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Aqua’s ‘Barbie Girl’: An Oral History of the Bizarre 1997 Hit

NETHERLANDS - 1st JANUARY: Danish pop band Aqua posed together in The Netherlands in 1997. Left to right: Rene Dif, Lene Nystrom, Soren Rasted and Claus Norreen. (Photo by Michel Linssen/Redferns)

When the readers of Rolling Stone had been requested to pick the worst song of the Nineties back in 2011, they didn’t go along with “Macarena,” “Achy Breaky Heart,” “MMMBop,” “Mmm Mmm Mmm,” “Nookie,” and even “I’m Too Sexy.” The proud honor went to “Barbie Girl.” And even in case you’ve by no means heard of the Danish-Norwegian Europop group Aqua, you’ve undoubtedly heard their track that proudly declares, “Life in plastic, it’s fantastic.” “Barbie Girl” was inescapable when it arrived 25 years in the past, and it’s by no means really gone away. This previous February, the video racked up its billionth view on YouTube, touchdown it an elite membership alongside Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” and Weapons N’ Roses’ “November Rain.”

To have fun 1 / 4 century of “Barbie Girl,” we spoke with Aqua members René Dif, Lene Nystrøm, and Søren Rasted concerning the formation of the group, the creation of “Barbie Girl,” the long-lasting music video, the track’s world explosion, the lawsuit from Mattel that adopted, and their life within the aftermath. We additionally interviewed “Barbie Girl” video director Peder Pedersen; actor Mads Tagel, who performed Ken within the video; and legal professional Russell J. Frackman, who represented their label within the lawsuit. (Former Aqua member Claus Norreen didn’t reply to our request for an interview.)

Alongside the way in which, we listened to “Barbie Girl” extra occasions than we are able to rely. And we should say that our 2011 readers had been incorrect. The track is a pop masterpiece and we hope individuals are nonetheless celebrating it when its one hundredth anniversary comes round in 2097.

I. The Rise of Aqua

The roots of Aqua return to a gathering between Danish musicians Søren Rasted and Claus Norreen within the late Eighties.

Søren Rasted: Claus and I had been about 18 after we met. I used to be into Easy Minds, David Bowie, and U2. He was a bit extra electro than I used to be and into Depeche Mode. We obtained an condominium collectively and our greatest aim was to make music though we each had different jobs. We began being profitable after we made the music for a Danish film [Naughty Frida and the Fearless Spies].

Proper round this time, their compatriot René Dif was making a reputation for himself as a DJ on the Danish membership circuit.

René Dif: As a DJ, it was essential for me to learn the individuals within the membership and know precisely what tune to placed on to get them to bounce. The music I performed was very assorted. It was funk, hip-hop, home, after which electro [acts like] Erasure and Depeche Mode. However my all-time favourite, and at all times will probably be, is Rick Astley. I actually, actually love Rick Astley.

In contrast to many DJs on the scene, Dif favored to rap throughout his units.

Dif: I considered a DJ that simply stood there and performed data was a bit bit boring. I used to be additionally break dancing from once I was very younger. I used to be influenced by American DJs and rap music. After which I simply began someday. I really went outdoors the DJ sales space and began rapping with out realizing what individuals would give it some thought. They freaked out and thought it was cool.

He obtained a job as a DJ on a ship that went backwards and forwards between Norway and Denmark. Sooner or later, he observed the younger hostess of a Wheel of Fortune–sort recreation on the ship.

Lene Nystrøm: It was a completely silent function [like Vanna White]. After I take a look at the present now, it was completely corny. However the final program I did, I used to be allowed to sing a cappella. I beloved that since I grew up on basic rock just like the Rolling Stones and the Beatles. Michael Jackson has at all times been my favourite, however on the subject of feminine singers, I’ve to go along with Annie Lennox.

Dif: To make an extended story quick, Lene and I went out for a couple of years after assembly on the boat.

Nystrøm: He spent a few months flirting my pants off.

When Rasted and Norreen had been engaged on the soundtrack for Naughty Frida and the Fearless Spies, they wanted a rapper for one of many songs. Dif simply occurred to be engaged on a undertaking in the identical studio.

Rasted: He was a distinct man than anybody I had met earlier than. He was so cool. We invited him into the group.

Dif: At one level, I performed a few of our music for Lene. She stated, “I can sing better than that.” I knew that we would have liked a lady to sing.

