Crazy Frog

The Washington Post Sunday - - BOOK WORLD -

Crazy Frog started as a sound, too — the sound of a Swedish teenager im­per­son­at­ing a moped en­gine in 1997. A record­ing of that ono­matopoeic gur­gle — ding-ding-da-da-ding-ding — be­gan to cir­cu­late on­line, and in 2003, another Swede drew an an­i­mated car­toon char­ac­ter to go with it. In 2004, the vo­cal vroomv­room be­came a mas­sively pop­u­lar ring­tone, and in 2005, Crazy Frog was sput­ter­ing out songs aimed at the pop charts. To­day, those songs sound per­plex­ingly catchy and maybe even in­flu­en­tial — they seem to fore­shadow the Auto-Tuned yawp of Young Thug, the in­ces­sant chatter of the Min­ions and plenty of dig­i­tally pro­cessed bab­ble in be­tween.

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