The song Barbra Streisand by Duck Sauce has been taking the world by storm for weeks. The video is loaded with tons of artists including Pharell and Kanye West. Duck Sauce is DJ’s Armand van Helden and A-trak and like the title DJ suggests, apart from making records themselves, they like to spin other people’s tunes too.

So it should come as no surprise that Barbra Streisand is literally sampled from Boney M’s 1979 disco hit Gotta go Home with a few added beats, scratches, sounds and of course the ‘Barbra Streisand’ sample. You’d think that was the end of it, but no.

Gotta go home is in fact a cover of a German song Hallo Bimmelbahn from 1973 by a band called Nighttrain. The original song already includes the ‘woohoohoo’ and same notes as the Boney M. version minus some steel drums and vocals. The same elements Barbra Streisand leans on.

But how did some German song about a train who took some guy’s love away end up as a disco song about going to a sunny beach? Simple; Boney M., despite being headed by Caribbean singers, was in fact based in Germany and the product of German producer¬† Frank Farian who undoubtedly figured a more internationalised cover of Hallo Bimmelbahn would be more successful. Frank Farian was also responsible for the ill-fated band Milli Vanilli, by the way.

So, a German song about a train, became an English song about heading for Caribbean islands and that in turn became a dance song with a video celebrating the diversity New York. Here’s Hallo Bimmelbahn by Nighttrain (though I dare you not to say “Barbra Streisand” throughout the song):

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