Nystrøm: I wasn’t a really aggressive particular person, however my elbows got here out and I used to be like, “You found her! You have to listen to this! Take me to Denmark. I’ll audition for you!”

It turned clear that the distinctive mixture of Nystrøm’s sugary vocals and Dif’s gravelly raps was a compelling sound that no person had ever fairly heard earlier than.

Dif: Individuals actually opened their eyes and went, “What is this? It’s super catchy, but what is this? How can she sing like that? How can he growl like that? Is it rap? Is it singing?” It turned our signature sound.

Nystrøm: We had enormous desires and we had been engaged on music evening and day. We didn’t see pals or household, however we turned the most effective of pals. All of us needed to make our mark on Norway and Denmark. It was like a foul omen pondering something greater than that. We’re very modest in Scandinavia. It’s a distinct tradition the place you may’t say your desires out loud. We didn’t dare to dream too huge.

II. Writing and Recording “Barbie Girl.”

In 1995, recording underneath authentic identify Joyspeed, the quartet launched its debut single, “Itsy Bitsy Spider.” The track was a minor hit in Sweden, however even the group admits that it wasn’t excellent. Their sound modified after they obtained their palms on the Roland JV-2080, a synthesizer that was in a position to replicate the sounds of natural devices like piano and saxophone. It modified every part about their music, simply as wildly catchy new pop songs like “Doctor Jones” and “My Oh My” had been pouring out of them. In contrast to many pop teams of this period, they wrote and produced all their music themselves.

Rasted: Once we had been writing songs for the primary album, I went to an artwork exhibition at a retailer in Copenhagen. They’d taken a bunch of Barbie dolls and made a planet out of them. It regarded like a giant, spherical ball. It made me consider, “Life in plastic, it’s fantastic.” I assumed that was a terrific line. Then I wrote, “Come on, Barbie, let’s go party.”

He introduced the thought into the studio and confirmed it to Norreen.

Rasted: It was in main chords at first. He actually needed to alter it to minor chords. And so we began on a minor chord as a substitute. I don’t imply to be too technical, however the change means rather a lot. And what I had was too wordy. I keep in mind Claus taking out phrases that rhymed within the verses. We disagreed rather a lot.

Dif: I wrote all my very own verses. We ping-ponged between the 4 of us concerning the lyrics. All of us chipped in.

Nystrøm: I simply keep in mind a couple of transient moments from the studio, however we knew we actually had one thing value gold in our palms.

Rasted: There was quite a lot of backwards and forwards after we recorded the vocals. Lene needed to take it down a notch. She thought it was too excessive. If she was going to do it dwell, it was simply ridiculously excessive. There was quite a lot of preventing about that. However we simply stated, “This just sounds out of this world. Please, let’s just do this. We can always take it down one note live. Nobody is going to notice.”

Nystrøm: Everybody believed it was pitched up within the laptop, however I actually did it.

The lyrics to “Barbie Girl” are filled with sexually suggestive traces like “I’m a blond bimbo girl in a fantasy world,” “Dress me up, make it tight, I’m your dolly,” and “You can brush my hair, undress me everywhere.”

Dif: The message is that it’s OK to be the particular person you’re and look the way in which you look and be assured in that. You don’t essentially should have plastic surgical procedures to be a greater particular person. All these metaphors within the track had been taboo to speak about, however we got here out with a tongue-in-cheek approach to current our track. It’s a pop track, however it’s additionally a track about the way it’s OK to be who you’re, love who you’re, and be your self.

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Søren Skjær

Rasted: It was, after all, a track about plastic surgical procedures. Different elements of the songs had been simply sexual. Once we had the lawsuit from Mattel, which got here later, the legal professionals made us change the story. They stated, “Please don’t say it’s anything sexual.” However we had been probably not attempting to make a press release. We had been simply attempting to put in writing a enjoyable track.

Nystrøm: It’s tongue-in-cheek. It’s pop music. If you wish to see the layers to it, there’s all of the layers you need. However we type of took the piss out of the Pamela Anderson Baywatch good image with silicon boobs. We needed to take the piss out of that type of good lady. That was the principle factor we mentioned. We didn’t say it fairly often, however that was the principle factor behind it.

III. The Video

When “Barbie Girl” began taking off on the radio in Denmark, Common determined to make a video for it. They employed director Peder Pedersen to make it.

