(For the Irish electropop duo see Barbarellas.)
1) An Australian powerpop band. The Barbarellas were signed to Sydney label Citadel records in early 1990, who put out all their releases, starting with the debut 7" Dying Inside/Forget About You.
The Barbarellas' brand of punchy power pop/rock was indelibly stamped on the local Sydney music scene with the release of the Fringe EP. The band enjoyed high rotation on Triple J with the track Depression and as a result, the record peaked at number two on the ARIA Independent Charts. Exposure on a national level on Triple J and Rage allowed the band to tour in and out of Sydney extensively with bands such as The Clouds, Ratcat, The Falling Joys, Died Pretty, All, The Celibate Rifles, and The Beasts of Bourbon.
The Quit Skylarking EP followed in 1991. The album Slumber, a retrospective of the band's Citadel releases, was released on CD in 1992. By the end of 1992 the band had split.
2) The Barbarellas consists of five young apparently innocent girls, aged 10,000 to 13,000 years. Their sole reason for travelling thousands of light years through space and visiting the planet Tellus, is to kidnap young handsome males and bring them as love slaves back to their home, The Planet of Temptation. Their secret weapon is playing supersonic music in a manner that only space females are capable of. The Barbarellas are known for playing concerts (including candy-eating and make up-applying breaks) where the audience enters a state of nausea and vertigo, and several of the men in the audience mysteriously disappear. No need to say that the space girls handle their instruments as well as their make up-kit.