So last year on my birthday, when everyone was going crazy about this crazy fox video and sharing it all over the world and playing it on every sound-emitting device known to mankind - WHY DIDN'T ANYONE MENTION THAT:
1. IT WAS SUPPOSED TO BE A JOKE
2. IT WAS SUPPOSED TO BE FOR A NORWEGIAN TALK SHOW THAT THE SINGERS IN THE VIDEO HOST
3. THEY ARE COMEDIANS
Now before you say - goddamnit, didn't you watch those interviews or read stuff online??? I will tell you that nope, I did not. I'm a hipster - I hate jumping on the bandwagon when something on the internet explodes, especially when people only tell you - 'omg there's is this stupid song on youtube IT'S THE NEW FRIDAY SONG'. So that was essentially my impression of it - a really bad pop song written by idiots who are serious about it.
By the time I caved in to watch the whole video, it was only because my sister wanted to let my mum and dad listen to it in the car - and thus encased in an iron prison I watched it. And yeah we laughed. I remember thinking to myself - 'but why?! He has a really good voice. And sort of cute...but why?!!?'
It didn't really help that in December last year, 4 months after the song was released (on my birthday. Yes I know I mentioned that already.) I bought a fox-print pullover which was a sort of rip-off Kituné Maison's fox print stuff which are really cute but expensive. My pullover was however, much more affordable, and I proudly wore it everywhere BUT AS YOU MIGHT HAVE ALREADY GUESSED, ALL I GOT WAS - 'OMG YOUR SHIRT! WHAT DOES THE FOX SAY!'
I also painted a fox wearing a top hat and suit with an empty speech bubble on a canvas tote bag earlier in the year when I had a sleepover with friends and we decorated tote bags. That bag also drew similar comments. I also had found this really cute photo of a fox smiling which I used it as my twitter dp, which also drew similar comments. I just really like foxes okay?!
So as with a huge majority of people, I was sick of that song. Until last week.
It's actually final submissions next week, so I'm not sure why i'm actually wasting my time typing this. (coughprocrastinatingcough) but last week while trying to get through work, I found myself watching a bunch of Jimmy Fallon videos on youtube, namely those where parents made their kids cry like brats. Then, for some reason, I clicked on the video of Ylvis performing on the show.
My first reaction was - 'well ok he's cute though'. Then two of them appeared on the same screen and I was like - WAIT, THERE'S TWO OF THEM? If this is any sort of valid excuse for being so utterly ignorant, I had only watched the video 1 or 2 times before ok. plz.
Well that was reason enough to stop watching, but no one - NO ONE - watches only one video on youtube. So I ended up finding out that:
1. Ylvis has a freaking television show where they pull pranks on people and do the MOST HILARIOUS things. The only other time I laugh hysterically while watching something would be SMAP (interestingly, also another talented bunch of singer/comedian/pretty).
2. THEY'RE BROTHERS.
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(third guy in gif is Calle, who is tremendously funny as well with those two)
3. IT WAS SUPPOSED TO BE A JOKE AND NOT A SERIOUS SONG. That changes everything. Because my first reaction of it when I watched it in the car with my sister was that it was funny. But because they did mean it as a joke anyway, those people who were saying 'omg what is this world coming to, I have lost faith in humanity and their ability to music' just...sound silly. (Those people = me?)
I mean, how can people go crazy about this one song, but not go crazy about their existing 10 years worth of comedy? Even when they were invited on american tv shows, not a single clip from I Kveld Med Ylvis, the tv show the song was made for, was shown.
And then now, after it has all died down, I recently shared a video on le dreaded Facebook (this is a topic for another time for how much posting to Facebook irks me these days) of Ylvis prank calling a hotel. NADA. Not one person was interested. It made me quite sad because I replayed that video 3-4 times and it made me laugh every time. I'm pretty sure some people don't even know who Ylvis is, but when you say 'erm the fox guys?' they'll be like 'OOOOOHHH HAHA THEM'.
And this makes my hipster-tendencies react strangely. I mean, firstly, if they were obscure, I'd be like - ok whatevs, you don't know what you're missing out on. But they're aren't obscure. At least their ONE SONG isn't. Therefore I feel like - hey! now I have an interest in something coinciding with everyone else in the world for once and i'm standing here, with my arms wide open, ready to receive the throng of mutual agreement, but i'm left hanging. Alone. Well, except for the pleasant Ylvis fandom on tumblr and youtube who put up really good subtitles and make excellent gifs that made me lol throughout my commute to school on monday.
I feel like shouting at everyone - HEY YO!!! THESE GUYS ARE REALLY FUNNY!! I UNDERSTAND IF YOU DON'T WANT TO WATCH SMAP BECAUSE MAYBE YOU DON'T LIKE JAPANESE HUMOUR OR CAN'T BE BOTHERED TO DOWNLOAD 8 PARTS OF A SMAPXSMAP TV SHOW AND PUT THEM TOGETHER TO WATCH THEM - BUT THESE GUYS ARE THE ONES YOU REALLY LIKED LAST SEPTEMBER, REMEMBER?? NO??
also Bård Yylvisåker's face is like - I don't even. HIS FENCE. I MEANT FACE.
Thank you. I will now step off the soapbox and stop listening to the fox vocal track only on repeat. for now. (Bård's voice breaking while shouting WA-PA-PA-PA-PA-PA-POW and Vegard's maniacal CHA-CHA-CHA-CHA-CHA-CHA-CHOW ALWAYS cracks me up.)
Bye. Back to work. ;_;