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WATCH: Hipster DJ/Producer Team Duck Sauce's Cameo-Filled Video 'Barbra Streisand' Is Good, Goes Viral


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I spent just a little extra time among the music blogs this very hot afternoon in LA because of the always very hot hot links the guys at Modern Tonic find to fill our weeky music column. So i ran right into this -- going viral literally in the course of maybe 20 minutes. 

Screen shot 2010-09-28 at 4.34.50 PMThis "Non-stop, uber cool party diary including cameo appearances from the likes of Kanye West, Pharrell Williams, Vampire Weekend ..." (Pop Dash) If you don't listen now, you will be getting more opportunities.   

Duck Sauce is producer A-Trak and DJ Armand Van Helden and the song will be released Oct.10. I'm clearly not hip enough to be a huge Barbra fan, but certainly my dad knows some and as there are a number in the Towleroad reader base. i'm pleased to bring you news of just how cool you are.

Perhaps, again. 

No seriously. Following on Beyonce's performance in her honor a few years ago at the Kennedy Center, it's quite clear that this generation has sufficient respect, knowledge, talent, and wit to match Ms. Streisand as well as to pay homage. 

Give a hand identifying other cameos, mainly NYC-based music folks with hipster tendencies,  in the comments 

Watch Duck Sauce, "Barbra Streisand" and Beyonce for a bonus...after the Jump:


Duck Sauce "Barbra Streisand" from Mr Goldbar on Vimeo.


And here is Beyonce at Kennedy Center Honors. You may remember it as the evening she politely hugged then President Bush.

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  1. I see ?uestlove from the Roots, the two members of Chromeo, Kanye West, Pharell, and is that Johnny Weir on the webcam?

    Posted by: John | Sep 28, 2010 9:45:48 PM

  2. Really? Just saying Barbra Streisand's name in the middle of a marginal song counts as being able to "match" her. Seriously? How low have standards gotten when somebody can string some samples together, set up a beat machine, and repeat a name over an over and be declared her equal?
    What was it about the song that made Bab's name germane to it instead of, say, Rob Van Winkle or Country Joe or Tiny Tim? Nothing! Wow, that was as lame as lame can get.
    Get a backing orchestra/band of live musicians, write something that doesn't repeat endlessly every 8 bars, get a real singer, then we'll talk.

    Posted by: Tatts | Sep 28, 2010 11:32:28 PM

  3. i suppose i'm too old. i don't get this duck sauce/barbra streisand thingy. and what is that lame impression of her?

    i guess i'll just go put on "my name is barbra" and kill myself.

    Posted by: normadesmond | Sep 28, 2010 11:32:38 PM

  4. Hello Gorgeous. I agree with NormaDesmond. I guess I'll just off myself: I. Just.Don't.Get.It.

    Posted by: JEFFUWS | Sep 28, 2010 11:55:49 PM

  5. to jeff and tatts and norma,
    i really don't want to argue about age, who's older or who's seen more, it just seems like that would be moot.
    the piece has a catchy beat... it's comedic... it's self referential and it combines two things new york and an icon at a street level.
    you may not get it. frankly, who cares if you get it.
    i thought the whole point was to just smile and bounce along because the song given to you was worth the bounce.
    if you don't like this one, there will be another one to follow that might appeal.

    Posted by: Russell | Sep 29, 2010 12:23:38 AM

  6. No.

    Posted by: TANK | Sep 29, 2010 12:37:31 AM

  7. The video consists of a bunch of new, talented artists showing reverence to an old artist, in their own way. That's all. You don't have to be "young" to understand that these guys are what's cool for a lot of lgbt city dwellers.

    Posted by: Tim | Sep 29, 2010 2:02:33 AM

  8. I love this song and I love this video. IT IS FUN! FUN! FUN! Sometimes folks you just have to enjoy the music for what it is and not rip it apart like some spoiled high school bitch.

    Posted by: Craig Mingus | Sep 29, 2010 3:22:49 AM

  9. None of you get it.
    The song isn't about Barbra Streisand, it's about New York. Barbra was the quintessential New Yorker of decades past, and even though the city has changed, she still is. This video is an homage to New York, by way of Barbra, from a new generation.

