Because Curly is a little vain, she occasionally Googles herself and her projects, and she came across this gem! The Baker Street Babes were reviewed by blogger Brad Keefauver.
Thank you SO much for such a fantastic review, this was such amazing to come across and we’re very glad you enjoy the podcast and like what we’re doing. We can’t appreciate it enough! Make sure to check out Sherlock Peoria as well!
No. 466, June 19, 2011 Beyond “The Girl In the Comic Shop”
There’s a phenomenon that happens in those places traditionally haunted by the male of the species that I like to call “the girl in the comic shop” effect. Long years of patronizing dealers in DC, Marvel, and the like have taught me this one thing, if nothing else: Any female who walks into a comic book store automatically gets bonus hotness points added instantly. It happens in the military (as the comic strip Doonesbury has been playing up this week), it happens in comic stores, and it also happens in Sherlockian circles. (If you’ve seen how the Holmes birthday weekend in New York can turn a mild-mannered bookworm into a cleavage-wielding super-hottie, you know this to be true.)
So this week when I encountered a plucky band of bloggers/podcasters calling themselves “The Baker Street Babes,” I took them at their word. Their podcast web site likes to use phrases like “Central London overfloweth with gorgeous, intelligent women with a thirst for murder” and “A podcast by sexy fans of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and his lovely creation, Mr. Sherlock Holmes,” baiting male web wanderers like sirens of the Sherlockian seas. What would Conan Doyle think? Well, I don’t think his gentleman filter often let the words “Woo-hoo!” get to paper, but you just know it was in there.
So, suffice it to say that I started listening to their podcasts.
Their first episode starts with a very sweet opening dedication to Edward Hardwicke by Curly, the American member of the trio, quietly recorded like she’s hiding out from her friends to give you the inside scoop on the episode. Their theme song comes up, sung by Caitlin Obom (who shows up as a guest on their second podcast) in a mellow fashion that doesn’t quite prepare you for the giggly, chatty introduction to come.
There is a lovely vocal range to the initial Babes roster: Curly is an American in London, with all the inflections of her generation. Kafers is from York, with one of those British accents that makes you wish you had Henry Higgins’s skill at tracking same. Artie is a transplanted German whose English has a Scottish lilt to it. Their “how I met Sherlock Holmes” stories are fresh and fun, the highlight of which is Curly’s reaction when The Great Mouse Detective first gets mentioned.
"OH, MY GOD, YES!!!" she screams, with the intensity of a horror movie victim. She really, really likes The Great Mouse Detective, something that shows up more than a few times. But each of the Babes has their little personality points — Kafers and her tales of riding the bus with friends dressed as Victorian men and A.J. Raffles, Artie’s careful character analyses — they’re obviously having a whole lot of fun, and it’s a lot of fun to listen to them as a result. Podcasts live or die on the personality and energy of their talkers, and the Baker Street Babes are riding the current wave of Sherlock in movie and TV with an unabashed glee that can’t help but remind an aging Sherlockian burn-out like myself of times long-gone.
In the 1980s, a group of Sherlock Holmes fans banding together might seek recognition and validation from some of older, established club and start putting out a journal or newsletter to seek a larger presence in the Sherlockian world. But this is 2011, and the Baker Street Babes are demonstrating the new model of that old-school process. This is the era of the web-entertainer fan, of building Twitter presence, of publishing podcasts, of being a micro-star in a firmament of endless internet distraction.
In a time when much Sherlockiana is focused on times past, it’s heartening to hear the Babes going on about the future, chasing down word on Benedict Cumberbatch’s future projects, discussing Moffat and Gatiss’s ability to keep a secret, and being totally in love with our latest crop of Watsons. These are their “good old days” of being Sherlock Holmes fans, and it’s a real treat to hear them as it happens, rather than the memories of same from the Jeremy Brett era. It is, indeed, a brand new day for Sherlock Holmes of late, and the Baker Street Babes are a happy addition to his age-old fandom. I look forward to hearing more of their adventures.
