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Friday, September 6, 2013

What Does ‘The Fox’ Say?

Think Old MacDonald meets Daft Punk.

It’s a YouTube video gone viral — answering the age-old (or maybe not-so-age-old) question: “What Does the Fox Say?”

More than 2 million viewers have clicked on the music video for “The Fox” over the last two days.

The video features outrageous costumes and an ethereal woodland scene. And momentum is only growing.

The video was recorded by a Norwegian band named Ylvis.

Transcript

JEREMY HOBSON, HOST:

And now, Meghna, for something completely different. A question so important that more than two million people have gone to YouTube to have it answered over the last few days. And the question is, what does a fox say?

MEGHNA CHAKRABARTI, HOST:

Uh-huh.

HOBSON: The Norwegian band, Ylvis, burst on YouTube with a viral video complete with outrageous dance moves, woodland scenes, silly noises and adults dressed in a full array of Old McDonald costumes.

(LAUGHTER)

HOBSON: It starts out telling us what we do know, a cow say moo, a frog goes croak, a duck says quack, but what does the fox say?

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "THE FOX")

YLVIS: (Singing) What does the fox say? Ring-ding-ding-ding-dingeringeding, gering-ding-ding-ding-dingeringeding, gering-ding-ding-ding-ingeringeding. What the fox say? Wa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pow, wa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pow, wa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pow. What the fox say? Hatee-hatee-hatee-ho, hatee-hatee-hatee-ho, hatee-hatee-hatee-ho. What the fox say? Joff-tchoff-tchoffo-tchoffo-tchoff, tchoff-tchoff-tchoffo-tchoffo-tchoff, joff-tchoff-tchoffo-tchoffo-tchoff. What the fox say? Big blue eyes, pointy nose, chasing mice and digging holes. Tiny paws up the hill. Suddenly, you're standing still. Your fur is red, so beautiful, like an angel in disguise. But if you meet a friendly horse, will you communicate by mo-o-o-o-orse? Mo-o-o-o-orse?

HOBSON: The Norwegian band Ylvis with their song, "The Fox," asking the question what indeed does a fox actually say, which it seems we might never know.

CHAKRABARTI: I know there's fox expert listening, though. They've got to tell us.

(LAUGHTER)

HOBSON: Well, if you are, go to hereandnow.org where we, by the way, also have the video, which you have to see because it just doesn't do it justice to just hear the audience - to hear the audio rather. We will have more music, real music coming up next. HERE AND NOW. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.


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  • June

    Total Crap. I must be getting old.

  • Derrick

    A fox says “MEEEAA, MEEEEAA” in a raspy voice. I have had quite a few encounters with them

  • Raph

    Um, where do I apply for the 4 minutes of my life I would like BACK after wasting it on watching this? I even tried to look/listen w/ Flight of the Concords glasses (seeing them tonight). But soooo NOT getting it! Specifically, I think it’s all the high-pitched, yell’y, shreeky bits (your “ding-ding-ding”s.. your “joff-tchoff-tchoff-tchoff”s, and especially the “Fraka-kaka-kaka….kow!”).. is what is putting me way off. Kindof a noise vs. music debate? Ear of the beholder? I duunno…..

  • Texas Kathi

    Foxes sound like poodles with a sore throat. It is as short, hoarse bark. We have foxes in our yard rather often and can hear them barking to each other, calling their kits, etc.

  • Clint

    My question is “What does the FCC say?” It’s a homophone. You are gullible, NPR. :-)

    • big clint

      we should totally just ban the word fox altogether then, right?

      • Clint

        My point is the band tricked the media into putting WTF on the radio, and not one of the “Here & Now” staff caught this before they went live with it? Didn’t anyone on the staff go through 8th grade? Kudos to Ylvis for a successful hoax.

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