Talk to a horse in morse? Yeah, right!

If you’ve ever wondered what the cutting edge of Scandinavian music sounds like, wonder no more.

A Norwegian pop duo, Ylvis, is sure to take the world by storm with their latest song, The Fox, for no other reason than it’s, well, pretty out there.

"Your fur is red, so beautiful": a red fox, pictured in Sweden.
“Your fur is red, so beautiful”: a red fox, pictured in Sweden. © Jonn Leffmann

Bård Ylvisåker and Vegard Ylvisåker pose one of the great questions of our time: What sound does a fox make?

Of course, the pair are not the first to pose some of the great unanswered questions about the animal kingdom (“Who let the dogs out?”, for example), but they are certainly pushing boundaries with this latest offering.

In a composition where “Old MacDonald” mixes with dance-pop, with a hint of Crazy Frog, the duo enlighten listeners with the sounds of some our common animal companions: “The cow goes moo, the duck goes quack, but what sound does the fox make?

(Fish apparently go blub and the seals goes ow-ow-ow)

If you’re wondering what a fox sounds like, the group offers a few possibilities….”Ring-ding-ding-ding-dingeringeding” and “Wa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pow” get some air time. Another option is “Hatee-hatee-hatee-ho!”, or even “Joff-tchoff-tchoffo-tchoffo-tchoff!”

But the song reaches new heights of insightfulness when it poses this question about the fox about 1 minute and 50 seconds in: “If you meet a friendly horse, will you communicate by mo-o-o-o-orse?” (That, of course, is to the ho-o-o-o-orse).

Viewers might consider it to be plain weird, but nearly 7 million viewers in a matter of days on YouTube surely can’t be wrong?

For the record, foxes around the globe tend to make higher-pitched noises than dogs, with quick barks, a scream-like variation in some, and a howl, especially in the breeding season featuring in their repertoire.

As for the horse, we’re not convinced about the morse code suggestion, but who knows?


2 thoughts on “Talk to a horse in morse? Yeah, right!

  • October 30, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    I guess anything will pass for music these days o.O


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