AQUA : Barbie Girl
Surprisingly, this wasn’t the first single Aqua released in Australia – that honour went to ‘Roses Are Red’, but it wasn’t until ‘Barbie Girl’ that the Danish quartet really found fame – it was a huge number one single, helping the band’s debut album ‘Aquarium’ to sell in excess of ten million copies worldwide. There was also a lawsuit brought against them by Mattel, the makers of the popular doll Barbie. It was thrown out. But to the clip… This is without doubt one of the shiniest and most perfectly fluffy pOp videos in the entire history of pOp videos. From the very beginning of the clip as we are warned that it is presented in ‘Aquascope’, (with Japanese subtitles, we might add…), we just know we’re in for something truly special – and it most certainly doesn’t disappoint. Everything is plastic, even the birds – everything is pink, even the car… We get introduced to the band, member by member. There’s a swimming pool, there are inflatables and there’s more colour and movement than an explosion in a fireworks factory. We especially like the part in the video where Lene’s arm pOps off – even the sound it makes causes us to titter wildly. All in all, Aqua’s ‘Barbie Girl’ is a true pOp masterpiece. It provides us with a non-too subtle reminder that at it’s heart, pOp music is meant to be fun.