We don’t even know where to start with this one. In this time of autotune and sampling, many lovers of music long for an age of a singer, a guitar and a story to sing about; that cry gets especially loud, when they hear the artificial sound of Crazy Frog.
For the record, we don’t have a problem with sampling. When done right, it can be quite brilliant and we will take it over a bad cover any day. However, sampling often sounds like a bad smorgasbord of food days after their expiry. In this case the mix is sounds made by teenage Swede who was trying a mimic an engine, a graphic designer who was inspired to create a “creature” to accompany the sound, and a ringtone company looking to profit from it. This unholy triumvirate then took one of the best and most successful instrumentals of the 1980’s (Axel F.), and like a Shamwow does to water, wrenched all the goodness out of it. It was then injected with god awful noises, strange animation and a healthy dose of crap.
Not surprisingly, the Europeans digested this nonsense up and it was a major smash over there; where as in North America it lit up the ringtones of new Americans with their Hello Kitty backpacks. Thankfully, we have seen the last of Crazy Frog…..or so we hope.