Wednesday, October 30, 2013

What Does the Fox Say?

What does the fox say?

That’s what Ylvis wants to know. And now so does everybody else.

In a brilliant mockery of pop music and music videos, Norwegian comedy duo, Ylvis, wrote one of the most blatantly ridiculous songs ever. But they did so intentionally to make a point.

The song starts out with the inspiring lines:

“Dog goes woof / Cat goes meow / Bird goes tweet / and mouse goes squeak,” continuing on through the cow, frog, elephant, ducks and fish, and even noting that “the seal goes ow ow ow.” But, as it then points out poignantly – and repeatedly – “there’s one sound that no knows.

“What does the fox say?”

Think that’s inane? Try listening to the choruses, which are comprised of trilling, “ring-ding-ding”ing and “wa-pa-pa” powing. There’s even a “joff-tchoff” or two thrown in for good measure.

Better yet, watch the music video, which features grown-ups dressed like the aforementioned animals, choreographed dances in the woods, a CGI fox strutting on two legs, light beams and plenty of smoldering sex appeal.

Because what would a music video be without smoldering sex appeal?

It’s all done exquisitely. The audience is left staring at the screen in some mesmerized mix of incredulity and amusement, ultimately left to contemplate, not what the fox says, but how utterly absurd today’s music industry really is.

Every single element of the lyrics, the music, the singing and the video are meant to satirize how seriously music artists take themselves these days. It points out how pointless today’s lyrics are, how predictably simulated the music, the lack of conviction (in anything worthwhile, at least) in the singing, and the sheer outlandishness of the videos.

Essentially, it’s all rubbish. Just one giant hodgepodge of stupidity that dulls ours brains into believing that things that mean nothing actually mean everything.

So what does the fox say?

In this case, I’m pretty sure he’s saying to get a life. 

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