Peder Pedersen: I used to be simply beginning out as a director, and it was exhausting. The evening earlier than I obtained the request to do “Barbie Girl,” I used to be performing some grainy black-and-white artwork stuff in a basement. Whereas we had been organising, “Barbie Girl” got here on the radio. I keep in mind saying [angrily], “What the hell is this?” The subsequent day, I obtained a name asking if I needed to do the video for it. I went [cheerfully], “Yes, of course!”

The video was filmed in two days at an previous wine warehouse in Copenhagen that was transformed right into a makeshift studio.

Pedersen: For my part, the video wanted to be just like the track, cartoonish, that type of really feel. That’s additionally what the group had in thoughts. We had a session the place we went, “What does Barbie do? What kind of props does she have? Well, she has a house, a car, a horse, a hair dryer, a telephone, a dog …” Then I went again and did an entire storyboard for it. And we had a timeline saying, “Barbie does a lot of things, and it ends in a party.”

He drew inspiration from unlikely sources.

Pedersen: We had watched Spike Jonze’s video for “Sabotage” by the Beastie Boys. I like these crime motion pictures and exploitation motion pictures that they had been referencing. It was an inspiration, because it had the Beastie Boys taking part in characters. That was a superb reference for me to say, “If we can go this way and have a kind of irony, we can go a long way.” Our references for the seems to be had been Hanna-Barbera cartoons like The Flintstones and Scooby Doo. That made it look completely different from all the opposite movies.

He initially envisioned dressing up Nystrøm in a blond Barbie wig.

Rasted: We had a gathering a couple of days earlier than the shoot, and Lene stated that she wasn’t going to be Barbie. We had been like, “What? You can’t fucking do that!”

Nystrøm: I don’t get offended fairly often. You possibly can stretch me far. However I had my very own type of opinion about that. I didn’t need to seem like Barbie. That’s in opposition to the entire level of the track. I got here into the dressing room and the stylists had been there. We had an extended, exhausting argument. Common got here in. The director got here in. And I simply stood my floor.

Pedersen: She stated, “I will not wear a wig. I will not dye my hair.” I promised her, “OK, you can have your normal color hair.” I went again and coloured all of the frames within the storyboard black.

However he nonetheless needed actors to play Ken and Barbie.

Pedersen: The artwork director [Peter Stenbæk] stated, “I have friends, and they look like Barbie and Ken.”

Mads Tagel (Ken actor): We had been invited on the day of the shoot. Peter referred to as us and requested if we had been busy and if we needed to be a part of the shoot. Because it was a free lunch and we had been each finding out on the time, we stated sure.

Rasted: The actually attention-grabbing factor is that they met one another on the set that day and they’re married now and have two children. We may by no means have anticipated that!

Tagel: Søren retains telling that story, and though it’s undoubtedly extra romantic, it’s simply not true. We met again in 1993, each working on the similar cafe, me needing a spot to remain, [Barbie actress and my now-wife] Lisbeth having room to spare — the remainder is historical past.

Despite the fact that the video was rigorously storyboarded, everybody was inspired to improvise and have enjoyable with it.

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Peder Pedersen

Pedersen: We had been all fairly younger. It’s not like at this time the place you need to take into consideration every part. We didn’t know it could go and be considered so many occasions.

Tagel: I had my hair coloured pitch black. And though the woman promised it was simple to clean out afterward, it was not. I had black hair for over a 12 months.

Dif: Lene was in a good crimson costume with Sixties hair. Søren had bleached hair with spikes, motocross shorts, and a good shirt. Claus had orange hair and Sixties garments. I had a Scottish kilt on with navy boots and glitter on my face. We didn’t look something like a standard band you’d see strolling down the road.

Tagen: We didn’t rehearse something. And we didn’t know one another. So every part you see within the video, the grins, the waving — I feel we had been attempting to mimic a doll-like motion — is improvised. And due to the setting, the entire thing had this bizarre vibe that Lisbeth and I simply leaned into — simply attempting to have enjoyable, as a result of an hour earlier than we had been mendacity on the sofa watching a film.

Nystrøm and Dif had been naturals on digital camera, whereas their bandmates had a little bit of a more durable time.

Pedersen: René and Lene had very comedic timing. They understood what we needed to realize. They embraced that and gave it greater than you would hope for. Their timing and their contribution is what attracts the viewer in. Søren and Claus had been a bit extra nervous, however I feel their stiffness within the background helps that plastic really feel.

