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,
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
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
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