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Album Review

Before it was known as Crazy Frog, the European ringtone sensation had a much more accurate name: The Annoying Thing. This helium-voiced, bluish-gray, anatomically correct CGI lump — which looks and sounds like an amphibious take on Hampton the Hampster — became a pop culture epidemic in Europe and especially the U.K., with ringtones, TV commercials, pop songs, and other forms of (over)exposure included in its virus-like spread. Crazy Frog's popularity peaked that summer, when the full-length single of the "Axel F" ringtone, based on Harold Faltermeyer's instrumental theme for Beverly Hills Cop, topped the U.K. singles charts for several weeks and kept Coldplay's comeback single, "Speed of Sound," from debuting at number one (which might be reason enough for some to love Crazy Frog). Later that summer, the ringtone and full-length album Crazy Frog Presents Crazy Hits marked the Frog's arrival in the States, minus his tadpole. The album attempts to repeat "Axel F"'s success by pairing Crazy Frog with a rogue's gallery of pop hits that, in their heydays, were just as omnipresent (and almost as annoying) as "Axel F." "Get Ready for This" and "I Like to Move It" are silly enough in their own right, but with the addition of a little voice chanting "bing bong a ding ding ding," they're pushed into deeply stupid territory. Of course, novelty pop is one of the few genres where deeply stupid can be taken as a compliment, and Crazy Frog Presents Crazy Hits' stupidest moments are also the most fun (or irritating, depending on your outlook). "Axel F" is still the definitive Crazy Frog song, but the follow-up single "Popcorn," "In the '80s," and "Whoomp! There It Is" are nearly as dumb and infectious. However, the songs with vocals besides Crazy Frog's fall flat: on songs like "Pump Up the Jam" and "Who Let the Frog Out," the Frog sounds like a guest on his own album. Crazy Frog Presents Crazy Hits would be better (if that's the word for it) if it had more instrumentals to provide a backdrop for Crazy Frog's infuriating babble, which the aptly named "Crazy Frog Sounds" delivers in spades. Mostly a cappella, the track sounds like someone goofing around in his home studio, making nonsense noises while playing with the pitch and reverb controls (which is exactly how Crazy Frog's "voice" came to be). Ultimately and unsurprisingly, Crazy Frog Presents Crazy Hits is basically a collection of extended ringtones. There isn't much gray area when it comes to pop culture phenomena like this — you'll think Crazy Frog is another sign of civilization's decline, or you'll find its sheer ridiculousness oddly endearing. Either way, the album lives up to Crazy Frog's original name: it is quintessentially annoying...and somehow fascinating because of it. [An edition of the album was issued in 2005 that featured bonus tracks.]

Customer Reviews


My 17 month year old girl loves this album!!! Whenever she gets upset or begins to cry, I play a little Crazy Frog, and she definitely becomes crazy! She loves the beat, the excitement, and the original frog sounds. I don't feel that crazy frog so much remakes songs, but actually adds a little funk to form a wild remix!!!!! Sometimes I catch myself 'busting a move'!

Go Crazy Frog!

"Why would anyone like this," you might ask. Because, it's FUN. A lot of people like bouncey-jumpy party music, and Crazy Frog's noises are funny. Plus it make a fantastic ringtone. Still don't like Crazy Frog? Live with it.

Some great old tunes

Some of the stuff on the CD actually goes way back to European dance music hits, like Bailando and Popcorn (by Gigi D'Agostino originally). So if you are European, like myself, and in your mid 20's then you will definitely get a kick out some of the stuff. So it's actually a good album with a bit of the quirky noises, but that just adds to the fun.


Genre: Dance

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Originally known as "the Annoying Thing," the helium-voiced, bluish-gray, anatomically correct CGI lump Crazy Frog became a pop culture epidemic in Europe and especially the U.K., with ringtones, TV commercials, pop songs, and other forms of (over)exposure. Though Crazy Frog mania began its momentum in 2004, the character's creation took several years. In the late '90s, Swedish teen Daniel Malmedahl began recording his impressions of internal combustion motors; after he performed on a television...
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Crazy Hits, Crazy Frog
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  • $7.99
  • Genres: Pop, Music, Comedy, Novelty, Dance, Electronic
  • Released: Aug 23, 2005

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