Tagen: Everybody, the crew, the band, the director, we had been all having a superb time, listening to this very glad, infantile, upbeat track time and again, and that created this surreal vibe that we simply went with. And I feel that exhibits within the video.

IV. Going International

The track hit simply as new pop acts like Backstreet Boys and Spice Ladies had been taking on the charts. On Sept. 6, 1997, the track debuted at Number Seven on the Billboard Hot 100 in America, sandwiched between Third Eye Blind’s “Semi-Charmed Life” and Dru Hill’s “Never Make a Promise.” It did even higher in Australia and Europe.

Dif: Shortly earlier than this, everybody was wearing black and had a guitar, they usually had been singing about how unhealthy they felt and taking part in actually miserable music. Individuals had been prepared for one thing completely different. In some magical manner, we got here in at simply the precise time. The moon, the solar, every part needed to stand nonetheless at that one second. It did for us. We went from zero to hero fairly quick.

Pedersen: I keep in mind anyone got here operating into my workplace and was like, “The video is on MTV!” I stated, “Really?” I didn’t perceive it at the moment. I nonetheless don’t perceive it.

Only a few Scandinavian pop acts have scored huge hits in America, and most of them got here from Sweden. Breaking in America felt like an inconceivable dream for Aqua.

Dif: It’s the largest nation. They’ve the largest bands. All the pieces you heard within the music {industry}, about 80 p.c got here got here from the States.

Rasted: Denmark is only a actually small nation. However we had a really distinct sound, our video was actually distinct, and Lene and René had been simply good. They had been good to take a look at.

Nystrøm: Many of the Scandinavian teams that broke in America had been from Sweden, although A-Ha had been from Norway. Not many got here from Denmark. And so I can’t even describe the sensation [of learning the song broke in America]. I feel it was one and a half or two years of data and excellent news. You had been so overwhelmed. You modified nations each day. All the pieces moved so quick. We’d go to a rustic after which the track would hit Quantity One. Then it could go to Quantity One in a foreign country. It was simply wonderful to see one thing you’d been engaged on so exhausting along with your finest pals was really beloved by different individuals world wide — and hated.

Aqua (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage) *** Local Caption ***

Aqua arrive on the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas, December 1997.

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They got here to America close to the top of their world tour.

Nystrøm: We got here to the States after a month in Asia. We really kissed the bottom after we landed. It’s simply exhausting to be in Asia for such a very long time because the cultures are so completely different. However America was wonderful, however it was additionally actually exhausting. It’s such an enormous continent. You’re beginning over in each state. It was actually exhausting work.

Dif: We did about 14 cities in 21 days within the States. We tried to present every nation as a lot consideration as attainable, however the U.S. is the largest nation and you should be there extra. Trying again, we weren’t there that a lot.

The follow-up singles to “Barbie Girl” in most nations had been “My Oh My” and “Doctor Jones,” and each songs turned hits. However the American label opted to launch the underwhelming “Lollipop (Candyman)” because the follow-up. It stalled out at Quantity 23.

Rasted: We didn’t assume that track was successful. That was a bizarre resolution.

Dif: On reflection, I might have gone with “Around the World” as the following single.

Nystrøm: I feel perhaps “Doctor Jones” would have been a more sensible choice in America, however there was a lot politics at that time. At that time, America was over our resolution degree due to the highly effective individuals at Common. There have been quite a lot of cooks within the kitchen, lots of people that needed to be part of it, however the second single ought to have been left to us to resolve.

V. The Lawsuit

The CD booklet for Aqua’s album Aquarium included this sentence: “The song ‘Barbie Girl’ is a social comment and was not created or approved by the makers of the doll.” This wasn’t practically sufficient to appease Mattel, they usually filed a lawsuit in opposition to MCA in 2000.

Russell Frackman (lawyer): The lawsuit had 11 completely different claims. They stunning a lot threw the kitchen sink at us. All of them boiled down basically, in a technique or one other, to trademark infringement. They even claimed that they infringed on what they referred to as “Barbie Pink.”

Dif: The very first thing I assumed was, “Wow, the biggest toy company in the world is going after the little band from Denmark?”

Nystrøm: I assumed it was hilarious, to be trustworthy. I’ve to say, solely in America. They didn’t sue us. They sued our label. For a very long time, we couldn’t discuss it. If we had been interviewed, we couldn’t discuss it. There have been quite a lot of hassles round it, bit it was additionally hilarious. And it was a free industrial on either side, for Mattel and for us.

