Single Review: Duck Sauce – ‘Barbra Streisand’

Oh my… this is a bit weird, isn’t it?

Firstly, there’s the name of the band, which I always thought was very weird, like proper LOL-kind of funny. And then of course there’s the name of the song, which is a bit bonkers too. Why Barbra Streisand? Why not Barbra Windsor? Betty Boop? Or Susan Boyle? She’s always a hit.

I know why: at the time the video filming was a-goin’ on, Barbra Windsor was currently pre-occupied pretending to be burning to a crisp inside a pub, Betty Boop is a cartoon, and Susan Boyle was getting extradited for throwing peanuts at someone. So I guess the sex instructor from that film about Fokking will have to do. This is not a complete let down let’s face it, would either of those ladies look that good imitating a mental patient off for a jolly little excursion in a rowing boat? I think not.

Duck Sauce are also weird in the sense that their last single ‘aNYway’ was a bit naff, and ‘Barbra Streisand’ could be the same, or very much the antithesis. It’s hard to tell, because it is so weird, but that is what this analytical review is about, right? So by the end we shall have our answer, yes? Yes.

It’s weird (really!?) because it only has two real lyrics. It’s weird because it’s got a “Ooh” riff the sounds like Frankie Howerd stuck on repeat. And it’s weird because there’s a man who goes “BARBRA STREISAND” all dramatic like at random intervals, and it’s also weird because for someone reason, she’s bleating off about how New York is brilliant whilst she’s roaming around the countryside looking a bit lost.

Like I said: It’s weird.

It’s a good thing though, that weird can often be working in the artist’s favour, especially with most of today’s music sounding like a tired rehash of something else written by either a) someone from the 80’s with a half-baked rap thrown in or b) Lady GaGa. Thankfully, Duck Sauce have wiggled their way around this by making ‘Barbra Streisand’ about as barmy as the owl with the funny eyes in ‘Bambi’.

However, it is a gimmick song; a song that is based around one riff and expects to sell on it’s catchiness and overall DANCEability factor, which is what Armand van Helden is all about really, isn’t he? So whilst it’s a bit lacking in musical finesse, it’s certainly not a disappointment because you’d have to have your feet cemented to the ground if you don’t feel like dancing along to this gold dance-pop nugget.

Have a look at the video, pay extra attention to the cameo from the one, the only, Barbra Streisand “OOO-OO-OO-OOOOH”.


Catchy, infectious, feel-good, completely random and non-cohesive are all qualities that a throwaway pop track needs, and ‘Barbra Streisand’ has them all in abundance, even if she is chasing a sheep somewhere. It’s going to be the next ‘We No Speak Americano’, so you can bet a pound to a penny you’ll probably have to suffer the chavs at the back of the bus playing it through their tinny, bass-less phones. But it still is a good song, in a gimmicky way. In other words, let’s celebrate the weirdness.

OH MY GOD, the weirdness is contagious. QUICK! SPREAD IT TO EVERYONE AND ENJOY IT BEFORE THE CHAVS GET IT. My guess is you’ve got 48 hours. Tops.

Rating: 4.0 STARS

Download: October 11, 2010 (OUT NOW)

Featured Album: ‘TBA’

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