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Once there was a band called Aqua. You probably know their song Barbie Girl. Apparently, a lot of other people know the song, and like it enough to make videos of themselves lip-synching to it. A lot of people. [a lot more and heavy youtube linkage inside]
posted by Ynoxas (67 comments total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
posted by delmoi at 8:18 PM on June 16, 2006

inside a barbie world?
posted by blue_beetle at 8:21 PM on June 16, 2006

I like the song, don’t get me wrong.  But, not nearly as much as many of these people.  youtube returned over
1000 hits
for “Barbie Girl”.  They go from terribly amateur and obviously spur of the moment, to apparently rehearsed and prepared
(note the “Say Nope to Dope t-shirt). One contains an something I can only dub “hand bukkake”.  They go on
(bonus creativity points)  and on (very avant garde camera angle).  But one video struck me as different.  Lynne and Tessa apparently have done many
, and I find them absolutely enchanting.  And for the feline contingent of MeFi, this one even has a cat in it.
posted by Ynoxas at 8:21 PM on June 16, 2006

(Sorry for the delay getting the more inside. When I copy/pasted, it had significant formatting trouble, and still does, but at least it is readable now)
posted by Ynoxas at 8:23 PM on June 16, 2006

I like the "Spur of the moment one" Those kids seem like they're having fun. The "Hand Bukkake" is just so bizzare... I kind of feel bad for those guys, almost.
posted by delmoi at 8:35 PM on June 16, 2006

Also, where were these girls when I was in highschool!?
posted by delmoi at 8:38 PM on June 16, 2006

Which one is Tessa and which one is Lynee? One of them looks like a (very) young Julia Louis-Dreyfus.
posted by delmoi at 8:47 PM on June 16, 2006

Pretty Young Thing by Lene off of Aqua is a fabulous pop record, as is the rest of her solo album.
posted by cillit bang at 9:00 PM on June 16, 2006

I think this one is my favorite of Tessa and Lynne
posted by delmoi at 9:01 PM on June 16, 2006

I wonder if these (The Tessa and Lynne vids) are something someone just found online and decided to post, rather then being bosted by the two of them themselves.
posted by delmoi at 9:03 PM on June 16, 2006

I hate this post.
posted by ackeber at 9:07 PM on June 16, 2006

I hate this post.

posted by mystyk at 9:11 PM on June 16, 2006

Tessa and Lynne deserve a post of their own. Wow.
posted by cillit bang at 9:18 PM on June 16, 2006

I was about to flame this post since I thought surely a post about that horrible song should be flamed, but by god youtube has won me over again.
posted by weretable and the undead chairs at 9:23 PM on June 16, 2006

Yikes! I'm like 90% sure one (and I'm not saying which) of those girls is my cousin.
posted by shoepal at 9:26 PM on June 16, 2006

They're both really tallented. I wouldn't be suprised to see one of them on SNL in 5-10 years.
posted by delmoi at 9:26 PM on June 16, 2006

Delmoi, I totally agree -- I was struck by the natural comic ability of tessa and lynne. I wanna offer them a development deal. I love this post, haters.
posted by TonyRobots at 9:42 PM on June 16, 2006

I wonder if these (The Tessa and Lynne vids) are something someone just found online and decided to post, rather then being bosted by the two of them themselves.

Right, I've done some digging and they've put themselves on Google Idol and Lynne is all over the forum there. They're from Frankfurt and Tessa is the scrawnier-looking one with the shorter hair.
posted by cillit bang at 9:43 PM on June 16, 2006

Agree with cillit bang, Ynoxas, and delmoi. Tessa and Lynne are great. Especially... whichever one it is, the one with the rounder face. Amazingly expressive features. Natural performer. Utterly charming. Someone please fish this sparkling young woman out of the old shoes and tires of YouTube and give her a nice modeling or acting contract.
posted by Slithy_Tove at 9:44 PM on June 16, 2006

Ah, so the videos are sort of stolen then. Some one ripped them from google and put 'em on YouTube, watermarking some of them in the process. Kinda lame.
posted by delmoi at 9:46 PM on June 16, 2006

Lynne & Tessa (apparently official). Shoepal, is your cousin German?

Google Video is apparently where they upload their stuff, so anything on YouTube or elsewhere is ganked.

The other Google Idol-anointed favorites are Pomme and Kelly of the Netherlands.
posted by dhartung at 9:49 PM on June 16, 2006

What we really need is a video battle of Lynne and Tessa vs Pomme and Kelly [previously discussed on MeFi].
posted by SenshiNeko at 9:54 PM on June 16, 2006

I want to see Tessa & Lynn do a version of Gnarls Barkley's Crazy, because that would probably be the coolest thing ever (at least for this week). Imagine Tessa doing that little scoffing-laughing thing Cee-Lo does right before he sings well bless your soul...--awesome.
posted by Chrischris at 9:55 PM on June 16, 2006

googleidol is seriously infringing on some trademarks...
posted by delmoi at 9:58 PM on June 16, 2006

Oh, I found this video when looking at the Pomme and Kelly link.
posted by delmoi at 10:04 PM on June 16, 2006

added tessa and lynne tags

I guess I could/should have looked on Google Video too, but I was already buried under the sheer volume of videos from YouTube.