Frackman: I felt that Mattel had a weak case. My view was strengthened once I realized extra about Barbie’s background. Barbie started her life as a German doll often called Lilli. And Lilli was a plaything for grownup males, so her background was not pristine. It additionally turned very clear that Barbie had been represented in books and different media, even in recordings previous to “Barbie Girl,” as representing a sure sort of particular person. She turned an icon standing for a sure sort of particular person. That led to the most important defenses within the case, which had been basically First Modification defenses.

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Søren Skjær

Rasted: Our label paid the authorized charges, however I feel the entire thing was a setup in a manner. No one has ever stated that to me, however I feel they made a deal early on. I feel they made a deal that they had been going to sue Common. I feel they needed the eye. You possibly can’t actually be annoyed about that. I don’t assume that we needed to harm the doll. It’s tough to have a transparent regulation about that.

Frackman: We employed literary consultants, record-industry consultants, advertising and marketing consultants, and we got here up with all types of fabric that was much more crucial of Barbie, and much more sexual, frankly, than “Barbie Girl.” There was little question that for a lot of, a few years, even individuals who didn’t purchase Barbie dolls had been conscious that Barbie was both considered as a feminist or as a bimbo. That was an undeniable fact. Additionally, trademarked names have been utilized in songs for a lot of, a few years. Consider Janis Joplin’s “Mercedes Benz,” Paul Simon’s “Kodachrome,” Bruce Springsteen’s “Cadillac Ranch.” At one level, Mattel argued they might have referred to as the track “Party Girl.” However clearly, calling it “Party Girl” doesn’t convey the identical message as calling it “Barbie Girl.”

The lawsuit dragged on for years and in the end went to the United State Courtroom of Appeals, Ninth Circuit. Decide Alex Kozinski dominated in favor of MCA. He ended his opinion with the road, “The parties are advised to chill.”

Frackman: It was 4 or 5 years of litigation within the trial courtroom and within the courtroom of appeals. One may say it’s a lawsuit that by no means ought to have been litigated.

Amazingly, in 2009, Mattel licensed “Barbie Girl” to be used in an advert marketing campaign, that means they needed to pay Aqua to make use of it. They modified a few of the extra suggestive lyrics to “You can be a star/No matter who are you are” and “I’m a girl in my world/Full of fashion and fun.”

Nystrøm: That’s what they need to have completed from the beginning.

Frackman: It’s type of ironic that Mattel was principally arguing that the label ought to have licensed the rights or at the very least negotiated the rights to make use of Barbie. And it ended up with Mattel licensing the rights to make use of the track from MCA. The shoe was principally on the opposite foot there.

Rasted: The lawsuit was actually only a good commercial for us since you may’t actually do away with the track, however everybody knew concerning the lawsuit. We couldn’t have requested for something higher.

VI. The Aftermath

Aqua adopted up Aquarium in 2000 with Aquarius. It offered effectively world wide, particularly in Scandinavia, however stalled out at Quantity 82 in America. They took a break in 2001 that lasted till 2008. Throughout this time, Nystrøm married Rasted they usually had two children. They separated six years in the past.

Nystrøm: We’re the most effective of pals. We have now two teenage youngsters. We have now been by conflicts, however you simply should assume greater and keep in mind why you’re keen on one another. We have now the music and we’ve got the youngsters. We handle one another. We glance after one another.

Rasted: I used to be married to Lene for 16 years. Truthfully, I like her very a lot. As a matter of truth, me and Lene are transferring into the identical constructing subsequent month. We every have our personal condominium.

Nystrøm: My boyfriend is Søren’s studio technician. We exit to dinner with Søren and his girlfriend. It’s only a huge, fashionable, glad household. René and Søren are my two finest pals.

Rasted: I can think about it seems to be actually bizarre from the surface, however it feels good from the within.

Claus Norreen left the group in 2016.

Rasted: There have been quite a lot of causes Claus left, however not critical ones. It wasn’t like he was going to kill us, or something. I feel he wanted a break. We’ve had breaks throughout this. You’re going to kill one another in case you don’t have breaks.

Nystrøm: I miss Claus within the group. He was my musical soulmate onstage. I used to be at all times searching for him onstage. If he felt comfy, I felt protected. It was actually unhappy when he left the group. However I’ve to say that the dynamics inside us three are actually, actually wonderful. And so forth a normal foundation, I don’t miss him at this time.

