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June 9, 2011 8:22 AM   Subscribe

Genghis Barbie is a "post post-feminist feminist" French horn quartet that plays breathtaking renditions of Somebody to Love, Kiss from a Rose and Janelle Monae's 57821. Oh, and Thong Song.
posted by Apropos of Something (33 comments total) 30 users marked this as a favorite
Well this is my new favourite thing ever.
posted by Jofus at 8:32 AM on June 9, 2011 [1 favorite]

Will be showing this to my French horn-playing wife later. Thong Song! What??
posted by schleppo at 8:36 AM on June 9, 2011

I like French Horns when they are part of an orchestra but everything played by a French Horn Quartet comes out sounding like Christmas music.
posted by Secret Life of Gravy at 8:36 AM on June 9, 2011

"My post post-feminist feminist french horn single, My Post Post-feminist Feminist French Horn Single Is Dropping, is dropping."

Also, would it be too much to hope for an eventual collaboration with my favorite lesbian-feminist klezmer band, Isle of Klezbos?
posted by wreckingball at 8:37 AM on June 9, 2011 [4 favorites]

No matter what song they're covering, it STILL sounds like the soundtrack for a BBC movie set in the 19th century. Say, "Codpiece House", "Hound of the d'Urbervilles", or the like.
posted by happyroach at 8:38 AM on June 9, 2011

The YouTube suggestions for the Genghis Barbie videos led me to the exciting new genre of Swiss Alphorn Funk.
posted by jedicus at 8:38 AM on June 9, 2011 [5 favorites]

Thank you, jedicus. I had no idea. Guess what'll be on my iPod 'ere night falls!
posted by kinnakeet at 8:45 AM on June 9, 2011

Isle of Klezbos is awesome, too--thanks wreckingball!
posted by kinnakeet at 8:46 AM on June 9, 2011

"I can die now"
posted by ashtabula to opelika at 8:47 AM on June 9, 2011

posted by flippant at 8:52 AM on June 9, 2011

jedicus: "The YouTube suggestions for the Genghis Barbie videos led me to the exciting new genre of Swiss Alphorn Funk ."

Amazing. Her name is Eliana Burki, and here's an album on Amazon.
posted by Apropos of Something at 8:58 AM on June 9, 2011 [1 favorite]

I love horns so, so, so much.
posted by ocherdraco at 8:59 AM on June 9, 2011

the exciting new genre of Swiss Alphorn Funk

Lately, the Internet has reduced me to a stock reaction of "So that's a thing now? Hunh."
posted by benito.strauss at 9:01 AM on June 9, 2011

The awesomeness levels in here are dangerously high. Ohmigosh, that Janelle Monae cover.
posted by mintcake! at 9:08 AM on June 9, 2011

Live on WFMU's 7 Second Delay: audio, images
posted by TSOL at 9:28 AM on June 9, 2011

Did anyone else use the link to the Ellen show at the bottom of their page?
posted by Jaymzifer at 9:44 AM on June 9, 2011

"Swiss Alphorn Funk" is the name of my Von Trapp Family Singers cover band.
posted by Tknophobia at 9:45 AM on June 9, 2011

good rhythm section too
posted by flabdablet at 10:15 AM on June 9, 2011

Bit of a WTF moment for me with that last one, but then I was expecting Thong Song, not Thong Song.

Especially after this
posted by apatharch at 11:23 AM on June 9, 2011

Yeah, they're cute, but the problem is that whenever they put their lips on your mouth, they try to put their hand up your bell.
posted by StickyCarpet at 11:43 AM on June 9, 2011

Things I learned today: no one can make playing the french horn look cool.
posted by Zed at 12:27 PM on June 9, 2011

Oh, man, this is grand. Horn in F (a term which was beat into me throughout middle and high school as I guess "French horn" is wrong for some reason) is just so satisfying to play when it's going right. And it's so much work to get it to be going right. Also, protip: if you meet a girl and find out she played horn in school, she is 93% likely to be rad as shit.
posted by lauranesson at 12:48 PM on June 9, 2011 [1 favorite]

I can certainly vouch for elevated radness in former mellophone players. (Hi, sweetie!)

My favorite thing about the live Eliana Burki video that flabdablet posted is the bonus alphorn action sitting on the stage. Someone please fashion her an awesome alphorn storage vest so she can carry them around like John Popper's harmonicas.
posted by mintcake! at 1:17 PM on June 9, 2011 [1 favorite]

You didn't link to their Life On Mars? It's not perfect, but I really don't care.
posted by knile at 1:21 PM on June 9, 2011 [1 favorite]

If only they'd open for Mnozil Brass!
posted by Alles at 4:58 PM on June 9, 2011

I clicked on this with mild interest, but was very surprised to discover that this is the very first thing ever that has made my dog pay attention to my computer. For that, this post earns a favorite.
posted by msali at 5:27 PM on June 9, 2011

I. am. in. love. Thank you for posting this! Nothing makes more sense to me than this does. I mean that.
posted by pazazygeek at 5:52 PM on June 9, 2011

I love this stuff. Like Acid Brass, but sweeter.
posted by ovvl at 6:12 PM on June 9, 2011

Judging from this video, I'd guess some of them are little less into the "Barbie" gimmick than others.

But who cares about that? They sound fantastic. Thanks Apropos.
posted by straight at 6:21 PM on June 9, 2011

Gorgeous! Great timbre and great 4-part writing.
posted by ms.codex at 11:04 PM on June 9, 2011

OK, professional hornist here (well, by that I mean a slightly starving freelance one, so read my slight jealousy into their success)... umm... OK, beautiful sounds, great technique but that repertoire... really? That's not post anything. Why be outrageous then do mainly middle of the road covers?

The sound is all too sweet and polished for post post-feminist, I want playing that is rougher and repertoire that is rougher (OK, that's a personal thing, I like horns light and punchy when they're not playing late romantic repertoire).

And what is post post-feminist? Is it filming yourself in short skirts so the camera can almost see your knickers when you play?

I'm no prude but, dear God girls!

I have been lurking on Metafilter for YEARS, sorry it's taken so long to comment on anything and now I come out all negative nellie.

Also it's a "horn", it is in F, but they are not "F horns" they're playing "double horns" as they are in F and Bb, even though they read in F and music partition may say "Horn in F". "French horn" is acceptable but plain old "horn" is best. Was that confusing? I can clarify if needed.
posted by jujulalia at 1:46 AM on June 10, 2011

I assumed that the term "post post-feminist feminist" was a joke.
posted by knile at 4:49 AM on June 10, 2011

A "post-feminist" or "post-post-feminist" is someone who still wants women to be treated as human beings even if society slurs "feminists" as being ugly man-haters.

It shouldn't be necessary to reframe feminism in reaction to sexist caricatures, but it's understandable.
posted by straight at 9:39 AM on June 10, 2011

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