I mean, even considering duplicates, we are talking about several hundred versions. I imagine this exists for several other songs as well, I just don't have the fortitude to investigate.

Delmoi: I feel the same way. When I was growing up, the intersection of hot girls and girls who would have been willing to video themselves doing such and then post it publicly for worldwide consumption was basically an empty set.
posted by Ynoxas at 10:12 PM on June 16, 2006

I think perhaps the weirdest version of Barbie Girl is probably is this
posted by gyc at 10:12 PM on June 16, 2006

here is a Tessa and Lynne that's not on youtube yet, "You're the one I need" by the backstreet boys.
posted by delmoi at 10:16 PM on June 16, 2006

So the wife drags me upstairs to see the latest thing she found on MeFi. i acquiesce, because that's what husbands do. i sit in front of her computer and i watch this video. And i really, really want to hate it.

There are these two chicks bouncing around, lipsyncing a cliche song. Hating this should be easy, right? i mean, they can't even decide who is doing the male voice and who is doing the female.

i was even going to complain about the fact that there isn't a single edit to make the overall final product look more polished. i mean, they left every bad flub of a line in there.

And after about a minute, i didn't give a shit. Here are these two chicks just dancing around and having way too much fun doing something unbeliveably dorky. And not caring.

i've heard bravery defined as being afraid of something and doing it anyway. So my inital reaction is to say how brave they are to present themselves in such a mockable way to the masses. But on further consideration, they aren't brave by that definition. They are clearly having too much fun; there is no fear here. They are obviously enjoying looking this dumb for our entertainment.

And that is so, totally cool.
posted by quin at 10:30 PM on June 16, 2006

This is pretty impressive. It's kinda cute. Pop Idol done homebrew style.

Do they do Rammstein? Or Einsturzende Neubauten?
posted by sien at 10:30 PM on June 16, 2006

Oh for a faster connection. I love Aqua, love this song, and I really want to see what those vids are all about. Damn dialup.

cillit bang: glad to see I'm not the only person in the world who's heard the album!
posted by divabat at 10:42 PM on June 16, 2006

dhartung, she's not one of the L&T germans, but one of the "other" barbie girl lip syncers.
posted by shoepal at 10:44 PM on June 16, 2006

wtf, gyc?!
posted by shoepal at 10:47 PM on June 16, 2006

gyc's link fucking rules. If only for Simon's reaction.
posted by Saucy Intruder at 10:57 PM on June 16, 2006

*blink* All of a sudden, I feel like a dirty old man.
posted by foozleface at 11:36 PM on June 16, 2006

Yeah, gyc's link is amazing.
posted by weretable and the undead chairs at 11:43 PM on June 16, 2006

please kill me.
posted by StrasbourgSecaucus at 12:10 AM on June 17, 2006

Pomme and Kelly totally wipe the floor with Lynne and Tessa. L&T are always out of synch, especially on the barbie song. Whereas Kelly(? the one on the right) does this amazing thing where she sits there with a blank face until it's her turn wherepon her face explodes into action. When that's done it returns IMMEDIATELY to blank. And she's on the beat. And she keeps on doing it again and again! Could this be love?
posted by Sparx at 12:10 AM on June 17, 2006

also, gyc's link was good.
posted by StrasbourgSecaucus at 12:14 AM on June 17, 2006

Is it ok if I jerk-off to the Tessa/Lynne videos?
posted by puke & cry at 12:16 AM on June 17, 2006 [1 favorite]

Also - The first MeFite to add to and link to their own contribution towards this exciting new genre wins a hundred bucks worth of my eternal admiration and respect. Not in actual money, mind, but it's as good as.
posted by Sparx at 12:17 AM on June 17, 2006

Check out this vid by Spyk of what is apparently a movie of Lynne & Tessa. When do the first documentaries on this type of performance come out? Have they already been done?
posted by filchyboy at 12:31 AM on June 17, 2006

Intersection of anime and barbie girl...

and another.
posted by WL at 12:33 AM on June 17, 2006

A few comments:
  1. You can tell that Lynne and Tessa aren't native (or fluent) English speakers. This is why their lipsyncing looks off.
  2. The chick on the right in the spur of the moment video looks like she has a thing for the girl on the left.
  3. How much you want to bet that the hand bukkake version ended with a circle jerk...after the girl left?
posted by Deathalicious at 12:35 AM on June 17, 2006

What we really need is a video battle of Lynne and Tessa vs Pomme and Kelly

Pomme and Kelly would win hands down. The original and best.
posted by greycap at 12:52 AM on June 17, 2006

What's all the amazement about, then? I just don't get it. This is a fucking rite-of-passage for bored, teenage suburban girls. Me and my friends did the same thing in high school, after the mall, before going out, etc...

