In case you missed it the Barbie movie is a huge runaway meme-producing mega-hit of a movie.

There’s a good reason why, it’s a great movie with some fantastic performances, a LOT of pink and even a cover of one of the best Barbie songs of all time ‘Barbie Girl’ by Aqua.

Being a cartoonist of a certain age ‘Barbie Girl’ is burned deep into my brain by it being played far too much on radio stations and then played even more in bars and clubs for a solid decade. So when the Barbie movie came out all I could think about was that song, and being a science cartoonist this obviously led to the following cartoon.

Because Barbie Girl clearly needed a sciency upgrade!

And I wasn’t the only person to think that as in response to this cartoon, we had a LOT of our community produce their own versions. Here are some of the best (in my opinion) but you can find even more on our Instagram page.

  • You’re a Chemistry girl in a dangerous world. Here’s your gloves, coat, and goggles, let’s go party (Richard Chiolero)
  • I am a chemistry boy in a florescent world😌, Life in chromatic😅, It’s aromatic🤭, Life in plastic is fantastic 🫡, Gosh I literally forgot I am D.I.N😂, Good night beautiful people (Dreams Din)
  • I’m and Epi Boy, In a diseased world, Life in Data, Elucidate it (dannhek)

The absolute best was sent in by Chris (@dr.guvercinsever).

But what made this one stand out is that they didn’t just science-up the chorus they wrote an entire set of alternative song lyrics! Which not only scan a LOT better than the few lines I came up with but are brilliantly apt for anyone working in computational chemistry.

You can read the complete lyrics below, it might help to put Barbie Girl on while you do!

CompChem Girl
by dr.guvercinsever
(Set to the music of Barbie Girl by Aqua)

Hiya computer chemist!
Hi HPC!
You wanna go for a calculation?
Sure, HPC
Submit it!

I’m a CompChem girl in a theoretical world. 
Life in simulations. It’s calculating! 
You can submit a job, access results from everywhere!
Imagination, life is your calculation.

Come on, CompChem, let’s have some coffee!

I’m a CompChem girl in a theoretical world. 
Life in simulations. It’s calculating! 
You can submit a job, access results from everywhere!
Imagination, life is your calculation.

I’m a smart coding girl in a quantum world. 
Derive terms here, integrate formulas there, I’m your theorist!
You’re my theorist, Rock’n’Roll, feel the electrons repulse.
Integrals here, postulations there, hanky panky.

You can compute
All the bonds
If you say “here’s experimental data”

I’m a #CompChem girl in a theoretical world. 
Life in simulations. It’s calculating! 
You can submit a job, access results from everywhere!
Imagination, life is your calculation.

Come on, CompChem, let’s have some coffee!
Come on, CompChem, let’s have some coffee!
Come on, CompChem, let’s have some coffee!
Come on, CompChem, let’s have some coffee!

Make me calculate whatever structure you please,
I can act like Heisenberg, I can beg for convergence.
Come submit, CompChem friend, let us do it again.
Hit “submit”, in background, let’s have some coffee!

You can compute
All the bonds
If you say “here’s experimental data”

You can compute
All the bonds
If you say “here’s experimental data”

Come on, CompChem, let’s have some coffee!
Come on, CompChem, let’s have some coffee!
Come on, CompChem, let’s have some coffee!
Come on, CompChem, let’s have some coffee!

I’m a CompChem girl in a theoretical world. 
Life in simulations. It’s calculating! 
You can submit a job, access results from everywhere!
Imagination, life is your calculation.

I’m a CompChem girl in a theoretical world. 
Life in simulations. It’s calculating! 
You can submit a job, access results from everywhere!
Imagination, life is your calculation.

Come on, CompChem, let’s have some coffee!
Come on, CompChem, let’s have some coffee!
Come on, CompChem, let’s have some coffee!
Come on, CompChem, let’s have some coffee!

Oh, I have so much data now!
Well, CompChem, we’re just getting started.
Oh, I love you, HPC!

If there are any science singers out there that fancy taking a go at this please get in touch because this song is too amazing to not get recorded!

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1 Comment

HM · 9 August 2023 at 13:21

sounds like everyone had a lot of fun with this movie…(smh)…we are such nerds! I sense 2 years of memes and an Aqua revival, with at least one tour, in the future.

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