LMFAO’s “Party Rock Anthem” ruled pop charts and dance floors with an iron fist this summer, establishing an oppressive regime of thudding low end and neon-streaked synths and constructing crass, ostentatious monuments to “shufflin’” wherever it played. All that is a gross and somewhat insensitive way of introducing this absolutely bonkers mash-up, which pairs RedFoo and SkyBlu’s inescapable hit with footage of North Korean parades, military demonstrations, and rallies. As the video’s YouTube description says, “Ain’t no party like a Pyongyang party, ’cause a Pyongyang party is ABSOLUTELY MANDATORY”—though the mash-up’s true master stroke is the footage of Kim Jong Il inspecting the kitchen inside a drab highrise. Much like “Party Rock Anthem,” it’s all flashbulbs, bad haircuts, awkward movement, and flamboyant display ultimately signifying nothing.
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