No one remembers Los del Rio’s follow-up to the “Macarena.” No one remembers Lou Bega’s “Mambo No. 6.”
Similarly, no one’s gonna remember “Gentleman,” PSY’s carefully crafted attempt to recapture some of the magic of “Gangnam Style.”
The success of “Gangnam Style” was a once-in-a-lifetime thing, so it should come as no surprise that the song’s long-awaited (seriously, it feels like years since “Gangnam Style” was a thing) follow-up fails to live up to the hype.
Actually, check that. It’s doesn’t just fall short of “Gangnam Style” — it’s not even in the same universe. It outright sucks. It’s not catchy. It’s not interesting. It just drones on and on.
Most of the song is in Korean, as expected. Like the “Hey sexy lady” line in “Gangnam Style,” there are a few carefully placed English lyrics. “I’m a mother-father gentleman,” PSY sings (talks?) in the chorus, for some reason (maybe he’s a fan of the TBS edit of Die Hard).
“Damn girl, you so freaking sexy,” and “Gonna make you sweat, gonna make you wet, you know who I am,” also show up, but it’s hard to imagine these lines capturing the imagination of Westerners.
It’s gonna take one heck of a video — with something equivalent to the horsey dance times a million — to make this boring track into a hit.