Laine Nystrom of Aqua in the “Barbie Girl” music video
It turns out that not every Barbie girl lives in a Barbie world — but Aqua, the band behind the 1997 bubblegum pop song, is perfectly fine with that. In an interview with diversity Ahead of the 25th anniversary of “Barbie Girl,” the band discussed another very indie, very under-the-radar album. barbie Project currently in the works: Greta Gerwig’s 2023 film. However, many fans were surprised at the revelation that “Barbie Girl” would not be a part of it barbie The soundtrack, Aqua, isn’t the least bit disturbing.
“I totally understand why they didn’t use it,” shares lead singer Lynne Nystrom, “but it’s going to get a lot of attention for us, no matter what.”
For her part, Nystrom thinks Gerwig passed on “Barbie Girl” for oversaturation reasons — using the track would have been too obvious, or as Nystrom put it, “cheese on top of cheese.” Søren Rasted finds the whole thing more ridiculous than anything, joking: “We should say we turned it down. Ryan Gosling is not good enough! “
If anything, the members of Aqua are proud of their track’s longevity in the cultural conscience, especially since they initially tried to make just a “fun song.” “We had the line, ‘Come on Barbie, let’s party,’ and thought it was great,” Rasted revealed. “[…]We didn’t put much thought into it. The hook worked really, really well. “
Aqua – Barbie Girl (Official Music Video)
“A good tune never dies, it just keeps on giving,” agrees Nystrom. “And ‘Barbie Girl’ is a great example of that.” While “Barbie Girl” may not be part of Gerwig’s film, it’s certainly easy to see how the song’s relentless camp and sugary sweetness influenced the general cultural perception of Barbie. If that iconic baritone “Come on Barbie, let’s party” hook doesn’t fit the description of Ryan Gosling’s “Ken-ergy,” this writer doesn’t know what does.