May my humble ingenuity and self-censorship forbid that this blog becomes a collection of rants about questionable songs – there is only so far one can take that genre, and there is only so much impact that such appeals can have – namely none! The satisfaction of getting my astonishment and questions about the direction the human race is taking off my chest is not worth losing my few but loyal readers by posting pointless dissertations on today’s radio monsters.
But I just so happen to have been in touch with several interesting musical phenomena lately! This time, it is a song that many people are disdaining for its apparent meaninglessness… Ladies and gentlemen, straight from Norway!
First of all, yes, I am biased: it is a Norwegian song by my almost-namesake Ylvis… Quite a few of alternative proposals have come out of Norway since I was introduced to their music scene, and even though they could be dismissed after a few seconds for being too tacky or just the annoying product of rich people who don’t know what to do with their time (I won’t deny that that might be close to the truth), us, the “Norwegianized”, recognize in them the irony and the willingness to laugh at themselves that I can only suspect, at best and with very good will, in songs such as the one I included in my previous post. Sure, some Norwegian productions are just as unforgivable and unsaveable, no matter how much irony you try to apply to them, but in this particular case, I find it cool that someone is getting rich and famous by throwing on some costumes, having fun and giving an answer to all those who as children read tales of talking foxes and wondered “What does the fox say? Does he communicate by mo-o-o-o-orse?”; I prefer that to Robin Thicke, who is getting rich and famous by singing about blurred lines and good girls who want it anyways (or at least so he feels, let’s hope he’s getting it right!), or to Miley Cyrus, who is getting rich and famous by rubbing her ass against Robin Thicke… Oh, I shiver when I think of what others might try to top that!
Besides, Ylvis’ “The Fox” has triggered the quick as always response of the scientific community, that has now broadened my understanding of fox noises and given me a valid excuse to look at videos of talking foxes:
It is a win-win situation!