get disgusted looks from people for dressing certain ways. My Mexican family gets beyond angry if someone criticizes their culture as well. Well mostly Americans. People from every country hate when we bad mouth their country or just don't care about their country. Unfortunately for Canada people assume they are us, but unlike us they don't have the balls to not give a damn and knock shit over.

  • koko temur

    i dont know, man. i'm not american, and i'm in this international program here with people from all around the world. if you say something like "your country is shit" the majority would think you are strange, not start proving you wrong. if you say " i cant buy underwear in your country" i highly doubt people would take it as a national offence anywhere but here.

  • googergieger

    I don't know, what would you say to someone who lumped in every American with the people that signed that online petition to secede from the rest of the U.S.?

  • TheMudshark

    On the other hand, Korean girls wear super short miniskirts that would likely be considered pretty slutty in North America. So it´s more about cultural norms than uptightness really. Show your shoulders and cleavage in America, show your legs in Korea. Do it the other way around and you will get dirty looks.

  • koko temur

    very true. but the fact remains that the majority of koreans are humble, very traditional, and horiffied by gangnam style. which was my original point. i seem to steer the conversation away from harem pants and i apologize. harem pants are great.

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