Unfortunately we didn't have YouTube to package and broadcast our quotidien mediocrities to the internet for antisocial lamers to wank and obsess over. OMG teenaged girls. on the internets. *ummmmm hey*
posted by naxosaxur at 12:52 AM on June 17, 2006

We're all in love.
posted by rhizome23 at 1:06 AM on June 17, 2006

WTF is a chicken factory?
posted by pruner at 1:23 AM on June 17, 2006

"L&T" tags: hot, teh r0xx0rz

Has MeFi really come to this? I guess I'll go back to work in the chicken factory. F*********ck.
posted by fourcheesemac at 1:24 AM on June 17, 2006

I didn't see this one linked, but it's by far the best barbie girl lip syncing video!
posted by BugsPotter at 1:47 AM on June 17, 2006

Irony is a YouTube video that even the MetaFilter haters are powerless to condemn.

Matt, you need to send these girls some fruit baskets and a thank you note, they've EARNED it.
posted by pierrepressure at 3:51 AM on June 17, 2006

I was searching YouTube for renditions of Haddaway's "What Is Love" and I found (My eyes...the goggles do nothing!) THIS amazing display.
posted by Runcible Spoon at 4:36 AM on June 17, 2006

Get your laughs in while you can:

"The recent trend of amateur dancers hamming it up to popular songs on video and then playing them for the world to see has piqued the interest of the RIAA.."
posted by p3t3 at 5:36 AM on June 17, 2006

Metafilter : it not like somebody is suggesting visiting youtube. Wait, it is.
posted by elpapacito at 5:52 AM on June 17, 2006

Lynne (or is it Tessa?) strangely reminds me of CJ doing the Jackal. Anyone else?

"if you haven't seen CJ do The Jackal, then you haven't seen Shakespeare the way it's meant to be done."
posted by dogsbody at 6:16 AM on June 17, 2006

But wait, there's more...
(via Salon)
posted by klausness at 6:21 AM on June 17, 2006

naxosaxur: I think you may assume too much knowledge among the male population of what happens in teenage girl sleepovers. Understand a significant amount of speculation occurs, but true research is scant. The particular legend of "practicing frenching" suffers from a spectacular deficit of good data. I also think there may be a difference in "boldness" for lack of a better word between American and Western European girls.

I do not doubt for one minute that girls would put on records and sing into hairbrushes and giggle. It is the publishing for public consumption that surprises me and makes me marvel.

The lack of restraint, overt erotic themes, and sometimes absence of much clothing seems like something relegated to basement dens, not 56,000 views on YouTube. I would pay significant sums of real, hard, american currency for videos like this of my wife when she was a teenager. I would be able to live like a king upon a mountain, my every need catered to, just to keep them private.

Put another way, would you and your girlfriends have done something like this, and then made a tape of it and taken it to school the next day for play across the closed-circuit TV system? What about your entire town on cable access?

That's what this is, except much wider. The fact some of them are hot is nice, but completely besides the point. Some of the most amusing are from girls that are not what you would traditionally call "pretty".

The girls in this one would never so much as raise an eyebrow on the street, but I'll be damned if I'm not completely mesmerized. So it is something else besides "gawd she's hawt" going on. At least for me.

But Lynne... oh Lynne... she is truly a lovely creature, and a PERFECT example of where an assessment of a girl can rocket based on (apparent) personality. Is she cute? Sure... kind of average, but cute, yeah. But when she starts singing and dancing, she becomes a goddess. It is Charisma, a trait so elusive and impressive it deserves to be capitalized.

I think she is truly talented, but I think her gift is comedy and not music.
posted by Ynoxas at 6:57 AM on June 17, 2006

"The recent trend of amateur dancers hamming it up to popular songs on video and then playing them for the world to see has piqued the interest of the RIAA.."
posted by p3t3 at 7:36 AM CST on June 17

Is it bad to wish terrible things on people just because of their occupation?

Because I'm hoping for a fiery bus/helicopter crash during the next RIAA company picnic...

...on the site of the MPAA company picnic.
posted by Ynoxas at 7:01 AM on June 17, 2006

I like the bookcase behind them over the hallway. Kind of like a transom with a use.
The rest is cack. So is the desperate nature of this youtube wannabe celebrity movement. But at least they're not paying for the bandwidth. That's the one thing they do I applaud.
posted by Busithoth at 9:34 AM on June 17, 2006

Tessa and Lynne= brilliant derivative works artists.
posted by juggernautco at 10:37 AM on June 17, 2006

I wish YouTube had a lip-sync kill filter, so I don't have to see them. How many thousands of these things does the world need?
posted by Down10 at 3:37 PM on June 17, 2006

L&T? Ephebophilia will never go out of fashion.
posted by meehawl at 5:00 PM on June 17, 2006

pruner, a chicken factory is probably a chicken rendering plant. Which is nice.
posted by asok at 11:17 AM on June 19, 2006

Yeah, did ya know there's a new website around this video called www.BarbieGirlVideos.com. Compare the original with Lynne and Tessage remake.
posted by BarbieGal at 8:58 PM on June 21, 2006

Hammer time!
posted by loquacious at 8:00 AM on June 22, 2006

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