Our kids love a quirky song called, "What Does the Fox Say?" by Ylvis (pronouced "Ill-vis". I first heard Nicholas singing a little part of it but didn't think much of it. Then I saw a comment on Facebook from a friend of mine whose son won't stop singing the song. Then the radio station that we listen to started using a clip from the song on a regular basis.
Finally, I decided to check it out so I could know what all the fuss was about. I found the music video on YouTube (everything you want to know can be found on YouTube!). This video has had MILLIONS of hits! It turned out to be a wholesome song, albeit very bizarre, with a catchy tune...so catchy that I have actually had it stuck in my head for three days now. *HELP ME!*
Click below to watch the video for yourself - but just know you will probably consider it a total waste of almost four minutes of your life that you can't get back.
Well, as YouTube is known to do, it showed me several other related videos on the sidebar that I might be interested in. The kids saw a Minecraft parody of What Does the Fox Say? on the sidebar so we watched that.
We watched the Ohio State Marching Band perform to the song. They did a great job but seeing that marching band on the field just made me homesick for the LSU Golden Band from Tigerland :(
There are lots of parodies of the music video. We clicked around for quite a while checking them out. Amazingly, there are many videos that just show people's reactions to watching the video for the first time and their comments afterwards. Many were laughing, some looked dazed and confused, while others were just grumpy about how weird it is.
Here is my favorite video that we stumbled upon. Someone has set up an amazing Halloween light show in their front yard using this song.
This is what people mean when they say a video has gone VIRAL. This song and video are all over the place. People can't seem to get enough of it.
So who wrote this song and how did they make it such an instant hit?
The song was written by two brothers in Norway as a spoof promotion for their talk show. Their plan completely back fired and the song became a hit BY ACCIDENT! Check out this short interview on Ellen:
These guys are now performing the song at music festivals in Las Vegas and they are on talk shows all over the world.
It's just crazy!
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