They launched their third album, Megalomania, in 2011. Their focus since then has been on touring, usually taking part in at European festivals with different Nineties teams. For sure, they by no means get offstage with out taking part in “Barbie Girl.”

Dif: The sensation after we play it’s typically a bit bit surrealistic. Whenever you take a look at the gang, they’re 14, 15, or 16 years previous. We wrote the track 25 years in the past. You’d assume it could be Mother and Pop within the entrance row, however it’s not. Each time we play, there are hardcore followers and new followers. Once they see us carry out, they perceive the entire idea of Aqua. We’re a fairly wild band after we play. We typically say that we’re performing like a rock band, however we’re a 110-percent pop band. We kick ass each time.

Rasted: I by no means get bored with [the song]. I actually, actually don’t. I get pleasure from taking part in it dwell each time. In fact, typically thrice in a row is rather a lot. However I really feel so lucky that everyone just about in the entire world is aware of that track.

Nystrøm: I really feel actually happy with the track. I’ve to confess there have been occasions again within the days the place I used to be like, “Oh, my God, not again.”

In November 2021, they flew all the way in which from Denmark to the Parque Fundidora pageant in Monterrey, Mexico. They had been requested to play only one track: “Barbie Girl.”

Dif: Let me let you know, it’s a fairly lengthy approach to go from Denmark to Mexico. It’s 26 hours.

Nystrøm: It was a lot enjoyable. We went a pair days earlier and our baggage obtained misplaced. There was a lot chaos. We needed to keep in Mexico Metropolis for a pair days. We simply performed one track. It’s over earlier than you even understand it, however it was nice to even be there.

They hope it results in extra dates in North America.

Dif: I’ve a couple of issues that I might actually, actually like Aqua to expertise within the years to come back. I want to do two weeks or a month in Las Vegas so I may say, “Check, I had a show in Vegas.” And it could be the 2 greatest festivals you’ve: Coachella and Vegas. That might be fuckin’ wonderful.

Nystrøm: A dream for all of us is to have the ability to do a pageant or two within the USA. That might be fuckin’ wonderful.

Dif: What’s the identify of that man who does the carpool factor? James Corden? I noticed him yesterday. He did a humorous factor the place he was taking part in keyboards within the Beatle film [Get Back]. He talked about “Barbie Girl.” I practically fell off my chair once I noticed that. It was so humorous. Now I’m simply ready for the invitation so we are able to do Aqua in his automobile. That might be so cool.

Nystrøm: We actually fought exhausting to be taken significantly as a dwell band. We at the moment are allowed to journey the world and play dwell. My father is with me. My complete household is with us after we journey. It’s wonderful to deal with taking part in dwell now. I like going onstage and seeing the response.

They’ve additionally began work on their long-awaited fourth album.

Nystrøm: We had been within the studio final winter when the second lockdown occurred. We’re going again in quickly. It’s tough. There are such a lot of instructions we are able to take it. I would like it to be pure pop music, glad music. Søren desires or not it’s a bit extra critical. I’m like, “Nope. I want happy music. Come on, dude, you can do it.” I’m hoping he hears me. No one desires darkish music from Aqua. Let’s simply agree on that.

All three members of the group say they don’t thoughts being referred to as one-hit wonders, even when that title isn’t actually honest.

Nystrøm: In Europe and Asia, most individuals know we aren’t one-hit wonders since we had different hits. However it’s what it’s. You simply have to come back out and show them incorrect.

Rasted: I’ve by no means felt like a one-hit marvel. To be trustworthy, after all, when “Barbie Girl” went loopy world wide, we had been afraid we’d be a one-hit marvel. Then “Doctor Jones,” “Turn Back Time,” and “My Oh My” took off, and it was sure we weren’t a one-hit marvel. However that track is a present. I received’t be bothered by that though lot of individuals in all probability need to kill us.

Tagen: The bizarre factor is that “Barbie Girl” was fairly dormant by the 2000s and 2010s, however it feels prefer it’s choosing up once more over the previous years. I feel it’s as a result of the youngsters listening to the music again then at the moment are grown-ups with their very own children, and that brings the music again once more. And at work now, each time a brand new particular person or new consumer is available in, the story will get informed they usually all chortle. It’s nonetheless humorous, and I assume all people has a relation or reminiscence connected to the track.

Nystrøm: I can completely perceive individuals getting pissed at it. It may be tremendous annoying. It sticks like glue.

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