By LJ Coleman
This weeks TBT is taking us back to 1997 with the hit song “Barbie Girl” by Aqua.
This song is right up there in the category of “lyrics I didn’t quite understand until I was 12” (closely followed by “Toucha-touch Me” from Rocky Horror). I mean, of course we can brush Barbie’s hair and undress (then obviously re-dress) her everywhere, that’s one of her selling points! And Kens reference to hanky-panky just flew right over our heads. However, what four year old me failed to realise was that this song was the third single for the Danish-Norwegian pop group and made them insanely popular.
It’s hard not to notice that the people portraying the main roles of Ken and Barbie look nothing like the plastic dolls*, but this only serves to increase the feeling of parody in the song. It was also probably done to avoid major lawsuits with Mattel, although in the early naughties a tantrum was thrown by the company under the guise that the video had made Barbie look like a “Blonde Bimbo” (because apparently she didn’t look like that already). Controversial and stupid lawsuits aside, this song will forever remain frustratingly catchy to the point of annoyance.
*If anyone remembers the bald ken, please send me a picture.