"Gangnam Style" song channels New Yorkers' power woes

Jilian Mincer
Reuters Middle East

NEW YORK, Nov 15 (Reuters) - Move over Psy. The next hot

thing - at least on Long Island, New York - is a music video

parodying the South Korean rapper and dancer's blockbuster hit,

"Gangnam Style."

While the locally produced "LIPA Style" may not attract

millions of YouTube views, it's channeling the frustration of

thousands of disgruntled New Yorkers, many of whom went weeks

without power after Sandy slammed the East Coast last month.

"There's been this outpouring of thanks," said John "Online"

Mingione, a correspondent for a Long Island radio station, who

created the video after going more than week without power.

After watching the video, people "are saying this is the

first time they've been able to smile in weeks," said Mingione.

The response to the cleanup by the Long Island Power

Authority (LIPA) has resulted in lawsuits and investigations.

The chief operating officer of the state-owned utility also quit

under fire for the company's slow response in restoring power.

Mingione, 23, did not initially mind going without power at

his Long Island home. But after five days, the food and friends

were gone, and he started to get lonely and bored. A colleague

came up with the idea for the song, which was inspired by

thousands of complaints the station - WBLI/106.1 FM - received

from listeners.

In less than a week, the video with its lyrics about life

without power, pleas for help from LIPA and absurd dance moves

performed by Mingione and two co-workers in faux LIPA uniforms

with a local 5-year-old has been viewed more than 250,000 times

on YouTube.

Mingione's favorite line: "I'm running out of formula, my

baby won't stop crying" which included footage with a

co-worker's infant son.

"I know they're working their hardest," he said. "It's not

the linemen's fault, but at this point it's ridiculous that

people are still without power."

(Reporting by Jilian Mincer; Editing by Paul Thomasch and

Jackie Frank)

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