Here in Italy, I had never even heard of it. Not until my hip-to-all-things-pop-culture sister Andrea wrote me an email and asked me if the song was as popular in Tuscany as it is in the US. My unscientific survey consisted of asking my cool personal trainer Elena whether she had heard it (she had not), and an hour and a half review of power house Radio/Web/TV station “RTL 102.5” which also did not turn up the Fox.
I went on YouTube and watched the video and also watched the two Norwegian brothers singing their hit on Ellen.
They’re cute. The dance is quirkily catchy like “Gangnam Style” – which did sweep Italy along with the rest of the world. But the lyrical query the song poses was no question for Lulu.
“Everybody knows the fox barks like a dog,” she said after watching the official video. “It doesn’t go ‘Pow-pow-pow!’”
The most famous animal here in Tuscany is the Cinghiale. (Read this earlier post about how one visited Lulu and me at a birthday party!)
The wild boar roams the countryside, makes for delicious stew, sauce and sausage and is a mascot for the region.
There doesn’t appear to be a song for the wild boar, but Lulu does have its shirt.
But Italians do have their own famous version of an animal sound song: “Il Coccodrillo Come Fa” “How does the Croccodile go?” is a song that every kid, including Lulu, knows well.
The song’s Italian composer, Pino Massura, passed away this summer at 82. While he wrote beloved children’s songs, Massura also had a string of famous grown-up hits throughout his lifetime, including some recorded by Nat King Cole, Dean Martin and Elvis, (that American guy, not to be confused with the “Ylvis” guys from Norway who wrote the Fox).
Maybe the Norwegian brothers will go on to the same kind of enduring fame as Massura. Or maybe not.
What does the Fox have to say about all of it? I don’t know. I live in Italy.
Until next time, Gering-ding-ding-ding-dingeringeding!
P.S. Do you love the Fox? What’s your favorite animal song? Share please!
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