13 June 2010

Lynne and Tessa made a commercial Trailer for a new game for the Wii computer. As a side product this Karaoke Video was published.

18 Feb 2009

Tessa Watzik made an interview in an German TV format in February 2008 about her career as internet starlet. You can find the video with English synchronization here.

22 Jan 2008

Steffen Nork informed me that he plan to delete his old blogs form hos old website and I should save the interview with Lynne & Tessa. This was done. You find two of the interviews in english now here. A third interview is only available in german.

Music choice

Bei der Aufnahme

One of the questions Lynne and Tessa are often asked is how they go about selecting the music for their videos. Another common question follows some variation of the theme "Could you perform XXXX by YYYY? It is my favorite song!".

Most fans are surprised when they learn that Lynne and Tessa explicitly avoid performing their favorite music. Instead, they purposely choose songs they don't particularly like or consider meaningful, along with music that gets on their nerves. Why is this? It's because Lynne & Tessa feel they need to maintain an emotional detachment from a song in order to parody it. And that's what they feel their videos are -- a parody of the music, rather than a tribute to it.

The other criteria for the music they perform is that it has to be a song they can dance to, with a beat and lyrics that sticks in your head. As a consequence, they find some music genres, like Hip-Hop, Techno, or Rap, generally unsuitable.

Lynne and Tessa claim they could never produce a video of their own favorite songs, because they mean too much to them. If you read Tessas blog and her bio you'll find that she prefers music from non-commercial bands, and likes the rock, punk, and grunge styles more than the mainstream groups.

Lynne and Tessa say they don't pay much attention to their native German music, and they don't find German songs a good choice for their videos. But Lynne implied there might be one exception -- 99 Red Ballons, from Nena, a German piece she would like to perform.

In the various forums, their fans often compile lists of songs they would like the girls to consider doing, but these lists have not been known to influence them. Lynne and Tessa read and sometimes comment on the suggestions. (To one request that they consider KT unstall's Black Horse & the Cherry Tree, Lynne responded "noooo, no, noooo no no no" Lynne & Tessa).

If you look at their list of existing videos, you'll find quite a bit of diversity. The one common denominator seems to be that the music is always good to dance to and, if not great hits, the songs are at least well known. Furthermore, their selections tend to be from the 1990s era.

The question "What is your favorite L&T video?" provokes serious debate among their fans, but one video stands out as the most controversal. It is Join Me by HIM, featuring a song in which the singer invites the listener to join him in suicide. Many fans believe this is Lynne & Tessa's only true parody, because their antics and gimmicks poke fun at and effectively neutralize the song's dark lyrics. Others, like this author, believe that no one should attempt a parody of such a theme and, I must add, the song depresses me.

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