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Although the lyrics seem meaningless, they could be making a statement about the inflated value of sex appeal in society. Barbie dolls waists were abnormally tiny and their breasts were huge. The first Barbie was a blonde, which adds to the sexual characteristics, as being a blonde is supposed to be hot. (thanks, Lucy - New York, New York)
Aqua are a group of Scandinavian musicians and DJs who had originally formed under the name Joyspeed. This yielded some small chart success in their native region, but the group grew disillusioned and started over as Aqua.
This was written after the group saw an exhibit on "Kitsch Culture."
Mattel sued the band, saying they violated the Barbie trademark and turned Barbie into a sex object, referring to her as a "Blonde Bimbo." Aqua claimed that Mattel injected their own meanings into the song's lyrics. In 2002, a judge ruled the song was protected as free speech under the first amendment, and also threw out a defamation lawsuit Aqua's record company filed against Mattel. The judge said in the ruling that "The parties are advised to chill." The case was dismissed, and in the process, it garnered loads of media attention for the song and the band.
After the lawsuit, Mattel changed the Barbies body sizes. The waist is now a little "meatier" and the breasts have been shrunk to an honest B cup. (thanks, Lucy - New York, New York)
Barbie dolls have made more than $1 billion since 1959. Aqua came close with the success of this song.
Aqua is not the first group to be sued over Barbie. Director Todd Haynes was also sued by Mattel for his use of the doll in the 1987 film Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story.
Aqua had commercial success in Denmark and Sweden with their first single, "Roses Are Red," going to #1 there. The group is considered a one hit wonder in the United States, but in England, they followed "Barbie Girl" with 2 more #1 hits: "Doctor Jones" and "Turn Back Time." (thanks, Sara Webb - Hitchin, United Kingdom)
Blender magazine rated this the 33rd worst song ever in its 2004 article "Run for Your Life! It's the 50 Worst Songs Ever!" in a section entitled "Scandi-wegian pedo-pop alert! Erk!" They suggest that "perhaps the gambit sounded acceptable in helium-huffing singer Lene Nystrom's native Norwegian," but that "in English it's just plain wrong." They labeled "'rapper' Rene Dif's basso profundo 'come on, Barbie, let's go party'" as the worst part of the song. (thanks, Brett - Edmonton, Canada)
In 1945 Ruth Handler and her husband Elliot founded the toy company Mattel with their close friend Harold Mattson. The idea for Barbie came about after Ruth watched their daughter Barbara cut dolls out of magazines and carefully choose clothes and accessories to clothe them in. All other dolls on the market at the time were baby dolls, but Ruth realized there was enormous potential in a doll with adult features, allowing children to act out their dreams. Barbie, named after their daughter, made her debut at the New York Toy Fair in March 1959 and took toy stores across the US by storm-more than 351,000 dolls were sold that year at $3 each. Today Barbie is the best selling toy in the world-more than one billion dolls have been sold since 1959 in 150 different countries.
Danny played guitar on Sweet Baby James
, and Running On Empty
. He also co-wrote many hit songs, including "Dirty Laundry," "Sunset Grill" and "Tender Is The Night."
Only Madonna, Beyoncé, Janet Jackson and Rihanna have more #1 Dance hits than Kristine.
Leslie West of Mountain
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Newman makes it look easy these days, but in this 1974 interview, he reveals the paranoia and pressures that made him yearn for his old 9-5 job.