Liebe Baker Street Babes,
Sherlock hatte eine ziemlich gute Resonanz in Deutschland, was überrascht, denn hier werden Formate wie Life on Mars oder Doctor Who üblicherweise verschmäht und fix abgesetzt. Die synchronisierte Fassung war besser als gedacht, die romatischen Anspielungen zwischen Sherlock und Watson blieben erhalten. Die Anspielung auf "Rache" hat bei uns natürlich nicht so einwandfrei hingehauen. So gut wie alle habe eine ordentliche Synchronstimme abbekommen - alle bis auf Benedict Cumberbatch. Dessen Bass ist allerdings auch kaum woanders zu finden (außer bei Alan Rickman vielleicht :D).
Dear Baker Street Babes,
Germany’s response to Sherlock was – surprisingly – a quite positive one. Surprisingly because other exceptional BBC-series like Life on Mars or Doctor Who weren’t that lucky and got canceled mid-season. The dubbed version of Sherlock was actually better than expected: Even the gay innuendos made it to the screen. Although, the thing with “Rache” didn’t really work out. They all got appropriate dubbing voices – except for Benedict Cumberbatch. But his bass is hard to copy (except for Alan Rickman :D)
We’re so happy to hear about this, especially as we know we have a ton of German and German-speaking listeners! It seems they’ve gotten the dubs quite spot-on, or close anyways. So glad it’s doing well in Germany! Please do let us know how the other two episodes fare!! xx
Wir hoffen, ihr habt gestern abend brav nach dem Tatort eure Fernseher angelassen und Sherlock geschaut. Und, wie war die deutsche Synchronisation? Hattet ihr das Gefühl, dass John Sherlock im Restaurant angebaggert hat? Waren die Frauenstimmen glaubhaft besetzt? Gab es Übersetzungsfehler? Oder unerwartete Gewinne in der Synchro? Schreibt uns was in die Askbox oder tweetet uns eure Reaktionen.
I just wanted to let you know that I love your podcast. I became a Holmesian at the age of ten and have been one for the last decade. Although I'm really active in the fandom online, I've only met one other Holmesian in real life, and a lot of times I wish I had other people to geek out with. This podcast definitely helps fill that void. I only hope that someday I can be as cool as you guys. Looking forward to the next episode!! <3 <3 <3
Awww, we’re so glad!!! That’s really fantastic that you’ve been such a fan for so long, some of us have as well while others are a bit new to it all in retrospect. Heehee, thank you so much for the compliments, so thrilled you love the podcast. <3 <3 <3 xx
Babes: Curly, Ardy, and Jenn look at the Women in Sherlock Holmes, both canon and BBC, beyond Irene Adler (though we chat about her too!) Join us as we look at the role of women in Victorian times and the stories themselves, compare them with other Victorian heroines, look at the strong ones and weak ones alike, and try and grapple with the BBC!Verse women. Most importantly though! We answer questions from all of you!! We have some news to tell as well, a favour to ask, and a song about a snarky and sexy Blackberry loving lady at the end. It’s The Baker Street Babes and it is Episode 4!
1) Thanks to all of you who have reblogged, retweeted, etc about the sponsor dilemma. I’m cautiously happy to say we have been approached and may have a sponsor indeed! Will update you as it unfolds!
2) With the recent footage from the Sherlock set, we wanted to make it absolutely clear we don’t promote going to the set and disturbing it. Yes, they may be happy to speak with you, but it may be out of politeness than anything else. They are WORKING. Don’t disturb them. If you just happen across filming, that’s one thing, but please don’t bother them. Please, we want to keep the fandom clean and well thought of!
3) On that note, we will not post any spoilers at all. If we tweet something it’ll be from the official sources or a set report just about who is there notwhat is happening. The canon gives us the plot, yes, but the adaptation changes things and what they are doing with the canon isn’t known. Besides, Moff and Godtiss love to twist things. We want to keep it a surprise as much as everyone else. We may speculate on the podcast, but this is all speculation and we will give notice if we are going to discuss anything so you can skip it if you want. Don’t suspect we’ll do this often if at all.
4) Episode 4 has been decided on! The Women of Sherlock Holmes! Have a question/suggestion/comment? Ask us, tweet us, email us!! We will answer all questions!
Oops! We’ve exceeded our monthly bandwidth for the podcast, too many people listening and downloading! Err… may be looking into sponsors. Anyone have any ideas about how to go about this? Not very well versed in the sponsors business…