Over the last year, YouTube has had us asking questions like ‘what is Gangnam Style?’, ‘is that really the Harlem Shake?’ and ‘what the hell is Miley Cyrus doing to that foam finger?’ And this month’s video sensation is no exception. With their new single ‘The Fox’, Norwegian entertainment duo Ylvis have presented what’s surely one of the most pressing and pertinent questions in modern music: what sound do foxes make? Seeing as they seem to think it’s some sort of cross between morse code and scatting, we thought we’d help them out with some famous sounds that foxes have made. Carly-Ann Clements
1. Basil Brush
Possibly the nation’s most beloved fox, it’s quite clear that this little firecracker isn’t your usual dustbin rifler. Basil is in fact a little bit posh, a little bit saucy and a little bit foxy. BOOM BOOM! Oh yeah, and he’s generally known for laughing and shouting ‘boom boom’ a lot.
2. The Crack Fox
Look away now children, because this fox will give you nightmares. Rumour has it that our terrifying Crack Fox could have once been mistaken for Basil Brush. But due to an unfortunate series of events, The Crack Fox no longer speaks like a gentleman but in a shrill falsetto most of the time… unless he’s making disturbing threats in a guttural tone. No real catchphrase, just a sound that will send chills down your spine.
3. Samantha Fox
The ’80s beauty was famous for her looks, getting naked and her singing career. But mostly her looks, as it seems that the sound that this fox made was catchy, a little bit cockney but monotone. What does Sam Fox say? Sorry… we dropped off while listening.
4. Fantastic Mr Fox
Smooth and homely, this dude sounds a lot like George Clooney. This wily fox lives up to the expectations put forth by his name apart for one, tiny fault – apparently this sneaky farm smuggler’s trademark sound is a whistle and a click. No thanks!
5. Dr Fox
Possibly the most famous audible fox in these fair isles, ‘Dr’ Neil Fox had the perfect voice (and, let’s face it, face) for radio, blending dulcet tones with excited exclamations. His most famous phrase? ‘And coming in at number one…’
6. Robin Hood
This medieval forest fox is famous the world over and surely inspired a generation of philanthropists with his classic (but not verbatim) phrase ‘steal from the rich to give to the poor’.
7. The urban London fox
And let’s face it. We’re all familiar with this sound. The sound that wakes us up in the middle of the night. The shriek that makes us put down that copy of ‘Darkly Dreaming Dexter’ because it’s all become just a little bit too real. The cry of mating foxes is both horrific and unforgettable, so it’s probably safe to say that Ylvis have never had the displeasure of hearing it for hours at a time.
So there we have it. It seems that Ylvis haven’t done their research very well, as this is just the tip of the iceberg where famous foxes are concerned. But, luckily for them, their bizarre video is pretty hilarious.