The Bottom Line
Amusing? Catchy? Annoying? The answer probably lies in your general response to novelty songs. This record is little more than the various sounds of the Crazy Frog digital ringtone welded into Harold Faltermeyer's "Axel F," the hit instrumental from the Beverly Hills Cop soundtrack.
- Ding Ding!
- The musical power of Harold Faltermeyer's original
- OK, it can be seriously annoying
- One of the world's most successful digital ringtones mixed into Harold Faltermeyer's "Axel F"
- The novelty of a completely digital "thing" as lead "vocalist"
- A smash British novelty hit attempting to cross the Atlantic
Guide Review - Axel F - Crazy Frog
For me, a good novelty song does have some staying power. I've listened to Crazy Frog's version of "Axel F" almost 10 times now, and I still find it mostly amusing. This is a good sign, but it's hard to know how it might stand up if the radio begins to play it 10 times a day like some of the biggest hit songs. The strains of "Axel F" itself are punched up and sound quite contemporary.
The best part of Crazy Frog's "Axel F" is the punctuation of those memorable synth phrases by the frog's distinctive "ding ding." Some of the other various sounds break up the punch of the song and ultimately add little except for those who are trying to learn and imitate the frog's "vocabulary." In the final analyiss, it's all harmless and quite fun the first few times through. Little more is asked of a novelty tune.
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