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Monday, May 7, 2012

Elliott's Eccentricities- Barbara Streisand by Duck Sauce

Question: What does one of the most successful female entertainers of all time and Chinese food have in common? After half an hour of coming up with hilarious fake answers with Eric, I decided to just give you the straight one, Duck Sauce. In fake American Chinese food, duck sauce is that delicious yellow sauce you put on your egg rolls. In the music world, Duck Sauce is a DJ Duo that produces disco house tracks to club to a la Night at the Roxbury. One of such tracks is the hit single (in Europe) Barbara Streisand.

Whatever implored this duo to interject the famous entertainer’s name repeatedly throughout their epic dance tune is a complete mystery. The reasoning is probably similar to that behind their decision to feature “crotch faces” in their following single Big Bad Wolf; Duck Sauce loves a good laugh. This is also evident in the completely genius cover art for the single, Streisand’s 1980 album Guilty digitally edited so the faces on it are replaced with duck beaks.

Barbara Streisand heavily samples Boney M’s 1979 Gotta Go Home, a song that itself deserves an Eccentricity article; the only things I need to say to describe the music video are “hilariously bad”, “steel drums”, and “disco fabulous”. Gotta Go Home itself is based off of the hook line from Nighttrain’s 1973 not-hit Hallo Bimmelbahn. It took 37 years and three songs but that infamous hook line finally got the recognition it deserved; it is addicting as hell. All it needed was a heavier beat behind it and some variations to really shine.

The song is an instant dance classic. Something about the obscure sample combined with interjections of the notorious diva’s name makes people want to get up and dance. I have listened to this song on repeat several times over and for some strange reason it doesn’t get old, even though it is just variations on one hook. I was thoroughly entertained when I watched John play the song on Audiosurf (I don’t usually enjoy watching others play). It is addictive gold. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

On the eccentricity scale ranging from 1 to 10
1- I like listening to Jimmi Hendrix’s fire.
10- I like to listen to Hendrix set hit guitar on fire.
Barbara Streisand (the song not the artist) -2/10 

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