    Posted by: Nathan | Sep 29, 2010 3:46:38 AM

  10. At least she is remembered....

    Posted by: John Normile | Sep 29, 2010 4:20:10 AM

  11. This has been around for at least half a year (YouTube, anyone?). What's all the fuss about?

    Posted by: oliver | Sep 29, 2010 5:59:56 AM


    Posted by: edim | Sep 29, 2010 6:14:08 AM

  13. Barbra Streisand is a very galvanized and controversial woman. People either worship her or hate her. This aspect lends itself to the popularity of the song. Frankly, I never understood the haters because the evil things they say about her never really hold water.

    Barbra is one of a kind and will go down in history as a trailblazer, who broke down barriers for woman entertainers. In fact she was the the one who broke the tragedy of the Judy Garland mold showing that female entertainers could cross over into may fields and be truly responsible for their career in every way. And Barbra reinvented herself every few years....Madonna picked that trick up from Miss Streisand early in her career.

    In summary the "Barbra Streisand" part works because of the many different images that Streisand provokes and those images and perceptions are as varied as can be for any great performer. Personally I feel that from her start in early 1960's all the way to today no other entertainer can match Streisand's successes, vocal talent, exotic looks, obscene concert ticket prices, controversies, overall talent or steel balls.

    Oh yeah, that fun Duck Sauce song is extremely catchy and addicting too.

    Posted by: Max F. Grump | Sep 29, 2010 9:52:30 AM

  14. I love the Fare Soldi remix of this.

    Posted by: kirkyo | Sep 29, 2010 10:03:59 AM

  15. I love it! Awesome video and super-fun tune :) . Thanks Towleroad!
    Is that Santigold practicing old school moves?

    Posted by: Matthew | Sep 29, 2010 10:11:11 AM

  16. Fun song (probably great to dance to), fun video--but probably would've been even better with an actual sample from one of her songs, or throwing in a "Hello, Gorgeous" for a change of pace. Still, it seems like black artists have often been surprisingly more accepting and honorific towards Babs over the years than some white artists, so this is nice in that respect. (Let's face it: before Streisand and Dusty Springfield, white girl pop singers weren't allowed to be angry, lustful, hungry, embittered, etc.)

    Now, can some smart hip-hop producer take Streisand's neglected 70's track "Between Yesterday and Tomorrow" and remix it into a chart-busting rap smash?

    Posted by: Dback | Sep 29, 2010 10:28:28 AM

  17. I think a little vomit came up in my throat. Love the song but the video is crushed under the weight of its hipster cavalcade. Thank god I don't live in Williamsburg.

    Posted by: Aron | Sep 29, 2010 10:45:22 AM

  18. i <3 duck sauce. great disco house! plus they're both hot ;)

    cameos: Kanye West, ?uestlove, Pharrell Williams, DJ Premier, Chromeo, Just Blaze, Ryan Leslie, Ezra Koenig (Vampire Weekend), Santigold, Yelawolf, Pill, Todd Terry, Todd James , Diplo, DJ Mehdi & Fafi, Smif-N-Wessun, Buckshot, The Biz doll and whole FOOLS GOLD crew!

    Posted by: Tony | Sep 29, 2010 11:38:53 AM

  19. Hey Nathan: So the song would be the same if they said, Jerry Seinfeld instead of Barbra Streisand? I too am too old to be able to call this artistry or even music. Sorry.

    Posted by: derwood | Sep 29, 2010 12:41:32 PM

  20. Hey Derwood:
    Using Jerry Seinfeld instead of Barbra would still be funny, but it wouldn't work because he doesn't still inspire young artists. He's just a comedian. I think this is an honestly affectionate homage.

    And if you invoke your age as the sole factor as to why you don't like a work of art, then you are too old ;)

    Posted by: Nathan | Sep 29, 2010 1:32:39 PM

  21. I love that the young artists are paying homage to NYC and Babs in their way, it's just not my kinda music: that's just a preference. Glad there are a lot that like it... variety makes the world go round!

    Posted by: CKNJ | Sep 29, 2010 2:15:44 PM

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